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A new year is ripe with opportunity, excitement, and hope. As we look to 2017, we pray our hope is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice, and …

Point of View

Built on Hope

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I saw a bumper sticker recently that said, “Since I gave up all hope I feel much better.” I laughed at the thought. But where would we be without hope? Think …

A Ministry of Hope

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The beginning of a new year generates both reflection and anticipation. We reflect on the past year’s events in our personal lives and in society in general. As with all …

Investing in Hope

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Hope is something we can often take for granted. When we lose hope, we realize the significant role it has in our lives. From a financial perspective, it is also …

To Your Health

Motivating Healthy Choices

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We live in an age where people’s attention span is short and messages are communicated to thousands via social media in an instant. As people who have a beautiful message …

Pass it On

2017: The Year of Evangelism

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In May of 2016, a new quinquennium began for the Southwestern Union. The administration of the union has established goals and projects for this five-year period. In accordance with these …

Visión Hispana

2017 El Año de Evangelismo

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En Mayo del 2016 comenzó un nuevo quinquenio para la Unión del Sudoeste. La administración de la Unión ha establecido objetivos y proyectos para este quinquenio. Entre estos objetivos, el …


Hope Trending: A River of His Love On Campus

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Hope Trending: A Crash Course On How To Live Without Fear was a worldwide series of online presentations held on the campus of Andrews University ( The ten-night event, about …

Learning to Mumble

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“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the sit in the seat of …

Unseen Assurance

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I am hopeful that 2017 will be a great year. I am hopeful that I will be able to keep all of my New Year’s Resolutions—especially, my weight loss goals! I’m …

Renewed Hope for Service

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There is an old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” We just went through a contentious national election. Some of you, like me, probably yearned …

Finding Hope

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Interactive Media: Hope Trending | Hope Trending: A Crash Course on How to Live Without Fear is a global series of presentations with speaker Dwight K. Nelson. Explore how to replace …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

The Anchor of Hope

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All of us use the word “hope” a lot in our conversation. The word “hope” is defined as desire with expectation of fulfillment, and to wish or to want. The …

Benton Jesus Warriors Pathfinder Club

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Benton, Ark. » The Benton Jesus Warriors Pathfinder Club loves being Jesus’ hands and feet. In September, the club had the opportunity to go camping for a couple of nights …

Louisiana Pathfinders Backpacking Trip

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Louisiana youth from four Pathfinder clubs and two Adventurer clubs went backpacking in early November. Fourteen Pathfinders with four Adventurers and 16 adults backpacked 15 miles along the Eagle Rock Loop …

Cooking in the Park

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Nashville, Ark. » Our church plant has restarted a Plant Based Cooking class with Chef Jan Manly that is held at the city park center once a month. We have …

Heber Springs SDA Church Welcomes New Member

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Heber Springs, Ark. » The Heber Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church welcomes Peri Owens into our membership. Peri has been attending the church for several weeks. She brings her two little …

Oklahoma Conference

Faith. Hope. Love.

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV) Do you like to receive gifts? Do you enjoy sharing …

Oklahoma Conference Office Adopts Nursing Home for Christmas

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Oklahoma City » Each year the Oklahoma Conference staff makes an effort to share Christmas cheer with others. We are often blessed by our efforts in reaching out to others. …

Veggies! Cooking Class Comes to Bristow

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A truly healthy Christian life is one that shares that hope with our families, church family and communities where God leads us to serve. Lessons of hope, fruits of a …

Reaching In to Reach Others

The women in the Bristow church have been very active this year. In January, Health Ministries leader, Sherry Fisher, and several other women desired to have regular meetings to study …

Legal Notice - Oklahoma Conference, January 2016

Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Notice is hereby given that the Sixty-ninth Regular Session of the Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will be held at the Edmond Seventh-day Adventist Church, …

Southwest Region Conference

New Beginnings for the New Year

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The new year often brings new promises, hopes, and opportunities. However, it can also bring change. Sometimes these changes take us away from those things we hold dear. Considering this, …

Evangelism Boot Camp: Go Light Your Corner

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Athens, Texas » On October 21- 23, 2016, the Women’s Ministries Department of the Southwest Region Conference, under the leadership of Anysia Archibald, sponsored an Evangelism Boot Camp called “Go …

Deep Sea Discovery: Vacation Bible School

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Oklahoma City, Okla. » Last summer, the Voice of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oklahoma City held its Vacation Bible School with the theme, Deep Sea Discovery! Rose Graves, Vacation …

Texas Conference

Texas-Sized Vision 2017

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As long as I can recall, I have been struck with the message that God gives to His chosen people in 1 Peter 2:9. In particular the words: “That you …

Texico Conference


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It seems that uncertainty abounds in all aspects of society.  Listen to the news and you will hear fear about economic issues.  There is anxiety about personal safety. Even more, …

The Rio Rancho Church Shares the “Hero of Hacksaw Ridge”

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Rio Rancho, N. Mex. » With the release of the movie, “Hacksaw Ridge” depicting the combat experience of Army medic and conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, God presented another opportunity to …

New Mexico State Fair Pays High Dividends!

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Albuquerque, N. Mex. » Continuing a tradition that began over 25 years ago, several Albuquerque-area churches participated in an outreach to New Mexico State Fair goers, September 8-18, 2016. Rio …

Amarillo Welcomes New Pastor

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Amarillo, Tex. » The Amarillo Church has been blessed by the installation of a new pastor, Bobby Harris. Harris comes to Amarillo from the Dalhart, Clayton, Raton, and Pampa district. …

Southwestern Adventist University

Student Profile: Jae-Min Park

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For Jae-Min Park, a senior biology pre-med major at Southwestern Adventist University, music is more than just an enjoyable pastime. Park demonstrated a unique talent for and interest in piano …

Computer Science Department Reaches Out to Community with Clinic

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Nearly 70 community members recently attended a free PC and mobile device repair clinic, offered by Southwestern Adventist University’s computer science department. Faculty and 25 computer science students volunteered for …

North American Division News

Terry Shaw Named President/CEO of Adventist Health System

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Altamonte Springs, Fla. » The Adventist Health System (AHS) board of directors has appointed Terry Shaw as the organization’s new president/CEO. Shaw will immediately assume leadership responsibilities for the faith-based …

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January 2017 Classified Ads

Real Estate/Housing Summit Ridge Retirement Village is an Adventist community in a rural setting but close to Oklahoma City medical facilities and shopping. Made up of mostly individual homes, the …


January 2017 Milestones

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Anniversaries Freddy Lawrence, Sr., and Margaret Lawrence celebrated their 50th year wedding anniversary on August 13, the date they were united in holy matrimony in St. Louis, Missouri. They are …


January 2017 Obituaries

Banfield, Michael DeWitt, born August 15, 1926, in Baltimore, Md., and died November 6, 2016, in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the World Harvest Outreach SDA church. He …

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