Nacogdoches Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Seventh-day Adventist Church

As our churches are closed because of quarantine issues we want to make sure you have a way to worship at home. Feel free to join one of the many ministries of the SDA church online. Hope Channel is one of them!

Another more intimate option is to join the church district on a Zoom video conference call where we will be having an interactive Sabbath School at 10am and our church service with Pastor Brad at 11am. Contact us if you would like the link to the Zoom event.

Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy! And we can do that from home too!

Join Hope at Home
Miss getting together with your church family? Join #HopeAtHome this weekend as we worship together online. Tune in on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 9AM EDT. For more information, visit HopeTV.org/AtHome.

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Even though our church building is closed for at least the next 30 days, we are finding intentional ways to keep connected as a church family. We want to invite you to join us each Sabbath via video conference at 10am. Contact us if you would like the login information.

For more worship and sermon resources visit our sister church website: https://lufkintx.adventistchurch.org/sermons/adventist-ministries-links

Pastor Ted Wilson

A special message for our world church president.

Please watch this special presidential message regarding Coronavirus.

You can read the transcript here: https://bit.ly/2IW9vgt

[03/14/20]   Happy Sabbath everyone! Pastor Brad here.

I just want to take a moment to offer an encouraging word in light of current events. First of all, my heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by this corona virus, covid19. Although we are ALL terminal in this life, I feel a special empathy for those who deal with the pain of loss.

Secondly, I do NOT want to regard this pandemic lightly as I make tentative plans to move forward in ministry. While I intend to proceed with “normal” church services and with outreach efforts, it is not without paying attention to local government health service recommendations and/or Texas Conference recommendations.

Finally, please use your own good judgment and do only what you feel safe doing. I look forward to seeing y’all tomorrow and in the coming days/weeks, of course, but please feel free to stay home and watch the services online (we are doing our best to have them up and running for your convenience) or check out 3ABN.org for great programming. I think it would be a good idea for the elderly and those with serious pre-existing conditions to stay home for a while. The rest of us will need to step up and help the above with any errands they may need done.

May God bless and keep you!

It Is Written

Some very good precautions we can take during this public health issue. And many of those steps are things that God has given us counsel on long ago... stay healthy everyone!

NEWLY EDITED VERSION
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise, Pastor John Bradshaw and Dr. David DeRose offer some practical steps you can take to protect your physical and spiritual well-being.
Read more of John Bradshaw's response to this current crisis on our blog. https://buff.ly/2VCzMrU

Be diligent... how have you been with your diligence in Bible study lately? Is it a regular part of your life or have you let it slip? Do you open your Bible with enthusiasm and interest or do you question where to begin? Time to get serious about the Word of God again!

-What are the Bible study methods that have been most meaningful to you?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Lets remember that the best love out there is the love that God showers on us each day and wants to fill us with to be able to give to those in our lives that we love!

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Have a wonderful and happily blessed Sabbath! Make someone smile today!

Happy Sabbath everyone! Thank you for being part of our 10 Days of Prayer this last week. We have been reenergized as we have prayed together each evening. Tonight is our last meeting together for this year’s event.
Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

Day 10 of 10 Days of Prayer- Abiding in the Spirit

Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

“When you rise in the morning, do you feel your helplessness, and your need of strength from God? and do you humbly, heartily make known your wants to your heavenly Father? If so, angels mark your prayers, and if these prayers have not gone forth out of feigned lips, when you are in danger of unconsciously doing wrong, and exerting an influence which will lead others to do wrong, your guardian angel will be by your side, prompting you to a better course, choosing your words for you, and influencing your actions” (Ellen White, Messages to Young People, p. 90).

How do we abide in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
We simply spend time in Bible study with an open heart and mind. Jesus is the Word (John 1:14; 14:6-9), and if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. Also, it was the Holy Spirit who inspired the Word of God (2 Peter 1:21). So, as we read the Bible and believe its teachings and promises, we are changed into the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Next, as we pray to God, opening our hearts to Him as to a Friend, the Holy Spirit draws near, our hearts are softened, and our spirit is braced for the challenges ahead. As we pray, Satan’s power over us is broken, and we are able overcome his temptations with God’s strength.

