Saturday, June 28, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 6-27-14

June 27, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I am planning on preaching a sermon from Romans 10:9.  What does this mean to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart?  This is one of the earliest Christian confession of faith.  Long before the creeds were written we find this simple statement, “Jesus is Lord.”  Paul writes, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)  In 1 Corinthians 12:3 he writes, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
What does this word, “Lord” mean?  In Greek it is kyrios or kurios and it describes someone who has authority over another – a ruler, a master, commander, or king.  Caesar claimed to be Lord of the Earth.  Christians called Jesus, “Lord of lords” – the highest authority, the King of kings.
But what does all of this mean in our daily lives for the disciples of Jesus?  We will try to offer an answer on Sunday.  Here are a couple of quotes I want to share:
"If we can define church without Jesus then we can do church without Jesus.  That is tragedy at best and treason at worst.” - Neil Cole

"We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results."  - R. A. Torrey

"You cannot have Jesus' rescue without accepting his rule." - Timothy Keller

“You can’t be what you don’t see.  We get discipleship, but how many of us have seen it last more than one generation?  Will we let people imitate our lives?  Do I have a life worth imitating?” – Jo Saxon
  • Youth Summer Camp Fundraising
The teens did a fine job with the fundraiser dinner last Sunday.  They are making good progress for getting the money needed for summer camp.  If you have any projects that you would like some help or if you would want to hire a teen to wash windows, mow your lawn see Ashley, Josh or Riley and they can get you set up.  Ben had the youth group come out to his house last week and do some yard work and he made a donation in return.
  • Bible Study
While Pastor Daniel and Gloria are away in Colombia their Bible studies are still meeting.   On Wednesday at Carmen’s house Lucy is leading the Bible study in Spanish.  If you are interested see Carmen or Lucy for more details.  We are continuing our study of Genesis at the fellowship hall each Wednesday evening at 6pm.  Stephanie is leading a women’s study on Sunday evening and Monday evening if anyone is interested see Stephanie.
  • District Assembly
The Kansas District Assembly is July 13-15 this year.  We will dismiss our Sunday evening service on July 13th so we can attend the opening assembly service at 7 PM.  This service we will honor Dr. Ed Nash our retiring District Superintendent.  On Tuesday the delegates to the assembly will elect a new District Superintendent.  I think this will be an important matter to bring to God in prayer.  Will you join me in seeking God’s direction for a new Superintendent?

Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday! 

Pastor Andy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 6-5-14

June 5, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Last Sunday was Ascension Sunday, the time we remember the ascension of Jesus into heavenly realms, where He was taken on clouds of heaven into the presence of the Ancient of Days, where He was given universal power, authority, and dominion.  From that place, He rules on earth.  From that place He has given us a job to do, to make disciples.

This week we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the time we remember that the promise of Jesus was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people of God and thus introducing a new age in human history.  Jesus’ physical presence was now departed from the presence of the disciples and the Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity, would now take a more preeminent role in the life of the New Israel, the Church.

Jesus has gone on high; He is exalted above all.  Pentecost tells us that though Jesus’ earthly ministry may be done, His public work continues through His chosen vessel, His Church.  This work is being done through the power of the Spirit. Pentecost is a mighty moment in history.  It shall never be repeated again, but the consequences of that day will unfold and will continue to unfold until the coming of our exalted King in the end of Human History.

Last week I read a sermon by David Platt entitled “The Gospel and the Rich.” He has a couple of paragraphs that I thought were worth sharing:

I want to be clear: using this word is not intended to distinguish radical Christianity from some other brand of Christianity. It’s intended to show that biblical Christianity–true, authentic Christianity–is inevitably radical Christianity.  For you and for anyone in this room to come to Jesus means to lay down your life and your possessions and your pursuits and your family and your future–your everything–to surrender to him. Jesus never calls a person to partial, casual discipleship … cultural discipleship. There’s one option: radical discipleship. It’s the surrender of everything you have and everything you are to Jesus. 

So to every Christian in this room, to every follower of Christ, you have surrendered the right to determine the direction of your life. You do not determine where you live. You do not determine how you live.  You do not determine how you spend your money. You have relinquished that right.  He determines all of these things. Your role, and my role, is not to consider what he says and then decide what we think about it. Your role, and my role, is to listen and obey. He’s Lord.

Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw
We have been invited by the children and grandchildren of Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw to attend a Drop-in reception which will celebrate their 50 years of marriage on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  The reception will be at the Fellowship Hall from 2:00-4:00 pm.  No gifts are requested.

