Just A Thought

April 13, 2017 dbrickhouse
The calendar is often spoken of in terms of “Seasons”. We’ve experienced a ‘teaser’ of sorts recently with unseasonably warm days followed by frigid temps. I would like to speak to a ‘season of sorts’ today. Over twelve years ago I received a phone call from Ed Spivey. In his distinctive deep voice he began
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April 6, 2017 dbrickhouse
April is here! We don’t need the calendar to remind us due to the pollen that turning everything yellow outside and brings on the sinus issues. This is the time of year the ‘pace begins to pick up’ around EBA. A group of Baptist Campus Ministries students led by two of our staff, Richard Bradfield
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March 23, 2017 dbrickhouse
Our recent Crucial Conversations Conference was a great success! You’re never sure how folks will respond on a Sunday Evening, but in this case, many attended from across the association. First, thanks to Dr. Ryan Morris and First Baptist Church Hokes Bluff for hosting the event. Also we are so appreciative of all the churches
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January 31, 2017 dbrickhouse
Our recent Kids/Youth Min Summit was a tremendous conference. Participants connected with leaders at the top of their respective areas of ministry. The resource gift bags far off-set the registration fee. EBA underwrites the majority of the cost of training ops such as this to equip leaders in our churches to be more effective in
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December 8, 2016 dbrickhouse
If you are like most folks, you are in a flurry of activities these days. There’s decorating of our homes, cards to write and send, baking to be done, gifts to buy and so much more. In the frantic rush to prepare our homes for Christmas, we tend to forget to prepare our hearts for
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November 3, 2016 dbrickhouse
As the year moves rapidly toward 2017, I want to express deep appreciation for several special people in my life. Back in January, due to financial short falls, EBA had to make some adjustments. Emily Hamilton, Ministry Assistant to Richard Bradfield, has impacted our print media, web site upgrading and so much more. Sherre Wells became
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November 1, 2016 dbrickhouse
Thank you White Springs Baptist Church for hosting a wonderful 133rd EBA Annual Meeting.Thanks also to Dr. Craig Carlisle for your challenging Moderator’s Address.You served us exceptionally well as Moderator. Dr. Robert Smith also brought a message of conviction and passion. I also want to thank all of our entities, EBA Foundation, Baptist Health Services,
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September 22, 2016 dbrickhouse
Many folks in Etowah County were saddened to hear of Gail Well’s recent death. Her contagious sense of humor and strong faith were so evident in her daily walk. She could make the most difficult situation easier to ‘walk-through’ with her uplifting outlook derived from her faith in the Lord. One of her favorite phrases
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August 31, 2016 dbrickhouse
We’re showing our appreciation for our pastors/staff ministers and their wives a bit earlier than the traditional month of October this year. On September 15, a Thursday evening (6:00), we will “loveon” some of God’s choice servants through our annual Ministers/Wives Appreciation Banquet. We will begin with a wonderful meal, have some special ‘door-prizes’and Rev.
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August 4, 2016 dbrickhouse
The name Barbara Spears may not be familiar to some of you. She was a truly precious Christian Lady. Her charming personality was evident from the first time you met her. Prior to her husband, Rev. Ken Spears’ death, she was a gracious pastor’s wife. Rev. Spears pastored several churches but was best remembered as
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June 23, 2016 dbrickhouse
To say our nation is in turmoil is a grave understatement.  There seems to be extreme upheaval both politically and socially with near-anarchy in illegal activity and crime.  lines of decency and morals are blurred or, at best, viewed as archaic.  What do we do?  A better question is where is our focus?  In the
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June 8, 2016 dbrickhouse
Graduations are taking place. Post high school plans have been the focus of the Class of ’16. Finalizing vacation plans and summer get-aways are priority number one. Pardon me if I put my ‘pastor’s hat’ on for a bit. With all this planning and prep, I wonder, if we are utilizing the same excitement, energy and expense when it comes to Spiritual matters? Am I
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April 26, 2016 dbrickhouse
Hey, if you haven’t checked out our newly re-designed and constantly updated web site, I’d love for you to take a look at etowahbaptist.com. We also have added links that will instantly direct you to your desired location/information. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are also a good source to post your comments or catch-up in a shorter format. The bottom-line (I know, it’s an old
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March 31, 2016 dbrickhouse
Spring is on it’s way! Blooms are popping-up and fishing weather is here! I hope, along with the freshness of the season, we would take a new fresh look at things that enhance our spiritual walk, as well as, get involved in events that touch lives for Christ.  Now is the time to enlist workers
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March 11, 2016 dbrickhouse
We are so pleased to have Anne Harrison join the EBA Staff. She is serving as my Ministry Assistant. She brings a wealth of experience, not only to her day-to-day professional duties, but also as a former IMB Missionary and so much more. It’s great to be back to full staff. We are dedicated and committed to serving Etowah Baptists, as well as
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February 25, 2016 dbrickhouse
I just wanted to bring a matter of great concern to your attention. In recent weeks, several State Sponsored Lottery Bills have quietly made their way through the legislative system in Montgomery. We dare not sit back and think this doesn’t have a chance to pass. That’s what proponents want us to do. Many others are using the excuse, why not let
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February 18, 2016 dbrickhouse
Would you agree that a gathering that affirms a new Missions Partnership, accepts a new church into a process that would eventually move them into full affiliation with an association and to become aware of many great opportunities and events that strengthen churches for effectiveness would be a wonderful thing? Well, that’s just a ‘taste’ of our recent EBA
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February 1, 2016 dbrickhouse
February is here! It just doesn’t seem possible. January was packed with great ministry training opportunities. Our Children’s Ministry Summit was a tremendous success. Thanks to 12th Street BC for hosting. We also unveiled Mission Trip plans in conjunction with our partnerships in Southeast Asia, C2Church in N. Miami, a new partnership in the Greater
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January 14, 2016 dbrickhouse
It’s so good to communicate to you in this first Just a Thought for the year. The New Year finds us ‘moving forward’ with renewed passion and excitement to see what The Lord has in store for our network of churches (EBA). We ended 2015 on a good ‘financial note’ which will be forthcoming on
