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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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Digital Resources for Spiritual Growth

Whether or not you're a fan of print books over digital ones (most people do prefer the real thing in our increasingly ephemeral age), there's no denying that you can save some money and shelf space with ebooks. I enjoy the convenience and ready access they afford. I just caught wind of an ebook sale through Westminster Seminary's bookstore that I wanted to pass along. Th...

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Remember the Nations

Spreading the fame of God to all nations is the heartbeat of the Bible. Here are four simple ways you can grow in remembering the nations....

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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. That is, after all, ...

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The 40 Day Prayer Covenant

"...the ten lines of the prayer covenant comprise the critical contours of our Christian discipleship. They summarize what it means to follow Jesus."...

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