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Evergreen Connection Blog

May 17, 2018

Last night was a good night in the Word, especially given the tough passage. We spent our time studying Ephesians 5:21-6:9, in which Paul helps the Ephesian believers understand how to “submit to one and other out of reverence to Christ.” There are three groups of people that Paul specifically addresses: husbands and wives, parents […]

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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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May 10, 2018

Last night was pretty simple and straightforward at youth group. We spent the first 20 minutes or so in groups talking about different sections of Ephesians that we’ve covered over the last three weeks. Each of the groups came up with a summary, and shared it with the rest of the youth group. It was […]

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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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May 3, 2018

Last night we spent our time working through Ephesians 5:1-17, in which Paul tells the Ephesians to “be imitators of God.” There are three main ways he calls on us to live: Walking in Love, Walking in Light, and Walking in Knowledge. To be brief, Paul calls us to walk in love sacrificially, as Christ […]

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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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April 26, 2018

This week at youth group, we spent the evening both enjoying the sun with some volleyball, and enjoying scripture and fellowship as we took a look at Ephesians 4:17-32. Paul is following up his encouragement of the Ephesians to “live in a manner worthy of their calling” (4:1) by giving them clear instruction on how […]

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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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April 19, 2018

At youth group we’re continuing to make our way through the book of Ephesians, slowly but surely. This week, we focused on Ephesians 4:1-16. Chapter four is a big shift in direction in the book of Ephesians. The first three chapters were all about Paul reminding the Ephesian church who they are in Christ, and […]

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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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