Friday, March 23, 2018

Question of the Week

Question: "What is Palm Sunday?"

Answer: Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. The Lord sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as Jesus had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer Jesus had provided: “The Lord needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35).

As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although Jesus had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving Jesus the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week (Matthew 27:22–23).

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9, emphasis added). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure sum of their joy?

We'll celebrate Palm Sunday this week at 8:30am & 11am!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Message from Scott Hoeksema, Administrative Council

We have three more prayer meetings leading up to Easter. This week's prayer session will be held Thursday, March 22, at 5:00pm with Ronald Morrell leading. Shirley Saddler will be leading the Annual Family Prayer Walk at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 25. It will begin on the north side steps of the Couthouse. Pastor Tim Helm will be leading our last session on Thursday, March 29, at 6:00pm. Please share reminders accordingly with the groups you come in contact with at Hanfield. If you are unable to attend physically, please take a few minutes to pray for discernment, wisdom, and leading as we continue to move forward with 'What's Next' at Hanfield. We are moving forward and asking God to guide our steps.

From a recent devotional I read: "Prayer is essential to true joy because joy comes from the Lord, and prayer places us in God’s presence."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Prayer Stations in the Harvest Room

You have another two opportunities to pray and work around the church. They are Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 - everything starts at 6pm on both nights.

For this week's prayer time, you are invited to join Jeff Brady in the Harvest Room to walk through 5 prayer stations that will help you journey through Jesus' temptation in the desert.

Following prayer time you are invited to stay and put in some time working around the church. It is not require to do both events, but we hope that you would consider it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Jesus Prayer...

...also called the Prayer of the Heart, the Prayer of a Single Thought, or simply The Prayer

Theologically, the Jesus' Prayer is considered to be the response of the Holy Tradition to the lesson taught by the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, in which the Pharisee demonstrates the improper way to pray by exclaiming: "Thank you Lord that I am not like the Publican", whereas the Publican prays correctly in humility, saying 

"Lord have mercy on me, a sinner" (Luke 18:10-14).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Skipping an Hour

You are supposed to move your clock forward to 3am at 2am, 
but we won't tell anyone if you decide to do it before you go to bed.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Question of the Week

Question: "What do I need to do to hear, 'Well done, good and faithful servant' when I arrive in heaven?"

Answer: In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the Lord tells of two faithful servants who used what they had been given to increase the master’s wealth. When the master returned from a long absence, he rewarded his two faithful servants and said to each of them, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, 23). Every Christian longs to hear those words from Jesus’ lips someday in heaven.

We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9), but we are saved “to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10). Jesus spoke of laying up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20), and His parable of the talents hints at various rewards for those who faithfully serve Him in this world.

To hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” from Jesus, first make sure you are saved. The unbelieving will never hear those words, for “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). And recognize that Jesus is not only your Savior; He is also your Lord (see Luke 6:46). “Serve the LORD with gladness!” (Psalm 100:2, ESV).

Here are some ideas on ways you can serve the Lord:

1. Share the gospel. The Lord Jesus desires us to make disciples, teaching others of the nature and character of God and sharing the meaning of His death and resurrection (Matthew 28:18–20).

2. Help the disadvantaged. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19–31, the rich man is condemned because he doesn’t help Lazarus and because he trusts in his wealth too much. Don’t put self-gratification before the needs of others. First John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

3. Forgive others for their offenses. This isn’t the same as reconciliation or trust, but it means you renounce vengeance. The Lord Jesus modeled forgiveness: “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to [the Father] who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

4. View your position of authority as an opportunity to help the people under you, and view your position of subservience as an opportunity to submit to your authority, just as Jesus submitted to the Father’s authority. Either way, you can be Christlike, because Jesus was both master and servant to different people. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

5. Seek to know the character of God better through church fellowship, listening to sermons, studying the Bible, praying, and chronicling how He seems to have been involved in your life.

6. Recognize that every advantageous position you’re in is because of God, the Source of every blessing: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

7. Be willing to be unpopular, displaying rare courage like the Good Samaritan in Jesus’ parable (Luke 10:30–37). Do what the Bible says is right, always. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29, ESV).

8. In introspective moral judgment (evaluating your own character), look at the character of Jesus as a measure rather than rationalize your questionable actions and attitudes. Show humility.

