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The Logos for July 21, 2018

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Saved By the Blood of the Crucified One

Let’s face it! We have literally fallen in the crater of sin. Life as God created it to be was lived for a limited time. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, life as we know it heads to a fatal abyss. We do not experience a life lived in total peace and tranquility, free of sickness and cares. Neither do we enjoy a life where there are no barriers between our face and God’s face. That is how horrendous the blow of sin has been to humanity.

When we look at the account of the fall as given in the third chapter of Genesis, the dark cloud that envelopes humanity makes us vulnerable to the wicked intensions of the devil. It is his resolve to lord over us, to enslave God’s crowning act of creation, but the Creator becomes our Redeemer. Only the Creator can provide a breakthrough in the helpless state that we experience. It seems impossible for God’s once perfect creation to be restored, but He who understands the mystery of iniquity, also understands the price of redemption, thus, He makes what is impossible achievable. Humanity was granted a second chance to choose perfection through Him, our Redeemer (II Corinthians 5:21).

When one fully appreciates the price paid for the redemption of humanity, only then can he/she truly experience his/her breakthrough. The pang of life’s trials has the tendency to cover our eyes with a thick scale of hopelessness. However, for every issue that we face in this life, God has provided a way out through Jesus Christ “the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). God’s love for us is limitless, that is why He went to Calvary and purchased our pardon with His own blood. The devil tried to stop Him but, “Neither wicked men nor devils can hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from His people,

[hence], if [we] will with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away our sins, and in faith claim [redemption,]” we too will defeat the devil through Jesus. (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy p. 203).

God Himself in the Garden on Eden pronounced this great victory ‘the triumph over sin,’ when he placed enmity between man and Satan (Genesis 3:15). God declares, “I will put enmity.” The devil and humanity cannot exist in harmony; it is unnatural. There is a factor of war that exists between Christ’s chosen and the devil. Just as Satan assaults Christ with his ferocious and most cunning temptations, he will launch an attack on those who choose to follow Jesus. However, in the same way he was repulsed in every conflict, we too can partake of those victories that were fought on our behalf. He who holds the sting of death and the key to hell will give strength to all who earnestly seek His help.

In closing, without Jesus we would be hopeless, without Him we would be enslaved, without Him we would not even exist, but thank God, He paid the price for sins He did not commit. We are redeemed today, redeemed from living under the bands of the devil, we are redeemed from being held captives by corrupt addictions and life’s most dreadful cares. One of the greatest deceptions of our advisory is to let us feel as if the price that was paid by Jesus on Calvary’s cross is insufficient to pardon our vilest acts and shameful mistakes. But never allow this sad seed of doubt to hinder the joy of experiencing your breakthrough. With confidence you can proclaim, “I’m saved by the blood of the Crucified One! Now ransomed from sin and a new work begun, sing praise to the Father and praise to the Son, saved by the blood of the Crucified One! Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved! My sins are all pardoned, my guilt is all gone! Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved! I’m saved by the blood of the Crucified One!” (S J Henderson, 1902)




By Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director





FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Multipurpose Building

Redevelopment of the campsite on Marshall Road is an immediate focus of the South Bahamas Conference. Work is ongoing. Every Sunday, a team is working ardently to realize the desired goal. Volunteers are needed to assist with the effort between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

In March 2018, the Conference Executive Committee voted to have the multipurpose project at the Wulff Road site. This demands upgrading the H D Colburn Gymnatorium to include:

  • Additional rooms for youth activities
  • A health and leadership centre

The upgrade will begin in September 2018. This requires Total Member Involvement. It is our hope to collectively realize ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) weekly to keep the work going. Your constant support of this effort is requested.

The following is a brief outline of what is projected in stages, but not necessarily in the order outlined:

  • Securing the roof.
  • Air-conditioning the gymnatorium.
  • Adding a twenty-five to thirty-foot extension to the west of the gym to include a health education unit, a music room that will facilitate the pathfinder band, and conference choir rehearsals.
  • Adding the McKinney/Scavella Leadership Centre conference rooms.
  • Extending the balcony to include a partial wrap-around section.
  • Resurfacing the floor.
  • Installing proper lighting, audio/media equipment.
  • Upgrading of windows to hurricane-impact grade.

Upon completion, the multipurpose building will comfortably seat twenty five hundred persons. It will host large conference events inclusive of evangelism campaigns, funerals, concerts, drama events, and graduations. We ask that in the spirit of Total Member

Involvement a giving perspective can be realized. Little becomes much when we all do our part.


FreeDOM Clinic

The FreeDOM clinic is coming to the South Bahamas Conference on July 29 - August 2, 2018! It will be hosted at the Bahamas Academy Grounds on Marshall Road.

The primary focus of the ministry is to meet the needs of our community, especially those who are unable to afford to dental, ophthalmological (eye) and medical care in a private setting. The four days will not be adequate to serve everyone, but every effort will be made to accommodate as many persons as is humanly possible. As Adventists, we are encouraged to remember that we are evangelism and the goal is to let our lights shine during this event. This is evangelism at its best and your cooperation and support of the organizers and security officers are welcomed. Let us at all times reflect Christ as we seek to serve the wider community.

