Reopening Worship at Hebron


“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21

Dear Church Family,

We hope and pray that you continue to experience the Lord’s blessings during this difficult time. Our faith and confidence in Jesus reminds us that, while we may not know exactly how God’s providential hand is active, we can trust that He is working all things for His glory and for the good.

Among the many other ways God has been active in your life during this time, we hope that you have taken advantage of some of the opportunities for worship, nurture, fellowship, and education offered online through the church (hebrononline.org). Please continue to join us on Sundays for worship, and check out the website and Facebook pages for other ministry options.

The leadership at Hebron have been working on what it means to continue to advance the glory of Christ as circumstances develop. Attached you will find a rudimentary outline of our current thinking. Please note that this is at best a tentative plan—as you know, things are constantly evolving, and the plans we make today may not be relevant in weeks to come. We are aware of that, but have felt it would be beneficial for our church family to see some of our current thinking. As always, of course, we recognize the truth of Proverbs 19:21 and await His guidance and direction.

We are assuming that we will be transitioning between a number of different steps or phases in the months to come. We are presently operating in the “Current Phase”—with online worship, very limited use of the facilities, ministries primarily operating online, and so forth. We will continue in this mode until we are able to gather in groups of at least 50, when we will begin to offer a modified on-site worship time, with most of our other ministry programs still being restricted. As circumstances allow, we will slowly expand our gathered worship and ease into more on-site ministry. Finally, though again this will likely still be evolving, we will pursue our worship and ministries as best we can in the new environment we find ourselves in.

What is the timing of the steps outlined below? None of us knows. We know what we can pursue currently, and we know that that will change in the weeks and months ahead. But, we cannot know when we will be able to safely worship together and/or gather together in larger groups. The plan we have charted is a sketch awaiting a timetable that only our Lord knows for sure.

Finally, I want to offer a few words about our attitude with one another in the months ahead. As you are aware, there is no universal “Christian” approach to the COVID-19 crisis. Some folks are more cautious—and sometimes that caution is a reflection of fear, sometimes it is a reflection of wisdom. Some folks are more unguarded—and that can be because they are resting in the Lord, or because they are being unwise. Most likely for us all, it is a mixture of things; our caution is a combination of fear (bad) and wisdom (good), our freedom is a mixture of trust (good) and rashness (bad). Knowing this, how do we gather together and minister to one another?

Tip 1: Show humility. If there is anything that should result from our grasp of the Gospel, it should be a humility, a hesitation to trust to our own way, a recognition that our sinfulness distorts our thinking. Unless you are an expert, you do NOT know everything relevant to this discussion. We do NOT know of God’s leading and guiding one to another. So… let’s respond with grace and humility—be willing to admit that another’s views might be correct, that our own may not be the only (or best) way to proceed. This display of humility—certainly, that is what our Lord has done for us.

Tip 2: In Romans 15:1, recognizing that some will have a weaker faith than others, Paul writes: “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Without determining who here are the strong and who are the weak, can we not all agree that we should be sensitive, go out of our own way, even sacrificing our own comfort for our brothers and sisters? Certainly, that is what our Lord has done for us.

Tip 3: Overall, let us show charity towards all. Let’s face it, some people you might respect in some ways are going to act in ways that stupefy you. You could scrunch up your face, make comments behind their backs, get into arguments with them… Or, you could exercise humility, self-sacrifice, and show charity to them. Give them that which they do not deserve: Grace. For, certainly, that is what our Lord has done for us.

As we move closer and closer to being able to gather again in worship together, to serve the Lord face-to-face, and to experience Christian maturity that comes from our community, let us seek to be mindful of God’s love and grace to all.

If you have concerns or questions regarding our tentative plan as we move forward, please contact me at pastorknapp@hotmail.com (724-622-1283), Doug at hebronchurch@yahoo.com (412-605-4629), Jerry at jzeils1422@aol.com (412-512-6576) or any of the staff or elders.

