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

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

Parent Guides on Anxiety

March Parent Cue

Women's Ministry: Reflections of His Grace

by Jen Balkey

Are you trusting Christ with the plan and purpose for your life? Do things SEEM to not go as expected or feel much harder at times than you think they should? We see repeatedly in Scripture where God’s people endure hardships. Sometimes they are a direct result of their own doing. Other times God allows situations of hardship to enter your life. In the midst of it all, we can trust our LOVING FATHER amidst the pain, pressures, and heartaches of this world.

At this years’ Heart Breakfast, we used the image of a diamond to illustrate how God  uses pressure to mold, shape, and refine us into Christ’s image so that we may shine BRIGHTLY and bring Him GLORY! Pressure makes Perfect! This is an ongoing process. It begins with our justification. When the Holy Spirit opens our minds and hearts to the truth of the Gospel and Jesus Christ becomes Lord of our lives, a process of change begins. That process is called sanctification (to become more like Christ). This reality is what Paul refers the Philippians to: “He who began a good work in you WILL CARRY IT ON TO COMPLETION until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6. Halleluiah and AMEN!

The truth of the cross is that we are seen by our Heavenly Father as perfect as Christ, the moment we believe in Him. The other incredible thing is that He doesn’t leave us as He found us. He gives us the incredible gift of His Holy Spirit to help us through the process. James 1:2 tells us to “consider it PURE JOY… whenever you face trials of many kinds.” This is not a feeling but a conscious choice that the Holy Spirit can cultivate in you. The joy will help us to PERSERVERE through the trial. James continues on in verse 4 to say, “Let perseverance FINISH ITS WORK so that you may be MATURE AND COMPLETE, not lacking in anything.”

God provided Linda Westover and Cydney Ballew to share their testimonies of how God has been working in their lives - how God has used hardships to draw them closer to Him. They showed the impact that these hardships have  had on their identity in Christ and how they have opened opportunities for them to be used by God.
We all have a story and our stories continue to have more chapters added. Your life is not over.  God has plans for you. In the end - the transformation will not leave you incomplete, but unbreakable. When you see a diamond be reminded of how unbreakable you are in Christ. You are seen as a beautiful radiant diamond as you reflect Christ. To God be the Glory!

Please, please, please tell us how God has been faithful to you through the pressures of life. How is He transforming you? Tell of His great work and glorify Him!! Share your story with me at JLBalkey@gmail.com . I promise not to share any of your responses without your explicit permission!

Hendrickson Mission

by Barrett Hendrickson

As we prepare and get ready for the mission on Abaco we see God at work in so many ways. We are so thankful to give all of you an update on some of the ways we have been seeing God at work in confirming His call.

On March 5th we signed papers to put our house on the market. We knew that the Penn Hills housing market was ripe, but we did not know that our house would sell in 5 days. That’s right, on March 9th we signed papers and are under contract to close on April 30. God provided in a huge way.

As we continue to serve at Hebron, we also now have new roles at the CYN (Caribbean Youth Network). Before we can start work on Abaco we get to watch the Lord provide by raising our salaries and ministry expenses. When we started this process in January, we thought of this as a chore and something that we just wished would be over before it began. God, of course, had bigger and better plans than we did. Every free night we have is now scheduled with support raising meetings and we have seen God through these meetings in so many ways. Here are a few:

· Confirmation of God’s call in our lives as we meet and chat with people about the mission, vision and financial goals of the mission on Abaco.
· We have seen and witnessed the incredible love of God’s people in their desire to give. Statements like “I wish we could give more”, “I just got a raise and can’t wait to give”, “I want to know God’s calling on our lives on what to do with our resources”. It has been an incredible journey to see God at work. Whether or not these meetings result in a financial supporter has been pushed to the background as the joy and encouragement we’ve received is overwhelming.
· Our prayer lives have changed as we meet with people and ask the question “What can we be praying for you?” We desire to have partners in ministry who will stand with us. It has been amazing to see the way God has worked in that simple question. Caring, loving, faithful people have come alongside us in ways that show intentionality mixed with prayer.
· We have had an outpouring of people who are walking alongside us through meals delivered, driving our kids from place to place, encouraging emails, text and phone calls, getting our house ready to sell and now offering to help pack. It is an incredibly humbling process to be served in such big ways.

