“These past 10 months have sorely tried our bodies and our souls. The challenges of life in the midst of a pandemic are great indeed.
In this article, I want to describe three threats to our peace of mind in this season and to offer some hope and counsel from the scriptures…”
The Importance of Knowing our Neighbors
Our recent icestorm reminded us that neighbors need one another. Chuck Blystone shares a story from Joplin, MO, and a lesson that he will never forget.
NEWS & HAPPENINGS
Each weekday, join one of our pastors for a brief time of spiritual encouragement and prayer. Now you can listen to Facebook Live Prayer Time through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Podbean. Find the links here.
Youth Ministry Recent Photos
A Little Gnome On The Roam
Our Youth Ministry has been staying connected during the pandemic through Jerome the Gnome! Pastor Walt started Jerome’s journey in November and he has passed from house to house since then. Our students drop off Jerome on someone’s front porch where they are asked to bring him in, add to Jerome’s story book, and take a selfie before passing him along to someone else within the group. Check out the rest of the photos and story of A Gnome Named Jerome on the East White Oak Youth Ministries’ Instagram account!
VITAL SIGN SPOTLIGHT
Rooted in Scripture
By Pastor Traig Whittaker
I’m not much of a green thumb but I do know this about gardening, if you are going to have a fruitful garden or a beautiful garden then what you don’t see of the plant is just as important as what you do see of the plant. In what kind of soil has the plant been rooted? It’s vital to each plant’s health.
“Rooted in Scripture” is one of East White Oak’s Vital Signs.
Being “rooted in” molds and influences when that in which someone is rooted is used as a foundation. So, for one to be Rooted in Scripture would mean that the Bible informs and transforms their living. It is the basis on which one is “formed, made, or developed”. May we be Rooted in Scripture. It’s vital to our spiritual health. Learn more about our focus at East White Oak.
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
Salvation belongs to God, not to us. He both begins it and completes it. God’s love for us is demonstrated by His gift of His Son to die in our place. We deserved the wages of eternal death. God’s gift of His Son means eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.