I learned today that Clara Jo’s brother Dale passed away this morning.  Let’s keep her family in our prayers

Promotion Sunday
Our Sunday school Superintendent Riley Carswell is planning to recognize and promote the students who will be promoted to a new class this week Sunday June 8th.

World Mission Broadcast (WMB)
World Mission Broadcast (WMB) began as the Nazarene Radio League in 1944 with the creation of the first international English radio ministry, Showers of Blessings, in 1945. Today, WMB produces 140 radio, television, and Internet broadcast ministries that include podcasts, texting, and chats in 37 distinct languages.  These ministries currently reach beyond borders and barriers into 72 countries around the world.  Every year more than 7,000 unique broadcasts are the conduit that lead people to a local church and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It costs WMB just $4 to produce and transmit a one-minute message of hope.

Through the Paglaum sa Kinabuhi (Hope of Life) radio program, Pastor Talon meets many people.  The program has numerous avid listeners, especially those who have met Pastor Talon.  The show often leads to speaking invitations, and Pastor Talon travels from village to village sharing the gospel.  

During one such trip, Pastor Talon met someone especially eager to hear the gospel.  The man immediately proposed to donate a portion of his land for a church building.  Residents of the mountain area now have a place to gather during the radio broadcast and for Sunday worship and fellowship.

Youth Car Wash and Dinner Fundraiser
The youth are working on raising money to cover as much of the camp expense as possible.  On Friday afternoon they will have a car wash at the church starting at 4:30 and will run a couple of hours.

On Sunday afternoon following the morning worship the Youth Group will have a Fundraiser Dinner.  The meal will feature BBQ pulled pork or Peruvian style pork and rice.  The youth group would like people to purchase advance tickets so they can have plenty of food available.  Prices are $10 per adult couple; $6 adult single; $4 ages 4-12; and kids three and under eat free.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
“When he wanted fully to explain what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn’t give them a theory. He didn’t even give them a set of scriptural texts. He gave them a meal” – N. T. Wright

I'm into Jesus. So I like his family too…the church (OK they're a little weird, but hey...) – Pete Greig

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”
― John Wesley

Your wife’s relationship with God will affect her relationship with you more than anything else. – Stormie Omartian

Friday, May 30, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 5-30-14

May 30, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I have been a pastor for over 20 years.  I studied at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Bahnsen Theological Seminary, and yet it is essential that I continue to grow in my faith and walk with Christ.  I am a part of a group of pastors which ask me each month a series of questions about my walk with Christ.  We work to hold one another accountable as fellow disciples of Jesus.  This is one aspect of being a part of the family of God.

Pastor Andy Shimko and I have been trying to meet together each week to discuss different books we have been reading.  Recently we worked through a book by David Platt entitled “Follow Me” where Pastor Platt makes the following statements:

It is biblically impossible to follow Christ apart from joining his church.  In fact anyone who claims to be a Christian yet is not an active member of the church may not actually be a follower of Christ at all.

To surrender your life to his commands is to commit your life to his church.  It is biblically spiritually and practically impossible to be a disciple of Christ (and much less make Disciples of Christ) apart from total devotion to a family of Christians.

The question is, "Am I committed to a local church where I am sharing life with other followers of Christ and mutual accountability under biblical leadership for the glory of God?"  And according to the New Testament, if I am casually dating (or altogether ignoring) the local church, then I am living contrary to God's design for my life is a Christian.  It is impossible to follow Christ apart from commitment to a local church.

What is the Church?  What is the Church supposed to do or be?  As a Disciple of Jesus what is my role in the church?  Pastor Platt makes some strong statements but maybe not as strong as the way Pastor Mark Dever, states is when he is speaking.  He writes:

Sometimes college campus ministries will ask me to speak to their students. I've been known, on several occasions, to begin my remarks this way: "If you call yourself a Christian but you are not a member of the church you regularly attend, I worry that you might be going to hell."

Why would this pastor make such a statement?  Why do I worry that if you call yourself a Christian but you are not a member in good standing of the local church you attend, you might be going to hell? I want to explore this by considering what is a Christian, or what is a disciple of Jesus in my sermon on Sunday.  I hope you can come out Sunday and the next few weeks as we explore the question, “What is the Church?”

Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw
We have been invited by the children and grandchildren of Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw to attend a Drop-in reception which will celebrate their 50 years of marriage on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  The reception will be at the Fellowship Hall from 2:00-4:00 pm.  No gifts are requested.

Promotion Sunday
Our Sunday school Superintendent Riley Carswell is planning to recognize and promote the students who will be promoted to a new class on Sunday June 8th.