To the praise of His glory! Henry



Words of Encouragement

by Doug Rehberg


I grew up in a home where feedback was generally non-existent. I suppose I’m not alone. My father used to say, “Self praise stinks!” If you were ever going to get a clear idea of what he thought of you or your accomplishments, it would come from a third party who would say, “You know, your dad was really impressed by this or that!” I remember, later in life, when he’d give me some positive feedback on a sibling or a grandchild, and I’d say, “Well, have you told them?” Thankfully in the last decade of his life he began to do that. What a joy and positive motivation it engendered in both the giver and receiver.

A few weeks ago we received some unprecedented feedback from a Hebron neighbor I’ve never met. She wrote, “In this difficult time, I wanted to write to tell you how much your church means to me. I’ve never attended, and I’m not in the same denomination, but almost every day your church gives me encouragement. Most nights before I go to bed I look out my window, down in the valley, and I see your steeple all lighted and proclaiming hope in every struggle.” And in that sweet note, she enclosed a $50 donation.

The word encouragement comes from two French words “en” and “coragier” meaning “to infuse with strength” or “to hearten”. One linguist observed, “When you encourage the tomato plants in your garden, you water them to promote their growth and health.” And the same is true for Christians.

Think of Jesus showing up on the beach after the resurrection. We’ve been studying it together for the last month. One of the greatest takeaways from this encounter is the encouragement Jesus gives to Peter after his colossal failure. Jesus didn’t have to come to that beach. He didn’t have to say a word to Peter. His salvific work in Peter and the others had been accomplished. The Holy Spirit had been breathed into them. The Ascension was coming. The Day of Pentecost was coming when the power of the Holy Spirit would fall upon them, equipping them to build the church. Everything Peter apparently needs is his already. So why does Jesus show up? There’s only one reason - to encourage. He’s there to promote the health and growth of not just Peter, but yours. The Gospel is all about encouragement in the midst of struggle and failure.

Nine years ago, Brennan Manning, one of my mentors, wrote his memoir. At the beginning of the book he sets out his purpose. He writes:

“This book is by the one who thought he’d be farther along by now, but he’s not. It is by the inmate who promised the parole board he’d be good, but he wasn’t. It is by the dim-eyed who showed the path to others but kept losing his way. It is by the wet-brained who believed if a little wine is good for the stomach, then a lot is great. It is by the liar, tramp, and thief; otherwise known as the priest, speaker, and author. It is by the disciple whose cheese slid off his cracker so many times he said, “to hell with cheese ‘n crackers”. It is by the young at heart but old of bone who is led these days in a way he’d rather not go. But, this book is also for the gentle ones who’ve lived among wolves. It is for those who’ve broken free of collar to romp in fields of love and marriage and divorce. It is for those who mourn, who’ve been mourning most of their lives, yet they hang on to ‘shall be comforted’. It is for those who’ve dreamed of entertaining angels, but found instead a few friends of great price. It is for the younger and elder prodigals who’ve come to their senses again, and again, and again, and again. It is for those who strain at pious piffle, because they’ve been swallowed by mercy itself. This book is for myself and those who have been around the block enough times that we dare whisper the ragamuffin’s rumor -

ALL IS GRACE.”

And there is no greater encouragement than that!

As poet, Leonard Cohen, says so well:

“Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”


On Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

by Henry Knapp


It is a truism that in a crisis our true self is revealed. Adversity does not so much form our character as it does expose it. An impatient man will appear a saint if there is nothing to be impatient about. Any woman can seem kind and loving when surrounded by friends and family, but a true measure of her attitude is taken when she is exposed to the needy and annoying. It is at periods of stress that an angry heart will show itself for what it is. Difficult times reveal who we really are.

If this is true anywhere, it is true of our faith. It is easy to sing to the Lord, to think kindly of Him, to celebrate our salvation when things are going smoothly. When life is cruising nicely along, all is well. It is easy to trust in Jesus when there is little temptation not to. But, what happens when things are chaotic? What happens when it all dries up? What happens when joy is a distant memory and our hopes and dreams collapse? A measure of our faith, our trust in Jesus, and our confidence in His promises is how we respond, when things aren’t  good.

