We Have the Light!

Keith Pate“Light” is used to symbolize God, faith and holiness throughout Scripture.
John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
1 John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Ephesians 5:8 (ESV) For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Matthew 5:14 (ESV) You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Jesus, came as “Light” into a sin-sick darkened world. He brought order into chaos. He personified love in the midst of violence, mockery and vile hatred. His example, His life not only brought light to a small area of the world over 2000 years ago; it brought light and hope to a world that is still experiencing His impact today!
As believers, followers of Christ Scripture reminds us we were once in darkness but now we are in the light – we are the light (Matt 5:14).
I have been told that Eastern Hills Baptist Church sits atop the highest point in the city. When the Sanctuary was built this was a new neighborhood with very few tall trees. The bell tower of the Sanctuary could be seen for quite a distance and easily recognized on Atlanta Highway. Since that time a beautiful canopy of tree growth has hidden the bell from view.
We are still the light in this community and we are called to shine forth. We may have to work harder to allow our light to be seen than we did 50 years ago but that should not deter us! I sense a spirit of hope, unity and vigor in our church. Let us move forward with enthusiasm to “shine out” in our community and city.

1. Share an Eastern Hills business card. Leave it on the table at the restaurant where you eat. Hand one to a cashier and invite them to worship.
2. Invite people to upcoming special events at Eastern Hills.
PLUMB Concert on October 12,
Fall Festival on October 28,
Hanging of the Green on December 2.
Share these events on Facebook or other social media!
3. When you see a need, respond in love. If a neighbor has been sick – send a card, cut their grass or share a meal.
4. Volunteer at Forest Park Ministry Center or other helping organizations.
5. Speak a word of hope or a prayer with a hurting person you encounter during your work day or while out shopping. The list is endless.
We have the Light!….We are light!….Go Shine!!


Keith Pate About Keith Pate

Keith is originally from Castleberry, AL in Conecuh County. He joined Eastern Hills as Minister of Music in January of 2005 from Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.