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March 2008 - Posts

  • REGAINING BALANCE - 91 Days of Prayer and Praise

    I just finished the REGAINING BALANCE by Randy Sawyer – the 91 day devotional we did as a church.  Today is the 91st day and it was AWESOME!  It has helped me so much.  So often, our focus gets redirected and God is put in the backseat (or trunk) of our lives.  It’s not until we devote ourselves to His word that we realize how empty of HIM we truly are.

     

    My favorites were the many that referenced God’s mercy and longsuffering.  I have said before that I appreciate God’s longsuffering more than any other attribute.  I guess I mess up so much I need a God who has big shoulders and not overlook my sin but be patient with me until I come to my senses.  I also enjoyed the devotionals on worship.  It has become very clear to me that worship is not just a song but a way of life – a daily practice.  He demands it and we should be honored and ecstatic to oblige. 

     

    Now that we have finished the devotional, the theme of renewal has been on my mind.  Unless the Lord directs otherwise, we will be having “A Month Of Renewal” in May that will be embraced by all Hillview ministries. It’s similar to the term “revival” which I’m sure most of you are familiar with.  Be praying for this period of time as we as a church cry out to God for a spiritual renewal.

     

    I hope you all participated in this devotional.  If you didn’t or got behind, dive in and finish. Consistancy is so important to our faith.  I promise you won’t regret it.

     

  • How To Be Rich!

     

    Still have your $5 bill?  If you weren't at church Sunday, we passed out a $5 bill to every family as an encouragement to join us in the series on "How To Be Rich."   Click here for more information. 

  • Watch The First Gathering Of SHIFT

    27 people attended Hillview's 20 something gathering called SHIFT.  Andrew Dempsey did a great job with his talk and the group discussion was very inspirational and filled with God's Spirit.  Take a look at the video to hear Andrew and see the pictures in the photo gallery.

     VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED.  CONTACT 411@HillviewChurch.com TO ORDER.

  • While You Were Sleeping

    If we were living back during the time of Jesus, a lot would have happened last night while we slept in our comfortable beds.  It is traditionally called "Maundy Thursday" and consists of the events that happened the night Jesus was arrested. Let's take a look at the sequence of events.

    The evening started in the upper room somewhere in downtown Jerusalem.  This was the location of the Last Supper.  One of the most important traditions of the Jewish people was transformed into a much more important ordinance.  Jesus picked up the bread and the wine and asked His Father to bless it.  He then personally passed it to his disciples and told them that from that day on, it would represent His physical body. Unbeknown to them, that body would be brutally mistreated the very next morning.  After the meal, Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist, dropped to His knees at the feet of each disciple as they reclined at the supper table and lovingly washed their feet.

    After the meal, they sang a hymn and headed out to the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was common for Jesus to go to private locations and pray.  It was here that He implored His Father to change the eternal plan if at all possible but resigned Himself to the will of His Father.  His prayer was so intense that blood actually mingled with His sweat as He stressed over the events that would soon take place.  I believe the greatest stress He endured was knowing that SIN would consume His body on the cross.

    Then, the betrayer was revealed when Judas brought the guards into the garden to arrest Jesus.  With a kiss, Judas sealed his own eternal fate.  From the garden, He was lead to the judgment hall and was tried and questioned all night long.  He was slapped, beaten, ridiculed and disgraced while you were sleeping.

    Today He will be crucified!

    I hope all of us will not sleep through this weekend and what it means to all of humanity.  It is the single greatest event in the history of the world and always will be.  Remember that today is the day we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord and the great price He paid to save us and set us free.  Please say a prayer and thank Him as you think about the Love of Christ today.

    See you on Sunday.

    Bill  

  • SNOW!!!

    I just got back from Kroger.  WOW!  I love snow when it's this much.  I've always been extreme.  I'm not too particularly fond of gray skies, slush and what we usually have.  But 15", that's fun.  So, after me and all those four wheel drives raced around on I-71, I'm home - getting ready to eat lasagna, yellow cake with chocolate icing, chocolate chip cookie dough ice creme topped off with a dollop of chocolate syrup.  Almost HEAVEN!
     
    After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the 9 a.m. service and Sunday School.
     
    We will still have the doors open at 11 a.m. with hot coffee and dough nuts for those who show up.
     
    REMINDER: If you are afraid of getting out, stay home!  I don't want anyone hurt trying to make it to church.  I just feel that it's Sunday and we should have the doors open for those who come. 
     
    Also, don't forget the time changes tonight so SPRING FORWARD one hour before you go to bed.
     
    Once again, love you guys and look forward to seeing you who come in the morning.
     
    PB
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