When one is an alcoholic, and is ready to admit it, there are clear-cut steps to take to recovery. First, admit that you are an alcoholic. Second, attend AA meetings. Third, begin the 12 step program.
I love this. Clear cut, step by step instructions on how to recover, and make reconciliation and restitution to those who have been harmed by your addiction.
But what about those, like me, who have finally come to the point of surrender in their addiction to anxiety? Where are the AA meetings for us? (Anxiety Anonymous?) How do we say, “Hello my name is ______and I am addicted to anxiety? It sounds preposterous that we could actually be addicted to the one emotion that we hate about ourselves. More on that later.
In our own defense, anxiety addicts have some rather wonderful traits. We tend to be people with higher than average IQ’s, driven, Type A personalities, proud, high achievers, fiercely loyal, moral, driven people. But our brain chemistry is such that we misdirect our emotional energy inside and become over-reacters, catastrophizers, and world class worriers.
When my counselor lovingly suggested that I get on a low dose anti-anxiety medication, she explained that this medication should be no more distressing to me than medication needed to regulate thyroid or high blood pressure. Hormones in my brain are acting overtime driving me to the fight or flight reflex over and over where the line between panic and calm have blurred out of control. Though I hate to admit that I have become the classic textbook case of an anxiety addict, I have arrived at the doorstep of admission. Now comes the hardest part. How do I tell my family and close friends that the monster that comes out of me at times is not really a character flaw, but a bona fide hormonal imbalance in my brain?
One of the reasons it is so difficult to admit to oneself the need for any kind of pharmaceutical intervention is that there is still a stigma surrounding the topic of anxiety and depression. The subject seems to threaten those around us and tempts them to avoid us and the reality of the subject. There is a fear involved. They might think “Is this person crazy? Could it happen to me? I don’t want to acknowledge this so it is more comfortable for me to just ignore it and maybe it will go away”.
In Philippians 4:6, God tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and petition, make your requests known to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I have read that verse
a hundred times, and only now do I really begin to understand why He said, that the Peace of God would transcend OUR understanding. He is speaking directly to me as one who wants to understand (analyze and over-analyze) and define everything. He is telling me it is ok NOT TO KNOW all answers to all questions, and to let go and lean on Him.
When I came to my point of surrender, I took an evaluation of my life based on God’s word. The Apostle Paul in the letter to the Galatians listed the seven “fruits” evidencing the presence of the Holy Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self Control. On my self evaluation, I had to admit that I came up very short.
Next, I referred to the traits that the Apostle Paul spoke about in his letter to the Colossians; referring to those things that we MUST get rid of as we grow closer to God....Anger, Rage, Malice, Slander, and Filthy Language. Busted. This evaluation clearly illuminated where the problem of Anxiety was rooted....I was feeding the wrong emotions!
Recognizing these things in my life haven’t changed me overnight...and those who know me will take some time to see a consistent change in me. However, with God’s instructions at the forefront of my heart and mind, I get a little closer to Him every day.
Getting A Spiritual Power Upgrade In Bend, Oregon
By Christy Osterkamp
Since April I have been substituting as the Office Manager of a Information Technology Department in Bend, Oregon. I remember back in the early 80’s when I lived in what is now known as Silicon Valley, home of Apple Computers. Back then it was a small town with orchards where we safely walked to school every day, but that’s another story. When I worked on my first computer, it was a Radio Shack TRS-80. There were only 200,000 of them produced. The operating system was TRS-DOS. It had floppy disks that took 45 minutes to save. It had a storage capacity of up to 48 Kilabytes. Now, we have computers that have over 1 Terabyte of memory and save instantly. Now Apple sells over 200,000 computers in one day. We can store 32 GB of memory on a stick the size of a key.
The Power in the Page
Since I moved to Bend, Oregon four years ago, I have been learning that life without God’s power is like working with a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer. It has no power. When I trust and depend on God to fulfill His word and His promises and His will for my life, I have tapped into a power source that is infinitely more than any person can create or even imagine. One of the ways we are able to access that kind of power is being in His word daily. Some people like to read the printed page, I now take advantage of our exploding technology by listening to scripture on audio while I am driving, getting ready for work, or just relaxing with my eyes closed. It is the way we can daily charge up our spiritual batteries, so that when the struggles and trials of life do come, we can stand firm, and having done all else, just to stand. One of the spiritual pieces of armor listed in Ephesians 6: “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the WORD of God.”
Why Does God Care If We Read His Word?
