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Evergreen Connection

A Problem Like Maria

“How do you solve a problem like Maria?”  This well-known lyrics from The Sound of Music was sung by the nuns in the Nonnberg Abbey about Maria Rainer, their newest postulant. The tune is bouncy and light-hearted but the lyrics verbalize the collective exasperation arising from Maria’s behavior, who seemed to find it impossible to simply do what […]

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Fleas, Vexation and Adoration

From Scotty Smith’s November 20, 2018 Heavenward Blog at The Gospel Coalition “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me (Psalm 50:23 ESV).” Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15 NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV). Heavenly Father, […]

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In Prison for More Than a Day

One of the women in our church family had her husband abducted from their home at gunpoint in the middle of the night. As of this morning she does not know where he is, or even whether he is dead or alive. She and their three children are obviously both distraught and afraid. The reason you did […]

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The Election is Rigged

Today is Election Day and many Americans will spend the evening watching news of the returns with pundits assessing what they mean for the future of our country. Kristin and I plan to do the same, and as I woke up wondering how things would go, I began experiencing an unusual feeling: anxiety. I am not […]

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Quietly Serving Jesus in a Noisy World

I praise God for the mute button. In this final week before election day, the barrage of campaign ads is like a blizzard with total whiteout conditions. Except it feels more like a grayout, as nearly all the spots show a grim, black and white photo of the opposing candidate scowling, ostensibly because they hate […]

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Love Me

I asked the Lord what He’d have me write about today and two words came to mind: “Love me”. Prior to asking Him that, my plan was to write about the importance of loving and serving our community, while at the same time, holding fast to our commitment to declare Christ crucified, “a stumbling block […]

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The Urgency of Pulling Weeds

I am a compulsive weed puller.  Even when I’m somewhere other than home, I sometimes can’t resist pulling a stray weed that has taken up residence in an otherwise tidy flowerbed. My gift (I prefer term over ‘neurosis’) gets plenty of exercise since I lead the volunteer grounds crew here at church. Weed pullers unite! A secondary […]

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Now We Can Be Called Christians

Last weekend was a milestone for us at Evergreen, but it might be easy to miss. Our Spanish Ministry turned 10 years old and they had a marvelous celebration as only they can. It began with Saturday’s community outreach. Over 200 people from the community came to enjoy a festival put on by our Hispanic family. They had face […]

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212 Conversations

Last weekend’s sermon in a sentence was this: If I want to see Jesus, I have to read my Bible. That is the essential point Jesus was making to those two friends on the road to Emmaus, and he spent a couple of hours helping them do just that. Two millenia later, we have the same desperate […]

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A Call to All Parents

My wife and I were discussing the next generation (Generation Z) the other night. Notice I didn’t say we were grumbling or complaining about Generation Z, I said that we were discussing it. As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time around Generation Z, as most all of our youth groupers fit into that category. Being […]

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