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When the Switch Flips

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I’m a slow learner...really. I always have been. My peers in school would grab a new concept quickly and it seemed like their ability to excel in school was second nature to them, while I was overwhelmed and confused. I spent hours getting C’s and they would spend a few minutes and get an A. There has been a benefit though...even though it takes me longer to learn something, once the switch flips it sticks. Whatever the subject was, whoever the character we were studying; I can remember concepts from Middle School like I’m still in the room when the switch flipped.

Maybe you aren’t a slow learner in school, maybe it all came really easy (I’m married to one of those!), but there are other areas in our lives where switches get flipped too. Easter creates a unique moment for lots of people who never come to church or who only come a couple times a year. For them it’s not about hearing some new argument or the best song they’ve ever sung, it’s about God flipping their switch. I can remember significant moments in my spiritual life where God has flipped a switch of understanding or experience that takes me to another level of understanding or depth in my walk with Him.

It can be easy to prioritize our own traditions on weekends like this one and forget that God is going to flip the switch for a lot of people and if we’re willing to flex just a little, that group can be even bigger. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who are coming on Saturday night, serving at some point throughout the weekend or even parking in the overflow lot. Your commitment to our community is what allows us to reach more people and see God flip the switches of a lot of people and families over the next few days.

Let’s pray together that the thousands upon thousands God will bring can have the kind of connection to our community and the resurrection that empowers an echo for years to come.

Grace and peace,

Phil

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Who are you Inviting?

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During the last few weeks we have been in a series that focuses on how we relate to God and grow in the valleys of our lives. As a part of this series we have introduced a new song called, “Reckless Love.”

Several of the lines of this song echo a passage from Jesus in Luke 15 where Jesus shares His priorities. “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7). Many of us know what it’s like to have God come after us as the one who strayed. A lot of people at Eastern Hills have been found by God after they gave up on Him or church at some point in their past. Often the connection point to coming back to God is through a relationship where someone invited them to try a different kind of church at Eastern Hills.

Easter is one of those special moments where people are expecting to connect with faith, even if it’s just a cultural expectation of church. Our hope is that people who have found it to be so much more than that (people like you!), can help others find the same hope. Even if your friends or family don’t expect to meet God in our time together, we have seen God meet people so often in those moments of invitation.

I want to personally encourage you to remember what it felt like to be the one that God pursued. And, as you remember that, ask God to help you see that person in your life who God wants to pursue through you! Finally, ask for the courage to hope that Easter could grow for you this year—that it would be about the new life you found through the resurrection of Jesus and that it would also be about the new life He offers to other people in your life.

Praying for boldness,

Pastor Phil

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