Lillie Grace Robinson Perrin, whose precious and heartrending diary entries are published here, was a missionary to Jamaica. In 1895 she traveled from a rural Nebraska sand hill home to join her fiancé, 21 year old Charles Perrin, who had gone to Jamaica for mission service two years earlier.--Editors
October 28, 1895—Spent all night on the train. Could not sleep. Thought much of my old home, also of my new home and Charlie.
Oct. 30, 1895—Went on board ship about 4:00 p.m., steamed out of Chesapeake Bay into the mighty deep. We all stayed on deck watching fair America fade from sight. Many and great were the conflicting emotions that filled each breast as we gave the last farewell look at our native country.
Nov. 4—Well, we go to bed tonight happier than usual for they tell us in the morning we will sight Jamaica. O how anxious I am.
Nov. 6—We were nearing the City of Kingston and Charlie; but my calm face did not give away the conflicting emotions inside me as I expected to meet in a few minutes the man I loved and had not seen for two long years. At 9:00 p.m., after driving through quite a portion of the city and admiring the beautiful flower gardens and quaint foreign houses, our driver stopped at the Mission house on 23 High Holderman Street. The carriage had hardly stopped when the door opened and Mr. Perrin came bounding down the steps. I leave the rest to surmise, but will say no one but lovers long parted can know the joy of that meeting. Charlie and I went down to see our new home. We went to a tent meeting in the evening, we were all at the tent, all the American folk, Elder Ritcherson spoke.
Nov. 7—Charlie and I went to the park. He told me how the Sabbath before as he wondered if I would come, he opened his Bible and his eyes fell on this verse: “Thou has given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips” (Ps. 21:2). He knew then that I would come. Oh, if we all had as much faith as he. When the Lord spoke, Charles believed.
Nov. 8—Nettie and I went shopping. We bought me a white dress as we did not know if my trunk would get in on time to get my wedding dress and Charlie said he preferred white any way. Said he thought a Lily should be dressed in white.
Sabbath, Nov. 9—We all went out to the Mission Hall to Sabbath school and preaching. Charlie taught the class of big boys. I sat with him then as he was teaching. How good to see him and to know I was with him and he was mine. After SS we took our place again on the front seat. Bro Eastman spoke and as he was repeating what God said. “It was not good for man to live alone.” Charlie said, “Amen.” All the joy and happiness and gratitude that filled his heart was expressed in that “Amen.” It brought a smile to every lip.
After we got home he asked me if I was offended because he said that. I told him, ‘no’, that it pleased me more than anything he could have said or done, for it expressed to the whole church just how he felt. That he was glad I had come and glad it was not good for man to be alone. We went on home and to dinner and I can truly say I spent the happiest day of my life. Charlie and I were oh so happy. He was mine and I his. The future looks so bright, not a cloud.
Sunday, Nov. 10—Nettie and I went down to the Mission hall to sew. When we came back, Charlie was sick. Had fainted while walking across the yard. Was carried in the house and suffered dreadfully for several hours, then felt better in the evening.
Monday, Nov. 11—Charlie felt quite well and we thought best to be married as arrangements were all made. Charley [sic] and Mr. Gordon walked down to the Magistrate’s office and Mrs. Gordon and I took a bus. At 3:00 p.m. Charles Perrin and Lillie Robinson were united in marriage by the magistrate of the island, Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon being witnesses.
We then got into a bus and drove to the Mission Hall where a reception was given us. There were about 60 guests in all. Charley thanked all for the presents and for their kindness to him in so many ways.
He then told them how we became acquainted also some of our experiences since that time and repeated some poetry he had composed for us just before he left the states for Jamaica. Charlie and I then went to our new home on 6 Lawson St. Oh, how proud and happy we were.
Evening—Mr. and Mrs. Gordon came in and we all had worship together. We all prayed, and as Charlie was thanking God for the seeming realization of all our hopes and joys, he asked His blessing upon “me and my wife.” It seemed a solemn time and God was near. Charlie arose and stayed up until after worship, then went to bed.
