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Presidential Blessing: July 1, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: July 1, 2017
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Greetings from Kelowna! OKAA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this weekend. I am happy to be here, together with Kent Rusk, as both of us are representing the Conference in this remarkable occasion of Adventist Education in our Conference. Also, the Filipino and Spanish Camp Meetings are taking place in Camp Hope and Pastor Ern Brake is supporting those gatherings of our committed brothers and sisters. I stopped there on my way to Kelowna yesterday and I could feel the excitement among them. Alignment is an important element as we work together for the Lord! Please pray for spiritual blessings on these events.

Today, we also celebrate 150 years of Canadian history. We are proud of Canada and it is a privilege to be a part of this lovely and accepting country of ours and rejoice in this memorable occasion. Our nation’s anthem reminds us of our freedom and expected commitment to keep our land like that. “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! … God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” 

Last evening, I witnessed some beautiful fireworks and celebrations already taking place here in Kelowna for those 150 years of Canadian heritage, which is fair and appropriate. However, how much more should we be celebrating the joy of eternal life in Christ already? 150 years looks like the first few moments of eternity. The Canadian flag has two very important historical colours: red and white. When we associate them with what Christ did for us, each of those colours have a special meaning: By his blood (red) we have been saved (Rom. 5:9 / Eph. 1:7) and this bought us peace (white) -  Eph. 2:14 / John 16:33. 

As we celebrate the relative human freedom and peace that we enjoy in Canada, we should be reminded of the eternal celestial freedom and perfect peace that we can only find in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8: 1-2 / John 14:27 / II Thess. 3:16). As the Lord stands on guard for us, we should also stand on guard of the door of our hearts, by His grace, so that nothing would become more important in our lives than what we already have in our Saviour. 

Oh Lord, grant us a continuous wisdom and desire to love and serve you as we celebrate your amazing love for us, daily! 

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President