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Pastor Duane's 2013 Annual Report

Read a partial version of Pastor Duane's 2013 Annual Report. He will announce his complete report at the January 24 meeting. ...

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Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

Earlier this week I was reading a convicting article by Jason Todd in Christianity Today called “The Socially Acceptable Sin.” To summarize, the author talked about something that is a bit close to home than many of us care to admit �" gluttony. Thoughts of overeating are typically what come to mind. Gluttony encompasses much more than food for it is simpl...

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Barrenness and the Birth of Hope

The third gospel begins with the story of a barren woman. When you take a moment to think about that, it’s pretty shocking. Two thousand years ago a man named Luke wrote down an eyewitness account about a man named Jesus and then gave it to a man named Theophilus. A story about a man, from a man, to a man â€" It’s surprising that such a narrative would ...

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My Ebenzer - New Sermon Series

The Ebenezer stone was a monument to God’s help, God’s faithfulness, and God’s eternal covenant. It was a reminder of what matters…what matters to God and what matters to us. In this new series of messages, Pastor Duane will ask the question, “What are our stones of remembrance?”...

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God's Christmas Tree

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving, Sheri and I pull out all the ornaments and cover every possible spot on our nine foot, 1,000 twinkly-light, fake Christmas tree (yes, we succumbed to the Arizona malaise that precludes using a real tree cut down in Bend, Oregon in early August). ...

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Great Ideas to Help Families Celebrate a Christian Christmas

I wanted to share some great ideas I've found over the years for helping children (and everyone else)to stay focused on Jesus. The ideas below are from a great book, “101 ways to have a Christian Christmas.” If you prefer to watch videos, the DVD "Buck Denver asks... Why do we call it Christmas?" is full of great facts about customs and the real Christmas de...

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We Celebrate in Different Ways the Same Story

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 �" or crèche �" depicts the story of the birth of Jesus....

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A Response to a Typhoon

Every year it happens, an event so devastating, so sudden, so all-consuming that families, communities and entire nations are knocked down, torn apart or blown away. Many of us have seen the news the past two weeks and seen the destruction of central Philippines by what meteorologists are calling a "super typhoon" and one of the "strongest storms ever." It's estimated that...

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Thanksgivemas

Here we are, the week before Thanksgiving. I am certain that many of you are making last minutes plans with family or friends; ironing out the details of who is bringing what for the big meal. As we enter this wonderfully busy season we remember the countless number of things that we have to be thankful for....

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Extra Cars

The extra cars parked in front of the house could have been there for any reason. A gathering of friends to watch Monday Night Football. A Pampered Chef party. A Neighbor Watch meeting. Maybe even a Bible study. There are lots of houses in this valley of 3 million people and more cars than houses. So many cars that to the eye they become invisible moving pieces again...

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