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The Great(er) Disappointment

Written by Melissa Andrews.

Today I visited Restoration Praise Center.  Yes, yes - this is not cause for disfellowship; just keep reading.  :-)  The RPC men were away on retreat, and Pastor Dean Waterman from CPC was the guest speaker.  The title of his sermon was "The Great(er) Disappointment" - I stole my blog title directly from him - and he spoke about the Great Disappointment of 1844.  He went all the way back to William Miller and Hiram Edson!  (If you don't know who those people are, it's time for you to spin up on Adventist history; Google can help you.)

I hadn't thought about the Great Disappointment in...well, maybe not since we studied it when I was in Pathfinders.  As Pastor Waterman talked, I began to think about it kind of seriously.  What must it have been like to wake up on October 23, 1844, and still be on earth - in your same house - when you'd been telling everyone for the past week, past month, maybe even the past year that Jesus was coming on October 22?  Some of those people had sold property.  They'd shut down their businesses and let crops go to ruin.  They'd probably alienated family and friends by their insistence that said family and friends needed to repent or they'd be in hell on October 23.  And then Jesus didn't come.  How crushing was that????

Destined...for Greatness?

Written by Marquis Johns.

"I always knew I was destined for greatness."

Oprah Winfrey

"Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."

William Shakespeare

This greatness thing can be a little confusing.  If Oprah knew she was destined for greatness, does that mean she was born great?  Her humble beginnings would lead one to think not.  How about those who have greatness thrust upon them?  What exactly does that mean? Does it mean they didn't really do anything to deserve greatness, other than, perhaps, be born with a famous last name?

Adventists and Activism

Written by Claudia Allen.

“I am burdened, heavily burdened, for the work among the colored people…For many years I have borne a heavy burden in behalf of the Negro race. My heart has ached as I have seen the feeling against this race growing stronger and still stronger, and as I have seen that many Seventh-day Adventists are apparently unable to understand the necessity for an earnest work being done quickly. Years are passing into eternity with apparently little done to help those who were recently a race of slaves."

Ellen G. WhiteTestimonies of the Church, “Proclaiming the Truth Where There is Race Antagonism.” vol.9 pp. 204.2

On September 22, 1862, the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation releasing African Americans from the chains of slavery and granting them nominal freedom. Almost eight months later on May 21, 1863, the Christian denomination known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized with its chief spokeswoman and co-founder being Ellen G. White.

Is It Safe In These Streets?

Written by Melissa Andrews.

Has there been an increase number of news stories about black men and police officers in “difficult” situations? Visions of the violence in Ferguson, MO, after the shooting of teenager Mike Brown may still be fresh in your mind. But there was recently this story of a man who was shot by a cop while attempting to get the license and registration that the officer asked him to produce. Or this confusing story of a man being shot in a Walmart while holding a BB gun (that purportedly he was attempting to purchase).

Is there a difference between the way blacks and Hispanics relate to the police and males of other races do?  I can remember hearing my brother being given specific instructions about how to interact with the police if he was ever pulled over. Does that happen in families of other races? Are our men really expected to walk with their hands up, saying “Don’t shoot”?