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4 New Ways to Approach College

I still remember my college in vivid emotional detail. Each of my four years were very different from the others, involving a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of trying to figure life out without my parents or home. I loved college. College is a really formative time...

Justin’s Worship Picks

All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. | Psalm 86:9-10 We love worshipping each weekend with you. Ever wondered what worship music our staff...

For the Parent of a New Middle Schooler

So your son or daughter is graduating the fifth grade. Maybe this is your first child to reach this age - maybe it’s your fifth. Regardless, they’re hitting a whole new stage of life. You might be be feeling totally overwhelmed, or maybe you’re feeling prepared but...

I Can Do This | A Personal Invite

“[We] were made because [we] matter, and [we] were never intended to live a life that matters less than anyone else,” | Author + Writer Tricia Lott Williford. The influences of those around us play a bigger role than we like to admit on what we think we are worth....

Remember, Your Outcome Begins in Your Mind-Set

"For he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. 'Eat and drink,' he says to you, but his heart is not with you. | Proverbs 23:7 Remember, Your Outcome Begins in Your Mind-set Ever glance off at a pretty sunset only to feel your car tires jarring...

Steps for Reading Your Bible

For Christmas this past season, I purchased an iPhone for my wife. I must say, it was a great gift and she was very pleased with my selection and color. What was interesting to us both was how a complex device has such easy instructions to begin. A very simple step by...

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Mom of Boys

If you are the parent of boys, you probably are being faced with challenges unlike any other experience in life. Raising boys is a one-of-a-kind experience. As we understand what makes this calling unique, we begin to see (and enjoy) the way God innately created our...

Staff Book Recommendations

From Craig Smith Lead Pastor Good Faith: Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman From WILL CUNNINGHAM FAMILY + MARRIAGE MINISTRY PASTOR Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby From COLETTA...

Try Being Unfair Next Time

Besides death and taxes, there’s one other certainty: human hearts aren’t prone towards mercy, at least not towards others. We’re greedy for personal justice from the moment we comprehend that something's unfair. She has more than me. He has something better than me....

Why We Lie

It’s safe to say we’re not always honest—sometimes we lie. Let’s at least be honest about that. And on top of that, we usually excuse these lies by maintaining that we don’t lie about the big things, just those little white lies. Whether it’s about that sweater your...

5 Ways to Invest in Your Spouse Today

Marriage is a good gift from God that is celebrated in the Bible. Even if you haven’t been married, you can likely attest to the positive influence that a healthy marriage can have on the people surrounding them—from kids to friends and even coworkers. If...

What’s Needed to Help Students Find Their Calling

This guest post was written by our High School Associate Director, Aaron Harder. For more information about our middle school or high school ministries and when they meet, check out QUEST and The Crossing. Perhaps you are wondering what is happening to today's youth,...

10 Practical Ways to Value Others

God wants us to be people who live in constant respect of the value of other human beings. However, its easy to forget this truth when sitting in traffic, attending to an unruly child, or getting thrown under the bus at work. Instead of getting angry and reacting in a...

Is the Old Testament Still Important?

It makes up over half of your Bible, but what does the Old Testament really have to do with you now? It’s unlikely you’ve done a devotional from the book of Numbers lately. Even if you’ve read through the whole Bible, you can admit that things start to feel less...

Being Bible Driven // Part 3

Being Bible Driven // Part 3 One of our core values at Mission Hills is being Bible-driven, and we’re going to spend some time in these sessions digging into what exactly that means. In the weekly Mission Hills staff chapel, Craig Smith shared the above...

The Good Samaritan, Prejudice, and Parenting

The term “good Samaritan” is a common expression in our culture, meaning someone who exhibits surprising kindness towards a stranger. The term itself originates from Jesus’ parable in Luke 10 where a Samaritan man did just that when he saw a man in need on...

7 Things Jesus Said About Money

There’s no denying that Jesus believed money was significant. Other than the kingdom of God, it was one of his favorite topics. Knowing what Jesus has to say about money can help shape our view of what’s in (or not in) our wallets and what we use it for. Here are...

Parenting Resources about Generosity

As a church, we’re here to partner with you in parenting. We know that generous kids become generous adults, so we want to help you teach your kids how to love giving to and serving others. Generous kids don’t happen by accident. As a parent, you have to...

Do It Anyway

What if you believe God has given you a spiritual gift, but you don’t have the desire to serve others? One of the greatest obstacles of utilizing your spiritual gifts is a lack of desire. Often this lack of desire will also create a lack of time in your...

Being Bible Driven // Part 2

Being Bible Driven // Part 2 One of our core values at Mission Hills is being Bible-driven, and we’re going to spend some time in these sessions digging into what exactly that means. In the weekly Mission Hills staff chapel, Craig Smith shared the above...

Did Jesus Ever Hurry?

We have more technology at our fingertips than those before us experienced throughout entire lifetimes. All this efficiency hasn’t helped us slow down though; it’s only made us move faster. Daily tasks like cleaning and cooking are accomplished by pushing...