Good morning: We will be taking the following precautions for everyone’s safety:
- Everyone must wear a mask – you must wear a face mask while you are in the church
- Everyone’s temperature will be taken – anyone with a temperature will not be allowed to attend service.
- We will practice social distancing in the sanctuary.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided
- Worship service will start at 10:45
- The sermon will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 11:00AM – only the sermon will be broadcast at this time.
- Please park in the South parking lot and come in the back door.
- You have been faithful in your financial support during this pandemic we are both humbled and grateful.
Hillview Family and Friends!
Pastor will be starting a Zoom evening class on Thursdays. He will be using the Sunday School book curriculum. If anyone is interested, please send a email to either the church email address or Paste Dexter email address which will be located in the Church Directory. He will need at least 5-6 participants. The Church Directory will be in the church mailbox on Sunday. If needing a church directory, please feel free to email and we will mail it to you.
Sis. Debbie will have the new Children’s Ministry Home Study was available for pick-up Sunday March 21st at 10:30am. If you are not able to pick-up at the end of service, you can contact Sis Debbie at HVchristianed@gmail.com or call the church (913)299-4406 at 10:30 to 11:00am Sunday morning.
We will be having Sunday School for the children and Youth on Sunday at 9:30 am. Sis. Debbie will be outside on the Concrete patio on the North side of the building where the Daycare is located.
July 23rd and 24th at 7am Garage Sale at the Church for the Branson Retreat in 2023. If you would like to donate Any gently used items, please bring them to the church. Any large items that needs to be picked up, please contact Pastor Cedric Saunders for arraignments. Needing any volunteers who would like to help with the Garage sale.
July 31 Ladies prayer Breakfast at 9am
Hosted at the KC Heartland Event Space
15202 Parallel Rd. Basehor, KS
Please bring a devotional to share.
Open position is needed for Janitorial for the Daycare and church. If interested, Please Contact Pastor Dexter.
Needing anyone to help volunteer cleaning the sanctuary, The Spot and vacuuming. If Interested, Please contact LaTanya Dunn.
Happy Birthday and wedding Anniversary to all the Family and friends celebrating in the month of July.
Church of God News
May the Lord add a Blessing to the Reading and Hearing of His Word:
Last week we learned that the word WORLD has three possible meaning:
- The earth we live on (Acts 17:24)
- Humanity (John 3:16)
- A system that is spiritual and is opposed to God and Christ (1 John 2:15)
All of us at some point in our lives bought into this worldly system that is opposed to God because of our sin nature we are born with. Once we understood that Satan was offering us counterfeit blessings to keep us distracted from the relationship God wanted to have with us and His purpose for our lives we repented of our sins and turned to God.
I wish I could say once we repented and turned to God Satan would leave us alone but he hasn’t. He is constantly whispering in our ears lies that sound convincing enough, like he did to Eve in the garden, that we fall victim to his temptations. I’ve told you scripture memorization is beneficial for us and 1 John 1:9 is a good verse to memorize. That verse says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Satan knows we are susceptible to his temptations in three areas of our lives:
- The cravings of sinful man/the lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The boasting of what he has and does/pride of life
I believe it is important to expound a little on these three areas of temptation.
The lust of the flesh is everything that appeals to a carnal or physical appetite. Natural body desires are not inherently evil like the need for food, drink, and sexual fulfillment. Satan knows how to take these licit (lawful) desires and turn them into illicit ones. The devil tried to tempt Jesus by the lust of the flesh when he urged him to turn stones into bread. Since Satan tempted Jesus by the lust of the flesh we need to realize he is coming after us as well.
The lust of the eye is everything that appeals to the eye’s insatiable demands. Satan will use external attractions, things that in and of themselves are inherently good like a desire to buy a new home or car or inherently bad like having eyes for your neighbor’s wife and produce within you a spirit of covetousness. Achan caused a great defeat of Israel’s army because of covetousness. Joshua 7:21 says, “When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” Within the past month most of us have been tempted to obtain something we have seen with our eyes that we have coveted.
