God Is Still God

In recent times our country has been rocked by the catastrophic death of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruthann, and seven others who died as a result of a plane crash in Grand Bahama on November 9, 2014. Not long ago I watched an interview on television with four local clergymen who shared their viewpoints on the life and times of Dr. Myles Munroe. I commend these men for their insights and the different perspectives they brought to the fore, however, the host of the program asked two questions to these men that I believe only God can answer.

1. Where was God?
2. Why did Dr. Munroe and the others on that aircraft die in such a tragic way?

Let me state at the onset that I do not have the answers to these questions, however it is not an uncommon or unusual thing for persons whom God has used to help others in a meaningful way to die tragically.

One of my favorite personalities of the twentieth century is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This man gave all of his energy to the noble cause of civil rights. On April 4, 1968 he died from an assassin’s bullet while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis Tennessee. Seventeen years ago I watched my father battle the ferocious forces of old age and lose when he succumbed at 83 years of age. My favorite Bible writer is the Apostle Paul. He died on Nero’s chopping block where his head was severed from his body. So let’s ask the questions again, but this time we will remove the name Myles Munroe, and replace it with the names of Martin King, Pembroke Sturrup, and the Apostle Paul, and maybe we might begin to see death from a different perspective.

One week prior to this infamous plane crash I preached a sermon on the subject “Now Are We The Sons and Daughters of God” and one of the passages of scripture used in that discourse will help us to understand why bad things happen. In the book of Romans 8:17-18 we find these words.

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

This scripture tells us that as long as we live in a world where sin is present, it will always be possible for us to experience horrid situations and undesired circumstances. God gives us the answer in His word and it is crystal clear. Suffering will be a part of our existence as long as we are living in this present age.

The Apostle Paul taught that there are only two ages. He refers to the first one as “The present age” and the second is “The age to come,” which is reserved for those who are joint heirs with Christ. The Apostle makes a clear distinction between the two: in this age we will suffer, and in the next age we will share in God’s glory!

This profound concept helps us to see the beauty in the plan of salvation, and to make sense of the chaos in this world. The Apostle Paul likens everything that happens to us in this present age as a state of suffering, when it is compared to the age to come. The comparison between the two ages is so great a contrast that he is not making reference only to the things we despise such as starvation, violence, poverty and tragedy, but he includes even the things we consider to be good. According to this Bible text, even when we get a new house, a promotion on our jobs, or even if we make millions of dollars every year, we are still in a state of suffering compared to the age that is to come. And just for the record, he makes it clear that Christians are not exempt from the sufferings of this age.

This scripture teaches that I might be saved, but I can still die from cancer; you can serve Jesus with all your heart, and your children can still be murdered; like Dr. Munroe, you and I can empower people, and help them to maximize their potential, and we too can die in a tragic plane crash. The Apostle Paul does not mince his words. He presents us with this brutal truth, “In this age we will suffer.” The earth is only temporary accommodations for those who will occupy the next age (which is eternity with God). Additionally, let us never forget that when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ left eternity and entered into what the Apostle Paul refers to as this present age, His entire life was described as good. He was the only man that lived a perfect life, yet He was nailed to a cruel cross by Roman soldiers. If a good and perfect man suffers this way in this age, the death of all others is pale when compared.
Therefore, let us not confuse this age with the one to come, and even though we may experience glimpses of God’s glory in this age, according to the scripture it is in the age to come that we will partake of His glory in its fullness. Until the transition is made we will remain subjected to the results of sin: racism, religious barriers, sickness, poverty, sorrow, and death.

So how should we respond when death takes away our loved ones? It is okay to weep, but not as those who have no hope. For if we share in the sufferings of Christ in this present age we will share in His glory in the age to come. Secondly, let us celebrate the positive contributions our loved ones have made to the human family. The real tragedy is not the plane crash, a bullet wound, or the hospital bed. The tragedy is death. It is the fact that they are no longer with us that induces the emotions and causes pain. At the end of the day, it makes no difference whether a man dies sitting at a table having lunch, or is crushed by an avalanche. It is the news of his death that brings pain. This is why we are admonished not to weep as those who have no hope. The resurrection will restore life to all who die in the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-16) and in the age to come death will be no more (1 Corinthians 15:26).

Finally, and most important of all, let us ensure that our lives demonstrate our desire to share in God’s glory in the age to come.

Article By: T. Basil Sturrup
Pastor, Agape Seventh-day Adventist Church


14 Elders Participated in Historic Baptism

In this the year of the Laity 21 precious souls were baptized by fifteen elders on Sabbath September 28, 2013.

Pastor Paul Scavella worshipped at the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist church, where Elder Harvey Braithwaite delivered the Word and two of the three precious souls he worked with were baptized by himself.

Other elders who baptized were:

Todd Beneby: Centreville
Yvon Cherenfant: Centreville
Harrison Moxey: Centreville
David Knowles: Centreville
Freeman Duncanson: Centreville
Oral Gibson: Centreville
Marva Farquharson: Message of Hope
Patrick Sands: Redemption
Ivan Rolle: Mt. Thompson
Leon Mars: Berea
Christopher Stuart: Grants Town
Louis Sama Louis: Ebenezer
Eugene Antoine: Francophone

See images below…


Complicated Grief

localnewsgrievingstepsArticle By: Barrington H. Brennen
Sounds of Encouragement

We all grieve when a loved one, friend, or acquaintance dies. It is always painful to face the death of someone you know. Unfortunately, many do not understand the dynamics of grief, thus when trying help someone to heal they cause more pain and suffering. They expect the one who is grieving to "snap out of it" or to "get over it." The truth is you never get over it. On the other hand you can learn how to cope and how to resume normal life even when facing loss.

It is important to note that people mourn when there is a loss of anything, not just of a relative or friend, but also the loss of the ability to function the way they always do. For example: children lose baby teeth, a pet dies, a child graduates from high school, a lover abandons you, a friend leaves you, a relative moves away, a spouse succumbs to cancer, retirement occurs, you are fired from the job, a leg is amputated.

The grieving process can last from two weeks to two years. There is no required length for grieving. We all grieve in different ways and for different lengths. Ivan Chan, a specialist in dealing with grief and loss states "It is also quite normal to be able to experience joy, contentment, and humor even amidst the worst loss. Factors contributing to soothing grief include strong social support, optimism, and physical exercise. Most people recover from grief and can continue with their usual activities, while still feeling moments of sadness, within six months. Some people feel better after about a year to a year and a half. For others, their grief may be longer lasting, continuing for years without seeming to improve or with any break, and this may be due to factors before the loss such as pre-existing depression or high dependency on the departed."


When someone dies, who was ill we do mourn, but the intensity of the loss might not as greatly aswhen there is unexpected death. This brings me to the topic of complicated grief. Complicated grief occurs when there is an unexpected or violent death, suicide of a loved one, lack of a support system or friendships, traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect, childhood separation anxiety, close or dependent relationship to the deceased person, being unprepared for the death; in the case of a child's death, the number of remaining children and, lack of resilience or adaptability to life changes.

Here is what one psychologist gives as the signs and symptoms of complicated grief:
  • Extreme focus on the loss and reminders of the loved one
  • Intense longing or pining for the deceased
  • Problems accepting the death
  • Numbness or detachment
  • Preoccupation with your sorrow
  • Bitterness about your loss
  • Inability to enjoy life
  • Depression or deep sadness
  • Difficulty moving on with life
  • Trouble carrying out normal routines
  • Withdrawing from social activities
  • Feeling that life holds no meaning or purpose
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Lack of trust in others

When these signs and symptoms are present it is best to talk to someone. However, when the following symptoms are evident, it is wise to seek professional help from someone who is trained and knowledgeable about grief and loss:
  • Intense pining or longing for the deceased that occurs daily or is distressing or disruptive
  • Trouble accepting the death
  • Inability to trust others after the death
  • Difficulty moving forward with life
  • Excessive bitterness or anger related to the death
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others
  • A feeling that life is now meaningless
  • A belief that the future won't be fulfilling
  • Increased agitation or jumpiness

These symptoms can cause numerous complications. They include: depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, increased risk of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure, anxiety, long-term impairment in daily living, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, smoking or nicotine use. Some of these complications may not only require psychological help by medication assistance.

We must be more sensitive and understanding with someone who is grieving. Avoid saying things that can cause further pain. Avoid saying "God knows best," "just pray about it," or "snap out of it" or "don’t cry" or "don’t talk about it anymore." These are myths and unrealistic expectations when grieving. Just be there for the person. Allow them to grieve. Encourage them to talk about their loss. Encourage them to cry and feel their pain. This is best for recovery. { SEE TIPS ON GRIEVING }

Our Great Dads

Thank God for dads. Anyone can be a father (sperm donor), but it takes someone special to be a dad. The best thing a dad can do for his children is to love their mother. Research tells us that children have happier lives when their fathers spend time with them. Children do better in school and are less rebellious when fathers are involved in their lives. Dads are not just substitute moms. Dads are friends and playmates, economic providers, caregivers, teachers and role models, monitors and disciplinarians, and protectors. Good dads know that is manly to love intensely. Good dads treat their families as they treat their own lives.

