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...]

Serve the Lord with Gladness

Serve Day, this past Saturday, was a huge success. We had people building, cooking, folding, cutting, weaving, picking up trash, cleaning out the neighborhood street drains and putting together lunch bags for homeless people. I am so glad to be part of a church that sees the needs of people and does whatever is needed to get the job done. A special thanks to Dan Harrison, Chad Royal and the Serve Team for putting together a great event. Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the … [Read more...]

Hungry for the Right Things!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV) Most of my life I have either been on a diet, coming off a diet or in need of starting one! Unfortunately my eating philosophy comes too close to a Mae West quote I once read: Too much of a good thing is Wonderful!! I laughingly share this quote when eating that second or third piece of cake or other desired delicacy. In reality however, it is a rotten formula for healthy living and is part … [Read more...]

Thank You

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Leisa and I moved to Eastern Hills to serve on this staff. Time has passed quickly. There have been a lot of changes during the past 10 years. My family has grown as we have added a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and 6 grandchildren. It was also during these years that we lost my sister Jana. This church has celebrated with us and cried with us as we have gone through these changes personally. More than anything else this church … [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...]

Lent

We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way. And we should remove the sin that so easily catches us. Let us look only to Jesus. He is the one who began our faith, and He makes our faith perfect. Hebrews 12:1-2 (International Children’s Version) I was in my mid 20s when I first heard of the words Lent and Ash Wednesday. Lent is the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter and lasts for 40 days. It is a time of sacrificing something that takes away our time to free … [Read more...]

Genuine Faith

I enjoy old episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. One of my favorites is called: Opie the Birdman. This heartfelt story is about Opie (Andy’s young son) who receives a sling shot for a gift. Andy warns him to be careful using it. Opie in excited boyish fashion takes his sling shot in tow, aiming and shooting randomly throughout the neighborhood. A hapless shot however lands him in distress, when he “accidentally” hits and kills a mother bird in … [Read more...]

New Growth

It is hard to believe that March is here. 2019 is moving forward at a rapid pace. The trees budding and flowers blooming tell us that Spring is here. I love this time of the year because it is a time to plant our gardens. It is exciting to look around and see things growing and turning green again.  It is also exciting seeing our church grow. Numbers are up and there is excitement in the air as we worship and as we continue to see new folks visiting our church and getting involved in our … [Read more...]

Religion vs. the Gospel

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 If you hang around Christians long enough, you might hear a phrase like this, “We don’t have religion, we have the gospel.” This statement (or some iteration of it) is often repeated by the church, but what does it really mean? Why do we insist that Christianity is not just a religion? Pastor Tim Keller put together a chart that sheds light on the differences between religion and the … [Read more...]

Thank You!

It seems like it was just a short time ago that I received a phone call from Rick Marshall asking me if I would be interested in the position as Minster to Preschoolers and Children here at Eastern Hills. Just the night’before, Karen and I had prayed for God to open a door for a different ministry opportunity. Who knew it would be the next day! We knew that Eastern Hills had a history of longevity with most of their staff. I also knew the history of Eastern Hills from my days at Forest Park. … [Read more...]