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Worship, Idols, and Solutions to All Our Moral Problems

Wow! We had a lot of great comments on twitter (hashtag #HCPreach) as we were preaching this past Sunday and we weren't able to address all the questions in our Q&A time. So below I've addressed a few more questions and included some of the information that I prepared for the sermon, but never ended up preaching! Feel free to keep talking about this. We love to hear ho...

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Dealing with Normality, Psychics and Ouija Boards, Oh My!

  In our sermon yesterday we discussed the span of the Israelite United Monarchy (1050-930BC). This is when Saul reigned as King, then David reigned, then Solomon reigned. We found out Saul (Wolverine), David (Lion, Elvis or James Bond?) and Solomon (N.T. Wright + Donald Trump) all failed in the quest of "being IN the world but not OF the world." At some point, they ...

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Naomi, Ruth and Boaz - A Story of HESED love

Yesterday at Church we focused on the book of Ruth. We saw HESED love (the love that takes commitments seriously) through the examples of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Since we live in a post-commital society this story is almost shocking to us. The levels of commitment and servanthood exhibited in those few chapters of Ruth serve to show us examples of the sort of love God has ...

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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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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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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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Knowing the Important Stuff about Noah

Yesterday we began our sermon by watching the trailer for Noah which is coming out in a few months (Russell Crowe is Noah...how much cooler does it get?!!!). You can see it here. We then spent our time in the sermon focusing on the stuff that is most important in that story so that when everyone is talking about the movie, we can be prepared to know what we want to say t...

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Week One of Walking in God's Word

Week one of  "Walking in God's Word" has been really exciting! I have heard so many people processing Genesis 1 as they meet together by the fireplace in the community room, in the hallways by the One Page Bible, on the couches in the Welcome Center and in the office area. It truly is so encouraging to me, your pastor, to see such enthusiasm and interest! I have been ...

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