A Word from The Pastor:
Hello friends, and welcome to the Ocala Seventh-day Adventist Church. Have you been hurt? Surely pain is a universal part of the human experience. Whether from another person, an institution, an event, or even from ourselves – we have all experienced injustice in some form or another. This pain can not only crush us, but it can change who God created us t be. Scripture reminds us that the only way out of this vicious cycle is through forgiveness (Ephesians 4:31-32). Thankfully, Jesus paid the price of the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2). Through this self-emptying act Jesus balanced the very scales of cosmic justice, thus making it possible for us to forgive those who have done us harm. Interestingly enough, we are all guilty of wrongdoing and are in need of forgiveness. Therefore,” if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Because God has forgiven us, He asks us to forgive others in return. Indeed, God wants us to find freedom through forgiveness. However, in order to enjoy this freedom, we must ask ourselves the question, who is God calling us to forgive today?
How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe, I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe; How often, when trials like sea billows roll, Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul. -- Cushing