Milestones are supposed to be remembered and celebrated. These are moments when we reflect on what has hap- pened while at the same time look to the future with hope and anticipation.
This coming January 2016, ICS will celebrate its 40th anniversary and while we remember and celebrate the past, we do so in the context of God’s faithfulness. Without God’s leading and guidance, we would be lost and divided as a church. We have seen a wonderful transformation in our church and we can only attribute it to the Holy Spirit’s work in the hearts of people. May we all unite in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving to God for what He has done.
And as we reflect on the future, we open ourselves to God’s calling to spread His gospel of love and grace so that more people may experience the life-changing power of Jesus. We are called as a church to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. May we answer that call and may we share our time, talent and resources so that others may experience His gift of salvation.
Let us not just be spectators in this important milestone of ICS. Let us all be active participants. And as we prepare to greet one another a Happy 40th Anniversary, let us reflect on God’s word to the Israelites as they were about to enter the promised land. – By: Ardie Balderrama
“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multi- ply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. – Deuteronomy 8:1-2 (NLT)