See me. Hear me. Want me.

by Tyler Dirks

The 3 BIG questions all of us are asking all the time: Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do you want me?   This is the subtext of our entire life. Kids are asking their parents, siblings, teachers, classmates, etc. Husbands are asking their wives. Wives are asking their husbands. People are asking […]

Hurricane Florence

by Tyler Dirks

The ECPC call center has been getting slammed with people wanting advice and explanations re: Hurricane Florence. The explanation is – – – > God is authoring and perfecting faith. God is removing flabby “worship”, and supplanting it with a sturdy obsession aimed at our Maker. The advice is – – – > Fix your […]

Women’s Retreat 2018

by Jason Piteo

“A Handmaiden of the LORD” Signup using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/McVTK00kSIRTNtZy1 Who are we as women chosen of God? What does it mean to be a woman, not a man? A simple but profound answer is “a servant.” Luke 1:38. What is our primary calling as women, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, church members, neighbors and laborers? Do […]

No Guilt In Life, No Fear In Death

by Tyler Dirks

Guilt and fear are prominent and perennial forces in our lives. There is constant pressure to pay attention to, and participate in, the riotous assortment of advertisements, invitations, and the never-ending “news” coverage and media feeds. It is overwhelming and oppressive, but we’ve never been good at acknowledging our smallness or embracing our limits; so […]

Revival

by Tyler Dirks

My friend Ray recently made a comment about revival that resonated with me. Ray said, “Revival isn’t when people outside the church get converted, it is when people inside the church get converted.” I know what it’s like to be an unbeliever. Not simply because I used to be an unbeliever, but because I still […]

Spiritual Warfare

by Tyler Dirks

Yesterday I received a call about an attack. I’m not talking about the kind of attack that you can physically see, quantify, and measure …I’m talking about a Real attack. We quickly called in the big guns, and then went to bed. I have been in communication with the Boss/BigGuns since last night, and the […]

Vision

by Tyler Dirks

I am currently preparing for a leadership retreat in September, and therefore I’ve been pouring over ECPC’s vision vocabulary (e.g. See. Savor. Serve. …Marriage, Family, Feasting). If I had to add two more “S” words I would choose “Steadfast” and “Style.” By steadfast I mean to emphasize the fact that, on one hand, we are […]

Depression

by Tyler Dirks

Something of a disconsolate mood has befallen me recently. Jeremiah’s experience with despondency has been a refuge for me. Jeremiah (amidst much dismay) says, “Your Words were found, and I ate them, and Your Words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O LORD, […]

Enter The Joy of Our Author [EJOA]

by Tyler Dirks

At the outset of 2018 I decided to research joy. Here’s an overview of what I have discovered so far: Joy comes from looking at Jesus [Looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at […]

Insomnia

by Tyler Dirks

My best friend has insomnia. I have known about insomnia for a long time, but until recently I haven’t mourned with those who mournfully suffer from it. How miserable, not being able to sleep. Like everything in life, I require a lot of help when it comes to lamenting, and praying, for the issues and […]