A New School Year

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“So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matthew 23:28 When I was a kid, my mother would take me to get some new clothes before the start of school. This usually consisted of shirts and pants, and if I was lucky, a new pair of shoes. But […]

Summer Break

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No two words are more beautiful to the stressed-out student than summer break. No tests or homework. No projects or papers. Just freedom in all of its sleeping-in, vegging-out, obligation-free glory. If I’m being honest, I miss summer break…a lot. There are not a lot of breaks when you have a job, kids, grandkids, and other necessary responsibilities. Even […]

Sending Instead of Leaving

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Most of us think of life in stages. Getting married is one. Having kids is another. But perhaps the first and seemingly most significant one is graduation. I remember how much I looked forward to my high school graduation. From senior pranks to pseudo study periods, the only thing that mattered was making it across the […]

2022 Mission Trip

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Eastmont’s Mission Trip in 2022 will take us to a new place with new partners and with new opportunities to share the Gospel. We will partner with Hispaniola Mountain Ministries (HMM) in the Dominican Republic, November 19-26, doing many of the things our teams have done in the past, including partnering with a local church for door-to-door […]

Take the Step and Serve

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I recently officiated the wedding of a former student of mine, and I was reminded of how God, in his grace, uses our inexperience for His good and glory. I started at this church fresh out of seminary and spent six years learning how to do ministry. I use the term “learning” very loosely by […]

Goodwyn Appreciation Dinner

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The Eastmont pastoral staff had the opportunity to host a staff appreciation dinner for Goodwyn Middle School as a part of our continued partnership and support of the school and its staff. Thirty-three staff members attended including Mr. Taylor, the principal. Along with dinner and a word from Bro. Frank, each attendee received a copy of the book, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by […]

Sanctity of Life

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A couple of weeks ago we recognized Sanctity of Life Sunday. Churches across our country prayed for the lives of the unborn and boldly declared that we stand for life. However, we also acknowledged that mere words are not enough. Words, apart from actions, show that something is not important to us. So, I wanted […]

Pointing to Hope

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“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning…” Matthew 2:18 Overshadowed by the miracle of the virgin birth and the greetings by shepherds and the Magi is a tragic account of loss and suffering. Matthew 2:16-18 says that Herod, in a fit of vengeful rage, orders the massacre of all boys in Bethlehem […]

Praying for Guatemala

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Many of you might be wondering: “Why is Eastmont not going to Guatemala this year?” Before I answer that question let me tell you about some of the reasons why we do go. I’ve spoken before about the people, how kind, welcoming and loving they are. But then there are the practical and missional reasons. Practically, this is […]

Spotlight on Missions: Mission Dignity

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In the Bible, God shows great compassion for the poor and needy. And because God cares, we should care too. For the past seven-and-a-half years, I have seen Eastmont step up in obedience to provide for those in need. We have hosted food distributions, loved on mothers and children at the Friendship Mission, partnered with […]