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Hillyard Weekly

November 6, 2018

Your Involvement - The Important Part

Government-we all seem to have our complaints about it. It’s too much, not enough or just out of touch with reality. Commenting on the government’s view of economy, Ronald Reagan once said, “if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it and if it stops moving, subsidize it. Government is to be, “of the people, by the people and for the people.” The only part of this equation we fit into is the part “by the people.” We are the ones who are to be active in picking those who represent us and giving voice to our concerns. Our values and concerns are what should drive us to action in voting those concerns. President James Madison wrote, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the ten commandments of God.” That is where the rub comes; if we don’t govern ourselves, how can we be a part of a successful government? Today we celebrate the privilege of voting. Be involved in the process and check out the candidates, supporting those you favor. Pray for the process and the people, and above all, govern yourselves. Be the example our Lord would have you to be, SALT AND LIGHT.

Pastor Ron

 

October 10, 2018

Death

We will all die because, as one wise man once said, “Birth is a terminal diagnosis.” We try to make some light of the subject like the one about the older gentleman on his death bed, having only hours to live and smells the aroma of freshly baked chocolate cookies. He loved those cookies so much he used his last bit of energy to get to the kitchen where his wife was baking them. As he reached for one she blurted out, “Leave those alone! They’re for your funeral!” Last words also give us an insight into people’s lives and also their eternities. “Nothing matters, nothing matters,” Louis B. Mayer, film producer. “I’m bored with it all,” Winston Churchill. “My work is done, why wait,” George Eastman, inventor who died from suicide. “Jesus, I love You. Jesus, I love You,” Mother Theresa. Death is a very personal thing that requires a very personal decision for how you will spend eternity. Either you will take by faith the saving grace from God or you will be separated from Him forever. John 11:25, “Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies.’” Trust in the One Who knows the way.

Pastor Ron

 

November 27, 2018

Encourage the Discouraged

Part of the job of a “disciple” is to be an encouragement to those we disciple. In order to understand encouragement I have two stories to relate from opposite ends of the spectrum. Garrison Keillor wrote about discouragement in the Lake Wobegon Schroeders baseball team, so named because nine of the team’s members were sons of E. J. Schroeder. He was a very discouraging father as Keillor tells it: His sons could never please him and if they did he forgot about it. Once, while playing against the Freeport team his oldest boy, Edwin Jim Jr, turned and ran to the center field fence for a long, long, long fly ball. He threw his glove forty feet in the air to snag the ball and then caught the ball and the glove. When he turned to see his dad’s reaction he was on his feet clapping, but when he saw his son look at him he began to pretend he was swatting mosquitos. The batter was called for the third out. Jim Jr. ran back to the bench and stood next to his dad who just stood there in silence and finally said, “I saw a man in Superior, Wisconsin do that a long time ago. But he did it at night and the ball was hit a lot harder!” Webster defines discourage as, “To deprive of courage or confidence; to dishearten; to hinder by disfavoring; to attempt to dissuade.” There is no place in discipleship for discouragement. Hebrews 10:191-24 spells out our responsibilities as believers to one another and the passage ends by telling us to, “Consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” DISCIPLESHIP!

Pastor Ron