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"Don't Try This at Home"

  During our most recent sermon @andrewbluepiano tweeted, "Shoulda started this sermon with 'Do not try this at home' #hcpreach." Haha, he was probably right. I (Pastor Mike) actually got lost but I heard my good buddy Aaron the High Priest of the Israelites showed up to explain to everyone what the sacrificial system (as seen in Leviticus chapters 1-7) is all about....

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Hang In There

The Bible is the paramount written record of God's faithfulness. From Genesis to Revelation, the pages contain the stories of real people, their trials and their triumphs, their difficulties and their deliverance, and, through it all, their prayers and God's promises. Just read, and re-read, the 11th chapter of Hebrews, which is often refered to as the Faithful Hall of F...

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Holiness: God & Us

It was good to be back with everyone! Yesterday we talked about the last 1/2 of the book of Exodus. We focused on the following points: God's Holiness in Exodus 19; God's laws for Holiness in Exodus 20; Israel's unholiness in Exodus 32 and God's Holy-Love in Exodus 34. We learned that since God is Holy we should never approach Him casually. But because of what Chr...

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BEREA

CAMP BEREA WAS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEE! All together we were 15 strong - 9 men and 6 women. What a blast! We loved the worship band (ATTABOY), we learned a lot from the speaker, and we had way too much to do with the time we had - tubing, dominion, paintball, photo contest, basketball, volleyball, bouncy-ball competition, tuggle-war competition, etc. etc. etc. We didn't slee...

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God vs. gods

Yesterday we covered the first half of the book of Exodus. We focused on the story of Moses, the significance of the plagues and the reason Passover became the most important festival for the nation of Israel. It was great to hear from the students in the beginning of the service and also at the end during the Q&A time. We love our students and we want to make sure the...

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Your Responses to the Joseph Story

Below were your responses from Twitter as I was preaching on Sunday, including the pics you tweeted! Nothing needs to be added by me. I love how you all pick out stuff I never even noticed... you are such a fun congregation to preach to. I hope you enjoy seeing all the tweets together like this, I know I did!  The following tweets (many of which were "favorited" by o...

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Abraham Part II

  I was so encouraged at the end of our service when all of you were praising God for what God has done in your own lives. Each of us has our own story of how God has changed our name, our identity. What a witness to the power of God in the lives of His people! I felt so blessed to worship together with you in that way. It's so true...The story of Abraham is chock-fu...

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Marriage - God's Laboratory

     During my sabbatical I am working through a course from Gordon-Conwell Seminary on marriage counseling. As I proceed through the reading I am once again in awe of God's love, wisdom and care for His people. I want to share with your from a book called Marriage Made in Eden, by Mathews and Hubbard.      Since we have Valentine's Day to ce...

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Abram's Call Q&A

Yesterday we moved into a new stage of Biblical history. Last week we finished Creation (Genesis 1-11) and for the month of February we will be talking about the time of Abraham (Genesis 12-50). On Sunday, I focused on two passages in specific: Genesis 12:1-3 and Genesis 22. We focused on the difficulty of Abram's call. We realized that although every person's story is u...

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Dad, how do I know that God is real?

While washing dishes last night, my youngest son looked over at me and asked, "Dad, how do I know that God is real?" He went on to explain that lately, with all this talk about Genesis going on at Holden Chapel, he keeps fighting the thought that this might all just be "made up".  To be honest, I was not expecting such a deep question from an 11 year old. I was unpre...

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