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...]

Serve Day

1 John 4:11-12 “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” October 20, 2018 is Serve Day at Eastern Hills. This is an opportunity for us to put our love into action.  From 8 am until Noon we will have many opportunities to serve our community. We will gather as a church that day to minister to several organizations in our community that minister to people in … [Read more...]

Broken

This week I had the honor of speaking at BTW High School’s See You at the Pole prayer meeting. The national theme is “Broken” and it is a great reminder that we should have a broken and submissive spirit before the Lord in prayer. It is not until we humble ourselves in Christ that our prayers begin to have any real impact. In Ephesians 3, we see the Apostle Paul bringing a prayer request to God and he prays BIG. On behalf of the people to whom Paul is writing he asks for inner strength and … [Read more...]

Pressing On

I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 I will never forget when I first decided to hike on the Appalachian Trail. I had several opportunities beforehand but had politely declined. You see, our church in Panama City had a large hiking club. Dan Harrison tried to convince me several times to go. I watched them walk on the beach with their backpacks. I knew they walked the streets for hours on end getting ready. I also knew that the … [Read more...]

We Have the Light!

“Light” is used to symbolize God, faith and holiness throughout Scripture. John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 1 John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. Ephesians 5:8 (ESV) For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the … [Read more...]

Membership

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12–13 You’ve heard the analogy — Christians are like embers in a fire. When they are gathered together they will generate great heat and energy, but if one is removed it cools quickly. This is a biblical truth that … [Read more...]

Excitement

Our family vacation for this past Summer was planned for the last week in July. We had all of the plans made for our condo and all the meals. We could not wait for this week to get here. We were excited because all of our kids and their families were going to be there for the entire seven days. With the miles between us and our kids, it is not often that we ALL get to be together especially for an entire week. When the time came to travel, we all met at Pensacola Beach for our week. There … [Read more...]

Anticipation

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm … [Read more...]

Moving Forward

Sunday was our Children’s Music and Missions Kick-off, featuring guest percussionist Carol James. Carol did an outstanding job playing Marimba in worship and leading our preschoolers and children in the afternoon! Sunday night the children did a superb job sharing what they learned in the afternoon! Many thanks to Greg, our creative children’s minister; Linda Solze, Wayne Robinson and mission leadership team; as well as our children’s music directors and leadership team! This event could not … [Read more...]