What a wonderful camp meeting we had this spring. A great time for all, coming together to feed on the word. Friendships were formed that are to last an eternity. Our Father in heaven blessed us with several excellent presentations concerning many different topics including having to do with the character of God and His law. There were also several ideas presented concerning the prophetic scenes unfolding before us. For those who missed the meetings DVD’s are available and the videos also will be playing on BETV in the near future so be sure to stay tuned as we were all truly blessed by the presentations and the presenters at this meeting.
We had a baptismal ceremony as well where several dedicated their lives to the service of our Lord. The bible tells us that these times are times to bring to remembrance the work which was done on the cross for us. “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast.” (1 Corinthians 5:7, 8) The meetings were truly Christ centered and brought out the need to have complete confidence in our Father and His word, and to exalt Him over some of our human theories and speculations. We continue to realize that we have many things to learn, and many, many things to unlearn.
We are only 5 months away from the next camp, the Feast of Tabernacles. And we can’t wait to see our family again. It is important to prepare now. Some are coming together as a family Sabbath to Sabbath, some worship from New Moon to New Moon. We are told in the book of Zechariah chapter 14 that to “go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles” is something that we will do, but also should do now. In the next verse it is written “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” (Zechariah 14:17, 18)
“Well would it be for us to have a feast of tabernacles, a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to us as a people.” [Ellen White Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, November 17, 1885]
There is an important principle in coming together. And truly a blessing to be had at these meetings that will come from minds receiving mutual contact. The bible tells us that God has appointed times for pouring out his latter rain. In Zechariah 10 verse 1 he tells us to “ask in the time of the latter rain”. It is truly time to receive a large out pouring as the loud cry of the third angel is swelling. God wants to lighten the earth with His glory, His spirit. And He wants us to come up for the refreshing of it in the fall.
“We should improve every opportunity of placing ourselves in the channel of blessing. . . . The convocations of the church, as in camp meetings, the assemblies of the home church, and all occasions where there is personal labor for souls, are God’s appointed opportunities for giving the early and the latter rain.”(Ellen White FLB 246)
“Those who shut themselves up within themselves, who are unwilling to be drawn upon to bless others by friendly associations, lose many blessings; for by mutual contact minds receive polish and refinement; by social intercourse, acquaintances are formed and friendships contracted which result in a unity of heart and an atmosphere of love which is pleasing in the sight of heaven.” (Ellen White 6T 172.2)
Be sure to be among those that catch this upcoming meeting in Terra Bella, we look forward to seeing our family again soon. Don’t miss it. Mark the date Thursday October 5th, 2017- Friday October 13th, 2017 and remember there is an extra day after, the Sabbath to receive an extra Blessing. See you there.
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