Bring All The Tithes Into The Storehouse

The Tonawanda Indian Reservation is in upstate New York. It is about 45 minutes from Niagara Falls. I lived there for a year on the reservation working with Seneca Indian children. It really was an amazing experience! Our reservation was unique in that it had a long house where Medicine men still practiced their magic and healing. The little Baptist church I worked at was older than our country. Originally, it met in a log cabin during the days of George Washington. We had a bi-vocational pastor … [Read more...]

Joy… Even in Pain!

Sunday Pastor Josh preached an outstanding and challenging sermon about how to maintain Joy in all circumstances. Philippians 4:4. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV) Joy in all circumstances is difficult! We all undergo trials, heartaches, disappointments and even tragedies that have the capacity to diminish our joy, especially IF our joy is dependent upon our circumstances. Pastor Josh reminded us that our joy is not dependent upon our situation or condition, but … [Read more...]

The Gift of Christ

“and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’”– Romans 15:20-21 The Apostle Paul spoke clearly about the mission on which God had set him, to “preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named.” Churches often make a grave mistake in ignoring Paul’s heart here. “Church … [Read more...]

Good Tidings of Great Joy!

For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people. One of the greatest most profound statements made in the Bible was told to the shepherds. “The Messiah is for ALL people”. I love Christmas at Eastern Hills! It is festive beyond belief. There is singing, caroling, musicals, parties, worship services. All of them proclaiming the good news that the Messiah has come…but mostly for us.   I don’t think that is intentional. I think we get so busy planning … [Read more...]

The Light Has Come!

As I reflect over the happenings of the past few days, and especially the presentation of The Light Has Come, I am awed at God’s gracious goodness! In planning any worship service or music event I am never completely satisfied with the product. I usually think things like: “If I only had another week, it could be so much better.” “Did I choose the right music?” “Did I include too much music?” “Was the message clear? Did things flow and point to the central theme?” However, this year I am … [Read more...]