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

Pastor’s Corner – Oct 29, 2017

All that we are is found in Christ! Every generation faces an enemy, an enemy that desires to destroy us. The enemy cares nothing about  our home, our health, our happiness or our heart. He seeks daily to divide, destroy, and to discover the weaknesses of those that profess Jesus Christ as Lord. The enemy whispers into our minds terror filled scenarios that hold the hearts and minds of believers captive. Fear grips the heart as the enemy of our soul whispers evil deceits that make mankind’s hearts fail and yet HOPE still rise in our soul! The Lord has never left you! There is no power strong enough to separate you from the love God! the Lord has you covered, do not fear, He knew you would face this same ancient enemy that He has defeated every generation. Look to Him, let nothing pull your focus from our Savior! We love you all! Building Bridges Together Pastor William McCarty Lead Pastor Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 16 for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:8-16

Pastor’s Corner – Oct 22, 2017

Celebrate the most important miracle of all is what we, as a Church body, must do. One way we accomplish this is through Water Baptism. Water Baptism is a public profession of our faith that declaration is made at water baptism. Water Baptism not only demonstrates the salvation process. As it provides each believer with the opportunity to celebrate and share their faith, it also represents the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person is baptized they are proclaiming this narrative and by doing so proclaim that they too have died to sin, have been washed clean and raised up in newness of life. Today you will witness history being made as we baptize the second largest group since 2004. Remember with every step that you and I take, we are telling a story about our Savior, Jesus Christ. May the Lord strengthen our faith and help us to be a beacon of light that bridges the divides in the land providing hope, help  and healing. Greater things are ahead and commit to our Lord Jesus Christ, that we will never touch nor take the credit for all that He alone has done. We love you all! Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty, Lead Pastor

Pastor’s Corner – Oct 15, 2017

Unknowns in this life are all around us. Often times we are filled with a sense of dread as we encounter problems that we have never faced. The good news is that Jesus is ALWAYS there hanging onto you so that you may not fail. I admit, some days are much easier to trust the LOrd than others, yet I have found that the Lord never lets you fall and HE never lets you down. He is a Good! Good! Father. When facing things that are new and previously unknown by us, look to Jesus, He has overcome the world and defeated all things as He endured all things so that Salvation in and through HIm would be made available to us. So, look up, life your voice and worship the Lord today in spirit and in truth, HELP is always on the way! Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty, Lead Pastor

“1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they[a] made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.”

Pastor’s Corner – Oct 8, 2017

Eternity… Do you  think about it much? Most of us really consider eternity when we are faced with the passing of a loved one or we are seated in funeral or memorial service. Eternity is much longer than the earth. For many, planning and looking ahead of just a few days seems daunting and even pointless. I have stood by the bedside of so many that hadn’t made preparation for the most important thing ever and that is ETERNITY. Am I trying to scare or frighten anyone? No, but just am simply presenting the reality of forever for your heart, soul, mind and spirit to consider. Are you prepared? If eternity came for you today, which road would you be destined for> My prayer is that we consider these things and work towards getting ourselves prepared for the eternity that is approaching rapidly. Many have more time behind them than they do ahead of them. Look to Jesus today, He is still the Way, The Truth and The LIfe! Building Bridges Together, Pastor William McCarty, Lead Pastor

“1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-8