Emergency: SAU Lockdown

yeahadventists:

I just received word that Southern Adventist University is on lockdown due to a shooter and a bomb threat. There are no reported injuries. The ongoing tag #SAUlockdown on Twitter has constant updates. I’ll update when I hear more.

Please take time out to pray for everyone!

~Yvonne

According to local news and twitter, the lockdown has been lifted after 2 hours and the suspects are in custody!

whyvoneenee:

On Facebook, there was a post in a forum that asked this question:

Yesterday, during church service the pastor asked if the devil had power! A couple of know-it-all Christians all said, “Yes, he does.” The pastor said, “No, he does not!” From a biblical perspective, “Do you think the devil has power.”

I wanted to answer this thoroughly, but the rules of the forum dictate for no direct Bible quoting, so here is my answer:

So, the Bible, when describing Satan, paints him as pretty scary, and also pretty powerful. 1 Peter 5:8 describes him as a lion, and the book of Revelation uses the imagery of a dragon. In Ephesians 6:11-12, the demons under him are described as “forces” or “principalities”. All of that is pretty powerful imagery. We know that the devil and sin are responsible for all the sorrow in this world, as John 10:10 says that “the thief”, who is also Satan, seeks to “steal, kill, and destroy.”

But an important verse to look at is John 14:30, which says (in the NLT), “…the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me.” Satan is the ruler of this world, because this world is all about sin and ungodly things. That’s why he was able to say that he could give the world to Jesus while he was tempting Him (Matthew 4:8-9). But compared to God, Satan is nothing. He has only the authority that God grants him, as demonstrated in Job. That’s why 1 Corinthians 10:13 can say that we will not be temped beyond what we can handle; not only because God has authority over Satan, but because God always has our back. God has all the authority, and in that way, He has all the power. That’s why when when the Bible says to arm oneself against Satan, it’s always through God. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Satan will flee because the power of God is behind you.

So, in short, my answer is that Satan does have power, but our God is more powerful than anything he can do.

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It actually isn’t right after Christmas this year! Check it out: http://gycweb.org/

Anonymous said: I'm 21 and is their any groups or clubs for us young adults? Since I'm to old to join the pathfinders lol

Hi, Anon! For the purpose of simplicity, I’m gonna assume you’re talking about Adventist groups/clubs :P.

In direct answer to your question, I don’t think there really is much outside of Adventist Youth, which is sorta the official Adventist thing after Pathfinders. I think. Though I’m sure there’s other non-official stuff floating around. You might find that some public schools in your area have an Adventist club or some such, but if you feel you’ve outgrown Pathfinders, you might feel a little outta place there. Unless you find something at a community college or nearby state college or university. A number of them have an Adventist Campus Ministries organization, though it’s not centralized and I’m half-certain it’s unofficial. You might find one in your area. :)

On that note though, many churches around colleges (Adventist or not) will have, in Yvonne’s words, “unofficially official” young adult groups. Even if you’re not in college, you can generally find one around.

On the other hand, there really is no real age limit for Pathfinders. Sure, there’s a minimum age bar for each badge level, but the higher ranks don’t have a prerequisite rank. In my home church growing up, the pathfinder group was run by two people who themselves were working from the ground up. Alternatively, you could even look around to nearby Adventist churches and see if there’s an opening to lead a Pathfinders group. 

Anyways, I hope this helps. God bless, Anon. :)

-Howie

Submitted by mrdonniec

Submitted by mrdonniec

Though I am 11 days late, I thought this should be brought up.

Pastor Ted Wilson, the current president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, released a “State of the Church Address” on November 14th. You can watch the 41-minute address by clicking the video above. If you’d rather just read it (like me), click here. If you don’t have time for that and would rather just read a summary, click here.

What do you think about the message of this address? And what do you think about the Adventist church having a (first ever!) State of the Church Address?

"Such as mono and diglycerides”
Submitted by litlass
*collapses dramatically to the floor* Noooooooooooooo!!!!

"Such as mono and diglycerides

Submitted by litlass

*collapses dramatically to the floor* Noooooooooooooo!!!!

Even if you’re not veggie, there’s probably someone in your family who is.

Even if you’re not veggie, there’s probably someone in your family who is.

The Great Awakening (The Second and Third ones)
The Great Disappointment
The Great Second Advent Movement
The Great Controversy
The Great Hope
This is great and all, but I think we should stop.

The Great Awakening (The Second and Third ones)

The Great Disappointment

The Great Second Advent Movement

The Great Controversy

The Great Hope

This is great and all, but I think we should stop.

fundunbun-deactivated20140713 said: I'm trying to seek out fellowship on tumblr in order for my dash to be more "God-concious." So I stumbled upon ya'll's blog here. But I find myself here not knowing...What is a seventh day adventist? I am asking out of genuine curiosity. Thanks.

Don’t worry, we’re taking you seriously :).

Believe it or not, this isn’t actually an uncommon question. We’ve had it three times before. To boot, we seem to fly under the radar. Dunno why, really. I guess we try not to call attention to ourselves?

/shrug

Anyways, the general basis of SDA-ness is that we do our best to take the Bible for its word, while applying context. We kinda hold it as the be-all/end-all of stuff, and nothing outside the Bible itself is allowed to alter it to fit anything else.

Of course, context always helps. But that’s not modification: that’s clarification. 

The part where I’m guessing people are a little turned-off is that most of us believe one of our founders named Ellen G. White, who lived in the 1800’s, was a prophet. She outlined the idea of the Great Controversy (the struggle between Satan and God over people offered salvation) and our health message (which was super ahead of her time and scientifically sound). In any case, she never added anything or overturned anything biblical. She kinda meant to be supplimentary to the Bible, adding clarification.

Anyways, that’s the long and short of it. Thanks for the ask, and I hope my answer here is helpful :). God bless.

-Howie