Hero of Faith
Living in a time when the world makes heroes of actors, athletes, and other so-called celebrities of every sort, it was so refreshing to read an article about a real hero—the hero of faith, Pastor Masaichi Imamura (“Hero of Faith,” July 2007, pp. 16-19).
However, as a history teacher I’m a stickler for detail, and I think the history in the article was a bit skewed. It reads: “It was in the midst of World War II, and Japan had been attacked by the Allied Forces, mainly the United States.” The last I knew, Japan attacked the United States on December 7, 1941. I realize the article is looking through Japanese eyes, but that doesn’t change the facts.
Again, it was a great article dealing with a true hero.
I received the Adventist World magazine from the local church here on Palm Drive. I have a comment on the Bible Questions column in the May 2007 issue on “A Law That Isn’t Good.” I am referring to Mark 7:7-9, which addresses the issues Rodríguez is dealing with. Christ says, “You reject God’s laws and replace them with your own traditions and man-made laws” (paraphrase).
It is much like the difference between God’s wisdom (real wisdom) and human wisdom (foolishness). I agree with Rodríguez’s assessment that God handed the people over to their own ways.
When Israel asked for a king, God basically said, “They are really rejecting me.” I would add that they were also rejecting God’s Law. Much of the church has done the same. Even though they call themselves Christians, they are really in rebellion (see Matt. 5:17-19).
A Beautiful Letter
I am compelled by the open-mindedness of the servant of the Lord, Pastor Jan Paulsen, in his approach in the Let’s Talk series. As a participant in the “Let’s Talk Africa,” in Uganda in 2006—and also in the Adventist World magazine, “Reaching the Secular Mind” (Jan. 2007, pp. 8-10)—I see a quality worth embracing. With the right attitude in all that we do, a bliss filled with peace and blessings shall be the aftermath. Diverted attitudes will only render us hopeless even in God’s work. For those of us who are paddling their canoes in the wrong direction, those who harbor hatred in the church, those who exhibit self-gratification and self-seeking, there is hope and satisfaction in Jesus.
I am also impressed with the church’s keen ear listening to the youth who are so prone to sway with the erring world. Adventist World magazine is such a beautiful letter to the ugly world. Congratulations.
Adventist World Impacts World
Let me begin by saying “Yes!” to assure the Adventist World magazine that you no longer have to wonder if what you are doing is impacting the lives of your audience. Adventist World, in my opinion, should be awarded the Grammy Award among Adventist publications. It is truly the one I enjoy the most. It bridges the “gap” between nations that are home to millions of believers.
Everything you send out does not return void. Each is being used in its own special way. Rise up every morning knowing you have a special mission you’ve been blessed with in fulfilling God’s plan for salvation.
I am a 26-year-old Adventist from Liberia. I am presently in Kumasi, Ghana, pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Parasitology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
On campus there is a fellowship of Adventist students with a membership of more than 500. We have been studying the great prophecies of Daniel and Revelation along with Ellen G. White’s The Great Controversy.
A friend of mine, Helen Asamoah-Boadi, gave me an Adventist World magazine with the cover story entitled “Reaching the Secular Mind” (January 2007). Since my encounter with the magazine, in addition to the prophetic books, I have developed an unflinching passion for Master Jesus and have decided to follow Him until the end of this temporary life.
I will be returning home next year (2008) upon graduation. It is my fervent prayer that the Lord use me as a “tool” in His vineyard to help reform the church in central Liberia. The church is going through a period of reform after a long, bitter country war annihilated the moral fabrics of the church. Members lost their families, friends, and properties. The church also lost property. This left many of our youth traumatized as some were living on their own, or becoming breadwinners for their families. Whenever I recount these dreadful years, my eyes become drenched with tears.
Please remember the church in Liberia in your prayers.
I was spiritually touched after reading the Adventist World magazine. I borrowed a copy of it from one of my friends who is an Adventist. The scriptures used in it are wonderful! I hope I can get other copies so that I can read them and even share them with other people who are also interested. Thank you and God bless you.
I salute you all in the name of the Lord. It’s my hope that the good Lord is blessing and protecting you in all fields. I am very much delighted to come across your monthly magazine, which has enabled me to grow spiritually. How do I receive future editions of the magazine?
Our advice to this reader and others with similar concerns is to contact the Seventh-day Adventist Church union or division office in your region of the world. We are gratified that the magazine is filling this important need.—Editors.