When this thought struck a man named John Newton, it shocked him. He had been a sailor for 12 years and falling asleep aboard a rocking vessel was common practice for him. But when he woke up, he knew things were not right. The gentle rocking of the ship had turned into a gigantic gale that pitched the boat like a tiny cork chip. John Newton heard sloshing. The cabin he was sleeping in was filling with water. He heard a sailor yell down towards him, “Help! The ship is sinking!” “Grab a knife,” the captain yelled to him as John dashed towards the door. John Newton wheeled around and ran back to grab the knife. Just as he was getting it, one of his comrades was walking towards his room and in an instant was washed off the deck by a huge wave. John and the others immediately started pumping water out as fast as they possibly could and some of the sailors started bailing the water out with buckets. After a solid afternoon of pumping and bailing, they were all just about wasted and unable to continue, so John went to talk to the captain. The captain had nothing to say except, “Keep bailing!” So John went back to the pumps and as he was walking, he said, “If this will not do, the Lord have mercy upon us.” But as his owns words sunk in, he felt shocked. He realized it was the first time he had asked for God’s mercy in many years. And then he thought, “How on earth can I expect God to have mercy on me after all the awful things I’ve done!” The rest of the night as the giant waves were pounding the vessel, John Newton was constantly fearing the worst, thinking that if he died that night, there would be no hope for him. By God’s grace, the ship and crew did survive that frightening night at sea. But it wasn’t until six years later, after thinking and reading deeply about Christianity, that John Newton finally met a ship’s captain who personally introduced him to Jesus. As he talked with this godly captain and became a closer friend, he found himself praying more, reading the Bible more, and living with less fear. As he tells about that experience, John Newton writes, “But now I began to understand the security of the covenant of grace, and to expect to be preserved, not by my own power and holiness, but by the mighty power and promise of God, through faith in an unchangeable Savior.” His changed life followed a changed mind.
Happening December 5 – 7! Treat your entire family to a life-sized Journey to Bethlehem. Become part of the true story of Christmas as you travel back in time and experience the people, places, and circumstances that surrounded the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ.
Spokane’s own Journey to Bethlehem is free to the public. There will be a short indoor wait where musical entertainment is provided. The Journey to Bethlehem experience is outdoors so be sure to dress warmly. For more information, visit http://jtbspokane.org/.
Bible prophecy is a subject that often grabs the eyes, ears, and hearts of many people because we’re living in a world broiling with crises. With political tensions mounting, the economy teetering precariously, disease running rampant, and millions suffering from hunger and poverty, people all over the globe are wondering “What’s next?” Is there hope for the human race? Is this world all we’ve got? How does one find personal peace in the all this distress? Does the Bible have viable answers to life’s most desperate questions?
On November 12-15, a 5-part seminar on Bible prophecy will be held at the Spokane Convention Center. The speaker will be David Asscherick, Pastor of the Kingscliff Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia and the Co-Founder of ARISE, an organization dedicated to helping people with their Bible questions. He has toured the globe speaking about Bible prophecy and explaining how the ancient writings can impact hearts and lives today. On Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 pm in the Ballroom of the Spokane Convention Center, he will kick off this series which will cover such questions as can we know when the end of the world will happen? What can we know about Jesus’ identity? How can we prepare for an uncertain future? What spiritual anchor can we depend on? The meetings will start at 7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday as well and then there will be a morning meeting at 11:00 am and an evening meeting at 7:00 pm on Saturday.
Come join us as we search, discover, and grow together and find out how the Bible connects with today’s modern world.
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). If our eternal salvation was on the basis of works and we could earn it successfully, then God would be our debtor: He would owe us something (Romans 4:1-3). The Bible teaches that God owes no man anything, and our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
This can be illustrated by the following example. Out in Southern California, there is an island off the coast called Catalina, 26 miles from the pier at Newport Beach. Suppose that one day three men are standing on the end of the pier. One is an alcoholic, grubby, sick, living on the streets. The second is the average American, and the third is a fine, upstanding, pillar-of-the-community person.
All of a sudden the alcoholic leaps off the edge of the pier five feet out into the water. The other two yell, “What are you trying to do?” The man in the water yells back, “I’m jumping to Catalina!”
The second man, the average man on the street, says, “Watch me. I can do better than that!” He proceeds to jump, landing 10 feet out, twice as far as the alcoholic. The third man, very moral, upright, outstanding person that he is, laughs disdainfully at the two men in the water. He moves back about 50 yards, takes a running leap and lands 20 feet out, twice as far as Mr. Average, and four times as far as Mr. Alcoholic.
The Coast Guard fishes them out of the water and asks what they are doing, to which they all reply, “We are jumping to Catalina,” and Mr. Average boasts of his beating Mr. Alcoholic, and Mr. Great boasts of his accomplishment in beating both of them. The Coast Guard officer could only shake his head and exclaim, “You fools! You are all still 26 miles short of your target.”
Although modern man considers himself better than—or at least as good as—others, he is still far from the target God has set for us. It is impossible for anyone to jump from the pier to Catalina, and it is impossible for anyone to reach heaven by his own deeds and apart from Jesus Christ. As Jesus Himself puts it, “No man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Mark Weir serves Spokane as the the pastor of the Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.
If you are plugged into the news, you know that things are getting a bit topsy-turvy all over the world. It makes one want to understand what will happen to planet earth in the near future. You can, because the Bible has answers, and every prophecy in the Bible has come to pass. The Rethink Prophecy Seminars beginning this month at ten area churches will help you see what the Bible says about the time we live in and the future.
You can see the locations of all of the meetings at www.rethinkprophecy.net but here are some quick details about some of the presenters.
Wayne Kablanow will present the seminar at the Mead High School Library at 302 W Hastings Road. He has studied biblical prophecy intently for over 40 years and has been sharing life-changing truths as a pastor for 35 of those years. He is the pastor of the North View Adventist Church in Mead.
The West Plains seminars will be presented by Pastor Roger Martin. Roger has 32 years in pastoral ministry including public seminars in U.S. and abroad. This seminar will be held at the Community conference room at Fire Station, District 10, 929 S Garfield Road, Airway Heights, Washington.
In North Spokane, Volody Nesteruk, born and raised in Ukraine, will present at the Linwood Adventist Church, 6525 N Monroe Street. He has seen many miracles of God’s grace during a time of persecution and regularly teaches seminars on the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Jason Morgan will present Rethink Prophecy seminars at Spokane Central Adventist Church, 828 W Spofford Ave. Jason offers a simply, yet striking study of how the Bible prophecies affect you today.
The seminar at one of the largest churches, is in the Spokane Valley Adventist Church, 1601 S Sullivan Road. Pastor Mark Weir has spent his life helping people discover how following Jesus makes a difference! He has presented these life-changing messages of hope not only here in Washington, but also in Russia and Costa Rica.
Seminars will also be offered in Otis Orchards, Nine Mile, South Hill, at the Multicultural Church in West Central Spokane and at the Slavic Church. If you need to hear it in your language and you are from Ukrain or Russia, then the Slavic church would be for you.
All seminars will help you understand God’s word for this time in earth’s history. They all begin October 17 at 7 p.m. We hope you will attend!
(Pastors in photo: left to right, top to bottom. Roger Martin, Jason Morgan, Volody Nesteruk, Wayne Kablanow, Mark Weir.)