They also accept the fact that dad’s love compliments the mother’s love, not compete with it. Ten years ago I made this statement about fathers: “The love of dedicated Bahamian and Caribbean dads is like crazy glue between two pieces of wood, baking powder in a cake, yeast in bread dough, gray cement in white sand, and water on a dry parched land. A Caribbean father’s love is sensational, powerful, and healing.”

On November 29 last year our daughter and son-in-law gave birth to their first child and our third grand child. What was most exciting was the response of my son-in-law as he assumed the role of fatherhood for the first time. You should have seen the beam in his eyes. I have never seen a dad so loving, attentive, involved, caring, and tender. It made Annick and I feel confident that our new grandson will not only have a great mother but also a great father.

A few weeks ago I came across “Traits of a good dad.” I selected a few of the traits to share in this article. Here they are:

1- He's a good disciplinarian: A good father loves his children, but he doesn't let them get away with murder. He strongly disapproves of his children's misdeeds, using tough love to prove a point. He does this through the power of his words, not his fists.

2- He allows his kids to make some mistakes: A good father realizes that his children are human, and that making mistakes is part of growing up. Spending money recklessly, getting into minor car accidents, getting drunk and sick for the first time, even dating questionable women are rites of passage, and a good father recognizes this. However, he makes it clear that repeated irresponsibility won't be tolerated.

3- He teaches his children to appreciate things: A good father never lets his children take what they have for granted. From the food on the table to the good education he's paying for, a good father will make his children see the value in everything they have.

4- He accepts that his kids aren't exactly like him: Everyone is different and a father knows this well. He won't expect his children to live the same kind of life he does, and do the same kind of work. He also respects their values and opinions, as long as they don't harm the family or anyone else.

5- He spends quality time with his children: A dad knows how to have fun with his kids too, taking them out to games, movies, and supporting their sports teams by attending their matches. He takes the time to listen to his children and have a good, easy chat with them. He also makes time to help them with their homework, every night if necessary.

6- He leads by example: A good father is above the old "do as I say, not as I do" credo. He will not smoke if he doesn't want his kids to do it, and definitely won't drink heavily. He teaches them to deal with conflict with a family member and with others by being firm but reasonable at the same time. A good father also illustrates the importance of affection by professing his love for their mother in front of them. And he won't fight with her in their presence. In all, he adheres to the values he'd like his children to follow.

7- He teaches his children lessons: A father figure is the prime source of knowledge in the ways of men, and teaches his kids accordingly. From shaving to being courageous, a father molds his kids into well-rounded members of society. He especially instructs them in proper etiquette, on being honest and keeping their word, and on being thankful.

8- He protects his family at all costs: As an important provider of security and necessities, a father will do whatever he can for his family. He'll take a second job to provide for them, and he'll put his own safety on the line to keep them out of harm's way. This is how a father instills in his children the importance of personal sacrifice.

9- He shows unconditional love: This is the greatest quality of a good father. Even though he gets upset at his children's faults and may lament that they did not attain what he hoped for them, a father loves his children no less for it.

Perhaps what is the most important trait of a good dad is putting his wife first, then his children. If he does not have a wife or partner, he puts his children first. When this is done we have less problems in the family and the society.

Today I honor our wonderful dads. Contrary to popular belief there are countless good and happy fathers in our community. They are active in molding their children’s lives. They clearly understand that their lives and habits can impact the current and future lives of their children. A good dad is truly a lover. Happy Father’s Day!

Article By: Barrington Brennen

An Inescapable Call For Compassion

The long anticipated visit of Pastor Dwight K. Nelson and his wife Karen to the South Bahamas Conference is now history. Dwight Nelson, who serves as the Senior Pastor to the over four-thousand-member Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist church on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs Michigan, ministered to the members of South Bahamas Conference with unforgettable passion and clarity. Renowned internationally through his evangelistic campaigns, he can be viewed weekly on the television broadcast, “New Perceptions,” and heard on many radio stations around the world. Pastor Nelson presented a three part series entitled Tattoos on the Heart: A Case for Apocalyptic Compassion, at the Hillivew Seventh-day Adventist Church on Friday, March 15 and Sunday March 17, 2013, as part of the “Double Your Portion” Adventist rally. Listeners described him as fresh, practical, down-to-earth, and deeply spiritual. The experience was labeled as an unforgettable spiritual feast. Pastor Nelson was accompanied by his wife Karen Oswald Nelson, a registered nurse and his partner in ministry. They have one son Kirk, and a daughter Kristin.

Pastor Dwight’s unique style of preaching attracts thousands of listeners around the world. His spoken word is complimented by his published works, which include Outrageous Grace, Countdown to the Showdown and Built to Last. His gift of speaking and administration has kept him the pastor of the campus church since 1983 (30 years) where the students love him and the church continues to grow under his leadership.

Maxine Rolle Sleeps… Her Life Still Speaks

Maxine Francita Rolle, wife of Elder Vernal Rolle Sr. for fifty years, was laid to rest on March 10, 2013 after a spectacular display of admiration and celebration for one who was special to many. What could be said of this magnificent woman? Words fail to capture such a profound, majestic gem whose voice was soft and comforting, whose heart was compassionate and filled with unspeakable love for her God, her family, friends, and her fellow man.

An exemplary Bahamian woman, Maxine was born on January 19, 1943 in the picturesque settlement of Smith's Hill, South Andros. Who knew that this beautiful baby girl would grow up to marry the very dashing young Vernal Rolle and this union would produce five debonair princes, and one beautiful princess. Together they offered dedicated service to the nation for twelve years, travelling across many family islands as keepers of the lighthouse stations. Her attention to civic pride and service was riveted in all her children who reciprocated her fine example as outstanding civil servants to our nation.

Sister Rolle’s commitment to mankind was second only to her unswerving dedication to her God. She believed in fellowship and regularly attended and participated in her church right to the very end. Her work for the Lord saw her travelling to several other countries impacting other cultures and touching many lives. However, her premier missionary post was her family. Along with her husband they reared their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord ensuring that they accompanied them to church each and every Sabbath. As testimony to a job well done, all her children boast membership in the Seventh-day Adventist church family in which they grew up and are presently serving the church and the community.

What a legacy she has left! Maxine was a woman filled with grace and keen wisdom and she was indeed connected to the True Vine, Jesus Christ who was the source of her strength. She believed in and relied on her Saviour and taught her children and grandchildren to do the same. Sister Rolle was a humble lady who never rejected a hug which was always accompanied by a shy but sweet and endearing smile. A kind word and or warm advice were the order of the day for those persons who came in contact with her. She was a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, a melodious singer and accompanied her energetic husband whenever and wherever.

A beautiful rose that caught the light of the sun, whose lovely petals were kissed with such gentle tenderness that from its essence poured joy. Though this rose, this light is now faded from this life, we hope to one day in the kingdom made new, gaze upon that exquisite blossom, Maxine Francita Rolle. Sister Maxine Rolle captivated the hearts and touched many lives and will be missed immensely by everyone who knew and loved her dearly.

She remains in the hearts of those who appreciated her until on that great getting up day when we will hear her sing, see her smile and rejoice in the fulfillment of her faith.

Pastor Dwight Nelson Is Coming To Town

The long anticipated visit of Pastor Dwight K. Nelson and his wife Karen to the South Bahamas Conference is almost here. Dwight Nelson, who serves as the Senior Pastor to the over four-thousand-member Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist church on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs Michigan, will be in town this weekend. Renowned internationally through his evangelistic campaigns, he can be viewed weekly on the television broadcast, “New Perceptions,” and heard on many radio stations around the world. Pastor Nelson will preach at the Hillivew Seventh-day Adventist Church on Friday, March 15 and Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m. as part of the “Double Your Portion” Adventist rally. He will also be the Divine Service speaker on Saturday morning at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, of missionary parents, Nelson converses in Japanese. A graduate of Far Eastern Academy in Singapore, Nelson later earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. His spoken word is complimented by his published works, which include Outrageous Grace, Countdown to the Showdown and Built to Last. Pastor Nelson will be accompanied by his wife Karen Oswald Nelson, a registered nurse and his partner in ministry. They have one son Kirk, and a daughter Kristin.

Pastor Dwight’s unique style of preaching attracts thousands of listeners to the campus church in Michigan and to his television broadcast. So much so, that in 1994, the Pioneer Memorial Church hosted ABC Television's National Christmas Eve service. He is fresh, practical, down-to-earth, and deeply spiritual. Wherever Pastor Nelsons speaks a crowd is sure to follow. The Pioneer Memorial Church has standing room only each Saturday morning with eager students, community and faculty members who are anxious to hear the fresh spiritual insights from the Bible. His gift of speaking and administration has kept him the pastor of the campus church since 1983 (30 years) where the students love him and the church continues to grow under his leadership. This is your opportunity to experience what others describe as an unforgettable spiritual feast. You will be richly blessed this weekend by his ministry. Come and join us.