World Mission Broadcast (WMB)
WMB takes the gospel to the world through radio, television, and Internet programs.  On the air since 1951, (WMB) reaches even the most remote parts of the world, with words of hope and holiness... and lives are changed.  The cost to support one minute of WMB airtime is $4.00; just $4.00 to air one minute of the gospel somewhere in the world.

Negasi, a Nazarene radio minister in the Horn of Africa says: “The Nazarene Amharic program is the only radio media and chance for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to listen to the living word of God.  A woman who regularly listens tot eh Amharic program from her home in a dusty, remote village says, “I’ve seen the providence of God in my many hardships.  Your radio program has encouraged me to resist temptations.”

Youth Car Wash and fundraiser
The youth are working on raising money to cover as much of the camp expense as possible.  Since we are a small church we don’t have money budgeted to the youth department so we ask the congregation to help by giving to these fundraisers or direct giving (see teen box in the church entryway).  Eastridge has been extremely generous to our children and youth and I know God will bless our generosity.  Look for an announcement on Sunday for upcoming fundraisers.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
"I have never seen a happy self-centered person.  They do as they like and then they don't like what they do." - E. Stanley Jones

God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible.  What a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer

"If we were destined to stay depraved all through the ages because of original sin, Christ would never have come to us." -Dostoevsky

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

E-note from Pastor Andy 5-6-14

May 6, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV) “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

An article in a San Francisco newspaper reported that a young man who once found a $5 bill on the street resolved that from that time on he would never lift his eyes while walking. The paper went on to say that over the years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 12 cents, a bent back, and a miserly disposition. But he also lost something: the glory of sunlight, the radiance of the stars, the smiles of friends, and the freshness of blue skies.

Some Christians are like that. They are so engrossed with the things of this life that they give little attention to spiritual and eternal values. The apostle Paul said we need to keep our sights on the heights.  Don’t lose sight of eternity and the things that will last for eternity.

Josh’s graduation

Last Sunday, Stephanie and I went to Lawrence to hear Josh preach at the church he has been working with the past couple of years.  That afternoon we were able to witness Josh cross the platform to receive his degree from Mid America Nazarene University. 

It is a blessing to witness this accomplishment of Josh, but it is a far greater blessing to witness his desire to follow Jesus.  Houses, cars, college degrees will not last for eternity but our relationship with Jesus will last.

Mother’s Day

This Sunday we will honor our mothers with a small gift at the end of the service.  The Bible instructs us to honor our mother and father.  This Sunday I plan to share a message on how we can honor our mothers as followers of Jesus.

Baptism Service
This Sunday we will celebrate the baptism three people at the end of our worship service.  As a part of the celebration we will have a breakfast immediately following an abbreviated Sunday school hour.  We will begin our Sunday school classes at 9:45 and end at 10:15.  At that point we will serve a breakfast at 10:15 until 10:45 and then start service at 11.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Tomorrow we will continue our study at the Fellowship Hall on the Book of Genesis chapter 2.  The Bible study starts at 6pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw’s 50th Anniversary

The children and grandchildren of Darrel and Clara Jo have invited the church family to a drop-in reception to celebrate their 50 years of marriage, on Saturday, June 7th from 2:00-4:00PM at the Fellowship Hall.  They have requested no gifts.

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Pastor Andy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 4-17-14

April 17, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I was reading this morning a story about a young child named Philip who was afflicted with Down ’s syndrome.  Philip went through life not completely accepted by other children because he was different. This was even true when Philip attended Sunday school.

One day his Sunday school teacher brought a number of empty pantyhose containers which were in the shape of a large plastic egg.  The teacher gave each one of the students one of the empty egg shaped containers and took the class outside.  The teacher asked the students to find a symbol of new life and put it in the empty egg shaped pantyhose container.

As the students gathered back into the class room, the eggs filled with their secrets of new life were mixed up and then one by one opened by the teacher.  The children were delighted as each one opened and revealed its secret contents to illustrate new life.  A flower.  A butterfly.  Then the teacher opened one that was completely empty---nothing was in it.  The children expressed disappointment, but Philip tugged on the teacher’s shirt saying, “It’s mine!”

The children reacted with childish put-down: “You don’t ever do things right, Philip---there’s nothing in there!”

Philip defended himself: “I did so.  I did it right.  It’s empty---the tomb is empty!”

A long silence of insight followed---and suddenly Philip was a part of that group for sure.

That summer Philip died.  His funeral was held at church.  The children in his Sunday school class with their teacher marched up to the altar bringing not flowers, but an empty egg shaped pantyhose container.  Philip had taught them a message: “Jesus has defeated death.  He is not in the tomb.  He is risen!”

