07. August 2015 · Comments Off on Trust… Is it important? · Categories: 2015, Lessons
What is trust? Is it important? Why?
It’s 2013 and a young man who is now a household name has just started a global debate about why privacy is important. Privacy of your computer, your phone, your data, your technology in general. The general public has since begun to rethink where they are putting their data and who they are willing to trust it to. Trust… Is it important?
Relationships. Not just romantic relationships, but any relationship, such as with your parents, siblings, friends and peers. Look at any good solid relationship, remove trust, and what do you have? A broken relationship? An enemy? Or worse?  Trust… Is it important?
Our relationship with God. How can you have a relationship with God without trust? Ok, true, you could have a hate relationship with God like some atheists I’ve met. You could fancy some kind of mutual hands off agreement kind of relationship with God, which could theoretically exist without trust. What about a true relationship with God? A relationship where you actually consider him a friend? What role does trust play in this kind of relationship? Isn’t it the same as any relationship with your family or friends? Doesn’t it still require trust?
Trust… Is it important? Is it important in the tech world? Is it important in relationships? Is it important in your relationship with God? What if you don’t have a relationship with God? Trust is one of the foundational building blocks. Use it to build or rebuild your relationship with God. Trust God. He only is worth your total trust.
Trust… It is important. It is crucial.
07. August 2015 · Comments Off on One Year Without Facebook · Categories: 2015
One year ago I deleted my Facebook account for many different reasons. In the year since then I have enrolled in college, done several colporteur programs with the school, and generally kept busy with studies.
    Many factors led to my decision to leave Facebook after 6 years of digital social life on the network. Although I have maintained a Public Facebook page (LifeInMission) that I almost never check, the results I have experienced this year from deleting my Facebook account have left me feeling free, free to do things that I haven’t done before, free from digital life, free from the clutter of always seeing where other people are and what they are doing, and free from the never ending notifications and emails.
    Here are some results of my decision:
    1. I have more time to spend with God.
    2. I have more time to do the things I really want to do (instead of scrolling through endless digital posts from my wide network of friends)
    3. When I meet friends we actually have something to talk about!
    4. I have a new sense of freedom from always wondering what people are doing on Facebook.
    5. Friends don’t see my relationship status anymore. (Oh! Did I really say this?)
    These are just a few of the many results of my decision. I just realized this summer when I met an old acquaintance that we actually had a lot to talk about. Then I realized that if I was on Facebook, I would already know most of what we were talking about. For me knowing the information is not where the value lies, but rather in the actual social interaction that we call communication. It is this interaction that builds friendships as we traditionally know them, and these friendships are almost impossible to develop through only digital means. There has to be some element of personal contact, whether it’s face to face, or talking on the phone. I think digital only communication with a friend will soon leave both parties feeling a bit out of touch. This is what we miss in our social networks many-times. We consider that we are being social while sitting at home by ourselves on the couch surfing Facebook, liking and commenting on people’s statuses. No wonder we are left feeling empty and lonely!
      I had tried to bring the endless notifications from the network under control by disabling notifications on my devices and turning off the emails that I seemed to always get. However it was impossible for me to miss the red notifications badge and the number count every time you sign in. Always curious I would soon be consuming everyone else’s posts and reposts. I’ve just recently realized the freedom that I have in not even worrying about what people are posting on Facebook, and whether they are talking about me or not. It makes no difference to me.
        As much a freeing experience leaving Facebook has been for me, I’m not advocating a boycott of the network. It has it’s place and it serves a purpose. But we need to come to grips with the fact that it has changed the way we view socialization and it’s not a change for the better. We need to realize that socializing through technology, short of actually calling, whether Facebook or any other network, is artificial at best. I include other social networks here because Facebook is not the only place we see this problem. Google Plus, Linked In, and all the other networks have the same issues although they may appear in different garb. We can utilize these technologies, but we can’t let them take over our social lives or we are doomed to their digital social monopolization.
          The one thing that I think I like the most about leaving Facebook is that I have more time to spend with God in prayer and reading the Bible and other books. I never want to get back on Facebook.
          22. May 2015 · Comments Off on What will the future hold? · Categories: 2015, Lessons

          I sit on the couch scrolling aimlessly through the calendar on my phone. 1965 rolls by. 1900, 1888, 1844 fly by. Then come 1715, 1640, 1492, and the dark ages. I think to myself of the many Christians who died during those Dark Ages. They held fast to their faith and would not let it go. Then Christopher Columbus discovered the new world, thus providing a place of escape for those persecuted for their faith. Soon the Mayflower sailed from England for the New World, as it was then known, and the pilgrims found a home. The Bible founded its way deep into the roots of American history and values, and as time passed the colony became a nation.

