Can we be honest about something? Pain sucks. You know it. I know it. You never expect a pastor to say it. But I did. Because it does. A reality check – every single person you know is struggling with a pain you likely know nothing about. Pain can be physical, emotional, mental, relational, or even spiritual. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Pain is as unique as our personalities and fingerprints.
So what can we do about it? I want to talk about that over the next weeks in a new series called Pity or Perseverance. We’re talking about how the pains of life present a choice: wallow in self-pity or become stronger by turning to God. From now until Easter, we will explore the Bible to discover how to become stronger while facing pain. Specifically, we’ll unpack 5 choices that make all the difference between pity and perseverance. 
Pain is personal to me. If you know my story, you know I suffer from chronic pain in a variety of forms including a headache over the last two and half years that my doctors cannot alleviate no matter what we’ve tried. It’s easy, even natural, to turn to self-pity. Been there, done that. The questions are endless. The solutions always seem a little beyond your grasp. The number one goal when we are in pain: Get out of it. In self-pity and the desire to numb our pain, we feel stuck, wallowing in isolation and self-sufficiency. There has to be a better way to live. There is. I’m not promising I can take away your pain, but I am pointing us to the One who will one day end pain, suffering, sin, grief, and death – forever.
If you come to Harvest this Sunday, I’ll give you a free copy of a book I wrote about pain and perseverance called Letters to My Friends in Pain. If you can’t make it to Harvest or would like additional copies for friends, they can be purchased HERE.
God is doing something special these days that you don’t want to miss. And your friends truly need to experience what God is doing. So, bring someone with you this week at 9:00am or 10:45am. If you can’t make it in person, we’re online at 9:00am and all week.

Worship In Person


Two Identical Services

9:00am or 10:45am


2700 Gilham Rd. Eugene, Oregon 97408

We hold two in-person services at 9:00am and 10:45am, while our online service airs at 9:00am on Sundays. We host Kid’s Ministry on campus for 5th grade and under during the 10:45am service. However, kids are welcome to join us in the Worship Center if they choose, where we will provide them with their own Praise Packs.

Your faith truly matters. We are thankful that you are prioritizing your faith, and we want to do all we can to help you grow.

Worship Online



on Facebook and YouTube 



Resources for Kids & Students:

Up to 5th Grade
Up to 5th Grade
Middle & High School

Resources for Parents:

For Parents of Kids up to 5th Grade
For Parents of Middle & High School Age
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