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How would you describe true friendship? Is it effortless, or does it take hard work? Is it a safe space between people, or does it involve risk? Can it only exist among individuals who have a lot in common, or is it possible for those with deep differences? Making and being friends can be complicated business in an era of division and suspicion. In this series, we will be challenged to take our friendships into some potentially uncharted territory, and see what God might want to do through them.

Oct 11 | Love me like Jesus
Oct 18 | Wound me well
Oct 25 | Let me carry your mat
Nov 1 | Let's disagree agreeably

Love me like Jesus | Oct 11
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Wound me well | Oct 18
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Let me carry your mat | Oct 25
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Let's disagree agreeably | Nov 1
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We will revisit this series throughout the year, helping us to grow in a variety of spiritual habits, with time to practice in between sermons.
Feb 2 | The Right Tool for the Job
Feb 16 | The Practice of Celebration
Mar 29 | The Practice of Prayer
May 17 | The Practice of Servanthood
Jun 14 | The Practice of Fasting
Aug 2 | The Practices of Solitude & Silence
Oct 4 | The Practice of Unity

The Practice of Unity | Oct 4
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The Practices of Solitude & Silence | Aug 2
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The Practice of Fasting | Jun 14
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The Practice of Servanthood | May 17
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The Practice of Prayer | Mar 29
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The Practice of Celebration | Feb 16
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The Right Tool for the Job | Feb 2
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Myths...urban legends...old wives' tales...

No doubt, you've heard one of those stories or ideas that sound factual and are commonly believed, but are actually not true. When it comes to matters of faith, Christians can be susceptible to spiritual myths or half-truths. Where in the Bible does it say "forgiving means forgetting"? How about "God won't give you more than you can handle"? Or "Christians should never judge"? The answer is: we don't find any of those statements in the Bible! Yet many Christians hold to them and believe they are scriptural. In this series, we'll get to the bottom of some of these beliefs and will kindly burst those bubbles to help us conform ourselves more to what Jesus and the biblical writers actually taught.

Here are some myths or half-truths that Christians believe that we'll discuss in this series:
Aug 23 | God won't give you more than you can handle
Aug 30 | Christians shouldn't judge
Sep 6 | Forgiving means forgetting
Sep 13 | A godly home guarantees godly kids
Sep 20 | Faith can fix anything
Sep 27 | Bad things happens because I'm bad

Bad things happens because I'm bad | Sep 27
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Faith can fix anything | Sep 20
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A godly home guarantees godly kids | Sep 13
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Forgiving means forgetting | Sep 06
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Christians shouldn't judge | Aug 30
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God won't give you more than you can handle | Aug 23
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MISSIONS SUNDAY

For His Namesake | Aug 16
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Who is Jesus? This question has stirred discussion, debate, and even conflict for over 2,000 years. Interestingly, for the high stakes of the question, Jesus introduced himself using some everyday, normal images and ideas of the day-—bread, light, sheepherding, and vineyards among them. In the process, he identified himself with the name God gave himself-—"I Am," the eternal, uncreated, unchanging One. Jesus is God, Savior, Lord...of the everyday, and the normal, and every "new normal" in a changing world. This summer, we will consider the Gospel of John's account of who Jesus revealed himself to be...and rediscover what his identity means for us today.

Jun 21 | The Bread of Life
Jun 28 | Who Does He Think He Is?
Jul 5 | Light of the World
Jul 12 | The Good Shepherd
Jul 19 | The Resurrection and the Life
Jul 26 | The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Aug 9 | The True Vine

The True Vine | Aug 9
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The Way, the Truth, and the Life | Jul 26
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The Resurrection & the Life | Jul 19
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The Good Shepherd | Jul 12
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The Light of the World | Jul 5
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Who Does He Think He Is? | Jun 28
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The Bread of Life | Jun 21
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In this COVID-19 pandemic, certain workers have been called "essential workers" who need to continue going to work even while other employees stay home and businesses remain closed. Many of those who are at home have found themselves in a new role as caregiver or homeschool parent. Some are doing their current job in a new way, working remotely. Still others find they now are working to find a new job. Whatever our work looks like in this season, the writers of scripture remind us that God cares about all of it, he provides for us as we do it, and all of it can bring him glory. In this series, we will reflect together about what it means to be "essential workers" in God's Kingdom.

