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June  2017

 

 

 “JUST THE FACTS”

 

I’ve been giving a lot of thought, lately, to the Bible passage concerning how things will be when we finally reach the “end of days”.  I’m not going to give you any remembrances of the past this month, just a truthful examination of what we can expect in the near future.  The intent of this article is not to scare or intimidate any of you into submission to God, but to inform you about what the Word of God has to say concerning what we’re experiencing in our day and time.

 In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the apostle, Paul says: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!”  Does this passage of scripture, in essence, capture the way in which many people conduct themselves in our day and age?  You bet it does!  What does Paul say about what our reaction should be to these people? That’s right, we’re to turn away.

 It’s easy to overlook what the world is doing; we can look away and say, “It’s really none of my business what my neighbor says or does.’  ‘As long as he or she is not hurting anyone, it’s none of my affair.”  However, the reality is that we must stand for Jesus and God’s Word, making sure that we give an account of our faith.  Paul goes on to say, in verses 10-12:  “But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured.  And out of them all the Lord delivered me.  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  We’ve already seen and heard about Christians, all over the world, suffering verbal abuse, prosecution, persecution at the hands of neighbors and former friends, loss of jobs, homes and, ultimately their lives, just because of their strong faith in Jesus Christ.

We Christians are clearly being singled out for not participating in the world’s headlong plunge into darkness.  We’ve been called a lot of nasty things from many quarters lately, all with the intent that we understand that society has passed us by and we’re irrelevant in the modern world.  In one respect it’s kind of refreshing to know exactly where we stand, without having to wonder whether we’re accepted or just being tolerated.  Unless you’ve been asleep, like Rip Van Winkle, for the past 20 years, there’s no denying that, in the United States of America, “one nation, under God” is no longer in vogue.  We are now living in a “post Christian” country.

 Does that mean we roll up our tent and go home?  Not yet!  While we still have the opportunity, we must seize the moment and preach the Gospel.  In 2 Timothy 3:13-4:2, Paul tells us what is expected of us:  “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.’  ‘But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to  make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.”

 There is no greater burden on my heart right now than to see family, friends, neighbors and people I haven’t even met yet, come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Without Him, there is no hope for eternity.  Jesus told His disciples (and us), in Matthew 24:4-6 & 13-14, “…Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.’ ‘And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

 This article is primarily God’s word, as it should be.  Since God said it, I believe it and that settles it.  This world may scare you, but Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.  It may not be an easy journey, but our heavenly home is in sight and Jesus is waiting with open arms to welcome us.  What a day of rejoicing that will be!

                                                                                                Pastor Rod

 

          

Did You Know?...

May 2017 

  

DID YOU KNOW…?  
 
 
The month of May began with our Evangel Home BLT (bite of lunch & private tour) which was enjoyed by eight ladies from Hilltop Chapel and Pastor Rod.  Those attending were able to experience first-hand what a powerful and worthwhile cause this outreach ministry really is.  Gerre Brenneman and her staff of former graduates provide shelter and Christian guidance for homeless and abused women and children, and help them turn their lives around.  They are truly worthy of our prayers and support … This year’s National Day of Prayer Service was held on May 4 at the Bear Mountain Activity Center.  What a blessed day to see the many faithful followers of the gospel come out to provide prayer for our nation … Local families gathered early at the Pinehurst Chamber of Commerce building to treat their mothers to a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast prepared and served by talented ‘chefs’ … Our Mothers’ Day worship service was attended by ladies adorned with their orchid corsages, provided by Mike Gage, in support of ‘Right To Life of Central California’, a way to say “Thanks, Mom, for Life.”  Three lucky ladies won special gift cards provided by Helping Hands in a special drawing.   Congratulations to Elaine Obosky, Darlene Kenaston and Wendy Ahumada …  The AWANA club members gathered for their final Celebration Night for this school year, with many thanks to the volunteer helpers for months of tireless efforts bringing the gospel to the local children … During our Memorial Day Sunday Worship Service, we honored our fallen heroes from all branches of the military.  Those in the pews who had served were given a special honor … The Memorial Day Commemoration Service held at the Squaw Valley Cemetery was well attended by those who came to pay their respects and honor the fallen heroes who fought and died for our freedoms.   Thanks to the American Legion Post 621 for all their hard work and efforts.  Remember to please take the time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting for us … It has been a memorable month for Pastor Rod and Lesley Davison.  They celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday the 21st, and then began planning a 2-week trip back east for graduations and visiting with family.  We wish them well and look forward to their safe return … Our local residents may have noticed the return of our Hilltop Chapel Church Sign out front near Dunlap Road.  It had been missing for some time, but the guys at Miramonte Conservation Camp worked long and hard to repaint the sign and make it better than new.  They deserve our praise.  Even the frame for the sign is new and much sturdier.  Many thanks to Jack German and our trustees, especially Jon Lovewell …  If you were in our Fellowship Hall recently, you may have noticed a great picture of our Teen Mountain Ministry group from their participation in Color Me Rad.  If you haven’t noticed it, check it out … A very special congratulations to Vincent Bruno for attaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno State University, and he will pursue his Master’s Degree at Fresno Pacific University.  We are all so proud of him … Favorite Hymns for clock watchers:  “Moment by Moment”   Favorite hymns for hikers:  “Go Tell it on the Mountain” … All of your days have already been written in God’s book.  When you go through a disappointment, don’t stop on that page.  Stay the course.  Keep believing.  You may be tired, discouraged and frustrated, but don’t give up on your future.  Our God is faithful.  
 

 

 

UPCOMING  EVENTS

 
 
June 11 SUN 11:00 AM Guest Speaker—We welcome a new messenger of God’s word, this
                                         morning.  Russell Crose is well known to many of you and a little less
                                          known to others.  He has a heart for Jesus, a hunger for the Word and
                                         a desire to share it with others.  Please, give him a warm welcome and
                                         encourage him with your kind attention.
  
June 17 SAT 8:00 AM  Men’s Breakfast & Fellowship—The men of the church will be sharing
                                       a hearty breakfast, telling tall tales, singing (always a treat) and taking a
                                       few minutes to read and discuss something from God’s word.  It’s good
                                       for men to join together in Christian fellowship.  Come join us!
 
     10:00 AM Ladies’ Craft Day—Our group is growing larger and lots of good crafting
                                        is getting done, so come on out and join the fun (that actually rhymes)!
  
June 22 THU 7:00 PM Deacons’ & Deaconesses’ Meeting—The Deacons & Deaconesses have
                                       really been busy with myriad issues facing different members of our
                                       congregation.  Some challenges are complex, some simple, but the good
                                       of each individual involved is always the primary concern.  Prayer is our
                                       main avenue of choice in all situations and your prayers on our behalf
                                       are greatly appreciated.
 
Supper & A Movie        June & July will be months off for our monthly movie presentations.
                                      We’re gearing up for some excellent Christian films starting in
                                      August, so put Aug. 27th on your calendars and we’ll look forward to
                                       seeing you at 5:30 PM, (Miramonte Mountain Time).
 
MISSIONS MOMENT It’s amazing to think of the literally thousands of missions groups that
                                        support missionaries around the world.  Our mission outreaches have
                                        been consistently amazed by the faithfulness in giving by our “little”
                                        congregation over the years.  Your generosity enables these groups to
                                         continue implement programs that reach countless lives, all over the
                                        globe, with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Pray earnestly that many lives
                                         will be brought into the “family of God” in 2017.

 

For further details, please call Hilltop Chapel at (559) 336-2454.

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