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Presidential Blessing: October 14, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: October 14, 2017
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Greetings from Victoria! Today I will be of service to our Victoria Canadian-Filipino congregation in this beautiful place. In the evening, Phil Hudema and I will participate in the Lakeview Christian School Constituency Meeting. Please, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us as we worship God and serve our brothers and sisters today, including you in your local congregations. God is good!

This morning I will share some thoughts about the stewardship gifts of Talents and Treasures. It is amazing how God, in His sovereign wisdom distributes diverse Talents to His children, through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-16). Some of those gifts are manifested and visible very early in the lives of His children, while others are latent and they are revealed to the individuals or developed during their spiritual journey with the Lord. Many times, the latter appears because of prayers or when a need arises. Those “hidden creative talents” emerge in situations when we are challenged for them to be finally revealed. Human necessities are God’s opportunities to manifest His power to “uncover” to His children their full Talents. When those God-given Talents are utilized for His glorify, wonderful things will happen perfecting them for a greater use and to bless others. The beauty is that none of God’s children are created without Talents. So, all of us are responsible to put those Talents to work (James 1:17 / I Peter 4:10-11).

How about the Treasures? The Bible says that “where our treasury is there our heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21 - ESV). Those Treasurers (possessions) are not ours. Everything comes from God and eventually, they will return to Him (Rom 11:36). When we realize that God has entrusted us to administer His Treasures for Him (Matt. 25:14-30) and be a blessing to others, in His Name, our whole human concept of “possession” collapses. The importance should not be placed in the quantity of possessions, but in the quality of administration – the proper use of those Treasurers. Sin on its forms of greed, usury, envy, selfish ambition, etc, has temporarily obliterated God’s plan for His children and brought poverty into the human setting. Nonetheless, a genuine Christian character claims for generosity, kindness, and full dependence on God when interacting with the Treasurers. Once God is placed first in the heart, the person recognizes that heaven’s temporary allocation of riches (Treasurers) must unfold a commitment on the part of the receiver and motivate him/her to be faithful and generous to God, His Cause, and His children in need.

The question is: How are we using our God-given Talents and Treasurers in life?

Please, continue to pray for the upcoming Retreats at Camp Hope (online registration available):
 
  • Women’s Ministry - this weekend
  • Sage BC - Oct 27-29
  • Youth Retreat - Nov 9-12
  • SEEDS Conference – Church in the Valley, next weekend (Oct 20-21 - poster attached)

Happy Sabbath!

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