We would like to thank everyone who has offered words of encouragement and supported us during the past year and a half. Before this issue, the May/June 2003 Servants’ News was the last one published. Since that time, several articles were prepared and a few were distributed as e-mail, but no issues were printed and mailed. What has happened during these two and a half years is a long story that cannot be completely told in the pages of this issue. What we believe is most important, is that the Almighty is making it possible for us to be a part of the solution to some of the problems in His Church today—letting us do more than just write about them.
We are now writing from the Port Austin Bible Campus, established on a property which we began to utilize in May, 2004, in Port Austin, Michigan. God willing, this will continue to be the place of publication for Servants’ News and other Bible literature for many years to come. But more than that, it will be a place where dedicated believers can come to live and study among each other, and where young people can come to truly “seek his kingdom first” (Matt 6:33) in their lives, knowing that God promises to take care of their physical lives if they do. Matthew is often quoted, but not often practiced when life’s decisions are made.
We cannot emphasize enough that the Port Austin Bible Campus (PABC) is a place where people can serve God and be served through His people. Seventh-day Believers have a tendency to want to look to a single place that is the work of God. The Bible and history show that the Eternal has worked through a diversity of people. Unfortunately, the servants of God today, much like the disciples of Jesus, still argue about who is the greatest among them (Luke -27). We hope we can be servants, as Jesus instructed.
the recent visitors to PABC related a dream that she felt that God gave her.
She saw a pillar reaching up to heaven which she understood to represent the
Some readers might be wondering if God still speaks to people through dreams today. But looking up “dream” or “vision” in a concordance shows over a dozen cases where God spoke to people through dreams and visions in the New Testament. Such messages were not reserved for “apostles”, but included Ananias (Acts ), Cornelius (Acts 10:3) and Pilate’s wife (Luke 27:19). A church group’s teaching may influence its members, but it does not stop God from speaking in dreams and visions. It is the Father who decides to speak and the individual Believer who decides to listen. This writer started the Servants’ News ministry after asking the Eternal to show him if it was His will through a dream or vision. He learned that God still does this by reading the Scriptures.
The woman who received the ladder dream had been a member of an independent Sabbatarian group for over 30 years. Members of the group generally understood that God can speak through dreams, but not all of them keep all of the Feast days. As the dream shows, we are all learning different things at different times. Dreams, visions, Feast days, the Sabbath, love, service, patience, humility, wisdom and many other things are all part of the rungs of the ladder that we climb to the kingdom. We ought not to look down upon other Believers because they have not learned something that we have learned. We ought to be humble and ask, “What do they know that I need to learn?”
During the 30-month lapse in Servants’ News publication, we have learned something about how difficult it is to actually reach out and serve brethren. We intend to write with more honor and respect for those who are actually doing that. We hope to combine our writing with practical ministry and evangelism experience. We are planning to publish 10 times a year again, with the advantage of a largely on-site staff. God willing, we will be able to answer many more of the letters that we receive. During this lapse, we have received many good articles from our former readers and are anxious to publish them.
We hope that you will take time to read the articles about Port Austin Bible Campus in this issue and gain an understanding of what we believe the Eternal has led us to do.
— Norman Edwards