WSGMA Chaplain's Corner


God’s very first promise to mankind was that He would do something about the sin problem. He declared His plan to send someone to conquer evil and save people. He kept His promise by sending Jesus Christ. Jesus is the One Who makes it possible for us to have a new beginning.


New Year’s resolutions come a dime a dozen. They are destined to break with the past and establish a new future. Whatever you may think of new year’s resolutions, the one all of us should make is the resolve to let go of the past… to refuse to let what has happened in the past interfere with our tomorrows.

The Apostle Paul could have looked back with great regrets. He might have had it all… power, prestige, and almost all the comforts life had to offer. Or, he could have allowed his past sins to make him ineffective. He had persecuted the Lord and the church. That, in itself, was enough to paralyze anyone and cause deep remorse. But Paul resolved… HE DECIDED… “to forget what was behind… and strain toward what is ahead… to press on…” (PHIL. 3:13-14). And look what happened. He established all of the then-known church and wrote two-thirds of the New Testament.

SO … what will it take for you and me to establish a true new beginning and then see it to completion? FIRST DECIDE!!!! Decide to forget the past. Decide to forget past mistakes and sins. Forget what might have been. Release that sorrow, let go of that grudge, get rid of that anger.Concentrate on today. Jesus has taken care of our yesterdays. But still the key is to decide. Make that quality decision… that with the Lord’s help, you will commit to spiritual growth, to dependable participation… to making a difference in your part of the world. DECIDE!!! DECIDE!!! DECIDE!!! Jesus will help you. The Holy Spirit will help you (GAL. 5:16-17).

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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.