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.
Sept 20th Pastoral Relations Committee at 6pm
Sept 22nd Monthly Prayer Movement in the Metro Area.
Open positions are needed for Janitorial For the Daycare and Church. 20-25 hours per week. Pay Negotiable. If interested, Please contact Pastor Dexter.
In October there will be a Children’s and Youth Ministry gathering with meal. Information of the event will be coming soon.
If anyone wants to continue to receive through email Pastor Dexter Sermon notes, please email LaTanya Dunn.
Brother Ski Adams is looking to hire someone to help assist with his day to day needs of care. I have attached further details. Please contact brother Ski if interested.
The Second Series for Thursday night Group study “Act like Jesus” How can I put my faith into action ? will begin September 9th at 7pm. If anyone is interested, Contact Pastor Dexter White.
Sept 20th Pastoral Relations Committee Meeting at 6pm.
Sept 22nd Monthly Prayer Movement for the Metro Area.
Open position is needed for Janitorial for the Daycare and church. 20-25 Hours per week. Pay Negotiable. If interested, Please Contact Pastor Dexter.
If anyone wants to receive the Sermon notes through Email, Please contact LaTanya Dunn.
Happy Birthday and Wedding Anniversary to all Family and Friends celebrating in the month of September
Church of God News
May the Lord add a Blessing to the Reading and Hearing of His Word:
I asked myself what is the greatest law/commandment in America today. What I came up with is it depends on your situation. If I was wealthy any law that reduced my tax burden would be great. The laws that made it possible to receive stimulus checks would be considered great by those suffering financially because of the pandemic. I watched a program on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. I was not familiar with it but now I know Blacks, women, and immigrants would consider it a great law. I’m sure each of us could come up with our own set of laws that benefited us that we would consider great.
The commandments that Jesus referred to are great for everybody regardless of your status in society. They are as great today as when God gave them to Moses. We’re not talking about a casual relationship with God but a love relationship where we are putting our heart, soul, and mind into it.
While researching on how to love with your heart, soul, and mind I came across a ministry called Our God is with you. Their web sight shared seven ways to love God with our heart, soul, and mind.
1. Seek God first – When you have a problem or challenge don’t call your mom, best friend or husband, call on God FIRST and let Him help you. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
2. Obey God – The proof that you love God is obeying His commandments in the Bible. You will only obey someone that you respect and love.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3
3. Tell others about God – You can’t love someone and not tell others about them. When you love God, you share Him with those who don’t know Him yet. You introduce them to Him. When you share the Gospel, you are loving both God and others.
4. Believe God’s word and His promises – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
5. Trust God especially during hard times –“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
6. Know God – We’re in a relationship with Him and we should desire to know Him. It’s important that we desire to spend time with Him, in His word and with other fellow believers.
7. Give God your heart –“My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23:26 The great thing is, once we love God first and He has our hearts, He will teach us how to love others better. Because God is the author of love itself.
If we love God, we will love our neighbor, and if we love our neighbor we won’t do anything to harm him. This thought put me in mind of our service to one another in services like serving to guard the reputation of others or serving in the service of listening. Words can cause a lot of harm so we need to be quick to listen but slow to speak.
I felt led to combine these two passages today to get a better understanding of the commandments and who our neighbor is. Understanding the parable of the Good Samaritan should change your thoughts on your neighbor. It will also keep you from putting religious leaders on pedestals because they are human and make mistakes just like you.
When Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan He used a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan along with the man that had been robbed and left for dead. His audience would have been very familiar with the roles of these men. It was not by chance the parable played out the way it did.
The priest, the highest ranking spiritually, of the three main characters saw the injured man and passed by on the other side. We are not given any reason for his actions. He was going somewhere and he chose not to render aid to the injured man.
The Levite also had an important role in the workings of the temple. He would be a person held in high esteem. He also chose to pass by on the other side and not render any aid to the injured man.
The Samaritan in the parable was the only one to show love to the injured man.
We can learn three principles about loving our neighbor from the parable:
- A lack of love is easy to justify even though it is never right.
- Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need.
- Love means acting to meet the person’s need.
A deep hatred existed between Jews and Samaritans. The Jews saw themselves as pure descendants of Abraham, while the Samaritans were a mixed race produced when Jews from the northern kingdom intermarried with other peoples after Israel’s exile.
The law expert that asked Jesus the question probably assumed the Samaritan would not have helped the injured Jew but the religious leaders surely would have.
From the parable we know everything the Samaritan did to help the injured man. He showed compassion and love for the man, a total stranger in need.
If this scenario took place today and Jesus was addressing us instead of a priest let’s say He would use a bishop, a high ranking official in the church. Instead of using a Levite He would use a pastor. For the Samaritan He would use a businessman traveling by car to a business meeting in another city. Let’s say the person that was injured was driving down the road and hit a deer causing an accident. He is barely conscience near death.
The bishop being driven to an engagement sees the car on the side of the road and the dead deer. The driver wants to stop but the bishop tells him to continue on. He didn’t want to be late to his engagement. He makes an anonymous call to 911.
The next to pass the accident is the pastor. He is rushing home to get his wife so they can celebrate their anniversary with dinner at her favorite restaurant. He tends to run late routinely and he can’t be late tonight so he chooses not to stop. He also makes an anonymous call to 911.
Finally, the businessman that seldom if ever attends church, tired from a long drive comes up on the accident. He remembers the discussion he had with his wife about a message her pastor preached about service to others. So he pulls over to see what he can do. He knows basic first aid and has a first aid kit in his car. He also calls 911 and stays with the man until the ambulance arrives. Of these three men who was a neighbor to the injured man. Not the Bishop or the pastor in this case but the businessman.
What might keep a person from showing human kindness (love) to another person in need?
- You might not have the resources to help – that is a legitimate reason
- Prejudice – you just don’t associate with people from a particular race or culture
- Fear – could I be putting my life in danger by helping (not that my life wasn’t important but when Karen and I traveled by car with our young children I seldom stopped to offer assistance but when I was alone I would.)
It is a bad feeling to need help and people are passing you by not giving you a second thought. When we are walking in the will of God He will protect you as you render help to those in need.
A man lived in a college town and he liked to take walks in the evening. Sometimes he walked on the campus of the college. He had a daughter that attended that college. On days she had a late class he would meet her and walk her home. On one of his walks one evening he heard the muffled cries of a woman in distress coming from a wooded area on campus. His first thought was to keep walking but something inside of him wouldn’t let him. He went toward the cries for help only to find a man trying to rape the woman. His arrival caused the attacker to run away before he could do his evil deed. The man asked the woman if she was alright. She responded by saying, “Daddy, I’m alright.” I read that story somewhere but I modified it to challenge us to be ready to offer service when we can.
The Greatest Commandments
Text: Matthew 22:34-40, Luke 10:29-37
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
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