Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sunday's Music - January 31

There won't be services at Hilldale this Sunday, so have a time of worship with your family. Sing your favorite songs. Share your favorite Bible verses. Be safe. The main roads are getting better, but the side streets are still a bit difficult to get around on.

"I sing for I cannot be silent, Your love is the theme of my song."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finished Crosses

I posted the finished crosses on my facebook page "Lyndel's Bear Hollow Creations." If you click on the title of this post it will take you there. (How cool is that?)

But for my non-facebook readers, here are the pics of our finished crosses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Making Stained-glass Windows

A couple of weeks ago I posted our first night of stained-glass window making. Making Windows Day 1

The second week I forgot to use my camera. I had it with me - or at least in my car - but we were so busy working that I didn't think to stop and take some pictures.

Last night we had people working in all of the different stages of window making AND I remembered and used my camera. These are just some of the pictures. You can see all of them on my Bear Hollow Creations page on Facebook Lyndel's Bearhollow Creations
Cut out, ready to put together.

Cutting zinc for the outside edges.

Putting it together with lead between the pieces of glass.

Fluxing each joint so the solder will stick.


Double checking all the joints to make sure they look good.

Washing off the flux.

Cleaning with whiting.

The final polishing.

Tomorrow - finished products!

Memory Help

Disclaimer - Blogger has a new really cool editing part for putting up new posts, but I haven't found the spell check button. I think I did OK, but sometimes my fingers get going so fast that I tangle up some of the words.

Some of you seem to be a little overwhelmed at this week's memory challenge Memory Monday January 25
So here's a little help for you.

Psalm 1
Notice the progression of the man or men or persons described in verse 1.
First, he's wallking - Walk in the counsel
then standing - Stand in the path
then sitting - Sit in the seat

Then there is
First he's just listening - The counsel of the wicked
Oops, now he's on the way - The path of sinners
and now he's totally jumped in 'cause he's sitting right there with them - The seat of scoffers.

Isn't this like the progression of Abraham's nephew Lot? In Genesis 13 we see that he pitched his tent toward Sodom even though it had a reputation as a wicked place. In Genesis 14 we see that Lot now lives in Sodom and by Genesis 19 Lot is sitting at the gate where the leaders of the city would be.
This is a good warning to all of us. Those sins that so easily grab us Hebrews 12:1 often follow this same path. First we are just kind of looking that direction, then we just sort of move in real close and then before we know it - boom - we are sitting right in the middle of the mess and we say, "How did that happen?" Well... perhaps it began when we started to "walk in the counsel of the wicked." How blessed would we be if we didn't go down this path?

Oops - I've gone to preachin'

So put those thoughts together and you end up with:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Verse 2 tells us how he avoids all of that.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates both day and night.

I'm praying that you will be able to not only memorize verses 1-2 of Psalm 1 but that more importantly you will be able to heed these great words of instruction and avoid ending up sitting in" the seat of scoffers."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Memory Monday January 25

If you've missed a few weeks of our worship blog then you may not know about "Memory Mondays." I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to memorize a new verse each Monday and I encouraged my readers to join me. Here's the first post about "Memory Mondays."

I've had a few people tell me that they are memorizing with me. If you are joining me I'd love to know. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment here.

I won't always list all of the verses since by July it will be a rather long list, but here are the first two verses I (we) have memorized.

Micah 6:8.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God

James 2:26

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Here's the verse for this week. It's a good reminder of why we should spend time in the Word and memorize it. The verse I'm challenging you to learn is verse 2. We'll actually, you should do verses 1 and 2. I actually have memorized a lot of this chapter in the past, so I'm going to make sure I can quote all 6 verses.

This is the opening Psalm. It sets the stage for all 150 Psalms. It's more than just a proverb, it's a promise from God. Those who delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on it day and night are doing more than just reading. To meditate on something you have to know it (memorize it) and then as you spend time with it - meditating - you understand it, you see it change you, you realize God's words are life, light, comfort, strength, conviction, joy, wisdom... the list goes on and on.

So Psalm 1 should be a great encouragement to you as you decide to commit to memorizing scripture this year (if you're still deciding.)

Psalm 1:
1.How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers !

2.But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

3.He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither ; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

4.The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

5.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6.For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
Or if memorizing is too difficult, here's another idea!
Well..... I had a picture of a guy's back with Psalm 1 tatooed on it, but Cheryl said it was gross and wrong and since she gets to be my editor I took it off. Hahaha.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sunday's Music - Januray 24

If you are doing "Memory Mondays" with me then here is a little reminder of this week's verse.
James 2:26
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Sing to the King
O Worship the King
Sing to the King

Choir Anthem - My Offering

Fellowship song – Lord, Reign in Me

You Are My All in All (youtube video is Nichole Nordeman)
Made Me Glad

Special Music - Angie Thomas

Message – Dr. Larry D. Robertson

Invitation Song - Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Offertory – Lyndel Littleton

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Rainy Days and Wednesdays

Karen Carpenter sang a song - "Rainy Days and Mondays" which had the phrase "rainy days and Mondays always get me down." I actually kind of like Mondays. I might as well. They come by every week.
And rainy days aren't so bad either. As someone who likes to have a beautiful yard with lots of trees and flowers I see rain as rather important.

