Greetings! Pastor Brake and I have embarked on a trip to the Cariboo area this weekend. We will be visiting the Quesnel, Williams Lake, Cariboo Central, and 100 Mile House Churches. This morning, we will share God’s Word with the Cariboo Central (Pastor Brake) and Williams Lake (myself) Church families. Please keep the four church families in this region in your prayers.
September 12 is recognized as the Encouragement Day in the USA. President George Bush endorsed the idea of some high school students who had gathered for a leadership camp at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2007. They launched a national day of encouragement and chose September 12 in hopes of balancing the discouraging feelings of 9/11 and as a motivation for the young people.
This morning, I felt impressed to share this message with you as I read 1 Thessalonians 5. In that portion of Scripture, Paul, inspired by God, wrote very encouraging words to that church family. He admonished the brothers and sisters to get prepared for Jesus’ second coming (first part) and then he appealed to them to search earnestly for some desirable characteristics in their lives and how to treat each other. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11 (NIV) EGW also highlighted this approach: “Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes music in heaven.” (CS, 100-101)
I pray that each of us will be a source of encouragement to all of those whom we meet, interact, and serve in the Lord’s Name today. Please, remember that our attitude could inspire people to come closer to God or shut the door of Christianity to them.
Please pray for the spiritual success of the upcoming Spiritual Retreats/Trainings at Camp Hope – (registration available online):
1 – First Nations Wellness Coach Training, Sept 13-20
2 – Women’s Ministry, Sept 27-29
3 – SAGE, Oct 18-20
4 – Men’s Ministries, Oct 25-27
5 – AMPT (Adventurers, Masterguides, Pathfinders, Teen) Leadership Convention, Oct 25-27
6 – Youth Retreat, Nov 8-11
7 – Marriage Enrichment, Nov 29-Dec 1
In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.