Many Christians today are struggling exactly with this—what our faith teaches (that God is good, all the time!) is woefully absent in our thoughts, actions and attitudes. We have entered into an unprecedented time—a time filled with fear, anxiety, uncertainty, doubt, and dismay. There is no guarantee, no assurance that we or the ones we love won’t contract COVID-19. Our faith will not protect us from the devastation of this broken world. Our trust and dependence upon Jesus enables us to live with confidence that God is in control; that He is good, loving, and His glory reigns.

But how do we appropriate this faith? How do we lean into it?

The author of Hebrews calls us to “fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). The Apostle Paul says that we are to set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). Jesus warns us to be careful where our hearts are directed (Matthew 6:21), and of what we hear (Mark 4:23). Imagine being turned toward the Lord at every minute of your day, constantly seeing everything through His lens, hearing His voice first and foremost, shaping your desires around His. Imagine being so focused on Him that everything else makes sense only in His presence. Imagine orienting your life so completely around Him that your eyes, your ears, your mind, and your heart are given totally to Him. The crisis remains… but, our soul is quieted and our response is determined by Him.

Now, what if that is not you? What if the current crisis has found you wanting. What if in the midst of difficulty you discover that you do not rely on Him as you know you should?

The Scriptures are clear. They stand as solid encouragement to fix our eyes on Jesus; to set our minds on things above; to place our hearts in His hands. And, if we fail? “Repent and believe the good news!” Christ, your Savior, is there, with all the grace and mercy to forgive us, strengthen us, encourage us… to give us another opportunity to lean into Him.

As COVID-19 roars, we answer back, as Micah did—“As for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; for my God will hear me!” (Micah 7:7).
To God be the Glory!


Man Plans...An Update on What's Been Happening in Ministry

“Man plans, God laughs”?

You may have heard that statement. You may have said it. Do you know its etymology? It’s actually from a Yiddish proverb “Men tracht und Gott lacht”. Supposedly it is based on Proverbs 16:9: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” 

Hebron had a plan for this spring and summer. It included: worship, teaching, ways to connect with each other and to build relationships, as well as opportunities to reach our community and the world with the love of Jesus Christ. Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and those plans became inoperable. So, what now? Hebron’s staff and congregation were – scattered.

It did not take long for us to step back and say, what is our Plan B? God is in control and He does not change – therefore, He has called us to do ministry, so how do we do it under these unprecedented circumstances? 

We prayed. We met virtually – via Zoom meetings – something many of us had never even heard of before and were loath to do. But we learned and we did it! We made plan B and C and D. 

First – worship continued to happen via the website. Barrett used the technology available to us to see that worship scattered was available on our website each week. Doug and Henry continued to preach through their series on the Book of John. Each week creative adjustments were made and many of you tune in each week to worship from your homes alone or as a family.

Second – teaching opportunities were developed by our staff. Doug, Jerry, and Amy provide a new post each week on our website. Henry has taught a virtual Bible study and most recently a 10-minute series on daily devotions. Also, the Knapps and Slippys have posted a seminar for parents. 

Third – connecting with each other and building relationships. This is hard with social distancing, but not impossible! Our staff and leaders are making phone calls, Jerry is sending a weekly letter to those over 70, Zoom meetings and gatherings are happening. Student and children’s ministry have developed creative ways to stay in touch, provide teaching opportunities, and have fun virtual activities. 

Fourth – opportunities to reach our community. From working with The Blessing Board to deliver potatoes, to providing free potatoes to the community, to being a distribution site for free bag lunches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – we have sought to be a beacon of Christ’s love to the community. 

Ministry continues to happen, due in large part to you and your faithful giving. The Lord has established our steps and we will continue to walk in the way He directs. Does He laugh? Perhaps with delight that His people continue to persevere, trusting Him regardless of our circumstances. We don’t know when we will be back to “normal”; but we do know that our God is – BIG, GOOD, and IN CONTROL.

Women's Ministry: Here, Now, You - Why?

by Meg Keim

God placed you here for this moment of history.

