Monday, July 18, 2011

What a Great Summer!

After over five months of hard work, we have adopted a new Biblical Purpose Statement and Vision. It would be easy to think we are finished. We have finished the task and adopted a new statement. However, those five months were just birth pains. Now it is time for the real work to begin. It is time to live up to our purpose and accomplish our vision. In the fall, you will begin to notice several changes, including the use of the new church logo and slogan on publications coming from the church. This is more than just an update of letterhead. The logo and slogan should be a reminder to us of our purpose. I pray these reminders will encourage us to live out our calling as well as motivate us to get involved in the mission of the church. We have a lot to accomplish for the glory of God and we need everyone to participate to make our vision a reality.
It is truly an exciting time to be at Eastern Heights. I do not remember another summer in my ministry where there has been so many decisions happening on Sunday mornings. I have come to expect God to bless us through camps, mission trips, and Vacation Bible School. However, Sundays are usually a time many are gone enjoying summer vacation. However, this summer at Eastern Heights our attendance has been amazing and the moving of the Spirit has been overwhelming. God continues to change lives and call families to be part of Eastern Heights. Let us continue to pray diligently for God to continue to bless us. Let us pray for God to bind Satan from attacking. In addition, let us pray as we move into the many new things coming in the fall, that God will use these times to fulfill his kingdom through us. Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor. Let us engage the world together!

1 Peter 3:8-12

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 10, 2011 Morning Sermon

The Destination of Summer

My parents own a house in Northwest Arkansas in which they plan to retire. My kids know it as “The Vacation House.” For years, it has been the place we go to get away and relax. The tranquil mountains of the Ozarks with the unique culture that goes with it provide a great getaway. One of the drawbacks is the difficulty of driving in the area. What appears to be a short jaunt to Branson is in reality a two-hour rollercoaster ride with sharp turns and steep hills. It is usually best for everyone in the vehicle to be asleep or someone is sure to get carsick. However, the destination of entertainment and fun is worth the trip.

If your summer schedule is like ours, it is this type of trip. We run from one place to another. We go from a mission trip to camp to sending kids to grandparents and then we seem to repeat it just for fun. The journey of summer is a great rollercoaster. You wonder how you are going to endure it and then when it is over you cannot wait to experience it again. We are right in the middle of summer with all its heat and summer fun. However, we know at the end there are going to many lives changed. Those who go on mission trips gained a new perspective on life. Those who attend camp received new experiences with God. Vacation Bible School taught many children about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. For some, the events of the summer changed their life forever and even their eternal destiny. Keep hanging on. The end of summer is coming and I know we will be able to look back and see that God did great things.

God Provides

God provides in many different ways. I have been reading Ezra as part of my daily devotional time.     Ezra leads the people of Israel out o...