Presidential Blessing: August 18, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: August 18, 2018
Nature Suffers the Consequences of Sin
Greetings from Lillooet! Today, I will have the privilege to share God’s Word with our brother and sisters at the Better Living Centre, a company of believers which was organized last year. They are a committed group of people who love the Lord and are making a very positive difference in their community. Please keep these folks and Pastor Thandazani Mhlanga, district pastor, in your prayers.
This is a beautiful region - nature is magnificent around. However, the people here are facing a big challenge these days. As I was driving yesterday I felt the effects of the current extreme poor air quality. Even today, the visible smoke and its strong smell is contaminating the air. I could hardly sleep during the night because of this situation. This reminded me of the fact that nature is also suffering the consequences of the presence of sin. Yes, nature is groaning because of what sin has brought to it. (Rom. 8:22) Inspired by God, John also addressed this issue by mentioning that God will eventually deal with those who have contributed to destroy His creation. (Rev. 11:17-18).
No doubt we are living in the last days of human history on this side of God’s university. The effects of sin are visible and for those who still value the Scriptures and spirituality, it does not take much to recognize that this is not the world that God had envisioned for His children. “Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it is to defend it.” (EGW, GC, 493). However, the day is near when it will be banned forever. (Luke 21:28) In the meantime, let’s Reflect God’s Glory in our lives as we rejoice in the salvation of the Lord, by His power and grace, every day. (Hab. 3:17-19).
Thank you for your faithful service to God, His Church, and His children! For those who are on vacation, please enjoy this deserved resting period as you regain energy to continue to serve the Lord for the rest of this year and until He comes!
Happy Sabbath!
In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.