It all comes down to this: love God more than anything and love others sincerely (Mark 12:30–31). At the judgment seat of Christ, those who are faithful to the Lord who saved them will hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” No true servant of the Lord could ask for more.

Recommended Resource: Your Eternal Reward: Triumph & Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ by Erwin Lutzer

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

These prayer times will last 30-45 minutes
or as long as they need to last.

Are you a current leader? 

March 1st at 6pm with Shirley Saddler

Are you a part of Hanfield or want to join us?

March 6th at 6pm with Brad Terhune
March 7th at 7am with Brad Terhune

March 12th at 6pm with Jeff Brady
March 13th at 6pm with Jeff Brady

March 22nd at 5pm with Ronald Morrell

March 29th at 6pm with Tim Helm

Come to one or come to all.
You are welcomed and wanted.
All of these will be held at the church
and we will pick a room that fits
our size at each gathering.

There will also be our Annual Prayer Walk
held on the Courthouse Square on Sunday,
March 25th at 6pm with Shirley Saddler
overseeing the evening's prayer events.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday Night Classes!

Meeting on March 4, 11 & 18

Taking a Break for Palm Sunday and Easter

Finishing the Spring Series on April 8, 15 & 22

All Classes run from 6pm to 7:30pm
to match our format for GAP Kids, Club 56 and Youth
(which meet on Sunday night regularly)

Teacher: Rev. Tim Helm
Held in the Office Conference Room

Teacher: Rev. Kent Kessler
Held in Overflow Room 104

Teacher: Rev. Brad Terhune
Held in Overflow Room 106
(There is a 10 minute video introduction to each of the
6 weeks with teaching and discussion to follow.)

Our Sunday Morning Routine is Changing

The Reason:
                Our current format was established, in part, to give our church members opportunities to Worship, Connect and Serve each Sunday in a variety of ways over a variety of hours. There are some that have fully embraced that and attend a worship service, connect in an ABF and serve in another ministry area over a span of the three-time slots each week. Though, that is not the norm. Many come to two hours, but the majority is here for one hour. The prevailing feeling is that we need to explore another way to program Sundays while still setting us up for other positive engagement opportunities. A new concurrent model (as different from our current sandwich model) will allow for people from both services to interact with each other and see one another on site. It opens the possibility that dinners and fellowships held after concurrent services and classes will have more people stay due to the lack of time gap. It also builds the momentum of crowds interacting in closer spaces and timeframes to one another.
                This change is not without its own downsides, but we prayerfully believe it is a change worth making.

The Decision:
                The Administrative Council asked the staff to consider the options. The staff responded with a recommendation and the Administrative Council voted for it in the affirmative.

New Service Schedule:
8:15am                 An early opportunity for classes that do not need childcare for meeting. Also, a 
                             possible timeslot for Communion and Devotion for workers that may not get to 
                             attend a service that weekend.  Not published publically (i.e. online, 
                             newspaper or in official schedules after our intial discussions)
9:30am                 1st Service with concurrent Worship, ABF, Sunday School and Kid’s Ministries.
10:45am               2nd Service with concurrent Worship, ABF, Sunday School and Kid’s Ministries.
[All services and classes are scheduled for 60 minutes which allows for a 15 minute transition and fellowship period.]

                                February 25th – Announcement to ABFs
                                March 4th – Bulletin and Service Announcements
                                April 1st – Easter Services with the greatest attendance and
                                                   reach with new schedule info
                                May 6th – Transition to new schedule

Next Steps for ABFs and Classes:
                                Have a discussion and request which service (9:30am OR 10:45am) 
                                you’d like to meet during for your ABF or Sunday School Class. Once the 
                                requests are in, we will compare them to available spaces and get
        back with your class to set the official time and space prior to our 
        advertising push of the new schedule.
        (Place your request in the Drop Box or email them to

Sunday, February 25, 2018

In the midst of transition...

“A leadership transition can deliver one of the rarest organizational sightings: a robust pass from one leader to the next. It happens when the outgoing leader maintains integrity and focus. When the leader coaches the team on performance right up to the end, while setting their successor up for success.” - Sally Blount, "Leaving Well", Forbes Magazine

Today Pastor Tim announced that a succession plan has been approved by the conference. Rev. Curtis Banker will join Hanfield's staff as an appointed Associate Pastor beginning July 1, 2018. During this next season, the baton will be passed from Pastor Tim to Pastor Curtis with a planned 2-year transition of shared ministry.

