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Tab-A-Letter On-Line Edition
October 2014 Newsletter
How can we have victory over sin or anything in life? God leads His people step by step. The Christian life can be a battle and a march. It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan.
The mind must be disciplined, trained, educated, for we are to do service for God in ways that are not in harmony with inborn inclination. There are hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil that must be overcome. Often the training and education of a lifetime must be discarded, that one may become a learner in the school of Christ. Our hearts must be educated to become steadfast in God. We must form habits of thought that will enable us to resist temptation.
We must learn to look upward. The principles of the Word of God – principles that are as high as heaven, and that compass eternity – we are to understand in their bearing upon our daily life. Every act, every word, every thought, is to be in accord with these principles.
The precious graces of the Holy Spirit are not developed in a moment. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right the children of God are to seal their destiny. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
Yo Youth—Is It Real? by By Brenda Dickerson
“Is that real?” This question comes often from young children who are learning to sort out the differences between “real” and “fake.” We hear plenty these days about “reality.” There are even people who agree to be videotaped 24 hours a day so others can see the “reality” of their lives. I’m glad I’m not one of them!
There is a reality show I am a part of, though. You are too. We can’t choose not to play this game because everyone alive has been born into this conflict, this struggle between the powers of good and evil. Everything that is loving, kind and generous is from God. And everything that is selfish, materialistic and vain is of Satan. There are only two sides in this battle. You can’t be on your own side and you can’t be neutral. If you haven’t chosen to be on God’s side you’re automatically with Satan. “He who is not with me is against me” (Luke 11.23).
Perhaps you’re not really buying into this. God, angels and heaven seem so distant, so unreal. You can’t see them or hear them. But whether or not we choose to believe in God doesn’t determine God’s existence. The fact is that we are surrounded by spiritual beings continuously, regardless of whether we acknowledge their existence or not. It’s kind of like hurricane season. It doesn’t matter whether the inhabitants in the path of a hurricane believe the weather forecaster and take precautions. The devastating storms will strike with just as much fury whether or not people believe they are coming.
We may go back and forth at times between trusting in God and not, like a tug-of-war game. But since we never know when our lives may end, it is wise to consciously choose to be on God’s side every single day. Don’t put it off! It’s much better than the alternative. By placing yourself daily in God’s hands you will be safe and have the assurance of eternal life with Jesus in heaven. And that is real and absolute truth!
INTERNATIONAL MISSION 101 by Shirley Finneman
Members of the Tabernacle, Marshall, and Urbandale, churches met at the Korean church for the new introduction class of International Mission 101. Diana Bruch, Michigan Conference Director for Community Services, brought us counsel and updates from her department. Community Services covers urban development and English as second language is at the top in their long list of services provided.
Cathy Walker, Vicki Skinner, and Robert Essex shared their rewarding experiences teaching English in the homes and at the Battle Creek High School. Please continue to pray for job changes that will enable our brothers and sisters to get Sabbaths off. God has sent us individuals who have skills in working with employers for job placement and we were advised that teaching English is one of the keys to getting a better job. The next class will be October 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the seminar room.
Black Bean Sausage Soup The Micheff Sisters Cooking with Kellogg’s
1 cup water
4 cups canned tomatoes with the juice
1 cup onions, diced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 ½ cups canned black beans
1 20—ounce can Worthington chili
1 cup Loma Linda Linketts, sliced
½ cup solid canned pumpkin
Place all the ingredients in a medium size kettle and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot. Yields 8 ½-cup servings.
CHURCH WORK BEE: Sunday, October 12th from 9 am - 1 pm, Lots of outdoor work: Parking lot has lots of debris that needs sweeping-up. Drains need to be cleaned, as well as stairwells & alleys.
Our New Member of the month is Elsie Wilson. She was baptized September 27 by Pastor Pastrana. A picture of Elsie will be featured next month. She is 93 years young. It’s never too late to become committed to Jesus.
Our Shut-in Members of the month are:
Ethel Camp, 1073 Oliverda Road, Sherwood, MI 49089.
Anna Essex, Evergreen Senior Care Center, 111 Evergreen Road, Springfield, MI 49037.
Irene Taylor, Country Oaks Adult Foster Care, 3581 US Highway 131 S., Cadillac, MI 49601.
Please remember them with cards, your prayers, and/or visits.
