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Songs For Summer

We are only 1 week into our Summer Series I am loving it. "SONGS FOR SUMMER" has come at just the right time for me. It is so easy for me to allow the pressures and troubles in life to stifle my praise. Yet in Psalm 34 we read."I will bless the LORD at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth." I am calling that PREEMPTIVE PRAISE. Choosing to praise ahead of time knowing that difficult times will always come. And Psalm 34 is birthed out of a difficult time in David's life.
I hope you will be blessed this summer with "SONGS FOR SUMMER"

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY JUNE 10TH. Bring a Salad or Dessert to share and the FRIED CHICKEN will be provided. After our Potluck the Covenant Members will stay for our Annual meeting.

Worship Service!!!


Worship  Service!!!

Worship service ???

I have always thought the phrase “worship service” was an interesting term to describe what happens on Sunday mornings in most churches. I get the “worship” part...but its’ the “service” piece that seems out of place. I am sure that phrase is connected to the Greek word -“leitourgia” from which we get our English word “liturgy”. If you do the spade work on this, it refers mostly to the priests who would “serve” and provide “service” to God and the worshipers. Yet it could be the many people who come to worship are not doing much “service”...but as one pastor said they SIT, SOAK AND SOUR. There is not much “worship” or “service” going on.

What if we changed our worship paradigm a bit. What we if worshiped God the way Jesus worshipped and honored His father. We do know that Jesus attended the synagogue for worship and learning and yet there was much more to His worship. Jesus whole life was a life of “service”. He was always active on behalf of people...He served them.

In our “selfie” culture it seems that many of the followers of Jesus have missed the example that Jesus set for them. We have our phones and our eyes focused more on ourselves than on others. We like to be served instead of serving.

I want to invite you to 2 new “worship services” this summer. A chance to worship through service.

June 3– Worship through service by meeting at City hall at 10 am to walk the waterfront trail and pick up litter...great for the whole family. BBQ at Timber Park at the end. Sign up on the connection card

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August 19– Worship through service by meeting at Estacada High School at 10 am for a clean up project to bless the teachers and students as they prepare to come back to school (more details coming) Sign up on the Connection card.

I hope at least 50 in our church family will attend these “out of the box” worship services. We will still have our regular “worship service” at our building. Let’s “be the church” and not just “attend church”.

With you in service for the King




I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness* You have afflicted me. Ps 119:75


I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous,

And that in faithfulness* You have afflicted me.

Ps 119:75


                To some people the truth in Psalm 119:75 is very troubling.  The idea that God would “afflict” one of His children is an unthinkable thought to people who have not thought deeply about the character of God and the purpose of God.  Jesus teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount that God is “our Father in heaven” and He gives “good gifts” to those who ask.   Yet in our thoughts “good gifts” would never include any kind of trouble or difficulty and certainly not being afflicted.  

But the truth of the matter is, God defines “good” much differently than we do….because God’s purposes are often much different than our purpose.  Jesus also teaches us to pray in His Sermon and the Mount.  And in His “model” prayer we see that the Glory of God the Kingdom of God and the Will of God come first…and then our needs come later.  This reveals that God is NOT all about making sure we have a nice comfortable, easy and pain free life.  God is all about seeing that His name is honored His Kingdom experienced and His will is done.   And the good news is that when those things happen it is “good” for us.  

                So, what if God “afflicted me” and it brought great glory to His name…and allowed me to experience His Kingdom in greater ways… and brought His will and purposes to light…then that “affiction” would be one of His “good gifts”.   And God would do all of this as a faithful good Father.

Just something to think about…

Love you all…please keep reading.



*The word “faithfulness”  °emunah is synonymous with tsedeq ("righteousness" — cf. Isa 11:5), with chesed ("lovingkindness" — cf. Ps 98:3, NASB), and with mishpat ("justice" cf. Jer 5:1).

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)


Summer Sermon Series “Songs for Summer”   Psalm 33-47 beginning June 3

Summer Service Series.   June 3– Worship through service by meeting at City hall at 10 am to walk the waterfront trail and pick up litter…great for the whole family.  BBQ at Timber Park at the end. 

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            July 8– after our 10 am worship gathering join in at Wade creek Park for Food, Faith and your Favorite dessert.   Just bring your Favorite dessert to share with someone.

August 19– Worship through service by meeting at Estacada High School at 10 am for a clean up project to bless the teachers as they prepare to come back to school (more details coming) Sign up on the Connection card.


I will build My Church......

Matthew 16:18

I will build My Church......

