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November 29, 2018

We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Three Reactions to The Birth of Jesus

By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

How would you have reacted to the news of Jesus’ birth? The night Jesus was born, there were three different reactions that happened. Some honestly could’ve cared less, some were jealous, and some rejoiced and spread the good news!

First there were those that, if they had noticed, didn’t care. They were worried about paying taxes, where they were going to sleep or where they were getting their next meal and a myriad of other things. So, they didn’t really care that another baby was born to a poor family in a dirty stable area.

Second there were those who when they found out were instantly jealous or skeptical. King Herod had instantly become jealous and sought to kill the child when he heard of Jesus’ birth. He was jealous and zealous to protect his kingdom. Many others may have been skeptical when they heard that Jesus was lying in a manger. The wise men first came to Jerusalem following the star and, for them and maybe many others, the capital city seemed like a logical place to look. I’ve wondered sometimes if they were somewhat skeptical when the star led them to Bethlehem.

Thirdly there were those who, when seeing Baby Jesus for the first time, went out and told everyone they saw what they had seen. Luke 2:17 tells us that after the shepherds had seen the angels and Baby Jesus that “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” They were impacted in a positive way when Jesus came. When the wise men finally arrived from the east some time later, Matthew 2 tells us that they bowed and worshiped him and presented him with gifts.

Continue reading to discover why each of these reactions is an important lesson to learn from.

Keep Reading!
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON
FROM CRAIG MATTSON

Lance Armstrong Visits Orcas Christian School


Students at the Orcas Christian School (OCS) got a special visit from cyclist Lance Armstrong! Armstrong, who is friends with Make Parnell, OCS co-founder, accepted Parnell's invitation to come and chat with students while he was in town for the SwimRUN USA competition.

Read the full story from The Islands' Sounder and how he encouraged students to keep moving forward!
Read the Full Story!
FROM NORTH PACIFIC UNION CONFERENCE

A Special Offering for Paradise, Calif.

Give Online to Help Paradise Fire Victims
FROM ADVENTIST BOOK CENTER

Christmas In My Heart

Beloved storyteller Joe L. Wheeler's 100th book, Christmas In My Heart brings 17 classic, spiritually based, heart-tugging stories that incorporate values worth living by, and remind us of the divine reason for the Christmas Season!
Find a Copy at Auburn ABC!
FROM TIME MAGAZINE

Inside the Fiery Furnace: A Chaplain's Harrowing Story of Survival in Paradise

In the book of Daniel, there is a story about three men who refuse to worship a golden idol and the furious king who casts them into a fiery furnace as punishment. To the royal’s astonishment, the men are trapped in an “exceeding hot” fire, as he decreed, yet they do not burn. Because the men had faith, a higher power protects them, and they walk out of the furnace unscathed.

This is the tale that Brad Brown, a chaplain at Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif., told the sick, scared people huddling inside his Honda Odyssey as flames burned on both sides of them and embers flicked onto the hood.
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You'll want to read this story about our former Grahm & Yelm pastor, Brad Brown!
 
Read the Full Story from TIME Magazine

A Time to Share

Join Washington Conference administrators for town hall meetings to listen and learn more about how God still ACTS through our mission and ministry in western Washington.
 

Meet & Greet


Washington Conference leaders would like to say hello to you at one (or more) of these upcoming events. When you see them, please mention this "hello invitation" from Washington ACTS!
 
Dec. 1 | Doug Bing & Jerry Russell at Auburn Spanish Church Formation in Auburn
Dec. 1 | Doug Bing & Jerry Russell at The Drummer Boy in Auburn
Dec. 1 | Craig Carr at Handel's Messiah in Chehalis
Dec. 2 | Leaders at Town Hall Meeting in Forest Park at 7 pm
Dec. 3 | Leaders at Town Hall Meeting in Lacey at 7 pm
Dec. 4 | Leaders at Town Hall Meeting in Bremerton at 7 pm
Dec. 5 | Leaders at Town Hall Meeting in Federal Way at 7 pm
Dec. 8 | Doug Bing speaking at Eastside SDA Fellowship
Dec. 11 | Jerry Russell at Kirkland School Christmas Program in Kirkland
Dec. 12 | Doug Bing at Mountain View Christian School Christmas Program in Sequim
Dec. 13 | Doug Bing at Forest Park Christmas Program in Everett
Dec. 14 | Doug Bing & Jerry Russell at AAA Christmas Program in Auburn
Dec. 15 | Jerry Russell at Whidbey School Christmas Program in Oak Harbor
Dec. 15 | Doug Bing at Shelton School Christmas Program
Dec. 15 | Leaders at AAA Secular Christmas Program & Dorm Open House in Auburn
Jan. 5 | Doug Bing at Regional Day of Celebration in Tacoma

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Copyright © 2018 Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, All rights reserved.
President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
Managing Editor: Heidi Baumgartner  Contributing Editor: Katie Henderson



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