FROM PASTOR DAN

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we need to seriously look at our attitude about being thankful for the things that God has allowed us to have. One might say, “I have worked hard for what I have.” We must remember that God has blessed us so that He might be exalted. We were reminded this past Sunday from Daniel chapter 4; we must strive to build God’s Kingdom and not a kingdom for ourselves.  Several years ago, my family had the privilege of having an exchange student from … [Read more...]

TRUST IN THE LORD

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Have you ever made a bad decision? Maybe something that you just do without praying or thinking it through? As you know, I love hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It is not a horribly difficult trail. There are so many books, manuals, and websites to give you advice. You have to try hard to get lost on the Appalachian Trail. … [Read more...]

The Country That Does Not Know Jesus

“Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:9–10 “The days of explosive church growth are over.” This quote came from a recent lecture by Dr. Jim Hamilton, the head of the Biblical Theology department at my seminary. He likened the people of today’s … [Read more...]

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...]