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A Father’s Love

By Pastor Tim Eaton

There is a Randy Travis song from many years ago called, “Raise Him Up.” The lyrics talk about what a son can do with a father’s love: “I’ll provide for him; Walk beside of him; I am strong enough; Cause it’s time he knew what a son can do with a father’s love; He can change the world.”

There is a profound strength that can come from a father’s love. His family leadership can instill great characteristics in his children: courage, drive, determination, and love, just to name a few. Children can learn how to change the world with a father’s love…just look at Jesus.

Jesus came into this world for us, and His Father loved and praised Him for it. “And the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased,’” (Luke 3:22). Jesus often spoke about the greatness of His Father’s love – never wavering; never ending.

The Apostle, Paul, repeatedly calls us all “children of God.” In fact, God loved us so much that he sent His precious Son to die for us so we can spend eternity with Him. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

As a parent, can you imagine that kind of love? Jesus says there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends. He did that willingly. Because of His Father’s love, Jesus changed the world.

As we celebrate our dads this Father’s Day, remember the ultimate example of God the Father. Patient, Protective, Wise, Understanding, and Forgiving. With a Father’s love, you can change the world.

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling…”

Tim Eaton

Tim Eaton

By Pastor Tim Eaton

We pass an old picture in the hallway.  We see friends begin a new love.  A romantic movie touches our hearts.

Whatever it is, we sometimes wonder where the love in our own life has gone.  It seems like most everything around us is designed to drain the last drop of romance or love out of our lives.  Long hours of work (or worries about a lack of work), busing the kids all over town, trying to keep the house clean, paying the bills – all of this leaves us exhausted and frustrated…anything but in the mood for love.

We misunderstand love as an emotion, but think about it.  Where do those emotions come from?  Actions create those emotions.  That’s why we call it a “romantic gesture”, something has been done that shows us love.  Love is action.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers,” (1 John 3:16).

What we might miss is that if we don’t feel very loving, doing something loving can recreate love in us just as much as it makes someone else feel loved.

If you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling this Valentine’s season, then lay down all the things in your life that have put an end to your love and do something for the one you love.  If you need help, drop the kids off at our Kid’s Night Out, held on Fri., Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Harada Elementary – and give the gift of time to the one you love.

Pastor Tim Eaton is from Edgewater Lutheran Church.  Services are on Sundays at 10am at Harada Elementary,12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA  92880.  For more information, please visit http://www.EdgewaterEastvale.org.

A Great-Full Heart

Tim Eaton

Tim Eaton

By Pastor Tim Eaton

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Are you ready for it? I don’t mean do you have all the trappings of a fabulous turkey dinner or your plans all set to see family and friends.  I mean are you ready to give thanks?  Have you started already, or do you not yet have enough to be thankful for?  As Thanksgiving approaches do you have a grateful heart or are you continually seeking more?

It’s hard to be grateful when it seems we don’t have enough.  It may seem like there is never enough time, money, resources, or help.  It’s not only hard to be grateful, it’s easy to be scared; scared that there isn’t enough, we won’t have what we need, and won’t get what we want.  When a lack of stuff scares us it isn’t long before we lash out at others – afraid they will take, use, or loose what should be ours.  It’s no wonder that an attitude of scarcity grows like a hunger in us that can never be satisfied.

But is it possible we actually have more than we need?  Maybe we have so much we don’t even realize it could be put to better use.  Perhaps it could be better appreciated instead of squandered.

King David wrote Psalm 23 while he was clearly in danger of being killed by his enemies.  It may have been written during one of the many times he fled his own kingdom to find safety (“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…in the presence of my enemies”).  It is likely he took little with him for the journey.  From the attitude of scarcity he seems to have nothing.  But David sees life from an attitude of abundance saying things like: “I lack nothing” and “my cup overflows.” His heart is Great and Full, not because of what he has, but because he trusts that God will graciously provide all that he truly needs.  A Great and Full heart is the antidote to the hunger of scarcity.  Have your heart filled every Sunday at Edgewater.

P.S. – Mark your calendars, Comedian Nazareth will be at Edgewater, January 2 and 3.

Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshiping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880;http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.

