Presidential Blessing: April 9

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Greetings from Victoria, BC Capital city!

Today, I will be of service to the Victoria Church family as they are organizing a Community Guest Day. The spiritual celebrations will last for the whole day, including a combined concert with/at the Rest Haven Church in the evening. We are anticipating a very special occasion for our church family in the Southern Vancouver Island. Please pray for all of us, including friends and neighbors, our guests who will join us.
I thought came to my mind as I was sailing to the Vancouver Island: That was in connection with the reason for the city of Victoria to be called by this name. As we know, this was in honor of Queen Victoria, one of the greatest monarchs of the British Empire.

A name is an important detail in a person’s life. The Jewish parents chose names for their children with meanings that they desired to be reflected in their lives and character. In that regard, a name is a transcription of one’s character. The name Victoria is the Latin word for 'victory' or 'conquer' and is used as the feminine form corresponding to the name Victor.

Surely, Queen Victoria honored her name as she was responsible for much of the prosperity and expansion of the British Empire, for which she is still respected today. Nonetheless, all her “victories” were temporary and cost many lives. Also, the great British Empire has lost much of its glamour and even territorial possessions and other powers have succeeded it.

However, the victory that our King Jesus has achieved is an everlasting one: A triumph over sin and the great deceiver, through His own death (Rom 5:17-19). While the Great Controversy is still going on, Christ offers His forgiveness, peace, and a victorious life for all of those who humbly submit their lives under His “Tender Loving Care” (I John 2:1-2 / Rom. 8:37-39). His Empire will not pass away – it will last forever (Dan 2:44) and He Himself will crown His children with the crown of life that will never be taken away from them.

The Bible also says that when He comes to give the eternal possession of His Kingdom to His faithful children - the restored paradise - the presence of sad tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain will be no more and everything will be made new (Rev. 21:4-5).

The miserable enemy that sin has “created” - death - will be completely destroyed, forever (I Cor. 15:26; 54-55). Oh, how I long for that day! I wish to hug my Dad and Sister again, as they are now resting in the Lord waiting for the blessed resurrection (I Thess. 4:16-18 / I Cor. 15:51-53). The victory offered by Christ is eternal! Are you (we) ready and willing to claim and share it with all of those around us, today?
May God bless you and me and our families richly as we witness for Him, daily! Happy Sabbath.
In His Service,
Wesley Torres, President