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Saturday, 10 October 2020 22:46

BAM Locker Room


Men of EBC – the Locker Room is back!

We’d like to invite you back to The Locker Room each Friday at 6:00am starting Friday, October 30 - Fri, Dec. 11.   Our theme for this cycle is “Facing Adversities” as we teach men how to navigate turbulent seasons in life.  This Life Group will provide wonderful opportunities to meet fellow men, experience life interactions and to build a close-knit group for Bible study, special activities, service projects, and other events of which to get involved. Perhaps most importantly, for many of us it will become a place of fellowship, encouragement, and prayer support. In The Locker Room, we seek to know and do God’s will, to be led by His Holy Spirit and to do all we were created to do as men.
Saturday, 29 June 2019 11:37

Dream to Destiny Update

We are grateful for the Good Hand of the Lord upon our renovation project and have great faith that the best is yet to come! Thank you for embarking upon this journey of renovation with us as you are able to clearly see your Dream to Destiny funds at work in the life of our ministry! The attachment provides an itemized listing of the $1,026,000 in renovations we were able to facilitate with the Dream to Destiny funds we have received.  

You will find attachment at the top of this article



Monday, 10 December 2018 10:31

The Real Meaning of Christmas

“The divine babe of the manger is the one who would die on a cross, and was raised on the third day.  Christmas is inseparable from Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.”

  • Dr. Al Mohler

During the time of year that is purportedly set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I find it quite interesting that very often it is nothing of the sort.  There is a commercialism that has shrouded the intent of the holiday that highlights materialism and gluttony as opposed to the Advent of Christ into the earth realm.  Even beyond the gross commercialism, however, there is a general skewed focus that emphasizes a visual construct of a baby in a manger with very little consideration for what His entrance into our existence really meant. 

Monday, 26 November 2018 22:17

Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving!

“Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.”

  • Katrina Mayer

As we entered the period of the season that led up to Thanksgiving, it was interesting to note the intentionality with which society focused upon being thankful.  One particular point of focus involved individuals utilizing each day in the month of November to express and denote things for which they were thankful.  Another effort involved deliberately moving away from any type of negative speech and speaking only of that which is positive as a sign of gratitude to God for all of His blessings. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:34

Five Keys to Effective Prayer

“Effective prayer is the key to living a victorious life.”

  • Reynolds Xamot

I think most of us will agree that prayer is a critical component of the Christian experience in that it involves our communication with God. Like all communication encounters, there is a way to engage in it that will maximize effectiveness. In recently reading this article by Doug Andre entitled “Five Keys to Effective Prayer”, I was impressed that he had a perspective on prayer and its effectiveness from which we all could benefit. As I share it with you today, it is my prayer that it will lift your prayer life to a new level.

  • Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr.


Five Keys to Effective Prayer

By: Doug Andre

“Watson, come here! I want to see you!”

With these famous words, Alexander Graham Bell catapulted himself into instant historic notoriety as the inventor of the first practical telephone. During a June 2, 1875 experiment by Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, the telephone as we know it was born. It was a miraculous invention, and it changed the world forever.

Monday, 22 October 2018 14:01

The Power of Teamwork

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

  • Mother Teresa

Each of us has a unique virtue and grace assigned to us by God that gives expression to His presence in the earth.  We have an inimitable set of skills that comprise our imprint on the world designed to answer a specific need or call in the earth.  These talents and virtues were given to us to actively engage them in service to our families, our communities, and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   

Monday, 01 October 2018 13:58

Five Principles for Raising a Godly Family

“The strength found in the circle of a Godly family can’t be broken.”

-          Unknown

Whether our current society would like to admit it or not, the family is the foundation of our society.  When families are in alignment with Godly principles society will follow and conversely when they are not, society will follow in the opposite direction.  In recently reading this article by Jim and Jessica Hall entitled “Five Principles for Raising a Godly Family”, I identified some key components within the article that I believe will not only be a blessing to you but will serve as a resource that can be utilized to gauge your progress in facilitating a Godly family.  It is my prayer as I share this article with you that it blesses you as it has blessed me.   

-          Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr.


Five Principles for Raising a Godly Family

By: Jim and Jessica Hall

Godly families are the bedrock of any spiritual community, and having godly children is a blessing that many parents long for. The big question many are asking is how does one actually produce a godly family. Issues of parenting and family discipline are not easy to advise on, because hard and fast rules are difficult to come by.

Monday, 10 September 2018 19:50

An Important Ingredient in a Godly Family

“The family is God’s greatest masterpiece.”

  • Unknown

I think most of us will agree that the family is a critical component in the plans and purposes of God for humanity.  In recently reading this article by Joel Hilliker entitled “An Important Ingredient in a Godly Family”, I immediately picked up on an aspect within the functioning of the family that we often overlook.  I thought that it was important enough to share with you and pray that it provokes your understanding in the same manner in which it has sparked my own.

  • Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr.


An Important Ingredient in a Godly Family

By: Joel Hilliker

What does it take to make a family happy and harmonious? Here’s a quality you may have overlooked—but it may be the most beautiful of all: Humility.

What do I mean? Think for a moment about the most loving family relationship that ever existed: that between God the Father and Jesus Christ. Some of the deepest insight we get into this love relationship comes in the statements Christ made about His Father while He was on this Earth as a man.

“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work,” He said (John 4:34). Jesus oriented His entire life around His Father’s will. He immersed His thinking in what His Father wanted to accomplish, and then in doing that.

Christ is a profoundly humble Being. He has a perfectly childlike attitude toward His Father. He has a deep understanding of His place in the Family government—and He loves that! And that makes Him totally unified with the Father.

No wonder the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!” What father wouldn’t be deeply moved by a child with such an attitude? The more that any of us takes on that attitude, the more unified with God we will be.

Jesus Christ made several statements that demonstrated this attitude—and they are some of the most beautiful statements in the Bible.

I can’t do anything of myself, He said. I just watch what my Father does—and that’s what I do (John 5:19). This magnificent Being has done this with the Father throughout eternity: watch, study—and copy. As the Father makes decisions, handles problems and directs the angels, the Son is always watching and learning.

Monday, 27 August 2018 11:39

Deep Roots - The Key to Stability

“Without deep roots, even the lightest winds of adversity can blow us over.”

  • Gail Goodwin

In order for trees to grow, they must have deep roots in good soil.  What we see happening above ground is largely indicative of roots that have procured nourishment from rich soil and sustained the tree in a way that promotes healthy expansion.  The stability of the tree is also directly correlated with the depth of its roots.  A tree with shallow roots is less likely to withstand the assault of a storm as opposed to one deeply rooted in the soil.  We find this same principle at work in our lives.  If we are to victoriously navigate the various seasons of our lives it requires that we be firmly rooted in Jesus Christ.  

Monday, 13 August 2018 10:55

Adjust Your Perception

“Change your perception of things and you will change your reality.”

  • Unknown

Victory or defeat is determined not so much by what happens to us as much as how we perceive what is happening to us.  The way we process and perceive the context of our lives largely informs whether we navigate it from a place of victory or misery.  Perception is key. 

When considering the impact that a wrongful jail sentence could have on the life of a person, it would be easy to regard the injustice of the faulty verdict.  One could rightly bemoan the systemic miscarriage of justice that would allow such a conviction and look through the limiting lenses of restricted freedom and limited interactions.  The Apostle Paul, however, actively demonstrated throughout his life the power that comes when one refuses to be defined by what is happening to them but adjusts their perception to align with the purposes of God being made manifest.

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