Faith Through Fire

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 9, 2009

On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 the Historic Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Maryland, whose Senior Pastor is Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid, III, church steeple was struck by lightening causing it to be condemned because of fire and water damage and unable to be used for worship services.


Offering to help were Union Baptist Church and Temple Oheb Shalom.

Union Baptist Church held an ecumenical prayer service and offered its sanctuary for weddings and funerals. Temple Oheb Shalom offered their temple for Bethel to hold its Sunday services through Labor Day.

God used the fire to demonstrate his power and presence across denominational lines and community cultures. What seemed to be a tragedy was God's opportunity to publicly illustrate "faith through fire."

We cannot control the events of life, but we can exercise self-control through our faith. Faith that will move mountains. Faith that will calm angry seas. Faith that will restore life to dead situations. We all need to demonstrate faith through fire in our lives.

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