European Unity & Bible Prophecy, Part 2

In 2003, President George W. Bush held a lunch for Romano Prodi, the president of the European Commission.  Eager to impress upon his host the magnificence of the European dream, Mr. Prodi launched into a description of an enlargement of the European Union’s territory, which would stretch from the Atlantic to the borders of Russia. Bush is said to have responded with the comment, “Sounds like the Roman Empire to me, Romano.”  Although he may have said it with a touch of sarcasm, Bush clearly noted the ambition for European unity.  That drive still exists today.

It is impossible that Europe could ever become a modern day Holy Roman Empire.  As a scout with a map can see the twists and turns of the road he is traveling before he reaches his destination, the all-knowing God sees the twists and turns of history – the rise and fall of nations - before they actually occur.  Over one thousand years before it happened, God revealed to an ancient king that the Roman Empire would be carved up into a number of small nations and these nations would never be unified again.

The prophet Daniel shared this significant detail with the Babylonian king as he interpreted his dream of that great statue: “As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men: but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.” (Daniel 2:43)  According to this prophecy, the ten toes of the great image, representing divided Europe, would never unite.  No man or army of men could ever hope to consolidate these nations, but that hasn’t prevented them from trying . . .

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This Week (June 13 to 18): 

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Fred Dana

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

• 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 – Karen Medeiros

• 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 Chris Buttery

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Guest Fellowship Lunch

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – New Believer Luncheon

• Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – Light Sacramento!

Upcoming Events

Light Sacramento! continues Sabbath, June 18. Bring a change of clothes, walking shoes, and a dish to share for fellowship lunch, and join us in the Camellia Room for a short presentation on practical evangelism before lighting Sacramento! All are invited to join. 

Sign Interpreter, Robin Franzke, returns next Sabbath, June 18, for the final time. Please invite those you know who are deaf or hard of hearing to join us during the church services.

Spiritual Health: Neglected Dimensions: Medical research reveals that spirituality is a powerful, but often neglected, resource when it comes to natural healing strategies. Drs. DeRose and Steinke will present a one-hour presentation on this topic for the divine worship service on Sabbath, June 25. Attendees will receive an overview of the connections between spirituality and health, but, more importantly, they will learn eight timeless spiritual prescriptions for health and wholeness.  The doctors’ lively, dialogue-format presentation will feature Christian principles, but will present them in a way that appeals to people from any spiritual walk.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join us—and to invite your friends. 

About the presenters: David DeRose, MD, MPH is a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine with a Master in Public Health degree emphasizing Health Promotion and Health Education. In addition to his active clinical work, DeRose is a syndicated radio host, popular lecturer, and published medical researcher.  Greg Steinke, MD, MPH is a Lifestyle Medicine Specialist with board-certifications in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. His MPH emphasized Public Health Nutrition. Dr. Steinke has helped many patients reverse their chronic diseases through lifestyle-based approaches.

Ready to Hike? Destination is Fairy Falls in Marysville on June 26 from 7AM to 1:30PM. Children should be 6 years old and above. For car pool information, contact Amanda Pauly at amandaj.pauly@gmail.com.

Teen Day Camp is just around the corner, from June 27 to July 1! We will have a great time serving in the morning and in the afternoon we will be going swimming, river rafting, hiking etc. Please contact Pastor Michael if you have any questions. More information to follow next week.

Healthy Plate Presents: “Controlling Your Blood Pressure Naturally” Monday, June 27 at 7 PM in the Chapel. All are welcome!

Family Matters

Congratulations to Nicole and Jeremy Klopfenstein on the arrival of their second child, Joshua Elisha Levi Klopfenstein. We're so happy for the both of you. May God continue to bless your precious family!

Welcome! We warmly welcome Suzane Cantu to her new ministry position as Church Librarian. May God bless you in your new endeavor!

Say Cheese! Photos of members/families are still being taken on Sabbath afternoons only through the end of June. To have your photo taken, please meet outside the front of the church starting at 1:15 PM to have one of the photographers take your picture. We are no longer using sign-up sheets. Thank you!

Consider Adventist Education: It’s that time of year for parents to start thinking about the next school year. Student Financial Aid applications are available at the Hostess Desk in the foyer of the church and in the main office during the week for Central members only. Please contact Pastor Michael if you have any questions regarding the application at (916) 292-2176.

Watch us Live Stream! Every Sabbath we live stream our Sabbath School class (Central Study Hour) and worship service. If you live in a different time zone or can’t make it to your local church, go to www.saccentral.org, click on the “Live Stream” button in the middle of the screen and join us at 9:35 AM for an uplifting, Christ-centered experience!

News & Events From Elsewhere

Orangevale Adventist School is offering an affordable extended care summer program for children ages 6 to 10. The program is available June 13 to August 5. Hours are Mondays to Thursdays 7AM to 6PM and Fridays 7AM to 5PM. For more information, contact Gina Wilmot at 916-591-4411.




Is Jesus Kosher for Jews? Are Jesus and Judaism compatible? In this fascinating three-part series, three Jews—Doug Batchelor, Steve Wohlberg, and Jeff Zaremsky— discuss this controversial topic while sharing their remarkable personal journeys of faith. What they discovered is life-changing and worthy of your consideration.Order your copy here.

Voice of Prophecy officially launched its new flagship broadcast, Disclosure, which features discussion, special guests, and issues currently in the news. Disclosure is talk radio with an emphasis on Bible study and prophecy. To learn more click here.

Be Inspired 

Catching Kayla: Some people run because they want to. Kayla runs because she can. This remarkable story of perseverance and courage will inspire you to not give up, and run the Christian race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1).

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