Questions & Answers

Are Ellen White’s writings mere counsels or doctrinal?

Q: Are the writings of Ellen White mere counsels or doctrinal? Is it wrong to study Ellen White’s writing and follow the standards set before us? As a youth who wants to learn more, I am desperate for answers. Please do help me. — Genalyn, from the Philippines A: The writings of Ellen G. White,…

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How can I give a worry to God and forget about it?

Q: How does one give problems and worries to God and forget about them? I admit to failing miserably in that area. — Shirl A: We all face challenges and problems from time to time, and sometimes it can be tempting to stress and worry — especially about problems beyond our control. God invites us…

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How much sleep do you get at night, and how much water do you drink?

Q: What time do you sleep at night, and what time do you wake up? How many glasses of water do you drink every day? Considering your job, how many e-mails and invitations do you receive every day? Do you respond to all of them? — Kenneth, a 27-year-old Filipino working in Thailand A: Kenneth,…

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How can I get rid of the guilt that I feel for backsliding after baptism?

Q: I was baptized but have backslidden. Now I’d like to come back to God. I’m doing daily lesson studies and have been attending church lately. However, I’m still a bit troubled in my life and after turning away from God I did horrible things. I still feel guilty, and I don’t know what to…

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I feel like I and others in church are doing nothing to save people. What is your advice?

Q: I’m a third-generation Adventist and am 24 years old. I grew up in the church. I’ve had good and bad moments, but have tried to get closer to God. I’ve had a lot of disappointments with my church community. Now I feel a great calling from God to do something for Him, but I…

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Should I be worried about the end-times?

Q: There are so many signs and rumors of the end times, and I’m stressing about the persecution. Please help! — a Seventh-day Adventist, from Zimbabwe. Q: We believe that Jesus is coming very soon! We see prophecy fulfilling! We are praying for the Holy Spirit and the latter rain every day! I don’t know…

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What is your favorite Bible verse?

Q: Pastor Wilson, what is your favorite Bible verse, and why? A: I have many favorites, but Joel 2:21 is special. It says, “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord will do great things!” This verse gives great hope that God is in control. I can trust and rely on Christ…

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What is Total Member Involvement?

Q: At the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, you mentioned something called “Total Member Involvement.” Could you please explain what that is? A: Yes! Actually, total member involvement is nothing new. It started with Jesus giving the Great Commission (found in Matthew 28) to his followers. For many centuries, Christians have taken this…

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Will Jesus come before the next General Conference Session?

Q: Some people say the General Conference Session in San Antonio in July 2015 was the last that will ever be held. What are your thoughts on this?   A: While no one but God knows the exact time of Christ’s Second Coming, Jesus tells us that “when you see all these things [signs of…

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