Group Photo

Group Photo

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In a box somewhere buried in one of our closets is a rolled-up panoramic photo of my high school senior class. We all stood on a series of risers, all 600 students, and a special camera took our photo. The camera was mounted on a tripod that turned so that the entire class could be in the picture. The photographer told us to stand perfectly still while the camera was turning. In my sister’s class photo, one guy got the bright idea to stand on one end until the camera turned past him, then run behind the risers to the other side, so he is in the class photo twice. I’m pretty sure he only got one diploma. Looking at that photo brings back great memories of my friends in…
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Empty Shelves

Empty Shelves

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Among the many strange images that have come from the world dealing with the coronavirus are the photos of empty store shelves. Who would have thought that Walmart would have to ration toilet paper? In this week’s message, we will find out that the supply of God’s love and power never runs out. In Him, we will always have exactly what we need to accomplish God’s will (1 Corinthians 1:7-9). Even when there is no hand sanitizer. Remember, since we cannot meet together, this week’s message and worship service will be online. You can connect by going to www.nationalheights.org/new/video. You can also see other resources NHBC is providing online HERE. Join us online Sunday as we worship the Savior together!
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Thankfulness in a Season of Fear

Thankfulness in a Season of Fear

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It has been a scary week. Every newscast brings more discouraging news about the coronavirus, the stock market has tumbled somewhere south of Antarctica, and someone bought all the toilet paper at Walmart. What’s next? The Bible gives us a specific promise for days like this: 2 Timothy 1:7 (HCSB) For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. This was certainly the case for the Corinthian church. They had plenty to fear, yet Paul begins his letter to them with a simple word: Be Thankful. This week we will see that, though we may not be thankful for every circumstance, in Christ we can always be thankful in every circumstance (1 Corinthians 1:4-6). See you Sunday! You can see NHBC’s…
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Hello!

Hello!

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According to Wikipedia, the greeting “hello” as a telephone greeting is sometimes attributed to Thomas Edison. As the story goes, the word was initially a misunderstood version of the word “hullo” which was often used as an expression of surprise. In 1877, Edison wrote T. B. A. David, the president of the Central District and Printing Telegraph Company of Pittsburgh: Friend David: I do not think we shall need a call bell as “Hello!” can be heard 10 to 20 feet away. What do you think? Variously, the word is thought to be a variant of “hullo,” “hollo,” or “hallo” all calls to attention. Some think it might be from the Old English “hale be thou” or “whole be thou.” (en.wikipedia.rog/wiki/Hello) Language is a funny thing. Whatever the words used,…
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I Knew That

I Knew That

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Two hundred and forty-three years ago, Thomas Jefferson used his quill to write the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” He then proceeded to list the things that everyone, deep down, knows are true. We now call it the Declaration of Independence. His point was that the colonists were not doing anything beyond what anyone else would do. They simply wanted to be free. The final six commandments are self-evident. It’s obvious that they are commands we should follow. Even those who deny the existence of God know that they are true. So why do we have so much trouble following them? This Sunday, we will take a look at the commands (Exodus 20:12-17) and why we continue to rebel against them. See you Sunday!
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Mnemonic Device

Mnemonic Device

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In school, we learned to use mnemonic devices. These were tools to help us remember the facts we were supposed to know for our exams – at least I think I remember that’s what they were. I guess I needed a mnemonic device to remember what a mnemonic device is. Probably the best known mnemonic device is Roy G. Biv, designed to help science students remember the colors of the rainbow (Roy G. Biv contains the first letters of the colors in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). The first four commandments in the Ten Commandments can be remembered with two words: Remember God. This Sunday, we will discover how keeping those commands (Exodus 20:1-11) will help us do exactly that. See you Sunday!
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Royal Title

Royal Title

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In case you were wondering, understanding the British system of peerage is pretty much impossible. The King/Queen stands at the top, given the power to grant all other titles. A prince or a princess is the child of the King/Queen, a title that one can only be born with, except that a woman adopts her husband’s title when they are married. Thus, it is improper to call Kate Middleton “Princess Kate” because she wasn’t born with it. However, it is correct to refer to her as Princess William of Wales, because she has now adopted her husband, William’s, title. Following so far? You’re not the only one who may be confused. In the dust-up that has followed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s renunciation of their royal titles, they will continue…
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FaceTime

FaceTime

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Marsha and I have learned the art of using FaceTime. For those of you who don’t have grandchildren, FaceTime is Apple’s app that allows users to video chat over the internet. That way, we get to see our granddaughter with avocados all over her face, rather than just imagine it. And she has learned to blow kisses. Nothing like an avocado kiss from an 18-month-old to get your day going. However, to FaceTime, you have to position your phone or tablet so the person you are calling can see you. Previously, this meant holding our phone at arm’s length so that both Marsha and I could get in the shot – we wouldn’t want our granddaughter to forget what Grammie and Granddad look like. After a few minutes of this,…
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Thirsty

Thirsty

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Years ago when I played on a softball team, we would go to Whataburger after every practice. It wasn’t for the hamburgers, although they did have some amazing burgers. They had a special deal on fountain drinks – 64 ounces for $1.50. I’m not sure 64 ounces of Dr. Pepper was the healthiest option, but on a hot summer afternoon, I didn’t care. I was thirsty and a bucket of DP really hit the spot. The Israelites had built up a much more severe thirst than an afternoon on the softball field. They had been traveling for days through the desert without water and were in desperate need. The passage (Exodus 17:7) teaches us about a much more desperate need. Join us this Sunday to find out about how to…
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The Rest

The Rest

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The Rest We all know the importance of rest. Scientists estimate that the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep per day; about 65% of adults in the United States get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Of the roughly 208 million adults in the US, that means about 78 million of them are really tired. We all need rest. This Sunday, we will look at the importance of a sabbath, not only physically, but spiritually as well (Exodus 16:22-30). It’s more important than you think. See you Sunday!
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