Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Potomac Conference
Keynote speaker Charles A. Tapp, president of the Potomac Conference and chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) Board of Trustees, shares a message (excerpted) at the Zirkle Gymnasium Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 14, 2021:
In my mid-30s, I experienced depression for the first time in my life. Being a very positive person who is known for my laugh and optimistic demeanor, it was such a stark contrast from my usual state of mind.
The Potomac Conference recently celebrated a busy season of ordinations. Since the beginning of the year, five pastors have been ordained to the gospel ministry.
No matter how things may look now, when we reflect on our lives, we will see how God’s hand worked through it all.
It is so important to be careful about what we watch, read and listen to. When we let something into our lives—good or bad, whether through our eyes or ears—it will eventually come out.
This verse reminds me that I am loved, and nothing I have done or any mistake I have made will keep Him from loving me and thinking about me. His thoughts about me are not just random thoughts, but beautiful, wonderful and lovely thoughts. How awesome is that?
It amazes me that God chose me; that He thought I would be worthy of His kingdom. How can anyone love me that much?
God tells you to cry to Him, and He will answer you. He always listens when you humbly kneel and tell Him everything you feel in your heart.
This verse gives me comfort because it reassures me that God will always be there for me, ready to come to my aid at any moment.
At six months pregnant, I found myself facing the repercussions of severe marital distress. As a result, I was placed on hospital bed rest until I gave birth—a blessed event that seemed incredibly far away.