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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.

Weekday Musings with Pastor Brian

Whoa... Two posts in one week.  What's going on?  Actually, I want to share an excellent article I received from Thom Rainer, President of Lifeway, prior pastor, and seminary professor, on: Nine Concerns about Church Members Who Withhold Their Financial Gifts.  If you're a pastor, you've experienced it.

Thanksgiving: In Everything-For Everything

Jean Harrison

The holiday of Thanksgiving is but a reminder of what a Christian should be living out each and every day, throughout the year.  And I do get it… sometimes it is sooo hard to be thankful.  Sometimes I just want to give in to my depressed feelings, let my sadness and frustration have their way, and throw a pity-party… but then let’s get real… I’d be the only one showing up. 

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Rigged Polls - or - Sovereign God?

Jean Harrison

I don’t know about you, but when I woke up this morning (Nov. 9th) and checked the news feed on my smart phone, I was quite surprised by the election results… really surprised.  And it seems I am certainly not alone.  For the past few months it seems we have been fed a steady diet of polls from the national and even many of local news outlets that showed Mrs. Clinton very much in the lead over Mr. Trump.

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Of Clowns and Concerns

Jean Harrison

I noticed this news feed this morning: “Clown Concerns: Parents plan to be armed while trick-or-treating.”  Heaven forbid someone should err and dress up as a clown this season.  What in the wide-world of American culture has happened to clowns?

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It Probably Isn't "Their" Fault

Jean Harrison

Earlier this week I came across an article that pretty much said what I have known and been trying to say as God’s pastor for long time now.  The article just said it better, but hey… it’s not my fault! Seriously, though, over the years I have encountered scores of parents who are upset by their grown children’s choices, behavior, and lack of church attendance - or better - pursuit of God.  Most had plenty of people and things to blame.

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Concerned or Practical Atheist?

Jean Harrison

When does concern - legitimate concern - pass into worry, or anxiousness, or even fear?  When does something that concerns us enough to pray mightily morph into something that is sinful?  In this case, the key is found in the “praying”.  When there is an absence of prayer, or a lack of trust in God’s control and care, we have crossed the line.

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What Are We to Make of All of This?

Jean Harrison

As I prepare to write this, I realize I am not just swimming against a cultural tsunami, I will offend and torque off many who do not really believe that God meant what He said in Scripture. I get that.  But I also know there are times when it is important to say hard things that seem to be getting missed, especially when the story is about someone who has been publicly professing to be Christian.

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My Recommendation is - Elope!

Jean Harrison

I do not know how many weddings I have done since even before I became a pastor.  My first was to officiate my sister’s wedding back when I was a seminary student.  A great memory.  Since then I have done simple weddings, fancy weddings, outdoor weddings, even a wedding out on a Florida lake on a boat.  But I have observed something troubling… Weddings are becoming increasingly expensive and elaborate.

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Saying Hard Things

Jean Harrison

“Hard is not bad, it is just hard.”  A good friend was fond of saying that.  I think about these words often.   I have a quiz for you; what do these words have in common:  Witchcraft, spiritists, lying, deceit, adultery, false witness, homosexuality, insincere worship, pride, prayers from those who ignore God, taking advantage of the poor and needy, and those who justify wickedness and condemn the righteous?

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Boycotts and Christians

Jean Harrison

Unless you’ve been hanging out on Pluto for the past few weeks, you’ve likely heard that Target, essentially in a commitment to not discriminate against transgendered folks, has come out and said that they are going to allow anyone to use whatever bathroom they “gender identify” with.  Soon after that announcement the American Family Association (AFA) called for a boycott of Target Stores, to which the last I have heard, over a million people have signed on.  What should we do???

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The Past is the Past

Jean Harrison

I just saw a really poignant post on Pinterest: “Generally, people like to bring up your past, when your present and future appears to be better than theirs.”  Did you catch that?  I sure did. I have witnessed that played out way too many times, and tragically all too often in the church, and among those who profess to be among the adopted saints of God.

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No Pain - No Gain

Jean Harrison

Anyone who has spent anytime working out has likely heard the phrase, "No Pain - No Gain".  It is not entirely true, but there is some truth to it.  I remember well when a friend got me running again a few years ago... There was pain. A physical “terrorist” friend called it an “overuse injury”.  How embarrassing.

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Throwing Stones at Barking Dogs

Jean Harrison

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”  ― Winston S. Churchill

I read this in my devotion today.  I love Churchill quotes, and this one really spoke to me.  I have been told that I have A.D.D.  (Attention Deficit Disorder for the acronym haters).  I’ve never really been diagnosed with this by a doctor, nor, I suppose have I stopped long enough to really consider it… but I suppose I resemble that.  I confess, at times, I am easily distracted.  

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Who Are You Hanging Out With?

Jean Harrison

I do devotions online with some friends each morning.  Our Scripture this morning was Psalms 1:1-6.  Check out the first verse: Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. This week I learned that two good people passed...

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Buzzards and Blizzards

Jean Harrison

As I write this blog, I am watching it snow once again.  It is beautiful.  But… Just a few short weeks ago, we had in our area what I have referred to as “snow-mageddon”.  Harrisburg was slammed with about 30 inches of snow.  It beat all records for our area.

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Answered Prayer - Ready or Not...

Jean Harrison

As many of you know, Daniel is one of our Deacons and leaders in the church.  I have never met anyone more expectant of God showing up... and humble enough to find the humor when we have one of those, "What was I thinking?" moments.  Enjoy!

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The Itch of Discontentment

Jean Harrison

Last night we got our first snow (such as it is), along with wind and cold temperatures.  It seems winter finally got our address.  Jean (my wife) shared with me this morning that Facebook is lighting up with complaints and longings to head to warmer climates.  I find myself both laughing and sad. 

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What Would You Bet on Love?

Jean Harrison

I do not gamble at all with money, and I would never, ever advocate that anyone do so.  But… let me ask for argument’s sake; what would you bet on love?  If marriage could be distilled into one word, once concept that defined it, I would argue that the word would be...

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Has Gratitude Healed You?

Jean Harrison

How often do these words - “Thank you God” - cross your lips? How often does genuine gratitude fill your heart? This isn’t a peripheral issue; it’s actually central and critical to our faith.  Only when we acknowledge God as the gracious provider of general blessings—such as life, breath, food, shelter, and even our jobs and careers—do we begin to comprehend our need for God in a personal way, and then to express faith in Him. 

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A Heart to be Thankful

Jean Harrison

I’ve learned something over the years.  No one really likes pity-parties, not even God.  It is one thing to come alongside someone hurting, grieving, going through really hard times; that is what Christians do (e.g. Gal. 6:1-2).  It is another to hang around someone who persists in a gray funk of feeling sorry for themselves.  It can try even the most sincere friendships.  

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Feeling "Disconnected"?

Jean Harrison

I remember well, thinking to myself, that the proverbial grass has to be better over yonder.  It isn’t.  It really isn’t, it’s just different.  And I am also concerned, for the day is coming - sooner than later - in our country, when a true church family will be the only real connecting hope to living out our faith we will have. 

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