God is our Refuge

Last week was the wedding of our daughter, Bethany. The days leading up to the wedding were stressful and filled with preparations. It was an exciting time but a very tiring/anxious time as well. Often the tiredness and tension of preparations were all consuming. Knowing that God was our provider through this time gave peace in an otherwise overwhelming situation. The day of the wedding we saw the fruits of our labor come to fruition. Knowing that God is our refuge was key to our “peace” through … [Read more...]

Stand Firm in Him!

Wow!  I'm awed by what God does in corporate worship! Of course God uses individuals to draw our attention towards Him in worship, but true Worship only occurs when we encounter the tug of His Spirit on our hearts. Still again it's more than that. It's more than a feeling or an emotion, although our emotions play a part. It's emotion only, if we come together to only have a good "cry" or exciting  "pep rally" and then go home unchanged. If worship is merely a head thing or intellect only, it … [Read more...]

Take Me to the King

The choir will be singing the anthem "Take Me to the King" written by Kirk Franklin and arranged by Travis Cottrell this Sunday. This song, more than any other in recent times, has had a dramatic impact on me. I find myself singing it in the mornings and throughout the day. It’s really a prayer, a prayer that our church (Eastern Hills) and the churches of our nation so desperately need to embrace. The theme of the song brings to mind Paul’s writing in II Corinthians 12:9-11.  Below is the … [Read more...]

The Importance of Music for Children

Recently someone recommended a great article to me about the importance of music in the overall development of children. Most of what is in the article I have read before but it was a great reminder of how important music and the arts are to a child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Research has shown for some time the connectedness of music with increased math and science scores. This article reiterates that point along with many others. Please check out this article by … [Read more...]

Children’s Choir Sings at Hillview Nursing Home

The children’s choir (grades 2-6) did an outstanding job singing at HILLVIEW NURSING HOME on Wednesday, March 19th. Approximately 30 children participated. A special thank you to DAN HARRISON for driving the bus and JEREMY TURNER the minibus! We also appreciate all of the children’s choir ministry team who chaperoned and some who stayed behind for late comers who showed up after we left for Hillview. Children’s Choir Team includes: Nancy Sellers, pianist; Terri Golden, Steve Phillips, Cheryl … [Read more...]