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Summer in the Burbs

Having lived in a suburb most of my life, I can both identify and enjoy the over-the-top depiction of middle-class suburban life. Unlike the movie depiction however, there are many people who can live in their suburban homes and even after 30 years, never really get to know those who live on the same street....

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Wide-Angle Bible Reading

Consider a new way of reading your Bible this summer: whole book Bible reading. Here's why to do it and how it might change your outlook on the Bible....

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40 Hour Concert of Prayer Reflections

Reflections from a participant in our 40 Hour Concert of Prayer during Holy Week....

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Who's Nextdoor?

How well do you really know the people in your neighborhood? Michael posed that question on the blog a couple of weeks ago, and it's been haunting me. I know I've done an awful job of getting to know my neighbors since we've lived in our house. This is not, as Michael noted, an isolated phenomenon. In many of America's communities, the easy familiarity we once had with o...

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Thoughts from the Book of Daniel

“How do we live faithful and effective lives in an increasingly secular world?”...

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The Forty Day Prayer Covenant Follow-up

Pastor BriefingMay 6, 2015 By now, most of you have completed your 40 Day Prayer commitments. I, personally, felt very good about the 40 Day Prayer Covenant preaching series. Based on your feedback, I believe there has been more prayer among our congregation than ever before. I hope that you have experienced personal renewal through it. I know I have! I would encourage y...

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Reach Out

Did you ever wish someone would reach out to you? Here are three ways you can help build a culture of reaching out at ECC. ...

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Finding and keeping community

Community is not just a buzzword. It is important to all of us. We need to value the work of building community. We need others, and others need us....

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What Are the Youth Doing This Summer?

Summers are an exciting time in ECC's youth ministry, and I'd like to give a preview so you can be informed, in prayer, and even involved. Though I can't speak for all of our teens' individual plans, I present three categories of summer activities connected with ECC: ministry, adventure, and training. MINISTRY We like to get our students involved in a variety of ministr...

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I Love Jesus but I Don’t Need the Church

If one takes a log out of a fire and throws it in the middle of a driveway, it will soon sputter and fizzle out. But if that log is cast into a hot fire with other logs, it will catch fire and burn brightly. Too many Christians are like a log trying hard to burn on its own in the middle of a driveway....

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