Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Van Sant lives in Chandler, Arizona, with her husband Bradley and their one-year-old son. She works as a web application developer for a large American university and is an active member of the Tempe SDA Church in Tempe, Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys singing, writing, drawing, and hiking. Jacquelyn wrote songs for Christian recording artist Jessica (Fisher) Cyiza's debut album New Life (2011).

Vending Machine Prayer

Prayer Room by Raluca Stefan

Reading Time: 6 minutes I have noticed, and perhaps many of you have as well, that we, God’s people, often treat God like a vending machine. We insert $1 worth of requests and maybe, if it has been a good day and we are in a cheery mood, 25¢ worth of praises and thanks,…

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Empowered Witnessing: Reaching All People (Part 2)

Group of young people of multiple ethnicities.

Reading Time: 9 minutes In Part I, we discussed some of the challenges to witnessing to our non-Christian family, friends, and those within our circle of influence. Sometimes we may have only one opportunity—perhaps a casual meeting during our commute to work or a seemingly random question from the clerk at the store—but the…

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Witnessing: Let Your Light Shine

Reading Time: 6 minutes “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NKJV). Evangelism and witnessing is the theme for the current Sabbath School quarterly.…

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Danger Ahead: Personal Agendas

Reading Time: 5 minutes I could not believe what I had just heard. Momentarily stunned, I sat in the pew mulling over what had just happened. How could an elder of the church say that during the guest welcome? While the words spoken may have been applauded by a select few and dismissed without…

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Single and Gifted

Reading Time: 7 minutes Let’s be honest. It is downright difficult to be a single adult in the world today, even more so as a single Christian. We are bombarded with images of couples around almost every corner: from movies, television shows, books, walking down the street, Facebook status changes, and even within the…

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Collective Neglect, Individual Indifference

Reading Time: 4 minutes That particular Sabbath was a gorgeous day with golden sunlight falling through the large window above the baptistery. The congregation was electrified with shared joy as the mother and her three teenaged children proclaimed their commitment for Christ through the waters of baptism. After the service, a long line formed…

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Are You Posting Evil Thoughts?

Young man surfing the Internet on a laptop.

Reading Time: 3 minutes “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” – Matthew 15:19 A brief feature on the news the other day caught my attention. A comment posted by a school administrator on her own Facebook wall, which she thought was set on “private” but was actually public, ended up not only…

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Animal Rights: An Adventist’s Stand

Reading Time: 6 minutes Despite some glaring black marks on the history of the Christian church, one of the key principles of Christianity is human rights. One of the most notable teachings of Christ Jesus was love for God and love for fellow man. Matthew 22:37-40 records Jesus’ words: “Thou shalt love the Lord…

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