Pastor’s Letter: Easter 2019

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Hillside Family, As we look forward to celebrating Easter with you on April 21, we remember the purpose and the centrality of the truth that we celebrate. God’s grand story of redemption, through his Son’s victory over sin and death rests at the center of what we call the gospel. At Hillside, we wholeheartedly believe that Jesus changes everything and everyone. We …

Jesus is… the Light of the World

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Jesus refers to Himself as, “the Light of the world” in John 8:12, this is one of only three times the phrase is used in the new testament by Jesus. In Matthew 4:12-17 the author quotes Isaiah who prophesied about the coming Light: “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light.” Jesus is the promised and prophesied …

“Gospelize”

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If you’ve read the Hillside values, you know that we believe in evangelism and discipleship as core values. Sharing the Gospel and investing in those that respond to it. It’s the calling of every believer – even the young one. At NextGen (our student ministry) we hold the same values, we just combine them into one word – “Gospelize”. It’s our heart that each NextGen student “gospelizes” …

THE GREAT COMMISSION

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HOWDY, HILLSIDE! Earlier in February, we completed the annual Church Series in our Sunday gatherings. It greatly encourages me to be reminded of who Jesus has called Hillside to be and what Jesus has called us to do. If you are new to Hillside or desire to get more connected to the community of Hillside, then prayerfully consider one or …

BREAD OF LIFE

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In the Old Testament, bread played an important role in Israel’s worship of God. The Bread of the Presence in the temple symbolized the covenant between God and His people, and the twelve loaves (one for each tribe) was a constant reminder that God sustained Israel, just as He had sustained them in the wilderness with heavenly manna. Jesus, born …

MESSIAH

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In the Old Testament, Messiah means “anointed one” and “anointed” means one set apart for a special mission. The New Testament name used for Messiah is Christ. Jesus is the promised Messiah, God’s Anointed One, who came to deliver His people from sin and death. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day weren’t expecting a humble, suffering, servant Messiah. They wanted a …

The Joy of Christ

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PHILIPPIANS 2 Have you ever found yourself wrestling through the aftermath of a painful conversation with a loved one? If reconciliation occurred, how did you achieve it? I would guess it wasn’t by sticking to your guns. When we look to Christ and see how He lived out humility, thinking not of himself but of us and our salvation, we …

God is Blessed

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” EPHESIANS 1:3   God our Father is overflowing in blessings – so much so that He can’t help but pour out His blessings on us, His children. In Ephesians 1:3 Paul uses a form of …

God is Sovereign in Eternity

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Jude 1:24-25 + Revelation 21-22 To gain some perspective on the sovereignty of God in eternity, just look at some of the descriptions of God and Jesus that John recorded at the end of Revelation: God will make a new heaven and earth. God Himself will dwell with man. He will wipe all hardship from mankind. There will be no …

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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I enjoy Butterfinger candy bars, I have for as long as I can remember.  I enjoy reading the wrapper as I eat the delicious treat.  I enjoy the confidence which is instilled in me as I see ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ printed on the wrapper of the Butterfinger.  I have always eaten them with a deep confidence that I will be satisfied …