alone is worthy of our praise. How majestic is His name. And yet, who are we that He has chosen us to proclaim the good news to all peoples of the earth that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord of all? And the only way to God the Father is through Jesus Christ, His only son. By His grace we are saved, not by works, lest any should boast.

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By Phillip Malphrus

hat a wonderful God we serve! His mercies and grace are never ending all the day and night long. His love for us is immeasurable and everlasting. Holy, Holy, Holy is His great and mighty name. He

Students: Front row (left to right): Bobby Duran, Michael

This past twelve months has been an eye-opening experience for me as your moderator. I must confess that I had no idea of the magnitude and scope of work in which the various agencies, boards, synod committees, central servic- es, and presbyteries are involved. What a great service Bonclarken provides as they accommodate many ARP and non-ARP groups throughout the year. The vision of their leadership team, led by Chip Sherer, is a testament to God’s goodness to us. Being a member of the Erskine Board of Trustees, as your mod- erator, keeps me informed as to the many issues that arise and the positive di- rection that Erskine is undertaking with the leadership of Dr. Rob Gustafson to grow the student body of both the college and seminary. The dedication of the staff and faculty at Erskine is impressive. I encourage each of you to support all of these ministries with your prayers. I encourage these ministries to make our congregations aware of their needs and accomplishments by better communica- tion with our churches. We began June 2018, at Synod, with our scriptural emphasis coming from the

 be strong.” It seems now more than ever that a large segment of our society has become increasingly anti-Christian, to the extent that one of our major po- litical parties is dealing with and promoting issues of liberalism and socialism. This movement is being fueled by our mainstream media. We read and hear of increased persecution of Christians in other countries, as well as our own. We need to pray that religious persecution does not become commonplace here in the USA. We know what scripture tells us about persecution and suffering as we approach the end times. 1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done in love.” I encourage you to search God’s Word for comfort and rest in His provision on how to respond if and when you are subjected to religious persecution.

I would like to thank those who have encouraged me and made my job as your moderator progress smoothly this year. Special thanks to my Vice Moder- ator Kyle Sims, to my son Patrick Malphrus, to Cindy Scott at Central Services, and to many others who have helped along the way. As I pass the gavel, the shield, and the cane to our new moderator, Dr. Leslie Holmes, I would encourage each of you to pray for his tenure as your modera- tor for 2019-2020. May you always take comfort in knowing that God is faithful  denomination as we seek to glorify and enjoy Him forever and seek to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kirkland, Seth Gurley, Chris Wiker Back row (left to right): Josh Smith, David Chi, Mitchell Sutton

New Missions: Left to right: Howard Wheeler, Joshua Kitchen

Ministers Ordained or

Received by Transfer: Front row (left to right): Ransom Kent, Michael Jaatinen, Martin Dendekker Back Row (left to right): Kyle Brent, Joseph Crump, Jordan Bernard Not pictured: Keith Ginn


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