Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 5: The Feast of Fools

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 5: The Feast of Fools

During his long life at the Babylonian court, Daniel must have participated in many feasts. But only one is recorded in his book and is perhaps the most dramatic episode of the entire story. Basically, God interrupted a merry and lavish banquet to declare with His very hand a death judgment. Such a sudden turn from ecstasy to despair may well be un

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference President, spoke for the divine service. He noted that October 12 is pastor’s appreciation day and encouraged people to appreciate their pastors. Then he read Ephesians 2:8-10: “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

Soraya Homayouni offered the opening prayer. Ramon Canals, GC Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, welcomed the attendees to the Sabbath School, reminding them that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Reconciler of all life, of family relationships, and of the Church as Head of the body. He encouraged the audience to regard the Sabb

October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

Worship: Hymn 212 – Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come; Hymn 366 – O Where Are the Reapers; Handout – Hold Out Your Light Guillermo “Billy” Biaggi, vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spoke briefly about the gatekeepers of 1 Chronicles 26, noting their leadership role in biblical times: they were assigned the treasures of the hous

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

On October 17-19, Andrews University will host a conference entitled Jesus and Politics: Christians, Liberty, and Justice Today, “featuring experts in church history, theology and activism, seeking to translate biblical teachings to our day through careful study, thought, and dialogue.” The following is an interview with Dr. Nicholas Miller, profes

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 4: Pride

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 4: Pride

Trials and Dreams Trials and dreams seem to alternate in the first few chapters of Daniel. First, we learned about Daniel and his friends’ commitment to God being trialed when asked to eat cultic food. Then Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream, which Daniel, with God’s help, was able to recount and interpret. After the initial phase of apparent sub

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Have you ever dreamed something so amazing that you wished it was true? One of the greatest kings on earth did. And, being in his position, he could afford to literally make his dream come true. Or so he thought.   A Dream Come True Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue that foretold the future of humankind: four kingdoms would succeed each other un

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

[i] Daniel and his friends have just completed three years of education when a dramatic event shook Babylon. The king had some strange dreams and demanded their interpretation from the Chaldeans on pain of death. The threatened group included the four young Hebrews. Imagine just graduating from a school and entering a field of work under a boss who

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

The Beginning of Daniel’s Captivity Daniel 1 describes the beginning of Judah’s Babylonian captivity. A century earlier, the northern kingdom of Israel had also been enslaved. Located between two empires—Egypt and Assyria—Israel and Judah often sought alliances with Egypt to resist the northern threat. But these coalitions proved unfortunate for bo