You Have Worth!!

Worth. Value. Significance. Acceptance. All these words describe the very things that we all look for in this life. The enemy works overtime in a lot of areas and this one is an area he spends much effort in. If the enemy can plant seeds of worthlessness, insignificance, rejection and the like, then he gets you to a place where you cannot see the absolute beauty of value and significance that your life holds in the Lord, in His eyes, and from His holy perspective. So often energy is spent on what we are not rather than who we are and all the wonderful things that the Lord has accomplished in and around us as well as through us. The Lord loves you, values you and has significance embedded in your life. Your life IS good soil and out of it can come tremendous Kingdom fruit for the Lord’s glory. I want to encourage you today, do not measure your worth by ANY earthly measuring stick, it’s too short and doesn’t tell His Story in you. Keep the focus on the Lord and remember the Lord will direct your path and He always has a due season for your life. You are Valued! You are Significant! You have Worth! And You Accepted! We love you all and value the journey that we are all on together!!!

Something To Ponder!

Should the church be connected to what is happening in society? Should the church have a voice? Or, should the church simply gather together, go through our programs and services week after week and keep a blind eye to the things happening in our country, around the world and even in our own community? This is a question that is rising in the United States today. There is a growing divide in the USA over the Church mentioning current events, updating congregations on the current state of issues and the tension is very strong indeed. Rebekah Simon-Peter recently wrote in the Ministry Matters Magazine “The Bible is intensely political. Every prophet is risking their skin by talking truth to power. Every king weighs obedience to God against other concerns. Every temple, shrine and altar have political ramifications. The same with every war, skirmish and battle. Even the Sermon on the Mount is political. Love your enemies? Do good to those who hate you? Who do you think Jesus is talking about? Religion and politics have always been deeply intertwined. Jesus’ own life is an example of that. This co-mingling didn’t end with the biblical era. The church, at its best, and its worst, has always been political. We’re at our worst when we imagine Christ is aligned with one political party or another. Or when we cut deals. Or when we trade faith for power. We’re at our best, however, when like Martin Luther King Jr, we strive for the soul of the whole nation.” The Word of God and the Presence of the Lord in our lives impacts our behaviors in this world and as a result our behavior impacts this world and its political spheres. I suspect what many people mean by saying “keep politics out of church” is to “exclude from the life of our faith-based community the arguments or pulpit affirmations concerning partisan political positions.” This is something that by law no church should do. Yes, there are leaders and laity across the USA alike today who want to limit Christianity to a religion of private spaces and interpersonal relationships among their own as well as others that are on the opposite extreme side of the paradigm making everything slanted by politics. They maintain Christianity should stay out of public issues and keep politics out of the church, except when a public issue (one that directly impacts their circle of personal interests) invades their private space. But limiting Christianity to private and interpersonal spaces means that churches internal “politics” will continue to be conducted, as author Keith Bridston said, dishonestly.” This would also mean that the Gospels must be read, in our church gatherings, so selectively that the reader would have no clue why Jesus was born, why he died, or what His life meant or could possibly mean today.  

Pastor’s Corner September 30, 2018

What do you see when you look behind you? I know, that is a loaded question, but an important one. Do you see times where you have embraced people with and in the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, letting them know that there is, in fact, a true and real Hope for them? Do you see times when you have enhanced people and added value to them on the heels of loving them through our Lord? Do you see times when you have assisted in empowering people by walking with them into the Presence of The Lord and thereby finding mercy and grace in time of needs and the power needed to live victoriously in this life? So often blinded by the thick darkness of this world we find ourselves aimlessly wondering, almost robotic like, dredging through life’s quagmire feeling purposeless. The life you have been given has purposed value and has the capability in Christ, to add value to others. Do not let the fog of life blind you, ask the Lord to breathe into your life through the Holy Spirit, for it is only His breath that can drive this kind of fog away and give you clarity to see beyond the fray of a current circumstance. “So many souls have tested Him throughout the course of time, so many still reach out to Him with broken hearts and minds and every one of them will say without exception that they find that Jesus never fails!” Jesus never fails! We love you all!

Pastor’s Corner September 23, 2018

Fear is the one thing that all people battle. When we came to know Jesus Christ as Lord the battle with fear was not obliterated. Rather, we were given better and more eternal weapons to combat that fear so  that it would not consume us. Fear is faced when anyone faces a major life transition, a new job or career, becomes a parent for the first time, navigates through illness, gets bad news and the list could go on and on. Many times fear meets its good friend inferiority and the two typically wreak havoc upon individuals without prejudice. We become afraid and then we are overwhelmed with the feeling that we do NOT measure up or that we will NOT survive or make it through or that somehow we will fail trying. in 2 Timothy 1: The Apostle Paul reminds young Timothy that God is not the one that authors nor gives a spirit of fear. Timothy is trepidatious and afraid. We do not know why exactly but we know that Paul begins the second letter addressing fear. Today, do not let fear alter the lens of your faith or alter the hearing of your soul. Reset your senses in the Presence of God, HE has not brought you to where you are to simply leave you or drop you in a chasm of failing despair! We love you all!!