News paper clipping pasted in diary: Sad News—The following sad news from Jamaica will be read with deep interest by the people of this community:
“Died, at Kingston Jamaica, November 20th, 1895, Charles N. Perrin. This is the sad news brought by a letter from his widow, formerly Miss Lillie Robinson, who left Cedar Rapids a few weeks ago to become the wife of Mr. Perrin, and with him engage in the missionary work of the Seventh-day Adventists on that island.
She arrived at Kingston on the 6th of November and found Mr. Perrin indisposed. The Sunday following he fainted and was carried into the house. Monday he was able to dress himself and they were married, as previously arranged, but on the evening of his wedding day he was again forced to take to his bed with the fever. He had every possible care, and the services of the best native physicians were also secured.
When it became evident that human skill would not avail, he called for the elders of the church, and they prayed and anointed him. He was conscious to the end, and having submitted all to the Lord, died in peace. His death is greatly lamented by his fellow laborers, among whom he was known as a courageous Christian worker.
November 20, 1895—Charles N. Perrin died at 8:00 p.m. at 6 Lawson St., Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. November 21, 1895—Charles was buried at 4:00 p.m. at May Penburning Ground, Kingston, Jamaica. December 25—Spent Christmas at home. This is the first green Christmas I ever saw. In fact it did not seem like Christmas at all, but just like the 4th of July. Goodbye, Old Year, Goodbye. 1895 Closes—In this year have been the happiest days of my life, also the saddest. Oh what a change a short year has made. One year ago tonight I was in my happy home, amidst parents and friends, a light-headed carefree girl. Now I am a widow in a strange land and among a stranger people, but the Lord is good.
Jan. 1, 1896—The first day of another year has ended and I am alone...
Jan. 14—Want my mother. Felt lonesome, am going to cry. I want Charlie, I long for the time when we can all go home and then there will be no more parting. O, Charlie, my own darling, you will be mine then and you will never be taken from me anymore. I do so pray that the Lord will help me to be comforted wherever I am, and to be willing to live and do the work He has for me on this earth. Oh, I can’t begin to think of living for months and years alone. I would be willing to endure anything, hunger, or anything if only He were with me. But Jesus helps.
Jan. 28—Haven’t been feeling well so have been home. Jan. 31—Could do nothing in the afternoon, felt so discontented. I asked the Lord to help me to be contented and that I was His and for Him to give me the right feelings as would be more help to other people and would honor Him most. Then I found more peace there then I have had since I left Montague. Feb 5. 1896—Moved into our nice, roomy house called Cedar Grove near Claremont. We each have a nice bedroom. Mr. Gordon fixed up a nice three-corner shelf in the corner of my room. I have my towel Mother gave me on it, and just above it on the wall is Charles’ picture, also his watch. On the shelf is a lovely vase sister Flecther, a Jamaican, gave us for a wedding present. Then I have my writing box, my album, a box of pretty shells I gathered from the beach at St. Maria, and a box of lovely leaves.
Feb 15—This has been a hard week. It seemed to me that my lot was indeed a hard one. All seemed dark, oh so dark. I missed Charlie so much and it seemed to me so hard that he should be taken from me. Then when I could endure it no longer I went alone to God and as I was telling him of my grievances I saw as never before the goodness of God in all his dealings with me.
He, in His mercy had spared my life and had guided me happily through so many dangers, and had sustained me by His grace through the darkest hours. Here I was complaining against my hard lot when He was only preparing me for heaven. This suffering is for our good; for does not the Bible say all things work together for good to those who love God? And are we not made perfect through suffering?
Well, I humbly acknowledged my sin and asked God to forgive me and to help me to not sin against Him. I cannot tell with what humility and sincerity I pleaded with God to not cast me off but to forgive and remove sin against Him from me forever. Then I remembered that text that says, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I so much longed to be cleansed from unrighteousness. He says He will remove our sins from us as far even as the east is from the west. When I believed this promise, then peace, sweet peace filled my heart, and I felt so happy that God had once again pardoned my sins and set me free from the bondage of Satan. All evening I sang praises to God for His goodness and mercy to me.
March 20—Felt bad all evening. It was just four months since Charlie left me alone. That night I dreamed I was home and that the folks asked the first thing about his death and I dreamed I told them all. I lived over again every detail of those dark hours. I seemed to suffer as much as I did at the time. In the morning it was all fresh in my mind and it seemed almost as hard to give him up as it did at the time. I cried most of the day, but it made me almost sick, it hurts so to cry.
