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Gabe Brennan
May 30, 2017

A good kind of heartburn

“They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while we talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures’.” – Luke 24:32. There is a bad kind of heartburn: The kind that comes from a failure to digest and process certain foods, causing a burning sensation. And […]

January 30, 2017

Further thoughts on God’s sovereignty

A few weeks backs we explored the topic of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. I hope you were encouraged. The bigness of God is not meant to threaten our freedom. It is meant to enhance it. The power of God looks pretty fantastic when we stack it up against our own weakness. We are fragile. […]

November 9, 2016

Grace Downstream

The gospel is counter-cultural.  It goes against the normal way of thinking. The world goes down stream and the gospel goes up. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The paradoxes are enormous. The weak are the strong ones. The ones who can see are actually blind. The found are the most lost. We get […]

September 12, 2016

Where do we go from here?

God’s people have always been on the move.  Noah builds a giant boat big enough to hold a zoo.  Abraham leaves his homeland to explore a new land in which he would never really settle down.  The prophets like Elijah and Elisha never put roots down in a town or village. King David lived in […]

May 9, 2016

Work: Necessary evil or divine good?

The alarm bells go off and your night of sleep is over. You stumble out of bed and head for the coffee pot to get your morning jolt of caffeine.  A bowl of cereal or oatmeal, goodbye to the family and you’re out the door. You work at least 8 hours and drive an hour […]

April 4, 2016

Are you still dreaming?

Are you still dreaming? We all know what it is like to be abruptly woken up from a dream.  Sometimes, it’s a good thing. Sometimes you wish you hadn’t been.  A few days ago, our oldest boy woke up in the morning, saying, “Mommy, my dream died.” He had been enjoying some pleasant experience (probably […]

November 9, 2015

East Balsam Beacon November 2015

Click here for the latest newsletter from East Balsam:   East Balsam Beacon-Oct-Nov-Dec–2015

October 13, 2015

Keep it up!

There are no shortcuts to Christian maturity.  It involves an all out, head to toe, lifelong pursuit of becoming like Jesus by the power of Jesus. And it’s not for the faint of heart.  There will be some serious setbacks on this journey, some self-inflicted, some thrown at us by our adversary the devil but […]

October 6, 2015

Love and Law

My family and I were sitting down for breakfast awhile back and I was reading out of Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible). Psalm 119 is a magnificent portrait of the beauty of God’s instructions.  It is like a poem with each stanza beginning with a letter of the Hebrews alphabet and there […]

January 8, 2015

Mission matters

Mission matters. But Jesus matters more.   Last summer, I sat down with the Deacons at Oak Forest Retreat Center and we spent 3 hours discussing goals and vision for the coming year.  The big question we put before ourselves was this: why does our church exist? The answer to that question will determine the […]

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