National Geographic Interviews Amazing Facts
Speaker Doug Batchelor

 film crew from the National Geographic Media Department arrived at Sacramento Central Church on February 11 to record Sabbath services and to interview Amazing Facts president/speaker Doug Batchelor regarding the book of Revelation. The purpose of the interview was to discover why a book written so long ago is still considered relevant today. Program producers said Batchelor was brought to National Geographic’s attention by the prophecies of Revelation posted on the Amazing Facts Web site.

Batchelor’s interviewer asked questions on a broad spectrum of Bible doctrines, and Batchelor says that he “truly sensed the prayers of God’s people” during the session.

The program producers also plan to obtain perspectives of other religious leaders from around the world representing the Vatican, Oral Roberts University, and the School of Prophecy at Liberty University. The film crew has already made a trip to Rome and interviewed Cardinal James Francis Stafford at the Vatican.

Cllick here for more information about Amazing Facts media ministries.                     --Amazing Facts/AR.

Non-Combatant Adventist Joel Klimkewicz
Wins an Upgraded Military Discharge
Joel David Klimkewicz, who received a “bad conduct” discharge from the United States Marine Corps because he obeyed his conscience and refused to pick up a weapon, won a victory that could let him return to the armed forces in the future. In a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Naval Clemency and Parole Board decided to upgrade Klimkewicz’s release from the service to a “general discharge.”

Klimkewicz was a combat engineer with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, with headquarters at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and was convicted in December 2004 on a charge of refusing to obey an order from a commanding officer who asked that the Marine pick up a weapon.

Klimkewicz experienced a Christian conversion and joined the Adventist Church in October 2002. He then reenlisted for another tour of duty. After that time, the then-lance corporal learned that noncombatancy is the church’s recommendation, and he eventually came to the conclusion that he could not take up a weapon to kill another person. He asked for assignments where he could serve without carrying a weapon, volunteering, for example, to work on clearing landmines in Iraq.

The Marine Corps refused his request, culminating in the court martial that reduced Klimkewicz’s rank and led to a bad conduct discharge and a felony conviction record, following a seven-month jail sentence. He was released from the brig at Camp Lejeune after about three and one-half months behind bars, during which time he held Bible studies for other inmates.

“I’m not a conscientious objector,” Klimkewicz said. “I’m a conscientious cooperator; I don’t object to serving my country.”

Other appeals to upgrade his discharge and overturn his conviction can continue.

Today, Klimkewicz is a student at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, living there with his wife, Tomomi, and their young daughter.                                                              --Adventist News Network/AR.

News Notes:
John C. Banks, Andrews University professor of anatomy and physical therapy, recently learned that the textbook he coauthored, the Atlas of Clinical Gross Anatomy, is one of two recipients chosen to receive the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) R. R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Professional, Reference, or Scholarly Work of 2005. Banks coauthored the textbook with two Andrews alumni—Kenneth Moses, staff physician and assistant professor at Loma Linda University (LLU) in Loma Linda, California; and Darrell Petersen, biomedical photographer and architect in Elkhart, Indiana—as well as Pedro B. Nava, chair of the pathology and human anatomy department at LLU. The book was published in May 2005 by London-based Elsevier Publishing.

--Andrews University Media Relations/AR. 

Because of aggressive evangelism in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, new Hispanic groups have been organized in 12 cities within the region, according to Carmelo Rivera, pastor-facilitator of the conference’s Hispanic Ministries. The department’s goal for 2006 is to reach 500,000 Hispanics with the gospel message.

“Our Hispanic churches are very aggressive when it comes to soul winning,” says Marvin Lowman, executive secretary of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. “The members are very actively visiting their friends and giving Bible studies, thus laying the groundwork for numerous reaping meetings.”                 --Friday FAX/AR.


News Commentary

Living Well

BY WILLIAM J. VAN SCHEIK, a retired biology professor
of Canadian University College, lives in rural Alberta, Canada

he cover article in a recent U.S. News & World Report suggests 50 ways to improve your life. Most of the suggestions were good sense things our mothers tried to teach us—fight colds by staying warm; go for the power of whole wheat flour; be fearful of lying; exercise; and floss, floss, floss.

Other suggestions seemed to be offered to nurture some of the trivial, irrelevant aspects of our existence, such as looking at HD-TV, using an all-in-one remote, recording favorite shows, and eating more chocolate. Improving our lives also includes things to eliminate. On the short list were unnecessary purchases, needless annoyances, negative attitudes, calls from telemarketers (sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry), and antibacterial soap (scrub with regular soap instead).

Out-of-favor dietary items included trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils such as margarine cause just as much trouble for your heart as butter and lard—maybe more), and vitamin E (might increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke). Eat sunflower seeds, flax seeds, or peanut butter instead. Have a daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omissions from the list of ways to improve your life stood out. I refer to that segment of life that reflects our true values, such as prayer, Bible study, supporting charities, meditation, and honesty. Surely prayer is just as important as an all-in-one remote, and daily Bible study as essential as flossing!

Many of us ought to allow ourselves to be meaningfully involved—in the church, in the community, even in politics. Volunteers are needed; don’t wait to be asked. We should simplify our approach to living. We need to take time to listen to one another, to smell the flowers, to hear the music, to be a child again—to be still and know our God.

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