How To Pray

Here is a little known secret: Much more can be learned by actually praying than by simply studying about prayer. It is Therefore a worthwhile exercise to examine how to pray. The answer of course emerges out of the experiences of people who actually enjoyed a life of prayer. One of those persons is the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ. In His thirty-three years of earthly sojourn he practiced a life of prayer; In other words, a life of constant communion with his Father. So, how do I pray? This resembles an inquiry that the observant disciples presented to Jesus. They said to Jesus, "teach us how to pray". (Luke 11:1). The following is the model prayer.

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:9-13 NIV)

The prayer is not so much for us to repeat word for word as it is for us to genuinely, out of a relationship with Jesus, imitate the attitude seen in the prayer. Firstly, we must pray with an attitude of praise and reverence for our Father and His name. In this we acknowledge the illimitable power and holy character of the Father who rules as sovereign in Heaven and Earth. Praising and reverencing His name brings his authority into our lives. Here we learn that our strength and answers come from above not beneath. When the praises go up the blessings come down.

Secondly, we must pray with an attitude of humility. In this manner the human will submits to God's will. Just as earth is subject to heaven, so the children must be subjected to the Father. The reason is obvious. "your heavenly Father knows that you need them"(Matthew 6:32). Also, He rules Heaven and Earth.

Thirdly, we must pray with an attitude of desire and petition for physical needs. The Father is concerned about our need for food, clothing, shelter and security. As children we have authority to ask. " Ask and it shall be given to you : seek and you shall find ; knock and the door will be opened to you . For everyone that asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened " (Matthew 7:7,8). In these words resides persistence. Continue to ask; continue to seek and continue to knock. It is interesting to note that the words ask, seek and knock all begins with a letter from the word ASK. The idea is that there must be persistence and progression in prayer.

Fourthly, we must pray with an attitude of desire and petition for spiritual needs. Relationship with God and our fellow men is a great spiritual need. We need God and we need people as well. In the beginning, God solved the problem of aloneness by placing human beings in families. Sin has always been the cause of disunity and relational dysfunction, as well as separation from God, hence our need for forgiveness of trespasses from the Father. There is also the desire to forgive those who trespass against us. In addition ask the Father for power to resist temptation and the evil one, Satan. " Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you " ( James 4:7). In order to resist the evil one and temptations we must submit to the Father's leadership.

Finally, we must pray with an attitude of faith and expectation with specificity. " If you ask for bread he will not give you stone..... your Father in heaven is willing to give good gifts." (Matthew 7:9,10).

So, now you know Jesus, pray to the Father in the name of Jesus. Jesus said, " Because I am going to my Father, you may ask for anything in my name and I will do it ." In the presence of the Father, Jesus stands up as our advocate. The Father always listens to Jesus. So with such knowledge, I urge you to pray without ceasing. Here is the total package!


Try it! It works.

Article By: Pastor Peter Joseph
Executive Secretary

Leandra Barr at 3ABN

Congratulations to Leandra Brunetta Barr who was recently employed by 3ABN Television Network in West Frankfort, Illinois. Leandra, the second of three children of Dr. Willard and Mrs. Irene Barr of the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Wellington Street, Nassau, Bahamas is a product of Christian Education. She attended both Bahamas Academy Elementary and Secondary divisions where she graduated with honours. After graduating from the College of The Bahamas with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Leandra matriculated at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee where she pursued The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication with emphasis in Media Production. She graduated in December 2012 among the top of her graduating class.

Sister Barr’s aspirations are: to become an outstanding Producer and Christian Television Network Talk Show Host and to encourage and win young people to Christ.

We pray God’s blessings upon Leandra in all her pursuits.

The Road To Success: Refelections of a college student

My name is Daran Erickson Addington Clarke. Most people know me as Pastor Clarke’s son or the Bass singer, but I’m much more than just that. I was born in the Princess Margaret Hospital on February 20th, 1990 and from that day I sought out to be a pilot! Along the way, that vision became distorted and changed a number of times. My educational journey began at Miss Binnie preschool and continued from there to Bahamas Academy where I spent the next 12 years of my life. All I thought about in high school was basketball. However, if I could go back in time, I’d make sure to lay a solid foundation for my college courses and receive lots of scholarships by doing the best in all my assignments and tests and grabbing every opportunity for learning. Living the high school life is great, but every step is about preparing for the next event.

I graduated Bahamas Academy and went on to study at Northern Caribbean University (NCU). There again life was all about basketball. It was a rough transition. I had to exercise a lot of self-discipline to understand that success in college demanded so much more. I learnt that one couldn’t do the same mediocre work that luckily sufficed in high school. In 2011, I decided to transfer to Oakwood University to complete the senior year of my Accounting Degree. To leave NCU with my hands swinging was not an option, so I applied, and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. At Oakwood University I had a lot of help from teachers who were willing to press me toward graduation in one year; this despite the large volume of courses I had outstanding to fulfill graduation requirements. This required long hours. One semester I was up to 23 credit hours, including internship time.

My advice to anyone that is going through college or any level of education is, DO NOT GET FLUSTERED. No matter how challenging the task at hand may seem, it is achievable. Once you have a plan to work at it little by little, step by step, you will succeed. I was especially inspired in a worship meeting at Edwards Hall at Oakwood University. A young man, 24 years of age, spoke to us about being diligent and determined to be the best one can be. He is a medical doctor and an Oakwood University Alumni. I then thought about it and determined that if he is a medical doctor at 24, why should I stop working at my education now? Why can’t I go for more? And thus, upon completing my Bachelors Degree from Oakwood University, I began my MBA in the fall of 2012 at Washington Adventist University.

The road has not been an easy one, but once you keep your head looking first at Christ, and then at the bright future, He has promised us hope! I don’t know about tomorrow, what I will be doing or where I will be, but I know who holds my hand! Keep your focus, trust God, work diligently and anticipate the blissful success that is inevitable.

Article By: Daran E. A. Clarke

Toward A Disciplined Society

Why is society seemingly out of control? Could it be that the fabric of civil governance is indiscriminately losing its thread count? The incidents of curt remarks to those in authority and the laissez faire (let them do as they please) approach to life seem to be the order of the day. The gradual demise of self-control has eaten at the very ingredient that so strongly guided a once principled nation. No wonder the decadence that pervades our society has resulted in subversive activities that threaten our welfare and that of so many in and out of our circle. Are we heading for trouble? Can our children survive in an arena of unwelcomed chaos and anarchy? I wish not to paint a picture of gloom, but if we do not put some austere measures in place, we are inadvertently satisfied with an indiscipline society.

All is not lost. However, our efforts of redemption must be intentional. We can no longer deem society as “a hopeless case” but instead employ principles of order and control in our little spheres. We can eradicate the mounting cases of traffic bullying, student bullying, cyber bullying and other negatives that emanate from the perspective of sheer negligence of the stakeholders. We can no longer feel comfortable in “our space”. Yes, like Jabez, (cf. I Chronicles 4:10) we need to ask the Lord to enlarge our territory. What does this include? We should establish a process toward a disciplined nation. This begins at home. When the home fails, the church and school must make the difference; hard though it may be. Yes, it is an uphill battle when listless parents relegate their children to the whims and fancies of happenstance.

We must bear in mind, that though many look to government to fix their problems; it is not the panacea for our ills. One thing that remains constant despite the change of governments is “us”. The government agencies are inadequate to handle the mounting cases of neglect and abandonment of our youth. Each citizen can become a powerful agent in the execution of goodwill by harnessing the shrubs of indiscipline that sprout in our own backyards. These unruly growths exist to make life painful. We must not get weary in well doing. Yes, it is a mammoth task but if each one ploughs at his own furrow then move over to assist his neighbour, what a beautiful garden we will harvest? Then we can share the fruits of our labour! Let us tackle a little each day, in our homes, at the food store – wherever we go. Just be consistent. Make a difference in our Bahamaland as we move toward a disciplined society.

Article By: Joan Scavella,
Education Director, SBC


Law Officers Service

During an address to Law Enforcement Officers and Civil Servants, the President of South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Paul Scavella, encouraged the Officers and Civil Servants to be strong and courageous in performing their duties to the Bahamian people.

The South Bahamas Conference hosted its 18th Annual Law Enforcement and Civil Servants Prayer Service, under the theme “Double Your Portion.” This service was held at the Grants Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Nassau Bahamas, on the 23rd February 2013.

With reference to Hezekiah and the rebuilding of the walls, as found in 2 Chronicles 31, Pastor Scavella said that sometimes Law Officers may have the feeling that they are in the minority as they try to uphold the law, but they should do it anyhow because it is their duty to do so.

Pastor Scavella said, “In order to survive in this society today we must be people of courage. No coward should be a Police Officer, or a Custom Officer, or any other Law Officer. Courage is something that is very rare today and to have real courage, courage to do the right, “though the heavens fall” you have to be courageous and stand for the right, for there are more with you than those against you.” He further challenged the Officers to put their faith and trust in God in order to realize their strength.