Last, as we obey the Bible and share it with others, we are drawn closer to the heart of God, and our inner being is at peace (Matthew 11:28-30).

Day 9 of 10 Days of Prayer- The Work of the Holy Spirit

Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

“The inworking ministry of the Holy Spirit is our great need. The Spirit is all divine in its agency and demonstration. God wants you to have the gracious spiritual endowment; then you will work with a power that you were never conscious of before. Love and faith and hope will be an abiding presence. You can go forth in faith, believing that the Holy Spirit accompanies you” (Ellen White, Evangelism, p. 299).

Someday will come a great revival among God’s true people all over the earth. The Holy Spirit will come down in great power. This moving of the Holy Spirit was compared in Bible times to the latter rains that would fall in the Middle East, bringing crops to maturity and harvest (Zechariah 10:1). Someday the people of God will go out to share their faith in every way possible. Miracles will be performed through Christ. Thousands, perhaps millions, will be saved. The work of the Holy Spirit is to save the lost, and there is no greater joy than to share in that work.

Let’s do the work of God through the power of the Spirit and reach people who are needing to hear of the transforming power of God!

Day 8 of 10 Days of Prayer- Submission to the Holy Spirit

Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

“No one need look upon the sin against the Holy Ghost as something mysterious and indefinable. The sin against the Holy Ghost is the sin of persistent refusal to respond to the invitation to repent” (Ellen White, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1093).

Bible Texts to Pray About
Matthew 12:31, 32—Blasphemy is excusing sin and taking God’s place (Mark 2:7-11; John 10:33).
Hebrews 6:4-6—Truly converted people are capable of turning away from Jesus.
Hebrews 4:7—The best time to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit is the first time He speaks to you.
Acts 7:51—Do not resist the guidance and warnings of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 13:34—Give your life to Jesus before it is too late, as it was for His beloved Jerusalem.

Suggested Prayers
Dear Father, may I listen to Your voice always. Forgive me when I have been stubborn. Open my eyes and ears to discern Your will and give me courage to obey.

Dear Jesus, forgive me for the pain I have caused You when I have been unwilling to give up my sins. Please do not take Your Holy Spirit from me and soften my heart to receive Your instruction.

Please forgive our church when we have not listened to Your voice in the Bible. Help us as a congregation to cleanse ourselves of sin and restore the presence of Your Spirit among us.

Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation. Then we will teach sinners Your ways, and they will be converted to You (Psalm 51).

Day 7 of 10 Days of Prayer- Praying in the Holy Spirit

Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

“Christ, our Mediator, and the Holy Spirit are constantly interceding in man’s behalf, but the Spirit pleads not for us as does Christ who presents His blood, shed from the foundation of the world; the Spirit works upon our hearts, drawing out prayers and penitence, praise and thanksgiving. The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart” (Ellen White, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, pp. 1077-78).

Prayer is challenging. We cannot see God, and most of us seldom, if ever, hear God. We cannot touch Him, and it sometimes seems like answers are hard to come by. We also have many questions about how prayer works, or why it doesn’t seem to work.

I remember praying as a young man and growing frustrated. I would often get drowsy (praying with head bowed and eyes closed), and sometimes my mind wandered to a list of things I needed to do instead of talking with the Lord. Songs like “Sweet Hour of Prayer” were a mystery to me. “How can anyone pray for an hour? I can hardly pray for 15 minutes. In fact, one survey shows that the average time pastors spend in prayer is around 7-10 minutes each day! I felt guilty. Of all things that a pastor should be committed to, prayer is the most important of all.