How fitting that on this day of announcement, on this day that we as a church began discussing a new service schedule, on this day that worship exhorted us to "Stand on the Promises of God" and trust that God is truly a "Way-Maker, miracle-worker, promise-keeper, light in the darkness," Pastor Tim preached a challenging message about God's favor and promises to extend through the left turns. We may be facing some unknowns in Hanfield's near future, but we are pursuing God, trusting that none of these are only human plans but are God-inspired plans, and that revival is continuing to bubble up.

We are questing together with Pastor Tim and all the people God brings to Hanfield to join the team in the Kingdom work.

Lenten Journey Devotionals - Week 2

Happy Sunday! We look forward to worshiping with you at 8:30am or 11am and connecting with you at 9:45am for Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday school for all ages.

Did you know the Christian Church universal has moved into a season on the Church calendar called Lent? Lent is a season marked by fasting: an inward journey encouraging us to consider our sin before God for purification and preparation for the work He has for us. It is also a corporate journey as the Body of Christ walks through this season together.

To aid in this Shirley Saddler still has "Seek God for the City" devotional books available in the foyer of the church. This is available in app form as well (Seek God 2018). Check with her to participate.

Additionally, Jeff Brady is encouraging our youth to dig into the Bible in slightly smaller bites with Lenten Fast themed Scripture selections. In the pursuit of our Body of Christ connecting ever deeper, the youth group has made these available to the whole church as well (below, in this post).

However you choose to engage and deepen your faith walk this Lent, remember that we're all in this together. Hanfield UMC i
s here for you, we all are seeking and praying for revival together, and eagerly anticipating Resurrection in our lives, community, and world this Easter and beyond. We hope these resources are helpful. Thank you!

Lenten Devotional Scriptures -  Week 2
During this season of Lent we challenge you to seek God by exploring the truths of Scripture, His words to us.
Begin each reading with a prayer, “Lord, please speak to my heart, grant understand, and help me live it out. Amen.”

Feb 25: Matthew 6:5-15
- When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He made clear that ego will not get us to the Father’s heart. Whose will shall be done? If ours, we’ve missed something.

Feb 26: James 4:1-12
- If we are attempting to rend our hearts and test our fast for good fruit and overcome our ego, then let us find some practical words to each of those ends.

Feb 27: Jonah 3:1-10
- Let us not forget that we once lived in, and occasionally re-visit, our own sort of inner Ninevah, so please, keep doing the inner-heart work to let God redeem us.

Feb 28: Psalm 130
- May the song book of old continue the inner-heart work of these first two weeks of Lent and refresh us for more.

Mar 1: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
So often we forget to meditate on God’s Scripture in order to “write it in our hearts”. Rather, we fill our hearts with so much else. Let reset, refresh, and re-seek God.

Mar 2: Ezekiel 18:21-28
- God’s grace is so easily forgotten as we judge the wickedness around us. At other times we ignore the wickedness in our own lives and prevent God from giving grace. But He is offering free grace to you. Will you take it?

Mar 3: Psalm 51

- Like the woman washing Jesus’ feet, let us acknowledge our own sin and beg forgiveness. It is in waiting upon Him that we find His heart.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lenten Journey Devotionals

Happy Sunday! We look forward to worshiping with you at 8:30am or 11am and connecting with you at 9:45am for Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday school for all ages.

Did you know the Christian Church universal has moved into a season on the Church calendar called Lent? Lent is a season marked by fasting: an inward journey encouraging us to consider our sin before God for purification and preparation for the work He has for us. It is also a corporate journey as the Body of Christ walks through this season together.

To aid in this
Shirley Saddler still has "Seek God for the City" devotional books available in the foyer of the church. This is available in app form as well (Seek God 2018). Check with her to participate.

Jeff Brady is encouraging our youth to dig into the Bible in slightly smaller bites with Lenten Fast themed Scripture selections. In the pursuit of our Body of Christ connecting ever deeper, the youth group has made these available to the whole church as well (in this post).

However you choose to engage and deepen your faith walk this Lent, remember that we're all in this together.
Hanfield UMC i
s here for you, we all are seeking and praying for revival together, and eagerly anticipating Resurrection in our lives, community, and world this Easter and beyond. We hope these resources are helpful. Thank you!