Each year at this time the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Bahamas organized and hosted a prayer and praise service for Law Officers and Civil Servants as they endeavor to do their duties.

In attendance were scores of Civil Servants and Law Officers, (active, reserved and retired) from the various Law Enforcement Agencies in the Bahamas.

In his comments about the significance of this event, Mr. Quinn McCarthy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, brought remarks from the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ellison Edroy Greenslade. “ He said “ I believe that it is imperative to seek the Holy Spirit to direct our steps as law enforcement agencies. The escalation of crime and violence in our country will not be solved with our powers alone. We must at all times seek the Divine assistance to fight the evil that appears to be taking over our country.” He also expressed appreciation on behalf of Commissioner Greenslade to the South Bahamas Conference for hosting this meaningful event.

Article By: Danhugh Gordon
Communications Director, SBC

It Takes Three

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Reflections and advices from a happy wife.

After the stress of wedding planning, with its attendant hurry and inevitable glitches, you finally enjoy that beautiful church service with all your loving family and friends in attendance. The endless picture taking and the happy and gastronomically-satisfying reception are finally over, and you ride off with the large “Just Married” sign attached and all the noisy tins ratting behind your car. The long-awaited delights of the honeymoon are glorious and euphoric. After those relaxing and unforgettable two weeks in a beautiful setting, you reluctantly pack your bags and head home to the work-a-day world. You wish the time did not fly by so rapidly, and you long to spend just a few more days, but duty calls and you have to set up house and begin a new dimension of your life – marriage and work.

On January 1, 1956, yes 57 years ago, Silas and I were united in holy matrimony. He was 29 and I was almost 20. After four years of courtship on the college campus, the lovely wedding, exciting honeymoon and a week or so of orientation in Nassau, we found ourselves assigned to work in one of the most delightful and tranquil islands of the Bahamas – Andros. In the area where we lived, Kemp’s Bay, the coconut-tree-fringed, white beach stretched for miles and miles and miles. Silas was the pastor for six small churches and I was the principal of the small elementary school. The setting was idyllic and the people were very friendly!

From the moment we were alone after the wedding, the first thing we did was to pray for God’s continued blessings on our lives and for Him to give us a double portion, as we were establishing a new home together. We had our regular morning and evening devotions, for prayer was then and has always been the basis of our lives together. We firmly believe that, “with Christ in the vessel you can smile at the storm!” Before taking up our new work assignments, we asked for God’s help every step of the way, for it takes three – husband, wife and Jesus - to make a happy and successful marriage.

Life was not a bed of roses, for there were adjustments to be made. For example, I had no teacher training experience, yet here I was in charge of a school with over fifty students. Sure, I had passed eight subjects in one sitting in the Senior Cambridge Examination, but that was not enough, so I had to learn on the job. I contacted former teachers and friends who had been teaching for some time and got as many pointers as I could. I bought relevant books to get as much help as I could. In that way with the Lord’s help, I was able to do a creditable job there for almost three years before being transferred. Silas had to do a lot of walking, even though we had a small motorbike, which we were able to use on the footpath, called The Dixie, and on the firm sand of the beach close to the edge of the sea. There were some routes, like on the way to Pleasant Bay Church from Kemp’s Bay, where he could not use the motorbike for most of the journey. Seven hills and many miles had to be covered by “foot-mobile” in order to get to Church on time. We were committed to the Lord’s work and to one another.

Then, there was the clothes washing experience, with the tin tub outside and that dreadful scrubbing board, which made both my wrists bleed after washing the sheets, towels, etc. for the week. I really tried, but it was difficult. So, we prayed about it, and worked out a solution. We pinched our pennies in another area and paid someone to help with the washing. Sometimes compromise is needed for life to go smoothly.

In those by-gone years, things were not as modernized as they now are. There were no roads in Kemp’s Bay, no electricity, no running water, no doctor, no nurse, no computers, no televisions, no telephones, etc., etc. Accommodations left a lot to be desired. In one house the leak in the thatched roof was so bad I could not cook when it was raining. We had to cover down the stove with heavy plastic sheeting, when it was not in use, to protect it from the elements. In all of this, somehow, I did not feel deprived or disadvantaged, for Silas and I were together, and we knew the Lord would see us through. It takes three for contentment and happiness!

There were many advantages and plusses. The simple, quiet life with the kerosene lamps made “early to bed and early to rise” a pleasure! The children in the school were eager to learn and did well in their studies. The amiable people made us feel at home. Quite often we would get gifts of plums, or sapodillas, or coconuts from friends and neighbours around. We made many genuine friendships while we lived in Kemp’s Bay. To this day we get calls and occasional visits from the life-long friends we made while we were there.

Preplanning is vital to success in any venture, and we did a lot of planning before our wedding. In order for any marriage to succeed, earnest prayer, careful thought and wise planning are needed. For example, we did not go in debt to have a lavish wedding. We knew how much we could afford and we made our plans accordingly. Afterwards in our marriage, we still tried to keep to our budget. I understand that a half of all marital breakups come because of disagreement over money matters. This is serious! It is not her money and his money, but our money. We have to put selfishness out of the financial equation, give God His portion, assess priorities and distribute the money accordingly.

Serious prayer, observation and assessment on the part of both prospective husband and wife are necessary. Sometimes individuals enter into this state of matrimony without due thought and consideration. Love (or lust) makes them blind, and they enter into relationships that later prove to be disastrous. To see a person on the surface and live with that individual are two different things. Even if the two people are Christians, the first year of marriage is crucial, requiring much give-and-take and consideration for the likes and dislikes of the other spouse. “In sickness and in health, till death do us part,” is a serious commitment.

Once, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you have chosen Mr. Right or Miss Right and have tied the knot, do not neglect the pleasantries and niceties you used to do while you were courting. Here is where some spouses take each other for granted and many marriages get “boring.” Life becomes a humdrum, routine affair. Love needs to be expressed in words as well as in deeds, in order to keep the love fire burning brightly. Love God supremely and your spouse with all your heart, for it does takes three!

Ruth McKinney


An Excellent Resolution

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A great writer once penned these words: “The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. “

When I first saw this quotation, I purposed in my heart that, with God as my strength, I would be one of those men. Nine years later, my resolution remains my creed. Like the Hebrew Boys, I pledge to stand even if threatened with death by the fire of men. Like Joseph, I will flee to the arms of God even when faced with life’s darkest dungeons. This is my life resolution, to move only by the impulse of the Spirit of God. And BE STRONG.

Today your tenacity to hold to God may be challenged. You may very well be asked to give up your principles or deny Jesus’ lordship over your life. You may face blazing fires because of your decision to order your steps in the way of the Lord. However, I encourage you to be strong and courageous. Never forget that it is still God’s desire, as in Bible times, to fashion men and women who are strong and courageous when faced with Satan’s obstacles, tricks and lustful enticements. Fear not because the Son of God will make your stand strong. You are an ambassador of Heaven. Do not bow! Do not be bent or be bought but believe in God. The God of Daniel, Joseph and Joshua is your God! “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Chivalry Still Lives

With age comes change. Some we embrace, such as shorter bank lines and retirement but there are other changes we loath such as aches, pains and forgetfulness. There are some things however that just does not seem to change with age such as principles, love, core values and chivalry. This thought was riveted on my mind as I was blown away by the expression of tenderest care as I watched Philip Antonio open the car door for his daughter, watch her get seated then closing the door before taking his seat. Did I mention that his pace is slowed, that he is slightly bent forward, that he uses a cane to help him walk or that he is 91 years old? Now you may understand my intrigue with his gracious demeanor.

When questioned about this display of affection, his daughter Terri responded “ Oh Daddy, my daddy is a gentleman par excel lance.” For as long as she can recall, he never sits to the dinner table without first pulling the chair for his daughters and wife or any other lady who may be dining. This transitioned outside the home to any female who shared his space creating an atmosphere of refinement wherever he went. Even more valuable than the comfort of being assisted is the sense of value and self esteem that is transmitted to the recipient of his kindness.

His sister Elizabeth, recalls similar mannerisms in their father William Wilshere Antonio who she insists is the “nicest dad in the world”. Being the older sister she recounts the tenderness with which he treated her but says it has got even better with age as she too greatly admires his finesse. This display transcends habit. It springs form a place of love and care. For his daughter Terri, one of the most memorable expressions of his love occurred on a raining afternoon when Phil Antonio was seen waiting for her at her office with an umbrella, just to walk her across the street to the parking lot where her car was parked. Much like a generational blessing, his chivalrous practices have become the hallmark of his son and grandson and an anticipated privilege to his daughters and grand daughters.

Chivalry is more than a show it is the outward manifestation of deep seated virtues such as courage, mercy, generosity, faith, hope and nobility. So say chivalry is dead is to proclaim doom. Christian men bring hope to a harsh and uncouth world by displaying understanding, pure affection and refinement to everyone in their path. So if only in the Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, I know chivalry is still alive and much adored. Just ask many women who are sure to greet Philip Antonio before leaving the hallowed spot each Sabbath.

