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Healthy, happy, and whole families! Some families make it look easy, but for most, maintaining a healthy family life is hard work! Family ministries helps families by equipping them with …

Point of View

Family Matters


I was fortunate to be blessed with a good family. A perfect family? No, but my parents always seemed to be able to work things out. They were both busy …

Stepping Stone

November 2014 Stepping Stone


LM: Southwestern graduate Heather Roberts Kam took a leap of faith when she decided to attend the university in Texas—and each was richly blessed! Read her stories for yourself! HRK: …


Finding God (or God Finding You)


I have a couple of serious questions for you: Do you believe that God wants what is best for you? Do you believe that He is on your side? If …


What Family Means to Me


What family means to me is playing with my brother and my cousins and bonding with my whole family. My cousin, Tito, and I play with a soccer ball in …

Pass it On

An Adventist Military Chaplain Writes Home


A note from the editor: This letter was written one year ago by Chaplain (Major) William Cork, who at the time, was serving in Kuwait as Brigade Chaplain of the …

Visión Hispana

Cualidades en el Hogar Cristiano


Como pastor, he tenido la oportunidad de observar y trabajar con muchas familias. Ya que la familia es la piedra angular de la iglesia, no es de extrañar que la …


Single, Satisfied, and Saved!


While browsing the Internet one evening, I saw something regarding singleness that caught my eye. The statement was, “I’m Single Because God is Busy Writing the Best Love Story for …

Strengthening the Family: Avoiding Divorce at all Costs


God established the family at Creation when He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18, KJV). …

Togetherness Is Most Essential


In one of his most memorable songs, the late Jim Croce wrote: “If I could save time in a bottle, The first thing that I'd like to do, Is to …

A Family Legacy


“A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22, AMP). Legacy: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or …

What is Family Ministries?


“Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in His holy house. God makes homes for the homeless…” (Psalm 68:5,6, MSG). This scripture embodies the marching orders for family ministries. …

Fun Holiday Activities for Families


1 Take the family to a pumpkin farm or Christmas tree farm that offers fun activities and attractions as well as pumpkins or Christmas trees. Let the kids pick out …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

True Revival at Shreveport First


Shreveport, La. » Hope sprang to life at Shreveport First Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, August 2, 2014, when Dan Jarrard, pastor of Message of Hope Ministries, delivered the Sabbath …

Slidell Church Celebrates with Octogenarians


Slidell, La. » The Slidell church members recently celebrated milestone birthdays with Grace Singh (80) and Elsie Gelbke (90), in the conference room of the local LaQuinta Inn. The birthday …

District Youth Meeting: Batesville, Mt. View, Heber Springs


Batesville, Ark. » August 23 was a high Sabbath for the youth in the Batesville, Mountain View, and Heber Springs district. Jeff Villegas, Arkansas-Louisiana Conference youth director, was the main …

“Qualified!” Day Camp at Gentry Church


Gentry, Ark. » The Gentry church has completed its third year of free summer camp for kids ages 7-14 held during June and July, Monday through Thursday each week.  The …

Working for Baptisms


Algiers, La. » June 6, 2014, was the first lay evangelistic meeting for the Spanish-speaking community in Algiers/Gretna, a part of New Orleans Parish on the West Bank of the …

I'm Glad We Are a Family!


When the phone rings, it is always a delight to hear the sweet little voice of one of my grandchildren, “Hi, Papa! I love you! I’m glad we are a …

Oklahoma Conference

Bristow Church Hosts "Names of God" Seminar


Bristow » The Knowing God Ministries’ team presented the second in their series of three “Names of God” seminars on Friday, July 25 and Sabbath, July 26, at the Bristow …

Oklahoma Men Inspired at Retreat


Wewoka » More than 50 men gathered at Wewoka Woods Adventist Center for the first men’s ministries retreat in the Oklahoma Conference on September 6-7. The theme for the retreat …

Family Ministries: Something for Everyone


Family ministries is something I hold near and dear. As I understand the Bible, when God created the human race, He created it around the families. The two outstanding gifts …

Five Babies Dedicated at Broken Arrow Church


Broken Arrow » Five couples recently came forward with their children to participate in a baby dedication. Clayton Calvert, pastor, spoke with them regarding their responsibilities as Christian parents before …

Sand Springs Vacation Bible School


Sand Springs » The Sand Springs church recently held a Vacation Bible School for the Sand Springs community. Twenty-four youth attended. In their nature class studies they learned about humming bird …

