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Gabe Brennan
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 […]

June 9, 2014

East Balsam Beacon Summer 2014

Click below for our most recent newsletter! EBBC Newsletter Summer 2014

June 3, 2014

When Tradition meets Mission

What do you think of when you hear the word “tradition?” Rules? Boring? Stuffy? Fiddler on the Roof? The word tradition has both negative and positive connotations. If you have a family tradition that involved carving out a turkey every Thanksgiving and then taking a nap, you probably think of tradition as a good thing. […]

March 25, 2014

Why I love birthdays

Birthdays are fantastic reminders of how small we really are and how big God really is. Here are a few thoughts to think about when your birthday rolls around: 1)  There was a time when I was not. (God has always existed) 2)  There will be a day when I die. (God has overcome death […]

March 24, 2014

Why grocery store lots are full

Have you driven by a grocery store lately? I just drove by one a few hours ago and wasn’t at all surprised by what I saw: cars.  In other words, people.  What is about grocery stores that make them so popular anyway? The answer is easy: food.  Food, among other things, is necessary for human […]

March 19, 2014

Where are you hiding?

Do you remember playing Hide and Seek as a child? I do. Me and my brothers and friends played a grand version of hide and seek on 10 acres surrounding our country house. It was a ton of fun.   A few of us would hide and the rest would “seek.” Sometimes games would last for […]

November 19, 2013

Vintage Small Groups

Perhaps you have been a part of something called a “small group” in the past. A small group is literally a small number of people getting together to pray and study the Bible together. Many churches do it and many churches are trying to build a small group ministry. But is that really a biblical […]

November 4, 2013

How the Church grows

I was never very good at math. Sure I could add, subtract, divide and multiply but that was as far as my brain could take me. In 9th grade I was plunged into geometry and a year after that it was algebra 2.  I spent those years swimming in deep, muddy waters out way over […]

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