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon

Inagua In Good Hands

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Inagua, the southernmost Island of The Bahamas, renowned for its abundance of wild life and Salt ponds, is in good hands. This was the verdict of Pastor Danhugh Gordon as he visited the Island recently. He recognized good stewardship among the church members, security force and citizens in general as a tell tale sign for diligence and continued development.

Pastor Danhugh Gordon, non-resident Pastor for the Matthew Town SDA church, paid his first visit for 2013 on the weekend of January 25. As always, he was impressed by the slowed pace and warm disposition of the residents who on the surface seem to enjoy a stress-free existence. The tidy group of faithful members shared multiple worship sessions over the weekend including Holy Communion. There was much enthusiasm expressed at expanding the reach and influence of the Adventist church on that island.

Pastor Gordon and his wife Patrice, shared in a brief devotional exercise with the local security officers at the Mathew Town Police Station. this, before the law enforcers embarked on the activities of the day which included overseeing the voting for the referendum. Pastor Gordon was impressed by the warm welcome he received and intends to make this a regular activity.

He noted, with tender admiration, the humane side of the policemen and their dedication to the preservation of the uniqueness of Inagua. In what may seem to be an insignificant gesture, the local policemen rescued and continue to care for a lone foal (baby donkey) on the premise of the station. Two years ago, Robert, as he is affectionately called, wandered onto the compound one night and has never left. The wise man Solomon writes in Proverbs 12:10 “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal…”

The Bible has more to say of faithfulness in small things being a pre-requisite for larger responsibilities and of such we must not take this act of kindness for granted.

Order, cleanliness, kindness and yes donkeys are still the hallmark of the beautiful and tranquil Island of Inauga thanks to those who live and lead there. Indeed, Inagua is in good hands.

New Pastor Installed In Cat Island

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The Elders, officers and members of the Cat Island District of Churches, during the recently held Family Island Convention, welcomed their new non-resident Pastor, Mark Ewen, on Sabbath January 19, 2013. Under the theme ‘Double Your Portion’, members of both Seaview SDA Church and the Devil’s Point SDA Church assembled at the Seaview SDA Church for a joint convocation. Executive Secretary for South Bahamas Conference, Pastor Peter Joseph, lead the installation of the new pastor and delivered the Divine Service message. He presented the word of God with power and clarity as he spoke of the gift of prophecy to the Adventist church. The members received their new pastor with open arms. They praised God for another pastor to provide leadership and direction.

Pastor Ewen is no stranger to the Bahamas. A native of Jamaica, he previously served this Conference in the district of North Andros from 2004 to 2008. He returns from Andrews University, Michigan, where he pursued the Masters in Divinity.

Pastor Ewen is married to, Taweisha Whylly a Bahamian guidance counselor. They are proud parents to two children Matea, age 12 and Mark Jr., age 5. Mark Ewen began pastoral ministry in his native home, Kingston, Jamaica, in 1997, where he pastored eight churches and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2002. In addition to serving as non-resident pastor to the Cat Island District, Pastor Ewen also serves as the Pastor of the Living Faith Church in Nassau.

Johnson Park SDA Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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Founded on nostalgia and topped with gratitude, embellished with elegance and sealed with fine dining. Such was the setting that begun the 50th anniversary celebrations at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau on Sunday January 20, 2013 for the Johnson Park SDA church. In fine Hollywood style, arriving guests were first interviewed on the Red Carpet before being escorted to the exquisitely adorned banquet hall, abuzz with laughter and warm fellowship. MCs Takara Lewis and her father T. Milton Lewis skillfully guided the evening’s program. Elements of the evening included tributes, musical items by the soulful Khrisna Virgil and masterful trumpeter solo Lemuel Johnson, nostalgic flashbacks, photos of yesteryear and loads of humor.

Some 110 guests attended the event including many that were present at the establishment of the church; Sis. Betty Moses, the oldest member of the church, Elder Joseph & Clara Lewis Sr., and many third and forth generation descendants of these and other founding families – Cartwrights, Majors, and Stuarts, just to name a few. Other notables present were Elder Melvin Lewis, Treasurer SBC, Pastor Danhugh Gordon Communication, Director SBC and Pastor Eric D. Clarke who served as district pastor for many years. Popular Talk Show host Steve McKinney made the rounds meeting and greeting special guest. Church Pastor, Dr. Michael D Toote, doubled his reasons for celebration as he relished the serenade by the Birthday Coral conducted by Dr. Keith Major.

Honored for years of dedicated service through his music, Dr. Keith Major recognized the skill of music and discipline to attend church rehearsals and services to the earnest and loving insistence of his father, Stanley Major.

Event coordinators, Denise Johnson and Constance McKinney, encouraged the attendees to share the magic of the evening with other past members and friends of the Johnson Park SDA. This was just the beginning of things to come and we look forward to many more activities. This event launches the three month long celebrations for the historic event that begun with a crusade dubbed “Mac & Mac” conducted by Pastors Leslie McMillian and Silas McKinney back in April 1963. Ever since then, the church, “With The Personal Touch”, has sought to be a beacon of light to the Chippingham community.

32 Bible Counselors Certified

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Certificates were presented to 32 Bible Counselors during the State of the Conference service held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, last Sabbath afternoon, January 12, 2013. These lay persons were the first to complete the Bible Counselors Course conducted at the McKinney Scavella Leadership Training Institute last year. Instruction covered six Personal Evangelism courses (Pv101 – Pv106).

Dr. John Carey (GMCI Coordinator) expressed appreciation to the participants and presenters for what he described as a profitable and successful course with the value of the skills learnt evidenced in the recent "Countdown To The End Gospel Crusade".The smiling Bible Counselors were congratulated by Pastor Paul Scavella, SBC president; Pastor Al Powell, ATCU Personal Ministries and Sabbath School Director, and Dr. Wilfred T. Adderley, SBC Personal Ministries and Sabbath School Director.

Adventist Double Their Portion

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NASSAU- You name it, we doubled it, at the South Bahamas Conference of SDA second State of the Conference held at the Hillview SDA Church on January 12-13 2013. Reverent anticipation mounted in pews while at the entrance of the Sanctuary Pastors with their Elders aligned themselves to march behind the immaculately regaled Pathfinder color party. The State of the Conference is an annual convention of members and leaders where spiritual motivation is heightened, the churches mission emphasized and the details of the strategies and methodologies for the new year are outlined. Each Church, led by their pastor and Elder, was given the opportunity to verbally celebrate their unique contribution to the community. This was embellished by playful competitive praise and ‘amens’ as members demonstrated unity and enthusiasm.

Also in attendance were the officers of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission led by the President, Dr. Leonard Johnson who sought to clarify the churches apparent silence on the nations referendum on gambling. He purported that it is the responsibility of the church to make rules for its membership and the responsibility of the Government to make rules for the nation. Johnson encouraged each member to pray for the wisdom of the country’s leaders while honoring the law of God in their individual decisions.

Rich music preceded the highlight of the evening, The Presidents Address by Pastor Paul Scavella. Each listener was transported along the emotionally charged final journey of Elijah as Elisha persisted for his blessing, A Double Portion, before the miraculous translation. With a passionate conviction of God’s sure covenant of blessing Scavella enumerated keys to ensuring our own Double Portion. He encouraged each member to demonstrate their trust in God by faithfully doubling their gifts of time, treasure and talent to Him.

Charged with this mandate, members returned on Sunday January 13, for further spiritual motivation from Executive Secretary, Pastor Peter Joseph and detailed instruction from each departmental director. In over eighteen workshops, church officers were tutored for effective execution of their roles at the local church. Very few will forget the practical demonstrations of Double Your Portion, as knowledge was doubled, praise was doubled and the very lunch was served two per person for those who waited.

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon

Pastors & Elders Conclave

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On Sabbath afternoon January 5th the President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist invited the 28 Pastors from the 45 churches through the conference to assemble for a time of confession and introspection.

The New Year 2013, presents an untraveled road of which we know not what lies ahead. As we embarked on this journey, the conclave was considered pivotal to the success of our Pastors and Elders in ministry as they continue to provide leadership to the Adventist churches.

The Pastors were directed to the prophet Joel and his directives to “Cry aloud and weep between the porch and the alter”. It was a moving scene as each Pastor was encircled by his Elders and prayers for his consecration and empowerment were offered. In turn the pastor prayed for each elder individually.

The charge from President Scavella, Conference President, echoed the theme of the Conference for this year, “Double Your Portion”. He challenged the listeners to heed Joel’s advice to “bring our grain and drink offerings”, which signifies our need to die to self in order to grow. He further underscored the fact that we can only accomplish the double portion if we are covered with the Blood of Jesus.

Pastors and Elders alike left renewed and committed to the work of ministry. The follow-up meeting will take place in April where the Elders and Pastors will again assemble for a one-day bonding event to begin the second quarter.

