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Evergreen Connection

More Salt Please

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5–6) By the time you read this, it may already be over. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees […]

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The Boxer and the Wrestler

There are two significant events on the church calendar this weekend: The High School Winter Retreat and the Friday evening event In Hope: Trusting God With Our Singleness.  Both of these have the potential to be life changing moments for those involved. Do you buy that?  Or do you just quietly filter that out as spiritual […]

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Flowers From a Friend For a Friend

“I like that this church is smaller.” This is one of the common statements I hear from newcomers when I ask what made them decide to visit. That always makes me laugh (internally) because I’ve spent the last decade adjusting to Evergreen being notably bigger. But I believe we see the same value: We like a place where […]

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Responding to Social Sin

Yesterday I received an email from an EBC member informing me of something taking place at the Vancouver Community Library. The event is entitled “Drag Queen Story Time” and it is for “babies and toddlers, preschoolers, kids, families.” In checking, I found out that it is in fact a story time led by a man acting and […]

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Jesus People are People People

Americans tend to be protective when it comes to our privacy, independence, and peace and quiet.  We highly value our space and most need alone time in order to recharge. The American Church tends to produce American Christians: Christians that enjoy going to a weekly worship gathering, slipping out shortly after the service in order […]

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Safe Park Update

December marked the one-year anniversary of our involvement with SafePark. While not perfect, it was a year of mostly reminders that this is a worthwhile ministry and EBC was wise to get involved. For those of you who aren’t familiar with SafePark, it is a program designed “for those who are working to stabilize their […]

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Wrestling With an Inconvenient Truth

Two minutes ago, a police vehicle pulled someone over just across from the church. One minute ago, an ambulance sped by with siren blaring and lights flashing. And every seven seconds, there is a long beep coming from our fire panel that I suspect has something to do with the work Century Link is doing on the […]

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The View From Above

I spent my New Year holiday working to stave off encroaching madness and it turned out far more effective than I hoped. The cause of my distress was very specific: The wonderful American Sweetgum tree in our front yard. We love this tree for its perfect location, pleasing shape and overall vitality. In the fall, this tree becomes […]

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Jesus Comes Close to Give Us Peace

From Scotty Smith’s December 27, 2018 Heavenward Blog at The Gospel Coalition “And he [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.“ For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Eph. 2:17–18 Lord Jesus, what is Christmas? It is you coming […]

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The Comforting Revelation

I woke up early this morning, even earlier than my alarm.  It may have been the lashing wind, driving the rain against the windows all night, but I think the handful of troubles on my heart were the larger reason. I woke with a genuine need for comfort. But the appointed reading was Revelation 7-9. […]

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