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Submission to Jesus: Where Real Change Takes Place

Discipleship is about change. Everyone wants to change......

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Discipleship at our Church

At ECC, we are committed to at least 10 core values that guide us in our discipleship practice. ...

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Recommended Reading

Alas, the summer is coming to an end. Sunday School will be beginning soon (Sun, Aug 20!). And there are still dozens of books that you did not get to read yet...(or is that just my problem?) This past summer, the Christian Discipleship Committee sold (at a significant discount) different books that we recommended for your encouragement, edification, and growth. Now that ...

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Sadness & The Church

Sadness. Everyone experiences sadness at some point; it may come in the form of discouragement, the "blues," mourning over tragedy, depression, etc. Sadness is part of the Christian life. Did you know that? Or did you think that sadness only happens to those who are not following Jesus? The psalmist certainly knew sadness: My tears have been my food day and night...Why ...

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Does Your Way Lead to Death?

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Prov 14:12) Proverbs 14:12 points out a systemic problem in our choices and viewpoints each day: we convince ourselves that our way is the right way. We deceive ourselves by choosing to read only those things that reinforce our way, rather than those things that reassess our way. We befriend t...

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Read for the Benefit of Others

Christians are called to read. That may sound bold, and even alienating to those who do not enjoy reading, but it is a true statement. Think about it: Christianity has always been defined as a religion centered on reading words. Christianity was birthed from the story found in the words of the Old Testament. The revelation of God to Israel was written down in words. In J...

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Summer Sunday Mornings, revisited

A few ideas for ways to use your Sunday mornings to feed on God's Word this summer, even without Sunday School!...

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A Model for Family Worship

Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of Family Worship. If you never have tried Family Worship or you are looking for a new model, let me suggest one example: Read, Sing, Pray. Keep in mind, this is not the only way to do Family Worship. So if you have a pattern that works for you, keep it! Our practice takes only 10-15 minutes…much more and our family would prob...

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Tea and a good book

This is really a book report on two books: Awe, by Paul David Tripp and The Afternoon of Life, by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Winter is a great time to read more. These two books just might change your perspective on life....

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The Fuel of Thanksgiving

How do you grow thankfulness in your heart? Colossians 1 shows us the fuel for thankfulness: Beholding the glory of Jesus....

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Prophets and Suffering: Coming Your Way

Beginning on November 1, we have two new Adult Sunday Schools for you to be a part of!...

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Community Groups

Why Community Groups? What possible reason do we believe you should be involved in Community Groups? Here are three reasons that exist behind Community Groups at ECC....

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Men's Prayer Night

This might be the most important thing our men do...and perhaps the hardest thing: devoting an evening to prayer together. ...

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Your Marriage is about Community

Getting married is not an isolated event between two people. Rather, a Christian wedding invites the entire community of the people of God to look in and peer on your marriage. Are you married? Then guess what...your relationship to your spouse is open to accountability from everyone else!...

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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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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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Why memorize Scripture?

Memorizing Scripture ministers to our own hearts and can help us minister to others. It is not just for the super spiritual. Rather, it is for those of us who need help the most!...

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The Two-Step Dance of Sanctification

Now that we’re here in the third week of Lent, have you thought about what you’re going to do after Lent? Perhaps you’ve been following the ancient tradition of fasting during Lent, whether from food, luxuries, or some other form of excess. These practices connect us with our surpassing need for God and, hopefully, put us in a repentant frame of mind. Th...

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Pursue Growth

Christian growth does not happen by accident. Rather we must pursue it. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to pursue growth....

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