Don’t Be Deceived

If I climbed up on the roof of my house and thought I could fly, does it matter what I believe when instead of going up I end up falling down and doing my body some great injury?  Does it matter what a person believes? 

You may find this fascinating, but if you asked a number of Christians this question they will strangely answer no.  Bear with me here.  If you asked the average Christian how a person is saved they will likely tell you that a person can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and they would be absolutely and Biblically correct in giving that answer.  Belief on Jesus brings salvation.  No problem there. 

However, if you ask the same Christians why they believe what they believe about the Bible and why another Christian believes something else about the Bible, and the difference is significant, generally, when pressed, you’ll get the response, “Well, it doesn’t matter what you really believe just as long as everyone believes on Jesus.” 

As sincere as these people are, would they be correct in making that assertion?...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (April 13-19): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Elder Ray – The Righteousness Of The Law; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna –Matt Davis; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM  - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – Communion Service

Calling All New Members! If you have recently joined Central church family in the last 2 years or so we would like to invite you to our New Member Orientation this Sabbath (April 19) in the Family Life Room right after church. Lunch will be served and various brief presentations will be shared regarding the history of the Adventist Church, how the church is organized locally and around the world, what’s happening at Central, ministry opportunities, and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Communion will be held this Sabbath, April 19 during church. Let’s begin to prepare our hearts for this special service and time of re-consecration.

Work Bee!  Mark your calendars for our annual spring work bee on Sunday, April 20 from 8 AM to 2 PM (lunch prepared by Karen Medeiros & team).  Come help beautify God’s house!

Glimpses Of Glory is the title to this years spring concert which will take place on Sabbath, April 26 @ 4 PM.  The concert is a musical program organized by Central members featuring various church family and friends. Plan now to attend.

Fighting Cancer Through Diet & Lifestyle Changes takes place April 28-30 and May 5-7 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Learn more about fiber, proteins, antioxidants, nutrition basics and more through experienced presenters and doctors. Cooking demonstrations and food sampling also included. Cost is only $5/night or $20 if you register for all six classes on opening night.

Israel In Prophecy Seminar: Plan to join us for this exciting seminar with Steve Wohlberg, speaker/director of White Horse Media. Presentations include: All Eyes On Israel, 7-Years Of Tribulation, & Israel, Babylon & Armageddon. Seminar will run from May 8-10 @ 7 PM each evening. Colorful invites for you to share will be coming soon.

Your Neighbor Thrift Store will have the Noah book ($11.99 value) available for $1 dollar for the first copy and free with a $10 dollar purchase. This wonderful special will begin tomorrow, April 13 and will continue while supplies last. Additional copies are also available while supplies last with special pricing for bulk requests. For information regarding the Noah book click here. 

Have some computer skills and a little time to spare for a worthy cause?  Your Neighbor Thrift is looking for someone to assist them on a volunteer basis in posting special sales or items on their Facebook page or on Craigslist from week to week in an attempt to create greater awareness about their store and its ministry.  If this is something you could see yourself doing please contact Buddy or Teri Harper @ (916) 676-6632.

MINISTRY NEEDS: Presently Central has several ministry needs that must be filled ASAP. Please look these over, pray, and see whether God might be leading you to help (these are all on a voluntary basis): Food Pantry Ministry Leader; Pre-K & Cradle Roll Sabbath School Leaders; Van Ministry Leader; and Media Ministry Leader. Contact Pastor Chris @ pastorchris11@gmail.com or (916) 457-6511 to indicate your interest or to receive more information.

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

News & Announcements

Adventist mission pilot Bob Roberts, longtime missionary to Africa and Southeast Asia, was killed, along with several passengers, in a plane crash last week in Indonesia.  Roberts' work included delivering food, medicine and urgently needed supplies, as well as transporting sick and needy passengers to and from the many isolated mountain villages of Papua. He was well known throughout the islands and had flown more than a thousand relief flights. Watch the feature video, "Called to Fly," of Bob’s mission work in Papua. To learn more go here.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church joined an amicus brief filed today in a United States Federal Court of Appeals challenging a November ruling that the “parsonage exemption” is unconstitutional. In an interview, GC Associate General Counsel Todd McFarland said that the religious coalition doesn’t believe the exemption violates the Establishment Clause, noting that the tax code contains other similar exemptions. Other exemptions, McFarland said, include teachers and professors working for educational institutions, military personnel, employee lodging for the convenience of the employer, as well as certain tax-payers living abroad. To learn more go here.

Summit On Abuse: A co-sponsored event by North American Division Women’s Ministries and General Conference Women’s Ministries, the emphasis of the summit is training members and leaders how to respond to abuse victims in our churches and in the community. Go to http://www.nadwm.org/ for more information and to register. 

Resources

HOPE Channel: The official television network of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hope Channel offers programs on wholistic Christian living and focuses of faith, health, relationships, and community. It’s television that will change your life! We produce more than 95 percent of our programs and reach not only across the United States and Canada, but also other countries.

Hope Channel began broadcasting in the United States in 2003. But today, Hope Channel is a global network with 23 Channels that cover Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the islands of the Pacific. Programs on each channel are contextualized for its local culture and and is broadcast in many languages including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Mandarin, Russian, Tamil, Hindi, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi and Telugu. There are many ways to watch Hope Channel. Tune in with you and your family today.

The mission of the General Conference Adventist Volunteer Center is to assist the Seventh-day AdventistChurch in the proclamation of the gospel to all peoples through the ministry of Adventist Volunteers, matching talents, gifts, resources, and professional expertise with defined needs. To learn more or how to get involved go to http://www.adventistvolunteers.org/

The Geoscience Research Institute uses both science and revelation to study the question of origins because it considers the exclusive use of science as too narrow an approach. The Institute serves the Seventh-day Adventist church in two major areas: research and communication. To learn more go to http://grisda.org/.  For their latest newsletter click here: http://grisda.org/newsletter/37.pdf.

ABOUT CENTRAL HAPPENINGS

Dear friend,

We would like to warmly welcome you to Central Happenings – a weekly e-newsletter from your pastoral staff to inform, update, and keep in touch.

It was George Bernard Shaw who once quipped, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  Ask anyone and they will tell you how true this is.  Healthy communication is a prerequisite to healthy relationships, and no less for the church family.

We plan to make Central Happenings a pithy and relevant read with the obvious goal to simply communicate.  You can expect each edition to contain:

Pastor’s Blog - a refreshing Biblical insight from your pastors.

Central News & Happenings – important info on news and events taking place at Central.

Bulletin Board – includes various news, resources, programs, and/or initiatives taking place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church locally and around the world that may impact you.

We trust you’ll find Central Happenings (not to be confused with The Central Connection put together by Central’s Communication Department) another great resource that will allow you to stay in touch with your church family.  As your pastoral staff we look forward to continuing to reach out to you, including through this new way, as we seek to press together for the work at hand and in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.

Your Pastoral Staff