WSGMA Chaplain's Corner


Many old-time Christians believe that just saying ”Romans 8:28” is enough when something dreadful happens. Well, it ain’t so!!! That is only one verse in a chapter which speaks of the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has Christ in His life. It speaks of the required relationship with Our Heavenly Father. It further speaks of a love for Him and a willingness to be what He wants us to be.

BUT MORE!!! It was our Father’s intent that we become like Jesus (ROM.8:29). And, like Jesus, God “chose us in Christ… to be holy and blameless.” And if God wants us to become more like Christ, it should not surprise us that there will be difficult and painful events in our lives. Jesus, the Author of our salvation (Heb. 2:10) became perfect through suffering. There is more!!! He learned obedience from what He suffered (Heb.5:7-10).

BUT MORE!!! After that comes the “all things work together” passage (ROM. 8:28). We are confronted with several verses which name difficult times as being unable to separate us from the love of God in Christ… and that in all things we are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us (ROM. 8:37).

YES, even our beloved Savior had to go through terrible times before all things worked together for good (HEB.12:2). And, He endured such awesome agony knowing that there was a tremendous joy that lay ahead. And so, it is with us… ours is not to doubt or question… it is for us to be faithful, obedient, always pressing on toward the goal for which God has called us in Christ Jesus (PHIL. 3:14).

In a nut shell, love Him, keep His commandments (JOHN 14:15). Then find His “purpose” and follow that which you are instructed (called) to do. THEN… all things will work together like it says!!!!! Or, in other words, we must do what He said!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rev. Dick Hilleary is a co-founder of the Western Gospel Association, known today as the Western States Gospel Music Association and acts as its Chaplin. With a lifetime of musical experience as a soloist and quartet member, Rev. Hilleary has appeared with some of the most recognized names in southern gospel music. As a skilled lecturer and recognized 'Master of Ceremonies' for national music conventions, Rev. Hilleary has received the prestigious "Communication and Leadership Award" from Toastmasters International. A pastor / teacher of 35 years, today Rev. Hilleary's passion is for preserving southern gospel music on the west coast and ministering to those committed to keeping that music and ministry alive for the body of Christ.