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Goldendale Seventh-Day Adventist 

                                                                                                                                               May/June 2014  
                                                                                                                                                      Editor: Elaine Kubler
                                                                                                                                                       Associate: Joy Dryden
The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true
and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the
pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. E.G. White

Pastor’s Corner
Type “Boss Johnson” into a search engine on the internet and you get a TV movie character from the 1980’s  or the 24th Premier of the province of British Columbia, Canada, from 1947 to 1952.  But for me, it brings back memories from my high school days. Somewhere, in my summer job one year, someone shared the story of a boy with the last name of Johnson, who didn’t like getting bossed around by others but was very good worker.  When he didn’t think anyone was around he could be heard ordering someone around. Asked what he was doing, said he was bossing himself and had to get very firm with himself to keep “Johnson” in line.  He would “Boss Johnson” so no one else would have to. 
I do not remember “bossing myself” out loud, but there is in all of us a battle between right and wrong.   Galatians 5:16 – 26 talk about the “works of the flesh” or “the fruit of the Spirit”.
Let’s be honest, the “works of the Flesh” comes pretty natural to us, we have to “boss ourselves” – to watch our tongue or thoughts or actions.
But the “fruit of the Spirit” is of a different nature – it is “fruit” not “works”. 
Fruit comes pretty naturally for a fruit tree.  It is impossible for a weed to produce fruit.
With the Spirit in my life, the fruit of the Spirit is the natural result. 
One of the fruits of the Spirit is “self-control”, praise God!   Holy Spirit come into my life, I need a new heart.
Listen to what Ellen White says about this:
“God wants you to let Him manage you, that you may be a lovable Christian. The Lord would have the natural and hereditary traits of character come under the pruning knife. Look steadfastly unto Jesus, that you may catch His spirit and cherish the qualities of Christlike character. Then it will be recognized by all who have any connection with you, that you have learned of Christ His meekness, His affection, His tenderness, His sympathy. Never rest satisfied until you possess a loving and lovable spirit. Your words may come from the good treasure of the heart to strengthen, help, bless, and win all around you.... Others catch your spirit. The seeds we sow will bear a harvest in goodness, patience, kindness, and love, or exactly the opposite. . . .”  {TMK 218.2}    (TMK is – “That I May Know Him”)
In another place she writes:
 “The badge of Christianity is not an outward sign, not the wearing of a cross or a crown, but it is that which reveals the union of man with God. By the power of His grace manifested in the transformation of character the world is to be convinced that God has sent His Son as its Redeemer. No other influence that can surround the human soul has such power as the influence of an unselfish life. The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian.”  {AG 276.7}    (AG is – “Amazing Grace”)
Friends and fellow Christians, what would it be like to have only “fruit of the Spirit” in the Goldendale Seventh-day Adventist Church?    That is what Jesus wants and He has the power to do just that!
 Pastor Tim Gray

Dear Family and Friends,
After 10 years in Nicaragua we feel it is time for another season in our lives. Our children are getting older and they need to understand our culture in the United States. There are a multitude of reasons, but this is the one that makes us feel the Lord is leading us to change. Adventist World Aviation (AWA) and Wings of Hope will take over everything at our mission including our airplane and our house. The work will continue. Clint will remain as a consultant and will assist both organizations, returning now and then to Nicaragua. We depart in April 2015. Please keep this transition in your prayers for us and for the Miskito people we serve. Over the years we have transported over 500 people in the airplane and thousands more were seen in mobile clinics.  This would never have happened without your faithful prayers and financial help. To our donors, the work will continue the same under our Wings Over Nicaragua name – thank you for your continued support!!
Clint & Marilyn Hanley                                                Our mailing address is: Wings Over Nicaragua Mission185                               Harris Rd Goldendale, WA 98620USA

