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Evergreen Connection

Another Week Under the Sun

Tuesday is my Monday; the beginning of another work week.  I have just finished updating my task list and here’s a bit of what’s ahead for me. I wore my grubbies today because I plan to mow the little field we use for overflow parking.  Working outside is part of my mental health plan because […]

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A Call To Co-op-erate

One of my favorite Leadership Journal cartoons depicts a weary pastor slumped down in his chair, fast asleep. A bubble above his head shows his dream: Church members are arguing, “No, it’s my turn to teach Sunday School! You already had your turn.” I love that dream. So do Beth and Jillian, the ones responsible for organizing our […]

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A Date With God

A man who is head over heels for his girlfriend or wife will go to incredible lengths to plan what he hopes will be an unforgettable date with his beloved. He’ll marshal creativity that hasn’t been used since childhood, make detailed plans on par with a special ops mission and spend money as if nothing else […]

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American Ambassadors

Set aside any political misgivings you may have and imagine that President Trump has received your name from a friend of a friend. He likes that you’re not a politician and thinks that you’d make an adequate representative of the U.S. to one of the 195 countries in existence. So he appoints you Ambassador to […]

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Sing For Your Joy

As a child, I had a huge admiration for music, particularly singing. My parents could tell you I took singing in the shower to a new level, especially when it involved me screaming out the lyrics to the Back Street Boys smash hit “I Want it That Way.” (Laugh all you want, it’s still one of […]

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God’s Good Hard Work

Last week I urged you to join me in the hard work of prayer to ask God to do his work at the Men’s Retreat. Early this morning I was pondering what words I should use to tell you what happened, and in my Scripture reading for today God said to me, “Here, use these words.” “Come, […]

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The Hardest Work

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  (Ephesians 6:18) If you are like me, three things are true: You know this Scripture, you believe this Scripture and you don’t apply this Scripture […]

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Redemption Stories Continued

Last month I wrote about the salvation stories that all of us who are in Christ have. I recounted the blessing that it is to hear these redemptive reports while sitting in on Membership Interviews. Again, you’d be wise to read these reports (often a click away in these connections emails) as you’re almost sure […]

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The $1200 Pie

“I can’t believe someone would pay $1,200 for a pie!”  That is one of the comments that has stuck with me since we had a fundraising auction 10 years ago, and this is good time to remember it. Evergreen was in the thick of the largest fundraising effort we have ever undertaken: Raising $1.25 million […]

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Evergreen’s Filipino Barn Raising

Before the age of commercial construction with cranes and hydraulic lifts, American communities came together to do barn raisings. Barns were essential for early farmers and yet required far more manpower than most could afford. So the members of the community would come together to quickly accomplish the primary framing, often on a single day. Barn raisings are […]

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