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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States

717-657-0614

We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

He Will Break Every Chain

Jean Harrison

 I frequently play a song by Jesus Culture at home and one of the lyrics is "there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain".  It gets me excited because I know, personally, that it is the truth.
  A women's Bible study introduced the phrase "generational strongholds" to me.  It was then that I began to think about the alcoholism that plagued both sides of my parent's families.  It was a cruel, destructive, generational stronghold.  I heard nightmarish stories of my grandparents engaged in alcoholic lifestyles.  Did it tear relationships apart?  Were the children permanently damaged from the treatment received by their parents?  Yes and yes!!
  My dad was irrevocably scarred being raised by two alcoholic parents.  In those days, there were no agencies to remove the children from abusive homes.  So what happened to him?  He succumbed and became an alcoholic also.  Poor daddy!  His idea of family time was to take his wife and two little girls to a bar on the weekends and spend a couple of hours drinking.  My sister and I didn't have much of a relationship with him.  Daddy was too absorbed in drowning the demonic memories of his past.
  I can only speak for myself but it has taken me many years to understand the character of my Heavenly Father.  All I could understand of Him in the beginning was through the filter of my childhood memories.  It was very difficult to see a loving, merciful God.  I kept seeing Him as a "fire and brimstone" God.
  Now I believe that my Father's love and patience never runs out.  He always speaks softly to me because He knows the damage that still resides in me. God breathes His grace in me every day.  He saved me and will always be "my Hero".