ECC turned 40 on Sunday, May 1st, 2016! Here’s a slideshow looking back at 40 years of ECC!
Changed, Not Covered
Snow is a fact of winter here in Bloomington, but one recent snowfall was especially striking. Did you marvel like I did at the snow that sat so picturesquely on all the tree branches? Snow oftentimes blows to the ground, but this time it rested on the trees and covered them in a blanket of beautiful white. The beauty of God’s creation reminded me of God’s gift of saving grace and forgiveness:
People of God’s Blessing
In Numbers 6, God spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. This passage takes place in the second of 40 years of wandering in the wilderness after the Israelite exodus from Egypt. God told Moses to take a census, gave him instructions on how each
Called to Praise
There’s one kind of praise, an “easy” kind, that springs forth spontaneously from us when we are joyful. We use the phrase “prayer and thanksgiving” a lot, and this kind of praise actually is thanksgiving. It acknowledges the source of our joy.
“Stop the Glorification of Busy”
I want to start out and be honest. My personal devotional life lately has been very lacking. I have let myself get caught up in the busyness of this time of year and have a nice list of excuses. A friend of mine posted this quote on social media the other day and it HIT me between the eyes: “Stop the glorification of busy.” Wow! I am so guilty of this. Am I really too busy to find time each day to spend with Him!?! And if I am, then I seriously need to make a shift in my priorities.
9 Points to consider as we engage in works of compassion (from Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline):
- Self-righteous service relies on human effort, whereas true service flows out of a relationship with God.
- Self-righteous service is impressed with the “big deal,” whereas true service makes no distinction between the large and the small.
- Self-righteous service requires external rewards, whereas true service rests contented in hiddenness.
- Self-righteous service is concerned with results, whereas true service is free of the need to calculate them.
- Self-righteous service picks and chooses whom to serve, whereas true service is indiscriminate in its ministry.
- Self-righteous service is affected by moods and whims, whereas true service ministers on the basis of need.
- Self-righteous service is temporary, whereas true service is ongoing.
- Self-righteous service is insensitive, whereas true service withholds as freely as it gives.
- Self-righteous service fractures community, whereas true service builds community.
“The Bread of Life”
“Christ had been exiled to Sunday mornings in our lives…We build him a temple but we live in our own houses… We must recognize that He makes fundamental claims on our entire being.
We are saddened by the loss the Detwiler family has experienced at the passing of their son Eric. They desire to share the testimony of God’s love and grace that was evident at his funeral service and hope it will encourage others.