The Freedom Clinic is seeking Adventist business sponsors or member donations to assist with the success of this event. Persons interested in helping, may contact the treasury department. Kindly make your contributions to South Bahamas Conference. Attention: FreeDOM Clinic Bahamas. -Pastor Paul Scavella


POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT BAHAMAS ACADEMY

Qualified persons may apply for the following positions for the 2018 - 2019 school year:

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Technical Drawing Teacher
  • Primary School Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher

Minimum Candidate Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and Teacher’s Certificate.

Candidates may download the application form from the conference website at southbahamasconference.org and submit the completed application form along with copies of professional degrees and resume to THE CHAIRMAN, SEARCH COMMITTEE, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, Nassau, Bahamas or mail/email the completed application form, copies of professional degrees, and resume to THE CHAIRMAN, SEARCH COMMITTEE, P.O. BOX N-356, Nassau, Bahamas/logos@sbcadventist.com no later than July 30, 2018.

The committee reserves the right to reject the application of any or all applicants. -Office of Education


BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT

Chinyere Ijeoma is asking all new and currently enrolled Oakwood University students to contact her via email at chinyere_ijeoma@yahoo.com immediately with their contact information. The Bahamian Oakwoodites are planning a back to school event for all Oakwood students. -Mrs. Vesta Williams, Living Faith Church


ADVENTIST LAYMEN’S SERVICES AND INDUSTRIES (ASI) BAHAMAS

The Inter-American Division – Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Convention 2018 is slated to convene on August 5 - 13, 2018 in Cancun, Mexico. If you plan to join this venture by faith, you need to reserve your space NOW! We are operating on a first come first served basis.

The ASI executive committee is encouraging all churches to sponsor at least two members of smaller churches or up to five members of larger churches for this event. Contact any of the ASI executive leaders below:

Ian Greene: 556-0492, or Shandera Smith: 428-4251. -Elder Ian Greene, ASI President


WOMEN’S MINISTRIES

Image result for christian woman silhouetteThird Quarter (July -September)

“WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:

July, 2018 21: G.E.M.S. Summer “Boot Camp” All GEMS are invited from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Shirley Street Plaza (just before the Post Office) Please contact your GEMS Coordinator or Women’s Ministries Leader for more information.

GEMS summer textbook drive (ongoing)

WM Summer Sharing - During the month of July, each zone will do a special act of hospitality to “at home and sick” members, from a sister zone.

August, 2018 EnditNow Focus - Date and Venue to TBA 29th: “God Covers Me” – Date and Venue TBA

September 2018 Zone 2 Community outreach – Prison Visit

SAVE THE DATE! Under the theme, “Because I Care”, the North Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport Grand Bahama, on October 19-21, 2018 with guest speaker, Sharon Platt-McDonald. Kindly see your local leader for further details. Please also note that the registration deadline has been extended. Please see Dwight Brown at the South Bahamas Conference office to pay registration fee and note that all hotel and travel reservations are to be done by the registrant.

Donation Request

Used, but in good condition devotionals. Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community out-reach projects this year. -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director


ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE

2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU

The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, July 22 - 28, 2018 is: The Various Evangelistic Strategies. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Coordinator


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Berea: July 23-27 ~ Mon. to Thurs. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.-Cham Department


VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASS AT NEW ENGLERSTON CHURCH

The Health Ministries Department of the New Englerston Church in conjunction with its 8 Weeks to Wellness Program will host a vegetarian cooking class on Sunday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the church. A donation is requested, it is open to all who wish to attend. -Health Ministries Director, New Englerston


SCHOOL SHOE DRIVE

Please donate your child's "old" school shoes that are in good condition and have more life and wear in them. Collected shoes will be donated to persons in need for the new school term. Shoes can be dropped at the Berea SDA Church on any Sunday during Pathfinders, Sabbath or Wednesday evening services until the 19 August, 2018. We will also have a drop box at the upcoming Camp Meeting. Please give only what you would like to receive. New Shoes and donations welcomed. Thank you. For more information, contact Dr. Monique Mitchell at 802-3668 or at mitchellpod@hotmail.com.


WEEKLY SBC WALK

Let’s continue movement! Join us every Sunday except the first Sunday in the month for overall rejuvenation. The route is Goodman's Bay to Sandyport and back. We encourage participation from all churches. At the end of the year, the church with the greatest participation will be recognized. Bring along some water and a fruit. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix


YOUTH TIDBITS

Y10 ReBIRTH: The South Bahamas Conference-wide youth evangelistic Campaign, Y10 ReBIRTH, will be held at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 11-25, 2018 at 6:30 nightly.

Speakers: Gary Blanchard, youth director of the General Conference; Michael Toote, Jnr., SBC youth; and Andre’ Campbell, pastor of the Elm Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida.

All churches are asked to prepare for this evangelistic encounter. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director


ATTEND AY AT CAMP REFRESH

The SBC Pathfinders at Camp Refresh invite you to attend AY at Bahamas Academy on July 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. -Mr. Patrick Wilson, Jnr., Pathfinder Director


SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH

June 28, 2018, at 7:56 P.M.

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Have a blessed Sabbath!





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