Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Sabbath Conference Draws Large Crowd

Dr. Jo Ann Davidson speaks about "The Seven Sabbath Miracles of Jesus" at the Sabbath Conference on Feb. 23, 2013, in Dunlap, Tenn.

More than 600 people from Sequatchie and surrounding Tennessee counties attended the all-day Sabbath Conference held at the Sequatchie County High School auditorium in Dunlap, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.


Scott Clarke, a local Sabbath keeper said he heard many positive comments from attendees. Things like, “tremendous,” “very informative,” “inspiring,” and “I never thought of some of these things.”


Speakers for the conference included Michael Hasel, Ph.D., archaeologist, Egyptologist, and professor or Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology; Shelley Quinn, program manager at Three Angels Broadcasting Network Television; popular author and dynamic Bible teacher, Jo Ann Davidson, Ph.D., daughter of missionary parents to Israel; and Jack Blanco, Ph.D., author of the Clear Word, who served as pastor, teacher, and missionary.


Hasel spoke to the audience about the origin and historical roots of the Sabbath. He shared the story of how his grandfather, a soldier in the German army during World War II, kept the Sabbath faithfully during these war years and never once fired a shot at any serviceman.


Quinn’s topic, “Grace and Sanctification Revealed in the Sabbath,” reminded listeners of the blessings, mercies, and spiritual growth fostered by Sabbath-keeping.


Speaking on “The Seven Sabbath Miracles of Jesus,” Davidson reviewed the seven miracles that Jesus performed on the Sabbath, showing how God’s mercy and kindness is to be revealed every day through His children and that doing good to others on the Sabbath is very appropriate Sabbath-keeping.


“Even is you get dirty, sweaty, and smelly, if the ox is in the ditch on Sabbath, pull it out,” Davidson said.


“The Sabbath in Prophecy and End Time Events” was Blanco’s topic. He pointed out that interest in and the importance of Sabbath observance will continue clear to the second coming of Christ.


“Everyone seemed vey interested in every presentation,” said David Ryder, pastor of the largest Sabbath-keeping group in Sequatchie County. “I was so glad for the huge turnout.”


The event was also live streamed for others to watch. Ryder said he had a lady call from France who was watching the program.


Written by Dan Miller