Waiting

Rick FosterUncategorized

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” -Psalm 39:7  If we were honest, most of us view waiting as wasted time…stagnate time…or at least a period of time to endure. We have been indoctrinated by our culture to think in terms of productivity. So we push-back against having to wait, thinking there is … Read More

Comfort or Cross

Josh SandsFaith

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” –Luke 9:23-25 One of the … Read More

Foundation

Chad CookUncategorized

My dad has decided to renovate our back yard. So he has been busy all spring and summer making trips from Hickory to help us paint our play set and fence. At times we can definitely say that the task proved to be much more than we anticipated but together we did it and it looks so great. We are … Read More

Spiritual Darkness

Dave AnnanUncategorized

The world in which we live in is pretty dark right now.  I am not speaking of the shorter days as fall approaches.  I am speaking of the spiritual darkness that the Scriptures identify (John 3:19, 12:35, I John 1:6). We look around us and it seems that spiritual darkness is all around us as we wait for the soon … Read More

Generation Shift and Worship

Rick FosterUncategorized

“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” –Psalm 34:3 You’ve heard me encouraging discussion about the generation shift that is occurring in our midst. We need to have these conversations because there are 5 different generations at CBC and each one has its own unique characteristics, values, and ways of thinking. In many churches … Read More

Weddings and Worship

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

There are some amazing similarities between our worship services and weddings. Think about it……When the bride comes in what do we do? We stand to honor her. Our eyes are glued to her as she walks down the aisle. We even strain to see her if we can’t. In the same way we stand at times in our worship. We … Read More

A Response to Charges of Hypocrisy

Josh SandsUncategorized

For most of my life I have heard people talk about Christians being hypocritical. I’ve had good friends even tell me that while they respected me and my faith, that they didn’t want to have anything to do with “church” because it was made up of a bunch of hypocrites. On the other hand, I’ve been driving down the road … Read More

Confessions of a Smoker

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

When I was a kid I used to steal cigarettes from my Mom’s purse and go out in the barn and smoke with my best friend Travis back in LA. We didn’t do it a lot but the little we did still made us feel guilty because we knew it was wrong (both stealing and smoking!). We did that for … Read More

Satisfaction Within a Large Church

Josh SandsUncategorized

Have you ever had what should be a 2-minute dash in and out of a Walmart store turn into a 15-minute marathon that pushes your patience and mental fortitude to the max?  While you’re standing there with the one final but critical ingredient for your dinner recipe in a line that is 9 deep you can’t help but fixate on … Read More

Deep and Quiet

Chad CookUncategorized

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” I am not a fisherman. In fact the last few times I tried fishing I struggled to … Read More