EL JUNCO, VENEZUELA—On December 19-25, 2017, the brethren in Venezuela gathered for a spiritual conference that attracted members from across the country. The conference was organized by the Venezuelan Union and was held in Campamento Monte de Sion (Camp Mt. Zion), a church property located in El Junco, Yaracuy, Venezuela. The guest speaker for the event was Brother Daniel Guzmán Hurtado (the GC Regional Secretary for Central America). The general theme of the meetings was "Onward and No Excuses".
LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS—On November 24 to November 26, 2017, a camp meeting was held at the church of Leominster in Massachusetts, United States. The camp meeting lectures focused on the theme "Preparation for the Final Crisis". The meetings began on Friday evening with the topic “God’s Love for His People” by guest speaker Brother Adrian Finaru.
On Sabbath morning, a special message was given by Brother Jose Tineo. The message was entitled “Shaking of the Powers of Heaven”. The divine service followed with the topic “Preparation for the End” by Brother Adrian Finaru.
Mary and Joseph are two figures in history whose brief mentions in the Bible deserve our study and admiration. Perhaps because some have gone from respect to veneration of Jesus’ earthly parents, we erroneously shy away from discussing their noteworthy faith. While human through and through, the faith they demonstrate at the beginning of their story in the Bible is worthy of imitation. There are three incidents in which we can observe their faith in action.
As Christians, we consider ourselves temporary sojourners on earth and citizens of a heavenly kingdom. What does that signify concerning our civic duties during our time here on earth? Jesus set the example in all particulars of life, including this one. The circumstances of His birth—the fulfillment of prophecy that the Saviour would be born in Bethlehem—was guided by God through the government at the time.