I am convinced that when God created us He placed in us an aspiration to be something more. The
very fact that God gave us choice serves as a direct indication that we were fashioned with the potential to grow. I know this is where your theological antennae begin to scrutinize this seemingly radical statement, but indulge your mind for the next few minutes to open to ‘something more’. We were created perfect; that is a definite. God, in His love, placed in our nature the desire to grow, to attain, to increase, to develop, and to be something more than that which we are presently. Even after the sad entrance of sin in our context, this wonderful yearning to advance can be found in us. Our choices can make this wonderful desire seem negative, but to be ‘something more’ is not a sin. God desire for us to be something more than that which we are, He wants us to surpass even what our minds can conceive.
The Prophetess Ellen G. White, in her book
“Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth” (pp. 18-19).
When we consider the patriarchs in the Bible,
it is indisputable that God actualized in them the longing to be something more; to reach the mark that God has called them to (in this world and the next). We can consider a stammering boy like Moses whom God used to lead His people out of bondage, a dreamer boy like Joseph whom God move to the palace of Egypt as a Prime Minister or even how God choose a Shepherd boy called David, to the seat of being a king over His people.
Maybe like Ruth in the Bible, you sense
deep within you that innate desire to be something more but you don’t know what that purpose is or how to actualize it. However, the Holy Spirit keeps that conviction alive. Well, this is the time where you need to seek God’s face like never before. There are many who never reach close to God’s purpose in their entire life, because they never seek His guidance. God never created a man to be a criminal neither did he fashion a woman to be a prostitute. He never created someone to be a drunkard, or nuisance to society. God has predestinated us all to excellence; “For [He] knows the plans [that He] has for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah
God did not make us and then plan out the days of our lives; rather, His will for us is just like Him, ‘from everlasting to everlasting’. Long before God formed you in the embryo He knew you; and before you were born He has sanctified you, and ordained you a special purpose in life (Jeremiah 1:5). This means that He could have chosen to tell the angels in heaven every intimate detail about you, long before Adam was fashioned by His hands. When I pause and contemplate the fact that my purpose in life was not haphazardly selected by God, that He in actuality consciously and purposefully stop to orchestrate a plan for my life, I literally get excited. Hence, there is no need to be unhappy, because God has designed a plan for my happiness. God’s plan for my life is to be ‘something more’, something more than what I am… to grow beyond my greatest imagination. As a Christian you should never be content with not being where God wants you to be. Thus, we should not choose a lifestyle that contradicts His will and purpose for our life (Proverbs 3:1-6).
When you truly understand, appreciate and accept God’s purpose for your life, your attitude will change. The drug addict will take hold of his breakthrough, the man who lives in sin will seek his breakthrough through the blood of Jesus, the wife or husband who is struggling with marital conflict will accept the guidelines of Jesus the Master Counselor, and the prostitute will give his or her body as a holy temple unto the Lord. That is what it is, ‘being something more’. Life’s greatest men and women, did not sit complacent for their entire lifetime being content with falling short of the plans of God, but at some eye-opening point, with admirable boldness and specific resolve press towards the mark in Christ Jesus. You too can make your press toward the Maker’s plan for your life.
With God, beyond the sky is the limit.
May God bless you to achieve Something
More according to His infinite plan.
-Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director
UNION ADMINISTRATORS RE-ELECTED
On Sunday, November 1, 2015, pastors Leonard Johnson, Peter Kerr, and elder Roderick Sands, were re-elected as president, executive secretary, and treasurer, respectively, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), during the Inter-American Division’s (IAD’s) year-end meetings held at its headquarters in Miami Florida. Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, newly re-elected president of ATCU, expressed gratitude to God, on behalf of his fellow administrators and for the opportunity to serve the union for another five-year term. -Communication Department, ATCU
THE PUBLISHING MINISTRY
*November 2015 will be recognized as Publishing Month. Events will convene at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 14, 2015. We invite everyone to a very informative and educational Publishing Ministries Day. Register for this exciting time in God’s service! Get your application form at the front desk of the Conference Office.
