Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

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Remembering Y2K With an Eye on Eternity

Although we’ve been told in quite a few places in Scripture "about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32, NIV), that hasn’t stopped us from trying to figure out when "people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” (verse 26). As evidenced by history, this is an exercise in futility.

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A Christmas Greeting - 2019

Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, shares a Christian greeting during the 2019 holiday season.

Christians Being Christian

November 8, 2019. One year after the Camp Fire ripped through his community, Allen Plowman is back on his property. Or what was left of it. As fall slips into winter around the residents of Paradise, it’s not the haunting, happy sounds of Canada geese flying south that greets them every morning; it’s the visceral roar of a chainsaw. Or three.

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The Best Gift

The presence of Jesus in the flesh is an absolute gift to the human family. And it’s not just a gift to Seventh-day Adventists or Christians, but to the entire world and all who live in it. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Stacy Stocks (right) is grateful Union College has a culture that encourages its employees to care about their physical wellbeing and recognize the importance of taking time to be healthy.

“Warrior Wellness” Program at Union College Motivates Staff and Students to Prioritize Health

The program challenges students and employees to focus on improving their physical and mental health through challenges to drink more water, manage stress, prioritize rest, and more.

Fairness for All Act launch in Wash., D.C.

With Religious Freedom Under Threat, Is There a Way Forward?

Seventh-day Adventist advocates are working to protect this vital human right within a culture that has grown skeptical of many religious freedom claims. 

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A New Commandment

While on earth, Jesus gave His disciples a “new” commandment to “love one another” just as He loved them. He invites us to live a life that faithfully points to and mirrors Him.

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington food giveaway

Local Adventist Community Services Provides Help for the Holiday

On Nov. 25, 2019, almost 1,000 families who preregistered through a county database began receiving a full, 30-pound Thanksgiving meal basket including turkey, bread, vegetables, potatoes and more. For three days, families came to the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) in Silver Spring, Maryland, for their meals.

When the Miracle Is Not God’s Will

God promised SaMonna Watts victory when her young son was diagnosed with cancer. She continues to live in victory five years after his death.

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Rooted in Faith

Heidi Baumgartner, Washington Conference communication director, reflects on having a history of five generations in the same church family, and how God has been faithful for 121 years. "This was the location where my dairy-farmer great-grandparents came to faith at an H.M.S. Richards crusade and raised their family of five children. My brother and his family now have their membership in the family church. Life isn’t always easy, but through the years, we’ve seen how God is faithful. This legacy is worth passing on."