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Evergreen Connection

Pursuing Joy in the Gloom

The sun rose again this morning to reveal the same yellow-gray gloom that has been brooding for just over a week. The smoke from the wildfires combined with the morning fog make for an oppressive atmosphere. Sound is strangely muffled, and the complete stillness is eerie after the raging east winds that ravaged our area. […]

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Did Your Power Go Out? 

A few hours ago, as Pastor Jose and I sat chatting at our desks, without warning the two overhead lights started to flicker. A moment later, I noticed the WIFI had gone out. PJ half-jokingly commented that it was a good thing. I think his point was that we are sometimes too dependent upon technology […]

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A Question on Forgiveness

The sun had not even set last Sunday when I received an excellent question about my sermon on forgiveness. The note essentially asked, “How can you say forgiveness is not the cancellation of consequences and then turn right around and say that part of forgiveness is canceling their debt?” Great question, right? All the more impressive […]

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What is God Up To?

So I don’t want to belabor the point (that’s not true, I actually really do), but God is most definitely on the move! In case you’ve been disconnected these last several weeks, I’ve been pretty psyched to report that God is doing some extraordinary things in and around us! Here’s a few of the ways […]

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Mission Trip to Triangle Lake

The field at Misty Meadows was rimmed with tents and RVs last weekend as Evergreen held its annual Family Camp in Triangle Lake, Oregon. Many of us wondered in the weeks leading up to it if this long-standing tradition would still happen this year. Many others wondered if it should happen in light of the […]

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No Unwholesome Word

I was at a wedding last Saturday and enjoying conversation with a circle of good friends. Similar circles filled the large pole barn venue till the volume of the collective talking and laughing was full and beautiful. A guy in our circle was regaling us with a thrilling tale from a recent excursion he’d taken […]

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All Kinds of Crazy

King Coronavirus continues his relentless attack on mankind and it appears obvious the war is not going well, at least here in America.  One big reason is that our citizens have extremely different views about how we should face this threat. One extreme would be the ‘covid parties’ we’ve heard rumor of, with people gathering […]

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The Evergreen Hospital

The 11am service last weekend included a surprise none of us could have anticipated. A young man in hospital scrubs joined me on the platform about five minutes into the message. No one knew for sure what was happening, especially those watching the livestream, and at least one thought it was part of a skit I […]

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No Need for Signups

Our first weekend of gathering again for worship here at Evergreen Bible Church was June 13-14 and we were concerned about being able to stay under our 50-person limit.  Since then the limit has been raised to 85 people per service and will go even higher when Clark County is approved for Phase 3. The […]

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Tending the Garden of God

This looks to be the warmest week of the year so far and so I began my day here at the church watering. The soggy spring has been good for the foliage, but even one week of heat without sufficient water can really stress some of the vulnerable plants. The bursting bouquets in the planter boxes certainly […]

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