April 4—Went for another walk on the beach, cried.
August—Haven’t felt well this month. Hattie and I went to Kingston. Spent two weeks in Spanish Town. Got a letter while there, that mother was sick. I felt so bad to think my little mother was sick and I couldn’t see her or do anything for her.
Sept. 21—Got a letter from mother: she said she was better and they were starting for the Fremont Camp Meeting. I felt so relieved. Stayed with Mrs. Morse. She has a lovely big house. Did pretty well canvassing. Had the easiest time canvassing I have ever had.
Sept. 24. 1896—My 21st birthday. Spent the day walking up and down the dirty streets of Browns Town. Quite a contrast to my last which was spent in my pleasant home with Father, Mother, brothers and sisters and friends, and writing to Charlie.
Sept. 28—Silva woke me up saying she had been to the post office and got two letters for me. One from Clark (brother). First words were, “I have the saddest news to write you, mother is dead.”
Mother died Sept 14, but I did not get news till the 28th. She died at camp meeting.
I was ill prepared to stand the shock of mother’s death, but I see more and more how good Jesus has been to me.
Sabbath, Nov. 7, 1896—The anniversary of the happiest day I ever spent.
Nov. 11, 1896—One year ago today I was married to Charles Perrin. It seems a long year but the Lord has mercifully preserved me. Today I have begun canvassing. Have been walking the hot dusty streets of Montego Bay since morning and I am tired and lonely. Oh, it is such a change from one year ago. There I was as happy as a girl can possibly be in this world. The future had not a cloud for either of us. So it seemed to us, but how little we dreamed of what was before us. How little we all thought that the then happy bride would in nine days be left a widow, alone in a foreign land.
One year ago I was a child. Had never tasted but the sweetest in life. Today I am a woman and have tasted to the full the bitter. I know today what it is to suffer in body and mind. I also know what it is to do the Lord’s work. The Lord has done much for me in this year that has gone. He has shown me how to lean on Him. But oh, it has been a lonely year.
How I wonder what the year before me has for me. My only prayer is that those things that will purify me and fit me for an eternal home may come to me. May God help me to be true to Him and may He give me a home with Him.
Nov. 20, 1896—One year ago my Charlie died. Oh, I miss him. I lost my protector and my mother in the same year but I am glad my Savior is mine and I know He will stay, for He has promised to be with me always, all the way.
Lillie Grace lived less than four more years, dying of typhoid fever on August 3, 1900, in Grannis, Arkansas. She would be astonished to know that the church first organized in 1894 with 37 members now counts 250,000 across the island country of Jamaica.
The ancient city of Laodicea was located about 100 miles (c. 160 kilometers) from Ephesus on a well-traveled crossroads between north and south, east and west. The city was a great commercial, banking, educational, and medical center. When Cicero traveled in the area, he cashed his letters of credit at Laodicea. In A.D. 61 an earthquake devastated the city, and although Rome offered to help rebuild the ruined city, Laodicea’s independent, proud inhabitants refused. They wanted to rebuild it themselves.
Laodicea was a wealthy, sophisticated city. In this atmosphere of money and materialism, Laodicean believers evidently became lukewarm. They did not give up their faith; they were just no longer passionate about it. They were not spiritually dead; they were spiritually asleep. The letter to the church at Laodicea is a heartfelt appeal for a renewed spiritual experience.
1. Read Revelation 3:14. What three titles of Jesus did the apostle John use to introduce the message to Laodicea?
The three titles John used to introduce the message to Laodicea are significant. Laodicea is the last of the seven churches. Jesus is the “Amen,” with His final message to His church before He returns. He is the “faithful and true witness,” who knows the deepest secrets of our hearts but will never forsake us. He is faithful to us when we are unfaithful to Him. He is the “beginning of the creation of God.” This expression can be a little confusing. It does not mean Jesus was created first. The original word for “beginning” can be translated “the One who began, or the beginner of.” Jesus is the beginner of all creation.
The all-powerful Christ of creation speaks to the Laodiceans, promising to work the miracle of re-creation and breathe into them spiritual life.