"I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”

Matt 16:18

                As I traveled with the TOT the last 2 weeks. it was wonderful to see how Jesus is continuing to build His church in India and Nepal.  I was so encouraged by the passion, simplicity and energy of our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world.  I was privileged (along with Chris and Jake) to speak the Word of God into their lives, yet I feel that I was blessed by them far more than they were by me.   

                I have returned physically tired yet spiritually encouraged.  I have returned with a desire to make sure we as a church family use God’s abundant blessings to us in ways that advance His Kingdom work more fully.  I want EFBC to be even a greater channel of God’s truth and grace to our community and to our world.  I am not sure what changes or new initiatives God is leading us to, but I am excited to step into to each one with you.  Are you ready?

                One of the things that I noticed in my time in India and Nepal was how simple and pure the worship of the believers was.   It reminded me of the concern that the Apostle Paul had for the church in Corinth….”But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor 11:3   Have you and I been deceived to think that there needs to be more than simple and pure devotion to Christ?   What else do we think we need?  What else have we come to expect?   What else is more important?   May the Holy Spirit reveal to each of us how we might be deceived in making Jesus less than He should be in our lives.

                See you on Sunday….if I fall asleep in my sermon please …someone wake me up!!!!




Matthew 5:44


Are you a "good for nothing"?

I heard a new twist on the phrase “good for nothing.” A man recalled one of his early Sunday School teachers telling his class of 5th grade boys to be “good for nothing”. Once he had their attention he went on to explain to them that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the mount to love and do good for those who can do NOTHING in return. So he taught the boys to “do good to people and expect nothing in a GOOD FOR NOTHING young man.”

I love that idea, and pray we can all be GOOD FOR NOTHING in our families, community and church.

I am leaving in about 4 hours with 15 other GOOD FOR NOTHINGS to travel to India and Nepal to serve our brothers and sister there and reach out in various ways. Pray that the GOOD WE DO will have ETERNAL VALUE even if we get NOTHING in return.

Matt 5:44-48 "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Love you all




“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”. John 10:10


"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation

and go to the grave with the song still in them."


I suppose Thoreau is in fact correct.   Maybe the word “desperation” is a bit strong, I might use the word frustration.   And as I think about either a life of “quiet desperation” or “quiet frustration” I cannot help but think of Jesus words….  “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”. John 10:10 Certainly, this does not mean that we can expect a problem free life or a pain free life or even a long life.   Yet Jesus statement is full of hope that life even with all the problems and pains our lives can be abundant and full.  As I listened to those who shared an April Cox’s celebration of life I was struck with the message of hope.   April’s life was full of challenges of many kinds and yet Jesus desire for April was to give His abundance.   I need to be reminded daily that my desire to live in His abundance has nothing to do with the circumstances around me, but about recognizing His presence with me.   I can make that sound very easy as I type it, and yet don’t we all know how hard that really is at times!!!

If Jesus came so that I can have abundant life here and now I will continue to look for Him to show up and make Himself known in my frustration so that my life will be lived far above the level of “quiet desperation”.

Praying for you.


Ponder These Things

Luke 2:19

Ponder These Things

But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

I have always been intrigued by this short verse in Luke’s account of the Christmas Story.   2 verbs are used to capture Mary’s response to the extraordinary events recorded earlier…she treasured them and pondered them.   Now if you are a mom (and I am not) they are words you can relate to concerning your children.   I am always amazed at the things that have been tucked away and treasured in my wife’s heart concerning our children.  She remembers details of events that I don’t even remember being at.    She ponders deeply her children and grandchildren and they are often…no …. always on her mind.  It is really a beautiful thing.   Mary even more so, as she loved her first born son as any mom would, but then pondering what it might mean that her first born son is the long-awaited Messiah.

Can I ask, now that your Christmas celebrating has passed, what are you pondering and treasuring in your heart?   Were there some moments in this last week that were meaningful for you?  Were there some conversations that you treasured and want to follow up on?   Or are you anxious to get back to “normal” and leave Christmas behind.  I must admit I identify more with that last statement.   I struggle often with the pondering and treasuring of important and meaningful moments - I fear that I often miss the deep impact of many events because I don’t slow down and take it all in.

Back to Mary.  One of the things that has intrigued me about this short verse in Luke’s account of the Christmas story is wondering why it is recorded for us. Why is it important that we know that Mary pondered and treasured these first moments in her son’s life?  Maybe is has to do with the last moments of her son’s life.  Scripture tells us that Mary was present with John and was close to the foot of Jesus’ cross.  Close enough that Mary could hear Jesus talk to her.   Could it be that the only way Mary could bear the last moments of her son’s life was because she treasured and pondered the first moments of her son’s life.   Maybe it was as she drew deep from the memories she treasured in her heart about son’s birth, and recalled how the shepherds worshiped Him that she found the courage to watch Him die.  Maybe the first moments of His life helped her endure the last moments of His life.   Maybe that’s why Luke 2:19 is recorded for us.

