Church Ladies Save
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Church Ladies Save

You who know me would never know that once I was an abused woman. I became free, in part, because many women of the church gave me shelter, loving advice, and most of all—never gave up on me—even though it to many breakups to break away.             I knew him...

THINKING GOD’S THOUGHTS
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THINKING GOD’S THOUGHTS

CNN produces a documentary called “This is Life.” In this show, correspondent Lisa Ling los at different human phenomena and in a recent show, she examined the connection that identical twins have. Scholars who study twins noted how they often are able finish each other’s sentence and thereby seem to think the same thoughts. Generally,...

February 24, 2020May 28, 2020by
I Am Alive
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I Am Alive

Can you imagine heaven? Imagine a place where a handicapped person (like me) will have unlimited strength and most of all—no pain! In heaven, I will not have a degenerating spine! I will not walk with a limp or need a cane! In heaven, I can imagine running—running—pell-mell toward the throne of God and bowing...

Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be – Part Three
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Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be – Part Three

In July 2017 I wrote an article for INSIDE HILLSIDE that questioned whether the time I had spent on planning for my retirement was good stewardship of the time and resources God had blessed me with during my forty-year career. In the article I concluded that the countless hours I spent on planning for retirement...

December 27, 2019May 28, 2020by
Bethel Community Education: A New Kind of Christian School
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Bethel Community Education: A New Kind of Christian School

Do you ever have one of those encounters where you meet someone for the first time and you know something special is happening? On November 22, 2016, I met a church member for the first time named Sandi Nicely. She was standing on our front porch that cold, fall evening with homemade soup, salad, dessert,...

December 27, 2019May 28, 2020by
Keep praying…..God is listening!!!
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Keep praying…..God is listening!!!

Dear people of Hillside, I am writing this today for two reasons. Reason one is to explain the disease I have. So many people have come up to me and have asked me to write an explanation of the different things I’ve gone through medically in the past couple of years. What I have is...

December 27, 2019May 28, 2020by
Fifty Years of God’s Faithfulness
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Fifty Years of God’s Faithfulness

Don received his first draft notice while we were at Michigan State. He asked and received a student deferment. A year after he graduated, we had just joined Hillside (known then as Cutlerville Hills CRC) when he got his second draft notice. Arnold Christians and Jim Haagsma (church elders) visited us before his leaving and...

Pieces and Adhesive // 50 Years Later
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Pieces and Adhesive // 50 Years Later

While going through the Hillside archives, it was discovered that fifty years ago, September of 1969, the very first Hillside Church newspaper was published called “The r.” There were two articles that caught our attention. The first was an editorial by Bob and Judy Otte, former members, about the purpose of a church newspaper. What...

Not healed, but stronger
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Not healed, but stronger

As a Christian, I know all good things are a blessing from God. But what about the bad things? Are they also allowed by God? Or are they an attack from Satan? My mental image of God is a heavenly father who, like my parents, wants only blessings of health and peace for His children....

Four Prayers In Four Weeks
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Four Prayers In Four Weeks

It all started at one of our church’s ethnic dinners. During conversation time, an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Do you want to walk without that cane?” I said, “Sure, of course.” (But when he asked this, all of my major issues, like heart disease and life expectancy rushed into my...