Good morning, and welcome to Hillsdale! This Sunday, October 3, marks the Smith’s 37th year in ministry here at Hillsdale. Previously, ministering in Sterling Heights, MI in the summer of 1985, I was a twenty-eight-year-old youth\music pastor, and interim pastor at First Baptist of Sterling Heights. My office phone rang that summer, and on the other end of the line was Dr. Alan Bradshaw. Pastor Bradshaw asked if I would be willing to take a vacation to Tampa, FL. After six winters in MI, who could pass up that opportunity?
Thirty-six years later, and twenty-six of those years as senior pastor, I am humbled by God’s grace, and your patience. You allowed me to mature, and the LORD has given me the rare privilege of working with many who were children and teenagers when I came to Hillsdale. The majority of those who voted for me to come in 1985 are now with the LORD, including the man who became my pastor and mentor until his sudden passing June 21, 1995.
“An Unchanging God in an Ever-Changing World”
The changes in the world since 1985 have been dramatic, if not traumatic (especially the past two decades). The world, it seems, has been turned upside down. Technology has pushed the breadth of man’s acquisition of knowledge, and tried to de-personalize humanity. Moral boundaries, once incontrovertible, are facing a militant assault seeking to obliterate all absolutes. Facing an all-out attack on Truth, congregations, Christian schools, preachers, and some professing believers, are willing to compromise core-doctrines of the Word of God.
Let it be shouted in the highways and byways – our God is the “I Am” of Exodus 3:14! He changes not (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6), for He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Today’s Morning Service
We are continuing our month-long emphasis on Hillsdale’s missionary vision, highlighting Yaovi Kpogno’s ministry to Togo. In little more than two years since his return to Togo, Yaovi has planted a church, purchased land, built an auditorium – all during COVID!
Our service will conclude this morning with an observance of the Lord’s Supper, after which we will dismiss our guests for a brief vote on the revised Church Constitution and Bylaws.
With the heart of a shepherd,