Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hebrews 9:11-28

Is Summer Over Yet?

For children, summer break is a time to relax and have fun. No more homework. No more early alarms. No more lectures about grades. But for us parents, summer is chaos. No more routine. No more quiet lunches. No more peace knowing the kids are safe at school. In fact, summer is twice as busy. We have to get the same amount accomplished everyday while worrying about what they are getting into. Back in the day summer break meant the kids were home to help with the chores. Now days it means that you are always preparing for a camp, vacation or some other way to entertain our hard to amuse mini adults who cannot entertain themselves with the thousands of dollars worth of entertainment options at their fingertips. Is it time for school to start back yet?

Though I may be exaggerating slightly, summer can be more hectic than fun if we allow it. Though I will not be missing a Sunday, I will be out of the office the next three weeks. Many of you are experiencing the same type of schedule. God has reminded me today to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16). As well as, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). Do not let the hectic schedule of summer keep you from growing in your walk with Christ.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A New Chapter

Two years ago I came to Eastern Heights as pastor with the privilege to work alongside Jaymi in ministry. It is amazing to think back over the last two years and see where God has taken us. We have seen many come to salvation in Jesus Christ. We have seen God bring many great Christian people into our fellowship. The students in our church have grown numerically and spiritually, leaving a strong legacy for those who follow. Jaymi is leaving a vacancy that will be difficult to replace but also a foundation in which we can grow the future. One thing is sure; if God has a plan for Jaymi and Kara in Texas he has a plan for us at Eastern Heights.

I am reminded about life for the people of Israel in the beginning of Joshua. Moses was gone and Joshua was chosen to be the next leader. Several times in the first chapter of Joshua God says, “Be strong and courageous.” There are only two choices when leadership changes. The first is to retreat and find that which is safe and comfortable. The second is to walk forward in faith, understanding that if God is for us no one can stand against us. Retreat is the result of fear stemming from the absence of faith. We are called to press forward in faith. There are still thousands in our city and billions in the world without Christ. We may be going through a new chapter in leadership, but God is not close to being finished with us. As one chapter ends a new one begins. Thank you Jaymi for a ministry that has prepared our students for the next chapter.

Hebrews 9:1-10 Presentation

Hebrews 9:1-10

Anticipate Jesus!

We have learned through the years that the anticipation of children can drive you absolutely crazy.   It is good for them to have things the...