Center Hill Community Church – Brookville, PA

Boring church service?

by on Feb.18, 2017, under General Posts

The Elders of Center Hill recently spent a Friday and Saturday together to seek the wisdom and direction of the Lord for our church.  What a great time with these guys.  The cabin, food and fellowship was exactly what this sometimes tired Pastor needed.

The hours we spent in prayer, searching God’s word and evaluating the Lord’s ministry at CHCC was very fruitful. Fruitful in the sense that God spoke and we were able to honestly assess our past decade and all the Lord has accomplished in and through us.  We also were able to see our shortsightedness in areas.  That proved to be the easiest part of our time together.

Much more difficult proved to be ‘vision’ for the next few years.  We had to determine what changes needed to be made.  How could we connect better with our congregation?  What would help increase attendance in this or that ministry area?   We needed to be clever, to be fresh, to be innovative.  What were we missing?

Several key changes, nuances really, were discussed and will be implemented.  Nothing earth shattering, no face lift of any ministry is coming.  We determined to remain faithful in obedience to word of God in all areas of ministry and personal growth, as we have tried in this past decade.

To some, it might seem a let down, a less than ‘eye opening’ result for insight into our church’s future.  But to us, as under shepherds of our Lord’s flock, it brought comfort.  We were pleased.  We don’t need to be cutting edge, to be the next ‘movement’ in ministry ideas.  God’s word is our authority and our sufficiency in these matters.  It’s not glitz and clamor, it’s obedience and thankfulness that God requires of His people.   We are committed to His word and will by His grace moved forward in. 

I came across a very encouraging article that I enjoyed and wanted to share.  It’s about ‘boring church services’ and their lasting affects on our souls.  Not that we have boring services but we don’t have to be the latest and newest in our methods to reach God’s covenant people with the good news of His redemptive story.  Read and enjoy.

Boring church services changed my life

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Speak! Speak!

by on Feb.08, 2017, under General Posts

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Is Genesis History?

by on Jan.23, 2017, under General Posts

One night showing at Pittsburgh Theaters.  We’re traveling down as a group, CHCC.  Call church if you want tickets, ordering as a group.  February 23, 2017

 

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Be blessed by a new rendition of Oh Holy Night

by on Dec.20, 2016, under General Posts

Sovereign Grace has done an amazing telling of the gospel story!

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Enjoy!

by on Dec.08, 2016, under General Posts

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Are we really that busy?

by on Oct.17, 2016, under General Posts

In recent times, I’ve occasionally excused my personal failing in my sermon prep, counseling, visiting or just plain pastoring on being overly busy.  Not sure that’s a biblical response.  I was truly blessed and convicted by Challies’ blog on I’m not busy‘.  It’s here for you to read and reflect on.  God gives us the exact time we need to do what He has called us to do, no more, no less.  Let’s master our time wisely!

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Why are conferences so much better than church?

by on Sep.26, 2016, under General Posts

Having just got back from the Ocean City Bible Conference and being immensely blessed by the speakers and fellowship, I was asking myself ‘why do we not seem as blessed each week in our own churches as we do when we go away to conferences’. Tim Challies, in this blog, I believe has the answer. It lies in our preparation for the conference and expectation of blessing. Read Challies and prepare each week at our own churches to be blessed. We may not hear conference quality preaching but it is God’s word nonetheless and if we expect and prepare to hear from God, we will.

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Esther and the providence of God.

by on Aug.15, 2016, under General Posts

We are several weeks into our series on the book of Esther. It’s not what I as a Pastor of preaching expected to find thus far. A ‘hidden’ God, a spiritual mentor with bad advice and a less than virtuous heroine are just some of the surprises which awaited me in my personal study and now public exposition of this Old Testament book.

But then I have also found the expected, a sovereign God, the fickle, shallow and self absorbed political leaders, and the world’s materialistic definition of success. Nothing new there, it’s the same today as it was in Esther’s day. Sin and pleasure can be so predictable. The complexion changes but unredeemed man’s nature and pursuits remain the same.

Our main encouragement from the scriptures thus far has been that God always makes His will stand regardless of the plans of men (Proverbs 19:21). God uses our obedience and our disobedience to bring about His purpose of redemption for a desperate and needy people. He is sovereign in our righteous decisions and sovereign in our sinful decisions. He’s not simply reactive but proactive in all things, saving a people from themselves and saving them from Him. He doesn’t resort to a plan B when we mess up to make things realign with His ultimate plan but He’s literally in the actions of man at each step.

What great encouragement to know then that a good, merciful, forgiving and yet righteous and holy God sits on the throne of the universe governing in the very affairs of each one of us. He doesn’t wink at our sin but offers forgiveness and newness from sin as we return to Him. Esther, Mordecai and Pastor Guy sit in the very palm of the Creator God who brings about His plan of redemption for them in all their circumstances. We trust His promises when we can’t see His providence.

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New Expositional Series begins this week!

by on Jul.16, 2016, under General Posts

Begins July 17 during our Gathered Worship Time, 9:30 am.

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