Another Pastoral Epistle 2-15-17

Another Pastoral Epistle February 15, 2017   Hi EBC family, Prayer is a journey. We don’t ever arrive at a complete satisfaction in our prayer life. It calls for endurance and persistence. That is why I have chosen the phrase “journey of prayer” to describe our focus on prayer. We …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 2-8-17

Another Pastoral Epistle February 8, 2017   Hi EBC family, How can a team win a game having led for zero seconds the entire game? It doesn’t seem possible. But the Patriots pulled it off.   Of course, I will find a spiritual application in this historic comeback. God specializes …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 2-1-17

Another Pastoral Epistle February 1, 2017   Hi EBC family, At my installation service, when Pastor Lynn passed the baton to me, it was on my heart then to speak to running the race rather than meandering. Almost two years later, it is no less of a conviction of the …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 1-25-17

Another Pastoral Epistle January 25, 2017   Hi EBC family, On Monday, we lost a faithful saint who spent 55 of his 94 years attending EBC. Walter Eshelman and his wife would have celebrated 71 years of marriage this April. What a testimony to the covenant of marriage! I never …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 1-18-17

Another Pastoral Epistle January 18, 2017   Hi EBC family, Do you remember the process of learning how to speak? Likely not. It is as Eugene Peterson puts it, “Because we learned language so early in our lives we have no memory of the process.” Language is something we had …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 1-11-17

Another Pastoral Epistle January 11, 2017   Hi EBC family, We live in a day and age where life is cheap. People are seen as objects, people are used for others’ own advantage, and people are not cared for and cherished. Sanctity of life cannot be reduced to the issue …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 1-4-17

Another Pastoral Epistle January 4, 2017   Hi EBC family, Moses stuttered, John Mark deserted Paul, Jacob was a deceiver, Sarah laughed at God’s plan, David slept with another man’s wife, Martha worried too much, Elijah was depressed, Jonah had a problem with God’s will, Paul had a thorn in …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 12-21-16

Another Pastoral Epistle December 21, 2016   Merry Christmas EBC family, Celebrate Christmas! Even if the date of December 25 has its roots in some kind of pagan festival. Did you know that the word, “Sunday” likely has its roots in the worship of the sun? Yet we still use …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 12-14-16

Another Pastoral Epistle December 14, 2016   Hi EBC family, I was asked a few years back by an elder as to how things were going in ministry. I answered, “I am over my head.” Doesn’t “over our heads” describe most of life? Isn’t it exactly where God wants us? …

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Another Pastoral Epistle 12-7-16

Another Pastoral Epistle December 7, 2016   Hi EBC family, “It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies- whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.” I had intended on sharing that quote by …

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