Pastor’s Corner – December 31, 2017

The close of another year is upon us. Fourteen hours from now a brand new year will dawn and 2017 will be no more. Have you done an inventory of the past year? Counted your blessings and named them one by one? There are so many things that have taken place in 2017, did you see them? This is so important for all of us as we look ahead together to our future at HWWC. We have seen 18 years and 4 months of miracles together and WOW what a journey it has been. As we dawn a new season together there is amazing potential ahead of us. 2018 will be a year that we focus on building and establishing the aspect of equipping the people of God here at HWWC through greater discipleship. There will be many fresh changes and renewals of areas of ministry and service. Keep your eyes open for regular and special discipleship opportunities this next brand New Year! Through email, text, social media and more, we will keep you informed, alerted and connected to ministry partnership here at HWWC! We love you all and pray that the Lord will enable us to become all that heaven knows we can be. Welcome to the BRAND NEW Kingdom possibilities! EXCITED!!!! Building Bridges Together Pastor William McCarty Senior Pastor   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Pastor’s Corner – December 4, 2017

WOW! It’s December already! This will be a month of high stress for families. Patience will be tried at all the shopping destinations. Traffic will seem crazier and many will be on edge as they try to figure out what and how to proceed with the commercial side of Christmas. Yes, there are in fact two sides to Christmas, the commercial side (shopping, spending, borrowing, selling, bargaining, arguing, complaining and much more), and then there is the Christ centered Christmas. (This is one where the true reason is taught and celebrated by the believer. It is where Jesus is the focus and not the magnitude of gifts that are gained or given to and or received from others). Take a moment today to recalibrate your thinking towards this time of year. Make memories with your loved ones that don’t have the foreboding shadow of holiday debt that seemingly steals the joy of the season and causes deep regret following the month of December. Jesus is the reason we live, move and have our being. Let’s not forget that…during this Christmas Season. We love you all!! Building Bridges Together Pastor William McCarty Senior Pastor  
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
– Luke 2:8-11

Pastor’s Corner – November 26, 2017

Why do we as people misconstrue reality? For example, within the “news” we’re given the time in which the sun rises for the day and sets for the night (Sunrise& Sunset). But what we seem to forget is that in all actuality, the sun does not rise nor does it set. It is an illusion of the true reality. What is really happening is that the sun stays still…forever shining steady and bright, and as the Earth turns to face the sun (as it corresponds to our location on the earth), that is when the morning comes. On the other end, the darkness of night comes when the Earth turns away from the sun (once again, as it corresponds to our location on the earth). It is the same with us and our Lord. We misconstrue the reality of who He really is and how He is always there for us no matter what. In our trials, when we choose to turn to face the “Son”, who is forever steady and bright, (just like the Earth at our current location in life), we are filled with the Light of the World and have the Light of Life. If we instead choose to turn away from Him, the darkness of night will surely come. (John 8:12 -Jesus spoke again to the people, and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”) Within the “Good News”, know that our Lord does not move or turn His back on us. His word says that He will never leave you nor forsake you. So turn to Him in every circumstance, situation or “location” you may find yourself in. Throughout the journey, choose to face the LIGHT. God Bless You. Pastor Marcel Berrios, Executive Pastor

Pastor’s Corner – November 19, 2017

There are so many wonderful things that the Lord has and is allowing us to be a part of together. Loving God and loving people is really the most important thing that we can do. Loving God, easy? Hard? Well, in today’s time, cultivating and maintain a relationship with the Lord is growing increasingly difficult as the weights of the cares of life seem to suffocate the souls of those that call Jesus Lord. We must not allow any pressures or distractions to pull us away from the Lord. We have only one shot, one lifetime to get it right! Eternity is much longer than our heads can get around, ever tried to consider it? Loving people is difficult also. Some think that the heart of Loving God and Loving People is too simple and shallow lacking depth of meaning. Of course, I DISAGREE! These two things are challenging to every one of us. Cares of life, stressors, family, career, marriage, school, education, and I am sure much MUCH more than these things mentioned impact the dynamics of Loving God and for Loving people. I believe that they are closely related. We lose love for people when we fall out of love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage you today, look at your connection, your relational connection to the Lord and ask this question, “Am I loving God and Loving People the way the Lord has called me to?” We love you all. Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty, Lead Pastor “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8

Pastor’s Corner – November 12, 2017

We serve an amazing Lord that loves you and I so very much. He watches over you and me each and every day. No matter how hard the storms rage, the Lord is always there to save you. The greatest moments in our lives is when the Lord of glory reveals himself to us while we are in the midst of challenges in this life. Look for Him to be working in and weaving through each and every moment of your life with His power and plan always as His utmost concern is you. Frustrated? Aggravated? Irritated? I have been there and I am still walking these things out by God’s grace every day. His strength is still for you to grab a hold of today. There is a cause or should I say there is a calling and many will come to see the Lord through YOUR trauma and personal testimony that you have made it this far! There is nothing more powerful in the eyes of the Lord than when people come together to acknowledge Him and then be strengthened by the Word and the Spirit. Greater things are ahead for us at HWWC…..GET READY!!!!! We love you all!! Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty, Lead Pastor “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” -Psalms 107:28-31

Pastor’s Corner – November 5, 2017

You only have one moment to make an eternal impact in and on someone’s life. You have been entrusted with a scared love that reaches to all mankind through each other. Have you ever thought about your imprint on the earth, in the people around you? Your family? Your friends? I’m sure there is no way to measure the full impact, but I am asking for you to consider it. In what ways can your light, the Light of Jesus Christ, in your life be revealed in a brighter fashion? The world is being consumed with darkness. Families are being overtaken by the present darkness. Yet God wants you and me to dispel the darkness and reveal His light. A light of hope, help and healing… That is what God has called us together to be. SHINE BRIGHT!! Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty Lead Pastor 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16