Troubled by Trouble

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

I wonder if you can hear this song in your head as you read these lyrics: “Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble – trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born. Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry – worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone.” We are a people who are troubled by trouble. It interrupts, … Read More

Authenticity and How It Applies to Discipling the Next Generation

Jake BoremFaith

As a pendulum swings back and forth, so it seems that each up and coming generation intentionally attempts to move in the opposite direction of its predecessor – especially in the areas that the former generation clearly “missed the mark” on. One generation wants the big “gas guzzling SUV’s” and the next generation is all about the fuel efficient Prius. … Read More

Assimilation: First Time Guest to Covenant Member

Susan WagnerUncategorized

Imagine you’ve not been in church for several years, or maybe ever, for one reason or another, but then something changes. An unexpected internal shift compels you to go to church. But you wrestle with this urge because you think “I don’t know where to start…I don’t know anything about what to look for really…I don’t even know what times … Read More

Be Like Jesus.

Kim LehmannFaith

There are many nights after I tuck my kids in bed that I long to crawl in bed myself to drift off to sleep… at 7:30pm. I know, lame. But my eyes are so heavy, and my energy levels are completely spent. The thought of slipping into bed makes me want to sing and dance and shout all at once… if only … Read More

Growing In Grammar = Growing In Jesus

Aaron MartinFaith

What we believe determines how we behave. Even secularists know this is true. This axiom is a foundational belief in therapeutic and behavioral counseling. Our thoughts are catalysts for self-perpetuating cycles in our lives. If you think you are a failure, you will act like a failure. If you act like a failure, it reinforces the idea that you are … Read More

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