Southwest Region Conference

Young Adult Ski Trip - February 5-8, 2015


The 2015 Young Adult Ski Trip to Taos, New Mexico will take place February 5-8, 2015. Space is limited, so register now at For more information, contact Suzanna Facundo at …

YAMS: Connecting This Generation to Christ


Baton Rouge, La. » Yams! The image that comes to mind is that of the fleshy root vegetable. Recently, however, that image is changing as more and more churches realize …

CREATION Health Cooking at Tenth Street Church


Oklahoma City, Okla. » On July 13, 2014, Oklahoma City’s Tenth Street church’s health ministries department held its CREATION Health vegetarian cooking class. The health ministries members, made up of …

The Value of Family


There are certain things in our universe that God has ordained, and family systems are one of them. We see this in everything in our universe. We see it in …

Texas Conference

Carolyn L. Early Honored by Adventist Christian Academy of Texas


Conroe » Sabbath, May 24, was an exciting day for the church. Not only was the senior class of 2014 graduating from Adventist Christian Academy of Texas, but a special …

Arlington Southern Worship Center's New Home


Arlington » Arlington Southern Worship Center began as an idea placed by the Holy Spirit in the mind of Spencer Anderson. In 2006, Anderson was a member of the Forest …

Huntsville Church Honors Members


Huntsville » Longtime Huntsville resident and local businesswoman, Sally Faulkner and her late husband, Oliver Faulkner, were honored by their church family on July 26, 2014 for their many years …

All In The Family


We have recently read and heard of a number of cases of child abuse. Professional football star Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, a native of Texas, was front and …

Burleson's Family Fireworks Fest


Burleson » “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…” (Matthew 5:14). The Burleson church literally sits on a hill, perhaps the highest …

Texico Conference

Small Town Evangelism


Tulia, Tex. » From May 14-31, the Tulia Seventh-day Adventist Church held a reaping meeting using material from Seminars Unlimited. The meetings were conducted by our pastor, Leroy Green, for five …

Miracles in the Solomon Islands


The summer of 2014 was one I will never forget. I had the privilege of leading a team of 17 people to the Solomon Islands to conduct a ShareHim mission trip …

Texico Conference Association Annual Meeting - December 7, 2014


Notice is hereby given that the Texico Conference Association of Seventh-day Adventists will hold its regular annual meeting at the Lubbock Seventh- day Adventist Church, 5302 Elgin Avenue, Lubbock, Texas …

The Elijah Message for Families


Having saved His crowning act of creation for the last day, God placed in the Garden of Eden a man and a woman, both created in His image, as the …

Southwestern Adventist University

The Legacy of Education


“Education is the one gift you can give someone that will last a lifetime,” says Janice Hall, founder of the Raymond G. “Dick” Hall Jr. Scholarship. Dick was an alumnus …

Southwestern Union

Former Texico Conference and Chile Union President Don Sullivan Passes Away


Don K. Sullivan, of Port Orchard, Wash., passed away August 19, 2014 just a few weeks before his 84th birthday. Before retirement, Don gave 46 years of service to the …

Let's Move Day Burleson 2014


Burleson, TX » More than 300 children and adults from the greater Burleson area participated in Let’s Move Day Burleson on Sunday, September 21 at Texas Health Resources Huguley Hospital …

Southwestern Union Welcomes Young Adult/Youth Director


The Southwestern Union welcomes Helvis C. Moody as director of Young Adult/Youth Ministries. He comes to this newly-created position from the Southwest Region Conference, where he served for the past …

North American Division News

Adventist Church Responds to Ebola Crisis

As of press time (October 10, 2014) according to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been more than 8,000 cases of Ebola, primarily in West Africa, and more than …

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November 2014 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 …


November 2014 Announcments

La Sierra Academy Alumni Reunion 2015: April 24, 25. Friday evening reception at 7 p.m., Sabbath worship at 10:00 a.m., registration at 9:30 a.m. on campus. Class reunions TBA. Honor …


November 2014 Obituaries

Hickman, Maxine Louella Wright Cameron, born August 20, 1940, in Oakland, Calif., and died September 17, 2014 in Sapulpa, Okla. Maxine graduated from Mountain View Academy in Mountain View, Calif., …

On the Record

A New Take on an Old Expression


We’ve all heard the expression: “The family that prays together stays together.” I’ve also heard it expressed this way: “The family that plays together stays together.” I believe there is …

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