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Each week one of the English pastors will post a devotional written specifically for the ECBC community.  These devotionals will be based on our Genesis preaching series.

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WEEKLY DEVOTIONALS

COLOSSIANS 1:9-14

April 15th, 2021

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9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you  to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

As your pastors, we continue to pray for you, we faithfully preach God’s Word, and lead as the Lord leads us.  From children, youth, young adults, adults, and seniors; our prayer is that you would be filled by the Holy Spirit to bear witness of the gospel and that in everything you do that you would be bearing God’s fruit, that with your family, your peers, your co-workers, and friends that you would experience God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We need God’s strength and power so that we can persevere through this pandemic and any other challenges we may face in the future, with great endurance and patience. I know that it has been hard for everyone that we haven’t been able to meet together in the church building. But the church is not a building, the church is the body of Christ, the church is all of us. You all still have God’s Word, you should be reading it, not out of routine, but because we know that by keeping it you will be prosperous and successful. You all still can pray, and we are invited to pray for all the saints, that is to pray for one another that we would be a church that lives for Jesus. And we all have the Holy Spirit to empower us to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. God has rescued us by His mighty hand, and He is inviting us to be a part of what He is still doing, rescuing others. So let’s go church!  

This Friday night at 8:00PM we will be gathering to encourage and pray for one another and for the church. You can find the prayer link on the church website or click the link below to join us:

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God Bless,

From your Pastors

PSALM 100

April 8th, 2021

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Please click on the link on the church website or the link below to join us:

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God Bless,

From your Pastors

PSALM 23

March 19th, 2021

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

For this past year for many of us it has been go go go. A year of constant change and adjustments. A year of survival. I know that it was for me. Approaching 2021 I was feeling burnt out, pressing on for the sake of the church, pushing forward for the sake of my family I had very little left in the gas tank.  But God gently reminded me and slow down and remember who He is.  He is my shepherd. That in Him I find rest, in Him I am restored, and that He is all that I need. God loves and cares for me, and it’s not because of my performance, not about how hard I work, or how much I sacrifice. He loves me because I am His. He is the Shepherd and I am His sheep. I can cast all my cares upon Him and all of my anxious thoughts; He gives me His peace, a peace that transcends all understanding amidst all of the chaos. Even when I was facing my fears on a daily basis, God reminded me that He is with me that I need not fear even in the face of death.  Even in the middle of a global pandemic He prepares a table before us, and we can have confidence that God is still on His throne, and He is still in control.  So my hope for you is that you would be able to find rest in God.    

HE IS OUR SHEPHARD

Feb. 4th, 2020

Hi Everyone, 

Today's devotional is taken from Psalm 23.


1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3     he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

    for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk

    through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

    for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me

    all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

    forever.


For this past year for many of us it has been go go go. A year of constant change and adjustments. A year of survival. I know that it was for me. Approaching 2021 I was feeling burnt out, pressing on for the sake of the church, pushing forward for the sake of my family I had very little left in the gas tank.  But God gently reminded me and slow down and remember who He is.  He is our Shepherd. That in Him we find rest, in Him we are restored, and that He is all that we need. God loves and cares for us, and it’s not because of our performance, not about how hard we work, or how much we sacrifice. He loves us because we are His. He is our  Shepherd and we are His sheep. We can cast all our cares upon Him and all of our anxious thoughts; He gives us His peace, a peace that transcends all understanding amidst all of the chaos. Even when we are facing our fears on a daily basis, God reminds us that He is with us that we need not fear even in the face of death.  Even in the middle of a global pandemic He prepares a table before us, and we can have confidence that God is still on His throne, and He is still in control.  So my hope for you is that you would be able to find rest in God.    


Please join us this Friday night at 8:00PM for a time of prayer. Click on this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09

TIRED OF "WAITING" FOR GOD

March 11, 2021


Dear brothers and sisters,


Exodus 32:1-6

1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us….   3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.

Here we read the story of one of Israel’s first rebellions against God.  Moses has gone up Mount Sinai to talk with God and the Israelites, left waiting, resort to worshipping idols.  Although seemingly far removed from our modern world, there are many lessons to be learned here.

First, notice what causes this rebellion in the first place: simple impatience.   Moses was taking a long time (approximately 40 days) in coming down from the mountain and the people of Israel were getting restless.  They wanted God to move faster, to act on their timeline—so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Second, notice that the Israelites couldn’t even recognize whom they were worshipping.  The Israelites actually thought that they were worshipping Yahweh (in verse 5 a “festival to the Lord - Yahweh” is declared) in the form of the golden calf.  They probably thought that they were doing Yahweh a favor—creating a physical object by which he could receive their worship.

But they had lost sight of God’s commands and God’s word.  God had specifically told them in Exodus 20:4-5 not to make any images or worship any images.  They desired to worship the true God but they attempted to do so by their own methods, disregarding God’s commands.

This happens so frequently with us today.  We get tired of “waiting” for God; we want Him to act now, to move on our schedule.  Just like the Israelites we are impatient.  Moreover, we may even desire good things—to worship God, to move forward and take action, but we want to do them on our terms not His.  And so we disregard God’s commands and take action into our own hands; we may even do this under the banner of “Yahweh”.

When we do this, just like the Israelites, we create our own idols.  Not golden calves, but idols of money, power, prestige, security, image and the like.  These idols cannot satisfy us, they cannot lead us anywhere except to our doom.

Instead we must wait patiently for the Lord.  Don’t disregard His commands, but hold faithful to the truth of His word. 

Join us this Friday night at 8:00PM as we encourage and pray for one another and for you. Find the prayer link on the church website or click the link below to join us:

https://zoom.us/j/96616492119?pwd=OTdpZGMyZ0ZjVjlwT0dnMjRWVFd4dz09


God Bless,
From your Pastors

PRAYER

Jan. 28, 2021

Does prayer really make a difference? I think we all ask this question at times. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-12 the Apostle Paul writes of a peril he and his friends had recently endured,

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul and his friends had gone through a very difficult time, but God had delivered them. We’re not told what the difficulty was, but it was serious enough for Paul to say that he despaired even of life – he did not think they were going to survive the ordeal. Something incredible happened as a result of that experience. Paul and his companions were reminded of their very real need for God. They learned to rely upon God and not on themselves. Fellow believers all around the ancient Roman world who had been praying for Paul were able to thank the Lord for His answer to their prayers.


On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 

You and I are constantly reminded by health and elected officials that we have a long way to go in this global pandemic. God’s Word reminds us that when we set our hope on Christ and his deliverance, and help one another by praying for each other, one day we will be able to thank the Lord for His gracious favour in answer to prayer.

Please continue to pray for the members of our congregation by name. We’re going to get through this difficult time together.


Join us this Friday night at 8:00PM as we pray to the One who continually intercedes on our behalf.

Please click on this link to join us:

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God Bless,

From your Pastors