Before the creation of the world, you were meant to be here, now – in quarantine – in 2020 (the year that feels like a decade). Actually, you weren’t meant for this time, this time was meant for you. You were placed here on earth at this moment by a loving, all-knowing Father God. So, here’s what I have been asking myself…why?
The Westminster Confession states that our chief purpose is to glorify God, but what should that look like for each of us?

Covid is not something that’s just happening to you. It’s an opportunity, not a punishment. Father God, who has made us all unique, knows us so intimately that He has numbered the hairs on our head. Every second of our lives has a purpose. I believe this time, even with its struggle and uncertainty, needs a YOU. God is offering us the opportunity to use this trial to reflect the gifts He has given us. They aren’t for our amusement. They are meant to serve others. Everyone has them, so no excuses. Whether you are at home or work, surrounded by homeschoolers 24/7 or alone, young or old, God has you here and it’s your job to act. Teaching, writing, serving, praying, encouraging, singing… and on and on our gifts are many and tailor made.

I pray we don’t let our gifts remain unused. Ask God to reveal a personal why for today, and then ask again tomorrow. Trust that we are necessary in His master plan. Be in awe that the Almighty loves us so much that He uses us in the tapestry of history He has woven. Be brave, be strong, be present… be looking for ways to embrace this time (even in quarantine) and use it to glorify God.

It will be ok.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”  Romans 12:6-7 NIV

Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard


Summer Sundays @ Hebron Kidz Preschool

June and July are all about what we can spy with our little eyes. Get ready for I Spy! It’s a great theme that not only helps us see the things that help us believe Jesus, but it also goes along with our VBS theme, FOCUS. Get it? I Spy. It’s all about the eyes.

Throughout the summer we are helping preschoolers see so they can believe in Jesus.

Our Key Question this summer: “Who can believe in Jesus?”
Our Bottom Line: “I can believe in Jesus.”

For more about what we’ll be talking about in June go to: https://vimeo.com/400679487


Summer Sundays @ Hebron Kidz Elementary

Life Application: Faith is trusting in what you can’t see because of what you can see.

God has always been involved in the world He created. We see His handiwork on display in creation. We see God’s love on display through Jesus, who came to rescue us. We respond to God in faith, believing in what we can’t see because of what we can see. When we focus on what we know to be true about God and the world God created, we can have faith in what we can’t see or fully understand.

For more about what we’ll be talking about in June go to: https://vimeo.com/398528874


Big SHOUT OUT to our Parents and Small Group Leaders

Thank you parents and small group leaders for making Sundays and Wednesdays a priority! Thank  you for learning Zoom and connecting multiple kidz each week! Thank you for working through whatever issues you had at home to make it happen! Thank you for showing your kidz the importance of worshiping weekly, even if it looks differently. Thank you for your patience as we tweak things to improve our time together. Thank you for your prayers. We love being with you each week! You are AMAZING!



We are scattered, but so thankful to God for the technology He has provided and for those who know how it works! While gathering together looks different, we are blessed to be able to continue to gather to worship God and learn about Jesus. With the amazing help and knowledge from Jill Scott (a Kidz Ministry Coach and Elder), our Preschoolers, Elementary Kidz and Small Group Leaders have continued to gather on Sundays. Again with Jill’s help, our K-5th Graders gathered in April for Kidz Club, too!

Technology has allowed us to gather weekly for “Lunch with Kidz” via Zoom.

Everything changed mid-March. But our God has not changed. While we were surprised by the turn of events, He wasn’t. Psalm 118:5-8: “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” We can trust God...no matter what. He is perfect, holy, and completely good!

How can you help your kid finish the school year? Here are five quick ways:
https://theparentcue.org/5-quick-ways-to-help-your-kid-finish-the-school-year/


Hendrickson Mission

by Barrett Hendrickson

A view of the devastation in Abaco

The Hendricksons are still on schedule to go to Abaco, Bahamas this autumn to work for Caribbean Youth Network and plant an Evangelical Presbyterian Church. One of the most difficult pieces of this stay-at-home for us is the realization that this is how our time at Hebron is going to end. We do not know of anyone who got into ministry with the intention of sitting in their house for two months, and not being part of a gathering church. However, as has been the case throughout our lives, we can see the Lord's hand on it all.

