Center Hill Community Church – Brookville, PA

Food for some “simple” thought

by on Oct.16, 2017, under General Posts

In my apprehension it was never better with the Christian people, than when sincerely attentive to believe the gospel, to live in a holy manner, and to banish far the quirks of curious questions, they delighted themselves in the pure love of God and Christ, and in the certain expectation of eternal life.” – Herman Witsius

 

Let us be a people who dig deep but are satisfied with this blessed truth – ‘He is enough’.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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New Refresh Study

by on Sep.27, 2017, under General Posts

What is the benefit of wrestling with and uncovering experiences of shame and guilt? When we become more aware of these experiences, we will better grasp the depth of Christ’s love for us, because Jesus is as concerned about the shame we experience as he is about our guilt. We will know better how to pray, how to ask for help, and how to find help and healing in God’s Word. And as we grow in wisdom, we are better equipped to walk with others.

We began this study this past Wednesday at Refresh and it is promising to be one of our best studies from CCEF.  It’s not too late to join, each lesson can stand alone and the study guide is designed to be used for personal study as well as group.  Join us for this 8 week study at 6:30 pm.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

by on Sep.23, 2017, under General Posts

Enjoy this wonderful new song that we learned at the recent Ocean City Bible Conference.  What exciting truths we proclaim in this song,  “Come behold the wondrous mystery Slain by death the God of life But no grave could e’er restrain Him Praise the Lord; He is alive! What a foretaste of deliverance How unwavering our hope Christ in power resurrected As we will be when he comes”

 CHCC, it will soon be a new song of the month!

Soli Deo Gloria

 

 

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What a week!

by on Sep.17, 2017, under General Posts

 

Allow for some self expression in this post.

What a week it as been. 28 CHCC ‘family’ members experienced God in a very special way this week at the Ocean City Bible Conference in O.C., New Jersey. As each session of praise and teaching ended, I listened to our folks speak, with enthusiasm, of seeking deeper ‘worship’ as a church or desiring a deeper commitment to finishing well in their marriage and sexual purity. Others were awed at the commitment of the faithful Reformers upon who’s shoulders we stand and still others grew in their love of the theology of the Protestant Reformation as taught by the ‘solas’.

To hear the voices of several hundred people singing loudly and in worshipful harmony ‘It Is Well With My Soul’, people who find complete satisfaction and delight in Christ alone, if but for that brief moment, gave each of us a taste of what eternity will be like. Everyone came back changed and longing for more.

Fast forward to today. What a day of worship it was for us at Center Hill. I have to believe God was pleased. We combined the Jesus ordained ordinances of the church into one service, the Lord’s supper and 5 baptisms. Wow, what a thrill for this lead Pastor. To preach about our feasting and nourishing ourselves spiritually at the table and to see a near full worship center celebrate the obedience of 5 of our brothers and sisters was an amazing experience. Then to continue in fellowship with a luncheon and welcoming several visitors, brought together what the church is meant to be. A place of worship, edification, encouragement, discipleship and communion.

All I can say Center Hill is that I love being your Pastor.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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The real issue about Charlottesville.

by on Aug.26, 2017, under General Posts

We have to ask the right questions to get the right answers.  What is happening in our country, whether it be found in the north or south, rural or urban, or right or left, can be explained by this; the heart of the issue is the ‘heart’ of the issue.  It’s not which lives matter, history revisionism or ANY ‘social’ issue.  Man is in open rebellion to a holy God at his very core and the only answer is not to be found in our government or social agencies but in the clear call of the gospel.  Come on church, be who we are, heralds of the good news that Christ and only Christ transforms hearts and therefore our outward lives.  Listen to this short Q&A response from John MacArthur for a great explanation.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

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Our new portable baptistry

by on Jul.14, 2017, under General Posts

Excited about our first “On Campus” baptisms this Sunday. We thank God for the off campus locations of our previous baptisms but what a wonderful and intimate element the new baptistry will add to our service. We already anticipate 4 more baptism this next month. Praise God, He’s working! Join us for this privilege our church has to celebrate and encourage our brothers and sisters in this step of obedience. It’s exciting to see God at work among the faithful. PG

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Broken Sheep…or Broken Wolves?

by on Apr.21, 2017, under General Posts

Wow!  Read this Center Hill.  So, so very appropriate.  Be careful as we continually lead each other to the Gospel of Christ.  Be wise and gentle.  Gracious and sound.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/beware-of-broken-wolves

soli deo gloria!

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In his own words. These are lies?

by on Mar.10, 2017, under General Posts

One final word about the movie “The Shack”.  The author of the book and the movie has now written a new book to explain his personal beliefs of theology, “Lies We Believe About God”.  We can now quit speculating about what the writer “really means” or is “trying to portray” in this movie, which has created some strong debate in the Christian community.  Every writer has a world view and therefore a view of theology and will essentially write from that perspective.  Here is a sampling of Young’s theology in his own words by certain chapter headings from his new book – 

Chapter 2: “God is Good. I am not.”

Chapter 3: “God is in control.”

Chapter 13: “You need to get saved.”

Remember these are ‘lies’ according to Young.

It should serve as a warning to every discerning Christian that the underlying narrative of the “The Shack” is theologically questionable at best and heretical at worst.

Young has done the church a favor in writing this book, as A. Lincoln said  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” 

See Challies review of Young’s new book here. 

soli deo gloria!

 

 

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The movie ‘The Shack’ – exercise discernment church

by on Feb.26, 2017, under General Posts

Soon to overwhelm the Christian church is the cinematic version of the book ‘The Shack”.  As I have stated in places before, as Pastor I urge you to exercise discernment in whether or not to see this movie or read the book.  It is replete with biblical flaws and some of them possibly eternally damaging.  Refer to this Tim Challies blog for a short warning of the concerns of the book and hence the movie.

Not trying to be the church curmudgeon only a voice of a caring under-shepherd.  Discern church, discern!

soli deo gloria!

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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

soli deo gloria!

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