Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Spiritual Father

I love being a Dad.  Now, I may question the sanity of that statement during those times of no sleep and cleaning up after sick kids, but the overall role of being a father is rewarding.  As a father, I have a unique responsibility to shape the children under my care to be the best follower of Christ they can be.  It is not my job to be their friend.  It is my job to train them in righteousness and prepare them to be an arrow in the hands of a mighty warrior (Psalm 127:4).

In the same way we need an earthly father, we need a spiritual father.   Paul tells the church in Corinth, “For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.  For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 4:15).  We have several people within the church that encourage and help us but we all need someone who is an authority in our Christian walk to show us the way and hold us accountable to that way. 

The reason Paul tells them this is because he was calling out those who were leading people astray.  They were teaching knowledge without action and power.  He says, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20).  The proof of discipleship is not in knowledge but in action.  Disciples are not those who just have a lot of knowledge.  Disciples are those who live the mission left to us by Christ.  Knowledge can help with that mission, but it is not the goal.  Let us not judge our maturity as a believer by what we know.  It must be judged by what we do.  Make sure you have a spiritual father in your life who is challenging you to live in power.


James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thank You For Serving!

I am convinced that Eastern Heights has the greatest volunteers.  It is not possible for us to accomplish the high-quality ministries and programs of our church without a large pool of workers serving for the glory of God.  It takes over 50 volunteers every month for us to provide nursery, pre-school and children’s programs during our Sunday morning worship time.  Our workers are amazing at showing the love of Christ to these children and take seriously the task of raising these children to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.  It would not be possible for us to be a multigenerational church without these quality ministries.  Thank you to all the volunteers who sacrifice a week a month serving these children.  If you would like to join these amazing people, please let us know.  We have spots available to be filled.

We also have great volunteers in our many other ministries like youth, men, women and senior adult ministries.  Our shut-in ministry as well as our Grace Ministry serve an important role in ministering to those in our congregation that need our help.  We are able to accomplish so much more than many churches our size because of the dedication and sacrifice of each of you.  Thank you for your service.


If you are looking for a place to serve, please visit anyone in leadership.  We will help you find the place that fits your giftedness and passion.  As summer approaches there are many short-term opportunities in which to participate.  Vacation Bible School and summer camps are always needing people ready to give of their time.  These activities are some of the most evangelistic ministries we have every year.  Lives will be impacted for eternity as we come together to serve.  Serving together is an important part of being part of the body of Christ.  Come serve with us!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jordan's Wedding

When God called us to Eastern Heights our daughter, Jordan, was still an awkward pre-teen.  She was preparing to start eighth grade in a new school where there were more students in her grade than the whole school system in which she was leaving.  We had lots of concerns as she transitioned during a difficult and important time of life.  Thanks to the amazing families of Eastern Heights, her transition (as all of our family’s) was a time that made her stronger and drew her closer to Christ.  She found peers and adults that poured into her as she blossomed into the young lady she is today. 

Jordan’s high school years found new challenges as she struggled with Lyme Disease.  As many of you know, these were some of the hardest years for our whole family.  We watched her struggle physically, emotionally and academically.  The prayers, encouragement and constant support from Eastern Heights is one of the big reasons we thrived through it and Jordan graduated high school ready for a new challenge at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Each of you have been an important part of her journey.  On March 17, 2:00 PM, here at Eastern Heights, Jordan will be marrying a godly young man named Nate Shipman.  Nate just graduated from OBU with a degree in Bible and a minor in music.  We could not be more excited about having Nate join our family.  Please pray for them as they start this life together.

We want to invite all of you to come and celebrate this special occasion with us.  All we ask of you is to let us know you are coming by March 1.  You can RSVP by going to www.theknot.com/us/jordanandnatesetadate, email us at soonerpastor@me.com or fill out a card that can be found on the tables as you exit the worship center.  The cards can be handed to us or given to the office.