Patriotism

“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” – Hebrews 11:16 Take a few seconds and read the above verse from Hebrews again. This may be a difficult passage to grasp on a week in which we celebrate the birth of our beloved United States. It can be downright countercultural to suggest there might be a better country than the U.S., even when that better country … [Read more...]

Gospel First

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” – 1 Corinthians 15:3 I attended the Southern Baptist Convention this week. J.D. Greear (president of the SBC) reminded us all Tuesday of what the Apostle Paul taught so urgently in his letter to the Corinthians — the gospel message is of first importance to the church. This is not the only important message, but it is the most important … [Read more...]

Graduation

“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” – John 17:18 One of the great characteristics of the church universal is that we are a sent people. No man, woman, boy, or girl was ever saved by Christ to remain in the comfort of their ordinary life. We have all been sent, set out on a mission, not for career, nor fortune, nor family, but to expand the boundaries of God’s glory throughout all of creation. We are to bear witness of His goodness to the ends of the … [Read more...]

Only Easter?

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” ­– Luke 9:23–24 Faithful church-goers often get frustrated with Christians who only attend services a couple of times a year, usually Christmas and Easter. I get it. When someone claims to love Jesus but neglects the very thing He died for, the church, you wonder what kind of game he or she is … [Read more...]

Encouragement

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” ~Hebrews 10:24 Since I arrived at Eastern Hills almost eight months ago (can you believe it’s been eight months!) I have received a lot of encouragement from you all. Believe me when I say that encouragement is invaluable to a pastor. I appreciate it very much. I’m also aware that encouragement goes both ways. You, the members of Eastern Hills, need to be uplifted and spurred on in your good deeds as well, so I … [Read more...]