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I don't care how much you know until I know how much you care. "Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him." (1 Corinthians 8.1-3)
A major membership club warehouse introduced a new credit card for its customers, and abolished the old credit card system. Apparently a better contract was arranged. But, that's not the only new contract and arrangement we benefit from.
"For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second ... For this is the covenant that I willmake with the house of Israel After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, And they shall be My people." (Hebrews 8.8,10)
Lets start with this passage.
1 Peter 5:6-8:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
What happens if you are not on the alert, an turn your back on a lion or other large cat?
February 5th. Hollywood Presbyterian declared an internal state of emergency.
It is believed the hospital got a malware infection called ransomware through someone opening an infected e-mail or from someone visiting an infected website.
Once it was on one computer, it got into the hospital’s network and went everywhere it could while it remained hidden. It would have found all hard drives, data and files that it could. It would have communicated back to the command and control server and then encrypted everything it could get its hands on. Then a screen would pop up explaining to the hospital staff that all their files were locked until a bitcoin payment is sent.
Many lament the serious decline evident in this country. Escalating violence and mass shootings. Dismal political prospects. Corruption and greed in business and government. Such as it is this side of the kingdom of God. "For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come." (Hebrews 13.14)
No religion is His "official" representative. That's because He chose an individual, not an organization per se. "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world." (Hebrews 1.1-2)
I've met a lot of impressive people in life, but none more impressive than Him. What He says about Himself isn't arrogant boasting; it's verifiable fact.
"I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone, Causing the omens of boasters to fail, Making fools out of diviners, Causing wise men to draw back And turning their knowledge into foolishness, Confirming the word of His servant And performing the purpose of His messengers." (Isaiah 44.24-26)
The focus, dedication, and determination of an Olympic athlete. We are called to the same.
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9.24-27)
n 1806 the HMS Victory saw another light in its path in the deep fog.
They tried to warn the other vessel: Other vessel, divert your course 15 degrees.
The other vessel replied: You need to divert your course 15 degrees to avoid a collision.
It's never "good bye" for the people of God. We always have the promise of seeing one another later. Powerful proof is found in these words: "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." (Matthew 22.31-32)
We may never know how much encouragement our mere presence is to someone else. Case in point: the apostle Paul, arriving in Rome as a prisoner, was greeted by a crowd of believers; some who had come a great distance. "when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage." (Acts 28.15)
It's easy to take privileges for granted. Many people assume a driver's license is a right rather than a privilege. The same can be true of the privileges enjoyed as God's children.
"Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4.6-7)
Don't beat yourself up trying to earn it. The price is higher than you can pay, but there is a solution.
"No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him—For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever—That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay." (Psalm 49.7-9)
The prefix, "re," usually means something done again; for example, reheat, repeat, replay, etc. So, the word, "rejoice," sounds like a word imploring us to be joyful again. Whether that's an accurate definition, we are called to be joyful repeatedly.
"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you." (Philippians 3.1)
Nothing is more gratifying than talking with someone who truly understands. Rather than offering platitudes and idealistic theories, such people relate in encouraging and helpful ways. Such is our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
"I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death." (Psalm 22.14-15)
This prophetic Psalm well conveys the raw human experience of Jesus during the agony of the cross. He knew pain and suffering more than anyone
"Steady as she goes" is an old nautical term meaning to be careful, and avoid sudden changes. Regardless of the crosswinds, waves, or currents, it was a directive to stay the plotted course no matter what. That's good advice for these tumultuous times we live in.
"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in God the LORD we have an everlasting Rock." (Isaiah 26.3-4)
In times of crisis and upheaval, panic easily becomes the order of the day.
The list of anxiety-producing circumstances can easily be lengthy. The threat of terrorism. Personal illness or injury. Financial crisis. Marital and/or family conflict. But, what situations or circumstances are peace-producing? A vacation? A day at the spa? A good book, or movie?
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful" (Colossians 3.15)
Personal peace, for the follower of Christ, is not about circumstances but inner presence.
here are two kinds of people in the world: those who understand, and those who don't.
"Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand." (Daniel 12.10)
I am sure most people here have heard, be careful what you publish on social media or anywhere else, since it could haunt you later in life.
