The Cure: Are You Ready For It?

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The jigsaw events of life may not be as disconnected and irregular as many may think. Malcolm Muggeridge believes that the voice of God can be heard in what we may not readily comprehend. He writes, “All happenings, great and small, are parables whereby, God speaks… and the art of life is to get the message.” None of us can gainsay that life has been difficult and confusing. COVID-19 seems to have upended so many things in our global and personal world; yet, there is still room for faith. As human beings made in the image of God, men, and women still possess a spiritual dimension, which allows human beings the capacity to transcend material chaos and find order in the transcendent God.    It is in this context that SBC presents The Cure: are you ready for it? 

We live in a tension between this chaotic material world and the transcendent world. Often, we are torn between the two worlds. In the words of Ken Gire, “Like a tree, we are torn between two worlds, a part of us rooted in the soil, another part reaching for the sky. But because our roots can grasp the soil more securely than our leaves can grasp the sky, the soil seems more real. It is something we can see and hold in our hands. But heaven, heaven escapes our grasp.”

Jesus came from heaven to redeem us and satisfy our longing for our Creator. The Psalmist extols the virtues of our God by shouting, “Praise the Lord O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103:2-5).” Jesus is the CURE. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy that needs a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance (Luke 5: 31-32).” Heaven is real and heaven’s provision is genuine.

When we disregard the blessings from heaven, we tend to dig deeper into our earthly pursuits to find 'the CURE.' In many instances, people look for 'the CURE' in careers, popularity, organizational climb, power, status, money, position, and academia. While these pursuits may be noble in themselves, they should not replace the pursuit of God for eternal significance. The result of placing meaning and purpose in earthly pursuits often lead to great disappointment. When purpose and meaning are anchored in the heaven-sent Jesus, there is no disappointment. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).”

For two weeks, international and local speakers have been the audible voice of God speaking about the cure, amidst the jigsaw and confusing events of our times. I hope that many people heard God’s voice. The events of our times are telling us to pursue God, and to love him with all our hearts, souls, mind, and strength —
The Cure: are you ready for it?

--Dr. Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

17 – 31 Let’s Talk About Him (LTAH) Virtual Campaign – “The Cure, Are You Ready For It?”
25 - 31 CHAM Week of Prayer ‘Jesus Covers Me’
31 Climax to CHAM Week of Prayer Joint (via Zoom/Facebook live)
30 Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Ministries

7: AY Mission Transform 242: RBDF/RBPF Officer (Local Church/District)
7 – 14: Week of Prayer (Local Churches)
7 – 21: Winter Youth Evangelism (Joint)
7 – 28: Softball Tournament
8: Remembrance Day March
9-11: IAD Year-end Meetings (ATCU)

14 – 20: E-Week of Prayer for Youth and Young Adults
16 – 27: Holy Land Visit
19: International Men’s Day
18 – 21: Bible Conference
21: Children’s Sabbath, 25th Anniversary – 11a.m (Joint) Speaker: Mrs. Linda Koh, GC CHAM Director. Agape Praise (Afternoon - Joint)

27-29: SBC Men’s Conference

28: HIV/AIDS Awareness Day & LTM/TMI Baptisms
28: Youth Church (PM Joint)

Let’s Talk About Him Digital Evangelism Series “The Cure, Are You Ready For It?”
October 17 – 31, 2020
The signature event for Let’s Talk About Him, commenced on Zoom and Facebook live, Saturday October 17, 2020, 7:00p.m nightly, for two weeks. It is The Cure: Are you ready for it? On Friday, October 30th and Saturday October 31st, 7:00p.m and 11:00a.m respectfully, Pastor Myron Edwards will preach the final sermons for the series. The digital evangelistic series is designed to lead people to Jesus Christ and public confession of their faith through baptism. Therefore, members are asked to have non-Seventh-day Adventist friends, co-workers or family members, join them on the social media platforms to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The most important priority in this Covid-19 infested world is to be right with God.

Meeting ID: 995 3927 9008
Passcode: 521985

Join us live on the Facebook Page South Bahamas Conference 

--Dr. Peter Joseph, Personal Ministry Director and Coordinator LTAH Digital Evangelism Series

Celebrating 25th Anniversary
CHAM Annual Week of Prayer Climaxes

A Joint CHAM Week of Prayer service is being held this Sabbath, October 31, 2020 @ 11:00a.m. online. All children are invited to attend as we bring our Week of Prayer challenges to a climax. Zoom Meeting ID: 990 8847 5535 or watch on our Facebook page live.

During the week, daily challenges were shared with the CHAM leaders for distribution to parents via WhatsApp and you can view the activities of our children on our new Facebook page at Children & Adolescent Ministries – via the South Bahamas Conference page. 

We thank the parents and CHAM leaders for their support during the week. We were truly blessed by the inspirational songs, prayers, videos and photos from the children. It is our prayer that, as a result, the children and parents will continue to develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. #SBCJesuscoversme

–Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Children & Adolescent Ministries Director

South Bahamas Conference
Bible Class continues on Sunday @ 6:30 via Zoom and Youtube. Topic: “Joy in Prison” Re-examining the book of Philippians.

--Pastor Lynden Williams, Coordinator

The Stewardship department of the South Bahamas Conference presents, 21st Century Stewardship, on Sunday November 8, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend and hear Dr. Leslie McMillan present on “Coping strategies for the pandemic and beyond”. You will not be disappointed. There will also be time for questions at the end of the presentation. The meeting ID is 992 4848 8062 and the passcode is 892212. 

–Elder Anthony Burrows, Stewardship Director

Ladies, do you have a testimony that you wished you could share with the whole world? Maybe it’s a scripture that means so much to you that you would like to share why. Do you have a story that you think would inspire your sisters in the faith? Well, here is your opportunity.

The Women’s Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is pleased to announce the publishing of the first local Women’s Devotional, and we are seeking your help in making this become a reality. We ask that you make this a matter of prayer and if you are led to make a contribution to the devotional, we invite you to submit your story.

Each submission should range between 450 – 500 words, in totality, with a title and a scripture text. Please also note that you may use your name or a Pseudonym, whichever makes you more comfortable. All stories should be sent to Deadline for submissions is June 2021.

As we embark on this journey together, we ask that you pray for the successful launch of this Devotional and that many lives will be enriched by its readers.

ATCU Vesper Service 
Celebrating 25 years of Women’s Ministries
Friday, October 30th, 2020. Zoom ID: 980 8802 5709. Also, on Facebook and YouTube.

Pumpkin Roll Baking Bread Tutorial
Sunday, November 8, 2020 10:45 a.m. We Care, so we will Share. Bake two and give one away as a Random Act of Kindness - “God in Shoes” Initiative. Zoom ID & Password to follow.

Pause and Pray Wednesday
Don’t forget our weekly Pause and Pray appointment on Wednesdays at noon.

Donation Request: Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals
Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects this year.

--Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director

Adventist Men Weekend
November 27-29, 2020. More information to come!

Please Email Weekly Announcements
By Tuesday at 3:00p.m.

CALL 341-4021
November 7, 2020 5:25p.m.
Happy Sabbath!