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December 14, 2015 dbrickhouse
We’re just days away! Are you ready? Have you made all preparations you planned to get accomplished? For you ‘list-makers’, has each item been ‘checked twice’? Are all plans finalized as to where you will stay? No . . . I’m not talking about the white-breaded guy in the bright red suit. I’m speaking of
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December 1, 2015 dbrickhouse
Is it just me or does humility seem to be a dwindling commodity in today’s society? It appears that the ‘I’m the master of my own soul’ message is more prevalent in recent days. John 13 reminds us if I then, your Lord, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash My feet”? Now,
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November 24, 2015 dbrickhouse
The recent Alabama Baptist State Convention theme was PRAY.  It was a joy to do just that throughout the gathering. Eastern Shore BC hosted the Pastor’s Conference on Monday, as well as, the Convention Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each of the current Convention Officers were elected to a second term. President, Travis Coleman, Prattville,  ‘sort-of one
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November 17, 2015 dbrickhouse
Would you agree that LOVE is vital to life, especially this time of year? I think so. I’m, of course, speaking of the agape type.  We should always seek to increase our desire to give and receive it, as well.  If you truly know Christ, there should be a growing pattern of love through our
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November 5, 2015 dbrickhouse
Response to the Backpack Ministry for the Mississippi River Region was wonderful. WMU took the lead in promoting and our Associational Disaster Relief Team took-on the task of packing them in boxes and delivering them to the State Disaster Relief Facility in Prattville, AL. Our office was a regional collection point. Of the total collected of 320, 230
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October 30, 2015 dbrickhouse
Tis the Season! Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! Yes, we should express our ‘thank-you(s)-year-round’ but something about this time of year should motivate us to genuinely show appreciation. Point is . . . what a way to ‘open-the-door’ to share your testimony which could lead to sharing the Gospel. We are living in
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October 23, 2015 dbrickhouse
Thanks to those who have taken a few minutes to complete our on-line survey. Several weeks ago, we uploaded a simple survey asking for your feedback on our web site etowahbaptist.com.  ‘Click’ on SURVEY and it should pop-up. We are constantly seeking to improve communication as to who we are and what we attempt to
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October 16, 2015 dbrickhouse
God moved in a very powerful way last Monday in our 132nd Annual Meeting. Our theme was a simple declaration . . . Partners in Ministry-Proclaiming the Gospel based on Mark 16:15; and He said to them, go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  In spite of all the bad news
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October 9, 2015 dbrickhouse
Time is quickly moving toward Fall Festivals, Thanksgiving and Christmas! We’re already hearing Christmas songs. It seems that I’ve made this statement quite frequently lately; could things get any worse?  Speaking, of course, of the current downward-spiraling of our nation and across the world as a whole. I think you would agree with me, our
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October 1, 2015 dbrickhouse
Our Annual Meeting is but days away! If you have attended in recent years, you are well aware that this gathering of Etowah Baptists is far from boring and ‘business-as-usual’. If you have not attended, please consider representing your church and join us at Southside Baptist Church on highway 77 on Monday, October 12. If
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September 24, 2015 dbrickhouse
EBA’s 132nd Associational Annual Meeting is just a few weeks away! This year we meet on Oct. 12 (Monday) at Southside Baptist Church. We appreciate Pastor Matt Whethington, the staff and volunteers who will assist us that day. We realize the afternoon session, beginning at 1, is an issue for some, however, if at all
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September 11, 2015 dbrickhouse
What relationship did Moses have with his father-in-law? How about Paul with the Philippians?  Or even Jesus with His disciples? They had someone they could turn to as a resource, encourager, and as a fellow “soldier in the battle”.  In a word, PARTNER! They had folks they confided-in, who would ‘stand-with-them’ and were true friends. 
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September 2, 2015 dbrickhouse
In reflection, I could begin this week’s article as I did last week. Where has all the time gone? Today, September 3, marks my 65th birthday! There have been some very low-times, but the high-times far outweigh the lows.  Just a week ago, Carol and Icelebrated 44 years of marriage. She’s been a ‘main-stay’ for
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August 28, 2015 dbrickhouse
 As the ole adage declares; where has the time gone? On August 15, 2005, I began an awesome journey with Etowah Baptist Assn. Challenges? Yes, we’ve weathered each one by following God’s leading and He has never failed. Changes? Oh, yes. Far too many to list here, but again, the Lord has proven Himself faithful
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August 28, 2015 dbrickhouse
I recently attended a SEND NAMB 2015 Mission Conference, co-hosted by the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. To have a gathering such as this with both Mission Boards involved was tremendous.  Over 13k were in attendance with ages ranging from early teens to “fourth-quarter” guys like me. The main speakers, as
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August 17, 2015 dbrickhouse
We really appreciate everyone who attended our Key Leader Conference. Several years ago, we saw the need to offer our church leaders ongoing training right here in Etowah. Each year interest has grown and we thank you for participating. For 10 years our purpose statement has remained; to assist our churches in accomplishing the Great
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August 5, 2015 dbrickhouse
What an awesome summer of Mission endeavors! I want to thank some very special people who participated in both Miami/Christ Centered Church weeks. There was a distinct difference in the two, by design. It was an amazing worship experience at C2Ch. on the Sundays after each team arrived. Trip #1 folks witnessed 7 baptisms and
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July 28, 2015 dbrickhouse
In a matter of days, we’ll turn the calendar to August! Hard to believe school begins again in a few days. This has been another awesome summer with great Kingdom results. Two Miami Mission trips saw great results working with Christ Centered Church. The EBA Summer Missions Ministry saw another banner year with thousands of
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July 27, 2015 dbrickhouse
Please note the 2015 2nd Quarter Church Giving Report on our webpage and contact Ginger (Fin. Secretary ginger@etowahbaptist.com or 256-547-1691, ext. 110) if a discrepancy is discovered. We are well aware of the “stressful financial times” in which we live. Every ‘$’ is greatly appreciated and each EBA expenditure is highly scrutinized. Awareness of who we
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Just A Thought

July 1, 2015 dbrickhouse
Our laws & our institutions must necessarily be based upon & embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense & to this extent our civilization & our institutions are emphatically Christian.  This is a religious people.  This is historically true. From discovery of this
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June 25, 2015 dbrickhouse
The Prayer for Spiritual Awakening and Revival was truly one of the most powerful, much needed, highlights of the recent Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus. I participated through the live-stream video and was impacted greatly.   Repentance and forgiveness for complacency along with racial reconciliation were at the forefront of all that took place. Spiritual darkness
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June 18, 2015 dbrickhouse
Our 2015 Summer Missions Ministry is in ‘high-gear’!  It began with a Spirit-filled Commissioning Service hosted by Immanuel Baptist Church. During the first two weeks, the Missionaries, along with Supervisors, Eric Sexton & Tim Womack, fanned-out across the association participating in 13 Vacation Bible Schools!  They are so excited to be available to assist our
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June 3, 2015 dbrickhouse
Here we are, just a few days from Memorial Day and about a month from July 4!  Is it me, or are we experiencing a slipping-away from what it means to express true patriotism and thankfulness for the freedoms we take for granted? Are we dangerously close to seeing these foundations crumble in the eyes
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May 26, 2015 dbrickhouse
I am excited to announce that our Summer Missions team has been hired and are currently being trained. We have hired thirteen students, ages ranging 16-22.  They come from nine different churches in our Association. They will begin serving next week, and will be doing a variety of things.  A summer missionary may work at
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May 20, 2015 dbrickhouse
Well, another school year has come to a close, summer is officially kicking-off!  In just a few days, N. Miami Mission Trip #1 will depart for a great week of ministry with C2 Church. We deeply appreciate every person who has ‘answered the call’ to short-term missions.  Plans are moving forward for N. Miami Trip
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May 13, 2015 dbrickhouse
With all that is taking place in our nation today, it’s obvious that the ‘world’s game-plan’ has major flaws. It’s the old adage of the squeaky-wheel grabbing the attention. It’s also amazing how the masses can be drawn to the easy-fix with no thought of long-term implications!  Gambling is the way to fix our financial
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May 6, 2015 dbrickhouse
Thank you hardly seems adequate, but those are the words that come to mind when I think about the Association VBS Clinic that took place at Cherry Street on April 23rd. I would first like to thank each one who was a part of the EBA VBS team; I truly appreciate all of your hard
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April 30, 2015 dbrickhouse
As the Collegiate/Student Ministries Director I have the great privilege of coordinating our Summer Missions program every year. This year our team and my co-coordinator Tim Womack have put together a great team. The Holy Spirit has put a group of students together from different schools, churches, and backgrounds. This summer these students will learn
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April 30, 2015 dbrickhouse
Please note the 1st quarter Church Giving Report for 2015 on the website.   If you discover a discrepancy, please contact: ginger@etowahbaptist.com or (256) 547-1691 X 110.  We so appreciate your churches’ investment in EBA.  As mentioned many times, this is not merely an act of giving but becoming involved in Missions!  It’s also come to my attention
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April 23, 2015 dbrickhouse
In the 4th verse of John, Jesus is responding to His disciples question as to who was at fault that a man had been born blind. After addressing their concern in verse 3 He stated that “We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day, Night is coming when no
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April 16, 2015 dbrickhouse
It amazes me how quickly folks seem to move away from the significance and impact of Easter as if it never took place! Question . . . did people clearly hear the messages of the Cross and how Christ willingly gave His life (unconditionally) ushering in grace for everyone who places faith in Him? Have
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April 9, 2015 dbrickhouse
The hot and hazy days of summer are quickly approaching. Wait, didn’t we just dig-out from under 8 inches of snow just a few weeks ago? Yes, only in N. Alabama!   I wanted to make you aware of several Mission opportunities just around the corner. Our first trip to N. Miami, working with Derek Allen
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April 6, 2015 dbrickhouse
April has arrived! Signs of spring are ‘popping-up’ everywhere. Why is it that the weeds seem to get a jump on ‘the good stuff’? Thinking about that brought to mind how easily the ‘weeds’ can spread in our daily-walk to blur our focus.  Satan’s schemes are very effective if we allow them to ‘take-root’.  However,
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March 27, 2015 dbrickhouse
Introducing The EBA Source!  With ever-increasing printing/mailing cost, as well as, changes in the manner in which folks receive information, EBA has moved to a monthly two-page newsletter called The Source.  We are utilizing our newly revised Web Site, www.etowahbaptist.com as well as making hyperlinks available on Facebook (Etowah Baptist Association) and Twitter (@etowahbaptist).  If you
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March 19, 2015 dbrickhouse
In a recent Etowah Baptist Assn. Executive Board meeting, a recommendation was made and unanimously passed, that allowed EBA to elect a new Baptist Health Services Board of Directors. This action was due to the previous board’s resignation after the sale of the Regency Pointe retirement facility.  Along with this action, the new BHS Board
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March 13, 2015 dbrickhouse
Just a quick update on how the Lord is moving mightily through Pastor Derek Allen and the great ministry team at C2 Church in N. Miami, Florida.  They recently celebrated their  One Year Anniversary. It was a ‘full house’ with several decisions made.  A team from 12th Street BC recently served for a week, as
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March 9, 2015 dbrickhouse
Response to the recent moral attack on the Biblical definition of marriage has been varied and in some cases, vicious.  Dr. Rick Lance, Ex. Dir. of the Alabama Baptist State Conv. called it a “moral tsunami”.  Several public gatherings have taken place with more to come.  Judges and attorneys continue to debate whose rulings will
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February 20, 2015 dbrickhouse
The statistics are sobering: Less than 15% of churches in America are growing… Of those 15%, just 2.2% of those are growing by conversion growth. Pastors are leaving the ministry each month by the thousands. Every year thousands of churches close their doors for good. There are as many “explanations” for this decline as there
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February 12, 2015 dbrickhouse
Another tragic decision concerning same-sex marriage in Alabama was recently ‘handed-down’ by a Federal Judge (just writing that grieves my heart).  There have been a wide range of responses; however, there’s only one that is truly genuine.  God’s Word is very clear, His response has been firm since it was penned!  Yes, I’m well aware
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February 5, 2015 dbrickhouse
We can do that . . . is a response I have used several times in recent days.  I’ve learned of particular needs or questions from several people involved in various EBA churches. Questions ranging from financial to deacon ministry and everything in between.  Awareness of just who we are as Etowah Baptist Association has
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January 29, 2015 dbrickhouse
Please note the end of the year Church Giving Report post on our Home page.  We are so appreciative of every dollar invested through your partnership with EBA.  If any discrepancy is discovered please contact our Financial Secretary, Ginger Cain, ginger@etowahbapist.com or (256) 547-1691, ext. 30. Accountability and stewardship of funds entrusted to EBA are priority
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January 23, 2015 dbrickhouse
With our nation in such turmoil and trauma, isn’t it obvious that human ‘solutions’ for all we are facing as we began 2015, are not, nor will not, bring about resolution?  The One True God who orchestrated everything according to His perfect plan is The Only One who can ‘right the ship’!  Yes . .
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January 16, 2015 dbrickhouse
Please note the details (above) pertaining to a great opportunity to participate in a REVITILIZE CONFERENCE.  To ‘tap-in’ to such conference leaders as Thom Rainer, Chuck Lawless, Micah Fries, and Malachi O’Brien, all in one place is extremely rare!  Craig Carlisle, pastor of 12th Street Baptist Church, is hosting the event and worked hard to
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January 6, 2015 dbrickhouse
With our nation in such turmoil and trauma, isn’t it obvious that human‘solutions’ for all we are facing as we begin 2015, are not, nor will not, bring about resolution?  The One True God who orchestrated everything according to His perfect plan is The Only One who can ‘right the ship’!  Yes . . . Christ
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December 11, 2014 dbrickhouse
JUST A THOUGHT . . . A recent Barna Poll revealed some helpful (not exhaustive) hints when ministering to 18-30 year olds in churches.  These are applicable to any size congregation.  1.  Seek to create an authentic environment within the church community. One of the biggest church detractors for those 18-30 is when they sense
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December 5, 2014 dbrickhouse
As the final days of 2014 are counting down, I want to thank Etowah Baptists for your continual support of your association.  As I began my 10th year a few months ago, I did some reflecting.  I’ve clearly stated my desire to lead EBA to be pro-active when it comes to serving you and with you to
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December 1, 2014 dbrickhouse
Well, we’re in final countdown!  No, not ‘til the arrival of Santa, but the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, born to die for us and take our place on the cross!  Again, I know how easy it is to get caught-up in all the glitz and glamour of the season, but as
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November 20, 2014 dbrickhouse
With Thanksgiving approaching, I want to express my sincere appreciation for EBA Churches.  I’m am so grateful to serve each one!  When compared to my years as a pastor, I’ve made a couple of comparisons.  First, as your Assn. Dir. of Missions, I realize that there may have been some disagreement over various decisions over
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November 12, 2014 dbrickhouse
A huge THANK YOU to all who joined us for Dianne’s Retirement Celebration.  After some much needed R&R, she will continue to stay plugged into volunteering with the Missions Center as well as serving on the Etowah Baptist Foundation Board.  It’s impossible to recap everything she has meant to EBA in this small space.  What
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November 6, 2014 dbrickhouse
November is here!  I know that brings various responses.  Another year is quickly coming to a close.  What did 2014 look like to you?  For some, you’d like to forget most of it.  For others you may have experienced a “banner year”.  Others may have had one of those “roller-coaster rides” (full of highs and
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October 30, 2014 dbrickhouse
I’ve had recent opportunities involving the return of Christ which have deeply affected me. The first was sitting under the teaching of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung at a Biblical Prophecy Conference at FBC, Glencoe. Then, just days later I saw the Left Behind movie.  I know, it’s a fictional movie based on a fictional book, but
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October 23, 2014 dbrickhouse
With Thanksgiving approaching, we all have so much in which to give thanks!  Yes, I’m aware of the blatant fact that we are in perilous and dangerous days.  However, beyond the headlines and negativity, we only have to look to The Lord! Having recently attended a Biblical Prophecy Conference hosted by FBC, Glencoe, led by
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October 21, 2014 dbrickhouse
The presence of the Lord was so evident in the EBA 131st Annual Meeting which just concluded last Monday evening.  I greatly appreciate Craig Carlisle, pastor of 12th Street Baptist Church for serving as moderator.  Also for issuing a great challenge to renew and recommit ourselves to be the New Testament Church in this ever-darkening
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October 2, 2014 dbrickhouse
Remember what happened in the months “post-9-11”?  Houses of  worship, synagogues, and related religious gathering places filled to capacity.  Sure, we all remember.  But what happened in the months following that great influx?  There wasn’t much said when people actually “bailed” and reverted back to the “old ways”! Well, we may not be in the
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September 29, 2014 dbrickhouse
Connect is a term used in many differing ways in today’s society.   Webster defines connect; to join two or more things together; to think of something/someone as related to or being involved with another.  You hear this term in many ways from appeals in advertising to appeals in church.  That is our desire as your
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September 22, 2014 dbrickhouse
Our 131th Associational Annual Meeting is less than three weeks away.  We will convene on Monday, October 13 at North Glencoe Baptist Church.  Philip Elliott, pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church has done a wonderful job as moderator for the past two years.  He will call us to order at 1 that afternoon.  This year’s theme
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September 8, 2014 dbrickhouse
See You at the Pole is on Wednesday, September 24.  On this day students and teachers around the United States will gather around their school flag pole and pray.  They will pray for their friends and faculty.  They will pray for God to do a mighty work in their school. Here in Etowah County, we
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Just a Thought...