Moving a family to another country involves many transitions. Because of the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, the schools in Marsh Harbour are still not open, and therefore we are planning to cyber-school our children. These last two months have made cyber-schooling something we are getting acclimated to while we are still here. We are learning how to interact with people electronically, which is important to us. We desire to maintain close contact with all of our supporters.

Like much of the world, the Bahamas has shut down. Most of the economy is tourism driven, and without people travelling, there are no jobs. The restoration of Abaco has come to a screeching halt, as the volunteer groups have no way of getting to and from the island. Our partners, Gabe and Jan Swing had 11 mission groups scheduled to come to Abaco between March and July. All but one have cancelled, and that last one is highly questionable.

However, we are still fairly confident that our schedule is unchanged. Our month of training mid-July through mid-August is still planning on happening. As people have gotten used to Zoom meetings, we have resumed scheduling support-raising meetings, and are at 70% of our annual goal, as of this writing. We could always use more partners, so if you'd like to meet with us, or know someone looking for a missionary partnership, we'd love to set that up.

You can pray for us as we move forward. This is a difficult time for all of us, not having the interaction we are used to. You can pray for our support-raising efforts. You can pray that our kids recognize their place in spreading the Gospel to different places. You can pray for Barrett's ordination exam preparation. You can pray for the leadership of Hebron as they look to fill the roles that we have played over the last 19 years. We'd love to pray for you as well. Please check out our Website: Hendricksonmission.com. You'll find a prayer page, where you can let us know how to pray for you. If you want to meet with us, please email us at hendricksonmission@gmail.com.



On Resurrection Power

by Henry Knapp


In this time of uncertainty, it is comforting to know that there is One who is entirely certain. He is the author and sustainer of life. He is the great conqueror of death. No one knew this anymore fully than the Apostle Paul who faced perils far more severe than us. And listen to what he says is his deepest desire….“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.” – Philippians 3:10

There is nothing more important to the Gospel than Jesus’ resurrection. As those in Christ, we celebrate His incarnation. We seek to obey His teachings. We desire to emulate His service. We are forgiven at the cross. But surely it’s at the empty tomb where our faith is ignited, as we see the full reality of Christ’s birth, life, and death. It’s through the resurrection that God’s plan of salvation is displayed in all its glory.

Because the resurrection of Jesus is so central to our salvation, it is hard to think of a single aspect of our worship, our Christian life, our doctrine, without connecting it to the resurrection. As His disciples, everything we do and believe is shaped by the power of the resurrection. Why do we encourage service and sacrifice to others? Why do we sing, pray, and listen to the Word of God on Sunday mornings? There are lots of reasons. Lots of things influence our faith, doctrine, and practice, but the resurrection of Jesus dominates them all. Because He rose from the dead, our whole lives are made new.

This is true, not only for us as part of the Christian faith, but also for each of us individually, and for the body of Christ at Hebron as well. The resurrection power of God flows through all we do and believe. Just as an example, consider:

The Power of the Resurrection: From Death to Life
We all know the truth—there is no avoiding death (oh, yeah, and taxes). Almost everyone, of any age, immediately begins to grapple with the reality of death. Of course, we do what we can to avoid thinking of it. We fight hard to put off the inevitability of it, but sooner or later (unless Christ comes first), death will claim us all. I am not trying to be morbid here. Nor am I simply trying to state the obvious. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us of the truth: death is the consequence of our sin. The universality of our rejection of God has led to the universality of death as the wages of that sin. What a power is death! It will eventually get us all—no avoiding it, no hiding, no exception.

