The Heart of Discipleship

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When the topic of discipleship comes up one of the most common questions I hear is, “How do I disciple someone?” There’s an endless list of excellent books and resources discussing this question. There are programs in churches and para-church organizations that are making a huge impact on raising the value of discipleship. I am a huge advocate for growing …

God is Willing

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“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know [recognize, be deeply acquainted with appreciate, give heed to, and cherish] the Lord.” HOSEA 2:19-20 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE)   The sincerest …

From The Lips of Children – The Garza Family

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 From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, to silence the enemy and avenger. PSALM 8:2   At Hillside, we want not only to witness and acknowledge the miraculous changes God orchestrates in His church, but to also celebrate them! Every time He moves, there is cause to bring the Glory back to Him, and we are so blessed to …

Looking Back at VBS

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We’re all coming down off of an amazingly successful week of Vacation Bible School here at Hillside. God answered so many prayers in so many ways during VBS and we wanted to share all of the incredible work that God did through our children, volunteers, and teachers.  One of the coolest things to witness was kids getting genuinely excited about …

God is All-Powerful

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Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. PSALM 115:3 ESV   You might think the most comforting, important truth about God is that He loves us. He loves me! And I agree with you, except for one thing: it wouldn’t be such a big deal if a weak, limited God loved me. It is His …

The “Easier Said than Done.”

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“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” MARK 10:45 We have been studying through the Gospel of Mark for nearly 5 months now here on Sunday mornings at Hillside, and many community groups are diving in deeper on a weekly basis in Mark’s account …

God is Present in His Word

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God indwells His Word. God’s word established the foundations of the world, came among us to redeem all flesh, and is here now bringing life to those who were once dead in sin. God’s word convicts the wicked, making blind men see and in a mysterious way that passes all understanding, revives our souls in trial and gives us everything we …

God is Present in Believers

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One of the great mysteries of Heaven is this: that God, the Creator of all things, has come to be among His own, and like the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel throughout the wilderness, He dwells among His own. Not among nations, but within His people! The spirit of God, promised by God the Son and …

God’s Wisdom in the Church

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“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 God is working big things with little shifts of my heart. I liken it to the way a slight turn of a small rudder puts a large vessel on a truer course. He’s turning me from regarding self to seeing another, from defending self to considering another, from trusting self …

Letter from Dave Schaffer : Conversations in Proverbs

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I am genuinely excited about gathering Wednesday evening with a group of people who are seeking to submit themselves under the authority of God’s word to be transformed more and more into the image of Jesus.  I am convinced that spiritual growth, or discipleship, is a community effort.  No one can do that alone.  We need each other to point …