September 3, 2014 dbrickhouse
We are so appreciative for the continual support from our EBA Churches.  Please note your church records.  If there is a discrepancy, please contact Ginger at EBA, (256) 547-1691, ext. 30.  As I mention from time to time, this is our Church Giving which underwrites the Church Support Budget.  The Missions &  Ministries Budget is
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August 25, 2014 dbrickhouse
Transition is defined as a change from one state or condition or another (Webster).  Transitions have varying outcomes.  In church, depending on the issue, they can be perceived as negative or positive.  They can be divisive or cohesive.  Weather transitions, moving from extreme heat and humidity to cool crisp mornings are welcomed by most.  Some
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August 18, 2014 dbrickhouse
With all that is taking place across the world, it’s time for all Christians to ‘step-up’ our prayer lives!  You don’t have to be a Biblical scholar to realize with the crisis in Israel and other hot spots across the land, we can’t continue on this “status quo track’ any longer.  Days of political correctness,
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August 7, 2014 dbrickhouse
Summer Missions has just wrapped up another successful summer. Our twelve summer missionaries and several volunteers ministered in twenty-seven different churches throughout our association. They also worked in multiple community centers, day camps, ministry sites, and mission trips. They ministered to 3,844 people throughout the summer. They were also a part of 46 decisions for
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Just a Thought...

