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Preaching Conference and Alma Mater and Friends

We got back from an exciting week at Fairhaven's Preaching Conference. This year the College celebrated its 30 year anniversary. The services was packed with godly music and great preaching. Marcia and I were in the midst of so many good friends who love the Lord and are serving Him. It was also wonderful to see the new Recreational Center and marvelous renovations taking place. May God continue to bless Fairhaven Baptist Church and College. To God be the glory!

Servants of Jesus Christ (part 2)

Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:” (Phil. 1:1)

The Old Testament has a distinct phrase in reference to some Bible characters as being the ‘servant of the LORD.’ Moses is called ‘the servant of the LORD’ in Deut. 32:5 and in many other places. Joshua was also called this in Josh. 24:29. David also in Ps. 18:1 and in Ps. 36:1. Job was called ‘my servant’ in Job 1:8. Isaiah also in Isa. 20:3. The point is in the New Testament, Paul substitutes his name for these servants, and more importantly he substitutes the name Jesus Christ in place of Jehovah. The LORD of the Old Testament is revealed unto us as the Lord of the New Testament. Truly we have one Lord (Eph. 4:5).

Christ is worthy of service. And so I ask “how is your service towards Him?” In Gal.1:10 Paul puts a contrast between pleasing men or serving Christ. “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? …

Philippians Study - Servants of Jesus Christ (part 1)

"Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:" (Phil. 1:1)

In the text Paul descibes himself and his companion Timothy as being 'servants' of Jesus Christ. The word for servants in the Greek is δουλοι (pronounced as 'douli' which is the plural from of 'doulos'). It literally means 'slaves.' Paul (and Timothy) considers himself a 'slave' to Jesus Christ. "Doulos" is also translated bond 6 times in other passages (like 1 Cor. 12:13, Gal. 3:28, etc.) and 'bondman' once in Revelation 6:15. I am not an advocate for slavery. I think of the atrocities of slavery and cringe. However, slavery was a historical fact. Back in those days a person could become a slave by three ways: a person could be sold into slavery, conquered in battle and then made into a slave, or a person could be born into slavery. At any rate this illustration can pictu…

Remembering the Resurrection

"Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:25)

As we reflect on the Lord's resurrection, may we, along with Paul, be able to say that we want to know more about Jesus. The apostle put it this way: "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings being made comformable unto His death."(Phil. 3:10). This resurrection power is available to all Christians through our risen Lord. This power enables us to 'walk in newness of life' (Rom. 6:4).

Hardecker Headlines: "Personal stuff"

Dear Blogworld,

Marcia and I are flying out to the Philippines and Australia for a three week missions trip in May. We are excited about the prospects of seeing the mission fields, being with the missionaries and nationals. As for me, I get to see my home town of Angeles City, Philippines, and spend seven days with my folks and friends. I am preparing to preach from the book of Philippians and teach several lessons from it. Marcia is working on her special music folder, and preparing to use her talents in playing piano and flute for the Lord during the course of the trip. This is exciting! I will get a chance to see the church that I love so dearly, because it is the church where I grew in the Lord after getting saved and baptized. If you could remember to pray for me, please do so. Ask the Lord on my behalf for a fruitful trip. And we will be careful to give God the glory!

Sincerely,

Bill Hardecker