The Righteousness of God

“What is it that constitutes the wretchedness, the nakedness, of those who feel rich and increased with goods? It is the want of the righteousness of Christ. In their own righteousness they are represented as clothed with filthy rags, and yet in this condition they flatter themselves that they are clothed upon with Christ’s righteousness…. They may be crying, “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we,” while their hearts are filled with unholy traffic and unrighteous barter. The courts of the soul temple may be the haunt of envy, pride, passion, evil surmising, bitterness, and hollow formalism. Christ looks mournfully upon His professed people who feel rich and increased in the knowledge of the truth, and who are yet destitute of the truth in life and character.” The Review and Herald, August 7, 1894 EGW

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Last Sunday our church Health Ministry team offered help to the people in our community. It was a thoroughly prepared event. Ann Weeden and her crew brought a Mammogram Van from Memorial hospital, pitched a tent on the parking lot of the Samaritan Center and organized consultation stations inside the Samaritan Center. I felt so blessed to see that our church cares about the needs of the people in our area. Those who attended the Health Expo also received delicious healthy cookies and spiritual literature. Thank you, EVERYONE, who came to help last Sunday.

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Our Sabbath worship services last Sabbath were enriched with music from the CA band!

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These last few days I was in the Hope Channel studio at the General Conference recording a new series of messages in Russian for Eastern Europe. I pray that these messages bring hope and encouragement to those who are struggling today in the war-torn zones. Thank you for your prayerful support. I felt honored that our Ooltewah Church is behind this important outreach ministry.

Your financial gifts for the people of Ukraine keep providing food and shelter to hundreds of struggling families. Last night and this morning I was on the phone with the Conference leaders and pastors in various parts of Ukraine. They all shared with me a picture of horrific devastation. They are sincerely thankful that your help allows them to move families from Mariupol and Kharkiv to safer locations on the western side of Ukraine. They are grateful for the bread they can bake. They offer that bread to hundreds of hungry people in Kyev, Kharkiv and other cities. God bless you, my caring friends.

Here is just one photo of the help you provide. This photo is from pastor Yuri, the Union Health Center Director.

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See you tomorrow.

pastor Peter

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