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On behalf of our family, and the Montco Bible Fellowship family, extend loving condolences to you Mrs. Ruth Hackman, and to your children Rose, Becky, Jenny, Joe, and Libby, and to each of their families.  May our God, the God of all comfort and all sufficiency, be more than you need Him to be during this difficult time.

As a customer of Hackman’s Bible Book Store for many years I would like to share some of my experiences with you.

To begin, let me say that I find it helpful when I can associate the memory of a dear friend with portions of God’s Word.  In the case of my friend, Mr. Hackman, Acts 13:36 is the portion that reminds me of him:

“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and as laid with his fathers and saw corruption.” (Acts 13:36 ESV)

The portion “…served the purpose of God in his on generation…” reminds me of what I learned as a customer of Hackman’s Bible Book Store during the dash between 1973 (when I first met Mr. J. Walter Hackman) and 2012,  (when I said “good-bye” to him,  for now).

My wife and I first met Mr. Hackman in the spring of 1973, at Hackman’s Bible Book store.  He and I worked next door to one another; I was the pharmacist next door, and he was the owner of Hackman’s Bible Book Store.

Immediately, we discovered that we shared three common passions.  Love for God, love for His people, and love for “good” books.  Books share messages that meet needs and desires, and also speak to human hearts in ways that spoken words cannot.

For the next 39 years Mr. Hackman treated me and all his customers like true friends.  Today, because of his legacy, it is still a treat to go to Hackman’s Bible Book Store and to be treated as one of their special guests.

To me the text “he had served the purpose of God in his own generation” speaks of his impact.

His impact on me, through the lessons he shared, and the lessons I learned – not sitting in the pew, but as a customer standing in the aisle, are cherished memories.  Listening to, and observing this man of God in action was a gift.

His philosophy: Service is the rent he loved to pay for his stay here on earth- has always been my customer experience.

If you’ve ever been to Hackman’s Bible Book Store more than once, you know that you’re their favorite customer.  That was the impact of his ministry and life – the two were inseparable for Mr. Hackman.  Mr. Hackman taught so much without preaching, which has become powerful lesson for me, as I pastor God’s people.

He made a difference in my life and in the lives of countless others over the decades.  He showed all of his customers by how he served, that Hackman’s Bible Book Store was a ministry first, and then a business.

His service had a life changing impact on the many that he came in contact with.

Observing him in action was better than any education I could have received.  From short visits to his store I learned more than any university or seminary could offer.  The lessons were short teaching moments; to the point, and of high impact.

Mr. Hackman had the gift of offering the right book for the right ailment.  It was his Rx for what you had.

He had the joy of being used by God to transform lives without a pulpit or a missionary passport.

Also, Mr. Hackman was a keen student of people; he saw and treated all people as true image bearers of God.

He taught me that even though the “un-churched community” was diversified by culture, race, language, it was unified by common needs.  This community of discouraged, lost, and struggling people needed to find the Way, the Truth, and the Life in the person of Jesus Christ.

He also helped me appreciate that the “Church Community” (diversified by denominations, worship styles, and favorite traditions) shared common needs.  Whether they called themselves Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Methodist, Mennonites, Reformed, etc., they all shared the same spiritual problems of the heart – worry, lust, greed, anger, to name a few.  He tactfully offered solutions for these problems through books, Sunday school tools, Bible study materials, or understandable Bible translations.  With great skill Mr. Hackman pulled these remedies from his shelves, very much like a pharmacist would do with remedies from his shelves.

Mr. Hackman also had a unique way of combining wisdom, humor, and practical advice.  Some examples:

  •   “Why pray when you can worry?” was a memorable quote from him, which gives an accurate picture of too many lives.
  •  When Peterson’s “The Message” first came out many critics were against it.  During a private debate over this “new translation” in his store, Mr. Hackman didn’t chose sides, but said to me “Got a Minute?  Read this verse.”  It was John 1:14.  “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood…”  Since then this translation has been used in many sermons, mine and those of others effectively.  Truly, he was ahead of his time.
  •   Dale Carnegies’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was a book which Mr. Hackman said and I quote “This should be in every church pew alongside the Bible and hymnal.”  He believed it would make a difference for the Christian community, for those living in it and for those outside looking at it.