From iLuminate Youth:

Lenten Devotional Scriptures
During this season of Lent we challenge you to seek God by exploring the truths of Scripture, His words to us.
Begin each reading with a prayer, “Lord, please speak to my heart, grant understand, and help me live it out. Amen.”

Sunday, Feb 18: Matthew 4:1-11
- At the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting from something that we rely on more than God, we remember Christ’s own 40 day fast in the desert to prepare Him for His upcoming ministry.

Monday, Feb 19: Job 42:1-6
- After Job’s life-changing ordeal and argument with God, he can do nothing but submit to God’s supremacy. What do you need to submit to Him today?

Tuesday, Feb 20: Matthew 6:16-18
- Though we don’t do a full, strict fast, Lent is indeed a fast. Let Christ’s words inspire and guide your own fast this season.

Wednesday, Feb 21: Deuteronomy 9:15-19
- Moses’ own 40 day fast before the presence of the Lord was for the vision and direction of the nation of Israel. May your own fast cause you to Praise Him for what He will reveal to you!

Thursday, Feb 22: Psalm 25:1-7, 16-21
- Let us be comforted, encouraged, and a bit challenged simply by calling on the Lord.

Friday, Feb 23: Matt 25:31-46
- The test of any fast is not whether we look changed for God, but whether our hearts have been “rended” enough that we are ready to act changed. May Christ’s words become a litmus test, then.

Saturday, Feb 24: 2 Samuel 12:13-23
- On this 1 week anniversary of starting our Lenten Fast, perhaps a reminder of why we have undertaken this fast. Simple obedience? Peer pressure? Or the utmost desire of a heart desperately seeking God’s will and touch ?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday, February 14, marked the beginning of Lent. A season marked in the Christian Church by 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Easter.

Repentance, fasting, and prayer during the season of Lent help to prepare us for Easter. And the 40 days also represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, as well as his time of response to temptation and preparation for his public ministry.

Today, Christians often participate in Lenten Bible studies, book studies, silent retreats, personal sacrifice (choosing to give up something) or daily prayer and devotional emphasis. You may take this time to focus on doing one specific thing to bless others and glorify God.

As we enter into this season, I pray that we will find time to be kind to our minds, bodies, and souls, as well as discover or rediscover the blessing of silence.

Throughout these next 40 days, our lives may include good news announcements, moments of joy, as well as tears of sadness or grief. My personal prayer is that I may be emptied so that I become, as Robert Benson writes in Living Prayer, “a space created” that can be filled by God.

Lent is a season in the liturgical calendar that will come and will go. However, we are reminded that our God is with us for “the long haul of our lives.” May we draw strength from our closer walk with Jesus

[One day] “He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”” – Luke 11:1 (NSRV)

Be Encouraged.

Bishop Julius C. Trimble

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hanfield Challenge

"Will you recommend fasting or abstinence, both by precept and example?"

This was the question asked of Pastor Tim and all ordained Methodist ministers

at their ordination. As Lent starts this month,

we have provided some options to consider in taking

Click HERE to see them and read some

frequently asked questions on fasting.

Monday, February 5, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Ten of 10)

Lesson 10 - Life Is A Gift – Celebrate Each Day

None of us have any idea how much time we have in this life, or even what the quality of that time will be. Embrace the fact that life truly is a gift, and resolve to celebrate each day.

Avoid the tendency to believe that bad things have control over your life. They may have an undue influence at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that your life is ruined forever.

Each day has its own troubles (Matthew 6:34), but it also has its own virtues. Do what you can to minimize your troubles, and then to embrace the goodness that’s around us every day if only we look for it. It’s just a better way to live, and a better way to be a witness to other believers and especially to non-believers.

After all, how we live – and what our attitudes are toward life – are our greatest witness to the world.

Entering our Second Week of Lenten Prayer Focus!

Monday, January 29, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Nine of 10)

Lesson 9 - It’s Not All About You – Or Me

We share the world with more than seven billion people. Each has their share of victories, and more than enough defeats. Neither your triumphs nor your tragedies are more important than those of other people around you.

