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Editorial by Jerry Lutz

In today’s tech-reliant world, it can be tougher than ever to focus on something without getting distracted. Some of the wonderful gadgets designed to make our lives easier and keep us constantly connected can be dangerous—and even deadly—when, for instance, one’s attention is on texting instead of on the more pressing matter of driving. Of course, ours is not the first generation to face the challenge of staying on-task. Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you” (NIV). Distraction was apparently a concern back in the days of Solomon too.

Story by Seán K. Robinson

Thanksgiving is the holiday of gratitude to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Our families, relationships, employment, wealth, even successes, all belong to Him. God is the Creator, and He determined that all should live as stewards of His assets.

One of the meaningful gifts God has given is the gift of children, and their spiritual, emotional and physical welfare depends on parents. If you are a parent, think about this question: In the unlikely event of your passing, whom would you choose as the guardian of your children? Where would they live? Who will ensure they attend Adventist schools or even places of worship? Beyond verbalizing the answers to these questions, do you have all of this in writing yet?

Interview by Alexis A. Goring

Seventh-day Adventists sometimes tend to “do life” in their own bubble of sorts—speaking their own church language (GC, haystacks, AY), socializing with people who believe like they do and even shopping in special stores, says Sung Kwon, executive director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services, and a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md.

In his book, Burst the Bubble, Kwon challenges Adventist readers to “burst the bubble” and engage the community in what he calls “life on life evangelism.”

Read more about his book in the interview below: