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Extending a welcoming hand

Written by Aaron Williams on .

Usually this column in the West Side Journal is reserved for pastors’ remarks, ponderings, sermons or anything else, but this week I’ve decided to step in and say a few words regarding the Cornerstone Column, itself.

This column, which has been known by several names throughout the years, is provided to readers of the Journal each week, written by different pastors in the West Baton Rouge area – a fact that I’m sure many of you readers were already aware.

I, as editor, have tried to get a decent-sized sample of area pastors involved – pastors of different religions, races, from the north side of the parish to the south, etc., and I will continue to do so.

And as a new year has started, I would like to extend a welcoming hand to any pastor who might be interested in assisting, periodically, with writing a column for the Journal.

Throughout scripture we see messengers of God coming to speak to groups of people – sometimes they spoke of impending doom, other times they spoke of great things to come, but the fact holds true that God often used people as instruments to speak to others.

I am no Biblical scholar, by any means, but I do have somewhat of a knowledge of scripture as I have spent many years in church paying attention to the words spoken and have, myself, studied God’s Word.

The Bible gives us a clear example of what it means to work together.

In Genesis 11, a large group of people began building a city, Babel, with a tower that would reach higher than any other building built in that time.

11:6 – “Look!” (the Lord) said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!”

Their goal was so clear among one another and their collective labor was so reflexive that God, himself, saw that He needed to cause confusion among them by creating different languages among them, because together, they’d be able to accomplish nearly anything.

11:8 – In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city.

On the other hand, in the book of Joshua, chapter 6, God told a group of people to march, together, around the town of Jericho. Everyone had to march around the town once for seven days, and on the seventh day they had to march around the city seven times.

God spoke to Joshua, saying (Joshua 6:5) “When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”

Together the people did as God said and Jericho’s walls crashed to the ground – because they, together, went towards the task that God gave them. They accomplished something great together.

I believe that we have something great. I believe that the words printed in this weekly column can reach many people in the West Baton Rouge area and help bring an already tight-knit community even closer together.

I believe we have a wonderful group of pastors that have been committed to doing just that throughout the past few years. If you are a pastor, or if you know a WBR pastor that wants to be involved with the Cornerstone Column and is willing to commit to writing a column periodically, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be a part or to get further information.

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