And yet, there is a greater power, the power of the resurrection! Even as powerful and determined as death is, the resurrection overcomes it! And, overcomes it completely, not just sort of beats it, but totally conquers it. Jesus is victorious over it! And so shall we be. His victory is ours. We too will share in the fullness of His resurrection when all believers will be bodily raised to life again at the last day. This past year we have had to say goodbye to dear loved ones, yet that power which raised Jesus from the dead remains at work, bringing all God’s people to Himself. Thus, we celebrate, not only Jesus’ resurrection, but our future resurrection as well. Our loved ones are not lost. Surely we will yet worship with them in the coming Kingdom of our Lord—raised from the dead in His name.

The Power of the Resurrection: A Transformed Life
Jesus has been raised from the dead. And with His resurrection we can not only look forward to our own resurrection, but we even now experience the blessings of that resurrection. Right now, the power that will one day raise each of us is now at work in us.

We are being changed! We are no longer what we were! We are being sanctified, made holy through Christ. The power of the resurrection courses through us now, as individuals, and as a church body. And He sets a task before us—the task to spread God’s Word throughout Penn Hills and beyond. It is the task of glorifying our Lord in every way. It is the task of being filled with the power which emptied Christ’s tomb.

The Power of the Resurrection: Life Amidst Darkness

Finally, consider this—the same power that overcame the crucifixion of Jesus enables us to live faithful lives in this broken and worried world. There is no doubt that suffering exists; no doubt that evil is present in shocking ways; no doubt that unbelief, injustice, wickedness, and a disregard for all things holy surround us every day. Hebron Church is called to be light in the darkness, a city of righteousness on a hill so that all may see. The Coronavirus epidemic only highlights the reality of our call.

God is at work transforming us, molding us, and directing us to serve Him—not safely cocooned away from evil, but right in the midst of it all. And this is possible because we do not go into this broken world alone, but we go with the life-giving, resurrected Lord, transforming us so that we might be a blessing to others. We do not act through our own power or strength. We are dependent on Jesus. And, in so doing, we are dependent upon the greatest expression of the power of our Lord—the power over death and sin and evil itself: The Power of the Resurrection!

He was raised, and we all will be raised—to the praise of His glory! 

We All Have a Choice to Make

by Doug Rehberg


I have a friend who says that his wife has “the gift of anticipation.” Now, he’s a psychologist so he’s paid to obfuscate. What he means is, she’s a worrier. And the reason she worries is because she’s scared of what could happen. She lives in fear; “What will happen to me if this were to happen, or if that were to come to pass? What will happen if our economy tanks or millions of Americans die of the virus?” She’s not alone, and nothing proves it any better than the level of our giving.
To be succinct, we don’t give 10% of our income or any offerings on top of it, because we’re scared of not having enough. Our faith in God’s sustaining power is so small that we think we have to provide for our own needs. Instead of locking our eyes on the One who loved us enough to die for us, we fix our eyes on ourselves and our potential circumstances.
A perfect example of this difference between faith and fear is found in the story of Benjamin’s birth in Genesis 35. In verse 16-18 Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife, is giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and it’s not going well. In fact, she’s facing a certain death. Look at what Charles Spurgeon says about it:
“To every matter there is a bright side as well as a dark side. Rachel was overwhelmed with the sorrow of her own travail and death; Jacob, though weeping the mother’s loss, could see the mercy of the child’s birth… Sad hearts have a peculiar skill in discovering the most disadvantageous point of view from which to gaze upon a trial; if there were only one swamp in the world, they would soon be up to their necks in it, and if there were only one lion in the dessert, they would hear it roar…
“Faith’s way of walking is to cast all care upon the Lord, and then to anticipate good results from the worst calamities...Out of the rough oyster shell of difficulty, she extracts the rare pearl of honor, and from the deep ocean cave of distress she uplifts the priceless coral of experience. When her flood of prosperity ebbs, she finds treasures hid in the sands; and when her sun of delight goes down, she turns her telescope of hope to the starry promises of heaven. When death itself appears, faith points to the light of resurrection beyond the grave, thus making our dying Ben-Oni (son of sorrow) to be our living Benjamin (son of my right hand).”
We all have a choice to make: faith or fear, giving or hoarding. May we all cultivate a gift of anticipation that supersedes our potential circumstances and rest on the rock solid assurances of a God who never fails to meet our ever need.