2. Read Revelation 3:15-17. What is Jesus’ spiritual diagnosis of Laodicea?
They are not hot or cold, but lukewarm. What a fitting symbol of Laodicea! The city of Hierapolis was just six miles away, where hot mineral springs flowed through a system of aqueducts to Laodicea. By the time the water arrived, it was lukewarm. The inhabitants of Laodicea had not rejected Jesus: they did not rebel against His teachings—they were just complacent and unconcerned.
3. How did the church at Laodicea view its spiritual condition? How was their view different from Jesus’? Read Revelation 3:17.
Our perception of our own condition before God is sometimes different from reality. We may see ourselves as righteous and holy. But God, who looks at the heart, often sees something quite different.
4. How does the Bible describe human nature apart from the righteousness of Christ? Read Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10, 11, 23.
5. What is Jesus’ counsel to the church at Laodicea? Revelation 3:18.
The believers claimed to be religious, but failed to understand the essence of true spirituality (John 9:39-41). According to Jesus’ own statements in Luke 4:18, He came to bring “sight to the blind.” The apostle Paul prayed that the Holy Spirit would give the church the “spirit of wisdom,” that the “eyes of your understanding” would be opened (Eph. 1:17, 18). Only the Holy Spirit can give us the spiritual discernment to understand our true condition before God and accept by faith His righteousness.
6. Read Revelation 3:19. Why did Jesus give this message of sharp rebuke to His people?
7. Read Revelation 3:20, 21. What does Jesus long to do, and what is His promise?
Jesus longs to have intimate fellowship with us. In the beautiful symbolism of a Middle Eastern supper, Jesus pictures Himself as sitting around a table with us, sharing our conversation, listening to our inner longings, and encouraging our hearts. These special moments with Jesus are just too good to miss. Those who enter into this fellowship with Jesus now will have the joy of sitting with Him on His throne and rejoicing with Him throughout eternity.
Why does Paul say that sin came into the world through Adam, when Eve was the first one to sin?
Eve’s involvement in the entrance of sin into the world has been a matter of discussion since ancient times. Jewish literature tends to ignore her role, although in some cases she is blamed for the problem of sin. We also find the idea that Adam was responsible for her transgression, and hence accountable for the coming of sin. Today the most common explanation is that Adam stands in Paul’s theology as the representative of the human race, and, as such, what he did impacted all humans. I will examine some of the biblical evidence, the nature of Adam’s sin, and offer a suggestion for your consideration.
1. Adam and Eve: Eve is mentioned in only two passages in the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:13, 14. Paul fears for the Corinthians that “as the serpent deceived [exapatao¯, “to lead someone to accept false ideas”] Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted [phzeiro¯, “ruin, corrupt”] from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). The false teachers are like the serpent, and believers could be like Eve. They should not follow her example. Her sin consisted in being led astray from her commitment to God, and the result was inner corruption. Her sin was not inevitable; therefore she was accountable for it.
In 1 Timothy 2:13, 14, Paul illustrates the danger of listening to false teachers by referring to the experience of Eve. When they were created, Adam was created first, then Eve. But it was Eve who was “deceived” (apatao¯, “to deceive” or “mislead”). Priority in creation is contrasted with priority in sinning in order to indicate that deception is not inevitable. Adam was not deceived; consequently, Eve did not have to sin. Therefore her deception, and that of the Ephesians, is inexcusable.
2. The Sin of Adam: In spite of the fact that the sin of Eve is affirmed, Paul claims that “sin” (hamartia) came into the world through Adam (Rom. 5:12). His sin is called an “offense” (verse 15; paraptoma, “wrongdoing”), because he ate from the fruit; and an act of “disobedience” (verse 19, parakoe¯, “unwillingness to listen”), because he violated a divine command. But the sin that came into the world is not the same as the sin committed by Adam. Paul personifies sin as an evil power that, as a result of the sin of Adam, entered the world to rule over it with deadly power (Rom. 6:12). Because of this, Paul uses Adam to designate the natural condition of the human race: In the fallen Adamic condition of the human race all will perish (1 Cor. 15:21), but in the new Adam all will find life. The contrast is significant: Life in Adam ends in death, while the death of Christ ends in life through the resurrection. The natural life, represented by that of Adam, will perish, while the life-giving power of Christ brings a new life (verses 44-49). The evil that came into the world is opposed by Christ who came from heaven to defeat it.
