The Hope of the Future

By John Mardirosian

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Eastland Baptist Church has enjoyed a great history. As Youth Pastor, I look at our teens and dream of all the great things God has planned for each of them and for our future here at Eastland.

We are truly blessed with a great church and a great group of teenagers. I have the privilege of spending time with them each week and getting to know them individually. Our teens have a great heart to know and serve God. While you might not have the same opportunity every week, I want you to get to know our teens and invest in their lives. The investment you make today will reap unimaginable dividends in years to come. This past year, we saw amazing investments through the Dessert Auctions and “I Love my Church” Offering.

You invested significantly through the “I Love My Church” Offering. With that offering, we were able to construct new restrooms, add a welcome center, replace HVAC, create a new back entrance with awning, install windows across the front, install new front doors, a new front porch, and a wheelchair ramp. We could not have completed any of this work without your generosity. Before our “I Love My Church” Offering this year, we will take some time for our teens to tell you how grateful they are for your generosity.

We will be taking our “I Love My Church” Offering on Sunday, April 23rd. This year’s offering will again be designated for our teenagers and the completion of the youth room renovation. Significant progress has been made, but we still need to complete drywall and painting, install new flooring throughout, add lighting in the game room, and add roll-up doors between the game room and Jr. High room. This year’s offering will pay for a significant part of this work.

We are expecting great things for the future of Eastland Baptist Church. One of the ways we are making preparation is through the continued investment in our teenagers. Thank you for all the investments you have made and will make this year through our special “I Love My Church” offering.

The Heart of Giving

By John Mardirosian

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In I Kings 17 we read the story of the widow of Zarephath. Elijah is the prophet of Israel in exile for the prophecy he gave stating that God was going to judge Israel with a severe and lengthy drought. Initially God sustained Elijah through ravens bringing him food as he hid by the brook Cherith. After the brook dried up, God told him to get up and go to Zarephath where he would find a widow to sustain him. Upon arriving, he sees a widow and asks her to bring him some bread. She informs him that she has just a little meal and small amount of oil. Her intention is to prepare a small final meal for herself and her son and then to die. Elijah understands her plight, but asks her to first prepare the bread for him and then for herself and her son. He says that God will supply her with meal and oil until the famine ends.

Widows were often very poor as they would likely be the recipients of difficult unforeseen circumstances. But that is just the person God chose to sustain the life of his Prophet. In the story, it took faith on the part of the widow for God to be able to set in motion an amazing miracle. The heart of giving is placing God and his plan for our money ahead of our own plans. If we take this step of faith, then God’s plan for taking care of our needs is set in motion. Often, we put more faith in our small amount of money than in God’s limitless resources. If we do this, we are robbing ourselves of amazing blessings.

Parents, Put Your Skills to the Test

by John Mardirosian


A primary goal for every parent, early on in parenting, is teaching obedience. Obedience is essential for the home to function properly. This goal can be defined as: teaching your child to obey immediately, completely, without challenge or complaint in order to please their parents and God. As a parent, how are you and your child doing?