Center Hill Community Church – Brookville, PA

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Tis the season to smile

by on Dec.03, 2012, under General Posts

What a great day we had at Center Hill today.  God honoring worship through preaching, prayer and singing, followed by communion, great discussion in Sunday School and then New members class.  Thanks CHCC for making it a wonderful privilege to pastor here.

This is the season of smiles.  Great friends getting together, holiday music, decorations which excite, the giving spirit and in general good will.  It is here where you expect me to insert a ‘But’ and add something ‘spiritual’ right?  Well surprise.  I’m simply going to use the church site now and then for a few weeks to simply bring us things that make us smile.  So enjoy the below rendition of Sleigh Ride.

soli deo gloria


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It’s Christmas Eve

by on Dec.24, 2009, under General Posts

Today is Christmas Eve.  The big crescendo is about to reach it’s pinnacle.  With great anticipation, children and many adults will fall asleep tonight wondering what the mystery and marvel of tomorrow will bring.  What will it bring for you?  Presents, fixed family relationships, good will, peace?

As we end the Advent Season tonight with a candlelight service at Center Hill, the question will be asked, Why did Jesus come anyway?  Why would the God of creation manifest Himself in the form of a human to live among us, when we, His creation, had so despicably rejected Him?  Was it simply to spread good will and a general proclamation of peace on earth?  Or an exhortation to give of ourselves to those in need or even to some how be kinder to our neighbor than our past records?  If that is our understanding of the angelic host’s song to the shepherds, than we have missed the true gospel message in this Christmas season.

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, to be a ransom for many.  The proclamation that first Christmas night says “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased”!  Don’t miss the gospel, the ‘good news’, of the angel’s voices for the well meaning quotes of today’s Christmas cards.   Christ’s coming was only good news to those with whom God is pleased.  The stark reality is that the very need for a ‘savior’ assumes the desperate plight of man.  We are at war and not peace with God.  He has provided a way of reconciliation though His son, Jesus.  Those ‘with whom He is pleased’ are those who have by faith placed their trust and obedience in this Christ child and His finished work on Calvary’s cross, some three decades later.

We at Center Hill, trust that you have understood the reason for His coming and not simply ‘the reason for the season’.  May you say this year, that ‘peace is with me, for God is pleased with me’.  God is only pleased with us when we have by faith, trusted and obeyed His son, for reconciliation.

Merry Christmas and Peace with God!

Soli Deo Gloria


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Christmas responses

by on Dec.13, 2009, under General Posts

How do you respond to the Christmas season? With anticipation, merriment, frustration or maybe even apathy? At CHCC, we have been looking at several different biblical characters and their responses to Christmas or in particular their response to Emmanuel, God with us, over the past couple of weeks. What has become very evident about the responses to the Messiah’s coming, found in the story of the first Christmas, has been that it reflects different attitudes about worship of the God of creation.

We have looked at the Magnificat and found that Mary’s response was one of a humble servant who’s soul magnified the Lord. This from a teenager of 14 or 15. King Herod responded with hostility and the Jewish leaders with apathy. Apathy, which by the way, led to open hostility ending in our Savior’s murder three decades later. And this week we saw the joyful worship from the most unlikely persons, Gentile pagans, the Magi.   These astrologer magicians ascribed to our Savior the dignity, honor and worship due Him through joyful giving of their sacrificial gifts.

It has been a great opportunity for us to evaluate our own responses to the Christ of Christmas. Have we found ourselves humbly submitting to the leading of a sovereign God in our lives and ‘rejoicing with exceeding great joy’ as we approach to worship the King of Kings. Or do we miss the Messiah even though He’s manifested Himself in our very midst and time. Never let it be said of us, as it was of the Jewish leaders, that we have responded with indifference. When confronted with the truth of the Messiah and the Good News that ‘God is with us’ we are forced to make a decision. Will we worship Him this Christmas or find ourselves missing the Messiah for our celebrating of the season?

Soli Deo Gloria


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