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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.

Links

“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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pitcherEtiquette and protocol are of utmost importance when hosting dignitaries and guests of honor.  Hosts must demonstrate the finest of what they have to offer, while at the same time respecting the culture of their guests.

The recent coverage of the United Nations General Assembly demonstrated quite effectively the politics of etiquette as who hugged, kissed, bowed to, or shook the hand of each leader was scrutinized to the fullest degree.

With such an analysis of hospitality, can you image the horror of being the home owner of the upper room in which Jesus shared the last supper with His disciples, as generation after generation of preachers accuse you of neglecting to offer a proper foot washing to the Lord Jesus and those disciples?

Consider what it must be like to have been that faithful servant, of whom our only Biblical account concerning him is found in Luke 22:10, where we are told the disciples found him “carrying a pitcher of water.”  And, without just cause, sermon after sermon has declared him to be negligent of his most basic of hospitality duties.

After my message on “Loving Deeper” yesterday, my father-in-law astutely pointed out to me the simple fact that nowhere in the pages of scripture are we told the disciples’ feet were dirty, or that they had not been washed upon entering the house.  We have simply assumed Jesus was completing the task of a neglectful servant by washing the disciples’ feet.

But what if our assumptions cause us to miss the point of what our Lord was doing through this amazing act?  Is it possible Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, not because their feet needed to be washed, but rather because the disciples needed to be served?

It is Luke’s gospel that tells us during the Passover meal the disciples began to argue as to which of them would be regarded as the greatest.  Jesus responds to this by saying, “I am among you as the one who serves.”  Then, it is in John’s gospel that we discover how our Lord illustrated this point.  We are told He got up from the table, removed His outer garment, wrapped a towel around Himself, and washed the feet of those arguing about greatness.

So, here is my defense of an honorable homeowner and a faithful servant.  I believe they hosted our Messiah well on that Passover evening.  I believe the feet of the disciples were clean when Jesus knelt down before them.  I believe that as Jesus washed their feet, it was their hearts that received the true cleansing.

What do you think?

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 “Love  Deeper” the third sermon in the “Live Like You Were Dying” Series. 

Links

  • I am hearing reports of some very powerful miracles in the past several months through the ministry of our healing team.  It is important that we record what God is doing among us for future generations.  If you have received healing or an answered prayer, click here and fill out a Supernatural Miracles Fact Sheet online so we can journal what God is doing among us in these glorious days.
  • During yesterday’s message, I used an illustration from the life of Corrie ten Boom.  You can click here to learn more about this remarkable woman
  • You can discover more about the history of foot washing in the Christian church through this article at at wikipedia
  • Here is a painfully wonderful opportunity to meditate upon the amazing love of our King and the beauty of His washing our feet.  (Parental Warning: Includes graphic scenes from The Passion of the Christ.)

 

On the Radar

  • Next Sunday is our final look at “Beauty of the Bible.”  I encourage you to join us at 6 pm as Peter Lopez leads us through another exploration of the treasures in God’s Word.  Up this week, Peter demonstrates mathematically how the Bible is true.
  • 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.

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. “See His Love” by Kim Walker
  2. “How He Loves” by Kim Walker
  3. “Your Favorite One” by Misty Edwards
  4. “Nothing is Impossible” by Dwight Huthwait (unavailable online)

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, October 4, we will explore one the most powerful lines of the song “Live Like You Were Dying” as we discover how we can “give forgiveness we’ve been denying.”

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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 - Now I See Cover jpgThe healing of the man who was blind from birth is an amazing story found in the Scriptures.  As we studied together yesterday, I was acutely aware of the need to handle the Word of God with integrity and precision.  I have included a Bonus Post of study notes from John 9 with this week’s review to allow you to continue to dig into the truth of the healing power and purpose of our King.  Dig deep!

Podcast

Click here to listen to the full version of Pastor Eric’s message from John 9.

Links

Our beloved Pastor Lolo was featured in the Sweetwater Reporter last week.  You can read the full article by clicking here!

I recently discovered a great new version of the “That’s My King Video” on Youtube.  It’s longer and sassier and packs quite a punch.  Go check it out.

On the Radar

This week, our Lifegroups will join together with our Youth Group and Children’s Ministry, all under one roof!  We will have an all-church Night of Worship this Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the EFC sanctuary.  A nursery will be provided, but our older children will join us in worshipping King Jesus. 

Kid’s Church begins this Sunday for children ages 4 years – 5th grade!  For more information, see our children’s ministry page on the church website.

Our Discipleship Training Series “Beauty of the Bible,” with Peter Lopez facilitating, will begin 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 Sunday, September 13thFor more information or to register, 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. “Sing to the King”
  2. “I Asked You For Life” by Kim Walker
  3. “Your Love Is Like” by Rick Pino
  4. “Mighty To Save” by Hillsong

Sunday Preview

Take the chance...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.”  I look forward to sharing the adventure with you!

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