Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

You Asked

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Sometimes it seems like we are about to drown in our challenges!

Although there are often no easy solutions, we believe the Bible does provide very practical insights that can help us live every day a bit better! So back on Easter Sunday we asked those in attendance to tell us the they would most like to hear about in the fall. The result was the You Asked series beginning on August 28 at our new service time of 10 AM.

In this series each week we will take a look at challenging topics such as family essentials, copying with loss, forgiveness, dealing with difficult people, finding God’s will and handling stress.

This is a great series to attend as it will be encouraging, practical and you will leave with specific steps you can take in each area.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 10 AM!

– Doug

Get Closer to God…21 Days of Prayer

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How close are you to God right now?

This is your time to get closer to God! I want to invite you to get close to God through our 21 Days of Prayer. Each August we focus on renewing our connection to God through this special season of prayer. This year the 21 Days of Prayer go from July 31 – August 20.

The reason you can get closer to God is because of a simple promise He has given us. God tells us in James 4:8 – “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (NLT) So if we make any effort to draw closer to God, we will find He is already closer than we thought.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get closer to God!

How Do I Get Close To God?

We are going to help you discover how simple it is during our next message series called Closer! This series will explore some of the ways we can come closer to God. We invite you to come this Sunday! During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message! And your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

An Opportunity to Get Close To God!

We invite you to come Pray and Worship with us at the special prayer time listed here.

I hope to see you this Sunday and in our special prayer times as we closer to God!

– Doug

Giants!

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Are you running from the giants or with the giants?

As we journey through life, we all face giants…something that appears to keep us from where God is trying to take us! Your giant might be debt, a troubled marriage, difficulty in raising your children, job challenges or many other things. In fact, sometimes the giants are people who seem to to be trying to block us from a better future.

When we face these giants it is easy to get intimidated in our thoughts. We can think things like “I’ll never get this debt paid off”. Left unchecked, our thoughts can become more of a barrier to progress than the actual giant!

Often these thoughts become so overwhelming that we look for a way out…any way out. And so we start to run. We run away from confronting the giants in our lives. Instead of facing our fears, our lack of knowledge in some area, or any other giant…we run. We run from the giants!

God has better for you!

What if you could learn from some men and women who were giants of faith? What if instead of running from your giants you could run with these great people of faith? What if you could learn from their successes and failures? Would it make a difference and could you draw encouragement from their stories?

I think the answer is yes!

So I invite you to our message series, Running With The Giants, beginning Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 AM. During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message! And your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

From The Grave

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The resurrection of Jesus can change your life!

When we go through difficult experiences…the death of a family member, the loss of a job, financial challenges, they can drain the life out of us! The good news is that God is very familiar with our challenges and He knows the keys to turn things around!

If you are at a place in life where you would like to experience a personal resurrection in your life, I invite you to come this Sunday at 10:30 AM. During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message!As you learn how God can resurrect things in your life, your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

How To Live Through a Bad Day!

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We all know what it feels like to experience a bad day!

The question is are we responding to make our bad day worse?

Over the years there have been numerous days when things did not go as planned! My natural reaction? Unfortunately it was too often an angry outburst, an unkind word, and thoughts of self-loathing!

There must be a better way!

In our message series, How To Live Through a Bad Day, we are going to look at some statements made by Jesus on His worst day! In spite of the incredible suffering He endured, He said some things that are pertinent to our daily lives. In fact, if we make adjustments to our lives by applying His words, we can often keep the bad day from getting worse.

So we invite you to experience a life-giving service with us this Sunday at 10:30 AM. You will enjoy dynamic music, practical Bible teaching and your children will enjoy our quality children’s classes.

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting!

Are you ready to prepare for a stronger 2016? Then I invite you to participate in our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting now through January 23. We can see God do amazing things in us if we will simply set aside some of the distractions of the day and focus on growing our relationship with Him!

Fasting is not penance to pay for wrongs done or a hyper-disciplined time to coerce God into answering our prayers. Rather fasting is laying aside activities so we can use that time to seek God’s direction and insight for our lives! Fasting could be as simple as skipping a meal to read your Bible and pray.

It’s really pretty simple…what get’s fed grows stronger. So during our time of prayer and fasting we limit our intake of food or media and convert that time into growing in our relationship with God. If you are looking for some resources to better understand this powerful concept, take a moment to look at some resources at on the Days of Prayer page.

