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    • Aug14Wed

      Jesus, Help Me

      August 14, 2019

      Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach recognized early on in his career the need for God’s help ?  Bach was a German composer and musician and composed many famous pieces.  I love one of his quotes: “It’s easy to play ANY musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the...

    • Aug1Thu

      Human Resources are Key!

      August 1, 2019

      When I did my doctoral project I focused on the 8 components in every church: worship, instruction, fellowship, expression, communication, finances, human resources and buildings .

      Human resources are key!   Both paid staff and volunteers are vital to every church.  We are blessed here at HLBC.  I realize this year is a time of...

    • Jul25Thu

      The World is Coming to Us

      July 25, 2019

      When I was young (many years ago) I was taught that the mission field was a long long distance away – places like Africa, India, China etc.  The world has changed and now the mission field is RIGHT HERE!   Oh, there is still a need for people like Gerry & Barb Normand to show the love of Jesus Christ to people in...

    • Jul10Wed

      Stronger Together

      July 10, 2019

      “The huge redwood trees in California are considered the largest things on earth and the tallest trees in the world.  Some of them are three hundred feet high and over 2,500 years old.   One would think that trees so large would have a tremendous root system reaching down hundreds of feet into the earth.

      The redwoods actually...

    • Jul4Thu

      God's Goodness

      July 4, 2019

      Our guest speaker at this year’s assembly (our Baptist convention) which met June 13-15, was Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah. He focused on the connection between lament and justice. And in one of his talks he referenced Psalm 78. I re-read this great psalm and was touched again by the first 8 verses. The Psalmist is reminding the people of Israel...

    • May21Tue

      What's happening in June?

      May 21, 2019
      Special Report Meeting of Members
      June 2nd  at 6:30pm
      We will consider events of the past year (Annual Reports), 
      plans for the coming year, approve 2019 20 Budget 
      and the appointment of key positions. 
      (Nominating Report is posted this Sunday)
       
      I am well aware that many people have no desire to attend meetings but...
    • Mar21Thu

      Spiritual Dryness

      March 21, 2019
      "Spiritual Dryness   In 1986 two brothers who live in a kibbutz near the Sea of Galilee made an incredible discovery. As these two Israeli fishermen monitored their equipment on the beaches of Gennesaret, they noticed something they'd not seen before. Something covered with mud glistened in the sun. Upon examination, archaeologists...
    • Mar14Thu

      Rising Angels

      Rising Angels - Divine Church March 14, 2019
      Rising Angels  is one of the ministries we support. 
      Quoting from their website
      "Rising Angels is a program of awareness, education and assistance undertaken by Katarina MacLeod. Objective: To assist women who want the leave the Sex Trade, and prevent the vulnerable from getting involved."
      Kat is a member of HLBC and a number of people...
    • Mar3Sun

      Thinking About TIME

      March 3, 2019
      Technology today really is amazing. An e-mail just came in on my phone giving me my Google Maps Timeline. Wherever my phone goes it keeps track of a number of things for me. For the month of February it told me I visited 4 cities, I visited 21 places and I spent 46 hours in my car.
       
      It got me thinking about TIME.  How about this...