If any of this “dot connecting” is correct then as we come to the end 2017 let’s find a moment to do some treasuring and pondering ….maybe we will need to draw on those memories in the coming year.  Maybe the Lord is preparing us for 2018 as we take the time to reflect a bit more deeply on 2017

Something to think about anyway.



THE JOURNEY 2018 – are you going with us?   I need to know.   Just reply to this email and let me know so I can try to encourage and help along the way.   If you don’t have the READ SCRIPTURE APP yet I encourage you to down load it and become familiar with it.  You can set it up to send you a reminder each day to take your next steps on THE JOURNEY.

JUST FOR THE CHILDREN – Parents have you seen the Picture Bible?  It’s a great way to get your children into God’s Word.  We have some of these Picture Bibles for you, so you can help your kids JOURNEY through God’s word also.  More about these Bibles this Sunday morning.

EFBC APP – The EFBC APP is going to be a great asset as we head into 2018.  I encourage you to get the EFBC APP on your smart phone…and make sure you go into settings and enable the notifications.  That way we can let you know immediately about things like… slick roads…cancelled programs…important reminders.  

And the Word became flesh

John 1:4

And the Word became flesh

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,

John 1:14

I held my new grandson this week...Titus David Dodrill. He is a good looking little guy, but, when I held him, I was reminded again just how vulnerable, weak and dependent new born babies are. There is really nothing they can do for themselves except cry and let people know to pay attention to them.

The creator of the universe became vulnerable, weak and dependent by taking on flesh in order to save us. This boggles my mind every time I ponder it. What an amazing plan. As I see my grandson on Christmas Eve I will be prompted in a new way to be in awe of Jesus and worship Him.

Merry Christmas.



Sunday morning service Dec. 24th....regular time ..10 am.

Candlelight Christmas Eve service 7 PM – Good stuff...bring your family.

THE JOURNEY begins Jan 1, 2018. We are JOURNEYING through the entire Bible in 2018. You can use the JOURNEY MAP or the JOURNEY APP ( or you can just go to THE JOURNEY on our EFBC APP and get to the readscripture app.

Some of you might be a bit intimidated about reading the entire Bible in a year. BUT DID YOU KNOW the Bible has about 800,000 words and the average person (that’s you) can read about 250-300 words per minute? THAT’S LESS THAN 10 MINUTES A DAY. SO, LET’S DO IT. Let me know if you are going on THE JOURNEY with us.

Every Sunday night at 7 pm some of us will gather at THE GRIND to read through the current week's scripture and hang out to talk about it if you want.

Wise Worship

Matthew 2:2-3

Wise Worship


"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?

For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

Matt 2:2-3

My mind is pondering what WISE WORSHIP is? The Magi (Wisemen) were looking for Jesus so they could WORSHIP HIM? And it is interesting to see what that meant for them. Bowing down, giving gifts, obeying. Certainly, there are some great applications to us today as we look at how the Magi(Wisemen) worshiped...but we will talk about that more on Christmas Eve morning as we light the 4th Advent candle.

Until then I want to leave you with a great quote from AW Tozer concerning worship

"Man’s nature indicates that he was created for three things: To think, to worship and to work. But thinking is not enough. Men are made to worship also, to bow down and adore in the presence of the Mystery inexpressible. Man’s mind is not the top peak of his nature. Higher than his mind is his spirit, that something within him which can engage the supernatural, which under the breath of the Spirit can come alive and enter into conscious communion with heaven, can receive the divine nature and hear and feel and see the ineffable wonder that is God. When, therefore, an institution dedicated to the growth and development of the thinking person seeks at the same time to turn this thinker into a worshiper, our debt to that institution becomes all the greater. So many schools on every level are content to train the intellect, forgetting that they are dealing with but part of the man-an important part certainly, but a part only. The wise of the world who have not learned to worship are but demi-men, unformed and rudimentary. Their further development awaits the life-giving touch of Christ to wake them to spiritual birth and life eternal." AW Tozer

Hope to see some of you tonight at the 1st showing of the Children’s Christmas Musical. Starts promptly at 7 PM. Tomorrow’s showing is 2:00 PM

This Sunday (Dec. 17) we light the 3rd candle of Advent – the Candle of Obedience.

Candle Light Christmas Eve service 7-8 PM

DEAD LINE – If you are making a financial gift to the church that you want recorded on your 2017 financial giving record it MUST be received by Sunday morning Dec. 31. Any gifts that come in after that time will be recorded in 2018.


