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Do you remember the hope and anticipation of the start of this New Year? Advertisers, billboards, news reporters, corporations, schools, and churches were striving to outdo one another with catchy themes for 2020.

“Good & Plenty – Class of 2020!”

“2020 – A Class with a Vision!”

“Class of 2020 – We’ve Got Perfect Vision!”

“Class of 2020 – We Have the Vision!”

“Now You’re Seeing 20/20!”

I think, “Hindsight is 2020”, is the most appropriate slogan for this crazy year. In fact, the only thing predictable about 2020 is there is nothing predictable! The Coronavirus crisis presented us with an ever-expanding vocabulary. Words and terms like herding, social distancing, flatten the curve, pandemic, quarantine, and masks are not only part of our lexicon, they are a reality for our lives.

If there is one place that should be predictable and timeless, it is the Church. In a world characterized by fickleness and volatility, I pray you will find Hillsdale exceptionally predictable, traditional, and purposely biblical in both our doctrine and practice. Our passion is “to do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31), and to love you, our neighbor as we desire to be loved (Luke 10:27).

“From the Facebook Graveyard”

The Word of God is not a book given to political correctness or the whims of societal change. The Bible is a timeless guide, a book of absolutes, about a Savior, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). This past week the censors for Facebook, without any warning, “disabled” all of my Facebook accounts, including my account dedicated solely to daily devotions, “Heart of A Shepherd, Inc.”

I have moved my daily devotions to a fresh new social media called “MeWe”, and you can follow my posts at

With the heart of a shepherd,

Travis D. Smith, Senior Pastor

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith