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Author Archive: Evergreen Bible Church

Your Will Be Done in Me as it is in Heaven

“Trouble, oh we got trouble, right here in River City!” This signature line from the old musical popped into my head as I considered the collective amount of breath spent commenting the many things that are wrong in this world. Seriously, consider the sheer volume of words. Talk radio stations focus almost exclusively on things that are […]

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The Sun After the Storm

The first day of this new year, we drove to the coast to spend the weekend in a rental house near the beach. A quick glance at my weather app told me it would be a wet weekend, but a closer look would have warned me a winter storm was barreling in. The first downpour […]

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Bridge Open for Maintenance

Did you know Ralph Kemptner, former EBC elder, is a bridge engineer? And did you know that over the last few months he did some excellent bridge work for Evergreen Bible Church, Marrion Elementary, and several of their families? Let me tell you about it… Knowing our connection to Marrion Elementary, a few months back […]

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Get Your Candles Ready

Christmas Eve services have provided some of the sweetest moments of worship I have ever experienced with God’s people. I cherish one such memory in particular. The sanctuary of the old building was absolutely packed, candles were burning brightly on every flat surface we could find and the power of the combined voices of those gathered was […]

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From Frills to Chills

Christmas caroling. As soon as you hear that term you likely have a handful of feelings and opinions about it. My guess is that they range from “that sounds like fun” at the top to “not on your life” at the bottom. My own feeling is somewhere in the middle, not terribly strong either for […]

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Marge’s Garden

I was raking Sweetgum leaves after God’s latest tempest when I received word that Marge Woolford had died. A wave of gratitude for her rose in my heart and I am compelled to testify to the blessing she has been – to Kristin and me personally, to our church family and to many others I […]

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A Gift That Won’t Disappoint

As I mentioned at the beginning of my sermon this last weekend, there is great potential for the season of Christmas to end in disappointment on the morning of December 26. For some of you, the Christmas season is a reminder of broken family relationships, lost loved ones, or cherished, yet painful past memories. Potentially […]

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Her Light is Now Full

I received the message Sunday evening: Janet Straub passed peacefully from this life and was now safely home.  Our dear friend and sister bravely fought cancer for two years, continually trusting her health to the Lord and seeking to fulfill his purposes in her suffering.  As her health gradually declined, Janet steadily increased her confidence […]

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Fear God and Honor the King

Governor Inslee last Sunday issued a new list of statewide restrictions to help stem the tide of coronavirus as it has been surging across our land. There was a bit of irony the announcement was made at 11am on a Sunday, since a portion of the new restrictions apply to the activities of churches.  My […]

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A Pledge I Give Allegiance To

I do my best to offer perspective in this column that I pray will be helpful for our church body, but there are times I read a piece by someone else and think, “There’s no way I could say it better.”  Such was my response when I read an article written the day after the […]

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