Presidential Blessing: April 23

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Greetings from Campbell River, Vancouver Island! Today, Pastor Ern Brake and I will be serving the Campbell River and Comox Valley Church families in a good alignment plan!

Last evening, we attended the opening night of the Nanaimo Church Youth Evangelism series in the Vancouver Island University Campus in that city. The guest speaker was (is) Lucian Poama, “a local grown pastor” as the flyer introduced him to the community and who is currently pursuing a MDiv. Degree at Andrews University.

This young pastor passionately delivered a touching and relevant message entitled “Everyone’s Got a Story.” God used him powerfully to reach the hearts of those who were present. Lucian introduced to the audience a loving God Who can be proven in history and is keen to redeem and save all His children, despite of their mistakes.

He shared his own “past story” as someone who grew up in a traditional Adventist Christian family but was slowly drifting away from God, going down spiritually, and making silly choices while getting involved with the “wrong crowd.” God indeed saved him from a path of death and a traumatic car accident. He beautifully highlighted God’s gracious character as One Who does not look at us only as we are, but much more as He wants and makes it possible for us to become. Amazing!
This is the thrilling message of the whole Bible - A God Who is running after His children in order to save them, regardless of their wrong choices and many mistakes.

The prophet reminds us: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23 NIV). How true and deep this is! I have experienced His compassions and forgiveness many times in my own life - I also have a story… I am convinced that you have your own story, too. The beauty though is that God is not done with any of us, yet.

His Word tells us about the way He deals with our past and sins: “Who is a God like you, Who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19 NIV).

God forgives and forgets. This is just like saying: He throws our sins into the deepest parts of the ocean and then places a big sign - No fishing!

As we worship God today, I invite you to thank Him together with me because despite knowing that we all have a story, He alone can rewrite it!
Happy Sabbath.
In His Service,
Wesley Torres