We continue to watch God provide and we are excited about His work on Abaco. We currently have 48.11% in pledges of support. We continue to work to raise support both financially and prayerfully. We would love for you to join us.

Urban Impact Update

by Andrew Churchill

Greetings my Hebron family!  As a full-time missionary on the staff of Urban Impact, a Christ-centered ministry reaching at-risk youth and families on the North Side of Pittsburgh, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you, my church family, for your prayers, encouraging words, and financial support. 

Desiree Grace Churchill
2020 marks my 11th year at Urban Impact, where I serve as an Assistant Director within our Athletics Ministry Department.  Most recently I have been leading and overseeing our competitive fall and winter basketball leagues for boys in Middle School and High School. What makes me so passionate about these leagues is that God continues to use them as a vehicle to communicate His Gospel of new life in Christ to hundreds of youth and adults, the majority of whom do not attend church. By building an environment centered around prayer and a weekly Gospel-centered devotional message, players, coaches, friends and parents are hearing the Good News of Jesus and responding to the Gospel! Know that this would not be possible without the faithful prayers and the generous giving of Hebron Church and so many of you!

Not only did I recently wrap up this winter's basketball season, but my wife and I have been blessed with the birth of our first child, Desiree Grace Churchill. Desiree was born on February 23rd, weighing in at 7 lb. 5 oz. Mother is on the mend and in great spirits, while precious baby is full of joy as she sleeps, eats, and soaks up life outside the womb. In the weeks and months upcoming please keep both my ministry at Urban Impact as well as Desiree Grace in your prayers. Let us always remember that our God is mighty in power and ever near when we call upon His name!

-- Andrew Churchill

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

by Doug Rehberg

Recently I was out to dinner with a man who’s made a career out of raising money for the cause of Christ. He has one simple dictum by which he approaches people of means. He says, “You can’t take your money with you, it’s too heavy.”

Now lest you think he’s only talking to those who possess great estates, he’s not. He says, “Our money’s too heavy at every point of our lives, and at any net worth. It’s always weighing us down. As fallen, fleshly creatures, we live in constant fear of not having enough. In fact, it’s that fear that is the single greatest impediment to our growing faith.”

That’s the story of Zacchaeus. That’s the story Jesus tells of the man who finds hidden treasure buried in the field and goes and sells all he has to buy that field. That’s why Jesus spends so much of His time on the power of possessions in our lives. He knows that while He created us to be generous, out of fear we are naturally stingy.

In 1927 George Washington Truett was asked to preach in a small church. Now Truett had come to Dallas, at age 30, to pastor the First Baptist Church of Dallas. He pastored that church for 47 years. During this time he discovered the unassailable link between generosity and spiritual growth. So this little church in West Texas invited Truett to come and preach and help them raise money to build their first new building. The price tag was $6,500.

While a lot of Presbyterians wish to remain anonymous about their giving, these Baptists were fond of shouting out their commitments. At the end of Truett’s message on slaying fear by giving freely to Jesus, a man stands up and says, “I’ll give $200.” Immediately a woman stands up and shouts, “I’ll give $250.” After about 30 minutes they’ve raised $3,500, and no one else stands, so Truett begins his benediction.

Suddenly a woman interrupts shouting, “Dr. Truett, I just need a minute to talk to my husband.” Now her husband was a deacon who was sitting in the front row of the sanctuary, and she was in the back. So she shouts, “Hey Charles, I was just thinking, remember that man at the bank yesterday who said that if we ever wanted to get rid of our cottage he’d buy it for $3,500 -  twice its value? I think we ought to sell it and give Jesus the money, what do you think?”

He stands up, faces his wife, and with tears he says, “You know, I was just thinking the same thing. Let’s sell our cottage for Jesus!” Instantly, the flood gayes open. A man across the sanctuary stands up and says, “I’ll sell my boat.” Another stands and says, “I’ll sell my car.” And while all of this is happening a woman near the back, gets up, walks forward, and receives Christ.

Truett writes, “When it was over, there were dozens of new names written down in glory while the church got twice as much money as they needed. There was a thousand times more joy than I’ve ever seen in one place.”
That man is right. When God creates us and redeems us, it is so we might become generous, like Him. And of all the things that stand in the way of it, fear is the strongest foe. That’s why John says, “Perfect love casts out fear.”

