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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.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Please enjoy a small favorite treat of Pastors after church Service.
October 27th Children’s Ministry will be hosting Booth-R-Treat at 6:30 pm. It will be at Hillview Church of God. Volunteers are needed. She is requesting Peanut free treats. Please make sure to check the ingredients.
October 30th Ladies Prayer Breakfast will be hosted at Hillview Church of God at 10 am.
Hillview Church Family!
- There will not be Bible Study on Wednesday, October 27th.
- November 7th Daylight Saving Time ends
- November 20th Board management meeting at 9 am.
- November 25th Thanksgiving Day
- Happy Birthday and wedding Anniversary to all the Family and friends celebrating in the month of October.
Continue to pray for our senior members, parents/relatives and their caregivers. Keep our young people, teachers and district workers in prayer as they go through their day.
If anyone wants to continue to receive through email Pastor Dexter Sermon, Please email LaTanya Dunn.
Brother Ski is looking to hire someone to help assist with his day-to-day needs of care. Please contact Brother Ski if interested.
Happy Birthday and Wedding Anniversary to all Family and Friends celebrating in the Month of October.
Church of God News
May the Lord add a Blessing to the Reading and Hearing of His Word:
5 Steps To Hearing God’s Voice
Recently my wife and I had to make an important decision. This was a life changing decision. So we needed to hear from God as to what to do. I’m sure you have experienced those moments in life where you needed to hear from God himself. Your decision was just that important. If you haven’t, just keep living, you will. We made that decision and it looks like it was the right one. So I thought to myself, how do we know that it was the right decision? How do we know that God said XYZ?
As I looked back over my life I noticed a pattern when I sought the Lord for major decisions. Granted there were many times when I struck out on my own without consulting Him and things didn’t always workout well. But to my recollection, every time I sought the Lord concerning a major decision it worked out. I’m not talking about things like what color socks should I wear today? There is no need to fast and pray, weep and howl about that. I’m talking about decisions like who should I marry?… what town should I reside in?… should we adopt a child?…
Today I would like to present to you what I found. I call it “5 steps to hearing the voice of God”
I would like to direct your attention to John 10:27 Where it say’s
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
There are two players here, the sheep and the shepherd. They have a relationship. The picture that Jesus presents here is a familiar one to the people of that day. I am told that there were times in Jesus’ day when different flocks shared the same pin at night and in the morning the shepherd would come and get his sheep. All the shepherd had to do was call and his sheep would come to him. The sheep spent so much time with the shepherd that it knew the voice of the shepherd.
It’s like when we were kids. We would go to different houses in the neighborhood to play. Then when it was time to go in, we could hear momma call us, sometimes a block away. Now when she hollered CEDRIC… you didn’t see Keith, Luke, Rip or Bennie Dennie run off to go see what she wanted. You saw Cedric take off and go home. In fact, you better see Cedric take off real quick and go home or else there would be consequences.
So for the first step we must understand that Jesus said my sheep hear my voice. If we want to hear from God we must first make sure that we belong to Him. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. He made it real simple to do that. The Bible says all you have to do is
…confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
This is a simple truth that we come to this podium each Sunday and proclaim. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. If you want to hear from God you must first belong to Him.
Once you establish that you belong to Him, now you need to assure that you have the right Vision, Position, and Disposition.
Vision: What I mean by that is this. Matt 6:22-24
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then, if your eye is [n]clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is [o]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [p]wealth.
You cannot serve 2 masters. Either you are the master or God is the master of your life. We were born with a free will but we are born again to do His will.
When you decide to align yourself to get close to God and work where He is working, don’t be surprised when you see him move.
Position: If your vision is to do the will of God, now get in the right position. If you are seeking God for an answer you need to get where you can hear him. This is done through prayer and fasting. Have a consistent time and place for prayer. Have another trusted friend pray with you. Pray specifically and in faith. James 1:5-8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Fast with understanding. Fasting is more than just giving up food for a season. It is a disciplining of the body, mind, soul and spirit. It helps you get yourself in order. Sometimes our emotions get ahead of reason and sometimes our reasoning get ahead of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not subject to our mind, will or emotions. Fasting intensifies your power in the spiritual realm. There are those that practiced fasting in the Bible with tremendous results. Daniel 10: 1-5, 11,12
10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, [a]but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no [b]pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4 Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the [c]Tigris, 5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz…
11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.