THANKFUL year round

Romans 1:25

THANKFUL  year round

Thanksgiving….continued. It would be GREAT if we could continue Thanksgiving all year round!! No…not the continual eating of food…but the continual giving of thanks. Why is it that we often fall back into a less than thankful state of being? I certainly recognize that downward tendency in my own life, how bout you? I wonder if it has something to do with a wrong focus. By that I mean, a wrong focus on the GIFTS we have instead of the GIVER OF THE GIFTS. I wonder if we are really much like those mentioned in Romans 1:25 who “worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator “NIV This seems to relate to what John Piper writes in his devotional book Godward life. “God is not glorified if the foundation of our gratitude is the worth of the gift and not the excellency of the Giver. If gratitude is not rooted in the beauty of God before the gift, it is probably disguised idolatry” (Godward Life, 214). He goes on to say that appreciation without devotion treats God “like a tool or a machine to produce the things I really love.” As we move to the end of 2017 may we be so fixed on Jesus that all the “gifts” lose their attraction and we are more attracted to Him. Attached is a short video that Chris Ernst passed on to some of us on Thanksgiving Day. THANKS CHRIS. Take and look that let’s have THANKSGIVING …CONTINUED. PastorBrent hkc LET THERE BE LIGHTS. – If you need some lights for your house or shop please check out the Gym for lights that we removed from our facility when we upgraded. THEY ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

Acceptable to God approved by men

Acceptable to God approved by men



…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,

 but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Rom 14:17-19


                This is an intriguing passage.   This passage mentions what most of us really want in life.  We want to be “acceptable to God and approved by men.”  Maybe we aren’t consciously thinking about being “acceptable to God and approved by men,” 24/7 but certainly this motivates us to some degree in the choices we make each day.   The context of this passage is very important and when we look into the context we can be greatly encouraged. 

                The Apostle Paul is writing to the Corinthian believers for many reasons (they had lots and lots of issues in the church) and one of those reasons was a conflict that surfaced in the church because some people bought food in the market place that had been part of the pagan religious system of the day.  Not only did they buy it they also ate it.   The Apostle is normally not reluctant to tell the churches exactly what to do, but in this case, he refuses to do that.  Instead he points out another principle to live by.   Rom 14:13 “determine this — not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way.”    And then goes on to say basically that it’s really not about if you eat the food or not…what really matters is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

                And here is the encouragement.   To be “acceptable to God and approved by men,” is not about having all the conflicts ironed out…. or all the questions answered…. or even making all the “right” choices in life.   Lord knows that the conflicts and disagreements come up daily, and the questions multiply each time you think you found an answer.  To be “acceptable to God and approved by men” is all about serving Christ with “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

                So in the midst of our conflicts and in the fuzziness of our questions and the doubt about our decisions lets rejoice in the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ that has been given to us, enjoy the PEACE we have with God through Christ and share the JOY the HOLY SPIRIT gives to us in the moment.

With you for Him!!!



FIRESIDE SEATING now open for you.  Tomorrow Nov. 5th our Fireside Room Seating is open for you.   You can go directly into the Fireside room and the coffee will be hot and the Fireplace will be warm.  There are some tables to sit around as well as a few rows of chairs.   If you have children you are welcome to take them with you and in the future when we dismiss the children to Children’s Ministry you can send them back through the Worship Center to the Children’s Ministry wing.   Go ahead and check it out and let us know what you think!

TIME CHANGE – You can come to church tomorrow at 10:00 am or you if prefer to NOT SET YOUR CLOCK BACK…. you can come at 9:15 am and listen to the worship team rehearse, or help make coffee for the rest of us who will arrive a little before 10 am  (SMILE)  EITHER WAY…SEE YOU TOMORROW.

The End of The Beginning

Genesis 50:26

The End of The Beginning

Gen 50:26
They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

I just finished reading through the “book of beginnings” - the book of Genesis. I actually listened through it this time and I noticed something different as I listened, I noticed how the “book of beginnings” ends. Gen 50:26 “They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” The “book of beginnings” that tells us that God BEGAN everything... BEGAN again with Noah....BEGAN His covenant with Abraham...BEGAN the 12 tribes through Jacob....but then it ends with Jacob’s favorite son embalmed in a coffin in Egypt. What a sad way to end the “book of beginnings”.
That made me think of how many times in my life things began well, but ended poorly. Began hopeful but ended hopeless. Began promising but ended in despair. Can you think of times in your life when things began well but seemed to end poorly? Maybe you are at one of those "bad endings" right now.
But if we go back shortly before Joseph was embalmed and in a coffin, we hear what he tells his brothers. Gen 50:25 "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here." He knows he is going to die. He knows the people are in a foreign land? And yet he knows for sure that God has another BEGINNING in store for His people.
We are never at the end of God’s beginnings. His mercies are new every morning. His grace is sufficient for each day. His plans are ongoing even when it seems like we are can’t keep going. It could be that the END is just the BEGINNING.