          The French Revolution rocked Europe with a new philosophy, a reasoning of life without God. A 10 day week was adopted to obliterate everything having any remote connection to God or a Creator. In this ‘new beginning’ of godlessness there was much blood shed, much heartache, much sadness. But their leaders held that this was the way the world should be. These new ideas rocked Christian Europe and the rest of the world.

          Yet today we find a drastically different landscape, and yet it’s the same. It’s the same as it was in the 1700s. There are those who profess Christianity and there are those who profess godlessness. It has taken a whole new form that is different from the form in the 1700s. Today we have modernism, yes even postmodernism, and this has changed the way that multitudes view the world.

          And yet… What’s the purpose? Why are we here? What is the ultimate reason for our existence. Godlessness has no answer. It provides no assurance of any purpose for one’s life. It provides no reason for existence. It gives no answers to these questions. What is Christ’s answer? He has made us for a grand purpose! He has created us and placed us on this globe for an incredible reason! He wants to use us to manifest his character to a fallen world, and yes, even to all the un-fallen universes out there. He wants to use us as lights to shine, no, not in the lightest places of the world, no! He wants to use us to light the darkest places of the globe, those places where the Light has never pierced. He has called us to this purpose in the very last words He spoke on this earth. You can find them in Matt 28.

          I scroll forward. 2015, 2018, 2025, 2035, 2050, 2070… What does the future hold? When will Christ’s coming in glory be? Jesus himself said that no one knows the day or the hour of this grand event. What will the future hold? Will we as the people of God rise up and do the work that He has given us? Will we manifest his character to this fallen world? Will we vindicate His name before the onlooking universes? Will we sit in silence waiting for someone else to act? Will we wait to follow someone else? What if no one else goes? What will we do?

          These are sobering questions. These are questions that it’s our turn to answer. God is calling us to action. He is asking us these questions today. He wants our heart and our affections and our all. I want to propose to you today that the future lies in our hands. The future of this world lies in the hands of God’s people. We can either get up and act and do what He has commanded, saving lost souls and hastening His coming, or we can sit back in silence and comfort, admitting by action that God’s command isn’t important, and millions of souls will be lost as a terrible result. The future lies in your hands. Will you hasten the coming of the King?

          13. April 2015 · Comments Off on Anywhere? · Categories: 2015


          I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord
          If you ever call me over there to serve
          I’m plenty busy here at the home board
          I doubt you need me over there with verve

          If you need me to go, I am willing to go
          But they say the work’s almost done anyhow
          And I’d rather be at home than in Cairo
          It seems so hard to work over there somehow

          We have a real problem as a church
          The command Jesus gave we explain away
          Till we’re left with thinking the home perch
          Is actually the place God wants us to stay

          If we’d just raise our eyelids and look,
          We would see opportunities before us
          To go to and work these fallow grounds
          For many places’re still unworked thus

          If we were actually willing to go there
          Instead of just doing Him lip-service
          We’d see Him open huge doors in Zaire
          If we would only take him at His word.

          Daniel Hill, 2015

          03. February 2015 · Comments Off on Where are they? · Categories: 2015

          So I recently found out the poet side of me… So you may see me posting poetry here from time to time. Lately studies have kept me busy and so I haven’t been able to post much on here. But I want to share with you my first poem:


          Where are they?
          Daniel Hill – 2015

          Where are they? we doubting ask.
          But we’re hiding behind a mask.

          If we’d but open our eyes we’d see
          these needy souls beyond the ocean sea

          They hide not behind a veil
          They’re chained in the devil’s jail.

          We’re the ones God commanded to free
          these suffering souls beyond the ocean sea

          If only we could see through His eyes
          The suffering of His children and their cries

          We would see through eyes of love
          His precious souls from heaven above

          Come over and help us, they cry
          Oh will we simply be the passerby?

          If we’d just heed God’s command
          He’d use us as tools in His hand.