Healing Harvest Hands

2019 is here! As we navigate a new year together, we will have many opportunities to share our faith with the immediate world around us. Our model will be one that continues to embrace discipleship while engaging evangelism and ministry formation that is both led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As we look at the harvest of hurting people all around us, that need Jesus Christ our Lord and the Hope that only He brings in this dark world, we must catch the urgency of the Spirit and engage the immediate hurting harvest around us. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God urgently and purposefully planted in our hearts and minds coupled with our willingness to say, “Here I am Lord, send me… we will see hope restored to many and celebrate together the reality of His Kingdom Come and His Will being done on earth as it is in Heaven. The enlistment line is open, and He wants you to join in and reach with authenticity and compassion to the pain that is literally right in front of our sight. We believe that as we join our hearts and hands together, standing shoulder to shoulder in prayer, promotion and power that our Lord will give fruit that will remain to HWWC and only Heaven will tell the whole story. Join us as we embark on a journey to reach further than we have ever reached before! We love you all and we are grateful for this journey together with each of you!

Happy New Year 2019

Amanda and I along with Mason and Elizabeth want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I know that many pastors, preachers, motivational speakers, life coaches and all the like, are posting or will be posting slogans and cliché’s in hopes to get people stirred up about one thing or another. I do not have a catchy slogan to give you or a saying to make you hyped up about 2019. But, what I do have is a promise, and the promise goes like this: Deuteronomy 31:6-8 “6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Hebrews 13:5-6 5 Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Matthew 28:20b And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In Summation, the promise is this, The Lord will be with you! That is a promise we must cling to. So many people have looked back at 2018 with pain, regret, anguish and the like. Many saying 2018 was the “worst” year of their lives, while others say it was the best year ever! Many entered 2018 with excitement as someone told them to believe for great riches, wealth, health, promotion and blessing, only to walk out of the year with great dismay. Our Hope must be in Him. Life brings so much craziness and the sobering reality that Jesus said to us was “In this life you will have trouble” I know, that is not a popular thing to tout, yet, it was the words of our Lord in John 16:33 (NLT), “33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” I am in no way against health, wealth, blessings and the like, I believe the Lord for all these things but more than that the greatest promise for me, is that He is with me, in and no matter what. Take heart! The Lord will be with you in 2019! No matter the successes or storms, He is with you. We love you and look forward to growing together with you in 2019. Sunday, January 20th will be State of the Church Sunday! A day of Vision Casting and celebration. Mark your calendar and invite friends and family to come and see where we have been and where we are headed. We love you all and count it an honor to serve you all these 20 years, The Lord has indeed been with us! Partners Together in A New Season, Pastor William, Amanda, Mason and Elizabeth McCarty The MAC Family

An Unlikely Messenger

The message that the greatest gift to ever be given to humankind, Jesus Christ The Messiah, The Savior and Lord, was given to and entrusted to the shepherds that were abiding in the field. Have you ever really pondered this narrative? Nameless shepherds in a field? In today’s time one would think that a King would be chosen or an immensely popular person of eloquent speech to spread the news that The Savior had come. Instead, The Father specifically chose these nameless shepherds abiding in fields to herald the sound and proclaim the arrival. What did the shepherds have that no other in that day possessed? How could they be trusted and why was The Father’s confidence in them so high? Stay tuned, as we will look deep into this narrative and realize the gift of sight in Christ our Messiah, Savior and King has been laid in our trust. What will we do with what we have been given?

The Puzzle Piece in You

Have you ever put a puzzle together? They can be frustrating, yet when they all come together, they form a beautiful picture. Sometimes it is very frustrating when we cannot see the finished product. We strain to see the significance of our one piece as it relates the whole. Yet, God has given value to and in each piece of His plan in the earth. Your piece is valuable and without it, the picture is not complete and doesn’t make full sense. We as a body of believer’s all have different gifts, likes, passions and abilities. The Lord takes them all and blends them together in a masterpiece. We do not always see the connections or understand the whole as The Lord joins us together, yet He is working on a magnificent picture using the piece that you, each of you bring to the table in His Kingdom. Remember today that you have worth, you are significant, you have a purpose and the Lord is working on a picture that is far beyond our comprehension and the power of the work together will bring a magnitude of beauty into a community as The Lord joins our pieces together to make a whole. As this happens, The Lord through the whole makes a community and those hurting that come into its doors whole as well. Your piece is significant! One of the dangers in this life is comparing your puzzle piece to another’s, we simply cannot and the enemy will use such comparative modules to blind, frustrate and derail us from our pieces being joined together into a powerful portrait of Him. We love you all!!

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