Author: HBC Administrator

 

9-18-17 Newsletter

Proverbs 23:9-11

Facebook arguments can become some of the most fruitless endeavors for Christians. The proverb above encourages God’s children not to waste your breath on fools. I would update this by saying not to waste your fingers on a keyboard on fools either . . . My encouragement for you today is to take an inventory of your conversations. Who do you speak with and pour out time and emotion to on a regular basis? Are you spending your relational capital well? I encourage you to love with all of your heart, but do not love foolishly.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 9-18-17

8-28-17 Newsletter

Proverbs 22:5-6 and the story of Job

Job’s story is one of the most emotionally difficult stories for me to follow and know how to respond to in all of Scripture. Job and his friends ebb and flow through the will of the Lord and their own self-pity more than my mind can track at times. Job suffered far beyond what he could bear to the point that his spirit was utterly broken. His friends poured on contempt and guilt over his life to the point that Job was either fighting against them or against God all throughout the middle of the book. Proverbs says that those corrupt people like Job’s friends walk a thorny path and that it is in our own best interest to avoid them and the path on which they walk . . . I know it might seem hard to stay on the right path and to guide our children to do the same when everything in us and them says that it would be easier to fit in with a world that can seem like home, but the truth is that those roads lead to ruin and are filled with hurt. Fight. Stay on the right path. What we will find is that there are greater rewards in heaven and in the hearts of believers than in the temporary wealth of the world.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 8-28-17

8-14-17 Newsletter

Ezra 1-2

Cyrus the Great was the most dominant leader in history at the time of his reign. He united more people and defeated more nations than anyone before him. He was known throughout the world at that time as the king of kings. As ruler over many nations he would literally be considered the king of their king. Cyrus was different from the Assyrian persecutors who came before him because his method of leadership was far different. Assyrians would take people from their homes, slaughter their people, then divide the land amongst their own heritage while shipping the natives back to Assyria. Babylonians were far different. They returned people to their homes to work their own lands while giving back a portion of their yield as penance to the king of kings. What Cyrus did not know was that God was going to use this vanity as His own tool for returning His people and rebuilding God’s temple. The Lord laid it on Cyrus’ heart to not only rebuild the temple but to return everything that was stolen as well.

Often when the moment of surrender and defeat can get no more oppressing is when the Lord decides to step into the situation and redeem His people. Israel was arguably at the lowest point in which it had existed in its history. The people were displaced and in pain. They were removed from where they wanted to be in life. We most likely can identify with their feelings of exhaustion and defeat in more ways than one. But know that even the king of kings was subservient to the King of Kings who is God and LORD. Trust Him with whatever you’re going through today and know that He is directing even the paths of your enemies.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 8-14-17

Hartford Baptist Church Future Plans

On Sunday, July 30, Bro. Les presented a plan for Hartford Baptist’s future. For those who missed the PowerPoint presentation or would like to see it again, it has been uploaded in several formats for whichever is best for your computer.

To view the PowerPoint presentation, click below!

Hartford Baptist Church Future Plans PP

To view as a PDF, click below:

Hartford Baptist Church Future Plans PP

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