3. Adam and Dominion: Paul’s ideas are based on Genesis 1:28 (cf. Rom. 6:16; 8:18-23). Here is my suggestion for your consideration: According to Genesis, God entrusted the dominion of the planet to both Adam and Eve. In order for sin to rule over the world it would have been necessary for both of them to surrender their dominion over it. The sin of Eve was not enough for dominion to be lost. As long as one of them remained faithful to the Lord, sin/evil would not have had dominion over the world. Even though Eve sinned first, it was only when Adam sinned that sin/evil came into the world and enslaved it. The results of Adam’s trespass were in a way more serious than those of Eve’s.
Paul was right that sin as a ruling power came into the world through Adam. But thanks be to God for the New Adam, Christ Jesus, who liberates us from the enslaving power of sin (Rom. 6:8-11) and will finally liberate creation itself (Rom. 8:18-23).
Angel Manuel Rodríguez served as director of the Biblical Research Institute prior to his retirement.
Glow Stories GLOW: Giving Light to Our World Giving Light to Our World—GLOW—is an outreach initiative that originated in California, United States, but is now branching out to other world divisions. It’s based on the concept of church members distributing GLOW tracts—free of charge—at every opportunity. The tracts are currently being printed in 45 languages.
Here is a short story that depicts a life touched by GLOW:
CUBA: Maria’s parents were planning a trip to Cuba to visit family, so Maria prepared various gifts for them to take to her relatives. The Lord impressed her to include a GLOW tract for her aunt. Maria also wrote a letter to her aunt, in which she thanked her for all the good times she experienced at her house as a child. Sadly, her aunt’s son, Edgar, had died when he was only 3, so Maria explained that when Jesus comes again, He will return the young children who had died to their mothers. “I told her that I did not know how horrendous the pain is that comes from losing a child, but that it would be awesome to see Jesus doing that,” Maria said. “Since she is not a believer, I asked her whom she would want Jesus to give Edgar to. It would be an honor for me to receive him, I told her, but that I thought she would prefer to be the one.” The Spanish GLOW tract Maria included was titled ‘Is There Hope After Death?’”
Maria’s mother later told Maria that her aunt had cried after reading the letter and tract. The aunt then made a decision to go to church.
Stories are compiled by Pacific Union Conference, United States, GLOW director Nelson Ernst. To learn more about GLOW, go to sdaglow.org. To watch video GLOW testimonies, go to vimeo.com/user13970741.
Sir Run Run Shaw Remembered His gift made possible the hospital named for him. By Nancy Yuen and James Ponder, Loma Linda University
Sir Run Run Shaw, speaks at the opening of the hospital named for him. One of the conditions of its construction was a partnership with Loma Linda University.On January 7, 2014, Sir Run Run Shaw passed away at the age of 106. Though global media reports that ran the day after his death trumpeted his work and legacy as a movie pioneer who, with his brother, brought Kung Fu to the big screen, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church remember him as a philanthropist and humanitarian in the world of health care.
Because of his benevolence Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital was envisioned and constructed, opening in 1994 in the Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China. The hospital transformed the delivery of health care in what was then a poor community.
“From a childhood memory and appreciation for quality medical care nearly 100 years ago to a modern hospital today, the connection between Loma Linda and Sir Run Run Shaw is legendary,” says Richard H. Hart, president of LLUH.
Sir Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong film magnate who dreamed of building a Western-style hospital in his native country of China, provided partial funding to the Zhejiang Provincial Government for the construction of a hospital in its capital of Hangzhou in the early 1990s. His only request was that he wanted to partner with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in operating the hospital.
Years earlier Sir Run Run Shaw’s mother had received treatment from Dr. Harry Miller, an Adventist physician, at a progressive hospital in China. He was impressed by the compassionate, whole-person care provided to all echelons of society, from government officials to day laborers. As a result, he vowed to one day bring a similar level of care to his own community.
