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by Tom Goodman
August 20, 2014

Some of the most significant Bible verses are at the third chapter and sixteenth verse of a Bible book.  Have you ever noticed this?

I'm not saying there's anything mystical about this.  It's just an intriguing point.

John 3:16 is probably the most famous scripture reference.  Read it and you learn the message we should embrace and then share with others:  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Read Colossians 3:16 and you learn the importance of worship:  "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."

Read 1 John 3:16 and you discover the nature of Christian fellowship:  "Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

Read 2 Timothy 3:16 and you find out why Bible study is so important:  "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."

Some creative person could probably create a discipleship course based upon the "3:16" passages.  It's all there.  At our church, we use the acronym "HILL" to remember the four actions that disciples should develop to perfection.  Notice how the "3:16" passages correspond:

H - Honor the Lord of Life (Colossians 3:16)
I - Invite Your World to Life (John 3:16)
L - Love the Fellowship for Life (1 John 3:16)
L - Live the Word in Life (2 Timothy 3:16)

In our Sunday morning "Back to Basics" series, we've been working through this acronym.  This Sunday we'll work through that last line.  Following Jesus includes cherishing and obeying the Word of God.  Join us @ 10!

1st Annual HBC Back-to-School Guacamole Throw Down!  This Saturday, August 23, 5:30-8:00pm.  Tickets are $5 per person.  Learn more and buy your tickets at

Mend: God Heals Families.  Start praying for a special 2-Sunday emphasis on September 7 and 14.  Heath Peloquin will speak on both Sundays about how God heals families.  The theme is from the last verse of the Old Testament: "He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents" (Malachi 4:6).


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