Monday, February 10, 2014

Spring Life Groups Begin February 16th!

Hebron's Spring Life Groups begin Sunday, February 16th! You can check out all the exciting offerings and sign up online at We just added a "Matthew" Gospel study on Sunday nights hosted by Lawrence and Pam Porter. We'll add their contact information to the website soon.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014 Sermon Text (Haggai 1:1-15)

Haggai 1:1-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Command to Build God’s House

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, “Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.”’”
Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple[a] to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
“You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”
Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LordYou looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

The People’s Obedience

12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him; and the people feared the presence of the Lord13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people, saying, “I am with you, says the Lord.” 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Evangelist Kenny Evans
Entertainer in Pigeon Forge, TN
"Country Tonight Theatre"

Leading Worship at HBC Sunday, January 26 in both the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services. Invite a friend and join us!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Forgiven and Forgiving" Colossians 3:12-14, Sermon Text for Sunday, January 19, 2014

This past week we discovered from Psalm 51 the way and wonder of being forgiven by God. Although sin robs us of the joy of God’s salvation, when we respond to God with a “broken and contrite heart,” God creates in us a “pure heart” and brings back the joy.

This Sunday (January 19, 2014) we will continue the theme of forgiveness but now we will look at forgiveness on the horizontal level, between one another. Based on Colossians 3:12-14, as “God’s chosen people” we are to “forgive as the Lord forgave” us (Col. 2:13). I should warn you. This message will be a little uncomfortable and unsettling to people who want to coddle their grudges and past offenses like a well-worn security blanket. However, if you’re ready to be healed, if you’re ready to be free, if you’re ready to leave behind your old baggage, then I invite you to share in the liberating experiencing of being “Forgiven and Forgiving.”

“For His Glory!”
Pastor Joe

Here's the Text of Colossians 3:12-14, NIV (1984)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014 Sermon Text (Psalm 51)

It's hard to embrace God's limitless future when your stuck in the past. Don't drag your old baggage into your new future! This week's sermon (Psalm 51) has quite a bit to say about moving beyond your past and embracing the joy of God's salvation. Join us as we discover together the wonderful power of forgiveness.

See you this Sunday as we worship the living God!
Pastor Joe

Psalm 51, New International Version

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Christmas 2.0: What the Second Advent of Jesus Means Now and Then"

“Christmas 2.0” What the Second Advent of Jesus Means Now and Then
We schedule our life’s activities by some type of calendar: civic, school, family, etc. Advent, and Christmas are part of the Christian Church Year which is actually a calendar for the worship life of the church. This historical calendar has been used as a way for the church to remember “the story of Jesus” by marking time around Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. For instance, we celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas, remember Christ’s death on Good Friday, sing of the resurrection on Easter Sunday, and speak of the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost.

The church year begins with The Season of Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means “coming.” In the season of Advent, we focus on the coming of Christ into the world (past), in our hearts (present), and the “second coming” (future). That’s why we can sing, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come,” and “Soon and Very Soon,” all during Advent.

In this series of sermons titled, “Christmas 2.0” we will focus on the second advent or coming of Jesus. What does that mean for us now and what will it mean then? We will look at the second advent of Jesus from the following perspectives:

December 1 -- How Will Jesus Come Again? Matthew 24:29-31
December 8 -- When Will Jesus Come Again? Matthew 24:36-44
December 15 -- What Will Happen When Jesus Comes Again? Matthew 25:31-46
December 22 -- Why Will Jesus Come Again? Revelation 21:1-7

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday's Sermon Text, November 10, 2013 (Ephesians 6:10-18)

 This Sunday I will conclude a series of messages from the book of Ephesians. Join us for life-changing worship!

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

This week's text is . . .
Ephesians 6:10-18, New International Version (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.