Louder Than Words

“Actions speak louder than words.” This well-known saying might lead us to think that words don’t have much value or impact. In some situations this is largely true. Proverbs 29:19 says, “A servant will not be corrected by mere words; for though he understands, he will not respond.” Words are useless when a person knows there will be no action to back them up. When children know there will be no consequences, they will test the boundaries. When a person’s actions back up what they say, their words have power. My brothers and I never challenged Dad when he asked us to do something. There was a tendency for my Mom to have to ask us over and over again. We didn’t accept that she meant it until she became angry. The point is, actions, to a great extent, determine the value of our words. This is especially true as
it impacts our witness as Christians. When we talk of our faith, do people see in our actions that what we say is real?

There are many situations where it is clear that words have power. The wrong words can really get you in trouble. “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 29:20. Consequently, it is often wise to say nothing. Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Words can cause trouble for the whole family, a whole church, a school, and even for a whole country. A proverb that illustrates that is found in chapter 26, verse 20. “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.”

The right words spoken at the right time can make a real difference. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25. Has anyone ever had that effect on you? Have you ever done that for another person? “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11. Words just right for the situation are like a work of art. One of my favorites is, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24. Most of us have seen a situation where someone is very angry at a person who then responds calmly and things nicely settle down. The well-known verse for that is Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

What effect do your words tend to have? Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34. What do our words show is in our hearts? Jesus also said that we will be accountable for our words in the Day of Judgment (vs 36). Words really matter. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21. Let’s choose and pray to have words that are on the side of life.

Pastor Fred Dana

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 CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (October 19 to October 24): 

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Elder Ray Rengifo – “Before Kings, Part 1” – Acts 24

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting (Chapel)

Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups’ coordinator, Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

Sabbath @ 9:00 AM - Morning Manna – Jeremy Klopfenstein

Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Mike Thompson

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Small Group Ministry Luncheon

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Central Events

Revelation: On the Edge of Time will begin on Friday, October 23, in three different locations (Fraternal Order of Eagles, 4401 Fruitridge Rd, Sacto; Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Ave, Sacto; Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Ave, Sacto) with three separate presenters – Andre Hope, JeAnn Davis, and Pastor Mike. Plan to attend and bring someone with you to these 13-night, power-packed series on closing events as outlined in the book of Revelation. Tell one, tell all. Look forward to seeing you there!

Christmas Concert Rehearsals: Join Central’s choir as we prepare for the December 5, 2015 concert. For more information or to sign up, contact Eunice Aldrich at eunicebancu@yahoo.com.

Watch Us on Television! Enjoy viewing Central’s flagship programs, Central Study Hour, every Friday night at 8 PM and Sabbath morning at 6 AM (PST) on 3ABN Proclaim! Also enjoy our Receiving the Word, 30-minute programs weekly on Sunday morning at 11 AM and Wednesday night at 8:30 PM on Sacramento Faith TV. These can also viewed on our website (www.saccentral.org) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection). Let everyone know where they can receive timely Bible messages!

Podcasts Available! If you didn't know, every Central Study Hour and worship service can be viewed and downloaded by going to our website (https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/sermons). This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central church.

Harvest Festival: The Youth Department is having a Harvest Festival Saturday night October 31, filled with games, food, and fun! Time and location to be determined. Please call Pastor Michael for more information. 

If you want others to enjoy receiving this e-newsletter as much as you do, please invite them to sign up by going to https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/central-happenings/

Central Ministries

Photographers Wanted! The Communications team is looking for photographers to capture life here at Sac Central on an on-going basis. Please email Lynnette at LLSeymour@hotmail.com to join.

Central's A/V Ministry is needing your help. Every Sabbath provides an incredible opportunity to be involved in the production of Bible-based messages that are heard all over the world. Contact Michael Aldrich for more information or if you'd like to be a part of this exciting ministry (mikejaldrich@gmail.com).

Desktop Publisher Needed! Central office is looking for a member or two who would enjoy donating their time in preparing bulletin inserts and posters for upcoming events. If you have experience and are interested, please contact the church office (see back of bulletin for information).

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BULLETIN BOARD - An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources from around the Seventh-day Adventist Church

News & Announcements

Around the World

Emotional Wellness Summit will take place in Orlando, FL, January 13 to 17 to discuss how we can equip ourselves to extend the healing ministry of Christ for the whole person, focusing especially on the often neglected mental and emotional needs of people. If you are a mental health professional, general health professional, researcher, pastor, health ministry leader, or a member of a congregation interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people you will want to be part of this discussion. Register through December, right here - http://www.emotionalwellnesssummit.com/

Adventist Leaders Appeal for Church Entities to Respect Ordination Vote. General Conference and division leaders re-affirmed the important role of women in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and appealed to all church entities to respect a recent General Conference Session decision on ordination in order to avoid fracturing the world church. G.T. Ng, executive secretary of the Adventist world church, read the six-paragraph document aloud to church leaders and laypeople attending the Annual Council on Sunday, the first day of the weeklong council’s core business sessions. Ushers passed out copies of the document to attendees. To read the full appeal, click here.

More than 1,100 people spent the afternoon going door-to-door across Philadelphia and Reading for the Pennsylvania Conference’s “Faith for Families” event earlier this fall. Some went out in torrential downpours. People returned to churches with stories of how God had used them—many sharing that those they talked with indicated that they were an answer to prayer. Others were excited about those who signed up for Bible studies. All interests generated from the day were invited to evangelistic meetings or seminars held at area churches, as well as to join one of the more
than 100 small groups. The conference is sponsoring two evangelistic series in November. Click here to read more.

Southern Adventist University received a $1.6 million gift from a Chattanooga-area business that wishes to remain anonymous. The funds will make a significant difference for students; $1 million of the contribution is designated for bolstering Southern’s endowment, which supports scholarships, and remaining monies are for improvements to the university’s library and campus green spaces. According to Tom Verrill, senior vice president for Financial Administration, $1 million generates $45,000 of interest annually for scholarships. Click here to read more.

Around Sacramento

Fall Festival: Please join us for Sacramento Adventist Academy’s (SAA) annual Fall Festival, Sunday, October 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM. There will be hay rides, a bounce house, vegetarian corn dogs, and more. The elementary choir will present, “I Have a Dream: Songs for Peace and Harmony.” The Elementary Band and Middle School Band will also be performing. 

Would you like to receive the SAA Weekend Report? Email Eva Mason at emason@sacaa.org. Please include your name, connection to the school, and e-mail.

Men’s Chorus Festival: The Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4600 Winding Way, Sacramento, invites you to come and be blessed by a Men's Chorus Festival at 5 PM on Sabbath, October 24, 2015. This event features the Bakersfield Hillcrest, Bay Area, Carmichael, Christian Edition, Modesto Praise, and Sonora Community Christian Men's Choruses in concert. Admission is free. More information is available at (916) 487-8684 or www.carmsda.org.

Resources

Celebrate 40 Years of Ministry with American Christian Ministries by taking advantage of their FREE downloads right here. Be blessed as you enjoy a variety of message, from 1844 Made
Simple to the 1888 Message, and more!

Learn More About Adventist Heritage! “Interrupted on his path to Harvard, a young Uriah Smith threw in his lot with the first Sabbath-keepers. Soon he was put in charge of the church paper, the Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, and his sharply worded opinions became familiar to thousands of readers. He had much to say about prophecy, slavery and Catholicism. Often he found himself brought into controversy. Read how his understanding of justification by faith changed and how his statements on prophecy have held up over time…” Click here to read more.

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