Bible Verses for Times of Trouble... from Pastor Mark
When Billy Graham's health began to really fade, he was physically unable to read the Bible. He said that he was grateful that he had memorized Scripture earlier in life so he could draw up God's wisdom in his sick bed.
In Psalm 119:11, David said: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." David memorized Scripture to keep him sinning. Folks, you need Scripture to help you stave off worry, despair, fear, and doubt too!
For many years, I have been memorizing Scripture. I have thought that there might come a time when I wouldn't be able to get to a Bible. I have seen how worry and temptation can hit you when you don't have a Bible in your hand. As I become older, I have seen the power of the Bible when it is in my mind and in my heart. So I have memorized Bible verses.
Since we are living in very challenging times, I encourage you to read, memorize, and meditate on God's Word. This week, I want to give you several Bible verses that will help you and strengthen you in times of trouble. Here they are:
Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."
Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Psalm 27:1, 5: "The LORD is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? ... For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock."
Psalm 46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God"
Psalm 56:3: "When I am afraid, I will trust in you."
Psalm 68:19: "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."
Psalm 91:1-2: " He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' "
Ps 112:6-7: "Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD."
Proverbs 18:10: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe."
Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 59:1: "Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear."
Micah 7:7: "But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
John 16:33: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:35,38-39: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Philippians 4:6-8: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19: "And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 1:7: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"
1 Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
That brings me to this Sunday. I invite you to the on-line campus of East Hills Church! Bring your Bible, a smile, and your family to the couch and recliners. In the comfort and safety of your home, Pastor Jonathan and I will do our best to inspire you, encourage you, and teach you.
We now have several ways to watch our service! After 9 AM on Sundays, you can now follow us and subscribe to us and share messages with friends:  
on Youtube.com  
or Facebook.com  
or our website, www.easthillscc.org.  
On the home page of our website will be a link that says "Watch This Week's Sermon." That will take you to our "Messages" page where you can click on this week's sermon which is titled: "Re-Train Yourself with Bible Heroes!" Then, at the top of the page on the left side it might say "TruthCasting requires Adobe Flash Player." Click on "Get Flash." You need to install it on your computer if you don't already have it. You can expand the screen at the arrows to watch the music and message from there. Click on the "play" arrow in the middle of the sermon and the sermon should start. You can also download the sermon outline too.
Folks, we will get through this challenging time with God's help. Trust Him. Don't falter. Keep the Lord first! Tell your friends and family about faith in Christ! Keep lookin" up!

I love being your pastor!
Pastor Mark Platt
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This Sunday's Message
This week, we will continue our sermon series called "How to Handle Real Trouble."  Our goal is to give you tools to handle the harsh difficulties of life when they come and the current challenges we are facing.  Pastor Mark's sermon is titled "Re-train Yourself with Bible Heroes."  We will show some godly people in the Bible who have traveled through trouble and let their examples teach skills to handle troubles and problems with God's help.  Go to www.easthillscc.org and click on "Watch this week's sermon" or any of the social media icons.  If you don't have Adobe Flash, click "Get Flash."  We'll give inspire you, encourage you and give you constructive help on handling trouble when it comes!  Join us!
What's Next!
Join EHCC in Prayer

Join us in prayer each night at 7 PM. This is nothing on-line or formal. Just find a quiet place in your home to pray. You can ask your spouse and/or your family members to join you in prayer too. Please join us in praying for seven specific things?:
1. Pray for protection, and for containment of the Coronavirus.
2. Pray for wisdom for our leaders as they deal with the virus.
3. Pray for God's protection and guidance for our medical professionals as they treat those affected.
4. Pray for those whose businesses, jobs, and incomes are affected.
5. Pray for those who are the most vulnerable to the attack of this virus.
6. Pray that God will use this time to bring our nation to repent, trust Christ, and bring spiritual change to our prodigal nation.
7. Pray for the ministry of East Hills with our on-line Sunday service, our devotionals on Facebook, our phone conversations, our witness in our neighborhoods, and with each other.
Support God's Work at EHCC
The economy is hitting us all very hard. But don't stop giving to God's work on this hill! So, we need you to give regularly and sacrificially. We need to fully support our worship pastor and his family so they can pay their bills. We still have utilities and other bills to pay. We have missionary support to send. We want to expand our "on-line" presence during this time and that requires money. Please intensify your financial support of East Hills during this time.
There are 4 ways to give:
Option 1: Mail checks to East Hills at 12000 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94519
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Option 4: Set up on-line banking with your bank and list East Hills as a payee.
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If you are unable to watch our on-line service, you can receive a transcript of Pastor Mark's message by US Post Office Mail. Contact Pastor Jonathan at 925.628.0906, or email him here with your name and address and we will send it to you. (You might consider helping EHCC with gift to cover the postage.)
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"Need Prayer"

