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by Bennie Hill

Obituary For Bro. Bennie Hill——HILL James “Bennie” B. Jr., 74, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 17, 2020.He was born on September 4, 1945 in Jeffersonville, IN to the late James and Della Hill. He attended Portland Christian School where seeds were planted to enter the ministry.

After school he attended Southeastern Christian College and he met the love of his life Adele. He completed his degree in biblical studies at Kentucky Christian College, Indiana University, and Louisville Bible College before preaching under his spiritual mentor Bruce Chowning at his boyhood church, Cherry Street Church of Christ.

He accepted lead preaching positions at Fifth and M Church of Christ in Louisville, KY and Southside Church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL before moving to Lexington, KY in 1975 where he has faithfully served as the minister of Cramer and Hanover Church of Christ for the last 45 years. Brother Bennie was instrumental in sharing the gospel with hundreds of children through the bus ministry at Cramer. He continued to pastor his flock until this past Tuesday when the Lord called him home and said, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Bennie was blessed with a large and loving family. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Steve.

He is survived by his sister, Beverly (Ronnie) Leach, and sister-in-law Dana Hill. He is also survived by his wife, Adele, of 51 years; daughters, Jenny (Shawn) O’Halloran, Alicia (Tim) Rowe, Sherry (Mike) Weller, and Julie (Greg) Mateyoke; grandchildren, JD, Bryce, Maggie O’Halloran, Pavlina (Slava) Korohodin, Vanya, Tommy, Chernet, Victor, Vanessa, Mulunesh, and Ruby Rowe, Olivia, Aubre, Sara Weller, Reece, Cameron, Clay, Ruth, Jimmy, Levi Mateyoke; and great-grandson, Solomon Korohodin. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE Concerning the Christian Crusade For Christ! I received the. following. from Bennie Hill: “Hi Larry. Just got word from John Paul. Crusade is canceled. Men will meet again 3/29 to reschedule.”

Philippine Mission Update:  I (Larry Miles) have presented a PowerPoint of the Mission Trip that Steve Clark,  Joe Stone and I made last April, I have  been blessed to present it at the following congregations: Lecompte and Turkey Creek in Louisiana; Hamburg and Cherry Street in Indiana; Salem, Kentucky Avenue, Waterford and Parksville (March 1st) in Kentucky.  On March 15th I presented the. PowerPoint at the Portland Ave Chruch in Louisville, on March 25th I will be with the LaGrange congregation.  If you would like me to come to your congregation, send me email at larrymiles1952@gmail.com

Mission Trip to Zimbabwe: I (Larry Miles) have  been invited by Dale Garrett, to go with him to Zimbabwe around the first of April to assist Robert Garrett. Dale and I graduated  from Southeastern Christian College  in 1974. Please keep me in prayer as I raise funds for the trip.  The Lord as been gracious in my. fund raising– I will be staying longer than I planned and  will have. some unexpected  housing. costs, so the extra funds will be needed.  For more info, click here.

LADIES INSPIRATION DAY!    April 25, 2020 at the Cherry St. Church of Christ (302 Cherry St., New Albany, Indiana.  Meeting begins with registration & breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and ends around 2:00 p.m.   Theme:  Ladies Tea Party – He’brews’ Us to Perfection.

WOODLAND BIBLE CAMP begins its 2020 season

May 1-3 Spring Clean Youth Retreat 6 p.m. – Sun. 11:30 am Grades 9 First Year of college Director: Jeff Adams

Contact Jeff at 812) 987-6006 or jeffreywadams58@gmail.com

 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND CAMP DATES – GO TO woodlandbiblecamp.org

 KY/IN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is being announced for July 20-23 (Monday – Thursday) Day sessions to be held at PCS in Louisville and Night sessions to be held at the Sellersburg Church of Christ in Indiana.   This year’s theme will be on “THE MINOR PROPHETS.”    A detailed program with speakers will be forthcoming.    Get the dates on your calendar and plan to join others for a week of Christian fellowship and Bible teaching.

