4. PRAYING FOR OUR DEPARTMENTAL MINISTRIES – Human Resources Department:
We are so blessed in the Carolinas with such an amazing team of dedicated and gifted ministry directors. They render an amazing level of creativity and services that guide the ship of God’s work in this small part of Heaven’s global mission. Beginning with this issue of P5, I wish to highlight a department each month – not so much as to give a full length report of all that they have been or are accomplishing, but rather to simply uplift these valued leaders and their faithful service in our prayers.
This month, I invite you to uplift our Human Resource department under the gifted leadership of:
Deborah Hutchinson, Director
JoAlyce Waugh, Secretary
Norma Sandoval, Conference Clerk/Secretary
The Human Resources Department is a division of the Secretariat Office and is an integral part of Carolina Conference operations. It also serves as a resource for questions regarding denominational policies and federal and state employment laws. The department also serves employees through many other administrative functions including:
Maintaining personnel and benefits records for all employees – both conference employed and local church funded employees
Updates to the Conference Employee Policy manual
New employee processing
5. Saturated with the Word
As a President’s Prayer Partner, we again invite you to truly be a people of the Word. As Seventh-day Adventists, we embrace 28 Fundamental truths that are based on the Bible alone. For the past several months we have been focusing on four passages of scripture that are foundational to each of our fundamental beliefs. Here’s our final set of 4 memory passages for June & July to coincide with our 28th fundamental belief regarding what the Bible teaches about The New Earth.
Because it is so vital that we saturate our souls with His Word, it is my plan to recycle these same passages beginning with the four that we began with over two years ago with Fundamental Belief Number # 1 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
I carry a set of these passages with me in my car and repeat them aloud as I drive from place to place. My goal is to prayerfully say one verse at least five times a day for a week, thus embracing the promise of God’s Word — “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11 Repeat these passages over and over till they become a part of your very being. Of course, you can always choose to do more. Prayerfully consider how you can saturate your soul and make His Word a part of your heart every day.
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF #28: The New Earth
On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. For here God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen.
Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV) — “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.”
Isaiah 66:22-23 (NKJV) — “‘For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,’ says the Lord, ‘So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that form one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the Lord.”
II Peter 3:13 (NKJV) — “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Revelation 22:1-5 (NKJV) —“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.’”