News from the APNC

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) has been meeting monthly since August 2019. Hebron’s Ministry Information Form (MIF) has been completed and the final copy was approved by Session on January 20, 2020.

The MIF provides a narrative picture of the ministry of Hebron and mission of our congregation along with its sense of call. Prospective pastors will use this form to help them discern if God is calling them to serve at our church. The MIF is now posted on the Church Leadership Connections (CLC) website. (You can also view it by going to

The APNC is now in the process of prayerfully considering and thoroughly reviewing the Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from candidates that are received through the CLC. Following the 2020 budget discussions in November, the Session has adjusted the target date for the hiring of the Associate Pastor to January 2021. 

Also included on the CLC website are our answers to 5 narrative questions. They are: (1) What is the congregation’s vision for ministry? Describe how this vision is lived out; (2) How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?; (3) How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?; (4) Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation; (5) For what specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Each week beginning in March we will be posting our answers to one of those questions in the Enewsletter. As a preview, here is the answer to Question #1:

The vision for Hebron’s ministry is simple. We seek to be used by God to show Himself to the world to the praise of His glory. In John 14:6,7 Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” We believe that there is one complete and sufficient revelation of the triune God and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is He, in all His fullness, which has captured our hearts and has called us to show Him to the world. It is our desire in all that we say and do, to represent Jesus to all people, everywhere.

At Hebron we seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12), through a 3-prong discipleship model. First, we seek to grow deeply in our knowledge of God and His written Word. We do this principally through “Groves”. Groves are small gatherings of members and guests who meet together weekly to study the Scriptures.  Groves are held on and off campus throughout the year in two or three 12 to 15 week sessions. The beauty of Groves is that people sign up before each session, allowing for a regular intermixing of new and experienced “students”. In addition to digging deeply into God’s Word, we are committed to fostering growing relationships where people can be known and cared for. It is our conviction that spiritual growth occurs on relational bridges. It is our goal to foster these relationships from the superficial to ones that are deep and abiding. Finally, we are committed to engaging our people in the work of ministry beyond our walls through a growing number of local ministries we have bred or identified as like-minded partners. Throughout the years God has blessed Hebron to achieve our goals with an ever-growing number of saints doing the work of ministry and showing God to the world.
Please keep the APNC in your prayers as they undertake this very important task. APNC members are: Geoff Gehring (chair), Amy Hehn (co-chair), Doug Keim, David Mills, Steff Knabe, Steve Sanders, Kristy Tomashewski, Lona Wilson, and advisors - Bill Martin & Henry Knapp.

On the "Movement" of Worship

by Henry Knapp

Its hard to define “worship”. Kinda embarrassing to admit that, being that it is my chosen profession and all, yet it’s true: “worship” is a tough concept to define.

I like to think of worship as an intermingling and interplay of three physical movements—shouting with joy, bowing down, and being embraced by the Lord.

Picture a large crowd lining the roadway in anticipation of the homecoming of your victorious, beloved King. Surprisingly, He has announced His coming, and the people have responded by dropping what they were doing, leaving all, and rushing to meet Him. Off in the distance you see His friends, and you know His coming is near.

First, bubbling with excitement, the crowd is hopping up and down, trying to see Him come, eagerly chattering about how great it will be when He arrives. Older folks in the crowd are telling the younger ones all about the goodness and glory of the coming One. People are sharing stories of the King’s victories and mercies. Suddenly, someone in the crowd starts a chant, proclaiming His wonders; enthusiastically, everyone joins in. Soon, the entire roadway is cheering together—almost yelling—the praises of your King! It’s impossible to be part of that crowd and not feel the power, not join them in shouting with joy for the One who comes!

And then… He comes! As He draws near, the cheering swells with unbearable excitement, and then, spontaneously, the acclaim suddenly dies off. The power is still present. Indeed, it is even more overwhelming than before, yet the crowd, rather than voice its praise, is hushed into awed silence. There He stands! The One you have been waiting for, been singing of… He is here! As He passes through the crowd He both rises above it, and yet is able to make personal contact with each and every individual. He sees! And at that look—a look of majesty… and mercy, a look of authority… and love—at that look, everyone along the road is driven to their knees, not in fear, not in shame, but simply in awe and in love. In hushed silence everyone is overwhelmed with His presence. Everyone is well aware that they are kneeling before the Holy One. As He allows and enjoys the shouts of praise, He now allows and enjoys the awed, reverent silence.