Fundamentals of Medical Evangelism

The article which appeared under this title in the [previous chapter] presented the fact that the purpose of the gospel in all ages has been the restoration of the character of God in man, and that before God’s work on earth can close, there must be gathered out of all nations a company of people in whom the development of character has been completed.
            The purpose of the present article is to set forth the relation, in point of time, between the individual experience of perfecting character and the individual experience of receiving the “latter rain.”
            It is possible to take two different views of this question: one of them correct and leading to victory and eternal life, and the other a deception of Satan deliberately intended to ensnare the feet of Seventh-day Adventists, and leading to defeat and eternal loss.
            The following familiar quotations from the writings of the Spirit of God contain the thoughts to be considered in this article:
            “I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful, and were looking to the time of ‘refreshing’ and the ‘latter rain’ to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord, and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation, therefore thy could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who refuse to be hewed by the prophets, and fail to purify their souls in obeying the whole truth, and who are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared
for the building. But there will be no time then to do it and no Mediator to plead their case before the Father.... I saw that none could share the ‘refreshing,’ unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord, and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.” Early Writings, Tenth Edition, p. 71.
            “Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost.” Testimonies for the Church,, vol. 5, p. 214.
            “I was shown that if God’s people make no effort on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, performing holiness in the fear of God.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 619.
            These statements show that a perfected character is not the result of the latter rain, but a preparation for receiving the latter rain. Those who are looking to the latter rain to help them overcome sin and perfect character are being deceived and are in an exceedingly precarious position. The Lord has established the following order and arrangement in the closing work:
            First: Character is to be perfected.
            Second: The latter rain is to come to give power to the message.
            Third: The world-wide work is to be finished.
            Fourth: The coming of the Lord.
            The entire program waits on the development and perfecting of character.
            But, you say, I thought that we had to have the Holy Spirit in order to overcome sin and develop character! This brings us to the next point in this subject.
            The Holy Spirit is appointed to do two kinds of work for men, or is manifested in two different ways. Each manifestation is separate and distinct, and the two cannot change places with each other in our experience. If we try to put the second in the place of the first we either stop all progress or wreck our souls.
            The first: God sends the Holy Spirit to convince us of sin, and to guide us into all truth. John 16:7-15. In just so far as we yield to the influence and work of the Holy Spirit, He teaches us concerning the right and the wrong, and gives us power to obey. This produces character. “Walk by the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. If we “walk by the Spirit” the Spirit produces in us righteous acts,–obedience,–He brings forth fruit. Now “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” Galatians 5:22, 23.
            The second: After we have this experience in bearing the “fruits” of the Spirit and are living exemplary lives, then God can clothe us with power for witnessing, and give us the “gifts” of the Spirit and send us forth to labor for others in a mighty way. To bear the “fruits” of the Spirit is to develop character. After character is sufficiently developed so that God can safely trust one with power, then He gives the “gifts” of the Spirit and sends him forth to help other souls develop their characters. While the others are developing their characters they, too, are bearing the “fruits” of the Spirit; but by and by God will give them power for witnessing, and then they in turn will go forth with power to witness to still others. At the same time the one sent is ministering the “gifts” to his hearers, the hearers are bearing the “fruits,” so that the two operations may be in
progress at the same time in the same place in two different persons.*
            The first process is called “bearing the fruits of the Spirit” because it is a gradual process, a daily experience in further development. “The precious graces of the Holy Spirit are not developed in a moment. Courage, fortitude, meekness, faith, unwavering trust in God’s power to save, are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right, the children of God are to seal their destiny.” Ministry of Healing, p. 454.
            The second experience is called receiving the “gifts” of the Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:8-11), because they are bestowed, not developed in the experience. They can be given in a moment to any one to whom God chooses to give them, provided they have previously prepared by bearing the “fruits” of the Spirit in their lives.
            The “gifts” are given “for the perfecting of the saints,” Ephesians 4:12; not for the saint who receives the “gifts,” but for the saints to whom he who receives the “gift” shall minister. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was given Peter, not for his perfecting, but for the perfecting of his hearers. Peter had been having a deeper experience in bearing the “fruits” of the Spirit since the day he denied his Lord, and now God could trust him with the “gifts” with which to labor for others.
            Therefore God is now waiting for His people to develop character,–bear the “fruits” of the Spirit,–that He may bestow the “gifts” of the Spirit and so give power to the Advent Movement and “cut it short in righteousness.”
            It is not wise or safe for Him to give such power at the present time for the following reasons:
            First: We would not use it rightly.
            Second: It would place His approval on our sinful lives.     Third: Having His approval, we would cease to progress, and this would present[sic] [prevent] the further development of character,–the very thing for which He is waiting.
            But, you say, what does all this have to do with the purpose of the medical work?
            *The “fruits” are developed within the individual for his transformation and for his salvation. The “gifts” are bestowed upon and operate through the individual for the transformation and salvation of others.
This is the third of seven (7) articles written by Professor Julius Gilbert White (no relation to James or Ellen), a science teacher at Madison College. They were first printed in a magazine, The Health Evangelist, November 1920 through July 1921. These articles appeared again in booklet form under the title: The Place of Health Reform in Character Development, published by Lightbearers in 1989. Watch for the remaining four (4) articles in future Goldendale SDA Church Newsletters, supplied by your Health Education Department.