As we weather this storm together, we are trying to keep the lines of communication open, especially for prayer. If you have a prayer need, please click the button and submit your prayer. We have a dedicated team who will pray for you and your situation. Prayers can be marked "confidential" for Pastor Mark. If not marked, they will go to the prayer team.
Continue to pray for our search team and our elders as they seek God's next leaders for our church. Each week, they are contacting potential pastors. They are looking for a godly, gifted, and faithful pastor that God has already chosen for EHCC.
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Rest In The Sovereignty Of God 
Rest In The Sovereignty Of God
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I Raise A Hallelujah 
I Raise A Hallelujah
Talkin' To The Big Guy Quiz
Who prayed the following prayers?
(See answers below)

1) "I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer--twice, but I will say no more."

2) "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being."

3) "Lord, save me!"

4) "The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.... But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God."

5) "Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services."
Current Sermon Series
New Sermon Series
Right now, some people think they are in real trouble. This virus has hit jobs, businesses, finances, and so much more. People are in a panic so there are shortages, school closures, and health emergencies. Many have worries and even fear.
How do we handle real trouble? For the next 10 weeks, Pastor Mark will be giving a series of messages from the Bible called "How to Handle Real Trouble." Each Sunday, we will post a new video sermon at www.easthillscc.org. We want to inform you, encourage you, and give you God's help for the time you are in real trouble. Join us!


1. March 22 - Psalm 46;10 -
Rest in the Sovereignty of God
2. March 29 - Hebrews 13:7 -
"Re-Train Yourself with Bible Heroes"
3. April 5 - Job 27:5 -
"Retain Your Integrity and Your Faith"
4. April 12 - Revelation 21:4 -
"Rejoice in the Resurrection"
5. April 19 - Habakkuk 3:17-19 -
"Refuse to Quit"
6. April 26 - Romans 12:2 -
"Re-program Your Mind"
7. May 3 - Philippians 4:6-7 -
"Reach Out to God in Prayer"
8. May 10 - Lamentations 3:22-23 -
"Remember God's Faithfulness"
9. May 17 - Philippians 3:13-14 -
"Reboot to a New Life"
10. May 24 - Psalm 46:1 -
"Rely on God"
In The Bible (Reading Plan)

Weekly Through the Bible Readings
Now that we are forced to stay home and "shelter in place," this would be a great time to read the Bible. Here are the Bible reading schedules for the next six weeks. Join us as we read through the Bible in 2020:  
March 1- 7                 Numbers 18-36; Mark 10-13
March 8-14                Deuteronomy 1-19; Mark 14-16
March 15-21              Deuteronomy 20-34; Luke 1-2
March 22-28              Joshua; Luke 3-6
March 29-April 4     Judges; Luke 7-10
April 5-11                  Ruth-1 Samuel 1-10; Luke 11-13
April 12-18                1 Samuel 11-31; Luke 14-17
April 19-25                2 Samuel 1-14; Luke 18-21
April 26-May 2         2 Samuel 15-24; Luke 22-24

Click to download a .PDF of our 2020 Reading Plan
Men's Bible Study is cancelled until further notice. 
Women's Bible study is cancelled until further notice.
To receive a daily devotional on the weekly Bible reading schedule, you might see the East Hills Facebook page or become a Facebook friend to Pastor Mark.
Answers to "Talkin' To The Big Guy Quiz":
1) Job, when faced with God's questions (Job 40:4,5)
2) Paul, in the prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:16)
3) Peter, walking on the water (Mathew 14:30)
4) Jonah, (Jonah 2:5,6)
5) Nehemiah, (Nehemiah 13:14) 
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