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Evergreen Connection

The Ospreys Cry, “Glory!”

I hear them more often than I see them.  And no wonder.  The intersection of 97th Avenue and Mill Plain is a constant rush and roar of motor vehicles hurrying from A to B, oblivious of anything higher than the traffic signal.  Add in power lines, giant signs and a handful of storefronts and it […]

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My Visit With the Mormon Missionaries

As dusk fell last night I was just wrapping up my yard work when I heard a friendly voice say, “Excuse me, sir, could we have a few minutes to share with you an encouraging message about Jesus?”  I paused a moment, wondering if I had the energy to visit with the two young Mormons […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Yep, I know that the annual holiday known as “Thanksgiving” is half the calendar away. But that doesn’t change the fact that today, I’m giving thanks. For what specifically? For you, my church family. In fact, do you know what came to mind as I thought of you? The Apostle Paul’s loving words to the […]

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Men’s Attack

Over 50 men from Evergreen are signed up for the Men’s Retreat this weekend but I am praying the retreat will become an attack.  This is not just a whimsical bit of wordplay.  This is a burning conviction that the lion’s share of our problems as Christian men come from a passive approach to God […]

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Are You Spiritually Bedridden?

If you’ve never read anything from Author and Church Planter, Francis Chan, I’d challenge you to do so. “Crazy Love” is a great place to start. In his most recent book, “You and Me Forever”, Francis recalls reading an article about the fattest people on earth. Many of them weigh over a thousand pounds and […]

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The Tickets to Heaven

Blood Water Mission says people in Africa spend 40 billion hours walking for water every year. Just $20 shortens the walk for one person by providing access to clean water.  Just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program through Compassion International.  One can provide 100% of […]

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Two Important Family Decisions

The congregational meeting this Sunday night at 6pm (April 24) could be our shortest business meeting ever.  But the two items on the agenda are of great importance and I urge you to attend to help us make these decisions as a church family. Proposal to call Ryan Aufenkamp to Join Our Pastoral Staff This […]

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All Hands On Deck

There are many things that I love about my job. One particular aspect I enjoy is helping new people connect to the rest of the Body here at EBC. There are two Christian couples who recently made us their church family and they are so thankful for EBC and the way we’ve been able to […]

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The Idolatry of Happily Ever After

Did you know that I was Prince Charming? Sure, I may have only been an adolescent boy but I was going to grow up to be the one who rescued the Princess and lived happily ever after. Because that’s where I would find complete happiness: in the presence of the most beautiful and flawless woman […]

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God’s Post-Easter Promise

The days of Passion Week are so significant many of them have been given special names: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  I am inclined to think the day after Easter should be designated Meditation Monday.  After this enormous collective outpouring of time and energy it seems we ought to pause and consider what […]

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