Greater New Light
Missionary Baptist Church
2540 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30349-4400
"The Cold Within"
Six humans trapped in happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each one possessed a stick of wood,
Or so the story's told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
The first woman held hers back,
For of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.
The next man looking across the way
Saw not one of his church,
And couldn't bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes.
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use,
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned,
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man's face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from sight,
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.
The last man of this fornlorn group
Did naught except for gain,
Giving only to those who gave,
Was how he played the game.
The logs held tight in death's still hands,
Was proof of human sin,
They didn't die from the cold without,
They died from the cold within.
-by James Patrick Kinney-
The above noted poem sadly illustrates our world. To spite those around, because of their differences, some would do little to make a bad situation better. Some would choose to withhold their personal gifts, talents and resources to spite others...only to suffer with the lot.
What are you going to do today to keep the fire going?
At Greater New Light we are striving toward excellence in our mission to promote Christ; in our purpose to support one another; in our responsible handling of our personal and collective finances, and in our desire to fully utilize our spiritual gifts.
Statements of Faith
We, the members of the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, are striving toward excellence.
Excellence, in our caring and nurturing relationships for one another. Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Excellence, in our verbal support to encourage and motivate one another. Colossians 4:6 says, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
Excellence, in the ways in which we utilize, and account for, our monetary blessings. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
Excellence, in our private and public devotion to the Most High God. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to 18 says that we are to, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is thw eill of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
Excellence, in our desire to decrease that Christ might increase in our lives. Note the words of John the Baptist regarding his service to Christ, "He [Christ] must increase, but I [John] must decrease" (John 3:30).
Excellence, in our comitment to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Just as Christ gave the Holy Spirit to the Apostles our prayer is that we might recieve the same, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (John 20:21, 22).
And excellence, in our willingness to utilize our spiritual gifts and personal talents to magnify the goodness of the Lord in our lives. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
We are a church and a people striving toward excellence!
Is Forgiveness Necessary?
Forgiveness is an amazing concept. Simply stated, the deeds done wrong TO YOU, are to be forgiven BY YOU, to the one who WRONGED YOU.
Think about it...
Forgiveness can be such a burden for the forgiver. We are basically charged to take the worst that others might bring into our lives and we are expected to give them our best. Forgiveness is often the last human construct that we latch on to before we totally submit to the God.
"Lord, I give you my life, but I can't forgive them for the way they treated me years ago."
"Lord, I'll do what you want me to do, and I'll go where you want me to go, but I can't forgive them for what they said about me. I just can't let go of my hurt and my pain."
Forgiveness is not easy, and letting go of hurt or maltreatment requires something, or Someone, bigger than yourself.
Remember the words of Christ, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matt 6:14,15 KJV).
The flipside to not forgiving others is the denial of the forgiveness you seek from God.
Where to Look When:
Bitter - Critical 1 Corinthians 13
Conscious of sin Proverbs 28:13
Defeated Romans 8:31-39
Depressed Psalm 34
God's Word has an answer to all of your living issues.