July 31, 2014 dbrickhouse
I realize we still have a few more weeks of summer, however,  reflecting on what The Lord has accomplished in recent weeks is truly amazing. We’re receiving early VBS reports containing marvelous results, far beyond ‘the numbers’.  Our Summer Missions Ministry touched many lives for Christ which     continues to ‘bare Spiritual fruit’.  Our first EBA
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Just a Thought...

July 30, 2014 dbrickhouse
The calendar is rapidly moving along toward August. What a summer this has been, with more to come. We are receiving great VBS reports and we thank the Lord for choice servants who have and will be participating in those still to come. It’s hard to believe that another year of Summer Missions just completed.
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July 7, 2014 dbrickhouse
We are currently in the middle of our Summer Missions program. The students are serving Etowah Baptists in 5 community centers and day camps each week. They will also be serving in over thirty different Etowah Baptist Vacation Bible Schools this summer. They have already served in 16 of those. Our students began the summer
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June 25, 2014 dbrickhouse
I’m so appreciative of your EBA staff.  June not only marked the 1st anniversary for Richard Bradfield as Church Development Director but he also began his position as Church & Community Development Director.  Dianne Lowe, Church & Community Ministry Director, announced her retirement set for December.  The Retirement Celebration takes place Nov. 9 at White Springs
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June 19, 2014 dbrickhouse
As you are reading this, our associational Construction Team is hard at work in Palatka, FL.  Again this year, Richard Bradfield, EBA Church & Missions Development Dir. is accompanying Team Leader, Bobby McCartney and the team of 37 on this year’s project.  Julia Ford is also heading-up a crew that is assisting the church with
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June 16, 2014 dbrickhouse
Almost mid-June already!  Vacation Bible Schools are cranked-up and running. Missions Trips/Projects are underway. EBA Summer Missionaries are hard at work all across our county.  With all the bad-news we are bombarded with daily, it’s so refreshing to hear how God is simply using “ordinary folks” who have answered the call to accomplish “extra-ordinary” things
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June 5, 2014 dbrickhouse

