Captive Thoughts

Shannon WilsonFaith, Hope

When my mother had a stroke 5 years ago, her right frontal lobe was struck by the trauma of the hemorrhage on her brain. This trauma was centered in the language center, which meant that her brain no longer processed language in the correct way. Week after week, month after month, I sat in a chair and listened in awe … Read More

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

Susan BlackFaith

I remember when I first heard the phrase “preach the gospel to yourself.” You may have heard Todd mention this same phrase in his message on Sunday. When I heard it years ago, I didn’t fully understand it, nor did I put it into practice. However, when Todd spoke about it on Sunday morning, it hit home in a different … Read More

A Tech-Wise Parable, Part 1

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

There was a young Student Pastor, named Blake Jorem. And he had an idea for a student summer trip. Blake gathered all the parents for a special meeting to discuss the trip and go over the details. His plan was simple, he thought.  He would take the students from Church of the Biblical Community on a trip to New York … Read More

Be Still

Haley TallmanFaith

I struggle with being still. Even in the moments that I do “nothing,” my mind will race with all the things I need to be doing, deadlines I need to meet or things I need to plan. I’ll find myself scrolling Pinterest to plan the next meal, texting a friend to catch up, or over-thinking every possible outcome to a … Read More

Congregationalism, Elder Leadership & You

Josh SandsUncategorized

Community Bible Church is said to be congregationally ruled and elder led, but what does that mean for the church family – those who are covenant members of the body? As we ponder this question, I think it is helpful to begin by briefly examining the three main structures of church government (polity): the episcopal, the presbyterian, and the congregational. … Read More

Playing UNO

Kim LehmannUncategorized

Earlier this year, my daughter was introduced to the game, UNO.  She has become slightly obsessed with it ever since. There is rarely a day that goes by that she isn’t begging me or her Daddy or her oldest brother to play a game of UNO with her.  And she’s good. At five years old, she gets it. She understands … Read More

Confirming Our Standing Before God

Aaron MartinFaith

Sam grew up in a Christian home. She placed her faith in Jesus at a young age, and she was baptized shortly thereafter. She learned more about following Jesus from her mom and her small group leader at church. She grew in her faith, and her zealousness for Christ was real. Her teenage years were rather mundane and uneventful, filled … Read More

Citizens of Heaven

Shannon WilsonFaith

A couple of weeks ago, Aaron began our series in the book of Colossians and asked us this question: How can we know if we are growing in maturity in Jesus? One way that we know is that we live with an ever-increasing awareness that we are dual citizens – citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven while at the same … Read More

Wonderful Counselor

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

There is a story in I Kings 12 about Rehoboam, son of Solomon, who was about to become King of Israel.  He sought the wise counsel of the elders that had served his father Solomon and they responded with good, sound, godly counsel.  But according to verse 8, “he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him … Read More

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Susan BlackFaith

I once heard a friend say, “Becoming a mom is like breaking up with yourself.” The straightforward reality of that statement resonated in my heart for days. In like manner, I believe we can also say, “Becoming a Christian IS breaking up with yourself.” And yes…breaking up is hard to do. Because, as Aaron often reminds us, we love us some … Read More