Barriers to Loving Your Neighbor

Neighbor Series GFX_16x9 Title This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, Dan Ryan helped us consider barriers we have to loving our neighbor. Touching upon the key aspects of what it means to be Modern, American, and Evangelical, Dan opened up some very helpful insights through story-telling and study of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. exploration of what it means to take the great commandment literally.

You can watch Dan’s message below, which I would highly recommend. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Taking the Great Commandment Literally

Neighbor Series GFX_16x9 TitleAs we continued our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, at Eastbrook this past weekend, JC Heiden led us into an exploration of what it means to take the great commandment literally. Jesus once had a conversation:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

You can watch JC’s message below, which I would highly recommend. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. JC also shared some ideas about how we can practically step out to love our neighbor, which are originally from the Saturate web site, and I’ve included below the link to JC’s message.

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Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product’ [MissionsFest 2018, week 2]

This weekend at Eastbrook Church I concluded our annual missions festival, Multiply: MissionsFest 2018, with my weekend message: “Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product.'” Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Last weekend, October 13/14, Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India, began the missions festival with a strong message on multiplication.

My message connected Habakkuk 2:14 with Acts 1:8, taking the metaphor of mathematical multiplication to ask: what factors are necessary for the product of the knowledge of God’s glory filling the earth?

You can view the message video below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Multiply: MissionsFest 2018

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin our annual missions festival Multiply: MissionsFest 2018. Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Let me invite you to join us in our weekend services and mid-week gatherings. There is a lot going on but here are the highlights:

October 13/14, weekend worship services – Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India.

October 16, 7-8:30 PM – “The Call: A Time to Praise and Intercede” – This evening of MissionsFest will take the place of our 2nd Tuesdays Worship/Prayer service for the month of October and will be an evening of hearing of God’s work in our world and asking Him to work in the Church. Join us for a time of worship, prayer, and listening.

October 17, 7-8:30 PM – “The Experience: Multiply In Your Neighborhood” – This family friendly, interactive evening that takes us through the journey of making disciples in our own neighborhoods. Join our mission leaders, field workers and guest speaker Dr. Gupta as we explore God’s plan for reaching the nations.

October 20/21, weekend worship services – We will finish out the missions festival with some of our international guests in worship services, and I will preach the closing message.

Access the full schedule via our web-site here.

Christ in Us

This past weekend, Ken Katayama concluded “Dwell:MissionsFest 2016” with a focused and challenging message, “Christ in Us.” Here are a few statements that I wrote down while Ken was preaching:

We must feel with Christ’s heart…we must see with Christ’s eyes…we must go with Christ’s power.

Spiritual needs are everywhere, but access to the Gospel is not.

God calls some of us for full-time ministry but he called all of us to minister full-time.

Please watch his entire message below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

You may also be interested in watching the message by Pastor Paul Bland, who began the MissionsFest experience the previous.

 

Embodied Presence

This past weekend, Pastor Paul Bland, launched us into “Dwell:MissionsFest 2016” with an amazing message on what it means to be an embodied presence as a reflection of Jesus’ incarnation. Here are a few statements that I wrote down while Paul was preaching:

God came as an embodied presence: fully God and fully man.

What did Jesus have to adjust in His life in order to reach me?

Our God is no mere abstraction and neither should we be in our approach to His mission!

Go as sent people with an embodied presence.

Be what you should be right where you are.

Please watch his entire message below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Join in with the entire MissionsFest experience by visiting with us throughout the week. The entire schedule can be found at the Eastbrook web-site here.

 

Dwell: MissionsFest 2016

dwell-series-gfx_app-wideThis weekend was the beginning of Dwell: MissionsFest 2016 at Eastbrook Church. When the Apostle John described the Messiah coming into the world he used richly descriptive words:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Behind these evocative words exists the Old Testament concept of the tabernacle, the visible gathering place for worship that is also the visible reminder that God is in our midst. This tangible presence is at the heart of God’s character and mission. If God dwells in our midst, what does it mean for us to dwell in the midst of the world incarnationally with and for God? This is a nine-day celebration emphasizes both local and international mission with guest speakers.

Join in with us on our weekend services and mid-week gatherings. There is a lot going on but here are the highlights:

October 1/2 – Pastor Paul Bland

October 4, 7 PM – Tuesday night prayer and worship

October 5, 6 PM – Meal
October 5, 7 PM – Large group gathering with special guests, Dr. Evelyne Reisacher and Farida Saidi

October 8/9 – Ken Katayama

Access the full schedule via our web-site here.