Recently, while talking with my mom, I was reminded of the emotional intensity of the year 2015. Lost loved ones, serious illnesses, family setbacks, and normal everyday challenges rocked my family. The same can be said for our HBC family. We lost people we held dear, spent many hours in hospital waiting rooms, and worked through many family challenges. Yet, here we are on the precipice of 2016.
As we turn the page on 2015, I think of the words from Lamentations, "“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” I pray that the Lord's mercies are afresh for my family and my church family in 2016. I pray that God continues to move in our church to reach our community. I pray that we each grow in our love for God, for neighbor, and for self.
As we prepare spiritually for 2016, I ask each of you to be present on Sunday morning, January 3rd for HBC's annual State of the Church sermon. I will be laying out where I think God is leading us for 2016. Three major areas will be emphasized; membership, long range planning, and church debt.
May the Lord's mercies be fresh in 2016.
Paul is the husband to Tara, father to Natalie and Isaac, has an average jump shot, and enjoys running. His secret wish is to one day become a Jedi Knight. Paul holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently serves as senior pastor of Hardinsburg Baptist Church. Paul desires to help young couples navigate the early crucibles of marriage, especially when one or both of the spouses are engaged in vocational ministry.