It is Finally Here

Pastor Mike Christmas, Evangelism, Fellowship

Well, it is finally here. We’ve been anticipating it. We have displays advertising it in some stores since Labor Day. Some of us look forward to it. Others dread it. As much as we try to push it back, it has finally arrived. You know what I am talking about. The Christmas Season. Every year we go through this. I’ve …

Pursuers of Truth

Pastor Mike Discipleship, Evangelism

My first introduction to Christian schools was in 1993 when I went to work as a teacher at Beacon Christian High School in San Carlos. Until then I had never been in a Christian school, and I was unfamiliar with the concept of this kind of Christian education. The freedom to pray with my students before every class and to …

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Pastor Mike Discipleship, Evangelism, Fellowship, Ministry

Several months ago a dear friend sent a forwarded email to me containing a story about a Supreme Court decision banning the teaching of Islam in our nation’s public schools. The story said that the court ruled 5-4, with Justice Gorsuch casting the tie-breaker, that the only Islam taught to our children in public schools will be the history of …

To Tithe, or Not To Tithe?

Pastor Mike Discipleship, Ministry, Worship

Tithing, or giving to the church, is a difficult subject to discuss. For those of you who have been at HCOG for a while you know that this is a subject which I very rarely mention from the pulpit. In my 24-plus years as pastor at HCOG I have preached about tithing and giving to the church only seven (7) …

Is There Hope for Our Country?

Pastor Mike Evangelism, Fellowship

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a sermon that I have been boycotting cable news networks for several months. The reason I chose to do this is because of, from my perspective, the blatant and purposeful bias presented in the reporting of the news. I have found that networks slant their reporting to promote a specific political agenda, …

Commitment to the Church

Pastor Mike Fellowship, Worship

Hillside Church of God is part of a movement called The General Assembly of the Church of God, whose offices are located in Anderson, Indiana. Our local assembly called the Church of God Association of Northern California, which serves Northern California, Northern Nevada, Hawaii, & Guam. We are all waiting for our association meeting to be held in Hawaii or …

Read the Bible

Pastor Mike Discipleship, Fellowship, Worship

This past Christmas I received two books as gifts, one each from my daughters. Rebekah gave me a Star Wars book called The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force while Rachel presented me with Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything about the World. My daughters know me too well. The Jedi Path is both an instructional …

Resurrection Sunday

Pastor Mike Easter, Evangelism, Fellowship

As we prepare our hearts and minds for Resurrection Sunday, I wanted to share some thoughts on Easter. Here are a few quotes that will encourage and strengthen our faith during this Easter season. Did you ever wonder about that stone at the tomb of Jesus? Why was it moved? It wasn’t to let Jesus out; Jesus could get out …