*The Publishing Ministry is restructuring its department to bring improvements to the life and ministry of colporteurs. We believe that the publishing ministry is a positive step that will reinvigorate our literature evangelists whose unquestionable zeal has been a major force in the promulgation of the Three Angels Messages throughout The Bahamas.
The Publishing Ministry Department is seeking
interested persons whose desire is to become Literature Evangelists and who are committed to making this ministry a spiritual and professional career.
Applications are available at the South Bahamas Conference or from the Director. - Pastor Kent Price, Publishing Director
WINNING YOUR MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
Winning Your Marriage Conference is coming to Nassau on November 20 - 22, 2015 with lead presenter, Pastor Howard Simon from the North Caribbean Conference of SDA, St. Croix, USVI. Other presenters include, Pastor Peter Joseph, Mrs. Patrice Williams-Gordon, Pastor Barrington Brennen, Dr. Pansy Brown, Pastor Larry Green and Pastor Asha-Dane Duncan. WINNING YOUR MARRIAGE is for all married couples regardless of race, nationality or religion. Stay tuned for further information on location, schedule and financial gifts. This is a South Bahamas Conference event. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Family Ministries Director
MEETING FOR CHAM LEADERS
All CHAM leaders are asked to attend a meeting at the South Bahamas Conference Office tomorrow (Sunday, November 8, 2015) at 10:00 a.m. Please make every effort to attend. We need to complete our plans for the Week of Prayer, the Concert and our Fun Day. - Mrs. Joan Scavella, CHAM Director
Are there similarities between the Branch Davidians and other organizations in The Bahamas? How do they relate? Hear Wahlen Clinton of the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference address these questions and more. This informative Biblical Symposium will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 17-18. -Pastor Lynden Williams, Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator
Join the Bethel, Ebenezer and Francophone Churches for an evangelistic campaign at the Global Mission Centre of Influence (GMCI) on Wulff Road. Meetings are held nightly at 7:15. The campaign will end on November 14.
The speaker is Evangelist Presnel Barthelemy.
All members are invited. -Pastor Lynden Williams, SSPM Director
EDUCATING TO WIN!
-JOINT EDUCATION CONCLAVE- Save the date for the first ever Education Conclave of the South Bahamas Conference under the theme, Educating to Win!
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Hillview
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Sabbath, January 23, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. Melia
Hotel, Cable Beach
Sabbath, January 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. - Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. - Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church Get a closer look at our 103-year old academy! Claim your stake in Seventh-day Adventist Christian education and show up for the inspirational messages by Mr. David Daniels, Senior Director of the Bainum Family Foundation based in Maryland, USA. -Mrs. Joan Scavella, Education Director
PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES
-Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
Basic Life Support Certification training will be held on Sunday, December 6. Contact the Health Director at 323-0610 for additional information. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director
COOKING SHOWS FOR ATV
ATV will be broadcasting Cooking Demos. Interested persons may contact Pastor Danhugh Gordon for an interview. His contacts are: 341-
4021 or email [email protected] You may also make contact with Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610 or email [email protected] -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
NEW PROVIDENCE FALL REVIVAL
-Pastor Asha-Dane Duncan, New Providence
Seventh-day Adventist Church
MONTHLY CONFERENCE WALK
Join us on November 8, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. for our monthly conference walk. Starting from Goodman's Bay to Sandyport and back. If you cannot walk the entire route, come and do what you can. Your body will thank you for it! -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
ATCU PRAYER INITIATIVE
-The Privilege of Prayer-
The prayer focus of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for November 8 - 14, 2015 is: That I am Grateful for the Privilege of Prayer.
-Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Coordinator
GRANT'S TOWN CHURCH CELEBRATES 85TH ANNIVERSARY AND SUPER SABBATH
The Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist
Church will combine its 85th anniversary and Super Sabbath on November 11-14, 2015 under the theme "Celebrating the Past . . . Embracing the Future". Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the South Bahamas Conference, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, November 11,
2015. On Thursday, Pastor Andrew Burrows; Friday, Pastor Peter Joseph. Super Sabbath speakers are: 8:00 a.m., Pastor Mark Ewen;
11:00 a.m., Pastor Barrington Brennen; Sabbath
afternoon speakers are: Pastors Jamal Franklin, Leonardo Rahming, Michael Toote, Eric Clarke, Asha Dane Duncan, and Leonard Johnson. Guest pianist for the weekend celebration (Friday night and Sabbath) will be Mrs. Olive Fletcher of Miami, Florida. She is the widow of the late Herbert Fletcher, former president of Northern Caribbean University. Join us for this great celebration. - Pastor Barrington Brennen, Grant’s Town Seventh- day Adventist Church
GRAND CELEBRATION IN SOUTH ANDROS
Are you living in South Andros? Do you want to visit South Andros? Well, come along and enjoy the blessings of another island while you experience the joys of being with God’s wonderful people. Kindly make plans now to attend the following events:
ð Sabbath Afternoon, November 28,
2015 - Kemp’s Bay Fellowship Hall
ð Sunday, November 29, 2015 - Grand fundraising concert for Blessed Hope Seventh-ay Adventist Church.
Save the dates! -Pastor Paul Scavella, South
On November 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church will be celebrating 104 years of witnessing in The Bahamas, under the theme "Make His Praise Glorious!" To commemorate this grand occasion, we will be hosting a day of musical tributes at the church, followed by a charge from Pastor H. A. Roach, former Pastor.
Our special guest artiste will be Dr. Paul Jones, gifted Canadian concert pianist, composer and author. Dr. Helene McPhee, soprano, will also bless us with the beauty and richness of her voice. We extend a special invitation to you as we celebrate God's goodness. -Mrs. Lorraine Duvalier, Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church
SoBCRA’S ANNUAL MEETING
The Second Annual Meeting of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Retirees Association will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the McKinney/Scavella Leadership Center at 11:00 a.m. All members of SoBCRA are requested to attend this important meeting. The main item on the agenda will be the election of officers for
2016. -Pastor John Carey, President of SoBCRA
A rehearsal for the following choirs will be held at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
ð The Western Region Choir
ð The recent Good News Gospel
ð The Grant’s Town Church Choir
All other interested persons including our newly baptized members are encouraged to attend. Make every effort to be on time. -Brother Nelson Bain, Conductor
17TH ANNUAL HEALTH EXTRAVAGANZA
Don't to miss the 17th Annual Health Extravaganza for Better Living. The health extravaganza will be held at Christy Park on Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. As usual, we will have free blood screenings, test-tasting of healthy non- cholesterol dishes, health tips, and demos. Our program is free and promises to be very interactive and educational. There will be prizes and surprises for the whole family. We look forward to a wonderful time and your presence.
-Ms. Idamae Hanna, Better Living
BETHANY INVITES YOU TO STRONG FAITH, STRONG FINISH
AY AT MOH WITH GEMS
Join us for AY at the Message of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church (MOH) as GEMS presents its first event, “Priceless” on Sabbath, November 14, 2015 at 4:00-8:00 p.m. ALL GEMS are invited to attend this AY program and remain for a social immediately following. -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
Remembrance Day Observance 2015
Remembrance Day Observance will be on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. All pathfinders are asked to assemble in Class A uniform at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wellington Street at 10:30 a.m. The march will commence from there to Bay Street into Bank Lane to the Garden of Remembrance (The Cenotaph). Please come out in your numbers as we participate in this event.
Youth Award Banquet
The Youth Ministries Department announces its Award Banquet under the distinguished patronage of Pastor and Mrs. Paul Scavella at the Melia Resort, Nassau Beach on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Tickets are available at the conference office.
Bible Study will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Volleyball games/practice will be held on the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church grounds on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. All church teams are asked to contact Pastor Green for more information.
Volleyball Tournament starts at the GMCI, Wulff Road on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at
7:00 p.m. Get your teams in place for this physical rejuvenation. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director
SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH NOVEMBER 14, 2015 AT 5:22 P.M. Website: http://southbahamasconference.org Have a Blessed and Wonderful Sabbath!