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 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 [...]
by William G. Johnsson — Sunday afternoon, delegates to the 2018 Annual Council cast their votes on the proposal to discipline “non-compliant” units of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Despite all the words in the proposal and speeches on the floor, the real target was the ordination of women ministers, with the Pacific Union and Columbia Union in the crosshairs for punitive action. The General Conference was and remains determined to bring these two unions to heel. Look at the trajectory of the past three Annual Councils: 2016: The GC introduced a proposal focused on punishing [...]
by Bert Williams — “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” –Garth Brooks I know people who believe they have routine, intimate encounters with God. I am not referring to a rewarding devotional life. They believe God makes personal contact with them in a decisive, unmistakable—even audible or physical—way. I do believe such experiences exist, but to be honest, in my 66 years I can identify only two such events in my own life. For me, they are very rare. One afternoon I was driving near Port Hardy, British Columbia, where I pastored [...]