Archive for May, 2012

God Loves You!

How long has it been since you stopped and just thought about how much God loves you?  We get so busy and I guess we know deep down inside that God loves us.  But the pressures of the fast-paced rat race that is your life causes the realization that you are loved to slowly fade.  It begins with moving from a deep understanding of God’s unconditional love for you to a good feeling that God might just actually care about you.  From there it creeps into a general acknowledgement that God loves everyone.

Before long, the pressures of life weigh us down to the point that self-pity permeates all that we are and we forget that God truly loves us.  We take on the attitude of, “If God really loved me, I wouldn’t be going through . . .”  And so we no longer feel God’s love not because it is no longer there but because we have allowed our focus to shift.

Take some time today to remember that God loves you.  Regardless of what you may be experiencing in the moment you are reading this – God loves you – you are valuable and worthy.  God loves you enough to know and care about you personally – to the point that Jesus came to show you just how deep and lasting God’s love is for you.

God loves you – you are truly blessed!

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Yesterday, I asked for input from those under 60.  I asked them for some thoughts on how older generations have impacted them.  I asked for their input to help inform my sermon this week on leaving a legacy.  Sunday is senior adult Sunday and we plan on structuring the service to recognize our senior generations.

So today, it is the over 60 crowd that I ask for input.

If you could instill one or two nuggets of truth in the younger generations, what would they be?  

Give it some thought and leave me a comment here or email me at bhill33@me.com.

The reality is that in many ways, we are experiencing a leadership void and we need to focus on pouring into the younger generations.

So how would you do that?

I look forward to reading your wisdom!

Be blessed today!

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This coming Sunday will be Senior Adult day at our church.  We will have a different structure to the service and everything will be pointed toward recognizing our older generations.

I will be preaching on the importance of leaving a legacy.  I plan on addressing both the senior crowd and the younger crowd.

If you are over 60, I’ll be asking for your input tomorrow but for today, if you are younger than 60 years old, I need your help.  If you are like me, there are many, many people who have played an integral part in your life.  Take some time today to think about those folks.

As you think about the generations ahead of you, who has made an impact on your life and how have they been able to affect you in such strong ways?

Just leave your comment here or email me at bhill33@me.com.

I look forward to reading your comments – they just might show up on Sunday.

Be blessed today!

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Some things are just obsolete these days.  I still have some vinyl albums but no way to play them.  They sit on a shelf next to some old 8 track tapes.

When is the last time you had an encyclopedia salesperson ring your doorbell?  Some of you may not even realize that families used to make huge investments by purchasing their very own set of encyclopedias and it was usually due to a slick salesperson who called on them at home.  But in March of this year, the Encyclopedia Britannica announced that they would no longer be offering their product in printed form – bringing to an end a history of 15 editions of their volumes of information.

So now, if you own a set of encyclopedias, you may be wondering what to do with them – other than dust them occasionally.  I really don’t have an answer for you.  Anything you need to know is accessible through the internet and will be much more current than a book that was printed five years ago.

So yes, somethings do become obsolete.  But I am thankful that one thing still remains just as relevant and fresh as the day it was penned.  Yes, the Bible has undergone translations and those translations have had revisions, but the story and truth within has remained the same.

In a world where little is guaranteed, thank you God that your truth never changes!

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