True Freedom


According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary the noun, freedom, is defined in one way as “the quality or state of being free: such as liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another: INDEPENDENCE.” That is a good definition of what we began celebrating Sunday evening, June 27th, with our Patriotic Celebration and continued through Sunday, […]

Eastmont Update

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This is most likely my last article to be written for the Encourager. It has been an honor to communicate with you, the Eastmont family, for the last 18 months. Bro. Frank will be writing beginning in the next Encourager as this space is for the senior pastor. He and his family are actually in […]

The Meaning of Labor Day

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As I write this article it is late afternoon on Monday, September 7—Labor Day. By the time you read this, the holiday will have passed and I hope you had a good one whether you traveled, cooked out, or stayed home and watched the Braves lose to the Marlins by a run in the 10th […]

Every Season Has a Purpose

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“To everything (turn, turn, turn), there is a season (turn, turn, turn) and a time to every purpose under heaven …” These lyrics, by the rock group the Byrds, begin the song, “Turn, Turn, Turn,’ that was released in 1965. The song was inspired by the writer, King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, specifically verses […]

Regathering Update

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This past Sunday was our best attended since COVID-19. We had our largest attendance at both the 8:45 and 11:00 worship services. Counting our worship team, tech team, and staff, we had over 200 total in worship. This was our first Sunday back for eleven of our LifeGroups including our college and youth. We had […]

Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening

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An update on the 5 Phases of Reopening: Lately, I have been in Walmart, COSTCO, Publix, convenience stores, and several restaurants. Although every business I have been to has adhered to all the COVID-19 guidelines, I have come to the realization that the safest place I have been is in worship on Sundays at Eastmont. […]

A Church Update

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Updates at the church: If you are getting tired of COVID-19 please raise your hand (did you wash it first?). I don’t do well with mask-wearing. I never have, even though I have to do it periodically visiting hospitals. I miss a handshake or a hug or getting to visit our sick or those having […]

Regathering Updates and Encouragement

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Some, if not most, would say that we are living in perilous times. Although I can’t deny that, I would rather think more optimistically and say that, for the church, these are more opportune times. Yes, we are in the midst of a pandemic with multiple reasons for all of us to be gravely concerned. […]

Staying Up to Date & Caring for One Another

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There were 14 of us Zooming together in our staff meeting this week. Technology has allowed us to do so much more during this pandemic than we could do otherwise. The ability to live stream our Sunday morning worship and for many LifeGroups to continue to study God’s Word together has truly been a blessing. […]

COVID-19 Update: April 6

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As of Saturday, April 4, our State is under a shelter-in-place order by Governor Kay Ivey. What has been seen by many as a suggestion now has become law. Simply put, everyone should STAY HOME with few exceptions. As a result of this order and to do our part to contain this COVID-19 virus, we […]