Pillar Journal
- A seasonal journal produced by Pillar Church in Holland, MI to guide us through the Christian year.


In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:1-8

Witnessing starts where we are. Being the Church starts where we are. Jesus told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit. Then He told them that they would be His witnesses beginning first in Jerusalem and then to the ends of the earth. We are also called to be witnesses right where we are here in Holland. Ask the Lord to open your heart to see Holland through the Lord’s eyes. Who needs Jesus here? How can you/we bring the Gospel to them? Consider taking a prayer walk beginning at church and as you walk through the city ask the Lord for His wisdom how we as a church can reach more people in our city.