The Eaton Family

Monday, April 21, 2014

Of Donkeys, White Horses, Easter and...The Bee Gees?

Yesterday's Easter service was an awesome time of worship and reverence. Our excellent children's ministry had the kids do a "cardboard testimonies" type of presentation using the names of God as seen in Aaron Jeffrey's "He Is"

This video is great but, IMHO, the kids really brought it to life!

The sermon, "Behold A White Horse"was a follow up to the sermon from Palm Sunday, "Hosanna!" "Hosanna!" was taken from John 12:12-19, a survey of the Triumphal Entry, depicting Jesus approaching Jerusalem on a donkey. Palm Sunday evening, Pastor Scott Ferrell followed "Hosanna!" up with a sermon on Christ's humility, "Humble and Mounted On A Donkey". Taken together, they were a powerful, thought provoking look at an historic day, the first from the crowd's perspective and the second from the perspective of our Lord. 

Despite the throngs of people surrounding Him, shouting "Hosanna!" and worshiping Him, His presence on a donkey was not in harmony with the expectations of most of the crowd. They were expecting, counting on, a political/military conqueror, come to free them from Roman oppression and establish a new kingdom in which the Hebrews would finally assume their rightful place as world leaders and God's chosen people. Jesus, choosing to enter the city on a donkey, instead, makes a clear statement that He has come in peace. 

What's not quite so clear is that the peace He comes in, is peace between man and God (1 Tim 2:5), not peace between the Jews and the Gentiles. The take-home from Palm Sunday's sermon was, "What will you do when Jesus defies your expectations?"

Our Easter sermon was a study in contrast, taking a close look at the difference between

Jesus coming to Jerusalem on a donkey and His return, as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21, on a white horse. It was a stark reminder that, as gentle and humble as Jesus is (Mt 21:5), He will return to battle and defeat Satan and death, once and for all time. That moment will be glorious for those who have received Him as Lord and Savior (Rev 19:6-9)...but terrifying for those that have rejected Him (Rev 19:20-21). 

Aside from the clear evangelistic message, there was a caution to see Jesus Christ as, not merely a gentle, kind, smiling, loving Savior, He is certainly all those things. But He is also a conquering King (Rev 17:14, 19:16) whose wrath will pour out on all sin (Rev 16:1). These are concepts that are startlingly scarce in most gospel presentations today. Much of the church wants to embrace the Jesus who is kind to children and little lambies, but distance itself from a holy God whose aim is, not only to sanctify a bride for His Son, but to demand the "wages of sin" (Rom 6:23) from all those who reject Him. 

Wrath, repentance, obedience....words like these are no longer welcome in a culture that is becoming increasingly intolerant of a God who is holy, perfect and pure. Ironically, this intolerance is passionately the name of tolerance. Just as ironically, much of the same attitude is expressed by much of His church today. It would seem that even some of the church, the bride He will come for, prefers a kinder, gentler God than we see in the Scriptures.

This is not, in any way, to say God is not kind and gentle. But, being God, He will not tolerate a casual attitude toward sin, a lack of holiness nor the absence of reverence, either in the world...or in His church. 

The message of "Behold A White Horse" was, "When the skies rip open and judgment comes thundering out of heaven in unbridled fury, riding a white horse, his robes dipped in blood...what side of the horse will you find yourself on? The side of His armies...or the side He is bearing down upon?"

In order for the church to remain healthy and vibrant in an environment that increasingly demands it conform to their standard of religion and spirituality, it must meditate, study and embrace a fully realized God and present a fully realized gospel. Nothing less will do. 

As an aside, to be filed under "Unintended Circumstances", this is one of the photos used to illustrate the popular perception of Jesus. Nothing wrong with the photo but not much right about it either. In it we see a Jesus that is neatly coiffed, smiling, immaculate, good looking and handsome in a chiseled-sensitive-guy sort of a way. Aside from flying in the face of how Scripture describes the King of kings and Lord of lords (Isa 53:3), a number of folks also mentioned that the man in the drawing bears a remarkable resemblance to one of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb. they may have a point. See for yourself;

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our Son-in-Law, Todd

Just thought I'd brag on my son-in-law (Todd Eaton) for a moment.  We're so proud of him. 

