January | 2015
ElderJohn Witcombe from Grants Pass, Oregon spoke Sabbath afternoon, December 20, about prophecy in Daniel 11 to a large group that filled nearly all the pews. He summarized previous prophecies in the book of Daniel and traced their fulfillment. Then Elder Witcombe compared them to the prophecy about the king of the north and the king of the south in Daniel 11 and identified the king of the north as the ruler of the original northern territory of Alexander the Great’s empire and the king of the south as the ruler of Egypt.
As guests left, each one received a free book written by Elder Witcombe titled Jerusalem Caliphate and the Third Jihad.
Annual Christmas Program
Picturing a family worship, the Sartin and Quade families sat in a living room simulation on the platform of the church during the annual Christmas program on December 12.
Nancy Dunnewin thanks all who took part in the Christmas program, making it a blessing to all who attended. To the musicians and participants: Cami and Cayce Martin, Aaron, Sally, Caleb and Hannah Sartin, John, Lisa, Micaiah and Elijah Quade, Ken, Paula and Kendra Lebrun, Jim and Neva Brackett, Mick Dunnewin, Larry Houtchens, Kent and Jan Greve, Andrew, Tracy and Madi Alluis, Ashley and Kayla Angeles, Javyn Anderson, and William and Janice Berman.
Many thanks also to Mick Dunnewin and Bob Sorlien for making it possible to hear the program with their skills at the audio booth; Pastor Lebrun for putting the slide presentation together; Lisa Quade for the programs and invitations; Eugene Panasuk and John Quade for the narrations; and a BIG thank you to Bonnie Page for the refreshments and for hers and Donna Bragg’s work on the decorations. For the guests that Nancy talked with, it was a real blessing making all the hard work put into this program worth it. Thanks also to the church family for their support in these programs.
After the program, Elder LeBrun invited everyone to enjoy refreshments in the fellowship hall.
Rain and cold did not prevent ten people from caroling along streets near the church on Wednesday evening, Dec. 10. According to Larry Houtchins, who knocked on doors along with Tarik Anderson to give away Glow tracts and invitations to the Christmas program, people really appreciated the singing.
CVJA Christmas Program
On December 13 the Colville Valley Junior Academy students performed an amazing musical Christmas play at the Colville SDA church as the church service. The entire student body participated in the special play that had been bequeathed to Principal June Graham by a retiring colleague and adapted for our group of students by music teacher Marge Van Doren.
Many in attendance wiped a tear from an eye as they watched the struggle of a young orphan girl, portrayed by Grace, who had nothing to give as a gift except her well-loved stuffed lamb named Mutton. When her gift is rejected by her peers in the choir, she is devastated. But an angel (Bree) appears to Grace and commends her selflessness in a dream; reminding her that God’s dearest Gift was also rejected. She is reunited with her choir group when they come to the realization that she has given the greatest gift—the gift of love.
A fresh assortment of songs well sung by various groups of students and soloists Kyli and Lupe, along with a song played by the advanced bell choir, made this program one to remember.
—By Della Herr
Congrats to Cami
As she received a pre-med degree—actually Natural Sciences. Cami Martin plans are to pursue a Master’s in Public Health (Health Education) at Loma Linda University. At this point she has not yet been accepted, though she hopes to hear soon.
Grant Burkhart’s Testimony
When I was sixteen, I enlisted in the army and really saw how evil the world is. I just couldn’t stand it so I took up drinking and pretty much went crazy. But God sent the most wonderful woman, Sue, to take the crazy out of my life. Not long after I married Sue, my Dad died. He had always believed in God and the Bible, and I wanted to live for God like my Dad, so I decided to start going to church, I gave my life to the Lord and was baptized in a local church. God took much evil from me, but church leaders smoked cigarettes after church in the parking lot. The Bible says our bodies are temples, but the pastor said smoking was okay, I smoked too, but I knew it wasn’t right. I wanted to follow the truth but where could I go where people just went by the Bible?
At that point in my life, Adventist literature found me wherever I went. Someone put an Adventist book on the dash of my car. I got rid of it and weeks later I found the exact same book in a phone booth. I read it, and immediately knew the Sabbath was true. I had been looking for the truth, but now the truth had found me. One day I was driving my Corvette, and it broke down for no reason. A man stopped to help me, and he invited me to go to a seminar on Bible prophecy at the local high school. I knew God was calling me, but I didn’t go. Not long after that I got a flyer in the mail; they were having another seminar at the high school I felt bad that I hadn’t gone before when invited, so I went. It was amazing! George and Janice Enquist came to visit me, and it was obvious they were God’s people, but I still had struggles. As I was wrestling with these new truths, something horrible happened at work—an accident with a forklift broke my neck giving me the worst pain ever in my life. Surgery made it worse. I became hooked on painkillers and lost touch with the whole world. My wife, my kids, and my grandkids all kind of disappeared; the world was like a merry-go-round that was spinning too fast for me to get on. My addictions became my whole life, a horrible nightmare, and I couldn’t wake up.
One day I found a DVD in my mailbox. It was about Bible prophecy, and I sent for more. As I watched the DVDs, I realized that God is in control, and He didn’t want me to live this way, I decided by God’s grace I would quit the painkillers, and Pastor Ken LeBrun, who made the DVDs, started studying with me. I began attending the Orient Seventh- day Adventist church, and God gave me the victory over cigarettes and painkillers. I had lost ten years of my life to drugs, but God gave back my wife and my kids and my grand-kids. On November 22, 2014, Pastor LeBrun baptized me into the Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist church. I still have some pain, but it’s nothing I can’t handle with God’s grace. Sometimes I feel an urge to return to the old ways, but it’s just the devil. Every time I’m tempted, I just thank God for giving me the victory. For me love is the key to victory over sin. God has put his love in my heart. I love God and my family more than the painkillers, Yep, love is the key. I have a whole new life and it’s worth living again. My Dad was right! God takes care of us.
