Let's Start by Renewing Faith

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray you and your loved ones are in good physical and spiritual health as the turn of the New Year has already come and gone. Despite all the challenges many of us are facing, I am so grateful for a God who loves us and is willing to hear our prayers for guidance during these difficult times. I encourage you to be faithful in your devotional life and allow God to use you to be a blessing to others. Jesus is coming soon, and the time to strengthen our faith and actively share Jesus with others is now.

On the topic of strengthening faith, this year's theme for the Montana Conference is Renewing Faith and Restoring Hope. What does that mean, practically? We launched an exciting Bible Study opportunity for every Montana church member at the end of January. The Conference received a pallet of 36,400 Discover Bible guides from the Voice of Prophecy. Yes, that is correct, 36,400. We ordered 1,400 sets of the newly revised Discover Bible Study Guides. That is one set for every attending church member in our Conference. Our hope is that every church member will use 2022 as a time to renew their faith using these well-done, freshly updated lessons.

There is one more important way that all of us who have children can be involved in renewing our own faith and the faith of our young people. On January 28, I began hosting a Zoom prayer time on Friday mornings, specifically to pray for our children. If you have concerns for the spiritual welfare of your children or grandchildren and want to join others who have the same desire, please join us. You will need to register to receive the Zoom invitation by visiting our website and submitting your information. I have set up the registration for the simple purpose of having the names of those we will be praying for before the prayer session begins. Please call the Conference office if you have any questions.

I look forward to claiming God's promises together, as was done in the book of Isaiah. "Shall the prey be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered? But thus says the Lord: 'Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contendeth with thee, and I will save your children" (Isaiah 49:24-25).

I look forward to seeing what God will do in the lives of all our children through our prayer time together. Register for this prayer time at montanaadventist.org/renewandrestore

May the peace and love of God fill your hearts as you faithfully serve him.

Ken Norton 

President, Montana Conference of SDA

Featured in: March/April 2022