Out of My Mind

I stopped trying to go to sleep at 3:30 a.m. I felt too excited to waste my time lying in bed. I’d go to my college classes later that day, and I always wanted to make a good impression there—especially since I was only a sophomore in high school. What’s a little sleep lost? I…

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Little Miss Anti-Sunshine

As I turned to open my locker door I saw Breana rounding the bend. I glanced at my watch. It was 7:40 a.m.—the time when Little Miss Anti-Sunshine always plopped herself down by my locker and delivered her typical “gloom and doom” report on life. Here we go again, I thought as I rolled my…

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Unfinished Business

One winter I decided that I wanted to bring in the new year with a bang. So instead of going to a church service with my mom, I went to a party. I was having a lot of fun. The music was great, the food was awesome, and all of my high school friends were…

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Before Her Time

On September 25, 1997, millions of listeners to one of radio’s most popular news programs heard the newscaster say the following: Women have been honored on American postage stamps for more than 100 years, starting with one woman who was not an American, Queen Isabella, in 1893. Since then, 86 women have been honored, ranging…

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Help for the abused

Domestic violence is a terrible plague in communities worldwide, and in some areas, such as the South Pacific, as much as 50 percent of the population is affected. A group called Adventist Women’s Ministries has worked hard during the past two years to educate communities with the message that abuse is unacceptable in any shape…

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Serving a New Continent

Take a moment to imagine that your husband has accepted a job in another location. You and your family have arrived at your new home and are busily getting settled. So far, this is a common enough scenario, and, indeed, one that you may have actually experienced. But stretch your imagination a bit farther and…

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Discovering the Book

The pillar stood, supporting the marbled splendor of Solomon’s temple, for more than 300 years. Israelites, from the least to the greatest, crowded as close as they could. They leaned in to hear the words that would be spoken by the regal man standing next to the pillar—their king Josiah. The occasion was ominous, because…

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How to know the Bible is true

I’m not the sort of person who enjoys crouching underneath picnic tables. On this particular afternoon, however, my family and I were enjoying lunch in a beautiful park when my wife suddenly yelled, “Get down!” and dived beneath the table. She spoke and moved with such authority that we all followed suit. “Why in the…

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Finding God’s Rhythm

The Sabbath as a sign of salvation

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Commitment to Health and Healing

The Seventh-day Adventist Church affirms the commitment and objectives of its Health Ministry aiming to achieve the well being of its members and the communities it serves, and improving global health.* The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists reiterates its commitment to the principles of human dignity and equity, social justice, freedom, self-determination, access to clean…

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Resolution on the Spirit of Prophecy

We, the delegates to the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia, acknowledge with gratitude the continuing contribution to the Seventh-day Adventist Church found in the writings and ministry of Ellen G White.  We are witnesses to how the Church has been blessed and guided by God through the inspired counsel of His messenger.  Her…

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Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

We, the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, speak up and join with others to bring an end to violence against women and girls.  Global statistics indicate that in all societies women and girls are more frequently the victims of violence.  Actions or threats likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering…

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Nurture and Protection of Children

Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children.  In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, community of faith and society-at-large.  Children possess enormous potential for making positive contributions to the Church and to society.  Attention to their care, protection and development…

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Global Poverty

Poverty is present in every society. Poverty robs human beings of their most basic rights. It keeps people hungry; it deprives them of medical care, clean water, an education, the opportunity to work, and often results in a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness, and inequality.  Every day, more than 24,000 children die due to preventable conditions…

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Freedom of Speech and Defamation of Religion

A distinguishing feature of humans is our God-given ability to communicate in the abstract through speech, symbols, and the written word.  Nowhere is this capacity more uniquely expressed than in the domain of faith.  Communication concerning religious beliefs is central to our ability to explore meaning and purpose in life, discuss the values that guide…

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Creation: The Bible’s Worldview

The Seventh-day Adventist Church affirms its belief in the biblical account of creation in contrast to an evolutionary explanation for the origin of living organisms and the relationship of humans to other life forms.  Seventh-day Adventists note with great interest the increasing discussion of intelligent design in nature and the evidence that supports this view. …

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Seventh-day Adventist World Church Statistics 2011

Churches, Companies, Membership Churches 72,144 Companies 67,078 Church Membership 17,479,890 Total Accessions 1,139,000     Baptisms 1,109,219     Professions of Faith 29,781 Ordained Ministers, Active 17,530 Total Active Employees 232,168 Mission to the World Countries and Areas of the World as Recognized by the United Nations 232 Countries and Areas of the World in Which Seventh-day Adventist Work…

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Statement of Tithe and Its Destination

From time to time events occur that lead some well-intentioned church members or congregations to consider deviating from returning tithe to their local conference/mission/union of churches through the local church where they hold their membership. Our practice which is detailed in appropriate policies and procedures has been developed and adopted by the world Church based…

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Same-Sex Unions

Over the past several decades the Seventh-day Adventist Church has felt it necessary to clearly state in various ways its position in regards to marriage, the family, and human sexuality. These subjects are at the heart of many pressing issues facing society. That which for centuries has been considered to be basic Christian morality in…

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