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All I Want for Christmas is a New Beginning

All I Want for Christmas Series Gfx_Web AdWhen I was a kid, one of my favorite type of books to read was the “choose your own adventure” type. There wasn’t really a story line because you had the option to make decisions in the midst of the book. When you came face to face with a monster on page 7, you could decide to either fight the oncoming monster (turn to page 22) or run away (turn to page 37). Many times, I found myself wanting to turn back the pages and begin again after a bad decision.

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” by looking at the new beginnings God gives us. In Isaiah 61:1-11, the prophet speaks about the hope of a Messiah to come who brings new beginnings.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can also view all the messages from the “All I Want for Christmas” series here. Connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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All I Want for Christmas is Some Good News

All I Want for Christmas Series Gfx_Web AdIn our world, nation and even our personal lives, we hear all sorts of distressing news. In the midst of that, it sure seems like we could all use some good news.

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” by looking at the good news that comes to us from God. The prophet Isaiah speaks good news to the people of Israel in the midst of their exile in Isaiah 40:1-11. That same news is made even more real for us today through Jesus Christ.

In the middle of the message, I addressed some of the current tensions in our nation around racial disparities and police accountability. It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who referenced Isaiah 40 in the midst of his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 (you can watch the speech here). The dream is alive, but tarnished today. Still, there is no place where the dream of people coming together across racial lines should be more evident than in God’s people, the church, living into the dream of Revelation 7:9, ” a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can also view all the messages from the “All I Want for Christmas” series here. Connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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All I Want for Christmas

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Beginning this weekend, November 29/30, we begin a new series at Eastbrook entitled “All I Want for Christmas.” Christmas is a time when many of us begin to write down what we hope to acquire. Sometimes we write down simple lists of gift ideas, but other times we begin to write more serious lists of personal needs or world hopes. In the church year, Advent is a time of anticipation and expectation leading up to the Messiah’s arrival that focuses some of our strongest hopes and desires through the word of the prophets. So, what are you really waiting for this year?

November 29/30 [1st weekend of Advent] - “All I Want Is for God to Show Up”

December 6/7 [2nd weekend of Advent] – “All I Want is Some Good News”

December 13/14 [3rd weekend of Advent] – “All I Want is a New Beginning”

December 20/21 [4th weekend of Advent] – “All I Want is Someone to Believe In”

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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The Legacy of Faith

Faith Life Series Gfx_16x9 TitleMany times we ask what it looks like to leave a legacy behind when our life draws to a close. But as we concluded the “Faith Life” series this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I wanted us to think about what sort of faith legacy we will leave behind.

To conclude this series on the life of faith from Abraham’s journey in Genesis 11-25, we looked at Hebrews 11:8-19. There, the writer to the early church describes the ways in which Abraham left a legacy of faith through the way he lived his life.

The outline and video file for the message are below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Praying in the Midst of Promises and Problems

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What does faith-filled prayer look like?

That was the central question I set out to answer this past weekend as I continued our “Faith Life” series at Eastbrook Church. Drawing upon Genesis 18:16-33, I outlined five types of faith-filled prayer that we see in this wonderfully entrancing dialogue between God and Abraham.

You can watch the video for the sermon and follow along with the sermon outline that is also included below.

You could listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Human Means for Divine Ends

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I continued our “Faith Life” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at how impatience can lead us to take matters into our own hands. In Genesis 16, Abraham and Sarah struggle with their desire to make God’s promises become a reality by coming up with their own plans. Unfortunately, it leads to a cascading series of problems. Still, God shows His grace all through this situation. The central aim of this message was about waiting in faith on the Lord.

The outline and video file for the message are below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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The Commitment of God

Faith Life Series Gfx_16x9 TitleWe have all seen or heard about dramatic commitments between people, but what happens when God commits to us as people?

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our “Faith Life” series by looking at the commitment of God to Abraham in Genesis 15.  Of course, the question we have to ask is: ‘what does God’s commitment to Abraham here mean for us today?’ That led us onward to Romans 4:23-5:2, where Paul references Genesis 15 in relation to the hope found in Jesus Christ.

The outline and video file for the message are below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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