Big Hill Christian Church

1150 Goggins Lane, Richmond, KY

Big Hill Bible Studies
05 May 2018
 
Tomorrow during our contemporary (2nd) morning service we will have our "Baby Dedication Service.  I ask that you consider your commitment to the young people in our family at BHCC.  The dedication service is not a service that dedicates the child as much as the congregation dedicates themselves to see that they do their part to train and equip, encourage and support, pray and serve the children.
 
It is said the youth are the church or tomorrow.  I believe they are an integral part of the church of today.  It is imperative that we follow the scriptures and "Train up a child in the way he should go. . ."  because the times we live in are full of temptations and false teachings.  They must have a strong foundation to stand firm as they mature and face a worldly culture.  Why is it so important?  Because if we train them up in the way they should go, ". . . when he is old he will not depart from it."  (Proverbs 22:6)
 
Pray for our next generations and dedicate yourself to service. 
 
 
Stand Firm,
Jim
Big Hill Bible Studies
04 May 2018
 
Acts 17:11
 
"Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so."     -  Acts 17:11  (NASB)
 
Consider the context of this passage.  Luke is describing the people in the church of Berea (not Kentucky).  While false prophets and doctrines were floating about, these people were eager to search the Scriptures and see what was true and what was false.  They wanted to be in the truth, following the Word with confidence. 
 
So how do we compare to the Bereans?  Do we search the Scriptures daily, eagerly, and with the necessary depth to see whether things we hear or see today are truth or not?  Notice how often they did this - DAILY!  Are we in the Word daily?  Do we challenge the teachings of the world?  How much of what is called "religion" today is nothing more than Satan's attempts to knock us off balance? 
 
I'd like to challenge you to try something today.  What do you believe as being scriptural but you don't know where the scripture is?  How many things like this can you think of?  Is it concerning enough for you to examine the Scriptures daily?  We are told to "be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth."  (2 Timothy 2:15).
 
Stay in the Word, "be ready in season and out of season" be ready to "make a defense to everyone who asks" and do this daily.  I believe now more, than ever that the Christians must know the Word in order to stand in the world, and become the voice we need to be.  
   
Stand Firm
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Jim
Big Hill Bible Studies
03 May 2018
 
Ephesians 4:3
 
Today is the National Day of Prayer and the theme this year is "Pray for America - UNITY"  The website posts the following:
 
"Prayer brings people together.  Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go.  Prayer brings UNITY.  In 2018, our theme will be Pray for America - UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3, which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
 
Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America.  We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need.  We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer.  We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally."   Quoted from Dr. Ronnie Floyd
 
It has been said that no great move God was ever begun without praying first.  Please join me in praying for the unity of Christians in the country to take their stand for the Lord and then stand firm!  I strongly believe it is time for the Churches across America to unify in proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior - our only hope in this world.  Let's put the theme verse to work in our lives - not just today, but each and every day.
 
Stand Firm,
Jim
Big Hill Bible Studies
02 May 2018
 
Luke 9:23
 
"And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
 
In light of the last two day's entries about the Lord making each day and extending his loving kindnesses to us each morning - how often would you say that you actually "take up you cross and follow Him?"  He says we are to do this daily.  Is that part of your "wake up" routine?  Or is this a weekly, monthly, "whenever I feel like it" kind of thing with you?  The intent here is to live a life of selflessness rather that selfishness.  Jesus picked up His cross to go to His death.  A death that was His ultimate mission on earth.  A death that paid for your sins and mine.  A death that He overcame in victory.  He gave His life for us and now asks us to give our lives to Him as a living sacrifice (see Romans 12:1-2).  Consider for a bit today what your response is to His instruction in Luke.
 
Take two views in this passage.  First, consider if you truly want to follow Him ?  Are you committed to a level of self sacrifice that involves a daily denial of self?  Do you actually want to follow Jesus to that degree?  Secondly, consider what your level of commitment actually is today.  This should be a reflective indicator of your intent to serve Him.  How important is it to you to see the joy and peace inside when you are obedient.  To commit yourself to daily taking death to self over life to serve self is a mind boggling challenge.  In order to find the answer a complete and total dedication to truth is expected - nothing less.  He commands us to pick up our cross daily and become a living sacrifice by not conforming to the world but by being obedient to the Word.
 
What would that life look like?  Why not start today?  He has made this day for you and promises to extend His loving kindnesses to you.  Let me know what you think. 
    
Stand Firm,
Jim
Big Hill Bible Studies
01 May 2018
 
Lamentations 3:22-23
 
"The LORD's lovingkindnesses never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
 
How did Monday go for you?  Did you rejoice in the day the Lord made for you yesterday?  Here is another thought - His loving kindnesses are new every morning.  Every . . . single . . . morning.  Think about this.  Each and every morning the Lord extends the invitation to accept His love, His forgiveness, His mercy, His grace - every loving kindness. 
 
Have you ever agreed to start fresh with a new life, only to have something come up and cause you to "re-think" and re-start?  Perhaps you had intended to give your Monday to the Lord.  You had planned to rejoice in His gift and worship in your life at home, at work, school, or where ever you were - but you messed up.  You reacted without thinking.  You had the chance to make a stand and you lost your courage.  There was an opportunity to serve and you walked away.  The Lord is promising to forgive and grant another day to you.  Start fresh today.  Learn from yesterday and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.  Accept His forgiveness and live the new life you have always wanted.
 
Take the time today to thank God for Who He is and what He has done and promises to do in your life.  Make today a day of worship to Him.  Start that life you had planned.
 
Stand Firm,
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Jim