Video Devo’s: Ephesians 1:7-8

Forgiveness because of Redemption because of Blood because of Grace. Today we’re diving into verses 7 and 8 of the first chapter of Ephesians. We’ll learn why Paul can say in Romans that there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.

Video Devo’s: Ephesians 1:5-6

Have you ever thought about how big of a deal it actually is that we are called “children” of God? Or how major it is that we call the God of all creation “Father”? That’s the subject in this video as we explore just how amazing our adoption into the family of God is.

Video Devo’s: Ephesians 1:3-4

There’s no way to comprehend that the God of the universe would choose to set his love on us at all, let alone that he would do so before the foundation of the world. And this is completely accomplished for those who love Him, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because now,…

Video Devo’s: Ephesians 1:1-2

Brief introduction to the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesian church. Through this book, Paul reminds the reader of who they were before Jesus, he reminds them of who God has made them through Christ, and then he spend the last three chapters teaching them the implications of who they are now.

On Church Membership

If someone joins a church as a member they are formally submitting to the authority of that church and agreeing to participate in that authority as well. In so doing they are inviting the leadership and the other members of that church to watch them; to guard their hearts. They are saying, “if you see me stray from the faith, tell me and I’ll do the same for you”.

Thanks be to God

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, The Holy Bible: Elglish Standard Version. (2016). (Eph 1:3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. Donna and I have a Dodge Grand Caravan that she uses as her daily driver to…

Simeon’s Adoration of the King

Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Adoration of Jesus Christ Simeon was a “righteous and devout” man who was in Jerusalem. We know he was both righteous and devout because  the scripture says plainly so. However, we also know he was righteous and devout because the text speaks of the Holy Spirit being “upon” him. It says…

Baptismal Identity

It’s an exciting time at Hillside Baptist Church right now. This year (2018) we’ve been introducing and planting seeds and cultivating three areas of our culture in which we believe God wants us to focus and grow. Firstly, we’re working toward deepening and fostering a culture of prayer. We want to be a church that…

The Sex Talk

So there I was in our kitchen having just gotten home from work after a day riddled with email and issues to fix, when my loving wife communicated to me that our oldest son, whose 9, was starring at the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. They’d stopped at a gas station to…

Delivered from Distress

Psalm 107 “Oh give thanks to the LORD for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” You’re servant says in the 107th Psalm. Father, you are good indeed. Despite your unfathomed holiness and rightness, your love for me is steadfast and continuing day by day. I will never understand it, no one will….