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Presidential Blessing: November 19

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Presidential Blessing: November 19
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Greetings from Oshawa, ON! I have been here since this past Monday to attend the SDACC Year-end Meeting (great reports!) together with Pastor Ern Brake and Jeff Klam. They have returned to BC as the Year-end Meeting concluded yesterday at noon. The SDACC Board of Directors Meeting (BOD) will start after sunset this evening and will finish on Monday afternoon. Please pray for us and the important decisions to be made during this BOD.
 
In one of the meetings this week a remark got my attention during a discussion of a relevant item: “We should watch our words and actions.” These words reached my heart immediately. How true that statement is! The reality is whether we like it or not, our words are powerful and so are our actions. We as Christians should never underestimate the importance of our words. No wonder Jesus mentioned that “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you." Matt. 12:37 (NLT). 
 
When I consider my own life I am reminded of words I have said and I wish I could take them back… Sometimes, in the heat of a discussion or even a disagreement we are “betrayed by our own words,” in essence, by our carnal nature… In cases like these, many times words hurt more than actions. Words are powerful! If we do a quick survey in history, we will be reminded of the way some people, especially leaders, have persuaded others with their words and have caused an impact in the world, either positive or negative. Some names come to my mind: Napoleon, Hitler, John Kennedy, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr., the apostle Paul, John Wesley, Mother Teresa, C.S. Lewis, Ellen White, among many others… The Bible confirms that “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 (ESV). For this reason alone, no one can match the power of Jesus’ words! The testimony of those who were assigned to imprison Him and could not do it, still echoes in our ears: “No one ever spoke like this man!” John 7:46 (ESV). I am fully convinced that the example of Jesus should be emulated in our lives and this includes the way we make use of our words!

I have also heard people say that “words are cheap…” and that “actions speak louder than words…” Nonetheless, constructive or regrettable actions are influenced by the substance of the words that motivate them. Negative words can create confusion, separate friends, and even cause tragedies. Only a change in the heart by Christ can prevent such situations. Sweet and sincere words can mend hearts. This is why, Paul, inspired by God counsels us that “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Col. 3:17 (NASV).  
I can only imagine what our homes, working environments, churches, schools, board and nominating committee meetings could become if we weighted and considered more seriously the impact of our words - immersed in the grace of Christ!
 
Note: Please, let us continue to Pray and Work Together to Reach 150 Souls for Christ from Sept 3 – Dec 31, 2016 – 120 Days. God is good!
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,  
 
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President