I know that as a parent, I feel loved and appreciated when my children listen to me, and take time to be with me. I take great pleasure in seeing my children taking my advice and obeying what I ask them to do. How much more will our Father in Heaven give us all good things when we show Him the same obedience we expect of our children? As David says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. When my own children delight me, I open the floodgates of my earthly blessings to them, as much as I am able!
How Obedience Changed Me
I believe that this act of obedience has changed me personally in a number of ways. I have energy that I haven’t had before. I am being given opportunities and finding favor with people in my chosen line of work. I can more clearly see that circumstances are being orchestrated in our lives that no software program could possibly have planned or predicted. I am blessed to have my family geographically close and all healthy. We are having a home built for us, after losing everything in the economic crash of 2008. I have been given many of my hearts desires, just like He promises in Jeremiah 29:11, my favorite verse which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
Your Programming Can Improve
Less than a year ago, when a circumstance would come along that left me feeling threatened or helpless, I would instantly go into a crisis mode, reacting with depression or anxiety. Now, those same circumstances may still come along, but I react to them differently. My programming is changing. For example, my daughter and her family were recently faced with an eviction, but instead of going into crisis mode, I have the assurance that though we don’t know all the details of how it will play out, I know that we can trust God to take care of the details, like He has shown us time and time again. There is freedom in not having to be in control and know all the answers all of the time.
Paul Explains the POWER Available in Christ
The Apostle Paul likes to run on long, long sentences, as the following verses found in Ephesians where Paul is telling the Ephesians how to tap into this limitless power source through Jesus Christ: “15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
Now, that is MY kind of power.
Someone who loves unconditionally. She is there through thick and thin. She listens with her ears and her heart. She is the giver of hugs and they are free, because she understands your pain, your joy and your potential.
She kisses boo boos and cares for every detail. She's your biggest supporter and she will love you even when you make the world's biggest mistakes.
She would give her last breath to keep you safe and she would give you the world if she could.
The best name in the world that someone can have is, Mom.
God please bless the moms in the world who love their children like this and help all to love their children as you do.
Please also bless fathers who love as much as mothers and guide them all unto You.
Lord help those who dream of being parents to be in some way a part of the lives of those who need the unconditional love they have to give. Andy Lord please protect all children from harm. Shelter them from abusive people, addiction and all the pain that is in this world.
They are your innocent children Lord. I ask these things in your name Lord God.
Time for some Spring Cleaning!
One of our favorite shows on TV was Clean House. It was so cool to see people just like us who ended up living in homes buried in years of accumulated “stuff”, some valuable, most not so valuable. In most of the cases, the persons living in that home were very resistant to giving up much of their “stuff”, even if the items no longer served a purpose.
A Blended Family With 20 Years of Clutter!
My own family can relate. We are a blended family, each bringing to our Bend, Oregon household 20 plus years of accumulated memories, belongings, and “stuff”, and yes, some baggage as well! We, too, were resistant to change, and letting go of outdated and unusable belongings was difficult. The more we came together in agreement as to what should go, there was much relief to see clean in place of clutter, and new things replacing the old worn out ones.
Your House Isn’t the Only Thing That Needs Cleaning!
As I grow in maturity as a Christian, I understand that cleaning my house may be important, but the cleaning of my heart is imperative to my joy, peace and relationship with God and with others. Just like my house, there are corners and dark places that still hold dirt, and God wants to make you as clean inside as on the outside.
A Clean That Lasts Forever
The prophet Ezekiel tells us of God’s desire for us in Ezekiel 36:25-27: 25 “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
So how can we strive to become the clutter free, germ free, clean vessel of the Holy Spirit?
Try putting these items on your to-do list:
Taking the Challenge in Bend, Oregon
We have a favorite antique brass doorknocker that was given to us by a godly couple when we first became Christians in 1991. I have it to this day, and on it are the words of Joshua, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. It is a reminder that we ought to continue to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
That means that though I long ago rid myself of the “biggies” like substance abuse or immorality, I still need to daily take the challenge to rid my heart of all remaining grudges, resentments, bitterness, or unforgiveness.
So, my fellow Bendites, I invite you to join me in this challenge!
There are many ways by which our culture tries to discredit God’s written word, the Holy Bible. A “tolerance” for the Holy Bible is accepted all for the sake of “relevance”, the idea that the Christian Bible is one of many revelations of God in this world, alongside the Q’ran and the belief that we can be our own gods. When the Bible, God’s written word, a fundamental piece of the Christian faith, is presented as the infallible Word of God many arguments arise from those who are skeptical of such a reality. Of the vast number of ways the world tries to discredit the Bible as infallible one stands out in particular upon reading Nehemiah 3:12.
“Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters.” - Nehemiah 3:12
Nehemiah had repented for the Israelites and had been sent out to restore Jerusalem to God. Much hard work was needed to repair the gates and walls around Jerusalem in order to provide protection and security for the Israelites. Such a task required everybody’s help.
The present culture desperately would like to consider the Holy Bible as sexist, genderist, and belittling to the female gender. These arguments and views come from a fatherless, abused and abandoned generation. In one way or another the authority of a father or a man has been abused and the helpless victim struggles to trust. As time goes on the pain shapes opinion and perspective, all the while the world adds insult to injury. The result is a broken and confused generation that fears and despises any patriarchal world view.
The reality is that the Bible regards each gender, male and female, as strong and of great value. The Bible is in strong opposition to sexism or genderism or any notion that regards women as weak and only having value as sex objects or mothers. In Nehemiah 3:12 there are daughters building a massive city wall to help protect their fellow Israelites! Girls wielding hammers and hauling lumber and stone! Is there any special pause for applause for these girls in the verses to follow? Not at all! Why not? Because what matters most and what is more important isn't what men can do versus what women can’t or vice versa, it’s about getting the job done, achieving the goal.
That is what the Bible is for: fulfilling purpose. Regardless of gender, age or any type of perverted world view one holds, the Bible stands to give purpose and provide a clear path to destiny. God’s infallible word will stand strong, powerful and true to full completion of the mission to seek and save the lost. And it will be carried and defended by God’s royal priesthood, His holy sons and daughters, side by side in power and strength through the name of Jesus.
Contributed By Christy Osterkamp in Bend, Oregon
It All Started So Good
Becoming a parent was a prayer that was finally answered four days before my 30th birthday. I had thought I would never be a mom due to infertility. Having my twin girls showed me a depth of love only surpassed by the love of God Himself. Having these precious children, a loving husband, and a newly purchased home on 3 acres, I thought that life was pretty much perfect. Having my youngest daughter six years later was the icing on my cake. Little did I suspect the walls would come crashing down on myself and my children’s lives.
Abandoned, Alone and Struggling as a Single Parent
“It takes a village to raise a child”. As I read the latest political “wisdom” of the day, I thought sarcastically, “Yeah; it might take a village to raise my children after their dad abandoned the family!” I wasn’t adjusting well with these new, unwanted labels in my life. Divorced. Single. I didn’t ask for either. They were forced upon me. I had little to no control. I was falling deeply into a pity party, progressing to bona fide depression. When I began to recognize that my children were trying to “parent” me as I went through the darkest hours of my life, I knew I now had to lean solely on God’s strength or I would crumble. I devoured every book I could on marital reconciliation, but to no avail. My husband wanted no part of the life I felt had been perfect.
The trials of loneliness, depression, sadness, and fear for our security were exacerbated by the trauma of litigation waged by the one who I had sworn to love for the rest of my life. I was in deathly fear that a judge who didn’t know us would take my children from my home and force them to live part time with the very one who broke their hearts, and renounced God in the process. For almost two years I couldn’t go a day without breaking down crying. My youngest child took to sleeping in my bed, crying herself to sleep every night.
Facing the Fear
Proverbs 15:22 says “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” I sought counsel from anyone willing to listen, and thankfully was given resources to control and overcome the anxiety that overwhelmed me. The first year I developed two cysts in my breast, which were caused by stress, and thankfully did go away over time.
My initial fear of financial collapse caused me to begin selling everything I could. I also refused to allow my daughters to feel any deprivation due to the loss of income, so I went deeply into debt. I literally became the “Disneyland Mom”! I went so far in this insanity to give my daughters everything, that I purchased a horse, and then needed a horse trailer to transport the horse, then needed a $32,000 new truck to pull the horse trailer….you get the picture. I humbly returned the truck to the dealer who happily took it back for a whopping fee.
For New Single Parents It's the Familiar Things That Hurt the Most
My girl’s father was a chef, so after leaving so abruptly, I was left alone with three girls and none of us knew what we were doing in the kitchen! We ate the standard hand-me-down casserole and spaghetti more than any human should have to endure! I crazily redecorated the house and did endless yard work trying to drown myself in mindless activity. It was so painful continuing to live in the same home that we had shared together, eventually leading to another loss, when I finally left the home behind to pursue healing elsewhere.