May 24 | Honoring God On the Job
May 31 | More Than the Dollars
Jun 7 | The Work Jesus Did...and Does

The Work Jesus Did...and Does | Jun 7
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More Than the Dollars | May 31
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Honoring God On the Job | May 24
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Life is full of disappointments. Plans don't come together. People don't follow through. Possessions break. And circumstances spiral out of our control-—as is especially apparent in these days of cancellations, closures, and social distancing. How do we respond to these disappointments? What options do we have beyond frustration or doubt or discouragement? Over the coming weeks, let's explore "the point in our disappointments"-—what God can do with them for our good.

UNSTOPPABLE JOY: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE | May 10
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Do You Have To let It Linger? | May 3
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The Fine Art of Complaining | Apr 26
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Protesting Providence | Apr 19
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Resurrecting Hope | Apr 12
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Disappointment=Disruptive Discipleship | Apr 5
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In this series, we will explore what it means to be citizens of God's Kingdom and the intersection (sometimes collision!) with the world and country in which we live, particularly as our earthly country is in the midst of an election year.
Feb 23 | Don't Say It Unless You Mean It
Mar 1 | God, Government, and You
Mar 8 | Jesus for President?
Mar 15 | Make a Point or Make a Difference?
Mar 22 | The Race Was Over Before It Began

Don't Say It Unless You Mean It | Feb 23
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God, Government, and You | Mar 1
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Jesus for President? | Mar 8
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Make a Point or Make a Difference? | Mar 15
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The Race Was Over Before It Began | Mar 22
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Comfort in Times of Crisis | Feb 9
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Can It Be That Simple? | Jan 26
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What does it look like if we are really growing spiritually as God desires for us? One of the pictures the writers of scripture give us of this kind of growth is the image of a tree. With strong roots and the right climate, growth is inevitable, and one indicator of this growth is healthy, vital branches. In 2019, we focused on being "Rooted" in God's love as a congregation, and now in 2020, we want to be "Branching Out"—growing upward in relationship with God, looking inward to be our best selves, and branching outward in love to the world. This series will introduce us to the theme and challenge us to grow in these vital ways.
Jan 05 | Growing Upward
Jan 12 | Looking Inward
Jan 19 | Branching Outward

Growing Upward | Jan 5
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Looking Inward | Jan 12
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Branching Out | Jan 19
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"I heard the bells on Christmas day," so the old carol goes, speaking of bells that play songs "of peace on earth good will to men." However, in a later verse, the writer speaks of his discouragement:"...in despair I bowed my head | There is no peace on earth I said | For hate is strong and mocks the song | Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Those words were penned in 1863, yet many could likely echo those sentiments today. How do we find peace in a broken, hate-filled world? How can we help to bring peace? This Christmas at EBIC, we will look at some of the characters of the Christmas story who also struggled to experience peace but ended up finding what they sought and more.

Dec 01 | When There Are No Words...Peace
Dec 08 | When Your Plans Get Derailed...Peace
Dec 15 | When the Road Is Long...Peace
Dec 22 | Finding What You Seek...Peace

When There Are No Words... | Dec 1
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When Your Plans Get Derailed... | Dec 8
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When the Road is Long... | Dec 15
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Finding What You Seek... | Dec 22
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It's good to be ready-—ready for that big day, ready for the meeting, ready to leave when it's time, even as ready as possible for an emergency. And for followers of Jesus, ready "to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15b). Yet, we often don't feel ready to give an answer like this. Talking about our faith can be so intimidating! This year at EBIC, we have focused on being "Rooted" in the love of Jesus Christ and in his church, and what we may find is that if we are rooted, we are more "Ready" to share Christ than we realize!

On a Journey with Jesus Together | Nov 3
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Leading Questionable Lives | Nov 10
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Let Your Life Speak | Nov 17
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Thankful for Good News | Nov 24
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Children's Sunday

Raising Kids & Wrestling Guilt | OCT 27
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Better Together | OCT 13
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Brother from Another Mother | OCT 20
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We've all had areas of our lives where we'd like to make changes. But lasting change can be so difficult to achieve. The good news is that God is in the life-changing business! We don't have to settle for life as it's always been. Let's explore together what it takes to make a change and become more like the people we wish we could be. Be someone who takes a step toward real, positive, life-change...be a Game Changer. Over the next few weeks, we'll explore together what it takes to make a change and become more like the people we wish we could be by looking at the lives of 5 people who interacted with Jesus & were changed as a result.

What You Know Can Change Your Life | SEP 8
Taking a Turn for the Best | SEP 15
When Losing Is Winning | SEP 22
Strength from the Outside In | SEP 29
Keep the Change | OCT 6

What You Know Can Change Your Life | SEP 8
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Taking a Turn for the Best | SEP 15
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When Losing is Winning | SEP 22
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Strength from the Outside In | SEP 29
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Keep the Change | OCT 6
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