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Evergreen Connection

Getting My Heart Right

My Christmas lights are still up. Yep, I’m that guy. But it’s not that I’m such a huge fan of the Christmas season, I just can’t bring myself to take down the cheerful light while the long winter darkness holds sway. So I have taken to leaving up the main run on the gutter, and […]

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How Shall We Shepherd?

1 Peter 5:1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would […]

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Missions

Our Spanish ministries have been concentrated on the Great Commission since the new year started and it has been a great joy to see so many of us excited about the Lord’s work inside and outside our local church – some five young adults have actually expressed their conviction during these days that God is […]

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Why We All Play a Role in Missions

This past Saturday we took a group of 24 teens and youth staff to a conference called Mission Connexion. As you can probably guess from the title, the goal of the conference is to expose people to missions and to learn about the work God is doing in the lives of people all over the […]

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A Business Meeting I Will Never Forget

I was commissioned as the Senior Pastor of Evergreen Bible Church exactly 25 years ago. It was January 1999, and I was as green as they get. I was 32 years old, had never been to seminary, and had preached a total of five sermons during my eight years as the youth pastor. Nevertheless, I […]

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A Resolve to Use Words Well

As I was personally reflecting on Toby’s closing applications this past weekend, I appreciated the practicality with which he charged us to resolve to fight for God. Often times I can tend to want to make big “whole sale” changes when resolving to invest more in God’s kingdom – yet Toby’s charge over the weekend […]

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Destiny Boy

Seated at my table on a recent afternoon I noticed this beautiful painting we have hanging on the wall right behind our Christmas tree. The painting’s name is “Destiny Boy” showing boy Jesus playing with three nails in Joseph’s carpenter shop, from an anonymous author and you can easily find it online. We’ve had it […]

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Angel Tree Report

It has been fun to see a new Christmas outreach ministry thrive here at Evergreen. At the encouragement of Randy and Donella Schmidt, we took on Angel Tree, with the hope of being the light of Christ to families in our community who were separated due to incarceration. We didn’t know for sure how the […]

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A Name and a Story

Every day except Monday, I drive to church, and I admit there are usually trace amounts of anxiety in my heart as I pull into the parking lot. I never know what I am going to find. I’m not talking about lost Awana materials or a stray football forgotten after youth group. Those are actually […]

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