“Christmas comes not only to those who choose to seek it, like Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:22-38), but also to those who are indifferent and preoccupied.  It invites them to share its benefits.”      —Ellsworth Kalas, Christmas From The Backside     So we live, “abounding in hope,” a hope that is given substance by what

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Gift to the King! Christmas 2016 Dear HCPC Family and Friends, After a time of deliberation and prayer, we have selected Agape Cumberland Presbyterian Church as our Christmas Offering recipient.  Agape CPC is a New Church Development in El Paso which is being led by Pastors Freddy and Lyvia Rincon. This New Church Development is a work

Inspirational thoughts- The shepherds’ Christmas story is one that says, we, mere human beings, can feel God’s presence in the middle of a dark night, or while we go about our humble business …. And the proof of God’s presence among us will not come by seeing the material blessings of the wealthy and the

The Incarnation is the place… where hope contends with fear.  –Kathleen Norris, cited in Christianity Today, December 6, 1999, 49.   A Prayer to avoid the Panic:  O most loving Father, you who will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of yourself and to cast all our care

If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him.  He is worth waiting for.  The waiting itself is beneficial to us:  it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been

“The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it….  God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.   —C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain “Here’s a good rule

After much prayer, research, and deliberation, the members of the Diaconate have voted to select Vincent Luwizhi and his ministry, called Acts of Mercy, to be the recipient of this year’s special Thanksgiving offering. Acts of Mercy’s mission is to bring hope to the lives of the poor by serving the people of Africa, and

“When we understand that intimacy demands trust at its core, we understand that we have to change our past experience and become someone who can be trusted.  Our behavior needs to communicate to our spouse, “I do not want to hurt you in any way.”    —Gary and Carrie Oliver, Mad About Us “Love endures all things,

“Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.  The commandments ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no

“A long and healthy existence requires that we be grateful to God for who we are, and we cannot be thankful for who we are without being thankful for our parents, through whom our life came.  They are a part of our identity, and to reject and be angry with them is to reject and