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Evergreen Connection

The Importance of Not Assuming the Outcome

Exciting News: Last weekend Evan Chalker, our Treasurer, gave a very encouraging update on the Phase II project. The major highlight was that the total amount of Phase II pledges is now just over $1 million. That is so exciting! In addition, over 10% of that amount has already been given. Evan also reported we […]

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This is Not Normal

Hebrews 13:3 “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (NIV) According to Nik Ripken, a leading research expert on the persecuted church and a veteran missionary of over 30 years in the countries of North Africa and the […]

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The Parable of the Fence Fire

The east winds were roaring down the Columbia Gorge yesterday with startling intensity. This phenomenon happens with some frequency in our area and I always find myself eager for it to settle down. Here in the late fall, it chills you to the bone and blows leaves and trash everywhere. But in the summer, it […]

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Dangerous Questions

This week I am up in Monroe, Washington, along with Matt Arnett (and also with a dear friend to many of us, Matt Daniells), attending a week-long intensive class called Perspectives. Normally the Perspectives class happens a couple hours at a time, over the course of 15 weeks, but for us lucky folks here at […]

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The Joy of Seeing Glory Together

I took this sunrise photo from the shoulder of the I-205 bridge back in 2016. I had made an early run to Home Depot and this is what I saw when I headed back. I don’t know if pulling over on the bridge to snap a picture is illegal, but I would happily pay the […]

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Come Express Your Love For God

My grandfather passed away last month, and he’s been on my mind quite a lot. He was a man I greatly admired, not because of his many accomplishments, but because he loved his family with the ferocity of a lion. At the age of 70, barely 5 feet 7 inches tall, the man could take […]

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Youth Apologetics Conference

There was a recent Gallup survey that talked about the statistics of Christianity in America. The numbers were concerning, as they have dropped quite a bit over the past 50+ years. Furthermore, when it comes to teenagers, the numbers are even more concerning based off of other polls. This current generation is labeled “generation none” […]

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Come Have Some Joy and Dessert

I am a pastor and that means I have a gift for taking a long time to say things (like Tolkien’s ents), so I will state my point right up front as succinctly as I can. We are calling everyone who calls Evergreen Bible Church their home church to come to one of our three […]

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A Call To All Artists

The other day, myself and some others at the church were having a discussion about the value of art (particularly gallery art). In any prestigious gallery, there are pieces with stunning beauty – beauty that makes you feel something, or evokes a sense of awe in you. And then, there are pieces that will befuddle […]

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Renovations

As many people know, we are in the process of a major bathroom remodel. I started on September 1, and I’m nearly done already. That might be impressive, if not for the fact that I started in the year 2021. Yes, my dear wife Leanne is quite a forbearing lady. I have given her endless […]

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