While thoroughly studying the subject of the Holy Spirit, I came across this text: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words” (Romans 8:26, NLT). I did not fully understand this verse at the time, but it was clear the Holy Spirit would help me with prayer. That one thought alone began to transform my prayer life. God had promised to help me pray, so I began to claim that promise with all my heart. When I got drowsy, I claimed the promise. When my mind wandered, I claimed the promise. Gradually the quality of my prayers and the quantity of time I spent in prayer improved. Also, as I spent more time in prayer, personal challenges improved or went away, and miracles began to happen. I can’t explain why, but it seems to be true: the time spent in prayer is just as important as the quality of what we say.

Even though prayer is still a challenge sometimes, I find that the time goes by more quickly, and I don’t have trouble with sleepiness or mental wandering. I know God hears my prayers, and I know He will answer in His own good time and way. So, biblically speaking, to pray in the Spirit means to put forth human effort to improve our time in prayer while trusting the Holy Spirit to inspire and empower us.

Some practical ideas to improve your prayer life:
-Pray through scripture. Read a text and pray to the Lord about what you just read.
-Use music. The hymnal and other songbooks contain many prayers. Use those prayers to help you know what you want to say. Singing is another form of praying.
-Pray in a place that has fresh air and is free from distractions.
-Journal your prayers. Many people enjoy writing out their prayers and find that it helps them clarify thoughts and express themselves more thoroughly.
-Find a prayer partner you can pray with in person or over the phone.
-Attend prayer meetings (at church or in people’s homes) or start a prayer meeting
-Make a list of the things you need to talk with God about.

Day 6 of 10 Days of Prayer- The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

So we know that we should be working for God, telling others about His love... but how exactly does He want us to do that?? The answer lies in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. What has He uniquely given you? Pray that He will clarify that in you heart today and then pray that He will give you clarity on HOW to use that for His service. When His love is in our hearts fully, we can’t help but want to share that! The gifts of the Holy Spirit enable us to do that with success.

“It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God. . . . Those who have faith in this divine Attendant [the Holy Spirit] will develop. They will be gifted with power to clothe the message of truth with a sacred beauty” (Ellen White, Gospel Workers, pp. 96, 97).

Join us tonight as we pray together!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church OR
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

Day 5 of 10 Days of Prayer- The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
We’ve all heard this passage and can probably even recite it from memory. But how many of us are living each day in possession of all these Spirit-bestowed character traits?

It comes to my mind when I am impatient with my family or a driver around me or when I once again eat too much of something and have no self-control. It is like a warning light that alerts me that if I am falling in any of these areas then what I really have is a case of missing Holy Spirit in my life. Remembering that I don’t have to just work harder to be like this is so encouraging as I am led back to prayer and surrender to the Holy Spirit so He can do His work in me!

“It is evident that truth has been planted in the heart by the Holy Spirit when it is loved and cherished, and regarded as a sacred endowment. Love will then spring up in the heart like a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life. When this love is in the heart, the worker will find no weariness in the work of Christ” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, vol. 3, p. 121, Feb. 13, 1894).

Join us tonight as we pray together for the Holy Spirit!
7-8pm at the Lufkin Church
Via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

Day 4 of 10 Days of Prayer
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a life-changing transformative blessing that God so wants to give each of us. This won’t come though as a result of rising through a quick prayer in the morning or while we are clinging to any bitterness or other known sins. It’s so important that we take the time to linger in Gods presence, asking Him to empty ourselves of all that is blocking His power and then surrendering to Him. God has an amazing gift to give us.

“When you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then you will understand more of the joys of salvation than you have known all your life hitherto” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 5, p. 231).

Come join us in prayer tonight from 7-8pm at the Lufkin church or join by phone- 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#- 477-867-2203

10 Days Of Prayer Day 3- Victory Through the Holy Spirit
When have you had a victory over sin in your life? You experienced the Spirit’s power at that point! Sometimes we try in our own willpower to change but lasting change is only through His working in our lives.

