Thursday, September 10, 2015

CREEK FIRE

Creek Fire Information Links:


You can get information on the Creek Fire @: 
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current?sort=incident_priority%20&pc=5&cp=0

ROUGH FIRE


Rough Fire Information Links:

 For information on the Rough Fire go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4456/

This is the link to the Videos of the latest meeting @ Dunlap School on the Rough Fire   http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tn5rvyzr9cw

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

DID YOU KNOW?… September 2015

DID YOU KNOW?…   


… DID YOU KNOW 

…  Classes for the 2015-2016 school year resumed here in August, and we all offer our prayers for a successful school year for the teachers, staff and students … In addition, we covet your prayers for a successful and exciting season of AWANA programs provided to the local youth here at Hilltop Chapel.  These after school programs are scheduled to begin in September, and we thank all the volunteers who give of their time and talents to provide this worthwhile program for our youth.  We shape tomorrow’s world by what we teach our children today, and if children are to find their way to God, we must point the way …  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many families in western states who have been effected by raging wildfires this summer, many losing their homes, businesses, and even their lives.  This long, hot, dry summer has taken a toll on many of us, and experts warn to be vigilant and be prepared for possible evacuation, while at the same time focusing on trying to relieve stress and improve our health.  The air in our local communities has often been very unhealthy, with warnings to stay indoors when possible.   “The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy – they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator.”  -- Rick Perry  …  We want to thank all the brave firefighters for their efforts in preserving our quality of life here in the Sierra foothills.  We pray for their safety as they risk their lives daily to protect our neighborhoods.   As August draws to a close, weathermen are predicting cooler temperatures and more humidity, but also stronger winds which could prove to be a challenge to the firefighting efforts.  Currently, over 66,000 acres have burned in the ‘Rough’ fire just to the east of us in areas between Hume Lake and Pine Flat Lake.  Some homes and camps are even now being threatened, and warnings of evacuations have been given.  The fire is now 25% contained, and over 2,000 personnel are assigned to this fire.  Many crews from out of town and out of state have arrived to the ever growing encampment and Command Center set up in Squaw Valley to assist on this fire, and we appreciate their sacrifices being away from their homes and families.  Times like these show God’s greatness in providing for our needs.  We praise Him and know that faith in God includes faith in His timing … A Baptism class was held in August, with another one scheduled in September.  Because of the ‘Rough’ fire’s close proximity, our Annual Baptism service, normally held at Hume Lake, will need to be moved this year, and further information on the location will be announced next month … The Women’s Retreat will be held at Hartland Christian Camp next month on September 18, 19 and 20 … The Hilltop Chapel Cookbook is available for purchase, with the proceeds going toward our children’s AWANA Club.  Many thanks to Paula Aliano for gathering all the information … As seen on a church sign, a good message for hot summer days:  “Need a lifeguard?  Ours walks on water.”  …  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built Noah’s ark, professionals built the Titanic  …  God isn’t an option, He’s a necessity!  …  **Be sure to check out our Hilltop Chapel’s web site on the Internet at www.hilltopchapel.org.   You will find useful information about our church as well as our monthly Newsletter there.  There is also a place to post your prayers, links to our various ministries, missions, clubs and interest groups, and videos of the Pastor’s sermons.

HILLTOP CHAPEL NEWSLETTER September 2015

HILLTOP  CHAPEL  NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER  2015 

“TEACHING  PIGS  TO  SING”


       I know that some of you, no many of you, are already wondering as to what kind of mischief I’m up to, with this month’s newsletter.  Don’t be concerned.  I’ve not lost my mind, although there may be those who might question the veracity of that last statement.  I hope you’ll stick around long enoughto check out what the title of this newsletter might mean.  The good news is I won’t keep you in the dark very much longer. 
     
       Many years ago there was an automotive repair place that had a cute cartoon on the wall that caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks.  It went like this:  “Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It’s a waste of your time and IT ANNOYS THE PIG!  On the surface, it is a harmless and smile (maybe even chuckle) producing cartoon.  But, if you’re willing to examine the thought a little more deeply, the wheels begin to turn and a much fuller picture comes into focus.

      Did you know, for instance, that studies have shown that pigs are more intelligent than dogs?  That’s right, folks, Porky Pig is much smarter than Lassie or Rin-Tin-Tin!  So, if you tried hard enough, you might just be able to teach your loveable Vietnamese Potbelly to sit or fetch the newspaper.  I’m sorry if I’m about to offend some pig lovers, but a I don’t find pigs that attractive or personable.  After all the effort, are you going to be really excited about reading a newspaper that’s been a pig’s mouth?  I’m just saying… So, what’s the point of this exercise in futility?  Teaching pigs to sing….REALLY?

     The hardest thing in this world to do, is to explain a vitally important concept to someone who doesn’t want to hear it.  How many people, outside the community of physicists, do you suppose would be excited about spending an evening listening to Albert Einstein explain the theory of relativity?  I know I’d much prefer watching paint dry.  Is his theory vitally important?  Yes it is!  Many things that we take for granted in our modern world, would not have been possible without E=mc2.  However, after about two minutes of listening to equations you don’t understand or care about, you’re going to be bored and annoyed.

      Many times, we have the idea that some individual needs to hear about Jesus, but we are reluctant to open subject for fear of boring or offending that person.  Even though you know that the individual really cannot live without Christ, you hesitate or just flat do nothing.  Unlike the pig, however, people have been created with, as Billy Graham so eloquently put it, “a God shaped hole in their in their hearts that only He can fill”.  People are searching today for something, anything, to fill that void in their lives, but nothing except for Jesus will fit.  The wisdom of the natural man says, “I can satisfy the desires of my heart with art, music, travel, cultural pursuits or diversions of a more daring, dangerous or destructive nature.” The Bible tells us: “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  ‘Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  I Corinthians 1:22-25.  We look at the difficulty of a given situation and say, “I can’t do it, Lord, it’s too hard!”  God says, “With Me nothing is too difficult; nothing is impossible.” Satan’s cruelest trick is to cause Christians to believe that no one wants to hear the message of salvation and that, when we try to explain it to someone, they’ll be annoyed with us and even become hostile.

  The truth is that just the opposite is very likely to happen.  Because God the Holy Spirit is constantly doing His job, preparing people’s hearts to receive the Gospel message, your job becomes a “piece of cake”.  You become the conduit through which the message of God’s love, grace and mercy, flows right into that person’s heart and life.  It’s not complicated, it’s not hard and it’s not frightening.

      Pigs might get annoyed if you try to teach them to sing, but a lost human being, desperately searching for the truth that will set him or her free, will listen and be delivered, instantly, from death into life eternal. The great songwriter, Stuart Hamblen, wrote:  “It is not secret, what God can do.  What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.  With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.  It is no secret, what God can do.”

         God does all the work; all you have to do is show up with the Good News!
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