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When Trials Come

When trials come what do you do? When the worries and cares of this world seem to be mounting, when there are issues at work with your peers, or with your boss, when your children don’t seem to be making the best choices, when family members seem to be at odds with each other, again, or when someone you care about is on the brink of life lost, What do you turn to?

Recently, as I was walking through a difficult time of my life, I also noticed others going through something difficult as well. Then, I came across a verse I have read many times but this time it hit me in a different way:

1 Corinthians 3,4; says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the coffer with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

As I was reading and praying for wisdom and discernment in my own life, and looking to claim the promises that are afforded to each of us, God comforted me with this very verse. 

Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians, writing from Macedonia, confronts the sad state of affairs of the church. Open rebellion had occurred and questions regarding his apostleship and leadership came up.

This is a man who seeks in some way to defend his position as apostle to those in rebellion at the Corinthian Church. Yet, his very first words after the formal greeting are the verses above. He describes God as the “Father of mercies” and the “God of all comfort.” Paul a scholar and an intellectual juggernaut among the Jews and Gentiles sees through the filter of his own experience a God who comforts.

When afflictions arise, and when our backs are against the wall, there is a God in Heaven who is ready and waiting to comfort. When we are troubled on all sides there is a God who is there pouring out the mercies of Heaven on your behalf. When all have forsaken you and you are at your lowest, there is a God who much like the best of fathers, comes along side their lonely, distraught, and weak little child and wraps his arms of love around them. 

Many years ago my earthly father did that for me. I was reminded of this while thinking of those verses not long ago. I was going through a divorce, losing my daughter in a custody battle and all the rest. My father sat there in the dark as I poured out my heart to him, with all the anger, confusion, frustration, pain, and sorrow that came along with it. He sat there, just listening, in the dark as I lay on the couch in his living room. He came over to sit on the couch near me and just gave me a hug. Before then, I was lost in a world of confusion and pain. Before that moment all I could do was shout for understanding, saying, why? It was then I felt the most at peace for months.

There is nothing like a Father who cares and comforts. Yet in a greater sense we can experience this more fully from our Heavenly Father. The God of all comforts.

Paul continues to expound on the God that has comforted him. He says God comforts us “so that we may be able to comfort those who are in ANY affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

A person I saw encircled by a shadow of pain sat alone in our church courtyard. I am not certain I would have sat with them, had I not been walking through my own valley. I could see myself in that person. I wanted them to sense the same love, mercy, and comfort I was experiencing. It was a good talk. That is all I will say about that. We have the opportunity to not only experience the power of comfort from God, but also be a part of the comfort others can experience as well. Will you choose to look to God during those low days, weeks, months or even years? If you do, you’ll notice others who are waiting to enjoy what you are experiencing.

My challenge for you today is, turn to God, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, and He will challenge you to do the same for someone else.

Michael Butler, Associate Pastor

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How To Give Bible Studies

Have you ever wanted to know how to give a Bible study? If you have, please join us June 9 & 16 at 2 PM on campus, in the Camellia Room. We welcome NCC Director of Evangelism, Del Dunavant.

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Men Breakfast

Men of the church; you are cordially invited to this year’s annual Men's Appreciation Breakfast put on by the women of the church on Sunday, June 10 @ 10 AM. Come one, come all.

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Youth Rush Coming!

Just over 20 young literature evangelists will be staying at Central for 10 weeks starting June 10. Your prayers and food donations will be most welcomed. Contact Pastor Michael Butler at 916.292.2176 for more information.

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All Things Cauliflower!

The Healthy Plate continues on Monday, June 18 @ 6:30 PM in the Camellia Room with this month's feature on cauliflower. Don't underestimate the amazing things you can do with this incredibly nutritious vegetable. Invite a friend. You'll both be glad you came.

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Teen Day Camp

Calling all 13-18 year olds. Join us June 18-22 starting at 9 AM right here at the church for a week of service, spiritual renewal, and recreation. For more information please contact Pastor Michael Butler at 916.292.2176.

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Meditation, Mind & Spirituality

You don’t want to miss this event on Friday, June 22 at 7 PM and continuing Sabbath June 23 from 2-4 PM. Speaker, Kok Tho Yip, was a Zen meditator for 20 years before converting to Christianity. Come hear his story!

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Calling All Central Members!

Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's Business Meeting taking place Sunday, June 24 @ 10 AM. Location on campus to be determined. See you then!

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VBS - Team Jesus!

Join Team Jesus this summer for this special one-day event on Sunday, July 15th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Bring your child and invite their friends! Contact the church for more information.

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Volunteers Needed!

Sacramento Central is hosting its 2nd Annual AMEN Clinic for the general public on July 22, 2018. If you are a medical professional or just able-bodied, please join us for this special event. Sign up here.

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Join Us For Amazing Prophecies!

This 12-night, fast-paced, thrilling, multi-digital seminar will acquaint you with the major prophecies of the Bible. This is a general public event, so all are welcome. Seminar begins, Friday, July 27 @ 7 PM.

 

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L.I.F.E Groups

Sign up to participate in one of Central's L.I.F.E. groups and experience the joy of wholesome fellowship and friendship. Contact L.I.F.E. Group coordinators, Richard Anger (916-681-3990), or Robert Aguilar (916-681-0107) who will put you in touch with a group near you. 

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Chamber Orchestra Reboot

Orchestra rehearsals started this past
Sabbath and will run through the summer at 3 PM in the Family Life Room. Rehearsals will be every 2nd and 4th Sabbath. For more information text (909) 856-9578.

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Click on the Calendar to find out what else is happening at Central this month - from Sabbath speakers, to events, plus much, much more!

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Watch Us On Television!

Enjoy viewing Central’s flagship program, Central Study Hour, every Friday night at 7 PM and Sabbath morning at 6 AM (PST) on 3ABN Proclaim! It can also be viewed on our website, www.saccentral.org.

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Beginning at midnight on June 30, 2018, 3ABN Proclaim (where Central Study Hour can be viewed) will longer be broadcast over the G19 satellite to 36-inch home satellite dishes. Please continue viewing using the internet, Roku, mySDAtv set-top boxes, 3ABN.tv, Truli.com, YouTube.com, or the 3ABN app for Android or Apple devices.If you have any questions, please call 3ABN at 618.627.4651.

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Ministry Team: Chris Buttery, Lead Pastor; Mike Thompson, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; Michael Butler, Youth/Young Adult; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

Central Happenings: Chris Buttery, Editor; Chrystal White, Copy Editor/Distributor