The Gathered Church

“Let the word of Christdwell in you richly, teachingand admonishing oneanother in allwisdom, singing psalmsand hymns and spiritualsongs, with thankfulnessin your hearts to God.”Colossians 3:16 March 22, 2020 was the first Sunday EasternHills was unable to meet because of thecoronavirus pandemic. Since that time, I havetaken every available opportunity to talk aboutthe value of the gathered church. I have alsobeen very careful with my language, so as notto lead anyone to believe that separate … [Read more...]

God in Times of Crisis

God In Times of CrisisDo not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10Since March 11 we have lived with social distancing, masks, conflicting news reports and conspiracy theories. We have missed loved ones, missed weddings and funerals, and attended church online. We have not been able to visit our friends and loved ones in the hospital or nursing homes. We are working … [Read more...]

Eternal Perspective

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) This is one of my favorite Scripture passages, especially in these uncertain times.  It reminds us that our hope, … [Read more...]

Our Greatest Need

Our Greatest Need      During these crazy times that we are experiencing we often ask ourselves, what is our greatest need? If we took a poll, we would get a wide range of answers. The answers would range from peace in our country to medical breakthroughs in the fight against the virus that seems to be out of control.  All these answers are true and are very much needed but I think our greatest need is much deeper and would encompass all these issues and far … [Read more...]

Be Examined By God’s Word

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” — Hebrews 4:12                   Baptists are known to love the Bible as God’s Word. That is a fact that makes me proud of my denomination. Because we love God’s Word, we spend time … [Read more...]