Loving God with All Your Mind

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the minds of millions of people.  Stress, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, financial loss, and depression are some of the ways COVID-19 is affecting many.  The United Nations suggests, “Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well,…

Healing Devotional

Can God Still Heal?

  Can God still miraculously heal people like He did through the disciples 2000 years ago?  In Arabic the answer is “akid” which means “for sure.”  That’s one form of the ministry of healing.  Another form would be God healing people through medical doctors and nurses, as well as through natural remedies.             Regarding natural…

Longing for Home

It’s Monday night as I write this brief message.  Tuesday our plane leaves Des Moines, Iowa, and we make our long-anticipated journey home to Lebanon.  When Katie’s dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in February, and we rushed back to the US to be with him before he died, we had no idea it…

The Thief Walked Right Past Me

Last Sunday night I went shopping at a large clothing store—looking for some hats for Angela and Andrea in order to keep the hot summer sun off their faces. I browsed the aisles looking for the best option for the best price, of course keeping in mind what they would like. The store is a…

Your Vote Counts

It is a major election year in the country of my birth, the United States.  In November, the President of the United States will be elected, as well as the members of congress.  All of the politicians running for office desperately want people to vote for them.  I remember when I first moved to Lebanon back in 2016…

Making Friends for God

I am excited about the new Sabbath School quarterly that began this week. Pastor Mark Finley authored it, and it’s all about making friend for God! If you haven’t read this week’s lesson—be sure to do so soon, and keep studying it all quarter. I believe God will use this important book to remind us…

Church Is Open

Last Sabbath our church doors were opened and we met in person for the first Sabbath in 12 weeks. 12 weeks! March 21 was our last in-person Sabbath service until last Sabbath, June 20. For 3 months the church auditorium was closed, and we had online only worship services. Many people have contributed their talents…

Sunday Closure Laws

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in…

The Close of Human Probation

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple.  And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, and earthquake, and great hail.” Revelation 11:19 The reading plan, part 4, continues our focus on Revelation and The Great Controversy.  John the Revelator saw the temple of God in…