I just received the December 24th edition of the Christian Standard and eagerly turned to the interview with Bill Pile.
Bill Pile is a hero to me. I’ve known about him for many years and recently had a chance to correspond with him. He’s the minister at Christ’s Church in the City near downtown Los Angeles. He and his wife have ministered in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years.
I love the fact that God has used Bill and his wife, Carmelita, to shine the light in a dark and challenging place.
I also love the fact that Christ’s Church in the City is diverse.
In a recent Lookout article (http://www.lookoutmag.com/articles/articledisplay.asp?id=231) Bill wrote:
I turned to page 12 of the Standard to read what Bill had to say about inner city church work, but–instead–I read what Bill had to say about facing death.
Bill has cancer and in this interview Bill is asked what he thinks about dying, how people have reacted to his positive attitude in a difficult situation, if he ever wants to give up, and some other interesting questions.
Here’s a sample of what he says.
When asked what he would say to those walking through the valley of the shadow of death Bill replies, “Now is the time when your faith kicks into high gear. You’ve trusted God in small things. He’s been faithful. Why would he not be there for the biggest event of your life (outside of your conversion to Christ)? We died to sin and he was there and some day we’ll die to this earth and he’ll be there.”
I think this interview will inspire you.
If you know someone who is facing a terminal illness you’ll want to make sure you pick up a copy–or two–of the Christian Standard next weekend to give to them.
If you don’t have the December 24th issue of the Standard on hand, Bill’s interview will be available on Standard’s site on 12/20 on the “Christian Standard Interview”page. http://www.christianstandard.com/