PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
March 6, 2019
One of my favorite hymns is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The chorus goes: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! This great Hymn of the church was written by Thomas Chisholm. He did not write this hymn because of something great, or even miraculous that had happened in his life. Rather he wrote it because as he looked back over his life, he learned to see the great faithfulness of God.
At age 75, he wrote these words; “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.” As you look back over your life, are you likewise reminded of God’s faithfulness?
It is important for us to see the faithfulness of God. As we read Joshua 1, we learn that Moses had passed away, but just because Moses had died; it did not mean that God’s plans were dead. God assures Joshua of his faithfulness.
Joshua had already seen the people’s response to Moses, even with the evidence that God was with Moses, the people often rebelled and spoke out against him, even to the point of desiring his death. Joshua needed to know that God would be with him. We too are like Joshua, we know the way is difficult; we know that it is not easy; life itself is not easy. We know that we sometimes have opposition; we know that we have trouble; and we know that we will face hardships. We too need to know in our Christian walk that God will be with us.
God reassured Joshua twice; he told him in Joshua 1:5, and then again in verse 9, that He would be with him: “Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). And God promises to be with us in the midst of any challenge we face – in our personal lives, in our families, and in our church. The author of Hebrews reiterates this in Hebrews 13:5, “God has said, ‘never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” May we always stand upon God’s faithfulness and promises in all of life’s complexities!!
Extraordinary Women Conference 2019
The Hope Community Church Women’s Ministry is planning a group trip to the EWomen Conference this Fall, in Lynchburg at Thomas Road Baptist Church on October 4-5. If we have 10 people going, tickets will be $59.00. RSVP or send questions about the trip coordination to Marty Porter by March 17th (540-471-2619 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The cost does not include meals or hotel expenses as some ladies may go down Friday evening and spend the night while others may plan to just go down early on Saturday.
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen will be concluding his sermon series on 2 Peter, with the sermon, “Protection from Spiritual Falsehood,” based upon 2 Peter 3:17-18. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday. DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AND SPRING FORWARD AN HOUR THIS SUNDAY!
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the worship service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - A few bottles still need to be returned. Please remember to bring your bottles to Pat Layne, at the church, THIS SUNDAY!
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.
Nursery Help - We need volunteers to help in the nursery on Easter Sunday, April 21. Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King if you are available!
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.