President's Post

March 2021

Lessons Learned

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I have always found the Lord’s prayer to be so filled with hope. From beginning to end, it is for me that unique balance that gives me hope for my difficult situation and encourages me to live out the life that Jesus has called us as disciples to live out. It seems to encompass faith, hope, and love, which is at the foundation of our relationship with Jesus. The portion that has captured my heart lately is “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Just saying the words creates a longing in my heart for a world living out God’s will. What peace and joy could we experience if each of us were living out God’s will here on Earth. Ravi Zacharias’s experience recently has reminded me of the importance of experiencing that transformation process in our own personal lives. Seventh-day Adventists have a history of emphasizing the transformation that Jesus makes in our lives. Often we hear the word “sanctification” to speak of that process. It seems that at times we have over-emphasized that word or left the impression that it was something that we might do. In his prayer in Philippians, Paul shares the source of this transformation, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1.6 If you have heard me speak, you know that I love the Gospel message more than any other message. That gospel message for men ends with the promise of God writing His laws in our hearts. In other words, the purpose of justification is so the promise of transformation can be experienced by each of us.


I believe that our world, our churches, our boards, and our families are looking for people that are experiencing transformation (experiencing the gospel). So I would ask, how is your personal life going? The things that no one else sees? Our great need is expressed by David in Psalms 51, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” I believe this is a great time to let the Lord search each of us. Search our inner hearts and reveal to us the transformation He still wants to do in our own lives.


Growing up as an Adventist, I often heard the call to “Prepare a People to meet Jesus”. I still believe that we are a “John the Baptist” church preparing the way for the coming of Jesus. But maybe it is time to speak to Jesus about the inner change that each of us needs. Perhaps the first people we need to talk to about preparing to meet Jesus is ourselves. The cry of Psalm 134:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” At the end of the day the lesson I learned from Ravi Zacharias is that it is not our bold claims, excellent knowledge, or ability to convince that makes the difference. It is what is quietly happening in our hearts that reveals where the Gospel message has taken root in our lives.

BMA Endowment

The Bass Memorial Academy Endowment has reached $3.5M! In the 24 months since we relaunched it has earned over $500,000 in dividends and appreciation.


Thank you for your continued support! Feel free to give using the tithe envelopes with your local church or online at www.gscsda.org/give If you would like to learn more about the endowment, please visit www.gscsda.org/gsc-today/bassendowment

Camp Meeting

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Camp Meeting at Camp Alamisco is coming right up on April 2-3, and at Bass Academy on May 26-29. We're excited to have a former Bass student sharing her shark survival story and Clifford Goldstein presenting the main keynote. Registration is open! Learn more about both camp meetings and register at www.gscsda.org/campmeeting

Mobile App

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A new mobile app for Gulf States is now available on the Google Play Store and will be coming to the Apple App Store soon. Find the latest news, discover the closest church, and much more! www.gscsda.org/app

ACS Database

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In light of the ongoing and increasing number of natural disasters and exceptional needs in local communities, Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the Gulf States Conference has initiated an online registry for volunteers. This registry or database is for those who would like to be contacted and given the opportunity to serve should a need arise. Having a resource like this on-hand and ready will allow us to get work done more quickly, right when the disaster takes place. Learn more at www.gscsda.org/acsvolunteer

Blessings,

Brian

Office of the President

The President guides the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here at the Gulf States Conference Office in Montgomery, Alabama. He serves on various organization boards operated by the church, and lends leadership to mission, evangelism, educational, and humanitarian strategies.

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Digital Evangelism

Digital Evangelism - Why?
Shane Hochstetler, Communication Director for Gulf States, presents on a variety of ways we can use the latest technology and most trusted techniques for good. Check out the first video, then view the other topics as you have interest. Learn more at www.gscsda.org/digitalevangelism