Not healed, but stronger
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Not healed, but stronger

As a Christian, I know all good things are a blessing from God. But what about the bad things? Are they also allowed by God? Or are they an attack from Satan? My mental image of God is a heavenly father who, like my parents, wants only blessings of health and peace for His children....

Four Prayers In Four Weeks
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Four Prayers In Four Weeks

It all started at one of our church’s ethnic dinners. During conversation time, an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Do you want to walk without that cane?” I said, “Sure, of course.” (But when he asked this, all of my major issues, like heart disease and life expectancy rushed into my...

On Seeking Refuge
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On Seeking Refuge

In 2017 about twenty Hillside Members met together to create a refugee relocation support team in partnership with Bethany Christian Services. My commitment was due to my support of Bethany than to my knowledge of, or commitment to, refugee support. While waiting to be assigned a family, I read Seeking Refuge by Bauman, Soerens,...

God’s Plans are Not Always Ours
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God’s Plans are Not Always Ours

“For I know the plans I have for you….” (Jeremiah 29:11). I met my husband while in graduate school in California. I had come from Australia to do a masters in animal science, and Jim was in physics, an unbreachable academic divide, which explains why we did not meet in class! We had a mutual...

Discovering God’s Unexpected Path
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Discovering God’s Unexpected Path

They had no intention of returning to Cuba, and a sense of panic began to set in. Their flight was boarding when they were held up by a government official. “You have the ticket to leave Cuba, but you must also have the ticket for the return trip!” She called her mom in the United...

LET ME HELP YOU WITH THAT
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LET ME HELP YOU WITH THAT

Several years ago I came across a peer-reviewed article by a sociologist who studied socioeconomic classes. What caught my attention is this researcher referenced work by a different researcher, Dr. Ruby Payne Ph.D., on whose work I had written a research paper several years before in college. This researcher (whose name I don’t remember) identified...

January 28, 2019January 28, 2019by
An After Christmas Story
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An After Christmas Story

This story deals with an adult topic. The characters in this story are fiction. The details are based on multiple true events. Christmas at the Bicker’s house was not going to be a happy one. In fact, they were pretty sure that despite the counseling, despite three years of arguing and fighting and even rational...

January 8, 2019January 8, 2019by
Cleaning the House of the Lord
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Cleaning the House of the Lord

Like me, your mother or grandmother may have told you, “Cleanss is next to Godss.” After I grew up I was shocked to find that this particular phrase is not in the Bible! But on the other hand, the Old Testament devotes a great number of Jewish laws and ceremonies to washing and cleansing things....

November 26, 2018November 26, 2018by
Our Safety Team
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Our Safety Team

Times are changing. Some changes are great! We get excited about on directories and new programs at church. However, sometimes changes come when we really don’t want them to. Unfortunately, because of the world we live in, safety has become something we need to talk about at Hillside. Already back in 2009 the leadership at...

October 17, 2018October 17, 2018by
God’s Providential Care
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God’s Providential Care

It was a year ago this October when I fell onto our fireplace hearth while pole-vaulting in my living room. (When you fall big, you need a big reason for the fall; tripping over a heating pad cord does not meet that criterion.) I bre two bones in my right arm, cracked three ribs on...

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