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Presidential Blessing: October 13, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: October 13, 2018
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God is in Control!
 
Greetings from Abbotsford! Today, my family and I will have the privilege to participate in the spiritual celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Richmond Church. The members are excited about this milestone in their church’s existence and are willing to recommit their lives to fulfill the mission in their community. Pastor Sima Sremac, one of their former and longest serving pastors, will be the main speaker for the occasion. Please, keep the Richmond Church family in your prayers!
 
We were (are) all shocked with the latest natural disasters that took place in different parts of the world. Yes, nature is groaning (Rom. 8:19-23). It is heart breaking to hear about these sad events and their consequences. Many times, the enemy tries to catch people’s attention through his ambassadors, unbelievers and mockers, during these happenings. They sow the seed of doubt by discrediting God’s creative and “controlling” power. They “whisper” that this world is out of control and all we are left with is this life -- so enjoy it to its fullest while it lasts … because tomorrow may never come.
 
Unfortunately, many people are led to believe that way causing them to live without any hope and spiritual expectation in their lives. Here and now is what they have -- a meaningless life, spiritually speaking. When I think about this, I am led to really appreciate what Christ did (and does) for me and the transformation He has done (still doing) in my life! I cannot even fathom the idea of what it would mean to live without the joy, hope, peace, and love that Christ brings to a life when He is enthroned in one’s heart. Then, I am reminded that soon nature will not be harmed or harm any of God’s children again. Because of sin we all suffer its consequences (Rom. 5:12). However, the enemy’s days are coming to an end and sin and unconfessed & unrepented sinners will deal with God directly. The same God Who is love is also justice. Sin needs to be eradicated for the good of nature, God’s faithful children, and of those who harbour it -- they would not be happy in a perfect place.
 
So, when we see what is happening in our world today, should only remember that our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28). As God’s ambassadors, we should never lose sight of the commission given to us by Jesus -- we are His witnesses (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). Nature will be exuberant to its Edenic perfection again, and God’s children will enjoy His presence and Kingdom, forever! Let’s never forget this!
 
Please, let’s pray for the spiritual retreats & equipping events at Camp Hope:
 
1 - Men’s Ministries Retreat – Pastor Kevin Wilfley, this weekend.
2 - Health Share Weekend – Oct 26-28, Dr. Marcus Trayer and BC Conference Health Ministry Team.
3 - Youth Retreat “Search & Rescue” – Nov 09-12, Nathan Wahl.
4 – Also, for The Appearing Series, Shawn Boonstra – this evening and tomorrow evening. Great Messages!
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min
President