Article By: Pastor Paul A. Scavella
President, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist

No Digital Affairs This Christmas

While most of us will be having lots of wholesome fun during the Christmas season, there will be some who will be causing damage to relationships and creating great emotional pain to others with the use of digital equipment—cell phones. One of the fastest growing methods of causing strife in relationships is texting or text messaging. That is the use of cell phones or online messengers to transmit secret, sexual, romantic messages to someone you are not married to or not in a relationship with. When the Blackberry was first introduced, there was a surge in the number of couples who accessed marital therapy in the Bahamas and in many other countries. Why? Because a spouse would have discovered, after probing his or her partner’s cell phone, intimate messages to or from a stranger. These messages often caused heated debates between spouses whether or not the partner was cheating of chatting. A question often asked was: “Why are you saying those things to that person and you have never said them to me?”

Too many of today’s relationship are on a fast track to destruction. Relationship specialist, Dr Sheri Meyers, in her book “Chatting or Cheating: How to detect infidelity, rebuild love, and affair proof your marriage” states that “It used to take a long time for affairs to develop. Not anymore. With the advent of social media and technology at our fingertips 24/7, the pathway to cheating is fast and practically unobstructed. It is easier than ever to meet others, stay constantly (and secretly) in contact, get intimate and cheat on our partners.” It is my observation that this phenomenon is occurring in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

As I have stated in many of my previous articles, most affairs do not start with deliberate, intentional acts. They move progressively slowly down to a precipice of pain and misery. The difference today is the “slow” journey has gotten faster—very fast. Traditionally affairs started face to face with “innocent friendship” until it mushroomed into a heated, passionate encounter. However, many individuals today, with the use of cell phones, online messaging, and emails are secretly diving quickly into intimate sharing. The practice of openness and honesty has lost its meaning in many relationships. Some individuals try to keep their secret love affair hidden as long as possible thinking no one would ever find out. It seems to be a real fantasy world that offers some form of satisfaction, although unreal, to the participants. The defense phrase by many is “we are only friends.”

When an emotional need goes unmet, the marriage is vulnerable to an affair. Sadly, too many people are not even aware that their needs are not being met. Yes, that is true. Others are aware and have been complaining for years, but the other partner would not listen. Therefore the romantically starved partner may innocently seek a listening ear or someone who seems caring and understanding. Unknowingly, the affair begins. Here is my definition of an affair. “Whenever you say or do something to someone other than your spouse that you should first say or do to your spouse or only say or do to your spouse, you are either having an affair or you are at risk of having one.” It is a slippery slope and cyber technology has made it easier and faster. Avoid this trap.

The following tips are shared by Dr. Sheri Meyers and I thought would be beneficial to share. She indicates that the key to tell if you or your spouse is “chatting or cheating” is whether the three points are present: shared intimacy, secrecy and exclusion, or sexual chemistry. Read carefully the following quiz by Dr. Sheri Meyers and see if you are cheating or chatting.

Shared Intimacy
  • Are you exchanging personal, intimate, and confidential information (and/or had offline contact) with an online "friend" that your partner doesn't know about?
  • Are you giving more and more time, attention and emotional support to your "friend" and less to your partner at home?
  • Are you beginning to emotionally or physically withdraw from your partner, preferring to spend time away, online, talking or texting with your "friend" vs. connecting with your partner?
  • Are you constantly checking to see if your "friend" has made contact and/or are continually trying to come up with ways to connect and have contact?
  • Are you feeling high and happy when connected with your "friend" and low and lonely when you've been disconnected for too long?

Secrecy & Exclusion
  • Are you hiding your correspondence with your "friend" from your partner?
  • Are you becoming secretive or evasive about your activities, changing your passwords, getting new anonymous email addresses, setting up fake profiles, joining a dating or cheating hook-up site?
  • Are you avoiding getting into serious conversations with your partner?
  • Are you pretending you're single when you're not?
  • Are you spending a large amount of time (in person or online) talking, sharing, confiding with your friend and not telling your partner about it? Or worse, lying about who you are with?

Sexual Chemistry
  • Are you finding yourself sexually and/or emotionally aroused when you think about or have contact with your "friend"?
  • Are you sending or receiving flirtatious or sexy emails, texts, photos or videos?
  • Are you doing anything sexual using your webcam (or your imagination)? Having sexy chats? Sharing your sexual fantasies? Masturbating and/or mutually masturbating?
  • Are you imagining you are in bed with your "friend," while making love with your partner?
  • Are you feeling cold when it comes to having sex with your partner? More interested in reading a book, Facebooking, watching TV, or talking to your "friend" then making love with your partner?

If you answered yes to any of these statements, you should be aware that you are cheating and you need to quickly make a change in your behaviour. I encourage you to purchase the book mentioned in this article by Dr. Sheri Meyers. It will change your life. Have a very merry Christmas.

Article By: Pastor Barrington Brennen
Website: soencouragement.org

South Bahamas Conference Prayer Breakfast

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In the Courtyard, was the theme chosen for the Prayer Breakfast that brought ASI members, families and friends together on December 9, 2012. Were Jesus to have found this gathering in the courtyard of His Sanctuary, He would have been pleased, leaving us with commendations and not chastisement as in days gone by. The atmosphere of fellowship and praised was framed by the decorative accents of burnt orange with white and cradled by the soft playing of inspirational music. Our special guests out of Florida USA, were the over 30 participants in the Family Life Weekend Cruise, sponsored by the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care INC. This group was lead by Pastor L. B. Wellington, Vice President of the Inter American Division.

A sumptuous vegetarian breakfast, complete with fruits and island tea, was followed by an unforgettable spiritual feast served up by Pastor Shian O’connor. The captivating presentation, entitled Mary had a Little Lamb, had listeners riveted to their seats as they journeyed back in time to the genesis of the real Christmas story. Bible based, thought provoking facts were explored, all the time begging for personal application of the gift of ‘The Lamb of God’ to each listener’s life. Renditions by our visiting recording artist, Pierre Wright, etched this occasion in our hearts as we shared personal testimonies and prayed together. Truly a memorable occasion where both body and soul were satisfied.

Heartiest appreciation is extended to the ASI executive without whom this project would still be just a dream.

Patrice Williams-Gordon
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Outdoor Sabbath Inspires & Revives

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Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church first outdoor Sabbath was truly “inspiring, refreshing, and reviving,” according to many who attended. Under the theme, “Communing and Fellowshipping with God through Nature,” the Living Faith Church spent the entire Sabbath day at the Bahamas Youth Camp, Gladstone Road, Nassau, on Sabbath, November 10, 2012. It was a dress-down Sabbath when members left the four walls of the traditional church setting, and clad in casual attire, spent time in nature closer to God and to each other.

It was truly a time for spiritual renewal, fellowship, and fun. Under partly cloudy skies, with a pinch of sunlight now and then, the temperature remained comfortably cool (75 to 80 degrees) the entire day. The members’ responses were remarkably encouraging. This is how some expressed their feelings about the day:

“We need to do this again and again.”
“This has been the best thing Living Faith has ever done.”
“This has revived my spirit.”
“This was a wonderful, refreshing Sabbath.”

Pastor Keith A. Albury, Publishing director of the South Bahamas Conference, conducted the morning devotion. Using Jesus’ miracle of turning the water into wine, he reminded the congregation about the place of miracles in the believer’s life. Pauline McBean coordinated the Sabbath School from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Stephen McBean, first elder, led an invigorating and provocative adult lesson discussion. The Youth and Children’s Sabbath Schools were held in the cafeteria and chapel, respectively. It was gratifying to see the enthusiastic response of the youth and children.

The church pastor, Barrington H. Brennen, led divine worship which began at 11:45 a.m. The entire family of believers got together under a tent 30 feet by 60 feet long. Chairs, arranged in a semicircle, allowed for great participation and involvement. At a special time during the divine worship, the Pastor asked the congregants to move from under the tent in groups of twos or threes and spend five minutes in nature praying and observing their surroundings. When they returned, many came with a piece of plant, shrub, or object and shared the Biblical principle associated with the object. Perhaps the best part of worship was the spirit-filled singing Tamika Roberts, Hubert Williams, Bridgette Barrett, and Janice Gibson led the congregation.

After a sumptuous lunch and a resting period, the adults enjoyed a nature walk while the children participated in a special meeting in the chapel. After the walk, Pastor Kenny Deveaux, the Family Ministries Director, led out in a vibrant, interactive discussion on communication and its various components.

Then, it was time to end the Sabbath with a short vesper brought by the pastor. Everyone joined hands in a circle to sing “Side by Side We Stand” and vesper ended with prayer. For the next three hours, the more than 200 participants joined around the small camp fire to roast corns, veggie hot dogs, and marshmallows and eat watermelon. It was certainly a joy to see everyone jostling to get his/her corn roasted.