With you

FIRESIDE SEATING. – Check it out Sunday Nov. 5th. You might really like the environment in the Fireside room as you can sit around a table, and even stand up if you just can’t sit very long. Acoustical panels go up at the end of Oct and it will be READY FOR YOU ON NOV. 5TH.


Matthew 9:36-37




                I have been wanting to write down some thoughts in light of the recent event in Las Vegas….but I feel a bit numb to it all.  I say that by way of confession.  I don’t want to be numb…I don’t want to grow callused to human tragedy….I don’t want to grow insensitive to the pain of people.  Yet when I first heard the news of the shooting in Las Vegas my immediate response was not shock or horror but more of a sad resignation and apathy.  Lord forgive me!!!! 

                I don’t know how you respond to wave after wave of tragic news that you hear.   Let’s pray for each other that we never lose at sense of repulsion toward evil…and that we never lose a sense of compassion for those who are caught in the cross fire of evil.   May we be more like Jesus who “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt 9:36-37

                Let’s allow these events to deaden our attachment to this world and enliven our longing for the Kingdom of God to be seen more and more in it’s beauty and for King Jesus to be acknowledged as the only answer to the fallenness of mankind.

                Let’s gather tomorrow morning and worship the King, and be reminded of His truth.  Hope to see you then.

Pastor Brent



Psalm 1-2



                Last Sunday, we began a series in Psalm 1-2 called The Blessed Life.  Following the sermon, just before moving into worship songs Linzee said something about #blessedlife.   Now at the time I didn’t think much of it, because I really don’t get this “hashtag” thing.  So, I did a bit of research.  Here is the result of my research (for those of you who don't already know) “People use the hashtag symbol (#) before a relevant keyword or phrase in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter search. Clicking or tapping on a hashtagged word in any message shows you other Tweets that include that hashtag.”  Got it?  So now I am a bit interested in this # stuff… but not enough to start tweeting.  But I am wondering what a blessed life would look like in “tweetville”.   What do people really think about when they think about a “blessed life”.   I wonder if anyone thinks of a “blessed life” as a life that blesses others.  Blessings are not to be hoarded but passed on.   Read Gen 12:1-4 and see how the blessing that God gave to Abram was to ultimately be a blessing “all the nations”.   God is not stingy with His blessing and nor should we be.   For many people, the only way they will know that God can provide a blessed life is if someone who has a blessed life blesses them.   Sometimes it doesn’t take much.

                Join me and some others at the Skate Park this Sunday Sept. 10th after church as we #efbcburgerbless others. (nice huh???)  Hit reply if you would like to join in on the blessing.  Tom Filaroski will be cooking the burgers and dogs…Pastor Scott will have everything else we need….so come and hand out some burgers.

See ya






                I’m reading through the Gospel of Matthew in preparation for our fall series and this morning was re-reading the Sermon on the Mount.  You are familiar with what we call the “Beatitudes”….remember this one,

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6

                I was struck by this promise of being “satisfied”.  The word means to be “filled” and has the idea of abundance and sufficiency.   The same word is used in Philippians when the Apostle Paul speaks of being content because of the Lord’s provision for him.   I love this promise of being “satisfied”, but there is a catch to it.   I will only be “satisfied” if I “hunger and thirst for righteousness”.   When my heart desires and thirsts after things that are either contrary to or inconsistent with righteousness then I am left unsatisfied and disappointed.  I am sure all of us can recognize that experience of being unsatisfied with life when our hearts and minds are set on the wrong desires.   It happens all too often to me.   How bout you?   Jesus is often called the “righteous one” in scripture and if we keep Him in our thoughts and in our focus then our hearts “hunger and thirst for righteousness”.  Not a righteous of our own but a righteousness that can only be found in Jesus. 

Thirst on….

“ALL I NEED” – We continue this coming Sunday in our series in Psalm 23.  “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul;”     PARENTS – all Children will be dismissed into the Fireside room for a short time prior to the sermon and then return for the sermon and communion.   The purpose is 2-fold.  1) VBS starts on Monday and we want to introduce them to the theme of VBS and some of the songs.  2) The Redemption Story being shared prior to the sermon has some sensitive topics in it that we want to shield the children from.    Thanks for working with us.   You can call me if you have questions about this.  THANKS PB  

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