Please note the Church Giving Report.  To say how much we appreciate your support and partnership with EBA would take this entire back page and then some!  Please know it’s a tremendous honor to “labor in His Kingdom” with you and how we, together, can accomplish so much for the cause of Christ.  Also, note the    numbers shown for

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May 29, 2014 dbrickhouse

 June is almost here! School has ended for another year.  Plans have  are  being  finalized for Vacation Bible Schools, Mission Trips/Projects, summer missions’ activities, as well as, many other events of this nature.  I pray that each one involved in furthering the Good News of Christ and seeking to enlarge His Kingdom would encounter The Lord in a fresh new

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May 27, 2014 dbrickhouse

I’m so appreciative of some choice servants who recently took an entire day of training at Shocco in order to be better equipped to assist EBA churches in areas of ministry.  From Church Administration to Missions Involvement to Men’s Ministry, WMU, Stewardship and many more; our State Convention’s Missionaries led breakout conferences that serve to enhance and empower church leaders in

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May 15, 2014 dbrickhouse
 I wanted to update folks as to EBA’s involvement in the recent storm damage recovery in the Smith Institute/Sardis City area.  An EBA Disaster Relief Chainsaw Team was called out immediately to assist with tree removal which trapped some in their homes.  In the hours that followed, Disaster Relief volunteers began to arrive from other
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May 8, 2014 dbrickhouse
  Why should we engage in mission efforts outside of Etowah County? Scripture clearly indicates that the task that we have been given [the great commission] is not an either/or proposition, rather a both/and task. Simply put, we have been called to take the Gospel to the world. I believe that begins at home and
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May 5, 2014 dbrickhouse
 May is here! It’s hard to believe we’re moving toward those sweltering days of summer!  The school year is coming to a quick close, as well.  There seems to be a sense of freshness and renewal in the air.  There’s evidence to this in nature. I think Easter has a lot to do with that.  
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April 22, 2014 dbrickhouse

Spring time in Alabama means several things.  New life is evident in nature which is beautiful but along with that, sinus sufferers deal with related issues.  Warmer temps are always welcome however along with those, the possibility of storms and related weather events occur.  Our Etowah Baptist Assn. Disaster Relief Team is one of the finest in the

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