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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

8-7-17 Newsletter

Romans 14

I have heard it said that you hurt the ones you love the most. This happens for many reasons, but I believe a large reason is because of the expectation of forgiveness we look for in friends and fellow church members. Often I believe we look to them and expect church people to overlook our bad behavior because of their obligation through God’s Word. Paul stresses the opposite of this in Romans 14 when he writes to the church that they are to refrain from any behavior that their conscience even hints would lead someone else astray. . . Believe me when I say that I am one of the first to be outraged by the oversensitivity of my generation and the one that follows it. But, there is something to be said for one Christian seeking the better of another even to our own inconvenience. Let the words of Romans 14 dwell richly in you today as you look at those around you with affectionate hearts of love.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 8-7-17

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

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Hartford Baptist Church Future Plans PP

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7-31-17 Newsletter

“No power of hell, no scheme of man, could ever pluck me from his hand.” These are some of my favorite lines from one of my favorite modern day hymns, “In Christ Alone.” As I read passages like Rom. 8:35-39 my heart is lifted from any discouragement that might wash over me. . . As the enemy confronts you today with the worst of yourself and those around you, I pray that you examine fully the love of the Lord in the most dire of circumstances seeing that God has not nor will He ever leave you nor forsake you.

In Christ, Bro. Les

 

Newsletter – 7-31-17