Greetings Joy of Faith,
It has been an eventful year with the coronavirus pandemic being at the center of everyday attention. Nothing, however, is more powerful than the name of Jesus! We are still God's church washed in the precious blood of the lamb. He is our savior and our soon coming king. This year's anniversary celebration highlights twenty years that Joy of Faith has been lifting up the name of Jesus. Our theme for this year is: "Our Steps Are Continually Ordered By The Lord." Solomon tells us in Proverbs 16:9(NLT), "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." These twenty years only seems like yesterday when the Lord commissioned my wife and me to start this ministry on the first Sunday in July 2000. We made plans, but God ordered our steps in how He wanted Joy of Faith to operate. The number twenty is a symbol of Divine Order. God gave us His plan and divinely set this church in His order. We are blessed with wonderful members whom God has sent to this ministry to be a blessing and receive blessings. The Holy Spirit has led us these twenty years, and we have tried to be obedient to His directions, to walk in His way, preaching and teaching God's word. Today, even though the physical doors of Joy of Faith are closed due to this pandemic, the church of Jesus Christ still lives within us. We are a blessed church, having seen many miracles over the years. We have experienced financial miracles, job promotions, physical healing, mental and emotional healing, and being set free of many strongholds. The Holy Spirit has always had the first place at Joy of Faith to minister Jesus to us and leads us in the direction that God wants us to go.
So, Joy of Faith, let's celebrate these twenty wonderful years to walk as Christ walked in His love, His joy, and His peace. Let's continue to be committed to Jesus, our Lord, and allow Him to have first place in our hearts. Whatever we do in life, make sure that God ordains our steps. The Lord has blessed us and stood with us for twenty years through many challenges. Twenty years ago, the Lord Jesus gave us the founding Scripture in Luke 4:18-19, and because of Jesus, the anointing of the Lord is still upon us, and we are still standing. I want to thank my wife for standing with me all these years. I also thank my children and all of the Joy of Faith members. I pray that the blessings of the Lord be upon us as we continue to move forward!
Dr. Samuel N Smith, Sr, Pastor