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Author Archive: Evergreen Bible Church

Strategic Camping

Kim Jong Un continues to rattle his nuclear saber, racial riots are spreading from Charlottesville and countless other problems are rocking our nation and our world. What was Evergreen Bible Church doing last weekend? Camping. About 130 of us packed our supplies and headed out beyond the reach of cellular services for the annual Family […]

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Battling Blackberries

We haven’t had rain for weeks, but you’d never know it by looking at the blackberry vines in the neighbor’s yard. Dozens of spiky trailers spring over the fence in majestic arches, every one of them a vibrant green, as healthy as can be.  We just hacked them back less than a month ago, and […]

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My Benediction

It is so hot today even my hours have evaporated.  The time for me to head home is near and I’m just starting today’s post for the Connection.  Several ideas that would require more time will have to wait.  Instead, I will repeat the blessing that came to me as we were singing the last […]

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Jesus Loves the Little Children

The birth of our sixth child has prompted some very interesting conversations. One comment I’ve heard several times now is “you know what causes that don’t you”? In case you’re wondering, yes, as a matter of fact I do. And in case you’re wondering, this comment really doesn’t bother me, because each time it’s been […]

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The Reason I Raft

People line up to pay $1,000 per person to go with an outfitter on a four-day camping trip down Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River. I mentioned that fact to my family in the days leading up to our trip last week in hopes it might create more enthusiasm. I was sensing something more akin […]

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I Was a Stranger, and You Invited Me In

When I first started ministering at EBC, Mary Mills brought me to Open House Ministries for a tour of their facilities and a brief education of what they do. I was encouraged and thankful for the strategic and Christ-centered help they are offering to Vancouver’s homeless population. They house and equip and are very successful […]

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Philippines Mission Trip Update

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Tim. 1:7 Magandong umaga! – “Beautiful morning!” It’s amazing what the Lord can do in a mere four days when you’re pushed out of your comfort zone, stretched in unfamiliar ways, and pushed to love others across […]

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The Beautiful Spectrum of Grace

Twelve people entered the waters of baptism last weekend at Evergreen Bible Church. It’s a number uniquely reminiscent of God’s redemptive work, like the 12 tribes of Israel or the 12 apostles. As I heard the stories of new birth, I became keenly aware God’s hand was no less powerful in these saints than he […]

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The Prodigal Son Parable in the Key of F

Unknown Author Feeling footloose and frisky, a feather-brained fellow forced his fond father to fork over the family finances. He flew far to foreign fields and frittered his fortune feasting fabulously with faithless friends. Finally, facing famine and fleeced by his fellows in folly, he found himself a feed-flinger in a filthy farmyard. Fairly famished, […]

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