After a long day, the crowd fizzled away and the night ended just before 9 p.m. We praise God for the untiring work of Barbara Dorsett, Vesta Williams, Ruth Johnson, Novelette Duncombe, and the many others who assisted in cooking, serving, and cleaning up. Let’s have more outdoor Sabbaths!

Article By: Barrington Brennen

New Church/District Formed

After four weeks of powerful preaching under the giant tents on the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center, the Countdown To The End Gospel Campaign climaxed with 437 individuals surrendering their lives to Jesus in baptism.

This saw the merging of these new members with the new Trinity Sabbath School to commence the process of organizing a new church.

Pastor T. Basil Sturrup and Ministerial Intern D. Richard Henderson were assigned to be in charged of this new congregation.

In spite of the passing of Hurricane Sandy, the new members rallied together to transform the Gymnasium on the campus of the Old Bahamas Academy into a beautiful house of praise, and on Sabbath October 27, 2012 more than 500 persons showed up to participate in a lively worship experience.

The Gambier Seventh-day Adventist church and the new group of believers will form a new district.

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Hurricane Sandy

Many of the islands of the Bahamas were speared the wrath of hurricane Sandy as it passes through the archipelago.

Shortly after the hurricane passed, the President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Paul Scavella, made contact with Pastors from the Family Islands to ascertain the degree of damage that the members and churches sustained. Fortunately, there was no loss of life and damages to members' homes and church properties were minimal.

Captain Russell of NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) said that he would be working to assess the damage done to the Bahamas throughout the weekend.

It started as a Category 2 hurricane but then became a Category 1 toppling light posts, flooding roads and tearing off tree branches as it charged through Cat Island and Eleuthera.

Yesterday lunchtime, Capt Russell said: “What we are experiencing now in most of the islands is that a number of them have downed power lines which have resulted in the loss of some line communications.

“And many of them are experiencing quite a bit of flooding. As of Saturday through Monday, we hope to get teams from all the government agencies into the islands that have been seriously impacted to start their assessments to see how we can render some assistance,” he said.

Mr Russell said Nassau’s harbour was scheduled to reopen today for cruise shops once some minor repairs are completed.

“I had a walkabout with the Commander of the Port - Patrick McNeil, there are some slight concerns. A number of the large fenders have been dislodged from their jetties and he is in contact with the Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development to see how they can restore those fenders as quickly as possible so they can open the harbour.”

Storm drain and road clearance were priorities for the Ministry of Public Works, said acting chief engineer Bradley King.

“As you know, one of our responsibilities is that roads are clear and as much as practical, storm drainage takes place. Road crews are out and about as we speak.”

He said a lot of sand washed up onto the roads near Saunders Beach and Sandyport and a large hole developed in West Bay Street near The Caves.

Police will be temporarily closing parts of the road for repairs and other clearance.

Lynden Pindling International Airport re-opened yesterday afternoon. Assessment flights will visit the Family Islands to get a clearer look at what exactly happened.

The storm seemed to have inflicted the greatest damage on Cat Island, which took a direct hit, and Exuma, where there were reports of downed trees, power lines and damage to homes.

“I hope that’s it for the year,” said Veronica Marshall, a 73-year-old hotel owner in Great Exuma. “I thought we would be going into the night, but around 3 o’clock it all died down. I was very happy about that.”

On Long Island, farmers lost most of their crops and several roofs were torn off. The island was without power yesterday morning and many residents did not have access to fresh water.

Power was out on Acklins Island yesterday and most roads there were flooded, while in Ragged Island the school was flooded.

Docks on the western side of Great Inagua were destroyed and the roof of a government building was partially ripped off.

Speaking yesterday, Jennifer Savoie, a New Orleans native who lives in Eleuthera, said that her fiance’s resort, The Cove in Eleuthera, was spared major damage but that power was out.

“We know the protocol and how to prepare,” she said. “It’s in our blood. We were hit pretty hard though.”

By DANA SMITH Tribune Staff Reporter

He Bounced Like a Deer and Hearts Responded

His voice slightly seasoned with huskiness and his feet bouncing like a deer, the energetic and passionate, Pastor Shiann O’Connor, thrilled and inspired hundreds each night for four weeks at the “Count Down to the End Gospel Campaign” under the big tents in Nassau by the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center. The meetings began on Saturday night, September 22 and ended on Saturday afternoon, October 20, 2012.

It has been a long time believers and curious listeners heard the gospel so simple and clear. With his gifts of teaching and exposing the hidden truths, each night Pastor O’Connor, with the use of scripture and contemporary illustrations, explained the Biblical teaching in ways that even a child could understand. It was thrilling to see the faces of those in the pews, with their eyes fixed on the screen to read the passages from the Bible, then fixed on the on the stage, as Pastor O’Connor panned up and down like a passionate, caring deer, eager to share and protect. “He is so inspiring” Sally, a curious visitor said who stopped by one night and kept on coming.

Pastor O’Connor is a creative and theologically astute preacher. Perhaps the sermons that will long linger in the minds of the listeners will be those on the 2300 day prophecy and the judgment. How would we be able to forget his step-by-step explanations and graphic illustrations? The use of the white board (magnified on the giant screen for easy viewing) to calculate the prophetic dates was most appreciative. Even a little child was able to understand.

Many will not forget Friday nights when the audience came in great numbers to hear topics on family and relationships—homosexuality, sex, and marriage. Each topic was sandwiched with a spiritual message of salvation. Laughter and enthusiastic “Amens” garnished with hand raising and clapping, the listeners will be forever blessed by the informative presentations.

Each night of the meeting Pastor O’Connor connected to the audience first by welcoming the visitors, giving of DVDs of the previous night’s sermon, and also school, backpacks for students. What a blessing! Although the Bible texts were projected on the giant screen during the sermons, it was wonderful to see the hundreds of visitors and church members bringing their Bibles, and taking notes. When the appeals were made, scores would move forward to the altar. Even those who just stood during the appeal, you could see in their faces the somber contemplation as they sang with the others the appeal song.

We praise God for 434 persons who got baptized during this series. This makes it the largest number persons baptized in any single campaign in The Bahamas and the largest campaign for Pastor O’Connor.

With crowds up to more than two thousand on Sabbaths and down to twelve hundred each week night, some even sitting in their cars trucks around he tent, we know that everyone received a blessing. We will long remember Pastor O’Connor, a native of Jamaica residing in Cayman Islands and serving as the president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It certainly was a “Count Down to the End Gospel Series” when he bounced like a deer and hundreds responded.
Contributed by, Pastor Barrington Brennen

Traffic Laws In My Head

When you are approaching a red traffic light what compels you to stop? Is it the color of the light itself or is it a moral or legal decision? The light itself has no power to stop someone. The light simply reminds us that stopping is wise. The light also reminds us that there has to be traffic laws to prevent chaos and even accidents. More importantly, the driver has to internalize and personalize the reason and purpose for traffic laws. The laws must become a part of his psyche, belief system and behavior. When there are individuals who do not believe in obeying the traffic laws or who are selectively disobedient in apply certain laws when driving, we have confusion, accidents, road rage, and sometimes death.

Although there are many obedient drivers on our streets, far too many are disobedient, creating an appearance of a lawless society. It is my view the disciplined, obedient driving of residents is one of the signs of a civil society. If an automobile collision occurs on a road in a civil society, it is not the presence of the police on the scene of the accidents that controls the drivers and prevents further chaos. It is an internal control system of the drivers, located between the two ears, that store a set of moral values and beliefs which impact behavior, sensible choices and rational thought. Too many drivers seem not to have an internal control system or it is not working well. Disciplined drivers have traffic laws stored in their heads and do not need the presence of the symbol of the law, the police officer, to obey the laws. Disciplined drivers police themselves.

Where does this lawless driving start? It does not start on the streets. It starts in the home. It is my view that adults who drive lawlessly have been influenced by a dysfunctional home environment. First, where there is lack of structure in the home—no bed or meal times, no television control, etc—it is more likely that the children will not understand the importance of internal discipline and self-management. Second, when children observe that their parents/significant others do not respect simple laws of the road while driving—speed limits, traffic lights---these same children grow up believing that it is not necessary to obey laws of a country. In fact, they become a law unto themselves. Children keenly observe what happens when there is an accident. They would listen to the lies and deceit to cover up the truth. They learn from a very young age that maneuvering (gross inexactitude) to avoid a fine or jail from breaking the law is more important than being obedient to the law. They quickly learn that breaking the law is being “smart.” What make matters worse is when a disobedient driver claims that he or she has someone to help “get him off the hook.” This might be an influential person in government or even a police officer. This is one example how the cycle of corruption continues in a country.

What is the use of surveillance cameras, traffic lights, speed limits, pedestrian crossings, road markings, and speed bumps, if very few drivers obey them? I often hear people say that we need more police on our streets to prevent more traffic accidents or to respond to the infringements of traffic laws. It is my view that we do not need more policing by traffic cops. Instead we need personal policing by every driver on the streets. We need more drivers who have the traffic laws in their heads and are not depending on or not needing the presence of police officers to drive with discipline on the streets.