Church Election
Thanks to everyone who was willing to serve our church in these positions and who allowed their name to be on the ballot.  Here are the results of our election:
Church Board
Stewards – Carmen Angulo, Faith Shimko and Lucila Vargas
Trustees – Dan Henry, Todd Hunter and Norman Karns
Sunday School Superintendent – Riley Carswell
NMI President – Muriel Murray
NYI President – Ashley Heer
Delegates to District Assembly – Harvey Foster, Clara Jo Hinshaw, Ben Hunter

Youth Group Car Wash
Starting at 11am and ending at 1pm our church youth group will have a car wash at the church.  They are trying to raise money for summer camp.  Come out and support our youth group.

Easter Service
The service times will be the same this year as they were last year. 
Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM. 
Easter Worship Service at 10:00 AM.  Following the morning worship celebration we will have the EASTER EGG HUNT for all the children age 0-6th grade.

Easter Egg Hunt Preparation
We will meet at 1:00 PM on Saturday at the church to fill Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Everyone is welcome to come and help us get ready for Sunday.

Easter Offering
The Easter Offering is for the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Traditionally, WEF is collected through two large offerings each year “The Thanksgiving and Easter offerings.”  The Nazarene Church has always had a strong history of supporting missions through their generous giving through these offerings. 

The law of harvest states that you may not reap when and where you sow—but you will always reap what you sow. As we prepare to give to this offering, remember it will come back to you (Luke 6:38) and the Lord…will bless you in everything Deuteronomy 15:10.

Prayer Request
This weekend, more than 75 Christians were attacked and killed while gathering together for Palm Sunday in Nigeria.  Just a few weeks ago, Mary Sameh George, a 25-year-old Egyptian Christian, was brutally murdered for wearing a cross around her neck.  She was pulled onto the street, and stabbed multiple times by a group of Islamic extremists. 

While many of us view Easter as a time of celebration, persecuted Christians around the world are in danger of losing their lives.  Major Christian holidays are when persecuted Christians face some of the most brutal and violent attacks.  Let’s not forget to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who face real persecution each day especially during this important holiday.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 4-2-14

April 2, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I was reading this morning from Thomas a Kempis these words that I want to share with you:

          There will always be many who love Christ's heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross.  Jesus has many who desire consolation, but few who care for adversity.  He finds many to share his table, but few who will join him in fasting.  Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him.  Many will follow him as far as the breaking of bread, but few will remain to drink from his passion.  Many are awed by his miracles; few accept the shame of his cross.
          Many find the command, "Deny thyself, take up your cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24) too hard.  But it will be much harder to hear the final word: "Depart from me you who are cursed, into the everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:41).

We should never be surprised that following Jesus will be costly.  We should expect sacrifice if we really are following Jesus.  Let us continue to be a narrow road people, following Jesus wherever He leads us and whatever He ask us to do.

Funeral Dorothy Hunter
Dorothy was Todd’s grandmother and Ben’s mother.  Her funeral will be Friday at 7PM at the church.  The church is providing a dinner for the family before the service if you would like to help please contact Carmen or Pastor Gloria.

Board Meeting
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 we will have our monthly board meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday evening Missionary Movie “The Calling”
This Sunday evening we will be watching a movie entitled, “The Calling.”  This film is based on the writings of Esther Carson Winans, this video features her and her husband Roger Winans, who were the pioneer Nazarene missionaries to the Aguaruna Indians in Peru.  It was filmed on the Peruvian coast and in the Amazon jungle where the story took place.

Church Election
On Palm Sunday April 13th we will have our annual church elections for our church leadership.  Please make this a matter of prayer.

Easter Service
The service times will be the same this year as they were last year.  We will start our day with a Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM.  Followed by our Easter Service at 10:00 AM.  After the morning worship celebration we will have the  EASTER EGG HUNT.

Easter Egg Hunt
We will be taking some donations for the Easter Egg Hunt, either small wrapped candy or money.  There is more information and sign-up sheets for different ways you can help at the church.

Easter Offering
The Easter Offering is for the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Traditionally, WEF is collected through two large offerings each year “the Thanksgiving and Easter offerings.”  The Nazarene Church has always had a strong history of supporting missions through their generous giving through these offerings. 
The law of harvest states that you may not reap when and where you sow—but you will always reap what you sow. As we prepare to give to this offering, remember it will come back to you (Luke 6:38) and the Lord…will bless you in everything Deuteronomy 15:10.

Membership Class
If you are interested in becoming a member of Eastridge Church please contact Pastor Andy.

