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Presidential Blessing: October 20, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: October 20, 2018
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God’s Church!
 
Greetings from Williams Lake! It is always a pleasure to visit this beautiful city with many friends here. So, today I will have the honour to share God’s Word with our Williams Lake Church family (morning) and to conduct a Family Seminar (afternoon). Please, pray for our church families, Williams Lake and Cariboo Central, here in Billy Pond.
 
I returned from the GC Annual Council in Battle Creek, MI on Thursday afternoon. It was a good experience to rub shoulders with friends and see the reports on the progress of God’s Work around the world. Then, this morning, I was touched by reading an e-mail that I received from a friend recently. I would like to share it with you.
 
“In The Acts of the Apostles (AA) Ellen White portrays the work of God’s people during the time of the early Christian Church. Notice the various descriptions of the church that she uses:
 
  • “The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God's plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency.” (AA, 9)
     
  • “The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to "the principalities and powers in heavenly places," the final and full display of the love of God.”  Ephesians 3:10. (AA, 9)
     
  • “The church is God's fortress, His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world.” (AA, 11)
     
  • “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of His grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.” (AA, 12)
     
  • “God's church is the court of holy life, filled with varied gifts and endowed with the Holy Spirit. The members are to find their happiness in the happiness of those whom they help and bless.” (AA, 12)
     
  • “Christ is the fountain; the church is the channel of communication.” (AA, 122)
     
  • “The church is God's agency for the proclamation of truth, empowered by Him to do a special work; and if she is loyal to Him, obedient to all His commandments, there will dwell within her the excellency of divine grace. If she will be true to her allegiance, if she will honor the Lord God of Israel, there is no power that can stand against her.” (AA, 600)
 
Despite the challenges that the God’s Church has faced, is facing, and will face until the second coming of Jesus, we should NEVER lose faith in the One Who has, is, and will always hold it together - John 17. That’s His promise… and He has NEVER failed to fulfill any of His promises! So, let’s CONTINUE to be faithful to the mission He has called & empowered us for, in His Name & by His Grace!
 
Please, let’s pray for the following spiritual retreats & equipping events at Camp Hope (registration available online):
 
1 - Health Share Weekend – Oct 26-28, Dr. Marcus Trayer and BC Conference Health Ministry Team.
2 - Youth Retreat “Search & Rescue” – Nov 09-12, Nathan Wahl.
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min
President