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NewsPoints, January 22, 2014
The GC Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) is meeting for five days this week in Maryland, to focus on regional reports and recommendations. MORETOSC website [Photo: 2013 TOSC meeting]

Former NAD President Don Schneider sent an update on his health after seeing doctors in Washington, D.C. who treated him for the returning cyst on his brain which affected his sight in 2006. He received an MRI and visited with his surgeon and opthalmologist. Both provided good reports. The ophthalmologist who checked his field of vision said that the results could not be better. The neurosurgeon told him that the MRI shows no evidence of foreign material in the brain, and that I could not have had better results to the MRI. "I told him that I was thanking God for the good report and for the work that he (Dr. Aulisi) had done for me," says Schneider. "He told me that it would be impossible to do the work that he does without a lot of prayer."
     "It seemed to me that I had spent my day with some of the best doctors in Washington, and that God had blessed their work in a way that miracles resulted for me. Once again, as I left the hospital, I drove to the corner looking for the street signs. I thanked God that I could see them," Schneider said. He ended his message with, "I’m back in Texas again where Marti and I are planning another tour in Germany and Italy for March and another one for Germany in September. They will be Tours 39 and 40. We are truly blessed!" 
     NAD is thankful too!
Adventists in the News

NAD Health Ministries will announce the final winners for the 2013 InStep for Life Awards at the NAD Health Summit on Sabbath afternoon, January 25 during the Adventists InStep for Life Award Celebration. They have also identified the 10 Pathfinder Clubs who will receive $1000. Eight Clubs are receiving $1000 each for either being among the top five in total miles or in the top five for participation rates in 2013. One club will receive $2000 for both. If you are unable to attend you can watch it live at www.ChooseFullLife.org and on the Hope Church Channel live broadcast at 4:30 p.m. ET.  MORE

Indiana Conference has a new mailing address. Their new address is: P.O. Box 5000, Westfield, IN 46074; Shipping address: 15205 Westfield Blvd., Carmel, IN 46032. Only the access to the building has changed, not their location.


Pastor Monteiro and his wife have accepted the invitation pending on whether they can get a visa, to be at the next GAiN Conference, Feb. 12-16 in Baltimore, Md. Monteiro, who was recently released from prison in Togo, and for whom we have been praying, will have a chance to share his experience as a missionary in the Togo prison. In addition, he will be shown the work done by the technology and communication leaders of our Church at www.pray4togo.com and other initiatives. Attendees will be shown the behind-the-scenes activities that spread the campaign through the Internet and social networks and discussion will be held on how it was used to motivate God’s people to pray and quickly unite the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Register for GAiN and tell your friends.  


Sale! There's still time to order the special issue of Vibrant Life about the mind-body-spirit connection with emphasis on the mind. It's was specially designed for use with the NAD Mental Health Sabbath, February 15. Vibrant Life is one of the denomination's most popular outreach magazines, and you will want to have enough copies to read and to share with others. It includes information about how to improve your life and emotional intelligence, what happens when you are constantly afraid and how to stop it, how to overcome depression, and much more. Regularly $3.99 ea, on sale NOW until January 31 for only $0.38/issue. MORE


Did you know God speaks to His people today through the gift of prophecy?
Fundamental Beliefs #18 from My Way to Jesus

Just "Click" to share your beliefs: The Fundamental Beliefs videos and other updates are shared on the My Way to Jesus Facebook page and from there onto the NAD Facebook page. Both updates link back to www.MyWaytoJesus.com, NAD's "seeker site." The site offers options such as sending a prayer request, enrolling in the Discover Bible Course, watching a beliefs video, and a connection to Adventist Information Ministry where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them. "Like" these pages on Facebook, and then share the updates with your friends.

You can share the Beliefs videos on your own website: Just go to www.vimeo.com/channels/didyouknow for the entire video series and click on the "Share" button in the upper right corner of a specific video for the embed code, to share on social media or to email to a friend.
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How to Give Bible Studies



"Giving Bible studies in the home is a 'heaven-born idea' because
•  It develops workers who will become mighty men and women of God
•  It is a work that will not go unrewarded
•  It leads people to an individual search of the Word of God
•  It is one of the most successful ways to win souls to Jesus."

Some very simple tips on giving effective and successful Bible studies are, 1) Prepare (pray with promises from God, study the topic and think of illustrations); 2) Confirm the appointment; 3) Arrive on time; and 4) Study ahead. MORE: Southwestern Union Record, December, 2013, pp. 12, 13.

January 22, 2014
January Focus: Friendship Evangelism
Jan 19-25, Religious Liberty Week

February Focus: Family Life
Feb 1-22, Black History Month
Feb 1, Christian Marriage Sabbath
Feb 1-8, Christian Home and Marriage Week
Feb 8, Christian Parenting Sabbath
Feb 15, Mental Health Sabbath
Feb 16-22, Family Togetherness Week
Feb 22, Family Togetherness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Jan 25, Religious Liberty
Feb 8, Adventist Television Ministries

Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

January Edition

NAD News:  Theology of Ordination Study Committee (Report and Defining), pp. 11-13
NAD Update: New Parenting Resource Released, pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: When the New Wears Off, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Media Ministries for Maximum Exposure, pp. 33-39

Jan 26-Feb 1, Please pray for the Southern New England Conference with 116 churches and 16,804 members.

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