Quotes of the week
Better to go to Heaven alone than to Hell in a herd. – Charles Spurgeon
We must allow the Word of God to correct us the same way we allow it to encourage us. – A.W. Tozer

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Friday, February 28, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-27-14

February 27, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Recently I read James Bryan Smith’s chapter “God is Holy” in his book The Good and Beautiful God.  As I read this chapter, I found myself wishing that I could have every single Christian read it.  The piece is excellent, not because it is new or edgy, but because it states basic Christian truth with profound clarity. 

Smith addresses a misunderstanding of the truth that God is love, and loves sinners with reckless extravagance: “God does not care about our sin” (116).  Smith writes, “In our day you are just as likely to hear a person tell you that their god is a cosmic, benevolent spirit who never judges, does not punish sin and sends no one to hell.  This ‘teddy bear’ god has become a very fashionable alternative to the wrathful god of days gone by” (116).  The problem is that “the cushy, fuzzy god is neither biblical nor truly loving.” Here, Smith cites H. Richard Niebuhr’s well-worn phrase from The Kingdom of God in America, “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”

Smith repeatedly emphasizes in the chapter that God is both “kind and severe.  We cannot have one without the other” and that this is “very good news” (118).  It is good news because God loves us so much that he is completely opposed to anything that harms God’s beloved people.  God loves us without condition, but hates sin because sin threatens and eventually brings our destruction.

He makes an important distinction between God’s love and wrath. “Wrath is not something that God is but something that God does. While it is correct to say that God is holy, it is not correct to say that God is wrathful… Holiness is God’s essence… Wrath is what humans experience when they reject God.  And it is a necessary part of God’s love” (123).

Smith suggests that we should not want a god who says, “‘It’s cool. Don’t sweat it. Everybody sins, just do it without the guilt, dude.  Guilt stinks.  Just have a good time!’  This god does not love me.  Being soft on sin is not loving, because sin destroys.  I want a God who hates anything that hurts me. Hate is a strong word, but a good one. Because the true God not only hates what destroys me (sin and alienation) but also has taken steps to destroy my destroyer, I love him” (125).

1 John in one example from Scripture that only makes sense when we hold both God’s inclusive love together with God’s complete rejection of sin:
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. - 1 John 1:5-2:2

God’s love towards each one of us is unconditional. Have you allowed that truth to sink into every corner or your life, or are you still trying to clean yourself up for God, to earn your acceptance?  Are you willing to be desperately dependent on God’s grace and not your own goodness?

God hates sin because God loves us.  Are you allowing God’s grace to free you from everything that keeps you from the life for which you were created?  Will you allow the amazing grace of God to forgive you of the ways you have sinned and are sinful? Will you allow God to break the power of those canceled sins?

God is holy.  God refuses to make compromises with sin and death.  And God is able to make us holy. The offer of holiness is not a threat.  It is a precious promise.

·         Communion This Sunday
Sunday we will celebrate communion during the Sunday morning worship service.

·         Human Trafficking and Slavery
My hand today had two marks or two “x” marks.  One was from Ashley’s basketball game and the other, the big red “x” was to bring awareness to the 27 million people who are enslaved in the world as sex slaves, or laborers.  It is estimated that human trafficking alone generates annual profits of around $32 billion.  The majority of trafficking victims are between 18 and 24 years of age.  Every minute two children are sold into slavery.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries has invited churches around the world to participate in Freedom Sunday, a day set aside to focus on the issue of modern slavery, also known as human trafficking, on March 9, 2014.

·         Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting
Next week I will be traveling to Nampa, Idaho to attend the Wesley Theological Society 2014 Meeting where they will discuss “Atonement in the Wesleyan Tradition.”  The Sunday following the meetings I will be preaching at Andrew Williams’ Methodist Church in Vale, Oregon.  He came to that small community and small church and has seen several people baptized and the attendance double in just two short years.

·         Notable Quotes of the Week
“Spiritual revival, or renewal, is a work of God in which the church is beautified and empowered because the normal operations of the Holy Spirit are intensified. The normal operations of the Spirit include conviction of sin, enjoyment and assurance of grace and of the Father’s love, access to the presence of God, and creation of deep community and loving relationships.” - Tim Keller

"God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible.  What a pity that we plan only things we can do by ourselves." – A. W. Tozer

"Nobody drifts into the kingdom of God. Sooner or later there must be a dying and rising." – N. T. Wright

“The One who knows you best, loves you most.”   - Max Lucado

“Those who truly find forgiveness at the hands of Jesus hate sin as the unforgiven never do." - E. Stanley Jones