To Mrs. Ruth Hackman, his treasured wife, and to his legacy of five beloved children and their families, I close with this thought from the text in Acts:

As with David, he (Mr. Hackman) fell asleep in the land of the dying, to awake in the land of the living with His Lord.

I say goodnight to a long time friend, and not goodbye.

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Here at Hackman’s, we’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather and getting ready for the Easter chicks to join us at the store.  They should be joining us the week before Easter.  Here are some of the cuties we had last year:

We will be sharing updates on the chicks to let you know when they hatch and when you can come see them at the store.  If you have kids, or know someone who does, we recommend that you pick up the new Veggie Tales DVD while you’re at it!

Right now we’re getting ready for our Immersion Day tomorrow from 9 AM- 3:30 PM.  We’re so excited to have Dr. Stoll and his wife in here to talk about nutrition and loving your body the way God intended.  We will also be providing a catered lunch.  We encourage you to check out this great video by Dr. Stoll:

http://www.fullyalivetoday.com/preview/pages/video.html

If you can’t join us, you can purchase his Fully Alive! Book and Kristen Stoll’s cookbook here at the store.

Make sure to join us on Twitter!  A little birdie told me we might be holding a contest on there.  Tweet, Tweet!

www.twitter.com/hackmansbooks

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Last time Dr. Stoll visited the store and spoke about his book Alive! and his biblical nutrition system, he was a big hit.  We had quite a few people asking us if he would be visiting the store again, so we’re pleased to announce our next big event:

Dr. Stoll will be joining us in the store on March 24 for an Immersion Day from 9 AM to 3:30 PM- Reservations are required.  Dr. Stoll and his wife, Kristen Stoll, will be lecturing throughout the day.  A healthy, gourmet catered lunch will be provided by Eliane DeSouza, using recipes from Kristen Stoll’s  book, “Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen”.  Tea and fruit will be provided by Frey’s Natural Foods.

There will also be health displays, a gift basket giveaway (donated by Queen’s Nutritional Products), and you will be given a Fully Alive wristband, pen, and notepad.  It will be a fantastic day filled with good food and great conversation.  If you register before March 14, the fee is $60, and it is $65 if you register after that.  Check out our Facebook page to see how you can enter to win a pair of tickets!

 

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our VBS preview night.  We had a lot of fun, and learned a lot of ways to help children connect with God.  Don’t forget, we put a discussion board on our Facebook page for VBS leaders to share stories, find props, and talk about anything VBS related.  You can find the link on the left-hand side of our page.

Many of you have noticed the changes at our store recently, with the new event center, the chapel, and the promotions we have been running.  We’re really excited about the changes, and we have a couple new changes to announce as well.

Hackman’s is now on Foursquare!  Foursquare is a GPS based mobile app that allows you to “check-in” when you visit a location.  The first time you check-in at Hackmans, you will unlock a special for a free laser engraved pen with any purchase.  Just show the unlocked special to one of our employees, and we will engrave your free pen while you wait.

Our new website should hopefully be up within the next week or two, and we have a new logo that we’re rolling out as well. 

We’d love to hear your feedback on all these exciting new changes.  If there are any specials events that you would like to see Hackman’s do, we’d love to hear your suggestions!  Our new chapel in the store is also complete.  It is a great place for a small group, or to sit and pray.

Don’t forget- you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Foursquare!

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In spirit of the new year and all the wonderful changes here at Hackman’s, we’ve started a blog so that we can keep connected with all the wonderful people who support us in an exciting new way.

This upcoming Tuesday we are planning a very exciting event.  Local author Dr. Scott Stoll, M.D. will be leading a health workshop at Hackman’s starting at 7:00 pm.  According to the Center for Disease Control, “more than 75% of diseases are preventable or reversible with… no doctors, no medicine, and no surgery!”

Dr. Stoll will discuss how a biblical and scientific approach to nutrition can change your life for the better.  We’re excited about this event, and are expecting a full house!

We are giving away free autographed copies of his books.  Enter to win on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hackmansbiblebookstore.

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