Daniel heard from the Lord
Disposition: If our vision and position is correct we will have the proper disposition. Your will must be subject to God’s will. When Jesus was at the most critical point in His life on earth as the song says, “He could have called 10,000 angles to destroy the world and set Him free” but He didn’t. He said not my will but thy will be done. His entire disposition was to do the will of the Father
5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,
“You have not desired sacrifice and offering,
But You have prepared a body for Me;
6 You have not taken pleasure in whole burnt offerings and offerings for sin.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come
(It is written of Me in the scroll of the book)
To do Your will, O God.’”
After we have checked our vision, position, and disposition, it is time to go to the next step.
By now you may start to formulate a decision. But don’t act on it yet. Ascertain if your decision aligns with the Word of God, the Will of God and the Way of God.
Word of God: Psalms 119:105
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
When we were young Daddy use to take the family to the mountains in Colorado. There was a place called Eleven Mile Canyon. There we would fish, climb mountains, hike the trails and act like we were soldiers marching around. We hated the out houses but we loved being out among nature at the camping grounds. There are certain things that you experience while camping in nature that you cannot experience in the city. One thing I remember is the darkness. There were no street lights so you had to rely on whatever light source you brought along. Daddy had a Coleman lantern that you light with a match. When you went outside at night, all you had was the light from the lantern to light your way so that you would not fall. We could see just far enough to see the path to where we were going.
That is the idea behind this verse in Psalm 119. The Word of God has been given to us as a guide and a help for us to get to where we are going. Let the light of his Word illuminate you path so that you will not stumble.
Will of God: We touched on this earlier. If you have decided to do something that is not in the will of God you are out of line and success if not guaranteed. If at this point in the process you do not know if it is in the will of God, wait. See if it align with the way of God.
Way of God: Basically God is good and all he does is good. The thief however (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy. So understand the nature of both. Satan is not going to lead you into goodness. He may use what seems to be good but ultimately his way is destruction. God’s way is love, God’s way is peace, God’s way is harmony, order, life given.
Speaking of the devil, once you get to this point, you will definitely have the devils attention. The reason is he the enemy of God and an enemy of our souls. Any time you seek to do right and live righteously he will try to trip you up. So he will use deception and detraction. This step is tricky because it is not always one way or the other.
Feelings: We cannot follow our feelings. Our emotions fluctuate from day to day and are unreliable. If you follow you feelings it is like the caboose driving the train. If you ever see the caboose come at you first, you will know that the train is going backwards; and you will be too if you follow your feelings.
Coincidences: Have you ever gone shopping for a car or a major purchase and you find the one you like and it’s the last one. I have. And I think, “ Well it must be a sign from God that I should get it.” Not necessarily. It could be a coincidence or it could be a confirmation.
Obstacles: If you are seeking to do something and you continue to run into obstacles, evaluate it carefully. God could be saying NO, or the devil could be active in resisting you. Therefore you should wait.
Satan is an angel of light. He will seek to resist anything that you set out to do that will bring glory to God.
Once you get to this step you should have a good idea what God is saying for you to do. There are certain things that you should look for to confirm that this is God directing you.
Look for God’s fingerprint: A fingerprint is unique to every individual. People have been convicted or set free based on fingerprint analysis. If your fingerprints are found at a crime scene you become a suspect because you are the only one that has that print. So it is with God, there is no one like Him. Often imitated but never duplicated. That’s why you hear folks say, “Only God could have put that together. I wish I had a way to illustrate what I am saying. I pray that it will come to you as you think about this.
Look for God’s verification/confirmation/ culmination: Regarding major decisions, I have found that when God orchestrates something, many times he will confirm it. You will see the many elements of the decision culminate harmoniously. He is a God of order and not chaos.
Listen for God’s voice: There have been times when the Spirit has spoken to me. Sometimes it is literal words in my spirit. Sometimes it is an understanding that comes to my mind. Sometimes it is through the Word of God. Sometimes it is through council with godly people. But always, when he speaks there is a peace that follows; there is assurance and not doubt; there is empowerment.
These are the things that I have found that work for me. Perhaps something here will help you today.
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[b] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’[d]? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.
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