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This morning I read the following statement in 9T19: 

"In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining a wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angel's messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention." 

After reading numerous posts on social media over the past several months by many pastors and church members, I have become more convinced than ever that we as a church have become distracted from the mandate God has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

I keep asking myself—have we become so focused on all kinds of non-salvation issues that it has derailed us from our mission? 

In presenting the Three Angels Messages, as mentioned in the quote from EGW above, we present a wonderful picture of a God of love. We see the everlasting gospel, salvation through Christ's righteousness and Hi amazing grace—His justifying and sanctifying power.

I am appealing to each of you to have an open discussion with your church leaders regarding EGW's statement as quoted above. Read them the statement and then ask the following questions:

·What are we doing as a church to take the message of the three angels to our communities?

·Have we lost focus on our mission – To REACH our communities with a Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness?

·Has our focus turned inward and as a result we spend way too much time trying to reinvent ourselves and cater to our own needs?

·Are we hesitant to proclaim to our neighbors that Jesus is coming?

I am NOT asking YOU to personally answer these questions; neither am I asking you to email me your reaction or response to these questions. RATHER, I am simply APPEALING to you to ask these questions to your church leaders and just listen to what they have to say. 

Praying that this journey will lead to revival, discipleship, collaboration in your region; and a clear focus on our mission. 

Blessings on each of you as you consider my appeal.