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Presidential Blessing: April 15, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: April 15, 2017
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Greetings from Port Hardy! Today I will be of service to the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Church family, as we worship God and fellowship together.

Yesterday, while crossing the Bay between the Mainland and Vancouver Island I could contemplate how beautiful it is to see the sun rays raising above the waters. Vancouver was slowly being left behind and the little Islands started to appear – a magnificent scenery. At the same time I felt that a separation was taking place. The continent was gradually “disappearing” until I found myself, together with the other passengers, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters. Despite of the beauty of this panoramic view, I could glimpse why the sea, as we currently know it, will not be present in the new earth (Rev. 21:1). The sea, as gorgeous as it is, becomes a natural barrier that separates loved ones. It poses a challenge as it divides a whole in two pieces. Those of you who have your beloved ones living “overseas,” like my immediate family and I, can understand this reality better and the effect that it has in our lives. We like and enjoy our time with our immediate family but feel the separation from the other family members who are also very dear to us.

Distance creates a physical separation, but the presence of the sea in between locations makes that gap feel even farther. However, as we homiletically consider the promise in I Cor. 2:9 that says “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (NKJV), it brings a new perspective for us to look forward to. It is soothing to start imagining what heaven and the renewed earth will be like. Whatever the struggles, loneliness, homesick experiences, feelings that we might encounter on this side of God’s universe and having to deal with them… we are comforted with the fact that all these things are mapped out by God. As beautiful as the environment around us can be and as successful as we can become, NOTHING compares to what God has prepared for those who truly love Him. This could only be achieved because of the great sacrifice Christ did for us. He took our place so that we could be redeemed to receive His free salvation (Isa. 53).

Prayer: Father, please help us to love you with all our hearts, fully depend on your guidance in our lives, and never be separated from your presence. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice!

NB: Please continue to pray for the evangelistic campaigns in Cherryville (Richlands), Chilliwack, Let’s Move Kelowna preparations, and the upcoming Local Church Elders Training in Camp Hope next weekend. (attachment)

Happy Sabbath!
In His Service,       
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President