Pastor Lin's Blog
 
Author: Pastor Lin Created: 3/30/2009 9:32 AM
Thoughts and reflections from Pastor Lin.

This past Sunday - our message was about the Holy Spirit Baptism - and how Jesus used the imagery of the wind to describe what the Holy Spirit is like: John 3:8 "The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit." We discussed how the Spirit sometimes moves in our lives as a quiet breath, or as a gentle breeze and at times even like a MIGHTY RUSHING WIND as it did on those first disciples: Acts 2:2 "And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting." Well, it sure feels like the Holy Spirit has been moving in our church like a mighty rushing wind recently!!! We had an amazing worship service this past Sunday and then following worship - we had around 80 people show up and BAPTIZE 15 people at our house on Sunday! (Good thing we have a huge yard!) Right...

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I am very excited about BHCC's upcoming Baptism / Picnic on July 20th! I can't imagine a more exciting event and celebration in the church. We have 10-12 people who have expressed interest in water baptism so far - I'm praying for MORE! Somtimes people tell me they feel 'unworthy' of Baptism. They need to understand that none of us are worthy. The focus in water baptism is not to be about how 'good' we are - but instead - about how good God is and what He has done for us - despite our 'unworthiness.' Water baptism is meant to be a choice - are you willing to publicly proclaim what God has done in your spirit? For Christians, water baptism is an important symbol. It’s a lot like what a wedding ring is to a married couple.

A symbol of a defining moment A wedding ring symbolizes the day that you took your wedding vows together. Baptism symbolizes an even more significant defining moment in the life of a Christian, the day he or she trusted Jesus for salvation.

A symbol of commitment A wedding...

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2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV "But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one." I continue to be amazed at how God works in His Church! Here's a few things He's up to at Blessed Hope CC: We are having a big baptism / picnic at our house on Sunday, July 20th! I am amazed and thrilled at how MANY people have made the decision to be baptized recently! Please join me in prayer for this huge event in our church! Let's pray for the LORD to make this our biggest baptism EVER! We are excited about starting a second worship service this Fall! God has made it clear that now is the time! Please join us in prayer for this! We are loving being in our newly renovated office! It's really turned out to be far greater...

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A lot continues to happenat BHCC recently! We have finally 'settled' into our newly remodeled office space and we truly LOVE it! Yes, it's a bit smaller but it's definitely MUCH nicer with all new paint and carpet! We are AGAIN at 2481 Browncroft Blvd but we now have some awesome roommates under the name of Mission Commercial Realty! They have the front office space and we are in the back. Our phone number is the same: 585-662-5759. BHCC NEW Office: Pastor Lin's Office (Below) Last month, Barb Robinson was ordained as an assistant pastor at BHCC! We have several candidates praying about the possibility of entering our Pastor Apprentice program! Exciting stuff! BHCC has grown by about 30% in less than a year! PTL! We are planning to begin a second (earlier) worship service this Fall! We couldn't be more excited about going to two services...

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Hebrews 10:25 "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."

Hi Friends,



This coming Sunday, Feb. 9th from 3-6:00 pm at our Mosaic Campus, BHCC is offering our 101-401 C.L.A.S.S.es.



C.L.A.S.S. stands for Christian Life And Service Seminar. These classes are being offered for your benefit - to help you to be intentional, faithful and obedient to God in growing your faith and closeness to Him.



Every C.L.A.S.S. is based on scripture and filled with scriptures! All four C.L.A.S.S.'s are taught simutaniously by different teachers. We encourage you to sign up for at least one C.L.A.S.S.!



Each C.L.A.S.S.is based on helping you to fulfill one of the five God-given purposes in your life!

CLASS 101 is the basic introduction to our church family designed to clearly explain the who and what of our church. The 101 CLASS covers topics such...

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It's a very exciting and busy time at BHCC these days! God seems to be pouring out His presence and power in greater ways than we've ever experienced before! We've seen an increase in our Sunday attendance by 45% over just a year ago! We've had six more small groups start up in the last 8 months. We're very excited to see our new BHCC Family Ministries thrive and grow! We're thrilled to see many people stepping into leadership positions than ever before but nothing gives my heart a greater thrill than seeing so many people give their hearts to and lives to Christ! So many wonderful transformations happening all at once it seems! It feels like a great time of harvest in our church and I can't imagine anything more beautiful than seeing the evidence of God working in so many amazing ways! The result is transformed lives and ultimately, a transformed church! I continually feel like my biggest job is to simply stay out of God's way! It's so humbling when you know that it is truly God doing every single bit...

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Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music. Life can get so crazy busy sometimes that we don't take the time to CELEBRATE the Lord, celebrate His goodness and celebrate all the many amazing things He does and provides along our journey of faith! Today, I want to take a moment to CELEBRATE the goodness of our LORD Jesus!!! He loves His Church and He takes care of His people! PTL for the brand new gorgeous newly renovated theater He has given us to worship Him in! We LOVE it and though it doesn't matter what space or building we worship Him in - We count our blessings just the same and celebrate this newly improved space!  James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." We celebrate the hugely successful BHCC Family Ministry event that took place at Ridgecrest Park on Saturday! Great turnout! Awesome people gathered in Jesus name! Fun had by all!...

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Hi Friends!

As most of you know, BHCC very recently started a brand new ministry called Family Focus Ministries!



Families that pray together, STAY together! That's BHCC's vision; to come along side of families raising children to support and EQUIP them to do spiritual parenting in Jesus' name!



Too often, parents depend on the pastors and leaders of the church to do all the spiritual parenting. This is not the way God intended it to be. Yes, we are here to help, support, come along-side, and EQUIP; but the best way for us to do that is by showing all of you how to help & support one another in in the journey of spiritual parenting.



This ministry will have many different phases to it as it develops and grows.



Phase 1 has just begun, but we need everyone's prayers, help and support!



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It still feels a bit surreal having our Sunday place of worship (Loews Movie Theater) receive a 100% complete makeover recently. It actually feels like we're in a totally different building because it is so completely different than it was before. The seats are so comfy they're ridiculous--like I actually feel like they went way overboard! I mean, come on, motorized lazy boys? --that's crazy! It is so nice getting the theater upgraded for sure--but the main thing is STILL the main thing and that's BHCC's mission of building a church that unchurched people will love! The nicer atmosphere only builds on oue purpose all the more. We want to make people comfortable so nothing gets in the way of their getting to know more about Jesus. We seem to be right on target with our mission too--most of the people who come to our church have not been to a church in a very long time--if ever! I love that since I too used to be one of thosr people! The 'landscape' of our church seems to have shifted a bit recently. We have...

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