With Spring comes every opportunity to appreciate God’s goodness in the cycle of life. Take time to enjoy nature this time of the year!
Starting this Sabbath, we shall be reviewing our church doctrines on Sabbath afternoon at 1:30pm. I am encouraging your participation, especially among our youth who need a clear understanding of our Bible teachings. A quiz follows at the end of the presentation.
Please note that our first service on Sabbaths is our Filipino Service at 8:30am. We had quite an attendance last Sabbath. Let me challenge every GFAC member to give priority to church attendance and what a blessing when we come early to partake of “heavenly manna.”
While we go about our duties and activities in life, unseen forces are at work that coalesce toward an appointment of prophetic importance. It’s important that we are aware of what’s going on behind the scenes so as not to be taken by surprise. Some recent news:
PROTESTANTS, CATHOLICS SIGN ACCORD
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation when he posted on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, a document containing 95 propositions on the biblical teaching of justification. A 500-year war of words ensued between Catholics and Protestants. But in 1999 Catholics and Lutherans signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). The World Methodist Council signed the JDDJ in 2006, and the World Communion of Reformed Churches signed on in July 2017. On October 31, 2017–500 years to the day from Luther’s posting of his Ninety-Five Theses–the Anglican Consultative Council made a public presentation at a service in Westminster Abbey, London, that “welcome and affirmed” the substance of the JDDJ.” The Holy See Press Office commented that “it has become clear that what we have in common is far more than that which still divides us.” – Anglican Church News Service
CANADIAN COURT HEARTS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CASE
Several years ago Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, British Columbia, proposed opening a law school and gained approval from the province to proceed. However, three Canadian law societies said they would refuse to accept TWU’s law school graduates, because of the university’s “Community Covenant Agreement,” which requires students and staff to abide by the biblical principles of marriage. These law societies claimed that TWU’s covenant discriminates against gays and lesbians. The Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments on the case on November 30, 3017. A ruling is expected in about a year.” – Vancouver Sun
HOW GOD CREATED MOTHERS’ BRAINS
MRIs of the brains of mothers’ have shown that when they hear their babies cry, areas of their brains are activated that are not activated in brains of women who are not mothers. When mothers hear their babies crying, they are motivated more than anyone else to pick up the babies and talk to them, kiss them, rock them, feed them, and so on. Studies conducted with 684 mothers from 11 countries showed that this phenomenon is true across all cultures. – World News Service
“I will take a hug from everybody. If you don’t mind my perspiration, I definitely don’t mind yours.” Delores Porter of Princeville, North Carolina, on the Muslim volunteers who were renovating her home after it was damaged by a flood that rose to almost ten feet. – Christian Century