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If I stand in the middle of our church parking lot, on a beautiful night, like the one we just had last night – the sun is setting, the cicadas are singing, there is a breeze in the air – and I manage to stop long enough – to not dive into my car and…

Blessing of the Animals

Guest Blogger: Ronda Welander “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”  –  Francis of Assisi Thomas of Celano was a member of Francis of Assisi’s  religious order and he knew him personally….

Back to school at HPC

Guest blogger: Lindsey Douglas It is a special time of year… a time of new beginnings for children starting back to a new school year. There are a significant number of children that aren’t having the feeling of anticipation and excitement of a new school year. Perhaps they are anxious about not having the teacher…

Worried Work and Real Rest

For me, one of the most important parts of my days is the time before anyone else in my house is awake, that I spend in the dark and quiet, journaling prayers to God. Just to be clear, these aren’t fancy formulated prayers – some days God even gets my to do lists before I…

Living Anointed

1    The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;  2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor, and the…

Inheritance of Grace

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, …

The Lord’s Healing Work

1Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—  3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,  4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love…

The Same Mind

1  If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,  2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard…

The Lord, Our King

you anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.  Psalm 23:5b Spend time with this memory verse today. How have you experienced God’s anointing – God’s choosing in your life? How are those experiences linked to the image the Psalmist paints of a cup full to overflowing? If you are local, join us for worship today….

Anointed

9   But he says to his Son,  God, your throne is forever  and your kingdom’s scepter is a rod of justice.  9 You loved righteousness and hated lawless behavior.  That is why God, your God,  has anointed you with oil instead of your companions.e Hebrews 1:8-9 In worship tomorrow, we will consider the “anointing” of…

Humble Yourself

5    In the same way, I urge you who are younger: accept the authority of the elders. And everyone, clothe yourselves with humility toward each other. God stands against the proud, but he gives favor to the humble.  6    Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in…

The Fruit of Righteousness

17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the outcome of righteousness, calm and security forever.  18 Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places.  19 Even if the forest fallss and the humbled city is laid low,  20 those who sow beside any stream will…