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Presidential Blessing: October 29
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Greetings from Silver Spring, MD, USA – NAD Year-end Meetings! The meetings started on Thursday and they have been very spiritual, productive, and with great reports. God is blessing His Church in North America! Pastor Dan Jackson is well respected and appreciated by all NAD leaders. The meetings will conclude on Tuesday. Please pray for the NAD Executive Committee’s decisions!
 
The theme for this 2016 NAD Year-end Meetings is Collaboration. A question came to my mind while I was sitting and participating in the meetings yesterday. “Where could I find the best example of this theme in the Bible?” First, I considered the Bible itself – God inspired His prophets to write His messages, the story of His people, and they still reach us today (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Amos 3:7). However, my mind was immediately drawn to what I deemed to be the best example – God’s Plan of Salvation. Yes, the perfect Collaboration between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit to reach and bring salvation to all of His children – amazing! God, the Father, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and to redeem us from our sins, and the Holy Spirit Who works tirelessly in our hearts so that we can accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us (John 3:16-17; 14:16, 26). Simple and perfect – the Grand Collaboration!
 
However, I struggled with another thought: Since this is so sweet and simple, why many people do not see that? Of course, we know that the enemy is out there to create confusion as he lies, accuses, distorts things, and confronts and blames God, no matter what... (Job 2:1-6; Zec. 3:1-2; Rev. 12:10). Even so, why? It is so simple… Then, I realized that the “greatest enemy” that challenges us is our “self”. This enemy conspires against the spiritual nature and new heart that the Lord wants to implant in us (Eze. 36:26). Also, because the salvation in Christ is so simple and free, sometimes we make it difficulty, either by trying to achieve it by our own merits, like doing something to deserve it, or by refusing it. The love of Selfcan be explained by pride. Unfortunately, because of pride sin entered God’s universe (Isa 14:14; Eze. 28:13-17) and because of it, many will lose their salvation. When we compare pride with God’s love (I John 4:8-10), Christ’s humility (Phil. 2:5-8) and the around the clock work of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Rom. 8:26) and still facing human rejection… I find nothing in my heart but appreciation and gratitude for God’s provision made available to us!

Yet, God desires that His Grand Collaboration be duplicated in the lives of His new born children. We, as Seventh-day Adventists, should highlight this Collaboration as we assemble to worship Him and labor together for the Master. “If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world.” EGW, 9T, 221. Then, by God’s grace, we become invincible when we worship the Lord and work together for Him!
 
Today, I kindly ask you to pray with me for the spiritually of our churches, pastors, church leaders, and all church members as well as our schools, principals, teachers, staff, students, school boards, and for our human leaders in all levels of our church organization – as we seek this Collaboration to finish God’s work, together! Also, please remember to pray for the 120 Days of Prayer & Working Together to Reach 150 Souls for Christ in our Conference by December 2016.

Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President