Join us tonight at 7pm as we spend time in prayer!
At the Lufkin church or via phone at 415-762-9988
Meeting ID#-477-867-2203

Each evening during these 10 days of prayer we will have two opportunities to join in. We invite you to participate as it will boost your Christian experience and truly be a blessing!
1. Come on over to the Lufkin Seventh-day Adventist Church from 7-8pm each evening through the 18th and join us in person for a powerful evening of prayer.
2. Call into our prayer call and join us remotely! You’ll hear the devotional and have a chance to add your prayers to the meeting or you can opt to just listen in.

415-762-9988
Meeting ID#- 477-867-2203

What would you like prayer for?

10 Days of Prayer- Day 2 (Devotional from tendaysofprayer.org)
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
JOHN 16:8, NKJV
Testimony
“The Holy Spirit is a person, for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. When this witness is borne, it carries with it its own evidence. At such times we believe and are sure that we are the children of God” (Ellen White, Evangelism, p. 616).

The Holy Spirit works in our lives in three phases (John 16:8-11). First, He convicts us of our sin to bring us to Jesus. Second, He convicts us of Christ’s righteousness, which is sufficient to save us. Third, He expels Satan and sin from our lives (John 16:11).

My parents did raise their six children (I’m number five) to believe in God and the Bible. We learned that there was a heaven to win and a hell to shun. However, we did not pursue a relationship with God or trust in Him. My mother’s brother, my uncle, married a Seventh-day Adventist. One day my Uncle Harold announced to his new wife that he would prove to her from the Bible that she did not have to keep the Sabbath (Saturday). After much study, however, he realized that the true Sabbath of the Bible was indeed Saturday. Soon Harold was baptized and became a Seventh-day Adventist.

In due time Harold shared his faith with our family, and, try as I might, I could not find a way to disprove the Sabbath teaching of the Bible. I did not want to keep the Sabbath. It was an interruption in my plans. Over time the conviction of the Holy Spirit that I was a sinner bound for destruction deepened in my mind and heart. I knew I was not following God, and I knew I would not be saved. About that time a letter arrived from Uncle Harold, and he described what heaven would be like using the Bible as his authority. As I listened to his description of heaven, I felt a strong desire to give my life to God. Then I heard the voice of God in my heart as clearly as if someone was sitting next to me. “Either you give your life to Me now, or you never will.” Immediately I felt great fear. I was trading heaven for the things of this earth. I got up from my chair, went to my room, and shut the door behind me. I knelt by my bed and prayed for the first time from my heart. I struggled to know exactly what to say, but eventually I prayed, “Dear Jesus, I want to be what You want me to be. I want to do what You want me to do, and I want to go where You want me to go.”

The instant I said that prayer, I felt a change sweep through my body. My old anger and bitterness were released, and the love, peace, and joy of God filled my heart. I knew God had heard my prayer, and I knew what I must do. I got up from my knees and went to tell my mother the good news—that I was now going to live for Jesus and begin keeping the Sabbath. Tears of joy fell on her cheeks. Within days I began to sever every sinful tie that bound me to the world. Some people did not understand my decision, and the way ahead was not yet completely clear, but my conscience was clear, and joy filled my heart! Later I studied with the local Adventist pastor and began to understand much more about God’s will for my life. Eventually I was baptized and became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is the best decision I ever made!

Bible Texts to Pray About
John 16:8-11—It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins and lead us to Jesus.
Romans 3:10, 23—There is none righteous, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23—The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.
John 3:16—For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
Ephesians 2:8, 9—We are saved by grace through faith, not our own goodness. It is the gift of God, not our own works.
1 John 5:11-13—If we have accepted Jesus by faith, we know we have eternal life.
Romans 8:16—The Spirit Himself bears witness, and we know we are sons and daughters of God.
Each day, as we turn to Jesus and pray, we receive His forgiveness and grace. As the children of Israel went out daily to receive the manna from heaven, so we daily renew our relationship with Jesus, the Bread of Life (John 6:58). Through the presence of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives, we confess our sins to God, accept the righteousness of Jesus in our behalf, and are enabled to resist the temptations of the devil (Galatians 5:16).

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