Enews "The Update" January/February 2015
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God's Grace and Mercy is Bringing Me Through!
During 2014, I was sometimes not sure if I was going to make it. In fact, I had to cancel my autumn speaking schedule, spent more time in doctors' offices than I care to remember, and feared that my MDS would develop significant life-altering complications.
Needless to say, I was thankful to be in church the first Sabbath of this new year. A lot was running through my mind as I thought about the challenges and blessings of 2014 and where God will take us in 2015. I tried to focus on the awesome worship experience, but truthfully, it was difficult. Then it happened. The praise team sang the song "Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through".
At that point, everything cleared up and I saw the God whose Grace and Mercy brought us all through 2014. None of us should be here today but God's grace and mercy brought us through. Many people died or suffered tragedy in 2014, but God brought you and me through. The full chorus of the song says:
"Your grace and mercy, brought me through
I'm living this moment because of You
I want to thank You, and praise You too
Your grace and mercy, brought me through"
During this past year, God has brought me through. As many of you experience, I had to cancel my fall schedule last year because of the instability of my Myelodyplastic Syndrome (MDS). In addition, in preparation for a new clinical trial that I qualified for -- because of my MDS -- I was taken off my medication for 3 months and had seven blood transfusions at the National Institute of Health. Before the clinical trial could begin I also had to have a painful bone marrow biopsy.
Blessings to all of you for a great 2015. In keeping with a past three year tradition — we are again hosting a NorCal Public Campus Ministry Weekend. In the past it has always been held at the Berkeley SDA Church, Berkeley, CA. This year the Carmichael SDA Church in Sacramento has graciously offered to host this event.
We are excited to have Dr. Timothy Standish as our featured speaker. Dr. Standish teaches at Loma Linda University in the field of biology and public policy. He also is a guest lecturer and senior scientist for the Geoscience Institute in Loma Linda, CA. He earned his PhD at George Mason University. Dr. Standish will be speaking about his own faith journey attending grad school as a committed Seventh-day Adventist student. He will be speaking as a former student to students as well as a gifted professor and speaker.
NAD President Statement on MO and NY Grand Jury Decisions
The president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Daniel R. Jackson, issued the following statement on December 8, 2014 in response to the growing number of demonstrations following the grand jury decisions rendered in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in N.Y.: