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...]

Christmas!

I love the Christmas Season! All of the excitement in the air, the decorations and of course the parties make this one of my favorite times of the year. To keep all of these in proper perspective we must remember that the reason for all of this is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all of the activities, we must not ever forget to keep Christ the central point in all we do. This Sunday is a great time to kick off the season as our choirs, orchestra and drama teams will … [Read more...]

Make Thanking an Action

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17 This past week we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and now we can finally start looking forward to the Christmas season(!)— but our thankfulness should never stop. While we Christians know we should always have a thankful spirit, we may not realize that in the Bible thankfulness is accompanied by action. In other words, we don’t … [Read more...]

Give Thanks!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love all the food that we normally wouldn’t get during the rest of the year. I love how the house smells and I love all the relatives coming together. My most memorable Thanksgiving was in 1992 following Hurricane Andrew. The destruction was unimaginable, but that November we knew what we were thankful for…Family! We were safe, alive and we were all together. We met at my mom's … [Read more...]

The Light Has Come!

“Darkness,” may be defined as the partial or total absence of light. When light is removed objects are unrecognizable or distorted. The human eye can’t perceive color without light. One can’t judge distance very well when stumbling in the dark of night. Darkness also hides what could easily be recognized in the light; whether that is a rugged pathway, furniture in a room, a curving highway or an abyss that looms ahead. When we choose to walk in darkness trouble usually ensues. It is no wonder … [Read more...]

A Note From Dan…

Several weeks ago as Hurricane Michael pounded the coast of north Florida, it left a path of massive destruction across Florida, south Alabama, and Georgia. The people in the path of this storm will be recovering for months or maybe years. It is wonderful to see how our country responds when disaster strikes. I grew up in the small town of Marianna, Florida and in the 1990’s, I served a church in Panama City, Florida. I know this area well and I know of many churches in that area. … [Read more...]

This is Halloween…

“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.” – Romans 13:5–6 Should Christians celebrate Halloween? My answer to that questions is usually a good, solid, “That depends.” … [Read more...]

How Beautiful

How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news. I was a summer missionary during my junior year of college in the Republic of Panama. Actually, I was in the Panama Canal Zone so I didn’t really suffer too much for Jesus. I worked for Panama Youth For Christ. My main job was to spend time with kids while the missionaries were on furlough. The experiences we had were amazing. I was able to catch a cargo ship out in the Pacific Ocean and transit the Panama Canal all the way to the … [Read more...]

A Church That Serves…

Serving God and others is the hallmark of the Christian life. Jesus Christ is the greatest example we have of what a true servant looks like. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (NIV) As a church we are called to serve others. The true witness of our faith cannot be separated from service. James 2:14-18 (NLT) “…What’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of … [Read more...]