Yet He does not keep His people this way. Individually and collectively, He raises the crowd to its feet—as He lifts you up, you are conscious only of His love, acceptance, and grace. And then, He calls you to come to Him, and embraces you! (How He embraces the entire crowd individually, you’ll never know.) Wrapped in His arms, you hear Him speak—the words of your King!

It would be easy to be overwhelmed at this point, but the power of His words refuse to be lost. His commands are gentle. His love has force and power. His praise motivates. His encouragement empowers. Even His judgments feel freeing. As you bury yourself further and further into His presence, all fear is gone. All hesitation flees away. There is nothing but the King! Filled with the security of having been gripped by His love, the King sends you forth as His friend. You go, not simply remembering His embrace, but continually filled with His presence. The crowd dissipates and returns to their lives, but not really… for you have been touched by the King, and your life will never be the same!

That’s the opportunity we have every Sunday - to drop everything that we are doing, come into His presence with the crowd, sing praises to Him, bow in prayer, be embraced by Him as we hear His Word, and go forth filled with His presence - never to be the same.

To the praise of His Glory! Henry

Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard

Save the Date for VBS - the Very.Best.Week of the Summer

July 19-23
Kids Ages 4 (as of 9/1/2020 & diaper free)
through 5th (grade completed)

Kidz will have a blast as they discover how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see by putting their FOCUS on God and His amazing plan for us! 

We hope YOU and YOUR kidz will join us for the Best Week of the Summer as we explore four different ways we can FOCUS on God.

Hey parents! Perhaps you've heard about the "5 Love Languages". But have you ever thought of applying this to the way you show love to your kids?

This podcast interview with Gary Chapman offers incredible insight into how we can parent our kids in a way that loves them the way God wired them to feel loved! You won't want to miss out on this one. Check out the Parent Cue Podcast at theparentcue.org/podcast. This one is currently on their home page - Best of - dated July 5, 2018.

Prepared and Thankful

by Barrett Hendrickson

In January 2015, I went into Doug’s office with an idea that would change my life. What if I went to seminary to get a Masters in Theological Studies to help me be a better worship leader? Doug had a better idea. He thought an MDiv would serve everyone better (there’s a 40 credit difference in those two degrees). I figured he was right, and so we started to look for schools. 

The first one I applied to would have required me to move to St. Louis within a year. But then we found Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando and their brand-new Hybrid MDiv. This program would allow me to continue leading worship at Hebron while working on my studies. Session approved of a plan to invest in my education, and we were on our way.

On August 10, 2015 I walked to my in-laws’ neighborhood pool in Vero Beach, Florida, excited to begin my first class, Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies. I would listen intently to Dr. James Anderson’s lectures on the 5 Solas and the 5 Points of Calvinism, while taking notes. That may have been the most useful class I’ve had, as it helped me understand better what I’d been hearing from the pulpit for 35 years.

For the next 4.5 years, I would put my kids to bed at 8:00 pm and go sit in my rocking chair in our bedroom and read, listen, and take notes. I studied the Bible, biblical languages, systematic theology, church history, and practical theology over these years. 

At least twice a year, I’d leave church on a certain Sunday in January and July, get on the same 4:30ish Southwest flight and head to Orlando to see my classmates for a week. We’d sit through lectures, and hammer the professors with questions from 9 to 9, and then go relax around a fire with some beverages. I’ve made some great friends from around the world because of this program.

On February 18, 2020, I spent the day at our kitchen table writing. At about 10:00 pm I had finished writing and editing my final research paper. I hit the “send” button, and that was it. No more lectures and forced reading. I was done with my MDiv work.

What we thought was instruction to be a better worship leader has morphed into preparation to lead a church. There’s no way in 2015 I would have ever thought that this is the reason why I was going to seminary, but it is clear. The Lord has been preparing me for this next phase all my life. 

Thank you for all the encouragement. Thank you for the finances to help me get this degree. Thank you for putting up with my sometimes inappropriate use of what I’ve been learning. Thank you for being willing to implement some of my newly acquired ideas into worship.