Thanks be to God

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, The Holy Bible: Elglish Standard Version. (2016). (Eph 1:3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. Donna and I have a Dodge Grand Caravan that she uses as her daily driver to…

Simeon’s Adoration of the King

Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Adoration of Jesus Christ Simeon was a “righteous and devout” man who was in Jerusalem. We know he was both righteous and devout because ┬áthe scripture says plainly so. However, we also know he was righteous and devout because the text speaks of the Holy Spirit being “upon” him. It says…

Baptismal Identity

It’s an exciting time at Hillside Baptist Church right now. This year (2018) we’ve been introducing and planting seeds and cultivating three areas of our culture in which we believe God wants us to focus and grow. Firstly, we’re working toward deepening and fostering a culture of prayer. We want to be a church that…

The Sex Talk

So there I was in our kitchen having just gotten home from work after a day riddled with email and issues to fix, when my loving wife communicated to me that our oldest son, whose 9, was starring at the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. They’d stopped at a gas station to…

Delivered from Distress

Psalm 107 “Oh give thanks to the LORD for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” You’re servant says in the 107th Psalm. Father, you are good indeed. Despite your unfathomed holiness and rightness, your love for me is steadfast and continuing day by day. I will never understand it, no one will….

Happy Birthday, Lovely

Today (actually this week) is a celebration week at our house. Today is my wife’s !# birthday! It seems like not long ago that I met Donna at Applebee’s in Bismarck as she was in the depths of a crush on another fella and out of her mind running around the restaurant with a companion…

God is Glorious so…

Finally, we get back to it. We’ve had a few weeks off as we’ve set aside time with family for Christmas and for the New Years Party last weekend. It’s amazing how only a couple of weeks can feel like months. The lat time we met we learned about and discussed how God is great…