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I got this article emailed to my by my sister, here are some excerpts:

"Adventists grow as other churches decline
Mar 16, 2011 by G. Jeffrey MacDonald
(RNS) Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment.

If these practices sound quaint or antiquated, think again. They're hallmarks of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America.

Newly released data show Seventh-day Adventism growing by 2.5 percent in North America, a rapid clip for this part of the world, where Southern Baptists and mainline denominations, as well as other church groups are declining. Adventists are even growing 75 percent faster than Mormons (1.4 percent), who prioritize numeric growth.

For observers outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the growth rate in North America is perplexing.

"You've got a denomination that is basically going back to basics ... saying, `What did God mean by all these rules and regulations and how can we fit in to be what God wants us to be?'," said Daniel Shaw, an expert on Christian missionary outreach at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "That's just totally contrary to anything that's happening in American culture. So I'm saying, `Whoa! That's very interesting.' And I can't answer it."
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Here is a link to the full article.......

http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2011-03/adventists-grow-oth...

and a many other news media had it also...

http://www.ongo.com/v/592716/-1/3120B76B...nds-new-members

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/DK/20...hurches-decline

http://anglicansablaze.blogspot.com/2011/03/adventists-grow-as-othe...

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Word. This is encouraging news for sure. I could have guessed that it was growing anyways though. ^.~
Thanks for the post Richard. I'll be putting these articles to good use. God bless.
I've read this item sent to me by a friend in the internet.  I was pleasantly surprised that the author of that article, which I gather is the Christian Century, has commented that this denomination "is going back to basics" meaning that the SDA church is recognized for its position on basic biblical truths, and is leading in growth in the United States.  Personally, it is the affirmation that the SDA church is really the church which Christ meant when He said, "Upon this rock I'll build My church....." (Matt. 16; 18)  GOD IS BLESSING THE DIRECTION OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE.  AMEN TO THAT.

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