The HBC Back Page is a weekly column appearing on the back of the church bulletin each Sunday, often including church news, anecdotes, book reviews, or comments from Pastor.


Back Page: April 17, 2011

The King’s Kids’ Closing program was on Friday night, and we had a great year with the boys and girls. A special thanks to Pete and Jess Field in leading this ministry this year. They did a great job and moved this ministry to the next level. We are appreciative of the very capable staff who served in the program this year and for the many helpers and speakers who gave of their time to serve the Lord.

Over 2,000 students from schools in the AACS participated in the National Competition held on the campus of Bob Jones University this past week, and 48 of our students travelled down to compete. Our state came in 8th in the nation and several of our students placed. Dave Costa won 1st place in Evangelistic Preaching, Jeremy Proto won 2nd place in organ, and Paul Hughes/Mary Cummings placed 3rd in Duet Acting. Our Choric Speaking group and Reader’s Theatre both took 1st place. Kaitie Nimer and Lydia Hanna were also finalists. We are very proud of our students and staff at GCCS.

Palm branches are mentioned in John 12:13 in conjunction with the triumphal entry of our Lord into the city of Jerusalem. While the Date Palm was the most popular, nearby Jericho was called the City of Palms. The palm tree was a of righteousness (Psa 92:12), was with the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:40), and became a national symbol of victory for the Jewish nation during the days of the Maccabees (164 BC). A palm was even imprinted on a coin during the Bar Cochba revolt against Rome (AD 132). They are last mentioned in Revelation 7:9 and are again associated with victory! The waving of palm branches on this particular Sunday in AD 32 was a national symbol of hope that the long awaited Messiah had come. – Pastor

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