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Presidential Blessing: January 28, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: January 28, 2017
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Greetings from Lacombe, AB! I have been here this whole week for several meetings at Burman University (BU), and also interacting with a number of our BC students. The meetings will conclude tomorrow. Ern and Tom were here until Wednesday for the interviews with the Religious Studies graduates. Lloyd and Kent were also interviewing our School of Education graduates and Brian was meeting with the Canadian SDA Youth Advisory. It has been a busy but rewarding time. It is always a pleasure to visit this place and feel the enthusiasm and energy around the University campus. Please keep BU, our Canadian University, in your prayers!
 
I got sick this week. Thank God for a good health, so far… However, I think I overly exposed myself by moving constantly between warm and cold places (many times not properly dressed) at Camp Hope during our Workers Meeting last week. I stepped out of the Lodge several times between the meetings to make and answer phone calls, send and respond e-mails, etc… Also, I had just arrived from Brazil (left there at a 36 C temperature) and arrived abruptly in this unusual cold winter for us in BC… While I am here at BU, I am trying to stay at a “safe distance” from everyone because they do not need what I could “potentially share” with them at this time…

All of these taught me an important lesson: it is not good to constantly alternate between warm and cold environments. While this could only be a good health advise, all of a sudden, the importance of this matter hit me as I connected it with our spiritual lives… God desires that we should always be “on fire” for Him – being warm in our relationship with Him and His family (Rom. 12:11-13), living in harmony with His health principles (III John 2), enjoying a caring atmosphere with one another (Eph. 4:32; Titus 2:7), being active in our prayer life, and having a grateful heart (I Thess. 5:16-18). These are safeguards against the cold and indifferent attitude towards God, His Word, and His children that our enemy tries to “blow” at us… If we get infected with the “enemy’s virus” this will certainly result in making us “cold” Christians. Furthermore, if we get in the habit of constantly changing from being warm to cold Christians, we might become a lukewarm one, and we know what the Bible says about those (Rev. 3:16).
 
The Scriptures teach us how to protect ourselves from changing from warm to cold in our spiritual relationship with God: We need to be in the warm, loving, and comfortable arms of Jesus! He has promised us: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. Heb. 13:5b (NIV); “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-25 (NIV)
    
The true sign of discipleship in Christ is: Loving one another – being warm in Christ and with His family!
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,
 
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President