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This weekend was the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Eastridge Church Campus on the south end of the Sammamish Plateau.

News Report

Overflow crowd at the free Matthew West Concert.

Sunday Morning Service

Senior Pastor Steve Jamison and family cutting the ribbon.

First worship service.

GOD’s love is shown so powerfully through the lives of our pastors and their families. These are people who live to the fullest what they preach and teach. They are touching lives around the world in service to a great and glorious GOD.

Follow Eastridge Church on Facebook and rejoice with us as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared “From the I-90 Corridor to the Ends of the Earth.” Be sure and scroll down to see an aerial image as well as images of Adventure Land and the tub slides the children use to access Kids Zone.

If you live close by and do not have a church home, please drop by and worship with us. You will feel at home.

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I guess the question could be asked … “What schedule?” I cannot imagine trying to handle the family issues surrounding my father’s illness with my kids in a conventional school. It would certainly be possible but a lot more difficult. It is a bit over an hour south to the location of my father’s care facility. Last week he got so dehydrated, he had to be hospitalized. This was the second time in two weeks. He also has fallen out of bed because he wants to get up but does not have the strength. I sat with him in the ER for many hours last week, and the kids were real champs. They spent that whole time waiting patiently while I held his hand and kept him from pulling the IVs and various sensors.

As a result we are a bit behind as far as the schedule I had set for us but the eldest son is just one lesson from completing two years of math and the younger is halfway through his second year of math so I am not too disappointed with our progress. Still I am behind on some commitments I have made and for that I am sorry. I will get through some curriculum I promised to test and post reviews as soon as I can. We are making our way through the material and the kids are loving it but for obvious reasons, our pace is inconsistent at best.

On another note, we had the grand opening for our new church campus this weekend. Matthew West was there along with many other of our long time friends who had walked and prayed with us through this incredible journey. The existence of Eastridge Church’s new campus is the result of GOD working so many miracles and the faithful, sacrificial support of countless families. I will post some links to the news reports and other videos and pictures later tonight.

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God can be found anywhere we look if we will open our eyes and allow him to reveal himself.   God does not always show himself in the bold and obvious but often in the subtle, the underlying meaning of something. It is in the deeper meaning that we suddenly discover that what looks like a mere coincidence has been transformed into the profound!    This clip is an illustration of the transformation from the “coincidental” to the profound.   This clip contains an image of something occurring naturally coincidentally looks like something that reminds us of our Savior. Only when we learn it’s function and purpose do we see the profound. This is an excerpt from a message entitled “How Great is Our God.”

Prepare to be awestruck!

I first saw the video at the Blog Walking Therein.   Drop by and check them out!

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Update on Freemind

I was just visiting the Freemind website and Freemind has made into the top 12 of “Best Project for Educators” category.  I don’t know who the deciding body is but if you read my earlier post you know that I love the program and I agree whole heartily that it is a great program.

They also have a “release candidate” for the latest upgrade that is loaded with new features.  A “release candidate” is one step above Beta testing and is a broader distribution that is offered for final testing.  If you choose to use a release candidate of any software, be sure to understand the limitations and know bugs before converting your existing data to the release candidate version.  If you like to have a part in the development of great software, using and reporting problems during Beta testing and the testing of a release candidate is an excellent way to get involved.  It is not without risk but the more testers there are, the more robust and feature rich a program is when it is finally released.

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Miracles Abound!

On another note, I’d like to take a few lines to share how God has shown his miraculous power at my church, Eastridge Christian Assembly.

We are in the middle of a large building project that includes a sanctuary that will seat just a few short of 1500.  The building will be community oriented with a large atrium, kids area the includes a “splash mountain” style motif, and a long list of other amenities that will make it a great family oriented place for our congregation and the community.  I will try and keep this as short as possible but bear with me as this is quite a “hallelujah list.”

We started our building fund long before we even had a piece of property so for those who have been down this road, you know we started off doing it differently from the very start.  All of the property that had been considered was determined to be unsuitable for one reason or another.  After about two years of adding to the building fund we were no farther along in acquiring any property than we were on day one.  Pastor Steve preached a sermon about God’s feeding the Israelites mana in the desert.  God could have given them, quail, doves, or any other food with which they were already familiar.  He gave them mana so that they could never explain it in any other way but to acknowledge that it was a miracle of God.  The next day, one of our members (who had not heard that Sunday’s sermon) called the Pastor and said that he had a friend who was in some financial difficulty and he had 19 acres that he needed to sell as soon as possible.  The property was two blocks from our current location and our land use lawyer said that in twenty years of looking for property for churches, it is was the best piece of property he had seen.  It was priced way below market and because our building fund already had two years accumulation, we were ready to buy.  The way the property came to us and the timing was just like mana in the desert.  God’s timing is perfect.

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I have developed a small following already and I just wanted to drop by and tell you that I am still here.  This week is Breakthrough Week at our church.  We are in the middle of a building program and each year at this time we have a fund raising week that we call Breakthrough.  We have been blessed for the last several years by the ministry of Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. from the First Baptist Church in Glenarden Maryland.  Pastor Jenkins is arguably one of the best preachers in the US today.  We have been inspired, challenged and blessed each night as he has encouraged us in this process.

So we are home late each night and the blog is one of the many things that gets postponed until this week is through.

Thanks for stopping by and I will return to blogging more on subject in a couple of days.

Blessings!

Larry

I know it wasn’t profound but maybe someone else might like it?

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