Pat "Doc" Nave
One of the side benefits of having a drug dealer for a father was that word soon got out around the neighborhood, and no one messed with you.
We lived in a shroud of secrecy, drove cars that were stolen, kept the blinds shut, and never had a friend come into our home. We were raised in darkness. Discipline involved my dad beating us with a horse whip. We knew better than to disobey.
On one particular occasion my father, with a 9mm Beretta pistol in his hand, proceeded to shoot off the clip around the room with me sitting beside him. To this day I’m not sure how he missed me. When he was done he said, “So, I suppose you’ll call the police now.”
That was the furthest thing from my mind. I knew that if I ever turned my father in there would be no escaping his reach, even from the inside of a prison cell. I loved him greatly but feared him more than any person alive.
Never Give Up is the true story of a young boy who grew up with a father who was a drug-dealing mobster and an active Seventh-day Adventist. It is a story of redemption and hope. He says, “I wrote this book, not because I am proud of my past, but because I believe that no matter what our past, God can redeem us for His glory. There is always hope!”
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God led in the establishment and organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Although the movement began with a small group of believers who “searched for the truth as for hidden treasure,”1 it quickly grew to several thousand by the time the General Conference was officially organized in 1863. As the church continued growing, so did the church structure, with the goal that “order and harmonious action might be maintained.”2
The church’s organization was not quickly cobbled together, but was thoughtfully and prayerfully constructed, as God provided wisdom and guidance through Scripture and the prophetic gift.
Our church organization exists as a system of service, maintaining order and harmonious action as the church moves ahead in its God-given mission of proclaiming His truth as revealed in His Word for these last days. It is a representative system where no one leader, or group of leaders, dictates the policies, actions, and activities of the church.
Because each level of the church works in harmony with all other levels, initiatives may come from any level and are processed through committees. Sometimes initiatives begin at the grassroots level and become part of policy. Ours is a dynamic . . . read more
Team Blog – Omar Miranda
“I’m tired of being here! I wanna go home!” My son whined from the back seat of the car. We had chosen to go to the park, but it had begun to rain unexpectedly. We decided to wait it out, but as we sat in the car, my son, bored, angry, and frustrated—and this time, more politely—asked if we could go home. I obliged and pointed the car toward home.
I agree with my son . . . I wanna go home! I don’t know about you, but things in this world don’t seem to be getting any better—in fact, they’re getting . . . read more