The only thing I don't like about rainy Wednesdays is that sometimes people use the rain as an excuse to skip choir. You'll hear "Oh, I got home from work and just didn't want to get out in the rain again" or a similar phrase.

If you are a person who gets a little down on rainy days here is some exciting news you may not have realized. CHOIR perks up a rainy day!

It's true! Scientific studies have shown that - oh, hahaha. I was going to make up a bunch of stuff and put here... Let me just say I know that in OUR choir we have a great time and people leave with big smiles on their faces because we've had a great evening together.

Here's a choir having a great time with rain!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Here is a repost of an e-mail I recieved from Baptist Global Response.

Please help us spread the word! Do you know other believers who care about helping people in need? Why not forward this e-mail and encourage them to subscribe by visiting!

Assessment team headed into HaitiJan. 19, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Our five-member assessment team is on the ground in the Dominican Republic and headed toward Haiti today. An assessment team from the Florida Baptist Convention is in Haiti, and a team of Southern Baptist missionaries is at work in a medical clinic on the border between the Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Please pray for safety and that the Lord will open doors of opportunity before all these tea members.
An initial $150,000 has been released from the disaster relief fund for Haiti, but the eventual need will be much greater. About $285,000 has been donated so far to the effort through Baptist Global Response, including a check for $100,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Every dollar given will be used 100% for disaster response efforts that will be conducted in partnership with local Baptist churches in Haiti. Gifts-in-kind are not being encouraged at this point because distribution poses huge logistical problems in a country where so much of the infrastructure has been destroyed.
Like the South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, initial response to this disaster is fast and furious, but Southern Baptists also will be focused on the long-term. Long after the large disaster relief organizations have left Haiti, Southern Baptists will still be there, helping people rebuild their lives and experience the love of God.
-----To donate to BGR's Haiti disaster response fund, click here.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Second Memory Monday

Last week I started Memory Mondays for the new year.

Last week's verse was Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.

This week's verse is from yesterday's sermon at Hilldale.

James 2:26
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

If you missed the sermon you can catch it on our Hilldale website in a day or two (as soon as we get it posted).

Friday, January 15, 2010

MM and SM

MM - If you are doing Memory Mondays Memory Monday
with me then you may need to review this week's verse.

Micah 6:8.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God

SM - Sunday's Music - If you are worshipping with us Sunday morning you'll be singing
"Jesus Saves" (We Have Heard the Joyful Sound)
"Hosanna" (which translates to "Lord save us!)

The choir will sing "Our God Saves"

Then we'll all sing
"All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus"
and "Who Can Satisfy?"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stained Glass Class - Day 1

Here are a few pics from the first night of our stained-glass class.

Choosing glass is harder than it looks. So many choices! Does this glass look good with that color and texture?
You have to look at glass with light behind it. Sunlight is better but at 6:45 the sun had been down for a long time.
After tracing the pattern on the glass you have to cut it. The first cut is scary.
More cutting and putting the cut pieces on the pattern to make sure it will fit.

Haiti and BGR

Photo from BGR blog. Pray for the people of Haiti.

There are many great organizations that will be helping the people of Haiti: the Red Cross and Compassion International are two that quickly come to mind. They need our support.

Here's another organization that will spend your money wisely - (and all donations go directly to helping people - not to overhead or salaries) - Baptist Global Response.

You can check out their blog here

and can donate on line here

Southern Baptist are always some of the first responders in after tragedy strikes. We were some of the first in China after the earthquake, in Indonesia after the tsunami, in Louisiana after the hurricanes. Southern Baptist support the BGR through cooperative program dollars so donations made to disasters goes directly there with no overhead costs taken out. And as Southern Baptists we not only try to meet physical needs, but we address spiritual needs as well.

Just thought you'd want to know.

How Many Wednesdays?

I end up counting the amount of time to an event by how many Wednesdays we have before the particular event takes place. I usually start a big Christmas tree countdown with a picture of a big tree ten weeks before "the Tree." I'll have ten ornaments on the tree with the dates of the Wednesdays on each ornament and then each week take off or cross out one of the ornaments so we can see how close we are getting. Ten weeks out seems like a very short time before the tree.
Passion Play 2008

Passion Play 2008

We only have ten Wednesdays before The Passion Play. Well, actually ten Wednesday rehearsals. We miss a Wednesday or two because of some church-wide events.