“He never forgot the excellent care his mother had received from Dr. Miller,” says Joan Coggin, former vice president for global outreach, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
When Sir Run Run Shaw initiated plans to build a hospital, he asked the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Loma Linda University and Medical Center (LLUMC) to become involved.
The ribbon cutting for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital was held May 9, 1994. In its early days, the 400-bed hospital provided Western-style services in all of the medical specialties practiced in the United States. The hospital was awarded Joint Commission International Accreditation in December 2006. The first facility in China to achieve this level of recognition and success, it subsequently earned reaccreditation in 2009 and 2013. Today the 1,200-bed tertiary-care hospital treats more than 6,000 patients per day.
Jan Zumwalt, associate director, Global Health Institute and executive director for international affairs, LLUMC, was on-site at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital when its namesake visited. She recalls, “He didn’t desire fanfare or attention. He had been born in the province where the hospital is located; the area was very poor at the time the hospital was built.
“It was so important to him that the people of Hangzhou benefit from the best in health care including education, modern equipment, and facilities,” she says. At a celebration marking the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s tenth anniversary, Zumwalt recalls a colleague describing the facility’s importance to Sir Run Run Shaw, stating that of the many philanthropic projects he had supported, this hospital brought him the most satisfaction.
Sir Run Run Shaw made his fortune by selling martial arts movies. In later life he earned widespread respect as a philanthropist. In 2002 he created the Shaw Prize, which is recognized as the Nobel Prize of Asia. In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his longstanding support of the Red Cross.
In addition to the hospital, Sir Run Run Shaw provided hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic support to projects in Asia, Britain, and the United States. He is survived by his wife, Mona Fong, and four children.
Never underestimate the power of the gospel to overcome the enormity of human evil.
The brokenness of sinful human beings is on display in every arena of our lives.
In the yard, children bicker and complain, asserting ownership of bits of cloth and plastic they call “toys.”
In the workplace, colleagues taunt and deceive, determined to climb a rung on an employment ladder promising success and wealth.
In disputed corners of the earth, guns and bombs emerge to stake the claims of sovereignty and “nation.”
Even in the church, we watch familiar sins of pride and prejudice inflicting pain on those Christ died to save.
As the apostle so aptly framed it: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19, NRSV).* Christianity stripped of the news of Jesus’ resurrection—and His resurrection power in our lives—is nothing other than unwarranted optimism in the face of deadly facts.
But the gospel we are called to preach—and live—compels us to acknowledge that the resurrected Lord intends His disciples to experience His transforming power even now in our roles and our relationships.
By His grace, controversialists choose cooler rhetoric. Through His power, enemies forgive each other. Inspired by His example, men and women push back the tide of evil by living with kindness, generosity, and faithfulness.
“We are each a tale of grace,” the poet said. Taken altogether, the countless lives healed and made whole by Jesus’ death and resurrection give the world a frankly hopeful vision of the world soon to come.
As you read this month’s cover story about recovery and restoration after horror and violence, resolve to live, because of grace, one of those resurrected lives.
I recently read that Christian institutes and universities/seminaries that have advocated abstinence in the past are lifting alcohol bans for employees and campuses. Will the Seventh-day Adventist Church also relax its stance on alcohol?
Definitely not, and for two compelling reasons: first, alcohol is a dangerous poison. Second, and even more important, the body temple of the Holy Spirit must be kept pure and unsullied. Let’s look at the facts.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), February 2011:
Approximately 2.5 million people die from alcohol-related causes each year.
Four percent of all deaths are related to alcohol through injuries, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and liver cirrhosis.
Some 320,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes. This represents 9 percent of all deaths in this age group.1
A 2010 ranking of drugs by the United Kingdom’s Independent Scientific Committee based on criteria of harm to self and others concluded that alcohol was the world’s most dangerous drug.2 Worldwide, alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug, surpassing tobacco, marijuana, and other chemicals.
Alcohol is the world’s third-largest risk factor for disease.
Alcohol consumption has a significant negative effect on families. It frequently places a strain on the family budget and has a strong association with domestic violence, child abuse, and fetal-alcohol syndrome.
