Month: December 2011

Your Highlights of 2011

As we come to the end of the year it’s only appropriate for us to look over the 12 months that have passed and reflect upon them. While it’s often easy to recall all the challenges and the tragedies we’ve faced, it’s important that we don’t allow dwelling on the ‘bad stuff’ to distract us from rejoicing in the ‘good stuff’! For Hill City, 2011 has been a massive year for us. It’s held massive challenges and yet we’ve also experienced huge blessings. Personally, I want to be a person who doesn’t end the year in regret and despair, but rather in worship and with hope. If you feel the same, please feel free to post a comment(s) below and share. I believe it will give much glory to Jesus and be a great encouragement to others if you did so. (If you’re not used to commenting on blogs it’s really simple and you don’t get any junk mail coming back at you once you’ve done it.)

C’mon people – let’s share what God has done!


31 Days in the Book of Proverbs

This post is primarily for members of the Hill City Church family, though the rest of you are free to listen in too! Essentially what this is all about is pulling together 2 issues that we as a leadership have been asked about loads of times over the last few years at Hill City, namely:

  1. How do I study the Bible better?
  2. How do I live for God better?

Hill City is a very young church and these are timely and important questions that demand a response. Therefore, what myself and my co-pastor, James, are proposing is that we as a church – all of us – dedicate the first month of 2012 to reading through the epic book of Proverbs together. Proverbs is a book that is loaded with nuggets of wisdom. It consists of 31 chapters, which is convenient as there are 31 days in January. What we propose is that we read a chapter each day until we’ve finished the whole book.

It’s our firm belief that studying the Bible together will help us ALL to better understand its truth and live more godly lives as a consequence. Here’s how I suggest we go about it:

TUNE IN: Try to open your Bible at a time when there are minimal distractions (turn off your TV, phone and music!) Before you start reading take some time to pray to God and ask Him to speak to you.

LISTEN UP: Don’t just read the words but listen to what God’s actually saying to you. It might well be that of all the nuggets in the chapter there is one in particular that stands out to you.

GET IT DOWN: Take on board what God is saying. Get it down by writing it in a note book or on a post-it note that you can put somewhere prominent like on the fridge or the back of the toilet door.

LIVE IT OUT: Whatever God says to you – do something about it and watch Him change your life and your world!

SPREAD THE WORD: We want to hear how God is speaking to us as a church through the Proverbs – so here’s what we suggest: Text each other, plaster Proverbs all over your Facebook and Twitter accounts (after all – the Proverbs is essentially King Solomon’s Twitter account!) On top of that, we are going to make space during each Sunday morning service in January for people to share ways that God has been encouraging/challenging/blessing them through the Proverbs.

So there we have it.

See you on January 1st in chapter one…

Bursting At The Seams & Blessed Beyond Measure

I meant to post this last night, but frankly I was so shattered I came home and crashed spark out on the sofa instead!!

But what I’m gonna post simply has to be posted as it’s an expression of praise to God and deep gratitude for the people He’s blessed me to work, worship and serve alongside – namely Hill City Church. Last night was our Christmas outreach event – Cold Barn Carols. We have traditionally run a carol service for the community ever since the church was born 4 years ago (though last year’s was snowed off) and they have always been worthwhile.

But this year’s was very, very different!