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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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Remember

Remember. We are repeatedly exhorted in Scripture to do so. God himself remembers, so to remember is to partake in a divine activity. Yesterday our nation remembered those who have served in our armed forces, particularly those who died in the service. To remember is to honor. Although many remember only that it is a […]

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Oh For Grace To Trust Him More

I can’t remember the last time Annette and I literally took to our knees in prayer together. But yesterday, there we were, recognizing our utter and complete dependence upon the God of the universe. This is always a good place to be. Unfortunately, it usually takes something we deem to be bad to get us […]

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A Bright Light at Kohl’s

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) A middle-aged couple was simply holding hands as they shopped at Kohl’s on a blistering hot day last August.  That expression of affection so touched an older woman passing by […]

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