Pastor Rev. William "Bill
June 2014 Newsletter
We Have Come This Far by Faith-Celebrating 55 Years
I remember this song being sung at many a church anniversary. So what does it mean coming this far by faith.
II Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by Faith and not by Sight
"So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight". Other versions other than KJV use the word live, rather than walk. The "walk" here is a metaphorical reference to the way a person conducts his or her life. We still use the phrase "all walks of life" to mean a variety of lifestyles or cultures.
Walking by faith means living life in light of eternal consequences. To walk by faith is to fear God more than man; to obey the Bible even when it conflicts with man’s commands; to choose righteousness over sin, no matter what the cost; to trust God in every circumstance; and to believe God rewards those who seek Him, regardless of who says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6).
Rather than loving the things of this world (1 John 2:15–16), Christians should spend their lives glorifying God in everything they do (1 Corinthians 10:31). It requires faith to live this way because we cannot see, hear, or touch anything spiritual. When we base our lives on the truth of God’s Word, rather than on the popular philosophy of our day, we are going against our natural inclinations. Our natural instincts may be to horde money, but walking by faith says we should "give to those in need" (Luke 11:41; Ephesians 4:28). Society may say that sexual immorality is acceptable, but those who walk by faith base their standards on the unchangeable nature of God’s Word, which says any sex outside of marriage is sin (1 Corinthians 6:18;Ephesians 5:3; Galatians 5:19). To walk by faith requires that we tune our hearts to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word (John 10:27; 16:13). We choose to live according to what God reveals to us, rather than trust our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Let’s Celebrate How Far we Have Come By Faith in the month of July.
07/10 (Thu) - 07/13 (Sun):
55th Church Anniversary Services - Theme: God is Doing a New Thing Isaiah 43:18-19
We are celebrating the second week of July our 55th Church Anniversary at Holy Light. This year we are blessed to have the Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey again come out and be our speaker for these services.
The 1st Holy Light MBC Friends and Family Day 2014
Holy Light is inviting all former members and for members to invite their friends and family to this service. We will instead of our usual two services have for this day have one service at 10:00am featuring all our ministries in the church. Please come and be part of this celebration and let’s have an old fashioned family reunion “church style” on the corner of 96th and Normandie.