Alcohol use negatively affects society through associated crime and violence of all types, and large numbers of innocent victims in accidents. The purported health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption do not apply across age, ethnic, and gender variations, especially as far as heart health is concerned. There is no benefit of alcohol use for young people (below age 35).
Even moderate drinking is associated with many negative effects such as aggressive behavior and poor moral choices. Alcohol is a known cause of cancer (breast and colon, among others), even when consumed at very low levels.
The Bible unequivocally teaches that the body is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the Holy Spirit communicates with us through our conscious, rational mind. No level of alcohol intake leaves unaffected cognitive function, judgment, and reasoning. For optimal physical health and also to keep the channels of communication between our minds and heaven clear and open, alcohol should be avoided.
Additionally, in keeping with God’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18), and given the widespread effects alcohol may have on the user as well as family, friends, and community regarding trauma, domestic violence, accidents, highway fatalities, sexual immorality, and spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the moral imperative for abstaining becomes even more pressing.
Jesus redeemed us with His own blood. Therefore, Paul concluded, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Cor. 6:19, 20, NIV).3 This is the most compelling argument in favor of abstinence.
Considering the significant risks related to alcohol use, it does not make sense to promote its use, especially when there are proven ways to prevent and treat heart disease, including exercise, a healthful diet, and nonaddictive, tested medications where needed.
Lifestyle choices offer protection against the problems alcohol inevitably brings in its wake. These informed choices include exercise, rest, healthful eating, fresh air, sunshine, pure water (internally and externally), a trusting relationship with God, social support, a good dose of optimism, and, of course, temperance. Temperance encourages us to use wisely those things that are healthful and good, and to dispense entirely with all things harmful through the enabling power of our gracious Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.
There is a plot of fields and woods high in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts to which my mind returns more often than my body.
Say the word “home,” and my thoughts quickly gather there, remembering the many happy hours running through the early hay, climbing the tallest spruces and pines, building dams on the smallish creek that flows down one side of the property.
It was land that first belonged to my grandparents, then my father, and now is the inheritance I share with my brothers and our families. For nearly a century, someone named Knott has roamed these acres, cut the hay, put up firewood, and picked the wild strawberries that grow upon The Knoll each June. When it came the day I had secretly chosen to ask Debby to be my wife, I took her there to pose the question, high upon an old stonewall where the view is both wide and intimate.
Each of us has such a place. For some, like me, it is a rural spot where woods and skies give some true measure of our size; for others, it the familiar creak of a staircase leading to an urban apartment, with sights and tastes and sounds of city all around. These places are, in the fullest sense, “spiritual” places, for they connect our present lives to the values we have inherited from the past.
As inheritors of a spiritual legacy, Seventh-day Adventists around the globe also have dozens of such places. Here Ellen White experienced the vision that launched the worldwide ministry now known as Adventist Review/Adventist World; there, Abram LaRue first disembarked in 1880s Hong Kong. A marker may be all that remains of a famous Adventist institution, but we gather around it to remember the history that was launched from that spot, the lives that were changed, and how the kingdom grew.
As you journey with associate editor Gerald Klingbeil in this month’s cover feature to several of these cherished spots, invite the Lord who promises to guide our memories to call you back to the pieces of your past that will restore and renew your faith in His great endtime movement.
Guidelines for Writing for Adventist World Magazine
We’re looking for new writers—men and women whom the Lord has gifted and called to write. It would help to read books and articles on writing and/or take a class or seminar to build your skills as you prepare your material.
What we’re looking for
Spiritual Food: How to have a relationship with God. How to know Jesus better. Deeply spiritual material; the difference God makes in your life. Message and Mission: What makes us Seventh-day Adventists, our beliefs and God-given task of brining others to Jesus.
Diversity: Ethnic, age, and gender differences are great assets. The Review is for all people.
Reader Interaction: More letters and new opportunities to share how we live the Christian life.
Adventist World: Focused monthly as the world church paper; exciting news from the church around the world. We want articles of international interest on topics important around the globe and in the church.
Important Things to Remember:
We want articles solidly based in Scripture and in accordance with the Spirit of Prophecy (Ellen G. White). Use biblical texts and Spirit of Prophecy quotes as appropriate. Keep quoted material to 10 percent maximum. Make sure you give credit to others when you use their material.
