Jul 20, 2017
I suspect that most of you have heard the common phrase, “The only things in life that are certain are death and taxes.” Today, I would like to add a third certainty to the list that you can count on: CHANGE! When you hear the mention of change, what emotions are trigged in you? What is it about change for you that is often so difficult and at times uncomfortable? When things are alive, they change. It is a natural order of life. I would encourage you today to consider that it’s not the change that causes us the upset, rather it is the transition. Let’s spend a few minutes today reflecting on the word “transition” and adopt 3 important mantras to help us embrace change and welcome it with a new level of confidence and enthusiasm.
Jul 13, 2017
I recently overheard the following conversation: “If you were asked the question, ‘Who would you like to meet and interview someday,’ who might you choose?” The most likely responses people would have are a president, sports figure or a noted humanitarian. Interviewing God would not be a name that would appear on most peoples’ “short list.” But for the sake of our story today, let’s assume you were given the most incredible fifteen minutes of your life – an interview of God. As we all know, God is pretty busy these days so the only thing He requested is we keep the interview to only three questions.
Jul 10, 2017
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13 Your time and talents are gifts and HCL has many opportunities for you to use your gifts to serve God's people in different ways. Making a difference in the world for Christ can start right where you are! Whatever your availability and interests are, finding opportunities that speak to you are great ways to get connected, pitch in and make a difference. We simply could not do what we do without our volunteers. We have some great opportunities available right now, so if God has been calling you to serve, consider these wonderful ways to give back.
Jul 06, 2017
The other day, I was in a terrible jam. My car had broken down and, with all my family committed to their day jobs, I needed to make one of those “life line” phone calls. I quickly went to the favorites section of my cell phone and dialed up Jim. Before the phone rang twice, Jim answered with words not expected, but oh did I need to hear them at that moment: “Hey Paul, the answer is always YES even before you ask for help or tell me what you need.” Jim was serious and within fifteen minutes he had picked me up and taken me to the car dealer. Crisis averted. This idea of freely saying yes got me thinking about our Heavenly Father and wondering how often in life we allow doubt and fear to take hold, having us unwilling to say yes to His requests. Here are 3 steps to work more “yes” into your daily life.
Jul 05, 2017
You can save lives in only a few minutes of your time! There is such a need for donated blood. According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every 2 seconds! Giving blood is a truly impactful way to make a difference in the world for Christ, so what are you waiting for? Sign up for HCL's Summer Blood Drive on Monday, July 17th from 2:30-6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.