Vision…

One definition of the word is “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” This definition comes close to describing the meaning of the words in the hymn Be Thou My Vision. This great hymn of our faith, penned by an anonymous author, originated between the years 400 and 700 A.D. among the Irish people. During this era, Ireland was a place of great faith and missionary zeal. Some scholars believe the hymn was a product of this evangelistic fervor. It wasn’t until … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs

Matthew 25:37-40, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you’?” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.’” This past Saturday was SERVE day at Eastern Hills. This passage was … [Read more...]

Follow. Reach. Teach.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37–39 “Go therefore and make disciples…” – Matthew 28:19 Follow God. Reach people. Teach others to do the same. I hope you are starting to realize that this idea is not going away. It can’t go away, not if we are going to stay focused on Christ’s mission for the church. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–39) tells us to … [Read more...]

HALLOWEEN

   A perfect time to share the Gospel "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without someone telling them?" Romans 10:9 Halloween was one of my all time favorite nights of the year. Not even my Birthday could compare. We always had homemade costumes although, wanted the cheap store bought costumes but could not afford them. Mom would burn circles and then use the soot to make … [Read more...]

STRENGTH

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. (Psalm 28:7 ESV) How many times are we overwhelmed with the circumstances within which we find ourselves? New job, career change, budgetary issues, health and parental care concerns, children, job pressures and the list continues. What do we do in these times of crisis? Do we bask in the muck of indecision and helplessness or do we consult the One … [Read more...]

Keep Your Eyes on Christ

One of my favorite activities as a dad was hiking on the Appalachian Trail with my son. Several years my oldest daughter, Amanda went but Andrew and I have logged over 300 miles on the trail. Andrew was 9 years old and Amanda was 12 on our first hike. As we prepared for this 50-mile hike, we would load our backpacks with books and walk at the walking park each night. Although we were not climbing mountains, we were getting our bodies in shape for the hike to come. The Appalachian Trail is … [Read more...]

You are Part of a Team

“For each will have to bear his own load.” – Galatians 6:5 Henry Ford first used the assembly line to build cars in 1913. His method reduced a car’s build time from twelve hours to two and a half hours. The assembly line made production efficient and made car ownership a reality for many people. The system worked well, but there was one great stipulation. Everyone had to do their own part. Teams work well only when each person shows up and helps bear the load.   This is the point … [Read more...]

BRIDGES

Moses said to Joshua... “I will stand on top of the hill holding the stick that God told me to carry”….As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning. When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down. In this way, Joshua totally defeated the Amalekites. Moses built an altar and named it, “The Lord is my … [Read more...]

Run to the Shade!

Psalm 121:5-8 (NIV) The Lord watches over you—the Lord is our shade at your right hand; The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm--- He will watch over your life; The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now & forevermore. The past couple of weeks have been harshly, brutally HOT! The humidity is elevated which only amplifies the temperature! Air Conditioners are working overtime and thank God Almighty for them!  (I … [Read more...]

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...]