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Evergreen Connection

Always Grateful

Our Spanish congregation celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time as a church activity! It was so much fun and a great time of edification. Testimonies were shared, we prayed to God and thanked Him for all His goodness and blessings; we had a beautiful time of worship as well as meditation on God’s Word. The […]

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Beloved

Last night we wrapped up our Fall session of the Monday Men’s Group, where we’ve been studying 1-3 John. For my part, I have loved the study. I feel like I’ve been helped, challenged, and encouraged through what John wrote in those three letters, and I’m thankful for brothers in the Lord to process it […]

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We Shall Have Spring Again

Fall is deepening, and the hostas in our newly refinished planter boxes are now fully wilted. In fact, they’re downright slimy, and they make a heavy schlop sound as they hit the bottom of my debris bucket. Even with gloves on, I wrinkle my nose at the feel, and I marvel at how quickly these […]

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At the Heart of our Prayers for Israel

As is the case for many of you, my heart is breaking at the news of war in the middle east between the state of Israel and Palestine. The reports of kidnapping, torture and murder from the terrorist group known as Hamas is beyond sickening – it’s deplorable. And as Israel seeks to defend it’s […]

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The Family of God

Between late September and mid-October the Lord gave me some good opportunities to be close to other brothers and sisters in Christ that are also serving God in other cities of Washington and other states and countries around the globe. My involvement with Action International (a missions agency that networks with churches and individuals inside […]

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Who Am I?

If someone was to ask you who you are, you might respond with some common descriptions by sharing your name, interests, ethnicity, if you are male or female, young or old, quiet or loud, tall or short, etc. Yet you could spend a lifetime describing yourself and still have unanswered questions. Who am I? What […]

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Three Services, Two Languages, One Church

“Bienvenidos!” That was the first word spoken from the front in our weekend worship services last weekend. That was because instead of our usual three English services and one Spanish, we had three services in both languages. It was quite a phenomenon, and I expect that even a nonreligious person would have found it interesting. […]

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Dirty Knees

The knees of my jeans this morning are wet and dirty. I took advantage of a break in the rain to pull some weeds, and getting on my knees is the best posture for dealing with the invasive flora. It is also the best posture for dealing with the weighty problems I see invading the […]

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The World Aches to be Awed. That Ache was Made for God.

In his excellent, short book, “Competing Spectacles,” Tony Reinke argues that, “Worthless or worthwhile, our eyes [and ears] are insatiable things.” As human beings, we are drawn to the spectacular – good stories, amazing visuals, beautiful works of art, staggering compositions, compelling arguments, juicy celebrity gossip, heroic sports performances, etc. We are a people, as Reinke argues, […]

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What Does a Disciple Look Like?

We have been in a series through the Book of Acts in our Spanish services which has led us through the thinking of how to be true disciples of Jesus. One of the verses that has captured our attention is Acts 11:26 which says in the last line: “And the disciples were first called Christians […]

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