Northern California Conference
When men and women can more fully comprehend the magnitude of the great sacrifice which was made by the Majesty of heaven in dying in man’s stead, then will the plan of salvation be magnified, and reflections of Calvary will awaken tender, sacred, and lively emotions in the Christian’s heart. Praises to God and the Lamb will be in their hearts and upon their lips . . . Who can measure the love Christ felt for a lost world as He hung upon the cross, suffering for the sins of guilty men? This love was immeasurable, infinite. (Ellen White, Testimonies to the Church, vol. 2, p. 212)
Truly, we experienced a taste of this love in last month’s experience at Redwood Campmeeting in the Northern California Conference. Each night, we were brought amazingly close once again to the heart of the Father as revealed through the life, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.
One dear sister approached me one evening after the presentation and stated, “I’ve been in the church all my life and it’s as though I’ve never heard the gospel before! It’s like I’m hearing it all for the first time. Jesus died for me, it was all for me. Even though I was raised in the church I feel like I want to be re-baptized.”
Each night, hearts were moved and lives were changed.
Here are a few testimonies:
“Thank you for being Jesus with skin on. You have changed my heart and mind with your ministry. Praise God!”
“I am 32 and the only sibling still in the church, out of nine kids. I only wish that they had a chance to know the Lord like you have shown us. You have changed my walk with God.”
“Thank you for opening our eyes and hearts to new ideas of God’s love—He is using you in a powerful way. We pray for you . . .”
“God is using you in a mighty way! We’ve greatly appreciated your message last year. This year God has used you to help heal our marriage that was falling apart! We praise God for bringing us the most powerful message of His great love for us. May God continue to guide you and your family.”
“Thank you for showing clearly the love God has for me. His love has changed my life.”
At the beginning of the week, a dear friend came to me after the first presentation on Mary Magdalene’s faith, believing and yet struggling to believe. She was sincerely doubting if God’s love could do for her what it did for Mary. She asked, “Can it really do that, or are you just preaching? Please, I can’t allow my hopes to be disappointed. I don’t think I can handle being let down one more time.” I promised her that if she would just believe the revelation that God was going to share this week, not one soul has ever been disappointed when they truly encountered His love for them.
Toward the end of the week, in the middle of one presentation, she came to my mind. I began scanning the crowd for her face. And there she was with tears in her eyes. She came up to me afterward and all she could say was, “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Truly by love is love awakened!” God’s richest blessing to you, dear sister. May the rain soon fall!
If any of you from Redwood last month are out there reading this, may the earth soon be “Lightened with His glory.” (Revelation 18:1) Don’t stop believing!