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The God Who is Powerful

Chris started to feel like something wasn’t right. When he went to the doctor with complaints about his heart, they urgently rushed him to surgery without much explanation. This terrifying situation shook him to the core. Feeling powerless and without knowing what else to do, he reached out on Facebook for prayer. To his surprise, hundreds of people spanning across the different stages of life, commented that they were lifting him up in prayer. Chris begin to feel at peace about the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/21/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – March 21

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/20/19
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The God Who Keeps His Promises

Ten years after his life-changing trip to Cuba, enough time to get married and have kids, Chris Davidson (pictured left) knew he couldn’t keep growing in his faith alone any longer. The Lord had been revealing to Chris that his life was not just about him, but that being in community with others is an important and powerful part of following Jesus. Chris’ preconceptions about community were challenged. The thought of allowing himself to be truly transparent and fully known to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/13/19
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Ways To Pray This Week - March 14

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. God is our refuge and strength,      a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,      though the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/13/19
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The God Who Pays Attention

Growing up at Highland Park Pres, Chris Davidson had always slipped in and out of worship services without much of anyone’s attention. He never thought his faith would be anything but private because his relationship with God was just fine without others having to come in and shake it up. The importance of sharing one’s faith never really registered with Chris, and the thought of it made him anxious to even think about. Post-college, Chris found a job at the very church where he... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/6/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – March 7

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. “O Lord, God of my salvation,      I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you;      incline your ear to my cry! ”  ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/6/19
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Called to Witness

On HP Pres’ Cuba mission trip, each participant is paired with a translator who is a committed Christian. Tom Leiser’s 23-year-old translator, Yadniel, was two years out of seminary and leading a congregation. He shared with Tom that in his final year at seminary, he had received an apartment from a deceased family member, worth 75 years of earnings in Cuba. But despite having just a few dollars to his name, Yadniel donated it to the church to help others in need of a home. Tom... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/6/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Feb. 28

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 The strength and weight of love is incredible and unimaginable. Love never ends and love... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/28/19
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A Place To Call Home

As a fresh college graduate, Michael Miller faced some of the unspoken difficulties that come with the transition into adulthood. He knew that finding a church community was needed, but he wasn’t sure where to begin. When a colleague invited Michael to HP Pres’s Young Adult ultimate frisbee game, he accepted the invitation despite not knowing anyone else. “Thank the Lord I went,” Michael emphasized. He immediately felt welcomed and engaged by the community. Michael... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/28/19
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Ways to Pray This Week - Feb. 21

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  James 1:27 An... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/21/19
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Transformative Love

As Becky and Rich Paterik waved their youngest son off to college, they looked around at their empty-nest and thought, “what do we do now?” Involved in the church in their own individual ways, they realized that there was scarcely anything they did together, so they decided to register for Re|Engage, a course for couples to examine God’s design for marriage and apply biblical principles to grow in their relationship with each other. The 16-week experience proved to be... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/13/19
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Ways to Pray This Week - Feb. 14

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. We love because he first loved us . 1 John 4:19 As we reflect on God’s love and thank him for his never-ending love, let us pray for those who have not experienced or received love in this world. Please pray: ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/13/19
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Hands And Feet of Jesus

With tears in her eyes, Tanya Darcy described, what she called, her dream project. She had wanted to repaint her home, but with limited funds and mobility, she struggled to try to make this a reality. When someone mentioned the Handymen Ministry to her, she thought she would give it a try. To her amazement, she was blown away by the servant-heartedness of the men that stepped forward to help her achieve the dream without asking for a nickel. Bill Asbury, a deacon leading the Handymen... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/7/19
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Ways to Pray This Week - Feb. 7

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. “ Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/7/19
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To Lead All Generations

Through a time of open-handed prayer, Doug Crawford asked God for direction. Doug was ready to serve, but overwhelmed with possibilities, so he decided to allow God to show him where to invest his time. The next couple weeks were filled with God gently directing Doug toward volunteering with the third-grade Sunday class. This chance seemed like a perfect puzzle piece in Doug’s life: with experience ministering to elementary-aged children through mentorship and his grandkids being around... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/31/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 31

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant .  1 Corinthians 13:4 As we choose to love those around us, please pray: For those who are not surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/30/19
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Jesus is King

Mingqi was born into a Buddhist home. Like any good daughter, she pursued the faith and religion of her parents and became devoted to Buddhism. When she married, her husband, Yang, expressed an interest in Christianity. This worried Mingqi, but she agreed to check out the Chinese Family Fellowship at HP Pres. They got involved quickly and asked many questions about what made Christianity so special. Suddenly, they quit attending the Friday night gatherings— pressure from her family and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/24/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 24

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/23/19
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Exploring Alpha

Evan Smith grew up in a family filled with pastors and missionaries, and faith was just something he accepted as true without much thought. As he grew older, questions started to develop and pocket answers of the church didn’t satisfy his curiosity. He went to a Christian college, but eventually he decided he didn’t want anything to do with his family’s faith. Over the next ten years, Evan’s questions remained. While living in New York, a friend mentioned that Alpha... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/16/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 17

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant .  1 Corinthians 13:4 As we choose to love those around us, please pray: For those who are not surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/16/19
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