 Your Health Education Department
                   Calvin Fischer

Goldendale's First  Bethlehem Journey
by Lorraine Gray and Kathy Marson
 All Photo’s by  Reimche-Vu
GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 24, 2014  -  The Goldendale Seventh-day Adventist Church presented their first annual Journey to Bethlehem on December 5 and 6, 2014. Guests were greeted, parked and met by their guide in the foyer. Guides took guests on a Journey to Bethlehem, stopping first at the Temple in Jerusalem, where they met a High Priest who shared the significance of the furniture, unleavened bread and incense. Guests met Simeon and Anna who encouraged them to look for a soon-coming Messiah.
Upon leaving the Temple, guides shared some history about the spiritual condition of the Jewish nation at the time of Jesus birth. When they reached Bethlehem, they were met by a Roman soldier who made them stop at the census taker and tax collector's booth to register and pay their taxes. Here the guides helped the guests pay.
Then their journey took them to the Inn, where the Inn Keeper had to turn them away. His wife said, “We were able to accommodate a young couple in our stable. The wife gave birth to a baby boy!” The Inn Keeper added that they, too, could check out the stable since he doubted they would find lodging in crowded Bethlehem that night. 
After leaving the Inn, the guides explain some prophecies foretelling the Messiah's birth and encouraged the guests to keep their eyes and ears open, as they visited the stable, to find  if there might be an indications that the baby the Inn Keeper's wife had spoken of might be the Messiah.   
The stable, they discovered, was crowded by some very excited shepherds who were visiting the young couple with the newborn baby. The shepherds told the guests an incredible story about being visited by angels while they watched their sheep. As they shared what angels said to them, a bright light appeared behind the guests, they turned to find the source, and there, as though in a flashback,  was the angel sharing the good news about Jesus birth, then the light became brighter and included a host of angels who gave praise and glory to God and singing. The cold night air was filled with the majestic strains of the Halleluiah Chorus.   When the singing was over, the light faded away and the guide, exclaimed, “We must go and tell others the good news of the Messiah's birth!” So, they hurried on.
Visitors met the wise men bearing costly gifts. Their guide ushered them into the Better Living Center, where they discovered an incredible street in Bethlehem with fully furnished shops including an apothecary; the Healing Market; Martha's Market with fruit, vegetables and grains; a bakery with the smell of freshly baked bread; and Bethlehem Baskets where the shop keepers were weaving onsite. At each of the shops, the guide interacted with the shopkeepers about their wares, each time finding an opportunity to share the good news of the Messiah's birth.
Guests heard scriptures recited and sung about the Messiah. They hear about the Messiah at the town well, where local news was shared as women came to draw water.  At the Synagogue, the women guests sat on a bench to one side and the men on the other and listened to scriptures read from the scrolls by the Rabbi. After many encounters with the townspeople, they entered the carpenter's shop, where the carpenter told of meeting Joseph, a good and honest carpenter, from the town of Nazareth.
Upon completing the tour, the guides asked their guests to consider all that Jesus had given up in His majestic heavenly home to come as a tiny, helpless babe in Bethlehem.  And because of Jesus great love for them, He ultimately gave His life, so that they might have life eternal.  Would they accept the greatest gift of all time?
Bethlehem cuisine awaited the guests, where they enjoyed authentic Jewish refreshments, at tables attractively decorated with nativity figurines.  Beneath a canopy in the cuisine area, there was a special craft for children, where they could meet our elementary school teacher, Cris Laulile and make a "baby Jesus in the manger."
Following their fellowship and when they were ready to leave, guests were guided to their cars by Andrew Beckner and Micha Reimche-Vu, two of our Youth.  This additional care and attention was greatly appreciated.
In spite of the cold and icy conditions the first evening, the census taker recorded 170 guests for both evenings. Many commented that we should expect more next year. In spite of sickness that kept 50 staff from participating, 78 did an amazing job of portraying the Bethlehem story and assisting with the first ever "Journey to Bethlehem" in Goldendale, Wash.
There were miracles of printers out of ink printing, having just the right amount of time to wire the electrical and create the costumes as well as to decorate the street of Bethlehem. The members at Goldendale were joined by other community members to produce a labor of love for their community that was all about Jesus!
What was a first in Goldendale has been happening in Wenatchee, Yakima, Spokane and Hermiston each year.  Each location has their own unique way of presenting the story of the birth of Jesus. Over 5,050 visitors came through Spokane. In Hermiston 1,700 attended their event. We await totals for Wenatchee. Yakima's total was 4,390. Pray for the thousands of visitors who were reached for Jesus. Only God knows the full  impact!

Angels Jasmine Biswokarma, Laura Koozmin,                                Alice Lewis and Margorie Farnsworth
          Ardy Cordis and Avalon Phares                                                       in the Cloth and Candle Shop
Darrell Watson and Calvin Fischer as                                             Enthusiastic Members after
Rabbi in the Synagogue.                                                                    Journey to Bethlehem.



2-1       Lanae Johnson
2-1       Gena Story
2-2       LeAnn Paredes         
2-3    Virginia Garvin
2-4       Linda Hilton
2-5       Leland Van Tassel
2-6       Willard Cordis
2-6      Havilah Reimche-Vu
2-9AmandaMarie Browning
2-17    Diane Musten
2-17    Steve Johnson
2-18       Lillian Eileen Van Tassel
2-23      Malakai Maiava
2-24     Sarah Reimche-Vu
2-25   Sophia Connor
2-28     Brian Paredes
  1. Jackie Parker,
3-3Russell Conklin
  1. Ardy Cordis
3-9   Nathan Reimche
3-12 Michael Payne
3-16  Nancy DeGrie
  1. Elaine Kubler
  2. Clint Hanley
  3. Marion Age
  4. Mike Froehlich
  5.  Joanne Holladay
  6. Gary Garvin
  7.  Micah Reimche-Vu
  8.  Nora Baty
3-31  Hannah Reimche-Vu
It's Not What You Gather,
But What You Scatter
That Tells What Kind Of Life
You Have Lived.



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