Like the old saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20.” It’s easy to see how one thing leads to another when you’re looking back. But as you’re going through it, we usually have to walk by faith and not by sight–certainly not 20/20 vision sight. So it’s remarkable to look back on years of happenings and experiences, and be able to trace an amazing connection from one to the other that led to more and more unexpected blessings. Like a series of fortunate events you didn’t even know was happening. All we can do is take things day-by-day and try to live our best…
We are very blessed to live in a free country, where we are free to worship without fear for our lives. But what if we didn’t? What if we lived in a country where religious minorities suffered abuse and persecution? Most people would just worry about surviving. But is there any way to have an active, effective witness for the love of Christ amidst such hostility? (Hint: YES!)
The truth of Genesis 1:27 is that we are made “in the image of God.” We forget that sometimes, so it’s good to remind ourselves: we are made in the image of God. (Even early on a Monday morning, if you can believe it.) What we forget even more often, and in fact rarely ever think about at all, is that everybody else is made in the image of God too. So what difference should that make? Well, a lot, actually.
If you’re like me, you spend time and maybe even worry trying to figure out what God’s will is. What is God’s will for my life, my family, my church, etc.? Anybody who wants to make their life better–whether in general or in the midst of bad consequences–has probably wrestled with that question. Just what is God’s will?? Well, we shouldn’t really have to ask what it is, because it’s easy to find out. We should just ask how to do it better.
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed Legos. Many hours were spent on the floor combing through piles of pieces, hunting for the exact shape and shade I needed to complete the next step in assembling whatever spaceship or castle I was constructing that day. Then, when completed, the playing began as my imagination […]
Even though it’s already printed here in the newsletter, I want to repeat the church’s newly-crafted mission statement: The mission of Hickory Rock is to show our love for God through worship, prayer, service, and fellowship, as we proclaim God’s love for all people, encouraging them to grow in the hope, peace, and joy of […]
Something really important happened last week in the life of the church: we formulated a mission statement for our congregation. It’s one sentence of what we believe God wants us to be and do. So how do we apply it?
You never know when God’s Holy Spirit will move. You never know who it will move through. It might be the person you least expect in a place you’d least expect.. But surely not the checkout line at the grocery store, right?
There’s a new book out called Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. It examines why average church attendance in America has been continually dropping for decades. So what can we do about it? Should it bother us? And how can we make our church one that is alive with the Holy Spirit?
I totally agree: In a time of extraordinary transformation, small churches are a resource and a gift to the wider church. They are the ones best-prepared to enter the way of revitalization and renewal, and to report back to those who will follow. That quote comes from this article, which also says that “small churches […]
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