Seasons Change

Tim Eaton

Tim Eaton

By Pastor Tim Eaton

If you live in Southern California, the weather may not have cooled and palm trees rarely loose their leaves, but there is still a change in the air.

It’s a season of stress:  back to school, sports, dance, scouts, and clubs – they all compete for precious little time as fall gets going.  I know our house has a frightful schedule.  We carefully plot out the calendar, and who is taking whom where and when.  We try to find the ever-elusive balance so we don’t lose our minds.

Recently, though, I was introduced to a revolutionary idea: Seasons – “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

The trouble with “balance” is that it seems to suggest that the scheduling fiasco and the frantic juggling will never end.  Thus, we have to shoehorn the balance of time into our schedule as well.  But seasons realize this frenzy won’t last forever.

Seasons give us something to look forward to and motivation to work hard for a specific time.  In his book, “Do-Over,” Jon Acuff advocates “30 Days of Hustle.”  Think about that; you could potentially withstand anything for 30 days.  And, you could keep up your intensity, too.

Now I realize that the soccer season is more than 30 days.  So is a semester.  So is your project at work.  But the rest of the country fits four seasons in a year – so maybe your seasons shouldn’t go past three months either.  You need a break; something to look forward to…real rest.

So, if you are in a frenzied season, take heart.  Get out your calendar and put a finish line where the frenzy ends.  Push hard to get there.  And when you arrive, truly enjoy your hard earned rest.  Yes, there are things that won’t get done until then, but then you can finally give them the time they deserve.

If you need a little rest along the way – a taste of the light at the end of the tunnel – join us on Sundays.  And our Women’s Ministry will be doing a quick Bible Study, “Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays,” on Wednesday nights beginning Oct. 28 (its only four weeks long!).

Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshiping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880;http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.

Eastvale: Free VBS Returns

By Claire Lewis

Eastvale – Once again, Edgewater Lutheran Church brings Vacation Bible School (VBS) to summertime in Eastvale.  This event – free for children 4  to 12 years of age – not only helps to provide a foundation in faith, but the kids have fun, are completely engaged in the program, and enjoy being with friends, old and new.

The theme this year is, “Everest:  Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.” The program will take your children on an icy expedition where they will learn to overcome obstacles that will help them with life’s challenges based upon Bible truths.  There are group sessions, learning pods, sciency-fun gizmos, and amazing music!

Edgewater is very passionate about their VBS program, and they look forward to providing it for the community each summer.  Senior Pastor, Tim Eaton, says, “Come and join us for the most fun week of summer for the kids – and the most relaxing week of summer for the parents.  It’s a blessing for everyone!”

VBS will be held Monday through Friday, July 20 to 24, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily; at Ramirez Middle School (6905 Harrison Avenue, Eastvale).  Not only is the program free, but dinner is provided each day.

Registration is now open online at:  http://edgewaterlutheran.org/#/events/vacation-bible-school.

Edgewater worships each Sunday, 10 a.m., at Harada Elementary (12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale).

Christmas Nightmares

 

Pastor Tim Eaton Edgewater LutherenBy Pastor Tim Eaton

 

The Christmas season can be full of nightmares:  loved ones are too far away, loneliness, dealing with extended family, choosing the right gift (or receiving the wrong gift with gratitude and a smile), stressing over the holiday dinner, splitting time between multiple families, and spending way too much on all of it.

 

All of these things can create stress because we have lost sight of who Christmas is all about:  Jesus.

 

“Nightmares Without Christmas?”  Everyone can have one, but will they also get the true gift of Christmas?  From these nightmares we can wake up to lasting hope and joy when we discover the real miracle of Christmas.

 

The Christmas account from Matthew 1:22-23 includes these words, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us”.  What an amazing gift, that God would enter our world to let us know that we are not alone.  We don’t have to overcome our nightmares or create the perfect Christmas by ourselves.  He has come to bring light into our darkness.

 

Come discover the hope of Jesus for your Christmas Nightmares, Sundays at 10:00 a.m., with a special Candlelight Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 6:00 p.m.  This is a Christmas Eve service that families and friends will love.

 

Edgewater Lutheran Church, worshipping at Harada Elementary, is located at 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880.  Contact them at (951) 479-5575, or visit their website at www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.

 

 

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