Thank You Chad!

This week Chad Royal celebrates his 25th anniversary as the Building Superintendent at Eastern Hills. We are forever grateful to Chad for his dedication and for the manner in which he does his job. Chad is one that works behind the scene, yet his work involves every area and every ministry of our church. There is well over 100,000 square feet in our main building and then the additional buildings and the grounds. Overseeing the maintenance of our facilities is a huge job. Chad does a great job … [Read more...]

First Steps

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28 Let’s face it, we live in an age where many people do not really know what church membership is. The message is often conveyed that joining a local church requires almost zero commitment. “Do you want to get to know people better? Do you want to feel like part of a community? Would you like to hear from the Bible every now and then? Join a church.” … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews  13:8 The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of God remains forever. Isaiah 40:8 I had the most interesting conversation with a friend of mine from college. He has been on a journey re-evaluating the church and what he believes. It has led him to a point that he does not believe in God anymore. He is the son of a Baptist Preacher. He said, “I realized that the God that I believed in when I was a child is … [Read more...]

Faux or Real…

Today there are many faux items out there that have become increasingly popular. There are faux paint finishes made to look like marble, stone or wood, faux wood flooring, faux furs, and faux plants that look amazingly natural. All of these are still imitations of what is “real.” They are fakes; artificial representations of something else. Recently, I was relaxing in my chair at home when Mei Li, our cat, jumped in my lap. I cuddled her closely as she purred heartily and with resounding … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs

I am just getting over the jet-lag from my trip to Ukraine but the excitement of this trip will be on my mind for a long time. It was great to be a part of he work God is doing in that country. I worked last week with the International Mission Board Missionaries in Kharkov, Ukraine. They are planting a church and we were conducting a camp for the kids in the area where the new church will be planted. In spite of a huge language barrier we had a remarkable camp where we worked with the children … [Read more...]

Love The Lord

Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength...and love your neighbor as yourself. I am writing this from a teepee in the middle of the woods in Georgia. We are on the Sixth Grade Mystery Trip. Our adventures started with a trip to the Hindu Temple in Lilburn, Georgia. It is a beautiful temple, the largest outside of India. This was the first trip where the guide talked about tenants of Hinduism. To say that the temple is breathtakingly beautiful … [Read more...]

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...]

Summer Time

As you read this week’s Messenger our youth are in Florida ministering through our youth choir mission trip. Many hours of practice have gone into preparing for this trip. Let me encourage you to lift up our youth and adults leaders as they serve and share Christ in Florida. This next Sunday evening we will have the opportunity to share in their ‘Homecoming Concert.’ I hope you will come Sunday evening and support our youth as they share. There will be a fellowship after the concert and we will … [Read more...]

YOUTH CHOIR TOUR 2019 – Florida.

Monday, June 24, 41 students and 11 adults will embark on Choir Tour 2019!  Many of you have helped prepare us for this tour through Teen Challenge contributions, monetary gifts for scholarships, encouraging words and prayers.  We thank you! Please pray for our team as we minister throughout the week.  Our itinerary includes. Monday, June 24   The Waterford @ Carpenters … [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...]