Be a Witness

This week we had the privilege of hosting the National Night Out event for the Forest Hills neighborhood. As I participated in this event, I was reminded that if we are serious about being an Acts 1:8 church, then we must begin in our own neighborhood. Many times we refer to Eastern Hills with the phrase, “A Church for all Montgomery.” God has planted Eastern Hills in the Forest Hills neighborhood and we want to be faithful to what God has called us to do. As we reach out to others who come … [Read more...]

Gratitude

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…" Gratitude is often called a spiritual discipline. This practice of thankfulness helps to shape the soul; it does not always come easily… but it does sometimes. For the Wootton family, now is one of those times. Eastern Hills Baptist Church has made it easy for us to practice gratitude. You all have poured out such … [Read more...]

The Investment is worth it!

Recently I cleaned out my small garden bed, removing the accumulated grass and vegetable plants that had outlived their prime productivity. I then planted some seeds for what I hope will be my fall garden. Ephesians 6:7-9 is a great passage about seed sowing. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please the flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become … [Read more...]

Sandcastles

I used to love to build sandcastles. Who am I kidding, I still love building sandcastles. Of course, I don’t build them like most people. Anyone can build sandcastles up on the beach away from the waves. It takes real talent to build them down near the waterline. I don’t know, maybe I like the challenge, but I go to where the last big wave hit and then start my castle. I build a huge wall in front to block the waves and then I build the rest of the castle. I always have to pay attention to the … [Read more...]

Another “Thank You”

Lanelle and I once again say, “Thank You for your kindness to us.” The Lord has greatly blessed us by letting us be with you for these nine months. You are a wonderful church! You are wonderful people! Josh is greatly blessed by being able to be your pastor. How to Support Your New Pastor This Sunday, I will preach on the topic, “How to Support Your New Pastor.” I am going to give you a preview of the message in case you won’t be at the service. You may need to have it in print for future … [Read more...]

A Note From Dan

I remember when my kids were small and they were learning what it was like to trust. I would be in the pool and would want them to jump in the water to me. They were afraid to be dependent on me to keep them from going under water. When they finally jumped, that helped them to develop trust in me and each time they jumped that trust became stronger. Our relationship with Christ grows as we learn to trust. Trusting builds trust. Just like with my children, this trust starts out small and grows … [Read more...]

Believe It…Live It!

Webster’s Dictionary defines “believe”: To consider something to be true or honest; To accept something as true, genuine or real; To have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion. By the time you read this the Youth Choir will be on day six or seven of a ten day choir/mission tour to Minneapolis, MN. Our theme this year is BELIEVE. Our spotlight verse is John 11:25-26 (NLT) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even … [Read more...]

A Note From Greg

I think change is all a matter of perspective. How one person accepts and adapts is different from another. I think about weather and seasonal changes. They are going to happen no matter what. We didn’t really have well defined seasons in South Florida. Summer was a time of fun. We would go out in the boat or go swimming in the bay. The best thing about summer was three months without school!! Summer, as in most areas of the country was fun. One thing we did not do was camping in the summer … [Read more...]

We Rejoice With You

Lanelle and I rejoice with you in the calling and coming of a new pastor. We heard what a good weekend it was, capped with a unanimous call from a packed Sanctuary. We trust that the days ahead will be the most victorious, Christ-loving days of EHBC’s history. Someone asked if I was not sad about leaving. Well, no, I came to leave. My purpose was to be a gap-chap, leading you through this transitional time. That time has concluded. I am thankful for the opportunity of being with you during … [Read more...]

Sunday was a Great Day!

It is wonderful to see how a church pulls together and welcomes our new Pastor. Every aspect of the weekend was great and we appreciate how our church responded. Thanks to our Pastor Search Committee who did an outstanding job orchestrating the weekend and taking care of all of the details. Thanks to all of our Sunday School leadership for helping to promote the weekend and getting a great crowd here for over 600 in Bible Study and a packed house in Worship. It was a blessing to be a part of a … [Read more...]