Living God’s Love
Living God’s Love is a weekly blog published by the Pacific Union Conference on its website and available by subscription to a growing number of readers all over the world. It provides thought-provoking and faith-building examinations of Bible stories, passages, and characters, as well as personal narratives that offer reflective accounts of living in Christian discipleship. Blog posts fall loosely into one of three categories built right into the title. Living blogs focus on the everyday stories of people trying to navigate a life of faith. God blogs examine aspects of God’s character and reveal new insights about who He is. Love blogs celebrate the ways in which both God and humans demonstrate love through their actions and interactions. If you would like to submit a blog for consideration, please check out our guidelines.
by Becky De Oliveira— My husband Japhet and I host a podcast called Daily Walk. It’s a pretty simple format: we read the portion of Scripture we’re focusing on for the week in one of several translations and then discuss a question related to the text. We’ve been slowly making our way through the book of Romans, and there have been some interesting discussions along the way. Romans 13 was a recent focus. This is the chapter in which Paul discusses submitting to authority. People have very different ideas about how to interpret this counsel—and these appear [...]
by Megan Elmendorf— For the past six weeks or so, I have been in a near-constant “go” state—between conducting mission trips to Maui, serving as sponsor on a senior class trip, and participating in another mission trip to Kauai. There have been many ups and blessings from these trips and the preparation time preceding them, but there have also been nearly as many lows, times when my soul felt so thin that I feared it would snap. (And feared even more that it would happen in the middle of a class with students who were [...]
by Connie Vandeman Jeffery and Ray Tetz— As this most generous of all the holidays comes to us this year, we find ourselves thinking about Job. Job was a man pushed to his limits. His story is meant to help us think about life in difficult and extreme circumstances. Job’s story is one of great distress. But relevant to Thanksgiving in particular is a verse in the book of Job that seems to be as full of gratitude and hope as any in the Scriptures. “How great is God—beyond our understanding!” (Job 36:26, NIV). [...]
by Becky De Oliveira— Just before Christmas a few years back, as I was struggling to keep about a thousand balls in the air, my brother phoned in a panic. His company required all employees to complete eight hours of volunteer work each year. It was nearly the end of the year and he had nothing. “I need you to find some volunteer work for us,” he said. “Us?” I asked. “Funny, I didn’t realize I worked for your company.” “You have to do it with me. Obviously!” Obviously. My brother is an extrovert and [...]
by Megan Elmendorf — The universal question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” came up as I was teaching my senior religion class. It was expressed by a second generation Adventist and not (as one might expect) from one of the international students. A follow-up question was then asked by a born-again Christian, “And why do good things happen to bad people?” In response, we discussed once more the great controversy, and then the discussion turned to such biblical truths as those found in Matthew 5:44-46 and 2 Peter 3:9, homing in on the [...]
by Ray Tetz — Every year, October 22 marks a teachable moment for those of us who have lived in hope of something that hasn’t yet happened—and that we may have begun to doubt ever will. The day is, of course, the anniversary of what we Adventists call “The Great Disappointment.” According to their interpretation of prophecy, early Adventists were fully expecting Jesus to return on this date in 1844. To call His failure to appear as expected a “disappointment” is perhaps a grave understatement. More accurate names might be “The Great Annihilation of Hope” or [...]