Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Day of Prayer Service, Thursday May 1st

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

We will be joining Christians around the world by gathering on the front steps of our sanctuary on Thursday, May 1st @ Noon for prayer over our nation as one voice united.

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."
[2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT]

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt This Saturday

Saturday, March 19th 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Fun, Snacks and Prize Eggs For children through 5th grade.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Youth Update: 4/14 - 4/20

Last week, we started our Colossians Bible study.  We learned in Colossians 1:1-14 of Paul’s encouragement to the church in Colossae to remember the hope they have in Jesus, God’s will for them, and Jesus’ saving work of them. This week, we will continue our study in Colossians 1:13-23. This passage will be helpful as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus to forgive sinners and reconcile man to God! Our Wednesday Bible study will begin at 6:30 and last until 7:30. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday evening at 6:00, before our Bible study, we have our first parent/student meeting for the Wilmington Beach Retreat! We will be discussing the price, rules, schedule, and purpose of the trip. If you are planning on attending the retreat, you must be at this meeting. If you have a previously scheduled commitment, please send me an email to let me know!

Youth Beach Retreat – Wilmington, North Carolina
Location: Pine Valley Baptist Church
Price: $105
Date: June 26-June 29

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Youth Update: 4/7 - 4/13

The Homeland Park youth just finished an awesome week! Our friend, Brock Bass, shared his personal testimony and taught from Matthew 7:21-23. He really challenged our students to examine their lives and hearts to determine if they have trusted in Jesus and His work alone for salvation or if they are seeking to earn salvation through good works. We are really seeing God starting to mold and transform hearts!

On Saturday, we had our hike to Station Cove Falls! Some of our students saw their very first waterfall and all of us were able to better understand God’s magnificent power in creation! We are gathering some pictures from the event and I’ll post them as soon as possible!

This week, we will begin our Wednesday night study of Colossians. We will study Colossians 1:1-14 and some of the background around the writing of the letter. The Family Life Center will open at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out and Bible study will last from 6:30-7:30. We hope to see you there!

Finally, the last details are being finalized for the beach retreat to Wilmington and I will provide an update with a separate post within the next week!

If you have any questions, email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Men's Biscuit Breakfast - April 26

EVENT: Men's Biscuit Breakfast
WHEN: April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am
WHERE: HPBC Family Life Center
All of our men and boys of HPBC are invited to join us for this event. We will get our Saturday started by enjoying each others fellowship and have a brief devotion for our Pastor. Bring A Friend! Donations to cover the cost of the biscuits will be appreciated but not required.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Youth Update: 3/31 - 4/6

Last week, we had the finale for our “March Madness” event with Varennes Heights Baptist Church. We experienced an awesome time with their youth in fellowship, playing basketball, and learning more about what Jesus has done for us! These events are great opportunities for us to enjoy time with other believers in our community!

Wednesday night, April 2, our friend Brock Bass will be teaching the youth during our normal Bible study time, from 6:30-7:30! Brock is a faithful servant and a great example of one who loves the Lord and desires to see lost people come to salvation. We hope that you will join us for this time as he shares with us the truths of Scripture and reflects on what the Lord has done in his life. The Family Life Center opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out and we hope that you will invite family and friends to come!

This Saturday, April 5, the youth will go on a hike to the Oconee Station State Historic Site to see Station Cove Falls! We will meet and leave from the church at 9 am and arrive back around 2 pm. Please bring the following: 
- signed permission forms
- your own lunch 
- a bottle of water
- comfortable, closed-toe shoes
- $2 to help cover gas. 
We are looking forward to spending the day together and enjoying God’s glorious creation!

Starting next Wednesday, April 9, we will begin our new Wednesday night Bible study series in Colossians. My prayer is that we grow in our understanding of who Jesus is, what He has done, how that changes their lives, and how we must respond to Him!

Finally, the big summer youth retreat is coming up! We are going to Wilmington and staying at Pine Valley Baptist Church from June 26-29! More details are coming soon!

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Get Out of The Cheap Seats

Last weekend my wife treated me to a secret road trip to see the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium.  As we walked inside the stadium, I was in awe of it's sheer size.  The stadium I had only seen on TV was now right in front of me.  I was standing where the Panther's play.  Our tour guide began talking about how the stadium was designed to give everyone, even those in the cheap seats a clear line of view of the field.  I would love to see an actual game played there some time, even if it was from the cheap seats.

Later on tour, we were taken to field level.  I was standing in the same tunnel that great athletes from visiting teams had walked out and could only imagine what it would be like to enter the field to a roaring crowd.  To watch the game, even from the cheap seats is nothing compared to being on the field.

Too often church attenders are content to sit in the cheap seats "pews". Jesus did not call us to spectate and get "fed".  Jesus called us to GO, Get in the game and be fishers of men.

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Matthew 4:19 NLT

Church can become so much more fulfilling when we get out of the cheap seats to experience the full game that God has for us, Yes! Getting closer to the game might cost us more but being closer to the game changes our perspective. We need people to take steps of faith to get into the game.  Church is so much more that coming on Sunday to watch the show and leave unchanged.  God is calling you and I out of the cheap seats, will you answer?

Pastor James