Unfortunately, lack of self-government is a serious flaw in far too many residents of our county. Self-management, self-discipline and integrity are greatly needed in our country. Unfortunately these qualities of behavior cannot be bought at Kelly’s, AID, Robin Hood, or John Bull. They cannot be picked up at a garage sale at a low cost. They are only available in the school of disciplined family living and can only be stored in the hearts and minds of well-managed, disciplined residents. It is my view that if we can get our parenting act together we will have less traffic accident and less breaking of traffic laws. Are the traffic laws in your head?

Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist.
Send your questions or comments or [email protected], or call 1242 327 1980
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Cause Of Crime

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Why would an individual develop a lifestyle of criminal activities? Why would someone make a deliberate choice to cause harm to another person or destroy the property of another? Sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and theologians have asked these questions repeatedly over the past decades. Some answers exist about what makes the criminal mind works; but in spite of the information gleaned, criminal activities continue to rise, not only in The Bahamas but around the world.

Nineteenth century writer, Henry Thomas Buckle, who penned the “History of Civilization in England”, wrote these profound words: "Society prepares the crime, the criminal commits it." This is true because it is my view that the environment in which one lives impacts one’s lifestyle. Although not everyone is influenced the same way and will become a criminal, yet far too many become victims of a sick society. On the other hand, God created human beings with the ability to choose; hence, no one is forced to become a criminal. It is a choice one makes. So then, what influences some to become criminals? I will share with you the views of online writers Talija and Darius, which I believe correspond with my own observations and beliefs about why some people become criminals.


Little or no love. Musicians Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this beautiful song in 1965: “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” It speaks directly to the central problem in society. Living in a dysfunctional family or a disadvantaged environment does not cause crime. According to one author, these factors can cause the lack of love, respect, and tolerance for others. When there is lack of love, respect, and tolerance, combined with other factors, a lifestyle of criminal activities can be created.

Poor Judgment

Writers Talija and Darius state: “Lack of proper education and great role-models cause many to fail to distinguish right from wrong. In most cases offenders don't think they are doing something wrong. It seems right from their point of view. Poor judgment is also reflected in knowing it's wrong, but thinking they could get away with it, not getting caught.”


“Poverty is often blamed for leading to crime, however underneath is something more vital—society bombards us with commercial values, making us want more and more material things, to the point that some would do anything (including criminal acts) to get them. Unemployment is another factor in this category that contributes to crime through looking at ways to earn money by any means possible.” For decades many agencies and institutions, including the United Nations have researched the impact of poverty on crime and have found this statement to be true.

Television Violence

Christian writer, Josh McDowell, has documented from as early as the 1980s the impact of the media on social behavior and published his findings in his book “Why Wait,” The Impact of Television on the Lives of Individuals. Many individuals and institutions around the world, including the Surgeon General of the United States of America, psychologist T. H. A. van der Voort, and Dr. James Dobson, have published articles about the impact of television on the mind, especially on the mind of the very young and the youth.

Poor Parenting Skills

I have been writing about this point for almost two decades. In my articles, “Rules without Relationship Breeds Chaos” (Parts 1 and 2), I share how a misunderstanding of discipline contributes to so much pain and violence in so many families. Talija and Darius state “erratic or harsh discipline, lack of parental control, supervision and monitoring, parental conflict, family dysfunction/breakdown, criminal, anti-social and/or alcoholic parent/s, fatherlessness are underestimated causes of crime.”

Being A Victim In A Chain Of Events

“Sometimes individuals don't mean to cause harm, but are drawn into it by a chain of events that are beyond their control or influence.” This is not being stated as an excuse but as a factor for individuals, especially those who have been raised in dysfunctional homes and have not developed a disciplined lifestyle.

Deprived Neighborhoods

Talija and Darius write: “Economically impoverished neighborhoods breed criminal minds.” This seems to be painfully true, although not in every case because other factors are usually involved that influence criminal behavior. For example, the reasons stated earlier in this article.


“It has long been known by police officers that cold winter nights keep criminals off the streets and crime levels down. Crime scientists speculate that one of the hidden consequences of global warming will be an increase in street crime during mild winters. Studies have suggested that warmer temperatures boost aggression hormones such as epinephrine and testosterone.” Could this be true in The Bahamas and the Caribbean?


The Christian readers may appreciate this reason. Often, there seems to be no reason some people act so violently. The only answer is that this is an evil world and that evil doers are being influenced to do wrong by the ‘evil one.”

These risk factors should cause us to pause and think and can help us find ways to prevent and reduce criminal activity. Next article will deal with prevention.

Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and nationally certified psychologist, USA.
Send your comments and questions to [email protected] or visit www.soencouragement.org or call 1(242) 327-1980


Adventist Church Regional Leaders To Meet In Nassau

The Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) will host approximately one hundred and fifty leaders of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) as they meet at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island for their year-end meetings during October 28 - November 1, 2011.

The IAD is the largest division of the thirteen divisions comprising the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its territory includes the countries of Inter-America, of which the Bahamas is a part, and it boasts a membership of over 3.3 million.

During the weekend, leaders from IAD's twenty-one unions, including ACUM, will present reports from their fields at the Fall Symposium Council that will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway on Sabbath, October 29, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Pastor Israel Leito, president of IAD, will lead the delegation and preside over the meetings.

While in Nassau, Pastor Leito will also speak at the dedication ceremony for ACUM's new headquarters situated on Gladstone Road, Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

ACUM has oversight of the work of the Adventist Church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Less than a year old, it was organized on November 29, 2010 in Mandeville, Jamaica as a result of the restructuring of the former West Indies Union of Seventh-day Adventists which, for 104 years, had overseen the work of the Church in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jamaica.

Headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas, ACUM served its 27,000 Atlantic Caribbean members from its temporary location in the Summer Winds Plaza on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway for the past ten months.

About a month away from celebrating their first anniversary, ACUM officials are looking forward to the weekend.
"ACUM feels honored to host these historic meetings as it nears its first anniversary," Pastor Johnson, president of ACUM said. "We give God thanks and all the praise for the wonderful things He has done through us in our new union and in other parts of our division and around the world.”

By Dr. Cheryl Rolle, Communication Director (ACUM)

The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park Toastmasters Club

Leadership is important in every organization because it ensures continuity and makes sure it does not fall apart. This is no different at The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park Toastmasters Club, and on Wednesday July 6th 2011 we saw that the organization is in no danger of falling apart. To begin the new Toastmaster year,eight officers were installed, as Toastmasters from the soaring orators and clubs around New Providence watched as the Toastmasters Division Governor pinned each of the new executives. They are:

President: TM Takara M. Lewis ACB,ALB
Vice President of Education: TM Estelle Clare CC CL
VIce President of Membership: TM Chandalear Forbes CC
Vice President of Public Relations: TM Joseph Lewis
Treasurer: TM Yamma St. Fleur
Secretary: TM Manouchka Bien-Aime
Sergeant at Arms: TM Yvan Cherenfant
Immediate Past: Rory Major ACB.ALB

The pinning ceremony was followed immediately by the President's address entitled "I Lead because I fear leadership" where she encouraged Toastmasters to step away from their comfort zone and seek to offer themselves as leaders within the club.

The highlight of the evening was the award ceremony where the following awards were given out:
Rising Star of the year: Runner up - TM Sophia Hughes, Winner - TM Yvan Cherenfant
Evaluator of the year: Runner up - TM Carla Hamilton CC CL, Winner - TM Barry SHane Saunders ACS ALB
Speaker of the year: Runner up - TM Joseph Lewis, Winner - Eric Sweeting ACB
Toastmaster of the year: Runner up: TM Eric Sweeting ACB, Winner - TM Donna Hanna

The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park meets every Wednesday from 6 p.m to 7:15 p.m and is open to all Seventh Day Adventist ages 18 and older. For more information contact us at [email protected] or on our facebook page, facebook/soaringorators

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ASI Emphasis Weekend

All Seventh-day Adventist Business persons and Entrepreneurs are cordially invited to be our guests at South Bahamas Conference ASI Emphasis Weekend this Sabbath, July 9 at the New Providence SDA Church, Soldier Road, under the theme My Cup Runneth Over.

Come be inspired by our Guest Facilitator: Pastor L. B. Wellington Vice President of The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Inter American Division

A special Divine Hour Service will precede an informative Symposium at 4:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of the New Providence Church. Your participation is greatly desired.

Recall Notice

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality,"
or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

PK Club Launched

“What shall it profit pastors to baptize the whole city but lose their own children? To dedicate one's entire lifework to the salvation of other people's children while losing one's own is not only a tragedy but a travesty.”

So wrote Pastor James Cress, former Ministerial Secretary of the General Conference of SDA, after imbibing the findings of his intensive study of the spiritual life in the parsonage and the factors that affected attrition among Pastors’ Kids, (PK’s).

The world church continues its effort to nurture all groups of members in the church and as such encourages the deliberate care of our clergy’s family. Read More...