Presidents Place: Hurricane Harvey
To: Allegheny West Conference Family
By now you have heard about the devastation Hurricane Harvey has inflicted upon the southern coast of Texas. Thousands upon thousands of individuals have lost their homes and much of their earthly goods. Many of those affected we may not know personally however our prayers and thoughts are with them. I spoke to Elder Calvin Watkins, the president of Southwest Region Conference this morning and he has shared with me the tremendous need of the saints in the Houston and surrounding areas. I assured him that his family in Allegheny West Conference would do their part in assisting in whatever way we can.
Pastor Jerome Hurst, our Community Service Director has been in constant contact with Adventist Community Service, ADRA and our sister conference, Southwest Region. The following plan has been worked out to address the needs of family:
Currently, the best donations are in the form of financial assistance. For the next two Sabbaths, September 2 and 9, we are asking that all our churches in Allegheny West Conference pick up a special offering for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can either donate online here on our website or mail these offerings to Allegheny West Conference and we will forward those funds directly to Southwest Region Conference.
We will give an updated report of the funds that come in and keep you informed of additional assistance that can be provided as we continue to help meet the needs of our family members.
May God's greatest blessings continue in your lives.
Yours in His Service
William T. Cox Sr.
August 12 events should be seen as a wake-up call to the people of God that time is winding up. When traditional groups continue to foster violence and now begin to come out of the shadows, we should be reminded of the words of Ellen White, "Slavery will again be revived in the Southern States; for the spirit of slavery still lives." 2 MR 299.3 When volatile, raciest behavior like that exhibited on this past Sabbath, we must reflect the character of Christ and show love, one for another. Here is the question we must answer; What difference does having the Holy Spirit in our lives make from those that do not have His Spirit? These events lets us know that we must finish the work so that sin and its consequences will come to an end. Come Lord Jesus Come!
NEW LEAF PROPHECY/DOCTRINAL LEARNING CENTER COMMENT ON CHARLOTTESVILLE
This morning the New York Times provided this overview of events in Charlottesville, this weekend as interpreted by the U.S. Department of Justice's leadership: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the “evil attack” in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend meets the legal definition of an act of domestic terrorism, an early declaration in an investigation after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters.
“It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Mr. Sessions said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to a fatal attack on Saturday when a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others."
Mr. Session's assessment is a legal one. It is his civic and moral responsibility to analyze and review the event through Federal law. That is only a partial view, however. We are required as Biblical Christians to take a global view; a prophetic view of events as they unfold. We cannot be true to our calling as Christians and not factor our Saviour's pronouncements about our times.
In Matthew 24, Jesus outlines in graphic detail what and how things would play out before His Second Advent. This is what He said: "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.' . . . 'But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:6-8, 37).
Context and comparison are given to provide a graphic description of what we will see and experience before Christ returns. Jesus places final events in the setting of Noah's day. Moses pens the condition of Noah's time with these words: "The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence." (Genesis 6:11). Pundits, politicians, and civil rights advocates will attempt to granulate the past weekend through the small, narrow prism of race, color, economics, religion, and education. The people of God should see those developments and those in Seattle on Sunday, as a fulfillment of the Words of Christ.
Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Noah's day heard the preaching of the end of world, and chose not to believe, until the "the floods came and took them all away." I pray we will learn from their inability to see the big picture.
Jesus is coming soon. That fact, should be the lense through which we see and evaluate all events on our planet.
Samuel Thomas, Jr.