Preaching and the Preacher

by Doug Rehberg





For the past year a man at Hebron has been listening to broadcasts of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ preaching. He’s listened to more than a thousand hours of his preaching through Ephesians and Romans. He started listening because he heard me talk about Lloyd-Jones so often in my sermons. In this Corona crazed world, with lots of time on our hands, listening to Dr. Lloyd-Jones could prove to be not only interesting, but transformative.

In 1981, a preaching legend, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, died at age 82. For thirty years he preached at London’s Westminster Chapel three times a week:  Friday night, Sunday morning, and Sunday night. The day he was officially welcomed to his position as Associate Pastor at Westminster Chapel, working alongside another legend, G. Campbell Morgan, was the same day World War II broke out in Europe. He served with Morgan for five years, until Morgan’s retirement in 1943.

In July 1959 Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his wife, Bethan, were on vacation in Wales, his country of origin. While they were there they attended a little chapel on Sunday morning for worship. When they arrived, they were so warmly greeted that Lloyd-Jones asked if they’d like him to “give the word” that morning.

The people hesitated, knowing that he and Bethan were on vacation, and not wanting to presume upon his energies. Sensing their hesitation, Bethan said, “Let him preach, for preaching is his life.”

It was true. In his preface to his book, Preaching and Preachers, Lloyd-Jones says, “Preaching is my life's work. To me, the work of preaching is the highest, and greatest, and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.” (And that’s saying a lot since before his call to ordained ministry, he was a medical doctor and member of the Royal College of Physicians.)

And yet, it is most instructive to pay close attention to what Dr. Lloyd-Jones said near the end of his “preaching career”. He stated with no equivocation, “I can honestly say that I would not cross the road to listen to myself preach.” Now why would he utter such a disclaimer, especially in light of the fact that there are myriad preachers of every age who would say the opposite when it comes to their own preaching?

The answer is obvious to anyone who’s truly called to deliver God’s Word. Zechariah knew it. In chapter four, verse 6, the prophet repeats what the angel of the Lord had declared to him, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” In other words, true, godly preaching is the work of the Holy Spirit. The preacher is simply the mouthpiece. This is exactly the truth Jesus underscores in John 16 when He tells His disciples that He is sending them the Helper to guide them into all truth. The greatest truth is, “I must decrease (even die to myself) and He must increase.”

In 1945 when Dr. J.I. Packer was a student in London, he used to go hear Lloyd-Jones preach every Sunday night for two years. He says, “I never heard such preaching! It came with the force of electric shock bringing to me a sense of God more than any other man.”

Do you know who would be most surprised to hear that? D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, that’s who!


Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As you deal with school closings, the suspension of activities and play dates and a national state of emergency, know that we care for you and we are praying for you!  

Some of your kidz may be anxious or worried - During this time:
· Be honest with them - As your kidz talk with you, let them know that there are people getting sick and we need to make the wise choice. Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever we say and do.
· Allow them to ask questions - You don't have to have all of the answers - this is the way kidz process. If you don’t have an answer, you can either find the answer and get back to them or look up the answer together.  
· PRAY TOGETHER - In addition to asking God to give your child peace during all of this, it’s also an opportunity to pray for people in the United States and the world who have been affected by this virus.  
Philippians 4:8 tells us - “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 
Remind them that we don’t live by fear.  While the virus is a big deal, our God is BIGGER!  God is still good. And God is still in control.  “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We are praying for each of you as you guide your children through this season. Never forget - God is faithful!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

Love,
Small Group Leaders and Miss Ellen



Ways to stay connected with your Hebron family during this time:

· Pray for your Kidz Small Group Leaders and text or call them to see how they are doing.
· Join our Hebron Kidz Parents FB page! We are in this together!
Sunday Morning Large Group will still happen - just in a different way! Keep an eye out on the website - hebrononline.org/kidz and in your email for the details!



Check out thes links to Parent resources:

March God Time Cards
K-1
2-3
4-5

Parent Guides on Anxiety
Preschool
Elementary

March Parent Cue
Preschool
Elementary