 JAMES & KAREN (CROWDER) ASHLEY have been serving the Lord in the South Pacific for over 35 years.   James is the translation coordinator in the Solomon Islands.  Karen is a linguistics specialist.  Karen was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, both of which are auto-immune diseases.   They no longer can live in the tropics where medical care is not available.  At present, they are living in Dallas, Texas where they both continue their work with Wycliffe Bible Translators.    Please, remember this couple as they continue to seek God’s will for their lives and continue to minister as He directs.  (Cramer & Hanover Bulletin)

 

LaGRANGE CHURCH OF CHRIST (1910 Jericho Rd., LaGrange, KY) is announcing their spring EVANGELISM REVIVAL April 26-May 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with Derek Baker and Kirk Hacker.    Contact Wayman Thompson (Minister) at 502)758-0186 for additional information. 

WHY MINISTRY IS NOT FOR WIMPS

by Jared Moore found on www.sermoncentral.com

10. NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU.

 9.YOU WILL MAKE PEOPLE ANGRY REGARDLESS OF HOW GODLY YOU HANDLE YOURSELF; IT COMES WITH THE POSITION.

 

  1. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE A FAILURE OFTEN, AND WHEN YOU DO APPEAR TO SUCCEED, THE FRUIT THAT IS PRODUCED CANNOT BE ACCREDITED TO YOU. GOD ALONE GIVES THE INCREASE (1 COR. 3:7). THUS, THERE IS LITTLE “SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT IN MINISTRY” THAT YOU MAY BE ACCUSTOMED TO IN OTHER VOCATIONS.

 

  1. YOU WILL FIGHT LEGALISM AND LIBERALISM, ALONG WITH LAZINESS, IGNORANCE, TRADITION AND OPPOSITION. YET, YOUR GREATEST ENEMY WILL BE YOUR OWN HEART (JER. 17:9).

 

  1. NOT EVERYONE WILL RESPOND POSITIVELY TO YOUR PREACHING, TEACHING, OR LEADERSHIP. YOU WILL BRING PEOPLE TO TEARS WITH THE SAME SERMON: ONE IN JOY, ANOTHER IN ANGER (I HAVE DONE THIS).

 

  1. YOU WILL BE CRITICIZED—RARELY TO YOUR FACE AND FREQUENTLY BEHIND YOUR BACK. THIS CRITICISM WILL COME FROM THOSE THAT LOVE YOU, THOSE THAT OBVIOUSLY DO NOT LIKE YOU, AND PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS WHO BARELY KNOW YOU.

 

  1. YOU WILL THINK ABOUT QUITTING YEARLY OR MONTHLY, IF NOT WEEKLY OR EVEN DAILY.

 

  1. YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED FOR PREACHING THE TRUTH, MOSTLY FROM YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE PEWS. YOU SHOULDN’T BE SURPRISED BY THE SIGHT OF YOUR OWN BLOOD. YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN, AFTER ALL (MATT. 16:24).

 

  1. YOU WILL FEEL VERY LONELY ON A CONSISTENT BASIS, FEELING LIKE NO ONE TRULY KNOWS YOU OR CARES HOW YOU FEEL, BECAUSE YOU DO NOT WANT TO BURDEN YOUR FAMILY, AND TRUSTWORTHY PEERS ARE FEW AND FAR IN-BETWEEN. BECAUSE OF THE ”SUPER-CHRISTIAN” MYTH ACCREDITED TO PASTORS LITERALLY, YOU WILL FIND IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DISCLOSE YOUR DEEP THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS TO OTHERS. THUS, YOU WILL STRUGGLE WITH LONELINESS.

 

  1. YOU WILL PROBABLY PASTOR A CHURCH THAT IS BARELY GROWING (IF AT ALL), IS OPPOSED TO CHANGE, DOESN’T PAY WELL, HAS SEEN PASTORS COME AND GO, DOESN’T RESPECT THE POSITION AS BIBLICALLY AS THEY SHOULD, DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS A PASTOR’S OR A CHURCH’S JOBS IS, AND WILL ONLY FOLLOW YOU WHEN THEY AGREE WITH YOU (THUS, THEY’LL REALLY ONLY FOLLOW THEMSELVES).

 

AFTER UNDERSTANDING THESE REALITIES, DO YOU STILL WANT TO BE A PASTOR? IF SO, THEN GOD HAS PROBABLY CALLED YOU TO THE MINISTRY!




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That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10