Posts made in January, 2016

January 18, 2016

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January 18, 2016 Hales Chapel Family, We all enjoyed seeing our first snow of 2016 on Sunday as the wintry mix changed to snow during Sunday School. As Keith stated in his prayer on Sunday the beauty of the snow reminds us that our sins have been washed white as snow. We should be as excited about the forgiveness of our sins that we have through Christ as the children on the front pew were about seeing the snow—actually more excited. Since I referenced the weather this is good time to mention that if we have to cancel services due to weather, we will do a phone tree call and post it on WRAL. Occasionally there may be times that for safety purposes that we will make this decision. Even if we are having services there may be times that you should not come because of your particular road and/or your personal health situation. Please, make wise decisions. We will miss you or you might miss me, but we will all understand. Since I referenced missing church let me say it was great to have our Prodigal Couple, Johnny and Lulu, back in our service on Sunday! It was great to see them back in their normal pew. We are thankful for the great improvement that Johnny has made and we are praying for more improvement in the days to come. Devotional Thought: This week I am going to share thoughts from my good friend, Dr. Chuck Lawless. Pharaoh had had two strange dreams, and word came to him that Joseph had previously interpreted dreams properly. So, he sent for Joseph in the prison and asked him to interpret his dreams. Look at Joseph’s response: “I cannot do it . . . but God will give Pharaoh the answer.” (Gen. 41:16). Joseph’s response should give us hope today: “I cannot do it . . . but God will . . ..” Think about the hope we have here: I cannot save people, but God will. I cannot answer prayer, but God will. I cannot forgive sinners, but God will. I cannot grant hope to the hopeless, but God will. I cannot stretch dollars to meet needs, but God will. I cannot build the church, but God will. I cannot ultimately defeat the devil, but God will. I cannot resurrect the dead, but God will. The truth is that we can’t do anything that God calls us to do in our own power. We can’t love Him, hear Him, or follow Him in our strength — but God will change and mold us to get us there. We can’t love...

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January 12, 2016

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Hales Chapel Family, I am enjoying my study of the Beatitudes in preparing for our Sunday morning sermon series. I must admit the Holy Spirit is doing a lot of convicting of my heart while I am in my study before I ever stand up to preach the final product of the study. I pray the sermons are speaking to you as well. I have already received positive feedback as we made some small changes to the order of worship last week. I think it is good thing to change things up a little to keep us from settling into a rut—even if it is a good rut. Over the next several months we will utilize some other minor changes to the order of worship but don’t worry we will not use the changes all at once and the changes will be subtle. We don’t make these changes for the sake of making changes but to enhance the worship experience for each of us as we gather to worship the Lord. Sometimes changes force us to “pay attention” to what we are doing in worship and not to be on autopilot. While I am focusing on worship, let me encourage you to pray about joining the Adult Choir. The Adult Choir practices on Wednesday after Prayer Meeting for about an hour. The Adult Choir adds to the worship experience as they lead us in worship through the choir specials. Devotional Thought: Mt 9:37–38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” We have celebrated reaching our Lottie Moon Offering goal for international missions but there is more to missions than giving. This is a great passage to remind us of the harvest but also to remind us to pray to the Lord for the workers to be sent out. Prayer is a part of missions mobilization that I am afraid can be swallowed up with all of our other activities. The most important responsibility for missions is to pray for God to send out workers to the harvest but most us probably do this the least. Let’s continue to pray for God to send our workers from HCBC and from other churches. Then, let’s be faithful to pray for these workers. Bullet Point Announcements: *January 20th, Quarterly Business Meeting at the conclusion of Prayer Meeting *February 20th, New Members Class *March 27th, Easter *April 17th-20th, Community Revival- Dr. Jim Shaddix preaching    ...

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January 4, 2016

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Hales Chapel Family, Hallelujah! Our Hallelujah Goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is $9,000. As of last Sunday we have received $9,571.78! This includes the money from the Pennies in a Barrel and the Soup/Chili Competition. I want to express my thanks for your sacrificial and generous giving for this offering. I want to say thanks to Tina and the missions committee for their leadership and creative promotion of the offering. Thanks to all who participated in the Pennies in a Barrel. We will announce the winning class soon. Thanks to all of the cooks who made the soup and chili competition go so well. Our winning cook was our cornbread cook, Regina Morgan. We all enjoyed the various soups. However, the biggest winner was the Kingdom of God as all of these funds will be used to share the Gospel around the world by our IMB missionaries! Bullet Point Announcements · January 6 – Family Meal 5:30 to 6:45 PM (menu: hotdogs, baked beans, chips and desserts) · January 6 – Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM (Youth and Adults combined with the primary emphasis being prayer) · January 6 – Adult Choir resumes · January 10 – Children’s Choir resumes 7:00 PM · March 27 – Easter · April 17-20, 2016 – Community Revival – Dr. Jim Shaddix preaching Devotional Thought: As we enter in 2016 I know many of us have made resolutions or set some goals. People throughout history have been making resolutions and setting goals. Genesis 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” On the surface it would appear that there would be nothing wrong with their goals: build a city (community), tower (security) and a good name (reputation). The problem is they wanted to accomplish these things apart from God. Actually in stronger terms, they were seeking accomplish their goals in opposition to God. Whenever we seek our agenda rather than God’s agenda, we are always pursuing the wrong agenda. It is my prayer for each of us that our resolutions or goals for 2016 are centered upon God’s agenda. Happy New...

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