The Pacific Southwest Conference is offering a discount for couples who register for "Weekend to Remember." Please use the discount code PSWC when registering and receive $100 off. The marriage retreat will be in Phoenix June 16-18....Keep Reading
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It‘s true we often suffer some great disappointments, some expectations or plans we might have not always materialized. We may even feel like God’s left us hanging and that an illness or injury has taken him away from us. But remember, He is faithful. And the real upside of this is if we remain faithful we will live eternally with Him someday. ...
Love isn’t just for Valentines Day -- it’s what gets me up everyday. Love isn’t just for that one special someone -- it’s for everyone. The chance to care for and encourage those around me is an honor. Measure all things in your life by the “Rule of Love”. What would God have you do? What does love require? What breaks your heart, and what one thing can you do to help?...
Truth be told, I am not an elite athlete. When I was in kindergarten, I flunked “skip” (not sure how my self-esteem survived that report card, but that is another story). While early on, I was too uncoordinated to skip, I did play baseball, soccer, real football, and basketball when I was growing up. However, I was never endowed with the physical gifts to become what I call an elite athlete. What I do know though, is that God equipped me with the gifts to enjoy those sports and become the best athlete I could ever be....
There are many differences between God, as the Bible describes Him, and the Force of Star Wars but there’s a line from Han Solo in the new movie that sums it up. One of the new characters talks about how he’s going to do something that seems impossible and Han asks him how. The young man says, “I’ll use the Force,” and runs off. Han yells after him, “That’s not how the Force works, kid!” That’s not how a personal, caring God works either....
The plans of man will always fail, but the plan of God has already won its battle. If Christians are to actually make an impact in the world then they must collectively turn to the truths found in scripture alone. They must become engulfed in the transformative power of God through His word provided in the bible......
Evangelical Covenant Church president, Gary Walter, shares updates on Covenant mission and ministry at the 2015 Midwinter Conference in Denver, Colorado....Keep Reading
The summer after my sophomore year of high school, my world was rocked at summer camp. My best friend spoke to our youth group and encouraged all of us to start figuring out what WE believe and quit living out our parentâ€™s faith. I returned from camp having decided I was ready to put my stake in the ground and own my faith; read and learn about other religions and h...Keep Reading
Google â€œmarriage jokesâ€ and these are some of the things youâ€™ll find: Marriage is not a word. It is a sentenceï¿½ï¿½"a life sentence. Marriage is very much like a violin; after the sweet music is over, the strings are attached. Marriage is love. Love is blind. ...Keep Reading
The â€œ2014 Proposed Immigration Resolutionâ€ is presented to the church with the intent of fostering dialogue, awareness, and feedback around a complex and often politicized issue. Please read this resolution which was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church this past June....Keep Reading
What am I asked everyday? "How do you like your new job?" My answer: "I like it a lot." Three reasons stand out....Keep Reading
Sometime ago I was struck by a statement from Richard Mulholland in his book â€œThe Deeper Journey.â€ He said, â€œwe can be so busy being in the world for God that we fail to be in God for the world.â€ Itâ€™s often true that those of us engaged in ministry can find ourselves spiritually dry. If we are not grounded in God, attentive to the Spirit, we ...Keep Reading
I am looking forward to our next series on Hope. I found myself thinking about the concept since you announced the series about how hope fits into a Christianâ€™s life. And then I came to the conclusion that there is no room for hope in a Christianâ€™s life....Keep Reading
As we enter April, we are in the season of Lent, leading up to Easter near the end of this month. Many churches in the Covenant use the days of Lent to reflect with a depth of gratitude on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus in prelude to the joy of Easter. ...Keep Reading
In the history of human kind, few people have been as widely quoted as Jesus. Which also means few have been misquoted as often as Jesus. I donâ€™t mean we quote verses incorrectly; rather we associate thoughts, opinions, words and phrases with Jesus and the Bible that actually may not be there....Keep Reading
In this week's article we are continuing our focus with the theme of our new sermon series, God's Transforming Power. According to N.T. Wright, after we believe in Jesus, God calls each of us to be "transformed" in this life, to cooperate with the Spirit and change our character. Here is Wright, in an article he wrote for Relevant Magazine, called What To Do After You Beli...Keep Reading
Paul Wilson, pastor of First Covenant Church in Oakland, California, has been nominated to be the new Pacific Southwest Conference superintendent. The election will be held at the PSWC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, on April 26....Keep Reading
You find them in varying styles in all kinds of places throughout the world during the Christmas season. There were more than three dozen of them displayed in Evangelical Covenant Church offices this year. The nativity ï¿½" or crÃ¨che ï¿½" depicts the story of the birth of Jesus....Keep Reading