You can find the value and importance of a thing by learning how rare it is.
Since the first edition of Adventist World reached believers around the globe in September 2005, there have been only two “themed” editions of the 85 issues now published. In January 2011 most of that month’s edition was dedicated to a call to revival and reformation issued by the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Millions of Adventists in more than 140 counties read the solemn appeal to seek the Lord with earnest, open hearts, and to prepare for the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
This seventh anniversary edition of Adventist World is dedicated to an equally vital topic—the Adventist family. As you browse these pages, you will find our focus unmistakable: the editorial staff of this magazine and the leaders of the world church are deliberately highlighting the most important building block of healthy, productive congregations. It’s again our prayer that millions of believers will take these words to heart—that they will pray for and work for strong, stable, nurturing Adventist families.
Healthy families were once the standard assumption of nations, communities, and churches. We naively thought that the virtue, training, commitments, and social strength characteristic of strong families would endure without education and hard work. The family itself would care for those things. But the tolls taken by wars, poverty, disease, media, culture, and urbanization have frayed the sacred bonds of the divinely ordained family. Now as never before we need the support and encouragement of other believers to keep our marriages strong, wisely parent our children, and build characters consistent with life in God’s eternal kingdom.
Pray your way through the pages that follow. In whatever life circumstances you now find yourself, hear the call to love and serve those related to you by blood—and the millions of believer families related to you by the blood of Jesus.