From the Pastor

These posts are often informative updates or notes from the Pastor to keep you informed about things he is involved in or finds of interest.

30
Mar
Church Growth without a Senior Pastor

Whenever I mention to someone that our church is currently without a senior pastor, I typically get a reaction somewhere in between pity and concern. No one's face immediately lights up with an expression of delighted surprise. The response is nearly always some form of the question, "So, how are you doing?" Sometimes it's pointed at me personally. Other times,

22
May
Five Truths for a Spiritually Healthy Summer

5 Truths for a Spiritually-Healthy Summer by Pastor Dave Saxton 1. Be faithful - Don't take a vacation  from the Body of Christ. Hebrews 10:24–25 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as

05
May
150th Anniversary Celebration

As a testimony to God's wonderful grace and faithfulness to his people, we would like to announce that on June 13-14, 2015, Hardingville Bible Church will celebrate its 150th year of meeting as a congregation for worship, instruction, edification, and evangelism. It was only two months after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse –

20
Jan
God’s Battle Plan for the Mind

Meditation, or actively filling the mind with truth in God's Word, is a key means of Christian growth. However, biblical meditation is something that is either neglected or misunderstood in the church today. Ever-interested in the godly lives of the Puritans, our Pastor, David Saxton, has a heart for this in the present generation. Out of this concern, he has

15
Dec
Christmas Letter 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters at Hardingville Bible Church, A year ago Marybeth and I would have never dreamed that we would be spending this Christmas with our new church family in South Jersey. But wherever we find ourselves on this Christian journey, the Lord Jesus remains a faithful and kind friend. Particularly at this Christmas season, we rejoice that our Lord

21
Nov
Thanksgiving Letter 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Hardingville Bible Church family, The Thanksgiving season has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I can’t say that my heart is fully engaged and celebrating every American holiday, but as a believer in Christ, I find myself always delighting in hearing the Lord’s people thank him for all of his many

31
Aug
Ten Truths to Remember While Going Back to School, College, or Work

1. Do your best work, with a good attitude, because you work to please Jesus Christ. Do all for the glory of God and whatever you do, do it with all your might – no complaining. 2. Be most concerned that you are an example to others of Jesus Christ in your attitude and service – not to be self-centeredly popular

22
May

Spring Work Day 2014

Spring Work Day 2014

On Saturday, May 17, HBC held a work day to do some spring cleaning in and around the building. The day was quite a success - completing about 13 necessary projects and involving around 35 people at one point or another. These kinds of events always make us realize how much work can always be done. Thanks to Joe &

07
Dec
Christmas Letter 2012

                                                                 The Pastor’s Study  December 2012                      Dear Members and Friends of Hardingville,   The verse printed above is the birth announcement of God’s Son, our Savior.  It is also the “saying” of Luke 2:17 that the shepherds made known to others.  The familiar carol cited above is an invitation as a result of the announcement.  When one understands Who it is that was

14
Nov
Thanksgiving Letter 2012

Dear Members and Friends of Hardingville Bible Church,   The season of Thanksgiving is upon us.  We look forward to collecting food items for needy families, sharing with others, enjoying times of fellowship here at HBC, and counting our blessings before God and others.   Sharing what God has done reminds others that He is real and is at work in hearts and

02
Apr
Easter Letter 2012

Dear Family and Friends of Hardingville, The resurrection chapter in the Bible ends with an announcement of our Savior’s victory over the grave.  In that victory, He has specifically removed the sorrow of death and the sting of death.  Read 1 Corinthians 15 with a specific focus on verses 54-57.  This great Bible chapter opens and closes with the glorious truth

20
Feb
Who’s on Bill’s mat?

We had a great Men's Breakfast this last Saturday, February 18. After a hearty breakfast, two men shared a word of testimony. These testimonies both illustrated well the providence of God in bringing a man into a personal and genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Afterwards, Pastor brought a Gospel challenge for just a few minutes from John 8.  Thanks to

12
Dec
Christmas Letter 2011

 The Pastor’s Study  December 2011  Dear Members and Friends of Hardingville,   Peace at Christmas.  What does this world really know about peace?  Surely, it is more than the cessation or absence of war.  We who know Christ as Savior have come to appreciate a very special peace in the heart.   As we look ahead to Christmas, think with me about the subject of

12
Nov
Thanksgiving Letter 2011

And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. (Psalms 77:10-11)   Dear Members and Friends of Hardingville Bible Church,   This is a season of reflection.  Indeed, this was true of those early Pilgrims who started this great

20
Apr
Easter Letter 2011

Dear Family and Friends of Hardingville, There are a few verses that mention this little word “alive” in the resurrection narrative of that first Easter morning.   What was it like for the early disciples and friends to hear that the crucified One was alive?  Can you imagine the news that traveled through the religious leaders, especially the Sadducees who denied the