It’s no secret, ministry leadership is far from perfect. No matter where you serve, you have probably experienced the stress that the last two, Covid-laced years of unpredictability have generated. We’ve all had to accept that we do not control as much of our lives and vocation as we thought we did.
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Does Leviticus 13:45-46 represent an inspired solution to defeat the COVID virus? “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall [...]
Oasis Christian Center in Vancouver, Washington honored veterans’ sacrifice with a special Sabbath celebration November 6, 2021. The event featured guest speaker, Lt. Col. Randy Croft, 509th Bomb Wing chaplain at Whiteman Air Force Base. Croft is also the founding pastor of Oasis.
Some of my fondest childhood memories were Sabbaths spent with my Lummi Adventist Church family. Though we were few in number, we always had a fun, interactive Sabbath school and potluck every single week. I can still remember the chili and macaroni and cheese we ate every week! Then, almost every Sabbath, we all spent [...]
Recently, my family has been listening to some old cassette tapes from a program called “Your Story Hour,” by Aunt Sue and Uncle Dan. They were given to us as a gift. I ordered a portable cassette player from Amazon so we could play them. The recordings are probably from the 70s or 80s but [...]
Years ago, I memorized Colossians, chapter 3. It's a rich chapter that speaks to so many parts of my Christian journey. I especially like what Paul wrote in verse 15. "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful" (Col. 3:15, ESV). I recognize it isn't [...]
September 18, 2021 was a high Sabbath for The Dalles congregation as they celebrated the long-awaited grand-opening of their new building in The Dalles, Oregon. Many weeks, months and years of sacrifices have served to lovingly construct this project. From the initial framing by the Maranatha volunteer team in June of 2018, to the hours [...]