Restoration and A New Beginning in Bend, Oregon
Isaiah 54:5 says “For your Maker is your husband, and the Lord Almighty is His name”. I clung to that knowledge and recognized that my daughters needed Him to be their Father and also that they needed godly men in their lives. That is where our church family became so valuable to us. They had brothers, uncles, and father figures who represented the best of what God wanted men to be. I am so thankful for them.
Ultimately, by listening to God’s leading and allowing my healing to take place over time, my prayers were answered and I met and married a wonderful man from Bend, Oregon. He has filled my heart and life with joy and blesses my daughters as if they were his own. We are doubly blessed to live down the street from our first grandchild!
God doesn’t tell us He will keep us out of the valleys..…He promises He will walk us THROUGH them.
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By Christy Osterkamp in Bend, Oregon
“When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
When I was a child, I spent an inordinate amount of time grounded. Isolated. Alone. I can’t even remember why. It didn’t seem to take much. During these times of confusion and frustration, wanting to hate the person who put me there, and unable to do so, because everyone knows you can’t hate your own parent….well the natural inclination, as revealed by the author quoted here, is to turn all that negative energy inside. For why else would someone mistreat you, if you were really such a likable person? The seed of the lie was planted.
And so the lie took root. Year after year. Lie upon lie. One of the worst came during my high school days. My older brother was attending a Christian youth group and I asked if I could go along. In a very Un-Christianlike tone, he responded, “You can’t go to church if you’re not BORN AGAIN!” Wow. Now even God didn’t want me coming over to his house. The lies began to grow and attach to my heart.
And so the lie grew and grew. Someone close to me shared his view of women, that they could become rich by mis-using their beautiful bodies. Again, the lie sank in. The lie was growing in strength by the continued feeding.
As an adult, I went to a church, and not really knowing what I was doing, I got baptized. I knew that it would “wipe the slate clean” and that sounded really good to me. But no real change happened until a decade later, when I received Christ as my personal savior, and suddenly I had a new root system! This one was built on a firm foundation of God’s word, and the lies began to fade. But they were like blackberry bushes, they were very difficult to remove completely, and new growth would crop up anytime the new truths didn’t get enough nourishment to override the old.
Though there are times when a person is changed immediately by the power of God, most of us are changed day by day, as the truth of what we were created to by permeates our mind and seeps into our hearts and spirits. As a newborn is not mature at the time of his birth, so also we, as born again believers in Christ, begin a new process of taking on a new view of our world and begin to discern what is truth and what is a lie. Paul tells the Galatians “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
As I grow, day by day, closer to the One who rescued me from a pit of self-loathing, I learn to recognize the source of every thought I think. If it is negative and condemning, it is not from God, but from the accuser, the devil who “roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. (1 Peter 5:8) There is a difference between condemnation, which offers no escape, and conviction, which is a revealing of a sinful thought or behavior which when brought to the foot of the cross, is covered and forgiven by the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
God gives us great consolation when He asks us to take those things that hurt us deeply, and use them to glorify Him, sharing with those who are suffering likewise, as Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” I praise God that my life can now be a testimony to the power of God to change, restore, heal, and grow. I am a new creation, as Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new is here!”
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When God Says No, A Story from My Life in Bend, Oregon
By Christy Osterkamp
I didn’t ask for anything petty, or illegal, immoral, or indulgent. I simply, again, asked for a basic full time job for my son in law to support his family, consisting of my daughter and their 17 month old son. They were wonderful enough to move down the street from us after being released from the Marines, but ever since they arrived, they have struggled to find enough work to support their little family. I thought I could win God’s favor by offering to have my prayer for my own job denied in favor of my son in law receiving his. It didn’t work. It wasn’t as if I was trying to bribe God. I had heard that if you want something answered for yourself, pray it for another person.
“Who, if asked by his child for a piece of bread, would give him a stone instead?”
Once again, these words from Matthew 7:9 enter my thoughts and I ask yet again, Why God? As Tevye the Milkman in “Fiddler on the Roof” laments, “Would it be so terrible if I had a small fortune?” And I’m not even asking for a fortune! I’m just asking for a basic full time job with benefits, something most of us took for granted until 2008. The economic crash of 2008, combined with the untimely abandonment by our former spouses, left my husband and I bankrupt and starting all over again financially.
