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December 16, 2014
Celebrating Jesus. 
Sacrificing and Giving


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Just over 2,000 years ago, the angel of the Lord descended and announced to a group of shepherds that Christ the Lord, the Savior, was born. Then a multitude of angels praised God and called for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. Two millennia later it seems we have made little progress in achieving peace on Earth. In fact, most would agree that we have regressed. While Christmas carols play in shopping malls, car radios, and churches across North America, our world is being choked by senseless violence and hatred. It is so easy to be caught up in the joyous side of Christmas — office and school parties, gift shopping, tree decorating — that we forget about our brothers and sisters who are suffering.

This Christmas, let us be inspired by the great sacrifice God made, sending His only Son as a baby to this sinful world so that every single person could be saved. Let us follow His example and reach out to those in need this holiday season with kindness and charity. Let us do what we can in our own communities to help bring about harmony. Let us “praise God, saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.” - Julio Muñoz, associate director, Office of Communication


The Gift, the Sacrifice

   
The Voice of Prophecy (VOP) is producing this year's ABC TV national Christmas special, and given the state of the world around us, the theme is "Peace On Earth."

Directed and produced by the Voice of Prophecy team, it was recorded in October at the beautiful Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Md. It will feature Spencerville Adventist Academy's Adventist Children's Choir under the direction of Jane Lanning; the King's Heralds Quartet; Christine Wollmann, gifted international vocalist; and a message by Shawn Boonstra, VOP Speaker/Director.

Visit the Voice of Prophecy website to learn how to find the program listing in your area. Then invite family and friends to connect with the Giver of peace. 

See photos and listen to short recordings done during the taping.

 
Tribute to "Ebola Fighters"
 
   
The 2014 Time Magazine Person of the Year was awarded to all the brave women and men who risked their lives to battle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. While most people ran away from the deadly disease, these dedicated doctors, nurses, orderlies, ambulance attendants, and burial workers, ran toward those who suffered and died. Some of these courageous health workers sacrificed their lives to treat and comfort the sick and dying.

Included in this valiant group were the Seventh-day Adventist healthcare workers who staffed Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia and Waterloo Adventist Hospital in Sierra Leone. Despite working at ground zero of this pandemic, they remained at their post. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America salutes and extends its gratitude to all of the dedicated healthcare workers who risked their own lives to save the lives of complete strangers. They are living examples of Matthew 25, which tells us that one day the King will say to these brave men and women, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me."
 
Please click to view Time Magazine's video tribute to the courageous “Ebola Fighters,” their 2014 Person of the Year. 

Adventist hospitals in West Africa are in need of funding in order to open after being closed due to the Ebola virus. The goal is to raise $250,000. Help by donating and/or raising funds at the Fundly site; MORE; Watch the video.


Jesus, the ONE 
 
   
Do you want to draw closer to Jesus? Would you like to learn how to draw others to Him? There are only two weeks left to register (by Dec. 31) at the regular rate for The One Project gathering in San Diego, Feb. 8-9. Register while there is still space.

This gathering will be focused on the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. With reflections from Alex Bryan, Chris Oberg, Laurence Turner, Emily Whitney, Ivan Williams, Randy Roberts, Japhet De Oliveira, John McVay, Dwight Nelson, Karl Haffner, Manny Arteaga, Tim Gillespie, Michaela Lawrence Jeffery, Sam Leonor and more. Special guest John Ortberg will focus on discipleship.

Also offered: A parallel curriculum for TOP Kids ages 4-12, generation One for 13-17 year olds, plus TOP Child Care for up to three-year-old children.

Just for pastors and theology students: One extra day for free, called Reframe.to explore the implications of Jesus. All. in our congregations. This will include a Q&A session with the One Project leadership.

Philosophy of The ONE Project.  More details or email directly for questions. 


"But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14 
 

 



 

 

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