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A FREE Gift

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/31/14 @ 8:53 AM

God’s gift of salvation comes with a price. A price we don't have to pay…Jesus paid it for us.

When I was growing up, our church celebrated Reformation Day instead of Halloween. Now, don’t get me wrong. Most of the time there was trick-or-treating, costumes and a ton of candy; Reformation Day was Halloween under a better name. But as I got older and grew in my faith I learned that Reformation Day is an important time to remember what the reformers of the church did in the sixteenth century. Martin Luther (the guy in the picture) was the most prolific reformer and stood up against the church that had allowed man-made values to replace God-made values. The church had strayed from the truth of the Bible.

One of the things that Luther stood up against was a man-made practice called indulgences where someone would pay money to the church in exchange for God’s forgiveness for sins. I’m thankful that Luther stood up against such a dishonorable practice, since nothing could be further from the truth. Paul wrote these words in Ephesians 2:8:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.

And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”

So tonight as you watch kids receive free candy, food, toys and "a rock" (watch the classic It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown if you didn’t get that) think about the FREE GIFT that God gave us when he allowed His son, Jesus, to die for our sins. It’s the gift of salvation and eternal life with God in heaven and it cost us nothing. All we must do is put our faith in Him.

If you happen to be reading this and want to know more about how to do this  I want to invite you to visit our church on Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00. I'll see you there.

Todd

Happy? Yeah, Right!

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/27/14 @ 12:51 PM

Maybe we are asking the wrong question. So, what is the question we should be asking?

This coming Sunday we kick off a series called It’s All Good. In this four-part study of the book of Philippians, we will discover the secret of true contentment, real joy, and a finding life-long peace that will never fade away. This letter was meant to be an encouragement to the audience then and should be a huge source of encouragement to us today.

But rather than being a casual spectator, I want to challenge you to participate in this series more than you ever have participated in the past. Here is what I’m asking you to do:

  1. Read one chapter of Philippians each week for the next 4 weeks.
  2. Honestly answer this question: “What brings me true contentment,happiness or joy?”
  3. Consider how your life would change if in EVERY circumstance you could choose to be joyful.

Philippians is on of my favorite New Testament books and I am really excited to see what God will do in your life during the month of November through our study in Philippians. I’ll see you on Sunday!

The Think Global Challenge

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/20/14 @ 12:13 PM

Ready to take the Think Global Challenge? Click on the title above or keep reading to find out...

Over the past five weeks at HHICC our focus has been on thinking global. My goal was to widen the lens of our view of God’s work through the advance of the gospel message. We emphasized the work of those Christ-followers in the first century, how that work continues today and where you and HHICC fit in. We did this through a combination of global partner spotlights and couple of messages surveying Acts 8-28. You can listen to them here.

Global Partners

We have three amazing global partners and I loved our personal spotlight on each of them during this past series.  I encourage you to get to know them better by visiting their websites which can be access by visiting our own Global Missions pageWe are honored to be partnering, supporting and praying for each of these global partners.

The Challenge

My challenge to you is not to let Think Global come and go without asking yourself the question: “What part do I play in the advance of the gospel?” Join in what God is doing. Allow God to leverage your circumstances for the advance of the gospel message. Be "set apart" and find out what His purpose and role is for YOU. Then be ready to be “sent out” to do the work of advancing the gospel. Most of all remember that YOU are the light of the world!

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

- Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

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