The beliefs and sentiments expressed by those whose letters appear here are not necessarily shared by the Adventist Review or its editorial staff. These letters have been edited for clarity and length. -- Editors

Staying Centered

Thank you for “Can We Talk” (May 26, 2011). It’s given me encouragement to continue as I have in my daily activities.
It’s sometimes hard to strike up a conversation with non-believers, but it is even harder to continue doing so without receiving censure from within. I enjoy working out in the gym, where many are atheists. Yes, the music is loud and the videos are sometimes questionable, but after four years I’m noticing several members heading in my direction to ask questions about my beliefs.
If we keep God at the center of our lives, keep our ears and eyes open for His direction, He will put into our hearts and mouths not only the things He wants us to say, but the right time to say them.

--Alison Down
Cochrane, Ontario, Canada

A New Word
Thanks to Delbert Baker for teaching me the word “Revirginization: A Spiritual Application” (May 26, 2011). I appreciate his application to the healing, cleansing, redeeming power of our God. We can be new creatures with clean hearts and renewed spirits because He lives to make intercession for us.

How insidiously our acts, thoughts, and desires cheapen and debase who Jesus intended us to be. Yet no matter how our lives have been spoiled by sin, God continues to desire a pure, positive, and personal relationship with us.

Indeed, that’s why He instituted the Sabbath as a day of rest, and why the seventh-day Sabbath command has never changed. That’s why He sent His only Son, and why His plan and promise for rest in His grace remains. We can be all that He desires us to be by grace through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ. “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee” (Ps. 116:7, KJV).

May all our desires be fully unto Him for all our days.

--Gail Coridan
West Des Moines, Iowa

An Unforgettable Story

Thank you for the story “An Unforgettable Flight” by Denny Kucich as told to Beverly Brass (May 19, 2011).

I am 77 years old and have read the Review for many years now. I don’t know why I have been so impressed to write and thank you for this touching article. I read and re-read it, ending with teary eyes each time. What a grand example of the Christian virtues of love, kindness, and witness.

I have retold the story in church and intend to retell it as opportunities allow. Thank you for giving us a beautiful story to tell the world.

My wife and I made a trip to California recently and we asked the Lord to give us the opportunity to witness as we saved the window seat for anyone the Lord would send to sit beside us. The Lord answered us both ways. It just shows that God hears and answers the prayers of His children. What a comfort!

--Res R. Sarno
Fort Wayne, Indiana

What to Say
I was extremely impressed with the articles by Grenville Kent, “I Guess You’re Going to Condemn Us,” as well as the one by Steve Moran, “Can We Talk” (May 26, 2011).

Occasionally, we Adventists, who feel very strongly about many things, forget to temper our enthusiasm with full consideration for the hearer. How wonderful if we could always remember that our hearers can easily be offended if we don’t stop and give their situation or circumstances total consideration and respect . . . as we would like for them to do for us, of course.

Thanks so much for these articles and their emphasis regarding the need of our being judicious with what we say.

--Judy Bolyard
Jonesborough, Tennessee

Creation, Yes!

Thanks to Mark Finley for the excellent and timely article “Beyond the Creation Story” (May 12, 2011). As I was reading his comments about theistic evolution, it struck me that if God was bound by “natural processes” in creation, that would eliminate the validity of miracles; thus wiping out the biblical account of Jesus’ miracles, as well as wiping out the biblical account of creation. Miracles bypass natural law. And theistic evolution asserts that God is bound by and cannot bypass natural law.

Further, if, as this theory assumes, we have evolved higher in intelligence than previous generations, what does that do to our concept of Jesus, since we in our humanity have developed higher than Jesus was in His humanity? How can we give credence to His teachings since we are smarter than He was? And, of course, Ellen White has to go.

I have family and friends who have left the church and gone on to become atheists due to the eroding of our position on creation in our schools, and even among some of our pastors.

--Lorna Wagner
Stockton, California

Ready for Adventure?

My husband and I enjoyed reading Larry Colburn’s article “A Rewarding New Chapter: Retirement” (May 12, 2011) as we ate Sabbath lunch on our deck in the first warmth of summer.

Not yet retired, although I have practiced nursing for more than 40 years in various specialties, I want to put in a plea for active retirees, such as the Colburns who do not want to retire in an Seventh-day Adventist metropolis, to join us in Chiloquin, in southern Oregon. Our congregation has grown from three to 13, and occasionally to 23. We plan to soon have a building of our own.

So retirees, and anyone younger who wants to join our congregation, you are very welcome. You will be able to enjoy the grand outdoors, snowshoeing in the winter and hiking in the summer and fall. We expect God to work miracles for us as He did for the Newport church. Please join us to be a part of those miracles.

--Tabitha Abel
Chiloquin, Oregon

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