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God Brews Childlikeness Amidst Corona

by Tyler Dirks

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” – God Becoming and being childlike sounds nice, but kids have no control over their lives. Kids are always being told what to do by bigger people, “Go outside and play,” “Come inside, it’s time […]

An Advent Poem In March

by Tyler Dirks

I’m a big fan of listening to Christmas music year ’round. I say, “Let us always be contemplating the incarnation!” I recently came across this poem by Cynthia Storrs, and – bottom line – I just couldn’t wait till December to share with y’all. Advent Reflection It is said, the end of a thing is […]

Serve The Purpose of God in Your Generation

by Tyler Dirks

During a brief breakfast meeting with The Maker this morning, He told me that I am supposed to, “Serve the purpose of God in my own generation (Acts 13:36).” And then I realized that one of my specific roles/calling is to circulate content like this 9 1/2 minute podcast. Please listen to this podcast for […]

Perspective & Priorities in 2020

by Tyler Dirks

Instead of New Year’s resolutions for 2020 I am sincerely inviting you to plan your funeral service. I know that sounds morbid, but in all seriousness if you want to prioritize what’s really important in 2020 then the best thing to do is consider what you want said, and who you want to be involved, […]

Becoming & Being Childlike [Part 1]

by Tyler Dirks

As a father of five I process approx. 235 lawsuits per/week. Kids are expert accountants, and they possess an innate knack for prosecution. However, roughly 234 ½ of the weekly charges filed get dismissed; and instead of proceeding to trial the “victim” is simply told, “Choose not to be mad; go play, have fun, be […]

Do you want joy?

by Tyler Dirks

Yesterday God sent his messenger Will Brian to tell us about JOY. For a somewhat nerdy definition of joy I suggest you contact Will directly, but I am compelled to share the following truths with you now: DON’T LET ANYTHING GET IN THE WAY OF GATHERING WITH YOUR SIBLINGS EVERY SUNDAY! God gives you joy […]

If You Dig You Get Diamonds

by Tyler Dirks

“If you rake, you get leaves. If you dig, you get diamonds.” – John Piper I attended a board meeting at the Simmons YMCA this morning. The meeting began with an earnest exhortation to thoroughly embrace the mission of the YMCA. So I decided to dig deep into the history of the YMCA to discover […]

Grandma’s Prayers: Part II

by Tyler Dirks

Once a month ECPC is contacted by her grandma (Christ Covenant Church) simply to ask, “How can we be praying for you?” In case you weren’t aware, ECPC’s mom is Uptown Church (Uptown CLT, NC), and our mom’s mom is Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC). I always enjoy receiving this inquiry from grandma because it […]

Grandma’s Prayers: Part I

by Tyler Dirks

Once a month ECPC is contacted by her grandma (Christ Covenant Church) simply to ask, “How can we be praying for you?” In case you weren’t aware, ECPC’s mom is Uptown Church (Uptown CLT, NC), and our mom’s mom is Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC). I always enjoy receiving this inquiry from grandma because it […]