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Perplexing Paradox

Life often confronts us with paradoxes.  A 547-acre FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where imaginary criminals are hunted by some of America’s best marksmen, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season.  Why?  The wildlife are safe because the guns are not aimed in their direction.

Consider another paradox.  Because the church is where you find Christ, encounter truth, and experience community, the church is expected to be a haven for Christians.  In fact, it is here that we can experience a foretaste of heaven.  Yet ironically, the church can be a very dangerous place to belong.  The Bible says, “And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [the church], and went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)

We would do well to remind ourselves from time to time that the devil is enraged with God’s church.  A person who stands with Christ stands against Satan.  That’s why the devil has declared an all-out war on God’s last day church – the remnant.  He hates and detests it . . . 

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CENTRAL CORNER

This Week (July 11 to 16): 

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – NO Prayer Meeting due to VBS

• 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 – Andrew Vargas

• 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 – Discipleship University

Upcoming Events

Vacation Bible School starts this week, July 11-15, from 5 PM to 8 PM right here at Sacramento Central. Children ages 0-12 are invited to join the fun this summer! Click here to learn more: https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/vbs/

Discipleship University continues this coming Sabbath, July 16 @ 2 PM in the Camellia Room. Lesson handouts and audio recordings are available at https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/ministries/Discipleship-University/

Light Sacramento! Central’s signature event for all, continues Sabbath, July 23 and will continue every 2nd and 4th Sabbath @ 2 PM. We will meet in the Camellia Room for a debriefing and prayer, and then go out to Light Sacramento!

Healthy Plate: Join us for the next Healthy Plate presentation: Lose Weight Naturally!” with Dr. David DeRose, on Monday, July 25 at 7 PM in the Chapel.

Family Life Sabbath is July 30 here at Central. Watch for more information coming soon.

Collegiate Sabbath School will be starting August 6 in the North Upper Sanctuary Room here at Sacramento Central Church. This class will be for collegiate students ages 18 to 25.

Ministry Opportunities

Garden Ministry needs some “die-hard” weeders to separate the “wheat from the tares” on the church grounds. No qualifications or previous experience needed. Come as you are. Open hours. Water provided.

Family Matters

Looking for Room to Rent & Car: This came in from one of our members: “We are looking for a place to live where it is relatively quiet, has basic functioning facilities for three people (mother, sister and myself), and open to accommodating a pet (we have a small mixed breed female dog -- though this is not essential as we'll find her a loving home if it is necessary). Willing to pay $6-700/month.

“Additionally, I am looking for a new car as the one I currently own is in bad shape. Anyone who has a vehicle they are looking to part with can contact me at (669) 350-9673 or through email at RLAllen86@gmail.com, so we can discuss price and payment.

Looking for Room to Rent: Mother and college-aged daughter looking for house or rooms to rent in local Sacramento area (Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Auburn, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville, and Newcastle). No pets, Very quiet company. Mother works full-time, daughter is a full-time student going for nursing. one enclosed garage spot would be ideal, but not necessary. Please contact Karen at (916)501-6143. Call is okay, text is preferred due to working hours. If no answer, please leave a voicemail.

Sacramento Central Prayer Ministry has conference calls open to the entire church twice daily, at 5:30 AM and 7 PM, for approximately 30 minutes. If you happen to log in during the prayer time, please do not say your name. Call 712.770.4010, access code: 361097.

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

Grab your bike and get ready to change the world! After successful rides in Australia and New Zealand, 25000Spins is coming to America this year. You can fight world poverty and improve the lives of people around the world by joining ADRA for a cycling adventure in beautiful Big Sur, California. Registration is open! Visit crowdrise.com/adrausa to get started. Dates: September 25-27, 2016; Registration Fee: $199; Fundraising Target: $2,500 (minimum to raise is $1,500).

AFCOE Student Looking for Room to Rent: Jack Toke and his wife Amy and their two young sons are missionaries to the Karen people in Thailand.  Jack is the director of the only training school focused specifically on reaching the Karen.  He is desirous of receiving more training so that he can train others in personal evangelism so he is coming to AFCOE this fall.  Because they are self-supported missionaries, they don't have the finances to make this happen.  AFCOE is donating Jack's educational fees and friends in Australia are providing Jack and his family funds to fly here; however, Jack and Amy are still trying to find a place for their family while they are here for 4 months of training.  If anyone has a mother-in-law apartment (or something similar) that they can rent for a small fee please contact Chuck Holtry at Amazing Facts (540-661-2080).  

Urgent call for dental and vision care medical professionals – You are needed at the next Your Best Pathway to Health clinic to be held on July 13 to 16, 2016, in Beckley, WV in the heart of Appalachia. Donations are also being accepted. Sign up today, and share with friends/colleagues.

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NEWS HEIGHTS

Resources

Bibles: An array of Bibles for adults, youth, and children are available at your local Adventist Book Center or online at www.adventistbookcenter.com/bibles.html. They make great gifts, and it’s nice to have a couple on hand for that “somebody” you may meet who doesn’t have one.

The Rest of Your Life! Loaded with vivid, full-color graphics and fascinating facts, this one-of-a-kind magazine reveals the astonishing truth about the seventh-day Sabbath, including its history from ancient times to the present! See how Sabbath-keeping can improve your life and even your health, and why it’s critical for you to know the future of God’s holy day! Wonderful sharing magazine! (48 pages). Click here to get your copy today!

Be Inspired 

Appeal From Elder Ted Wilson: In the light of increased conflict around the globe, including right here in North America, our world president gives a stirring appeal to “stand as beacons of spiritual light and anchors of moral influence at a time of rampant uncertainty.”
 

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