Be prepared to genuinely celebrate the success of others. Also be prepared to help others in the face of their own tragedies. We all want others to celebrate our triumphs, and be there to pick up the pieces when we’re suffering. We have no right to expect unless we first do the same for others.
This is also how you develop humility, and humility is the foundation better relationships with other people, and with our Heavenly Father. True happiness and success in life aren’t possible without it.

Read On... Ephesians 4:2; Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:16; Galatians 5:13

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sermons and Series Notes

Sermon Notes available on 'The Bible App'
each Sunday Morning.

(Download it for your Apple or Android device.)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Highlights from leaders that are having to close churches:

Culture is changing whether we want to accept it or not.

It’s often better to approach and accept change at an individual level
before your try to change things at the corporate level.

Healthy churches are often acceptant, excited, and embracing of cultural change
while adhereing to the Gospel and orthodox tenets of the faith.

Healthy churches know where they have been (healthy nostalgia),
but are more focused forward by asking, "What's next?".

Small groups must be open to new people and
be disciple-making groups for a church to be healty.

You might be part of the dying church...

...if your response to change is always anger.

...if nostalgia is the focus of the majority of your church conversations.

...if you find yourself continually confusing methods and facilities with the Gospel.

...if you have little to no interaction with non-Christians.

...if you deflect blame onto the culture for your church's ills.

...if you refusal to see reality of this list in your church.

Monday, January 22, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Eight of 10)

Lesson 8 - Make A Provision For The Future – But Live For Today

This is one of the real balancing acts in our culture, particularly if you are a Christian. We should be making a provision for the future so that we are in a position to deal with the uncertainties of life. When this becomes the priority, we’re at risk of going in the wrong direction.

If your orientation toward the future is too great, you may be inviting the following risks:
  • You’re so focused on your own future survival, that you may miss the needs of people near you.
  • You may miss the simple pleasures of today, while you are busy preparing for tomorrow.
  • You may not live long enough to enjoy your provision (Scriptural reference: Luke 12:16-21 – The Parable of the Rich Fool).
  • Your emphasis on building your own provisions could blind you to the reality and necessity of God’s provision.

Make a provision for the future, but live for today. Never be so obsessed with the future that the blessings, revelations, and opportunities of today are no longer relevant.

Monday, January 15, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Seven of 10)

Lesson 7 - Forgive Others – Forgive Yourself

In the Lord’s Prayer, it says, ” . . . and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” (Matthew 6:12 NIV) Take that to heart! We will be forgiven by God in the measure that we forgive others. And when you’re tempted to withhold mercy from someone else, never forget that the day will come when you will need mercy from others.

You also need to forgive yourself. Guilt is a trap, and it can destroy your life if you allow it. You will make mistakes, and at times you may even be the devil in someone else’s life. When that happens, recognize your failure, seek forgiveness – then get on with your life.

Monday, January 8, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Six of 10)

Lesson 6 - People Are More Important Than Stuff

Materialism is another societal norm. It’s as if the person with the most stuff is the happiest, but don’t believe it.

People often substitute stuff for a lack of real connection with other people. Stuff can never give us what we can get from other people. God created us to rely on one another, and build each other up during times of distress. You can’t get those benefits from stuff, so it’s best to learn early in the game that people should always be more important than the possessions that you have.

Hear it from The Bible! Luke 10 - 

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.[l] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hanfield to Host RightNow Media's 'Work As Worship' Video Conference

God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” 

How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?

You’re invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to churches around the world - including Hanfield.

Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip believers in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.

Click HERE to learn more or register for the Retreat.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Five of 10)

Lesson 5 - The Road To Ruin Is Paved With Debt

Regrettably, we live in a culture and economy that encourages debt. The economy is largely built on people buying things that they can’t afford and making up the difference through loans.

A loan here and there – for example a car loan, and certainly a mortgage – are sometimes necessary. But if you find yourself borrowing money on credit cards to pay for clothing, restaurant meals, vacations, and various toys – or even borrowing too much to buy a house or a car – you are likely setting yourself up for an eventual disaster.

Most people don’t realize that they are in trouble with debt until they are already in trouble with it. Easy payment plans make it easy to ignore the true impact of debt, especially when you’re early in the process.

Becoming debt free – or close to it – enables you to keep your financial options open, and that puts you in a better position to achieve some measure of financial independence.

Get into The Word! Romans 13:8; Proverbs 22:7; Matthew 6:24