Make sure your writing is finished/edited as best as you can. Use short sentences with simple, colorful vocabulary and active verbs. Use examples from real life to illustrate your topic, and apply the material to life. Stories work for all people groups.
Relationships, nature, feelings—these are universal and they work for all groups.
Seek to be positive and unifying; but also candid, honest, and open. We encourage writing that is fresh, lively, and upbeat.
Expressions and illustrations confined to one culture. Avoid stereo-typing individuals or cultures.
Quoting from songs or hymns (the copyright can cost us $400 for one line!). Avoid quoting poetry and songs (unless very widely-known) because they are difficult to translate.
Political viewpoints or agendas.
References to World War II (Germany, Japan).
Sending long academic dissertations. Avoid tired, familiar ideas.
Heavy use of passive voice (Passive voice is the use of the verb form "to be"—is, are, a, was, were, has been, have been, had been, will be, will have been—followed by a past participle. “I have walked” is passive; “I walked” is active voice.).
Do not send more than two manuscripts at one time. If you send your manuscript elsewhere, don’t send it to us.
Sending Your Article
1. You get an idea (focus on one idea), write it out in detail, edit it down, and edit it down again to meet necessary lengths listed below.
2. You submit a double-spaced manuscript with a cover letter. Send by regular mail. You may use e-mail, but some of the editors prefer hard copy through regular mail. Mail to the address below (not to a specific editor), or your manuscript will not be processed.
Mailing address: Editorial Assistant (Manuscript Submissions) Adventist World 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring MD 20904-6600
3. You will receive an acknowledgment card and your manuscript will be evaluated by at least two editors. (Less than 20% are accepted.)
4. We notify you of our decision, usually within 10-12 weeks. Please retain copies of your submissions for your records. (Rejected articles are disposed of after six months).
5. If we accept—we buy your manuscript for one-time use, then the copyright returns to you. Regular articles are paid on acceptance, not publication. You will receive a check in the mail:
$50 - $100 for unsolicited articles $75 - $300 for solicited articles
(No payment for World Exchange, Letters, or The People’s Place)
6. When we accept your manuscript, we will ask for a disk or CD (if available), your Social Security number (where applicable), a photo, and a request to grant our publishing houses overseas permission to reprint without cost.
7. You may send photographs to accompany your manuscript (in addition to your author photo). If editors choose to use these photos with your article you will be compensated at $15 per image. We prefer hard copy pictures on photography paper. You may also submit high-resolution digital images via e-mail or CD.
8. In time (not usually right away) your article appears in the Adventist World. You’re happy. Thousands of readers benefit.
Practical applications for our 28 Fundamental Beliefs
Spiritual Lessons drawn from the Bible and real life
Stories about individuals and events from our past
How Adventists live their faith in various settings
Accounts of groups or individuals making a difference
Photos, quotes, statistics, and fun facts
Letters to the Editor
Feedback from readers around the world
Prayer and Praise
Prayer concerns from our readers
If Your Article Quotes Other Sources
If quoting from a book, please include with the article a photocopy of the actual page/s of quotations plus a photocopy of the title and copyright page for that book. If quoting from a magazine, please photocopy the magazine’s masthead as well as the actual page/s from which you’re quoting, and include these with your article.
♦ When I sing “It May Be at Morning,” it reminds me of when we were kids and our family sang this song every morning. When God comes, we all will be in heaven together, and shout the glad song of Christ’s return. Hallelujah!
—Eunice, Jakarta, Indonesia
♦ “What a Friend We Have in Jesus!” reminds me of the importance of prayer. When my heart is lonely, I have Jesus, my eternal friend.
—Matías, Buenos Aires, Argentina
♦ “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” is my testimony. Standing on “Christ, the solid Rock” will see us through life’s trials and assure us a place in His kingdom “when He shall come with trumpet sound.”
—Ethel, Massachusetts, United States
♦ My favorite hymn is “The Lord Rested.” Every time I sing it I disconnect with the world, put everything on “pause,” and remember how wonderful is the day of rest.
♦ “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” makes me think of the experience of Martin Luther, who, clashing directly with evil forces, found his strength in the Lord.
—Luis, Medellin, Colombia