Be Strong and Courageous

Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 3:16  This is the theme verse for our Vacation Bible School.  Our children and preschoolers will learn that God is with them always.  As a matter of fact, that is our Motto, “God is with me, now and forever.”  It is a very important lesson that we all need to learn or be reminded of.  God is always with us.  He is with us in the good times and He is with us … [Read more...]

A Note From Dale

Thankful, Thankful, Thankful Again, Lanelle and I express our appreciation for your warm, cordial Christian reception of us. It is a privilege to serve the Lord by serving His people called Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Be Faithful I read in another church‘s bulletin about Lila Craig. She is from Tennessee and has not missed a church service in over 20 years. For 1,040 consecutive Sundays, she has attended her church. A local newspaper editor wrote “It makes you wonder: What’s wrong … [Read more...]

A Note From Dan

Sunday is a day when we remember our Mothers. Whether your Mother is still living or already in Heaven, it is a time to reflect on what an impact they have had on each of us. Leisa said that growing up she thought her Mom loved the chicken neck and the heel of bread best. She later learned that they were not her favorite at all, she sacrificed for her family. I know that many times my mother gave up her needs for the needs of her children. I remember when I was in college and driving a school … [Read more...]

Perseverance, the Mark of a Winner!

While a student at Samford over 35 years ago, my voice instructor (Dr. Paul Richardson) gave his freshman class an article that made a lasting impact on my life. The article was entitled: Perseverance, the Mark of a Winner. In the article the writer espoused how “talent” alone would not guarantee an individual’s success. Many talented people have not developed their art, nor learned how to properly use what they have been given, therefore wasting what God has entrusted to them. (i.e. Matthew … [Read more...]

Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

I was about 10 years old when I first heard about the Appalachian Trail.  My sister and I would spend every summer with my grandparents in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Often times we would picnic beside the trail. I have a picture of Nana and me standing beside one of the signs marking a trail crossing. My sister and I would hike a mile or so in and then have to return back to the picnic site. I always wanted to see what was around the next corner. Skip 40 years to when I started … [Read more...]

Uniquely Blessed

Lanelle and I feel uniquely blessed to be with you during this transition period. You have been so gracious to us. Thank you! Best Kept Church Secret In Montgomery I have known of EHBC since 1969 when Lanelle and I first came to Montgomery. I have known all of your pastors except the first one. Over these years, my impression of Eastern Hills has been very positive, but until I became the interim pastor I was not fully aware of the warmth, strength, and health of your church. You are a … [Read more...]

Lingering at Easter!

Sunday we celebrated the joyous Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Easter is the most holy of all Christian celebrations or holidays. However, I am afraid that for most of us, in the Baptist tradition, we have relegated it to one Sunday of the year; a very important Sunday but nevertheless a one day event. In other more liturgical traditions Easter is celebrated for 50 days beginning with Easter Sunday and ending with Pentecost Sunday (celebration of the coming of the Holy … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday!

I have always loved Easter. It has always meant family. I don’t remember going to church on Easter much as a child, but some pretty fun memories were made. Of course in Miami, it was always about 80 to 90 degrees in the spring. The ground was always soaking wet with morning dew. No one had yet to invent plastic eggs. I am sure that whoever thought of them lived in the subtropics and had a Basset Hound named Cleo that ate all the hidden Easter Eggs which had lost most of their color due to the … [Read more...]

A Note From Dan

It is hard to believe that Spring is already here. This year is passing so quickly. Spring is my favorite time of the year. Growing up in Florida it was a reminder that it would soon be warm enough to swim and more importantly school would soon be out for the summer. Now as a gardener it is a time to plant. I love to have things growing in my yard and garden. As I drive through the Forest Hills neighborhood there are many reminders of Spring. The dogwoods and the azaleas are beautiful and it is … [Read more...]

A Note From Dale

I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN In my last article, I listed some possible names or titles people could call me. There was one I suggested I not be called. Remember? It begins with a d___. No, it’s not dummy. I do get called that but seldom to my face. The Sunday after the article three persons called me by that name but many more called me “The New Guy” – the heading of the article. One person called me “Rabbi,” which is an honorable title. It means “Teacher.” Several have started calling me … [Read more...]