“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy…” (Exodus 20:8 KJV). God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, and what God has blessed is blessed forever (Gen 2:3, 1 Chron 17:27). So why did God command us to keep holy the Sabbath day? Since He made it holy, won’t it continue to be holy regardless of how we relate to it?Read More
I read an article in a well-known Adventist magazine that explained it is was a good thing to go out to eat at restaurants on the Sabbath because it saved Adventist women the work of food preparation and clean up in the kitchen and made the Sabbath a more enjoyable day for them.Read More
What if cleaning your shoes on Sabbath morning was the great test by which your eternal destiny was decided? I’m not saying that it will be. But, what if it was?Read More
Dare we even suggest that the Sabbath has lost its significance?Read More
A Sunday church service called “Surge Church” was launched by the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 8 to an audience of about 250 people in hopes it would reach those who felt more comfortable worshipping on Sunday. "Why not create a forum where the truth can be taught on a Sunday morning in a context where people are used to coming to church,” said First SDA Church Senior Pastor Debleaire Snell in an interview with PELC Power Tools Podcast.Read More
Speaking to a capacity crowd of more than 450 in the General Conference auditorium, General Conference president Ted N. C. Wilson emphasized a call to “communicate God’s truth in love and illuminate the earth with God’s glory.”Read More
Question: Could it be that Satan is presently conducting a test run for his final and full frontal assault on the moral law of God? Are we witnessing today, throughout the world and every echelon of society, including the church, unprecedented spiritual warfare against the first institution created in Eden, in preparation for the ultimate attack against the second one?Read More
U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced the end of Saturday mail delivery today, which would save two billion dollars a year. The decision would not affect package delivery. Union leaders were angered, calling for his resignation. The North American Religious Liberty Association thought this was "great news for Adventists and people who keep Sabbath throughout the United States." Read their statement below.
In what Seventh-day Adventist Church Associate Counsel Todd McFarland hailed as "great news for Adventists and people who keep Sabbath throughout the United States," the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it would cease Saturday mail delivery beginning August 1. Saturday package delivery will continue, and post offices will remain open on Saturdays, but with reduced hours.
The move was motivated by tens of billions of dollars in losses in recent years, and should save the agency about $2 billion a year. However the decision has a positive, albeit unintended, consequence as well.
"For decades the USPS has been the single most troublesome employer for those seeking Sabbath workplace accommodation. Halting Saturday delivery will not only prevent many future Sabbath observance conflicts for Adventists employed by the post office, but will help resolve current situations in which mail carrier-church members are experiencing discrimination," said McFarland.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that job discrimination complaints continue to grow at an alarming rate in the United States, with charges based on religious discrimination jumping by 9.5 percent in 2011, the largest increase of any category.
As Seventh-day Adventists our observance of the seventh day Sabbath is a practice that sets us apart from most Christians, and this doctrine is embedded in the name of our Church. But is it possible that we observe the seventh day Sabbath without truly understanding or appreciating the wonderful attributes of God that this day represents?Read More