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The Story of OnesimusProverbs 16:9 tells us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Nowhere do we see this truth more clearly illustrated than in the life of Onesimus.  Click HERE to read Pastor Eric’s account of the remarkable story of this slave who dared to allow the Lord to direct his steps.  It’s a good one!

Podcast

Hear the complete message of The Story of Onesimus by clicking HERE.

Links

We are excited to introduce our new Children’s Ministry weblog, where you can access weekly family pages and find the latest worldchangers news.  Its another great opportunity to connect church and home! 

In yesterday’s message, Pastor Eric referenced the Global Rich List.  You can find a link to the list embedded in his blog post, The Story of Onesimus.

On the Radar

Brazil Mission Trip — Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin leave in December for a mission trip to Brazil!  They will each need to raise over $3,000 for trip costs.  For more info and to find out how you can support their trip, click HERE.

We have a new Lunchtime Bible study coming this week!  Beginning this Tuesday, October 20, we will dive into a lunch time study of the book of Revelation.  The study will run every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. Friend of God
  2. Forever and a Day by Anthony Skinner
  3. I Surrender by Kim Walker
  4. Revelation Song, Kari Jobe version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, November 1, we will continue our exploration of the book of Philemon by considering Paul’s perspective as he penned this dangerous letter.

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1 John 5 so that you may know jpg“Because it was Jesus who came to us from eternity, to prepare us for eternity and He is our greatest insight into discovering how to embrace eternity.” – Pastor Tom Mullins, Christ Fellowship

A dear friend of mine in college loved to work out and loved to play football.  I remember eating lunch with Jason one afternoon as he said, “I just want to test my body, to see how strong I get, to see how much I can take.”

Unfortunately, neither he, nor the two girls he was traveling with were strong enough to take the impact of a head on collision with a semi truck.  The loss of those three precious lives devastated all of us at Hardin-Simmons that year.

All of us have our limits, and life has an expiration date. 

It is absolutely essential that, in the midst of our journey through life, we prepare ourselves for eternity by embracing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  — 1 John 5:11-13

Do you know that you have eternal life?  It doesn’t have to be a mystery.

I encourage you click on the Podcast link and take a few minutes to listen to “Embrace Eternity,” our message from yesterday.  It could be the best investment you ever make into eternity.

You can also find a great article on embracing eternity at the EFC website. 

May the grace of God fill your life as you discover peace with Him through the cross of Jesus Christ.

Podcast

Embrace Eternity with confidence!  Click HERE to follow along with Pastor Eric’s message.

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“Will my pet be in Heaven?” seems to be the number one question people have about the after life.  Click HERE for Pastor Eric’s blog post on this perplexing subject.

Randy Alcorn is one of the pioneers of modern thought concerning Heaven.  You can purchase his book, appropriately titled “Heaven” directly from his website by clicking HERE

On the Radar

Brazil Mission Trip — Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin leave in December for a mission trip to Brazil!  They will each need to raise over $3,000 for trip costs.  For more info and to find out how you can support their trip, click HERE

This coming Sunday is Missions Sunday, and our church will have an opportunity to give towards this trip.  Ask the Lord before you come if you are to bring a special gift to invest in the people of Brazil.

The Freedom Weekend is quickly approaching.  Have you signed up?  Make plans to join us November 6 – 7 for an amazing weekend of discovering the healing and joy found in Christ Jesus.   Space will be limited, so sign up early!  For more information, a schedule, and registration information, click HERE

We have a new Lunchtime Bible study coming soon.  Beginning Tuesday, October 20, we will dive into a study of the book of Revelation.  The study will run every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Mighty To Save” Hillsong version
  2. “Wonderful Maker” Chris Tomlin version
  3. “Healer” Kari Jobe version
  4. “In Christ Alone” Rita Springer version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, October 18, Mindy will be preaching on being whole in your body, soul, and spirit.  Come ready to be blessed with an impartation of Jesus’ perfect peace.

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Speak Sweeter!

Speak Sweeter!

Our tongues travel on a continuous tightrope of what to say and what not to say.  Most of us have been trained that we should keep the reigns tight and “hold our tongue.”

With the realization that in a given year most people will speak enough words to fill fifty books that are each 1,000 pages long, and when we tally the word count of a single day to be between twenty and thirty thousand words, it seems easy to draw the conclusion that we should all speak fewer words and we would be much better off for it.

But, I do not believe the answer to taming the tongue lies in speaking fewer words as much as in learning to speak the right words.  When each of us reach the point of looking back on a long and fulfilling life, we may regret some of the words we spoke, but the deeper regret may be the words we neglected to speak.

Did we speak:

  • Words of Affirmation to our children?
  • Words of Endearment to our spouse?
  • Words of Appreciation to our parents and everyone else who ever influenced our life?
  • Words of Support for what we believe in?
  • Words of Life to those in search of truth?
  • Words of Apology to those we hurt?

As we embrace this week with a determination to speak sweeter, I encourage you to leave nothing unsaid to those who need to hear from you.

“The tongue has the power of life …”  –Proverbs 18:21

Podcast

Did you miss this week’s message?  Do you need to grab a quick refresher of what was said?  Click here to listen to “Speak Sweeter” the second sermon in the Live Like You Were Dying Series.  

