Issues

Issues: The Record & Texico Update

Southwestern Union Record

November | December 2023

As the year begins to wind down and the holiday season picks up, we wonder where the time has gone, yet keep moving forward at a steady, if not quicker, pace. We prepare to gather with friends and family, looking forward to thankful dinners and holy nights. During this time, reflect on God’s gift of salvation. How has your life been impacted by His grace? This issue we focus on our salvation through Jesus’ birth, sacrifice and return. How do we show our gratitude to the Lord for the earthly and heavenly life He has given us? How can we enrich our understanding of our Savior’s humble birth and promised return? May your heart continually long for Jesus’ return and may you cherish the life He has given you.

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Sept | Oct 2023

In this issue we examine what it means to consecrate our lives to Jesus. Do our lives reflect a heart and mind that is focused on things above? Is our connection to Jesus evident to those at home, work and in our social circles? How do we work to align our priorities to Heaven while we honor God on this earth? In the midst of the back-to-school busyness and fall festivities, take some time to check in. Quiet the distractions and seek your Savior’s guidance, not just on major decisions, but also mundane ones. Revel in His company as you make your way in this world, awaiting the next.

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March | April 2023

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now behind us. I pray you ate well, laughed abundantly and made precious memories with those you love. As we look to 2023, with all the hope of a new year, I challenge you to connect with the Lord before you fill your calendar with activities. Check in with your Saviour about His plans for you this year. For as much excite- ment and anticipation you may have, the reality is that there will also be challenges and difficult times ahead. If you make it a point to remain connected to the Lord, you will be able to face the blessings and the challenges with grace and favor.

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January | February 2023

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now behind us. I pray you ate well, laughed abundantly and made precious memories with those you love. As we look to 2023, with all the hope of a new year, I challenge you to connect with the Lord before you fill your calendar with activities. Check in with your Saviour about His plans for you this year. For as much excite- ment and anticipation you may have, the reality is that there will also be challenges and difficult times ahead. If you make it a point to remain connected to the Lord, you will be able to face the blessings and the challenges with grace and favor.

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May | June 2022

Colossians 1:10 says, “Live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” To bear fruit and grow in the knowledge of God, we must cultivate the soil of our hearts and minds, and sew seeds of love and commitment. Growth is a process; it is a journey rather than a destination. Along that journey, we may experience highs, lows and growing pains. Philippians 3:13-14 encourages us as we grow, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” How can we stay connected to the Lord and inspired to keep working, growing and bearing fruit? How can we avoid complacency in our own spiritual growth and embrace the idea of continuous growth in the Lord? Be blessed as you read through this issue and may the Lord move you to recognize where He wishes to see you grow.

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Renewed Vision, January | February 2022

The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity to reflect on the previous year, on endings and beginnings, on opportunities and challenges. We have the opportunity to start a new year with resolutions, promises to spend more time in prayer, more time with God, more time on the treadmill, more time with our family. Our goals for the new year may be personal or they may include the entire family. Whatever they may be, we should be encouraged to let God guide and lead us with His renewed vision so that we can also be renewed through Him. In this issue of the Record, we reflect on the past while focusing on the future. We celebrate 120 years of the Record as a ministry, and we look to the future of it and all ministries as channels of sharing our faith and testimony. It is my prayer that we may be renewed and refreshed in 2022 with His vision.

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Living Legacy, November | December 2021

Think about your community. The people in your life. Your church. Your local schools. It’s probably not difficult to think of at least one individual who lives a life of pouring out into others-someone who invests their time, attention, and love into those around them. I can think of a few, and I imagine you can too.

In this issue of the Record, we look at what it means to be a living legacy in Christ–someone who lives to uplift others by sharing His love. Joel 1 :3 says, “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” One believer can impact the spiritual path of multiple generations. How can we become living legacies, living to share His love with those around us?

The November | December issue of the Southwestern Union Record, the official publication of the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Volume 120, No. 06.

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