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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church, we will begin a series entitled, “Revealed,” on Revelation, chapters one through three. In this series, we will learn from the seven churches addressed by Jesus, specifically looking at how Jesus reveals Himself and reveals who we are as a church. We will take an in-depth look at each church in its setting, its positives and its negatives, with the aim of learning what it means to be Christ’s church.

September 7/8 -  The Most Necessary Vision (Revelation 1:9-20) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

September 14/15 - Loveless in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – Speaker: Elie Hasbani

September 21/22 – Persevering in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

September 28/29 - Confused in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

October 5/6 – Compromising in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – Speaker: Bertil Enqvist

October 12/13 – Asleep in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

October 19/20 – Faithful in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

October 26/27 – Lukewarm in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – Speaker: Matt Erickson

[Related series: Living Church]

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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook


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Relevant Article: “Why I’m Not Giving Up on Church”

Relevant Magazine published an online article that I wrote today entitled “Why I’m Not Giving Up on Church.” It’s a bit of my own reflections on why the church is still relevant and important for us today. You can read the entire article at their web-site, but here are the first few paragraphs:

In 2011 the largest denomination in the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention, announced the results of a survey showing a significant decline in baptisms and church membership. Ed Stetzer, a missioligist and researcher with Lifeway Research, commented at the time: “This is not a blip. This is a trend. And the trend is one of decline.”

In the very same year, across the Atlantic, a report on the Church of England highlighted the challenges it was facing: aging congregations, faltering clergy recruitment and waning attendance. While church leaders used words like “crisis” and “time bomb,” the report predicted the church would likely be extinct within 20 years.

More recently, the Pew Research Center released a study on the state of religion in the United States entitled “‘Nones’ on the Rise.” The study brings into focus the increasing growth rate of those who do not identify with any religion at all. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. adult population—and one-third of those under the age of 30—identify in this way; an increase from 15 percent just 5 years earlier.

For many people, these are signs that the church is, if not already dead, steadily moving toward the grave. And many have been calling for followers of Jesus to return to the original vision for our faith…[read the entire article here]


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Mike and Sally Breen on Missional Failure

mike breenOne of the workshops I attended at Exponential 2013 was led Mike and Sally Breen of 3DM looking at reasons why the missional movement will fail. A good portion of the seminar was story-telling, but their conclusions were fascinating. Here are my notes from those sessions: Read the rest of this entry »


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Practical Ways to Put Love Into Action

ThumbnailThis past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I spoke about “Beginning to Live with Love.” Here is a list of practical suggestions I’d like to offer on how we can put love into action:

  1. Ask God to reveal a material need in the life of someone around you, and then respond by meeting that need no matter the cost.
  2. Join a small group and get to know people, both knowing their needs and sharing your resources with them.
  3. Make a meal for someone who is sick or in need in your neighborhood or church. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Discipleship, Eastbrook


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||40days|| week four: listen in the other

One of the greatest challenges for any parent is trying to communicate with a child. With young children, there are times when you have to sit them down, make sure they have steady eye contact, and then slowly speak your points. After that, you may ask the question, “Do you understand what I am saying?” The parent can only hope the message has gotten through. (Of course, some children have the same concern with their parents!)

One of the ways we can hear from God is through the voice of another person. As we continue the ||40days|| journey through Lent with attention to listening for God, we look today at what it means to hear God in another person. Even as God speaks primarily through Scripture, what does it mean to hear from Him in another person. Let me suggest seven things to consider when evaluating whether a person is worth listening to as a representative of God, whether at a personal or corporate level:

  1. God speaks through people who love God’s words (2 Timothy 2:14-3:10). When Paul offers instruction to the young pastor, Timothy, he calls him to hold to the truth in contrast to those who lose focus through godless chatter and a departure from the truth.
  2. God speaks through people who bring His truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). What we hear from others is not God’s word if it is devoid of biblical truth or biblical love. If those elements are there, however, we do well to listen for God in another person’s words.
  3. God speaks through people who help us develop and grow (Proverbs 27:17). We read in Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Discipleship


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