Where is Romania?

Kim LehmannFaith

As I write this, I am less than 72 hours away from boarding a plane bound for Bucharest, Romania. However, I’ve never been to Romania. I’ve never even been to Europe. And I will lead a team of ten other individuals in this country I’ve never been. Over the last month, the excitement has grown in my heart as I … Read More

Reflecting on Costa Rica

Aaron MartinUncategorized

This past spring the Global Mission Team and Community Bible’s spiritual leaders (elders, pastoral staff) committed to a five-year partnership (requiring two trips by CBC teams per year) to train pastors and local church leaders through IBAC (Central American Biblical Institute) in Costa Rica. The primary goals of IBAC are to produce servant leaders who: (1) handle God’s Word accurately; … Read More

But God.

Shannon WilsonFaith

Pastor Todd delivered a message on Father’s Day that was centered around 2 women, one older and one just 12 years of age.  I have always loved this passage of scripture – these two daughters who encounter their Messiah when all seems lost.  I love watching Jesus, “Holiness on the move,” as he enters without hesitation into their utter unclean … Read More

Why Weddings Move Us

Jon Eric WoodwardWorship

I’ve had the opportunity to either attend or participate in five weddings since March. The last one was my daughter’s wedding which I both walked her down the isle and officiated the ceremony. What a joy filled time weddings are. They bring out emotions and feelings that we sometimes don’t feel at any other occasion. There is a particular kind … Read More

The Dark Night of the Soul

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

In Aaron’s most recent sermon in the “Sing” series, he spoke from Psalm 88 which recounts the despair of a man in desperate spiritual loneliness and emotional pain. I’ve experienced that dark place, and Sunday’s message rekindled my emotions from that unenviable season of life. In the final weeks of our cancer journey, Rob said on more than one occasion: … Read More

A Lasting Message

Todd Van DykeFaith

This famous quote by Canadian philosopher Marshal McLuhan tries to put into words the important notion that how you say something is just as important as what you say. “The medium is the message.” In technology, how you receive a message is just as important as the message itself. For example, Facebook, the medium, has changed us more than the … Read More

A New Reference Point

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

All you have to say is November 22, 1963 or September 11, 2001, and everyone knows what you are talking about. The assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers due to a terrorist attack on American soil are reference points by which many people judge or understand other events in life. … Read More

Secret Glory

Shannon WilsonFaith

I’ve been marveling at my azalea bushes the last couple of weeks. As I type this, I can see the row of flowers out my window and it is hard for me to look away from them to focus on my screen. They are in full bloom at the moment and I’ve decided that the pink in my backyard is … Read More

Because of Christ . . .

Jon Eric WoodwardFaith

There is something powerful about thinking about, meditating on and rehearsing the truth about what Christ has done for us.  When we proclaim the truth of what God has done for us because of the obedience of our Savior, joy comes. Hope can be realized and experienced.  Chains loosen and fall. Light begins to pierce stubborn darkness. Anticipation rises. So, … Read More

The Expectation-Experience Gap

Susan BlackFaith

My youngest son, Philip, just got married two weeks ago in the same chapel where Rob and I were married almost 35 years ago. As I anticipated walking down the same aisle that ushered me into my marriage, I inevitably thought back to many fond and joyful memories…and also to the painful lessons of dying to self that brought both … Read More