My husband and I love word games. When someone says something like “hang in there”, or “God has a better plan for you”, I usually call it a “Duck-billed Platitude”. Those clichés which are meant to make me feel better leave me feeling no comfort at all. If I had a dollar for every application I’ve filled out, and every interview I lost, I would then be rich, or so it seems.
Counting My Blessings
When I am reminded to count my blessings, shame washes over me as I remember that all my needs are met, my bills are paid, my family is well, and my feeling sorry for myself is the height of selfishness. I have no right to whine about being unemployed, when the truth is I am not comfortable being supported by someone else! I had been self sufficient by necessity for six years, playing the role of mother and father and provider to my three daughters, sending two of them off to college, and planning and paying for two of their weddings. Now for some reason totally out of my control, I am RELIANT upon my husband to support us, while I bring in meager income doing substitute jobs while continuing this long struggle to find permanent work again. The funny thing is, my husband never complains, or whines how I don’t pull my own weight.
What could God be trying to teach me?
One thing I have learned in all of this is to Fully Rely on God (the FROG acronym). My son in law is also learning this, and perhaps in so doing we are receiving something of more worth and value than getting what we want right now.
Ask, Seek, Knock
Matthew 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Tomorrow I will continue to ask, seek, and knock. God doesn’t get tired of my questions and requests. All that He asks for is my faith.
I look forward to the day when I can look back and see where all these unanswered prayers were leading. Then, as Joyce Meyer likes to say, I will turn all my “moanies” into testimonies!
Why In the World Do I Do What I Do in Bend Oregon?
Contributed by Christy Osterkamp
When I first arrived in Bend, Oregon, I believed all the bad stuff was behind me. I had a new life, a new husband, a new future. When I discovered that my PROBLEMS and WEAKNESSES followed me to Bend, I was discouraged. I thought I had left all of those on the coast!! Having past my fiftieth birthday, I was still struggling with these questions: Why do I feel what I feel? Why do I react how I react? Why do I do what I do, even when I hate myself for doing it?
Ask the question…get a plethora of answers…
The world will give us many answers if we seek them, some of them helpful, some of them not. In a strictly psychological sense, my problems can be contributed to being the offspring of a stressed out, unwed mother, who was unable to hold me and bond with me, resulting in a lack of necessary glucocorticoids in my brain. Compound that with weeks in a foster care system receiving questionable care, learning to walk in a hip spica cast (spread eagle), and topping that off with a childhood of sexual abuse and secrecy in my adopted family, I was a recipe for disaster. So now I understood how messed up I was, what in the world could I DO about it?
Seeking Answers Outside the Box
It is said that the definition of stupidity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. I finally got tired of being on the same emotional cycle of rejection and self hatred, and sought help from a Christian counselor. In so doing, I am learning to grieve my past but not allow it to continue to define me. I am learning to accept graciously those who choose not to be in relationship with me, and cherish and enjoy those who do.
Does the Bible Really Understand Me NOW?
Paul the apostle, who authored many of the books of the New Testament, mirrors some of my feelings in Romans 7:15. “15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
So Where is Our Hope?
Paul continues in Romans 7:21, “21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
What Flavor is the Church?
Contributed by Doc Adams
When looking for a church, what is the most important factor you consider: the pastor, the worship, location, or maybe the size? Here in Bend, Oregon you can find almost any flavor of church. From conservative to liberal, although you will be hard pressed to find snake handlers here Bend.
More important than finding the right flavor of church is understanding what the church is. When you find that right church for you or you and your family what makes it a great church? For most people who attend church on a regular basis, it’s because of the pastor and his/her personality. But what happens to a church when the pastor leaves?
What many people don’t understand is that the church is not about the pastor. The church is you. Do you take ownership in the church you attend? Whether it is in a metropolitan area or here in small, but beautiful Bend, Oregon, the church where you fellowship is yours.
I heard one pastor say, “I don’t do bulletins.” What he was referring to was that the members of a church should be responsible for the activities of the church. Too much expectation is put upon the pastor. But why? Pastors may come and go, but you do not. You are the church.
The Church Is YOU
I would like to encourage you to take a walk. Go to your church and walk through each room. Look around. These are your rooms, your tables, your chairs, your carpet, your pulpit, and your altar. No, this does not mean you can take them home. It means that you are responsible for people who walk through the doors of your church. You are responsible for the actions and direction your church is taking.
Take ownership. YOU are the church.
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Welcome to the Epikos Community Blog where you can find and read blog posts from members of Epikos Church in Bend, OR. At Epikos we believe in the value of every member and this is a place for members to share about the work God is doing in their lives.