“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please” (Isa. 55:11, NKJV).

As an accountant by profession, I have often counseled my clients, wherever appropriate, to prove God’s Word when it comes to finances. I know this also from personal experience.

Several years ago, I was visiting my former church in New York when a call was made for donations for a special project. I debated whether to respond, as I had only $20 in my wallet. I knew that I would need cash to pay the tolls on my way back home to Pennsylvania. As the appeal continued, I made the decision to respond and gave the $20 bill. I figured I could stop at an ATM later to withdraw funds for the trip home.

Karen Senecal (right) is pictured with Jose Vazquez (left) and Charles Tapp (center)

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The Potomac Conference recently announced the hiring of its new vice president for finance, Karen Senecal. Senecal makes history as the first woman elected to serve in this position at the largest conference in the Columbia Union.

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“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Ps. 92:12, KJV).

As David poetically writes this Psalm dedicated to the Sabbath day, he uses verse 12 to instruct us on how to grow. He states that the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. This is no ordinary palm tree; it is a date palm, known in Hebrew as “tamar.” The date palm is tall and slender and stretches upward of 75 feet. This incredible tree grows amid the drought of the desert. It vigorously plunges its roots into the earth until it reaches the hidden waters beneath the surface. As a result, it is able to produce large clusters of fruit, about 100 to 200 pounds each year.

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“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matt. 7:12, NLT).

The golden rule. When I was younger, I interpreted this verse a bit differently than most. Whenever my sister was unkind to me, I would be mean to her in return. Then I would try to justify my behavior: “Treat others the way they treat you!”

The intended meaning of the golden rule, however, is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. How would you want to be treated if the roles were reversed? I know I’d prefer to be treated with love and respect.

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“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen” (Jer. 29:11–12, TLB).

Sometimes God amazes us with how He reveals His plans. In 1978, I was almost finished with my Elementary Education major at Walla Walla College (Wash.). It was time to think about where I wanted to teach. My parents had moved back to California and wanted me to be closer to them, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to move there. With graduation looming on the horizon, I needed to start seriously thinking about teaching positions.

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Today, Rick Remmers, executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference, accepted a call to the North American Division (NAD) to serve with President G. Alexander Bryant as assistant to the president.

“Following weeks of prayerful consideration, I have sensed the Lord’s leading,” says Remmers. “I will finish up the round of fall meetings taking place and make the transition at the end of the year.”

Columbia Union President Dave Weigley, says, “It’s been a pleasure working with Rick. He has been a real blessing to our union, and though he will be missed, I think the division has made a wise choice.”

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WGTS 91.9 listeners joined together to keep the ministry fully funded during the recent Fall Fundraiser. Close to 3,000 listeners gave a total of 110-percent in donations to meet the fundraising goal and to keep the station running strong for the next six months.