Presidential Blessing: March 31, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: March 31, 2018
A Sacrifice for Eternal Redemption

Greetings! Today, I will be of service to the Barriere Church family, a growing healthy congregation. Please keep this church family and their pastor, John Masigan, in your prayers.
Last Sabbath, my family and I had a great experience as we worshiped God with the embryonic Brazilian Group in Coquitlam. We were overjoyed with the number of talented youth, young adult couples, and children. They have a bright future as they make plans to be officially organized as a Church Plant. Pastor Mazur and other committed local leaders are doing a good job there. It was touching when Br. Gentle, First Elder of the Cornerstone Church, participated in the program. He addressed the group and brought them some Adventist literature in Portuguese, which was ordered and paid by the Cornerstone Church, for them to grow spiritually and share with friends and other interested people. Wow! That was a special moment.
The Cornerstone Church has fully embraced the spirit of alignment. Pastor Cote and the leaders of the Cornerstone Church had the vision to open the doors of their spacious church building to facilitate other Adventist congregations to worship there. The Vancouver Spanish members and a Chinese Church Plant are meeting under the same roof, on different rooms. Now the Brazilian folks are also gathering there. This means that each Sabbath the name of Jesus is being glorified by/in four different congregations/languages in “one church building” - Praise God! Talk about alignment…
This weekend, most of the Christian world celebrates the sacrificial death of Jesus. Although no one is certain about the exact date, this occasion provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what He did to give us the right to be God’s children, again. Jesus took our sins on Him and died for us and in our place so that we could enjoy His free and wonderful salvation through His death. He paid the price of our iniquities (Isa. 53). For those who accept Him, they become His by creation, redemption, and adoption!
I’d like to share a quotation that emphasizes Jesus’ prayer at the cross - “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 (NIV). “That prayer of Christ for His enemies embraced the world. It took in every sinner that had lived or should live, from the beginning of the world to the end of time. Upon all rests the guilt of crucifying the Son of God. To all, forgiveness is freely offered. "Whosoever will" may have peace with God, and inherit eternal life.” EGW, DA, 745. Yes, there is hope for all of us, in Christ, alone!
Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.