Have you ever posed anything and went back later and modified or deleted it?
I know I have, mostly when something posed early on the church feeds through an accident, or this year, the MN Church conference kept changing dates in their published schedules, so I had to keep deleting the old posts, and re-posting the new dates. Is it truly deleted? Not really, other people could have already re-posted, etc. It lives on.
In 2010 someone in Spain put in an official complaint against a Spanish newspaper and Google-Spain complaining that an auction notice of his repossessed home infringed his privacy since the issue has been resolved years ago.
Rainbows, so very beautiful. At the very time storm clouds move in, we can see these beautiful phenomena. It can be the same in our own lives. We first learn about rainbows in the bible with Noah.
I have always enjoyed rainbows, and since I did some studying on them, I realized their are multiple applications.
First some history, in 1867 Rene Descartes decided to study the properties of rainbows. He did many tests. He found:
As the scripture said, the rainbow was a reminder of the covenant between God and all living flesh, human and animal; that he would never flood the whole earth again. This made me wonder if animals could appreciate the wonder of a rainbow.
Did you know that a rainbow is a personal experience? Each rainbow is perceived depending on where the raindrops are, the angle of sunlight to rain, and YOUR position relative to the sun and rain. Even if someone is right next to you, they do not see the same rainbow that you do.
Many people have great concerns about the upcoming election and the direction of this country. Here is both a timely and timeless perspective: "It is He who changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings" (Daniel 2.21)
Candidates and politicians posture and position, but it Yahweh God who ultimately controls their destiny, and ours.
Few things are as encouraging and heartwarming as learning that someone said something really nice about you.
"As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight." (Psalm 16.3)
It's a fundamentally important truth in understanding who and what we are. If we misunderstand this, there are implications for how we live our lives, and what we hope for.
"Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2.7)
Anyone heard about Microsoft’s Tai?
Tay is a learning chat bot.
Not a real person, not artificial intelligence, but something used to learn about how to get computers to hold conversations. So you tweet to it, and it will tweet back. It started out innocent enough:
The problem of pain is perplexing. Why do bad things happen to good people? If there is an answer to this enduring mystery, it is to be found in the suffering of God's Son.
"But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand." (Isaiah 53.10)
Carefully choose your battles. That's timeless advice I find truer the older I get. There are plenty of battles to be fought, but it's imperative to fight the right ones.
"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.' ” (John 18.36)
t happened at three o-clock one day. A lonely figure was in the throes of death, amidst a daytime darkness so thick it could almost be felt. This was no ordinary man, and this was no ordinary death.
"And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit." (Matthew 27.50)
Recent Video Recorded Sermons:
Sermon Title: Hidden History in Plain Sight
- Opening Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:10-11
- Closing Scripture: Ephesians 5:2
- Guest Speaker: Vivian P. Kirkpatrick
Sermon Title: Age to Age
- Opening Scripture: Psalm 46:10
- Closing Scripture #1: Exodus 30:3
- Closing Scripture #2: Proverbs 3:5-6
Sermon Title: Held for Ransom
- Opening Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5-6
- Closing Scripture: 1 John 5:19-20
- Guest Speaker: Vivian P. Kirkpatrick
- Opening Scripture: Psalm 111:1-4
- Closing Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Warning Scripture: Revelation 22:19
- Guest Speaker: Vivian P. Kirkpatrick
Thank you for visiting the Hutchinson Church of God website. Our church tries to center all it does on our purpose statement:
“The purpose of the Hutchinson Church of God is to glorify, honor, and worship God and His only begotten Son, Jesus.”
Our services are focused on this purpose, and discovering God’s truth and will for our lives in His Holy Word, the Bible. Our church wants to share the hope of the Kingdom of God with our community and others throughout the world.
The people of our church are welcoming, genuine, and real. We understand that God accepts us as we are, yet challenges us to become all He wants us to be.
As a church family, we love each other, and reach out to our community with that same un- conditional love, given to us by our heavenly Father. We strive to encourage, listen to, forgive and support one another in good times as well as difficult days.
We are an affiliate of the Minnesota Conference of the Churches of God, and of the Church of God General Conference, McDonough, GA.
We would love to welcome you to our church!
Pastor V. E. Kirkpatrick II