The pride of life is everything that appeals to haughtiness, arrogance, and pride. Satan uses those periods of time when we obsess over things like personal achievement or our popularity or our academic success to produce in a person a self-sufficient attitude. Pride worships what it has made, claiming ‘ownership’ of something that God has done.
Be on guard against the wiles of the devil because we all have weaknesses. We are susceptible to the lure of material blessings. Scripture warns us about storing up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Plus, the world and its desires are going to pass away. Our treasures are supposed to be stored in heaven where we get to live forever.
We are living in that period of time between Jesus’ first coming and his second coming. John refers to the times as the last hour. One of the evidences of us being in the last days is the appearance of antichrists. These antichrists are described as people that fellowshipped with us for awhile but their true colors caused them to depart from us.
The scripture says if they had really belonged to us they would have remained with us but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. Many people claim to be a Christian but have never sold out to Jesus. They stay among us as long as the pastor doesn’t offend them by preaching the Gospel which requires a commitment on their part to serve God and others. Once offended they move on looking for a place that accepts them without requiring anything of them.
All relationships require a determination by all parties involved, in order for them to be lasting relationships otherwise when trouble arises, the relationship will fail. This truth is applicable in marriage, employment, and in our relationship with God.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I sometimes ask the question, are you prepared to die for what you believe? So the question becomes are you believing the truth or are you believing a lie? In my previous two sermons on 1 John God has warned the church about light and darkness and love and hate. Now He is warning us about truth and error.
Antichrist is a word that only John uses in scripture. The term describes three things:
- A spirit in the world that opposes or denies Christ;
- The false teachers that embody this spirit;
- A person who will head up the final world rebellion against Christ;
A spirit of antichrist is in the world today. We have two forces at work in the world today truth is at work in the church by the Holy Spirit and evil is working by the energy of Satan.
I once heard that when bank tellers are trained to identify counterfeit bills they are only shown real money. If they know what real money looks like they will be able to detect counterfeit bills.
John is writing to believers that know the truth about Jesus and no lie comes from the truth. As we breakdown John’s letter we need to be able to identify the truth of God’s Word so we will be able to spot any false doctrine. The Apostle Paul describes Jesus like this:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–
23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
The person or persons that refuse to acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ is a liar and an antichrist. When you deny Jesus you deny God the Father as well. When you acknowledge the Son you have the Father also.
Verse 24 and 25 of the text says, “See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us– even eternal life.
Some of us are gullible. We try to see good in everybody. The truth is everybody is not good. So, being warned about false teachers that want to lead you astray is important.
1 Tim 4:1;
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
It is your responsibility to study God’s Word so I can’t lead you astray. Jesus is coming back and you want to be confident and unashamed at his coming.
Love Not The World & Be Wary Of False Teachers
1 John 2:15-27;
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For everything in the world– the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist– he denies the Father and the Son.
23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is what he promised us– even eternal life.
26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.
27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit– just as it has taught you, remain in him.
Support Hillview’s Greeting Card Ministry – We have anniversary, birthday, and get well cards on the table by the front entrance for you to send to others to let them know you are thinking of them. A donation of $1.00 will help cover the cost of cards and postage.
Continue to pray for the sick and shut-ins and support their spouses or caregivers
Weekly Events: Resume in Spring
- Sunday 9:00am: Prayer
- 9:30am: Sunday School
- 10:45: Worship Service
- Monday 6:30 pm: Small Group
- Cedric & Bonnies’ home.
- 7842 Walker Ave. KCK 66112
- Lead by Brother Richard Natividad
- Wednesday 7:00pm: Wednesday Evening
- Service at Hillview
- Thursday 11:00am: Small Group at Louis & Peggy White’s home,
- 4405 Sorter Dr. KCK 66104
- Lead by Calvin Marshall Jr.
- 7:00pm: Small Group at Pastor Dexter & Sister Karen’s home,
- 4525 Sorter Dr. , KCK 66104
- Lead by Pastor Dexter
- Saturday 10:30am Praise Team and Choir Rehearsal
Offering Envelopes are located on the wall outside of the sound booth.