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Hillyard Weekly


February 7, 2018


As we end our venture into understanding servanthood this week the real job is still ahead. Knowing what servanthood is, what it requires and even knowing the pitfalls and problems with being a servant only helps us see the unending need to serve. We all need to, we all can, and as we serve we will all gain so much more from being obedient than we will invest. Remember Everett Hale’s statement: “I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something. Because I cannot do everything I will not, Refuse to do something that I can do!” Couple that kind of “will do” and “can do” attitude along with the faithful promises of God and what we have is a formula for change in our lives. With Jesus as our example, He came “to serve not to be served,” (Mark 10:45) we too can become servants more interested in serving than being served. The promises of our faithful God-He makes the promises of reward for service. These rewards will be given on His timetable but they will be given. We may not see these rewards soon but we will see them. All acts of servanthood will be remembered by God. The size is not the issue. The issue is that word “attitude.” He looks at our heart and the love that may or may not be behind the service. As we reach out to serve others it will become evident to us that we are modeling the life of Christ to a world that is starving for that model. Servanthood like so many other worthwhile adventures in life requires thoughtful, consistent and disciplined work! Sooooooo…don’t give up. Stay focused. Find the areas of service God has for you and do it. Carry on for Him!

Pastor Ron for the Team


February 14, 2018


The political climate in our culture today has us seemingly choosing leaders on a constant schedule, people running for local, state and national positions. If that were not enough we sometimes take years to accept the vote when some are elected. In God’s economy, however, He chooses who will lead and how they will lead if they are willing to follow Him. The surprising fact about who God chooses is that they are not usually the ones other men would choose. 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5 bears this fact out. (from the Phillips Translation) “For look at your own calling as Christians, my brothers. You don’t see among you many of the wise (according to this world’s judgment) nor many of the ruling class, nor many from the noblest families. But God has chosen what the world calls foolish to shame the wise; he has chosen what the world calls weak to shame the strong. He has chosen things of little strength and small repute, yes and even things which have no real existence to explode the pretensions of the things that are—that no man may boast in the presence of God. Yet from this same God you have received your standing in Jesus Christ, and he has become for us the true wisdom, a matter, in practice, of being made righteous and holy, in fact, of being redeemed. And this makes us see the truth of scripture: ‘He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. In the same way, my brothers, when I came to proclaim to you God’s secret purpose, I did not come equipped with any brilliance of speech or intellect. You may as well know now that it was my secret determination to concentrate entirely on Jesus Christ himself and the fact of his death upon the cross. As a matter of fact, in myself I was feeling far from strong; I was nervous and rather shaky. What I said and preached had none of the attractiveness of the clever mind, but it was a demonstration of the power of the Spirit! Plainly God’s purpose was that your faith should not rest upon man’s cleverness but upon the power of God.” This scripture confirms what we learned from Jeremiah 1, that It is God’s normal practice to choose those whom man perceives as unlikely candidates to perform the tasks of ministry. In doing so the Lord discourages His people from being paralyzed by their weaknesses and encourages them to depend on Him for the resources they need to accomplish their appointed jobs. Do you feel inadequate to do what God has called you to do? Do people put you down or fail to take you seriously because of your inexperience? Are you beginning to question your usefulness to the Lord? If that is so, be happy. If you are where God wants you, doing His work, keep on keeping on! The Lord will stand by you and reward you for your loyalty to Him.

Pastor Ron for the Team


February 20, 2018


There is probably no more effective teaching tool than experience. It is, of course, not the most efficient method of learning but it certainly can be the method that garners our undivided attention the best. The best and most authentic pizza is built on the best crust which is made from the best dough. This dough goes through some very trying times of abuse before it is ready to receive the ingredients of the pizza. It is slammed down on the counter, spun in the air, wadded up again and worked over with a rolling pin. Final spinning completed the dough is ready to be crust, crust with the experience necessary for the best taste. The same is true of the Christian life. The best understanding of how to live through life’s battles comes from having lived through life’s battles. Paul had this in mind when he wrote to Titus, “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, love and perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to too much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands so that the Word of God may not be dishonored.” (Titus 2:2-5) Summary-older people can have a dynamic and exciting ministry just by living Godly lives! What a great need we have today for just that. What better way to encourage our youth that the Christian life is worth living for your whole life. It is possible to finish life well, doing the will of our God. This is what older Christians can teach the younger ones. The older we get the easier it is to see that Jesus is the only thing that will not fail.

Pastor Ron for the Team


February 28, 2018


Freedom is a most intriguing concept. It, like diamonds, has many facets; many meanings; many applications. As Christians, those who have received forgiveness for sin from the finished work of Christ, we are told we have freedom. But, what does that really mean in terms of day to day life in the here and now? Well, Webster tells us that freedom means, “The state of being free or at liberty from confinement or physical restraint.” We are not tied or locked down. Webster also states, “Freedom is the power to determine action without restraint.” Being free gives us the ability to make choices. Paul referenced that choice in Galatians 5:1, ”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Author and speaker, Tony Campolo, who is sort of a “tell-it-like-it-is” speaker gives this story that relates to freedom: Every Sunday, the ducks in a certain town waddle out of their houses down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible. He reads to them: “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fences can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings, and you can fly like birds!” All the ducks shout, “Amen!” And then they all waddle home. That can certainly be like us. We have the ability to “soar” yet we are willing to “waddle.” When challenged we give a hearty amen and continue to waddle. That is not freedom. Oh yes, they are not locked up, their waddle allows them movement. But they are not living up to the potential God has for them and for us as well. Freedom in Christ gives us the distinct position of being “heirs,” recipients of the grace given by God that we might enjoy life free from being entrapped by sin and free to be open and helpful, encouraging to those who are entrapped. Don’t get sidetracked with rules and lists of behavior, expectations of those who live under laws of their own making. No soar, preferably like eagles, but even if it is only like a duck, still soaring free, is soaring when it is God’s grace under our wings.

Pastor Ron for the Team