Last year he graduated with a BS from Lancaster Bible College and this year his full time employer, the state of Vermont, is paying 90% of his college tuition for him to get his masters in engineering/business management.  We know God has had a great plan all along, even when Ruth (our daughter) and Todd and Sammi wanted to move here to be closer to Grandpa John and Grandma Kelly.

Many of you prayed (Thank you!) for Ruth and Todd over their 10 years of marriage, due to the spiritual state of the church they were attending early in their marriage.  Thanks to our God and His work (in ALL of our lives) and His amazing grace, our wonderful son-in-law has matured into an incredible, godly, solid, wise man.  

I believe one timely trip to the Basics Conference opened Todd's eyes -- not the teaching so much but the witness of our own men at Warrenton Bible Fellowshiphow they talked about God and knew Him intimately.  

Thank you men, for your unknown investment, netting eternal rewards for you in heaven.

I appreciate Todd so much -- for the way he loves our daughter and granddaughter and personally, for the encouragement he's been to me and John.  But he's also a man who thinks about God, one who ponders.  I love that because I'm a ponderer too.  So, with that in mind...

I'm posting the link to Todd's blog, in case you'd like to read his insights/ponderings on Jacob for your edification -- to learn more about Jacob and maybe even a little about Todd.    

Thanks for your continued prayers for our children (our son Jason too!) and grands (baby Alistair John Eaton, coming June 2014!).


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Reading Plans and Resources for the Coming Year

Here is a list of all the books, CD packages and reading plans mentioned in our Jan 5 sermon, "Starting Strong". All the books and CDs are available through our bookstore or at CBD and Amazon. Most are available on Kindle and iBooks as well. 

Books on Prayer

Devotional Books
CD Series (these are available through the WBF Bookstore or at Wretched Radio)
  • Drive By Theology
  • Drive By Church History
  • Drive By Marriage
  • Drive By Parenting
  • Drive By Discernment
  • Drive By Pneumatology
  • (There's also a "Drive By Hermaneutics" for those that want to get deeper into interpreting the Bible)
Bible Reading Plans (all these plans a more can be found on the WBF web site)
  • Every Word In the Bible - 1 chapter a day for 3 years
  • 5x5x5 - The entire New Testament, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week with 5 ways to go deeper.
  • Straight Through the Bible - Simple, easy to follow, 1 year Bible reading plan
  • Historical - The Old Testament in the order the books are found in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament in the order they were written
  • Chronological - The entire Bible depicting the events in chronological order
  • Professor grant Horner's Bible Reading Plan - 10 readings a day for 8 months
Here are a few hints on Bible reading Plans
  • If you've never done this before, start with a relatively easy plan and work your way up to the more involved ones. this will help you build a discipline for life.
  • If you fall behind by a number of days, don't feel like you have to catch up. That can be discouraging. Remember, the goal is to get through the Bible, not conform to a calendar. 

A great Bible reading web site that will help you track your daily reading and offers some devotional books as well is You Version. You Version is very flexible, customize-able and comes in apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android. Highly recommended!

We'll be happy to email you any of the reading plans or make further recommendations on the books or CDs. Let us know!

May the Lord bless you mightily and strengthen you boldly in your commitment to study and absorb His word!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Israel slide Show

Kelly and I were blessed to be able to travel to Israel last November. While we could fill a sizable travel log with the stories of the people we met, the places we went and the incredible things we saw, I wanted to share with you a short slide show Kelly put together. I believe this is one of the gifts Kelly has. She manages to capture a lot of the emotion and wonder of the moments she photographs. Her slide shows are incredible...just like she is!

Israel short film from Kelene Kuvakas on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Note from John & Kelly

As we reflect upon the joys of this day and come near the end of another year, once again, we find ourselves humbled and mightily blessed with the honor of serving such a wonderful and warm church family. 

From the deepest recesses of our hearts, we thank you for embracing us, allowing us to share your lives and being such an encouragement as the two of us strive to honor Him in all we do, in our human frailty, not always succeeding but never failing to feel your love and support. We marvel at the beauty and unity with which we see our Lord blessing the precious group of brothers and sisters, another gift of His amazing grace.

We love you, covet your prayers, pray for you and, with great excitement and anticipation, look forward to sharing the joys and blessings of the coming year. 

May you, your homes and your loved ones be blessed with peace and joy as well as a profound sense of the great and marvelous gift we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

John 1:1–5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Blessings & peace,
​John & Kelly Kuvakas