Help

Continuing our journey with the Psalms of Ascent, we explored Psalm 121 this weekend at Eastbrook as part of our series, Ascend. In contrast to last weekend’s message, “Peace,” Psalm 121’s striking emphasis on the character and activity of God is so overpowering it is no wonder that it is many people’s favorite psalm. I walked steadily through the text in this message, drawing attention to God’s all-powerful help in every situation and season of life. As I drew to the end of the message, I focused on a four-stage exploration of the life of prayer.

Here is the video and sermon outline of this first message of the Ascend series, “Peace.” You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. We also have a reading plan for this series, which you can access here.

 

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Peace

We began our journey with the Psalms of Ascent, “Ascend,” this weekend at Eastbrook, spending time with Psalm 120. In this message, I explore themes of the spiritual life with God as a pilgrimage or journey, honesty and hopeful prayer, the need for community, and living in peace instead of hatred or hopelessness.

Here is the video and sermon outline of this first message of the Ascend series, “Peace.” You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. We also have a reading plan for this series, which you can access here.

 

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Ascend: a series on the Psalms of Ascent

 

This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we enter into a journey through the Psalms of Ascent entitled “Ascend.” Our life with God is a journey. It is a journey with God, but also a journey with His people on the way to the eternal kingdom.  The New Testament describes God’s people as “foreigners and strangers on earth…looking for a country of their own” (Hebrews 11:13-14). Within the Psalms there is a soundtrack for this sort of journey known as the Psalms of Ascent. These ancient prayer-songs accompanied the pilgrimage to Jerusalem in times of celebration. Join with us as we explore themes of spiritual growth, life as pilgrimage, and the season of Advent in this series.

At a personal level, I am really looking forward to this series since I have found so much strength for my life with God from the Psalms and also by looking at our spiritual lives through the metaphor of pilgrimage with God. I hope you enjoy this journey as well!

Faith and Grace

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a weekend focused on two major Reformation themes: “Faith and Grace.”

The first part of the message focused on historical background and context of the Reformation. I eventually took us into an exploration of three Scripture passages central to Reformation thinking on faith and grace: Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-24; and Ephesians 2:8-10.

Even as I would identify myself within Protestant Christianity, I wrestle with purely celebrating the Reformation. Because of that, I took a moment to recognize two cautions of the Reformation: division and hero worship.

You can watch the message via Eastbrook’s Vimeo channel below and follow along with the sermon outline. You can also access the message at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

 

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Next Steps on Displaced People

In response to our MissionsFest and preaching on displaced people both by me and Jenny Yang of World Relief, our mission team offered a list of next steps as our response to displaced people and the needs of the world. I’ve slightly edited it for online readership.

  • SHOW HOSPITALITY. Thanksgiving is coming! Invite a refugee family/individual, or an international university student to your home to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Questions? Just ask. Sign up at the MissionsFest ministry booth in the Lobby this weekend or email Maritza Diaz
  • READ A BOOK! We recommend Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir or Welcoming the Stranger by Jenny Yang and Matthew Soerens.
  • GET INVOLVED by attending a Next Steps class. Have your questions answered about connecting globally and locally with the world’s refugee community. Sunday, October 29, 11 am in Fellowship Hall.
  • MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS at Eastbrook’s International Language Center (ILCT). See what happens at our center and consider tutoring a refugee. Find out more at our Southside Informational Meeting on Saturday, November 18, 9-11:30 am at the ILCT (4204 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee).
  • PRAY for Eastbrook’s international workers using the prayer insert in this weekend’s bulletin.
  • SUPPORT Eastbrook’s Missions Budget financially for 12 months and help fuel ministry around the world: eastbrook.org/giving