Battle Creek, MI
Battle Creek. Just the name evokes the deep roots of Adventism. After all this is where our church had its official beginning. I had the opportunity to see Kellogg’s Sanitarium, many of the pioneers’ graves as well as those of the White’s, and the of course the Tabernacle itself. I found myself wrestling with many emotions that weekend, but most of all I was stirred by our history of victories and failures to finish the work we were called into being to accomplish. We have been here too long, my friends. Two statements played over and over in my heart all weekend.
“Those who wait for the Bridegroom’s coming are to say to the people, ‘Behold your God.’ The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love” (Ellen White, Christ’s Object Lessons p. 416, emphasis added).
“Had the purpose of God been carried out by His people in giving to the world the message of mercy, Christ would, ere this, have come to the earth, and the saints would have received their welcome into the city of God” (Ellen White, Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 450. emphasis added).
We had a good mix of both youth and adults in attendance, I believe we had over 150 in the evening and afternoon. For Church there were more than three hundred regulars in attendance. I spoke on the difficult subject of how God could love us so much and yet still so many horrendous things happen to us in our lives. Many were moved. One dear sister approached me at the back of the church with tears in her eyes. She said, “Thank you. You have done for me in one sermon, what 15 years of counseling could not. I don’t know how to thank you.” God bless you, dear sister.