Persecution and Christianity

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for, in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~ Matthew 15:11-12 If you’ve looked around you in the past few months, you will …

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How Do We Use Our Gifts?

A few sermon series ago, Pastor Mike was talking about spiritual gifts. As a theme verse, he used 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, which says: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the …

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New Year New Me with God’s Help

On behalf of everyone who survived the year 2020, let me be first to say, welcome to 2021. We made it y’all! As we go into the month of January, we focus on an age-old tradition that happens around this time (no, I’m not talking about the college football playoff). I’m talking about making resolutions. Yes, that tradition that everyone …

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Like many high school and college students, I have been on “ an extended summer break” since the middle of March when school transitioned online. While I was technically still in school I was still on “summer break”! I’m just waiting for my Uncle Joel to say, “GET A JOB!” (actually, now that I’m back in school, he would just …

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It’s Gonna Be Okay

I think it’s safe to say that we are all struggling during these times. With all the negativity from the media stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and all the other bad things going on in the world, it eventually starts to sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoons (i.e. blah-blah-blah-blah). It gets so annoying that it makes you …

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Using The Message vs The NIV

For as long as I can remember, the version of the Bible that I grew up on was the New International Version, or NIV, and it’s the version we all have grown accustomed to asmembers of Hillside. However, as I got older, I wanted a simpler version. So, on myhandy-dandy Bible App that I use, I discovered “The Message”, so …

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