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The Southwestern Union is embracing new media and combining them with traditional communication and evangelism methods in order to reach people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Point of View

Let’s Talk About How We Talk

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Have you ever had a misunderstanding with a friend or family member? Maybe your tone of voice or your choice of words gave them a reason to understand something you …

To Your Health

Enhancing Healthy Family Communication

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Healthy communication is a cornerstone of effective family functioning. The way we communicate sets the foundation for how we relate and interact as families. Everyone has different ways of communicating …


I Want to Change the World!

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I want to change the world. As a kid, I always told myself that when I grew up, I would do big things with my life. I would make a …

Pass it On

Faith and Communication See Results at the Crowley Church

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The members of the Crowley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Crowley, Texas, pastored by Buster Swoopes, Jr., have whole-heartedly taken on the task of growing the kingdom of heaven. They have …

Visión Hispana

Mejorando Una Sana Comunicación Entre La Familia

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La comunicación saludable es la piedra angular del funcionamiento efectivo de la familia. La forma en que nos comunicamos establece las bases para la forma de relacionarnos e interactuar como …


All Methods to Reach All People:

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The mission of the Southwestern Union is “to equip and inspire the Southwestern Union territory with the distinctive Adventist message of Hope and Wholeness.” In the context of communication, we …

What Would Jesus Tweet?

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The Christian church has always wrestled with its language—from the exclusivity of the Latin Mass to the perpetual struggle to speak the language of younger generations. An article showcased this …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

Communicating with Those We Wish to Win

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In Luke 15, Jesus shared three wonderful stories which clearly portray for us His mission and ministry of seeking after those that are lost. Through the story of the lost …

Youngest Speaker at Heber Springs SDA Church

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Heber Springs, Ark. » The Heber Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church is excited and impressed with their young speaker, Clayton Owens, who recently preached at the Heber Springs Church. Clayton is …

Clinton SDA Community Service Department Prepares

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Clinton, Ark. » In February 2008, the small town of Clinton had a tornado roar through, killing two people, injuring many more, and wreaking damage and loss. The small Clinton …

Ouachita Hills Academy Use Ham Radio for Emergency

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Amity, Ark. » Ouachita Hills Academy students and staff went backpacking in the Ouachita Mountains during spring break this year. The area is quite rugged and remote and there have …

Jones Creek Academy in Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge, La. » Jones Creek Adventist Academy, located in Baton Rouge, has only 19 students, and Pam Bounds, the Sabbath School/church secretary, had a desire to find a way …

Family Enrichment Weekend

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Coming to Bonnerdale, Arkansas, October 14 and 15, 2016! When: October 14, 6:45 p.m.; October 15, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Featured Speaker: Mike Tucker, nationally-known speaker, pastor, and counselor …

Heber Springs Community Day

Heber Springs SDA Church is hosting it first “Community Day” on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A FREE LUNCH will be provided to the community—in our on-going efforts to make our …

Oklahoma Conference

Communication Alert

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Over the past many years for citizens in Oklahoma, communication has been absolutely vital. Living in tornado alley, accurate communication has often meant the difference between life and death. In …

Ordination Service at Camp Meeting

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Wewoka » On the first Sabbath of camp meeting at Wewoka Woods, Andrew Spooner was ordained to the gospel ministry. Andrew was born and raised near the town of Sierra …

Oklahoma Camp Meeting 2016: Share the Power!

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Wewoka » July 8-16 was the time for a special, spiritual convocation on the campus of Wewoka Woods. There were moments of great fellowship, fun and a season of spiritual …

Commissioning Service at Camp Meeting

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On the second Sabbath of camp meeting, Jung-Wook (Apple) Park was commissioned to ministry. Apple was born in South Korea, and is a third-generation Adventist, his grandmother having been one …

Southwest Region Conference

Giving an Offensive Message

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Building walls, hiding e-mails, and other political comments over the past few months have developed into battle plans, ideas, and sound bites that are antagonistic to many.  However, what about …

2016 Bible Bowl Season Report

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Athens, Texas » Many Bible Bowl events took place this spring. Beginning on February 13, exhibition games were held at the Faith church in Baton Rouge, La. Churches from Covington, …

Eighth Grade and Kindergarten Graduates Learn About Wisdom

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Baton Rouge, La. » Graduates of the eighth-grade class of 2016 proudly received diplomas, signifying another milestone in their educational careers at Berean/Martin Luther King Christian Academy. Some students spent …

Texas Conference

Communicating with Heaven’s Grace

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From my childhood, I have a distinct recollection of my mother often quoting Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may how you …

Share the Hope Series Results in Baptisms

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Dallas » The Olson family was baptized by Frank Lugo in June as a result of the Share the Hope Prophecy evangelistic series. The family is only one of the …

Annual Service at Clifton Norse Church

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Clifton, Texas » The Norse Seventh-day Adventist Church, the oldest standing Adventist church in the Texas Conference, will hold its 33rd annual church service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October …

Celebration at Gulfhaven

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Houston » The Gulfhaven church in Houston experienced an awesome Sabbath on February 13, 2016, before a packed church of members, visitors, friends, and family members as Gulfhaven’s pastor, Noel …

Texico Conference

Communicators Needed!

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After graduating as a four-year student from Indiana Academy, I knew I would go on to college and earn a degree in something. What career path should I follow? It …

Yepsica Moreno Added to Texico Pastoral Staff

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Albuquerque, N. Mex. » The Texico Conference has a new addition to the pastoral staff. Yepsica Moreno was recently hired as an associate pastor to work particularly with the Native …

“R U Ready?” Texico Youth Rally

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Odessa, Texas » The Spring Texico Youth Rally was held in Odessa, TX on April 22-23, 2016. The churches from Odessa and Midland combined to host this event at the …

Alamogordo Celebrates Being Debt Free

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Alamogordo, N. Mex. » The Alamogordo church celebrated a long-awaited day on July 9, 2016, as they gathered for their mortgage note burning and are now enjoying being debt free!  …

SVA Receives Nathan Greene Painting

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Corrales, N. Mex. » Sandia View Academy (SVA) was recently blessed to receive Nathan Greene’s beautiful painting of the second coming of Jesus called “The Blessed Hope.” SVA is grateful …

Southwestern Adventist University

Coming Home: The Legacy of Southwestern

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I well remember packing up my 1981 Chevy Chevette and slamming the hatchback with all I could muster one final time before hugging my mom goodbye that hot August day …

Southwestern Union

Dianne Jones Retires from the Southwestern Union

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Burleson, Texas » Dianne Jones, administrative assistant to the president, retired from her position at the Southwestern Union at the end of August. She spent 28 years working for the …

Metroplex Hospital Recognized for Commitment to Jumpstart Killeen

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Killeen, Texas » The Jumpstart Killeen leadership team honored Carlyle Walton, CEO of Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, Texas, on July 26, for their support of and participation in the …

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September 2016 Classified Ads

Real Estate/Housing Summit Ridge Retirement Village is an Adventist community in a rural setting but close to Oklahoma City medical facilities and shopping. Made up of mostly individual homes, the …


September 2016 Obituaries

Brown, Norman, born September 12, 1960, in New Orleans, La., and died June 10, 2016, in Bush, La. He was a member of the Bogalusa SDA Church since 2002. He …

On the Record

Withdraw to the Wilderness

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I’m very rarely without my smartphone. I have at my fingertips multiple ways to communicate with family members and friends scattered across the globe. I am able to take high-quality …

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