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All I Want is Someone to Believe In

All I Want for Christmas Series Gfx_Web AdWho are your heroes these days? Have you ever had a chance to meet one of your heroes face to face?

As I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” this weekend at Eastbrook Church we looked at David, one of the great heroes of the Bible. Building upon his life story, we studied the pivotal Scripture passage found in 2 Samuel 7:1-16, where God makes a series of significant promises to David. With a bit of quick work, I walked us through the longing for a new David figure that arose after David’s time, and is seen in the Psalms and the Prophets. I then tied it all together with a look at Jesus as the new David.

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 21, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook


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Oscar Muriu on Viral Leadership

This week, our Leadership Team at Eastbrook viewed an inspiring and informative message by Oscar Muriu, Senior Pastor at Nairobi Chapel (Nairobi, Kenya). The message was entitled “Viral Leadership: Multiplying Impact Exponentially” and was given in August 2013 at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

In this message, Muriu shares his five convictions about leadership development:

  1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have (Matthew 9:37-38).
  2. Live for the next generation (Psalm 71:18).
  3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to God in prayer (Numbers 11:10-17).
  4. Instill the five loves into your budding leaders (Mark 12:30-33).
  5. Never do ministry alone – always have budding leaders around you (Acts 4:13).

It’s worth watching the entire message at this link, but you can view a five-minute excerpt of the talk below.




Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Leadership


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God in Unexpected Outcomes (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “God in Unexpected Outcomes,” at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from Ruth 4:13-22.

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we bring our series on Ruth, “Unexpected,” to a close. Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read Ruth 4:13-22 aloud.
  2. These last verses in Ruth bring together many themes and loose ends from the book. The first theme relates to God’s provision for Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 4:13). Compare the end of Ruth and Boaz’s story to their beginnings (Ruth 1:3-58-916-182:1-28-1219-203:9-13). How do you see God at work in their story?
  3. A second theme relates to God’s restoration for Naomi, moving her from emptiness to fullness. How has God been at work in Naomi’s life? Look specifically at Ruth 1:1-519-212:20-223:1-516-18;4:14-16.
  4. Naomi’s restoration does not necessarily bring answers to all of her suffering. Part of her restoration Read the rest of this entry »

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God in Unexpected Outcomes (Ruth 4b)

This week at Eastbrook, I concluded our series on Ruth called “Unexpected” with a message from Ruth 4: 13-22 entitled “God in Unexpected Outcomes.” I built message around two core truths:

1) God is always at work in around us, and

2) As we live faithfully to God, God will bring unexpected outcomes from our lives.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook


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Good Kings and Bad Kings

When I read through 1 Kings and consider the different kings of Judah and Israel, one question comes back to my mind again and again. The question is this: what is the difference between a good king and a bad king?

Traveling through the history of God’s people, we receive a running commentary on their kings. You encounter name after name with lists of accolades and failures, offering us not just a chronology but a theological assessment of these leaders.

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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Responding to God’s Grace (David)

Last week, I wrote two posts tracing the slow decline of King Saul (The Pathway to Slow Decline part 1 | part 2). In one way, those posts seemed to convey inevitability in Saul’s life that could be depressing. Today, I wanted to offer a contrast to Saul’s decline by looking at David’s rise focusing on 2 Samuel 7.

By the time we meet David in 2 Samuel 7, he is installed as the king of Judah and Israel and “was settled in his place and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him” (2 Samuel 7:1). He is at peace after a tumultuous number of years through Saul’s reign and immediately after Saul’s death.

Realization of God’s Grace
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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The Pathway to Slow Decline, part 2

This continues a post from yesterday looking at the slow decline of Saul the Benjamite, the first king of Israel. As I recently read through Saul’s story again, I was struck by the pattern of Saul’s slow decline. Here are a few reflections on that for us today.

Tormented and Angry Saul
It is shortly after Saul’s disobedience that David appears on the scene. Samuel secretly anoints David as the next king at God’s request (16:13). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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