You are also invited to come to our special Prayer Gatherings during these 21 days at the following times:

Weekdays – 6-7 AM

Wednesdays – 7:30 PM

Saturdays – 9-10 AM

Each gathering will feature a short (literally about 10 minutes) encouragement from the Bible, time to worship and pray personally and group prayer led by a designated leader. These gatherings are refreshing and encouraging.

I look forward to seeing you in a prayer gathering soon!

– Doug

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First!

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What is First Impacts the Rest!

Happy New Year! 2015 is coming to a close and 2016 is beginning. At the beginning of the new year many of us make New Year Resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, eat right, exercise, make the family a priority, date our spouse, spend more time with our children, be kind, be generous and many other things.

Usually we give up on those resolutions within a few days or weeks. Why? The list is too long, the lifestyle changes are too difficult and we don’t seem to see the results we desire as fast as we expect.

So what are we do to?

I invite you to come this Sunday to our January message series, First. In this series we will explore the idea that how we order life makes a difference on all the rest! If we do just a few things in the right order, God will get involved and help us become who we cannot become on our own!

Why not come this Sunday at 10:30 AM?

If you will be attending for the first time, please take a moment to check out the New page. It will put you at ease as you come as a guest this Sunday! I look forward to meeting you!
– Doug

God has more!

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Imagine if you had a desperate need for $5,000, or $50,000 or $5,000,000 and that you knew someone who could meet your need. How much would you ask for? In our theoretical exercise, most of would say all that I need, whatever the amount.

In reality, most of us ask for and expect less than we could receive. Maybe out of fear, maybe because we don’t want to put the source of our provision out or maybe for other reasons.Think about areas other than money…joy, peace, freedom, relationships, etc. Are you living with less than God intends?

I would suggest that God offers so much more than most of are experiencing. Not just in the “stuff” of life. But especially in our spiritual walk with God. If desire to experience more in your walk with God, I invite you to come to our new series, Four Cups, beginning Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 AM!

Four Cups Media Page 492x302Come discover some promises God made a long time ago that directly relate to your life today. These promises hold keys that will help you walk in the fullness of God’s grand plan for your life!

This is a great series to invite your family and friends to attend!

God has more for you…

For more information on your experience as a first-time guest go to www.hpfc.org/new!

 

Forgiveness

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We have all experienced a time when someone offended us.

Maybe they said the wrong words, did not appreciate a sacrifice we made, were rude or even abusive in some way. The truth is the behaviors of others is often hurtful. And lasting.

But it gets worse when we hold that offense and do not forgive. And it’s often more difficult this time of year because we may have to interact with the person who hurt us at a family or work function.

Small Additional-01The challenge to forgive others is often compounded by our own misconceptions about forgiveness. Sometimes we think we must wait for the hurt and pain to subside, have some sort of feeling and then forgive. That line of thinking will keep us locked in unforgiveness.

Why? Because we rarely “feel” like forgiving someone who wronged us.

So what’s the answer? Move past our misconceptions and simply do what the Bible instructs us to do…make a choice to forgive!

If you are struggling to forgive someone, want to shorten the time between being offended and extending forgiveness or just want to enjoy a life-giving service…come this Sunday at 10:30 AM for the beginning of the White Christmas series. This series on forgiveness will help you enjoy Christmas this year! If you’ve not been to a service, check out this page for more information!

Behind The Mask

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We have all been greeted with the line, “How are you today?”. How do you usually respond? “Great, how are you?” To which they respond, “Great”.  And then everyone smiles and continues on with their day.

Have you ever felt like saying howMasquerade Additional Small 246x151 you really are doing? Do you feel like you have to keep a big smile on your face to hide the challenges of life? Do you wish you could deal more effectively with the issues that are behind the mask?

There is help for dealing with what’s behind the mask! God has given instructions in His word that help us overcome in these difficult areas.

You are invited to learn how to effectively deal with the issues behind the mask starting Sunday, November 2 at 10:30. Our new series is called Masquerade! In this series you will learn some new ways of dealing with the conflict, chaos and your own dark side. You can experience life. For Real!

We invite you to come this Sunday to HISplace Family Church for uplifting music, a practical Bible message and quality children’s classes.

To learn more about your first visit to HISplace, click on the New page!