Links

While preparing for yesterday’s message, I stumbled upon a great song that has become my new favorite.  Take a minute to reflect on “100 Years” by Five For Fighting.

You can find a great follow up to Sunday’s message in the sermon archive online.  Scroll down on the sermon player to 1/18/09 to hear a message on prayer and discover how one brown crayon can change a life forever.

On the Radar

Last night Peter Lopez kicked off our “Beauty of the Bible” discipleship series with a fantastic teaching from Genesis 1:1.  I encourage you to join us next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. as Peter leads us through an exploration of the treasures in God’s Word.

We have a Freedom Retreat coming November 6 – 7 at EFC.  If you have not attended a Freedom Weekend yet, prayerfully consider joining us for this remarkable weekend .  For more information, a schedule, and registration information, click here. 

You  Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “My Redeemer Lives”
  2. “Open Up Heaven” by Kim Walker
  3. “Where You Go, I’ll Go” by Brian and Jenn Johnson

Sunday Preview

My friends, next Sunday is going to be a very remarkable time for us as a congregation.  We have the amazing privilege of hosting a special guest who is doing a wonderful work in some of the most difficult to reach countries in the world.  I hope you will make it your plan to come Sunday expecting a blessing and expecting to be a blessing as well.

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Embrace Today Cover jpgSo I’m thinking I may have thrown down a heavier gauntlet than I intended to on Sunday.  I mean “No Regret Week?”  What was I thinking?  Where does this leave all of you who didn’t make it through Sunday without having a regret? 

Maybe we should break this up into smaller bites.  How about “No Regret Day?”  What if we determined to live each day regret free?  And let’s decide to start each day fresh and new.  If we could link together several days without regret, we just might find ourselves next Sunday celebrating a “No Regret Week!”

One of the keys to living life without regret is setting goals.  From football to basketball to soccer, we are constantly witnessing the power of a goal to unite people on teams and to cause individuals to push toward their personal best.

Goal setting in our personal lives draws the best out in us as well.  For a goal to be effective it must be both measurable and attainable.

By measurable, I mean you should be able to clearly determine if the goal was accomplished.  “I’m going to be a better person this week” is not a measurable goal.  “I’m going to stop using curse words and I’m going to say a kind word to my spouse every day this week” is a measurable goal. 

It is important to set short term attainable goals and long term dreams.  It is possible for the short term goals to be check points moving you toward a bigger dream in your life.  “I’m going to get my life organized” is neither quickly attainable, nor is it measurable.  Establishing a plan to organize closets, reduce clutter, and arrange life on a schedule is attainable and will point you in the direction of your dreams.

On Sunday morning, I spoke of living with a sense of urgency.  This does not mean we live in panic or crisis.  It means that we recognize just how quickly time is passing by and we grab hold of the value of each day. 

How will you break free from the grip of regret?  What action will you take today to move yourself forward? 

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  –Psalm 118:24

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Podcast

Click here to listen to “Embrace Today” the first message in Pastor Eric’s series “Live Like You Were Dying.

Links

I really got a kick out of the “That’s Life” guy that we started Sunday’s message with.  You can show that video to your friends by taking them to worship house media.

InKung Fu Panda, the wise little turtle has some great advise on embracing today.

Click here to see what’s available at the Procrastination Store.

Need another boost of Live Like You Were Dying motivation?  Click here for the video to Tim McGraw’s hit song.

On the Radar

Our Discipleship Training Series “Beauty of the Bible,” with Peter Lopez facilitating, will begin this Sunday, September 13th and run for the rest of the month on Sunday evenings.  This class will begin at 6 pm and last approximately one hour.  The class is free of charge, and a nursery will be provided.

Our ladies will be attending a great women’s conference hosted by Church on the Rock in Lubbock, Texas on the weekend of September 18-19.  Save the date for this refreshing time, gals!  Registrations must be made through EFC by this Sunday, September 13thFor more information or to register, click here.

Freedom Retreat coming November 6 – 7 at EFC.  If you have not attended one of these yet, please prayerfully consider doing so.  For more information, a schedule, and registration information, click here.

You  Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “O Taste and See” by Brian and Jenn Johnson
  2. “Beautiful One” by Tim Hughes
  3. “The More I Seek You” Kari Jobe version

Sunday Preview

September is going to be a remarkable month as we explore the spiritual truth found in Tim McGraws’s hit song “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Don’t miss this Sunday as we discover how we can train our tongues to “Speak Sweeter.”

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My King - Bethesda Cover jpgYesterdy, we looked at the encounter Jesus had with the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda.  The man had been there, knocked down, alone, and broken for 38 years, or to put it into perspective 13,870 days.  That’s a long time to suffer!  But then Jesus came.  (Don’t you love that sentence?)  Upon arriving at the scene, Jesus spoke two sentences and the man was made whole.

All of us have areas of our lives that have been knocked down and broken.  All of us have felt alone.  All of us have cried out for the “But then” moment with Jesus.  Wherever you find yourself today, know that Jesus has the ability to change your situation in the space of two sentences.  He is the kindest man you’ll ever know, and He changes everything when He enters the room.