Congratulations to Chad McKelvey (son of Judy and David) and Rebeca Rosa who were married August 30 in Florida.
Congratulations to Logan Steely (son of Robin and Adell) and Tinelle Jardine, who were married August 31 in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
THINKING CHRISTMAS? Plan ahead for the women’s candle light Christmas tea Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Call Pam Bishop for information or to host a table.
PATHFINERS CLUB is getting ready to start up again for the year. It is a youth program designed for kids in 5th grade and up. For more information, call or email Brad or Tracey Hall.
TRACING THE FOOTSEPS OF JESUS
Following the actual presentation with Pastor Tony Moore in the sanctuary, we will continue the notebook and DVD lessons in the seminar room. These studies will be held on Wednesdays beginning October 29; the same study at both 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the seminar room. If you can’t come in the evening, you can come in the morning.
FIVE INSURANCE POLICIES YOU CAN'T GO WITHOUT - Submitted by Chris VanderWaal adapted from Dave Ramsey
Insurance is like a life jacket—you are so thankful you have it when you need it. And if you don’t have it, you are a car wreck, an illness or a house fire away from drowning—not in the ocean, but in debt… So how do you know what you need and when? To answer that, here are five must-have types of insurance policies.
1. Homeowner’s/Renter’s: If a fire, tornado or other disaster damages your home or your possessions, this insurance will cover your house and material belongings. It’s a good idea to log your possessions (you can take pictures of them) in case you need to make a claim. If you have homeowner’s insurance, be sure that you have guaranteed replacement cost.
2. Auto: Never drive around uninsured—not just because it’s against the law, but also because the average loss per claim on cars is around $4,200. The best auto insurance to have is adequate liability coverage. Liability is insurance that covers anything that you caused in an accident, from damage to the car, to the health of the humans on the other end. Another popular type of coverage is collision, which pays for your car if it’s damaged or destroyed in a wreck. To save money, you can drop your collision or raise your deductible.
3. Health: We can’t stress enough how vital health insurance is. If you don’t have it and need to go to the hospital, you’ll be paying those medical bills for years, maybe even decades. Never go without it—Check out the various options that are available to determine which one best fits you and your family.
4. Disability: Many companies offer great rates on long-term disability insurance to their employees. Make sure 65% of your current income is covered and try to buy insurance that pays if you can’t perform the job that is required of you. As far as short-term disability insurance is concerned, don’t buy it. If you become unable to work for, say, 90 days, a fully funded emergency fund will cover your needs there.
5. Life: You need life insurance. Don’t do anything else until you and your family are covered! Sadly, about 39% of U.S. adults don’t have life insurance. If you die without life insurance, your family will be forced to cover all the burial expenses and keep earning money to live on while grieving
NEWS AND REPORTS:
TRACING THE FOOTSEPS OF JESUS will be presented by Tony Moore at the Tabernacle beginning Friday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. In this series, Tony will take you on the ancient roads Jesus walked, climb many of the mountains He climbed, and visit most of the towns and villages mentioned in the gospels.
Beautiful printed study guides will lead you into a deeper exploration of this series. The dates are October 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:00 p.m., plus for the Sabbath worship services.
THE REVELATION OF WHOM? was enjoyed by many. Pastor Lee and Marji Venden came from the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to present and record 12 sessions at the Tabernacle. The program will be available on DVD in December at “All About Jesus Seminars”. Keep the faith alive with daily devotionals, prayer, and sharing with others.
FED UP: This is a movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. “Your brain lights up with sugar the same way it does with cocaine or heroin. You’re going to become an addict.” ** You can watch this on www.youtube.com, also.
LUNCHROOMS: Revitalizing the school lunch line through fingerprint identification. Yes, this was an article in Christian School Products magazine, September 2014. “Once the province of the FBI and criminal investigators, fingerprint technology is now regularly being harnessed at K-12 schools around the nation. Not for Orwellian motives such as surveillance, identification or tracking, but for school lunches and breakfasts. Using fingerprint ID technology, foodservice operators are not only speeding lunch lines and simplifying payment, but also virtually eliminating lunch fraud, bullying...” Aren’t we glad Battle Creek Academy is more personalized and small enough that we don’t need this intrusive technology.
TRAINING AND WORSKSHOPS will be held October 31-November 2 at Camp AuSable for children’s and adult Sabbath School teachers and leaders. Call the office for more information.