You are invited to join Hillsdale Baptist Church for our 10:30 AM worship service this Sunday, March 26, 2023. I am continuing my new chronological series through the Bible titled “Logos: A Journey of Faith, Hope, and Love.”  I am currently focusing on the patriarchs of the Book of Genesis, with the subject this week being Jacob and the two sisters he took as his wives. This Sunday’s sermon is titled Leah and Rachel: An “Unhappily Ever After” Story of Love and is taken from Genesis 28:10-30:24.

The following is my bulletin letter for the week titled:

“We the People” Must Say, ‘Never Again!’”

Can you believe this is the last Sunday of March? I am stunned at how fast time passes. For instance, three years have passed since COVID-19 was all the rage, and the world was compelled to “shelter in place.” While “Antifa” and other left-wing groups were encouraged to rally, protest, and riot, American businesses, schools, and churches were shuttered, and many never reopened!

Hillsdale missed Resurrection Sunday 2020 and “stayed in place,” only to learn the pandemic might have been a “Plandemic.” Even today, our nation and world are wrecked by government and corporate guidelines that crippled our nation. Tragically, the paranoia of 2020 lingers in our psyche, as does the growing oppression of our constitutional liberties.

Therefore, I have determined in my heart, “Never Again!” Never again will we trust or believe the messaging of government agencies, the media, corporations, or institutions (that includes schools, churches, and organizations). The radical left is antithetical to our faith and has vested power in every imaginable venue. The socialist-communist left is entrenched in government agencies. Members of the radical left sit in board rooms of medical and pharmaceutical companies and national and international corporations. They dominate the counting of votes and control the messaging of the media and educational institutions.

Lesson: As Bible believers, we should embrace the noble ways of the Berean believers of whom Paul wrote, “they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). Let us be “Bereans” and question and research everything we are told, without and within the church.

Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday Services

Our children’s, teen’s, and adult choirs will combine next Sunday morning for an exciting choir anthem as we remember our LORD’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem when He was hailed as King! But, of course, the Friday after, on the day of the Passover, many of those same voices cried for Jesus’ death shouting, “Crucify Him!” Hillsdale’s Fine Arts ministry will present the drama and music of “Calvary’s Mountain” at a “Good Friday Service” (April 7, 7:00 pm). Resurrection Sunday Morning (April 9) will be a triumphant day for celebrating Christ’s resurrection with the Sunrise Service at 8:00 am, followed by a Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am. Our worship service that day will start at 10:00 am.

With the heart of a shepherd,

Travis D. Smith
Senior Pastor

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