If you have a need and would like someone to stand with you in prayer, drop me a line today at efcsweetwater@aol.com.  Let’s pray together for your “But then” encounter with Jesus.

Podcast

Follow the link to access this Sunday’s message “Healing at the Pool” from John Chapter 5.

Links

Want to see a picture of the Pool of Bethesda?  Archaeologists believe they have found it.  You can check it out by clicking HERE.

Our first Kid’s School of Worship was an over the top radical event.  Many thanks to Pastor Lolo and the 30+ volunteers who gave their time, talent, and sweat to put together such an amazing school for our children.   You can catch a play by play recap of the School of Worship on the Beauty of the Bible weblog.  Click here to check out Night 1, Night 2, and Night 3.

On the Radar

Our Baptism service venue has changed!  We will now meet at First Christian Church on Hailey Street this Wednesday, August 5th, at 7 pm.  I hope you will come celebrate with us as our friends in Christ are baptized!  On a personal note, my heart is ecstatic as I look forward to baptizing my daughter, Brenna Grace, as my sister in the Lord this Wednesday!  You can contact me by email if you desire to be baptized this Wednesday.

The youth are leaving for Six Flags this Thursday, August 6th!  We will meet at the church at 7:00 am and be back home around midnight, with a fun-packed day in between!

School is just around the corner, and Sweetwater Aglow will be hosting their annual Back To School Prayer Walk on Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 pm, at Lighthouse Assembly (on Newman Street).  Make plans to come pray for our schools!

Are you a new member at EFC?  Interested in joining and partnering with us?  We invite you to attend a Membership Dessert on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 pm.  Childcare will be available.

You  Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Dancing Generation” by Matt Redmand
  2. “I Have Found” by Kim Walker
  3. “The More I Seek You” by Kari Jobe
  4. “When I Think About The Lord” by Shane and Shane

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, we will continue our series “That’s My King!” from the book of John.

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School of Worship (457 x 305)Pastor Eric and Mindy are back. I know everyone is glad to have them back from what we hope was a refreshing vacation.

They invited Pastor Lolo and I over last night to catch up on what has been going on around EFC. I bet they didn’t know they would be up until midnight painting stuff for the Kids’ School of Worship, which, by the way, begins Tuesday night. I hope it wasn’t too much of a painful welcome home for them.

Thanks to Jay, John and Jim

I want to give a quick shout out to Jay Neal for maneuvering us through the service yesterday in Eric’s absence and to John Alden for leading worship yesterday, it was truly a blessing. John is great every week as a part of the worship team, but there was just something special about worship yesterday.

I also want to give a huge “thank you” to Jim “Pop Pop”/”Daddy Jim” Cargile for bringing the message. Here is the Sports Center highlight version: (1) if you’re going to argue and lose, at least learn something from it, (2) if you’re going to argue with God, that’s okay, but you should ultimately surrender (and learn something from it), (3) you are free from slavery, (4) you are made to fellowship with God, and (5) you are an eternal being! It was a great word.

You Heard it at EFC

Kids’ School of Worship

The Kids’ School of Worship begins Tuesday, July 28 and runs through Friday, July 31. The School of Worship is a completely new take on VBS. The children will be learning to to worship using their talents and giftings. They will have the opportunity to worship through art, drumming, dancing, flagging and many other forms of expression. You can learn more or register your children on the EFC website. If you are interested in helping with the Kids’ School of Worship, contact Pastor Lolo.

On the Radar

Night of Worship (NOW) – This month’s NOW will converge with the Kids’ School of Worship for one big church-wide Night of Worship on July 31 at 7:00 p.m. This will be a fun and exciting time for children and adults to come together and worship implementing all of what the kids learn during the School of Worship.

Youth – The youth is still meeting on Wednesday evenings at Pastor Eric’s house at 7:00 p.m. There is also a new youth website – EFCYouth.com, be sure to check that out. The EFC youth will be going to Six Flags on August 6, 2009, and if you want to know how you can get a free ticket, you can find it on the EFC youth website.

Links

A few links that might be of interest:

EFC Facebook Group – If you are a facebooker and want to keep up with the goings on of EFC via facebook, please join our EFC Facebook Group. You can upload photos, videos, or just chat with other EFC facebookers.

Fresh Focus – For the new faces at EFC, I wanted to let you know that EFC’s very own Writers’ Circle has published a 30 day devotional entitled Fresh Focus. If you need a word of encouragement, a reminder of how good God is, or just a little light vacation reading, you can purchase a hard copy at EFC for $2.00 or read online for free at freshfocus.wordpress.com.

EFC Podcasts – Missed any of the EFC sermons lately? You can listen and download at efcsweetwater.com.

Sweetwater Prayer Center – If you want to learn more about the Sweetwater Prayer Center, please visit the Prayer Center’s website (or, better yet, visit the Prayer Center).

Last Word

I want to thank Pastor Eric for allowing me to write the MondayMorning Reviews in his absence. I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them. If you missed last week’s Monday Morning Review, please take a few minutes and check it out. Have a great week.

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