The Faithfulness of a Dog

In 1858, a man named John Gray was buried in old Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. His grave leveled by the hand of time, and unmarked by any stone, became scarcely discernible; although no human interest seemed to attach to it, the sacred spot was not disregarded and forgotten.
For fourteen years, the dead man’s faithful dog kept constant watch and guarded the grave until his own death in 1872. James Brown, the old curator of the burial ground, remembers Gray’s funeral, and the dog, a Skye terrier called “Bobby”, was, he says, one of the most conspicuous of the mourners. The grave was closed in as usual, and next morning “Bobby”, was found, lying on the newly-made mound.
This was something which old James could not permit. There was an order at the gate stating in the most intelligible characters that dogs were not admitted. “Bobby” was accordingly driven out, but next morning he was there again and was discharged for the second time.
The third morning was cold and wet, and when the old man saw the faithful animal, despite all chastisement, still lying shivering on the grave, he took pity on him, and gave him some food. This recognition of his devotion gave “Bobby” the right to make the churchyard his home, and from that time until his own death he never spent a night away from his master’s tomb.
Often in bad weather, attempts were made to keep him inside the chapel, but by dismal howls, he succeeded in making it known that this interference was not agreeable to him, and he was always allowed to have his way. At almost any time during the day he could be seen in or about the churchyard, and no matter how rough the night, nothing could induce him to forsake that hallowed spot, whose identity he so faithfully preserved.
This story illustrates the faithfulness of a dog. Can you imagine what our world would be like if people would demonstrate and live out this level of devotion toward Christ? The Apostle Paul, encouraging the church, expresses the characteristic of faithfulness as one of the fruits of the spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV).
Certainly, faithfulness and the other fruits of the spirit lived out in our day-to-day lives would make this world a better place, and God would be glorified.
Soaring Together,
Dr. Steven M. Lennertz
Founder/Pastor
Eagle Ridge Church

Houses of Worship are Essential

First of all, I wanted to thank the Eagle Ridge Church family for providing your valuable input in the survey found in my weekly newsletter. God’s guidance, your involvement in the survey, and the remarkable events over the last 24 hours influenced this announcement.

Friday, May 22, President Trump declared, “Houses of worship are essential.” I certainly agree with this statement. He went on to say, “churches can open, and I will override any governor who attempts not to allow it” (myparaphrase).

The negative impact of COVID-19 on the world is tragic. Loss of life, job loss, and economic turmoil are all real travesties. As we begin to re-open and recover, wisdom in the process of doing so is essential. Through much prayer and guidance from the Lord, I believe God is moving me to start the process for physical gathering once again.

Currently, Eagle Ridge Church provides online worship services. These include 8:30, 10, 11:30 AM services broadcasted on Facebook every Sunday morning (PDT), posted on our website home page, and the Eagle Ridge Church App every Sunday morning. We will continue to offer these options. God blessed us tremendously through this avenue of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, and as a result, thousands will continue to hear about God’s love.

On Sunday, June 7th, we will begin again, gathering at 10:00 AM with one service. Social distancing protocols will be in place, including hand sanitizing stations, no-touch thermometers used, no handshaking, and face masks suggested (bring your own). Sanctuary seating spaced out for proper distancing, and additional outdoor seating available in the courtyard for those who prefer to be outside. There will be no children’s ministry this first Sunday back (children can sit with you). We will add additional services as the need arises.

On Sunday, May 31st, at 10:00 AM, there is going to be a service for staff and volunteer leaders only (not open for the general public), for preparation and to get the system I want to implement in place, so we are ready the following week for the congregation and guest.

If you are sick or have compromised health conditions, please stay home and watch our service online. If your not comfortable or ready to attend physically, I understand. As you can see, you have options for worshiping with your church family at Eagle Ridge.

Please pray for churches and pastors right now. Please pray for me. Undoubtedly, we are unable to please everyone as we proceed forward in our ministries, and I’m sure mistakes will certainly take place, but know your pastors are doing their best to move forward in God-honoring ways.

Blessings,
Pastor Steve


Making Room For Christmas

It is through these humble beginnings that a Savior was born . . . 

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

King Jesus, Savior for ALL mankind—God’s Son, God’s only Son. Come to save the world from sin and death—to save us from the SUFFOCATING CLUTCHES of Satan’s hold on our lives.

A king ought to arrive in splendor, in the ease of comfort and niceties. Bethlehem should have prepared, honored, respected the arrival of such a king, and reserved the best seat, bed-and-breakfast, five-star inn the city had to offer. But there was no room for Mary and Joseph. There was no room for Mary to give birth in the city of Bethlehem. So Jesus was born in a manger—a stable. It was a barn for stock animals,  cows, chickens, and the like. Mary, as any mother would do, wrapped her newborn baby to warm Him, keep him safe, then she laid she laid her newborn infant in a trough, not a bassinet, or a crib, but a trough that farm animals ate from. All because, Bethlehem would not, could not make room for the Savior of the world!

This is an amazing story that leaves us faced with sobering questions, “Have you prepared for the coming of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you made room for Jesus in your City, your home, and your hearts?


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