(2 Chronicles 20: 20)

On Sabbaths September 3 and
October 8, I shared with you from the
story of the Samaritan Woman in
John 4, a two-part sermon series on
“Salvation” (which comes from the
acceptance of truth in love) and 2.
“Ministry and Outreach” (which are what every
member of creation constantly does by receiving
and giving through just being).

Regularly though, I intend to present to you from a
pastoral perspective a doctrinal sermon on one of
our 28 Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs.
Still at the onset of Adventist Heritage Month, I will
share with you today, October 15, the first of such
sermons. Appropriately for this occasion, the subject
for this sermon will be “The Bible and the Spirit of

Nearly two centuries have passed since October 22,
1844. That was the day when pioneers of our
denomination experienced the great disappointment
of not seeing Jesus coming down from the sky to
rescue them from Earth, according to how they had
understood Daniel 8:14.

Some left faith altogether. Others hung on to the
promises that, just as “God [Himself] remains faithful”
(2 Timothy 2: 13), His “living and powerful” word
(Hebrews 4: 12) “will stand for ever” (Isaiah 40: 8) as “a
lamp to my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
They kept seeking Jesus who “is the same yesterday,
today, and forever” (Hebrews 13: 8) when He said,
“heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will
by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35). They kept
trusting and studying to be current and established in
“present truth” (2 Peter 1: 12). Do likewise:

Trust God
and His word!

I thank God, and I am so glad to finally be able to
spend my second Sabbath in a row together in our
church for the first time. I will be here as one of the
presenters for a Texico Conference local church
elders’ retreat that our church will be hosting next
Sabbath October 22.

Sabbath, October 29, Dr. Winifredo Paez will present
the message as I will be away that day for a longdelayed
sabbatical class that I must take before
year’s end.

I am already looking forward to sharing a message
with you on Sabbath, November 5. What satisfies me
is to “do and finish God’s work” (John 4: 34) by loving
and serving you.

With love,
Pastor Sam