The unrecognized benefits of diet
Food makes us happy. And some food makes us happier. At least that is what recent research is suggesting.
Researchers polled 138 healthy Seventh-day Adventist men and women from Phoenix and Santa Barbara. Approximately half of the volunteers were vegetarian, half were omnivores (meat eaters). The objective was to determine how diet, specifically fatty acid intake, impacted mood.
Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with good mental health. Long chain omega-3s have been found to be beneficial for depression and a range of psychiatric disorders. Long chain simply means that there are more carbon atoms than a short chain omega-3 fatty acid. EPA and DHA are long chain omega-3 fatty acids that “favorably impact neural function by displacing the long-chain omega-6 fatty acids in brain cell membranes, particularly arachidonic acid (AA).”1 AA is an unsaturated fatty acid found in chicken, red meat, eggs, dairy, and some fish. A balance tipped too heavily with AA in the diet can contribute to neuro inflammation, which is not good for mental health. Since fish are a source of these long chain omega-3s, it has been thought that vegetarians who do not eat fish would be in the low end of happy on the mood scale. Well, it just so happens this assumption isn’t true.
The study revealed that while the vegetarian participants consumed less EPA, DHA, and AA fatty acids in their diet compared to omnivores, they also experienced significantly less negative emotions than omnivores. Vegetarians consumed more alphalinolenic acid (ALA), a short chain omega-3 fat and linoleic acid (LA), an omega-6 fatty acid. These short chain omega-3 fatty acids are found in notable amounts in green vegetables, soy, hemp, flax, chia seeds, and walnuts. While these short chain omega-3s haven’t been found to be as potent in terms of mental health, the body converts some of these short chain omega-3 fats into the longer chain–DHA and EPA. Scores from questionnaires as well as stress, anxiety, and mood tests have revealed that the vegetarians in the study experienced better moods.
“These results challenge what is known about the link between dietary fats and brain function and suggest an unrecognized benefit of vegetarian diets which are naturally low in the long-chain omega-3 fats. . . . While dietary intake of EPA and DHA has an important role in brain function, we found no evidence that the absence of direct intake of these fatty acids in vegetarians adversely affects mood state. Features of the vegetarian diet profile such as higher intake of total polyunsaturated fat and negligible arachidonic acid intake may help explain the favorable mood profile we observed with vegetarian diets.”2 Additionally, the higher antioxidant levels from eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduce oxidative stress, which has been associated with psychological distress.
After this initial study the same researcher recruited 39 omnivores to assess if diet change would impact mood. Since happiness and mood are subjective states, the true focus of the study was masked from the participants. The volunteers were divided into three groups. The first group ate meat, fish, and poultry daily. The second group avoided meat and poultry, but consumed fish 3-4 times a week. The third group became temporary vegetarians. After only two weeks (slightly longer than the prophet Daniel’s 10 day experimental diet (Daniel 1)), a change was observed. As a result of the altered diet, the vegetarian group had reduced their intake of EPA, DHA, and AA fatty acids, while the group consuming fish increased their EPA and DHA intake. Mood scores, however, did not change for the fish or omnivore group. Amazingly, mood scores improved significantly for the vegetarian participants. That’s right. Improved mood states were reported after only two weeks on a vegetarian diet.3
So why would a carnivorous diet potentially have an adverse effect on mood? High levels of AA, found mainly in meat, have been linked to clinical symptoms of depression. In one study, it was observed in moderately to severely depressed patients that the higher the levels of AA, in comparison to EPA, the greater the severity of depression. Researchers saw a significant correlation between the ratio of these two fatty acids and mental health. They clarified that they had not determined whether the observed ratio was the result of depression or whether it was present before depressive symptoms occurred. In other words, it could not be “simply explained by differences in dietary intake of EPA.”4 They did conclude that their investigation provided a “basis for studying the effect of the nutritional supplementation of depressed subjects, aimed at reducing the AA/EPA ratio in tissues and severity of depression.”
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for us. Apparently though, the ratio of fats we are consuming is even more relative to our overall mental and physical health. The overemphasis on foods high in omega-6 fats in the modern omnivorous diet seems to have produced an imbalance that appears to be less dramatic in a plant-based vegetarian diet.
In the beginning the Creator surrounded man and woman with that which would make them happy: employment, love, relationships, His companionship, Sabbath rest, beauty, and good food. I suspect that the same ingredients to happiness will work this side of Eden as well.
- Bonnie L. Beezhold, Carol S. Johnston, Deanne R. Daigle, “Vegetarian diets are associated with healthy mood states: a cross-sectional study in Seventh Day Adventist adults,” Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:26, http://www.nutritionj.com/ content/9/1/26.
- Bonnie L Beezhold, Carol S Johnston, “Restriction of meat, fish, and poultry in omnivores improves mood: A pilot randomized control trial,” Nutritional Journal 2012, 11:9, http://www.nutritionj. com/content/11/1/9.
- Peter B Adams, Sheryl Lawson,..., “Arachidonic acid to eicosapentaenoic acid ratio in blood correlates positively with clinical symptoms of depression,” Lipids, March 1996, vol. 31, issue 1, pp. S157-S161, http://link.springer.com/ article/10.1007%2FBF02637069.
Risë has been writing on various health subjects for over 20 years. She has inspired many through her research and down-to-earth writing and speaking style. She believes that healthy living is intimately tied to happiness and wholeness.