We may check on having the choir excused from one of these. Ten weeks is short for the time before "the Tree" and it is very short before "The Passion Play."


Passion Play 2008

if you are in the choir at Hilldale Baptist Church in Clarksville, TN (or want to start getting involved) NOW IS THE TIME to be in rehearsal. We'll sing some of the Passion Play music tonight.

Rehearsals start at 6:30. I'll be looking for you tonight!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Memory Monday

Yesterday - in his sermon - my Sr. Pastor, Dr. Larry D. Robertson, mentioned that in 2010 he wants to spend more time in the Word. He was talking about knowing God's will and how you must spend time int eh Word to know what God's will is. He then shared some great scriptures that talk about what God's will is.

This got me to thinking about two different things.

1. I thought of one of my favorite verses that talks about what God requires (which I think would qualify as His will).

Micah 6:8.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God

I'll do a little mini sermon about it in a moment. I also like it because it has been set to music at least two times that I can think of. John Ness Beck's setting is sooooo beautiful! Here's a youtube video of the ending of it done very well. I found a couple others that had the entire song but they really weren't very good.

2. the other thing I thought of is how every year I tell myself that I want to be more intentional in my scripture memory and then I thought how it would be easier if others were memorizing scripture with me so I thought of "Memory Mondays."

For the next year (keep me to this) I'm going to post a verse or two that I am going to work on memorizing that week. I want to challenge you all to join me. It will be easy the first month, but I figure by June when we have 20+ verses memorized it may be a little harder to remember all of them. Leave a comment here or on facebook that you are memorizing with me.

The first verse will be Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8. He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God (NASB) New American Standard Bible

These three things that God requires in this verse are legs of a stool. You must have all three equally for it to stand well.
If you "do justice" but don't love kindness and don't walk humbly with God you very easily become a tyrant.
If you "love kindness" (translated "mercy" in many translations) but don't do justice you won't hold anyone accountable for their actions and the world will become like "Lord of the Flies" or like the time of the judges in the Old Testament where everyone did what was right in their own eyes.
If you don't "walk humbly" with God then you become proud and holier-than-thou and aren't much help to anyone.

The verses before this the prophet asks the question of what he can bring before the Lord - burnt offerings, thousands of rams, an oil offering, would even his first-born be enough to pay the Lord? Micah 6:8 is the response. This is what God requires.

Micah 6:8. He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God

Will you memorize this verse with me? and more importantly, will you try to live this way? I guess that's another sermon...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Music for January 10, 2010

So are you saying "twenty-ten" or "two-thousand-ten?"
I'll put a poll up over there
◄ for you to vote.

Here's the order of worship for Sunday. If you are in my choir and missed rehearsal last night you can still sing with us because we are singing one of our favorites "Let the Worshippers Arise."

January 10, 2010 AM

To God Be the Glory
Everlasting God

Choir anthem – Let the Worshippers Arise

Welcome song – You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

When the Roll Is Called up Yonder
When We All Get to Heaven
I Will Rise

Special Music – Brooke Hill

Message – Dr. Larry D. Robertson

Invitation Song – I Give You Me

Offertory – Mary Beth Mathews

Baptisms: Both Services

Closing – Bro. Tony Lewis

How Are They Different - The Answers

Way back in December I posted about Christmas.

and at the end of the post I asked if you could tell the differences between these two pictures.

Some of you played along and sent in your guesses about how these two pictures are different, but most of you just read it and answered to yourself. So you may be wondering if you guessed correctly.
The most obvious difference to me is that in the first picture I am wearing a top hat and in the second one I'm not. The lighting is different. Someone guessed correctly - I think it was Alyssa - that the microphones are different. In the second one I'm standing in front of "the Tree."
Aunt Di Di in her guess mentioned that the little boy was cute and stole the show, (and of course I think she is correct) but she also knows the difference is that the first picture here is of me and Gibson at FBC, Joelton and the second one is six years later and is of me and Beau. And believe it or not, I could have taken the same picture 30 years earlier with their dad and it would look like the same little boy! (I think I have aged at least a little bit in 30 years. Hahaha!)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The First Wednesday

It's the first Wednesday of the new year!

That means it's the first choir rehearsal of the new year. ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

That means it's the PERFECT time to join a choir!! ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

If you live in Clarksville and you aren't already active in another local church come by Hilldale tonight and check out our choir.

FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Do I have to audition to be in choir?
NO! Never! Maybe for a solo, but not for singing in choir.

Where do you meet?
The choir room is located directly behind the Sanctuary. There are doors on both sides of the stage area that open to a long hall that takes you back to the choir room.

What time do you meet?
6:30-7:30 (longer times when it is close to Christmas or Easter)

We have a great time in choir. We laugh, we sing, we pray together... it's a fantastic pick-me-up for the middle of the week.

I'll look for you tonight!