Forgetful Hearts

Shannon WilsonFaith, Hope, Worship

Easter is my favorite time of year. I recently heard that according to the church calendar, Easter actually lasts for 50 days. I would like to propose that we all commit to wearing pastel colors and provide Cadbury eggs to the congregation during these days at CBC. Who do I need to speak to about that?  (Joking, joking…) In all … Read More

Growing & Changing

Jon Eric WoodwardFaith

You can teach an old dog new tricks. You are never too old to grow and change. I’m so glad those sayings are indeed true! The question before us today is are we growing and changing more and more into the likeness of our Savior, Jesus Christ? If you examine the Scriptures, you see quickly that there were those who … Read More

Loving Like Amnon

Susan BlackFaith, Hope, Worship

The appalling and unsettling story of Amnon and Tamar in 2 Samuel 13 was the subject matter of Aaron’s recent messages on sexual sin and past trauma. The passage paints a grim picture: In Amnon’s broken desire for his half-sister, he “made himself ill.” After he had violated her, Scripture describes Amnon’s twisted emotional response: “… for the hatred with … Read More

3 Ways to Worship

Jake BoremFaith, Worship

While every action and every thought is a platform for worshiping God, there is just something about worshiping God through music and singing that really helps us to redirect our minds and hearts away from whatever they might be latched onto, and place it back onto God. Worshiping God through music is a way of tuning our hearts back to … Read More

Pig-Pen, Oxen, and a Glorious Mess

Todd Van DykeFaith, Hope

Do you remember the Charlie Brown character Pig-Pen from the famous Peanuts cartoon strip? He was Charlie Brown’s friend, who always seemed to have a cloud of dust following him where ever he went.  He could never get clean.  There was one time he was able to get clean, but as soon as he went outside, he instantly became dirty, … Read More

Speaking Your Heart

Aaron MartinFaith, Uncategorized

The cautiousness was present in his eyes the first time that I met him, though I did not quite yet know the depth of pensive hesitation that lie behind his glancing eyes and shifting posture. In some ways, aside from the blissful naivety of his youngest child, it seemed to me that the whole family was in retreat, determined to … Read More

The Tyranny of Worry

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

My mom is the youngest of 11 children. One of her older sisters just recently entered Heaven at the earthly age of 102. Of the 11 children, 9 were daughters. (My mom’s father, a farmer, had hoped for a family of strong rugged farmhands). I grew up surrounded by scores of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We gathered at my grandparents’ … Read More

Why Seeking God’s Reward is Different from the Prosperity Gospel

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

This past Sunday was the final sermon in our Living Generously series. This year, we want to commit ourselves to generously pursuing Jesus through the Word and community, generously loving our neighbors, and generously investing our time, energy, and resources (including money) in gospel initiatives. Where is God asking you to take the next step in your spiritual disciplines, your … Read More

Who Are Your People?

Kim LehmannFaith, Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I was reading Matthew 16:21- 28, where Jesus predicts his own death. In verse twenty-one, “Jesus begins to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day … Read More

Battling Anxiety

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

The world gives countless causes for anxiety. Things happen that we have no control over. Blindsiding pain, circumstantial confusion, and disorienting uncertainty are as inevitable as the rising sun and shifting tides. The fact that we know things are going to happen in our lives that are beyond our control gives rise to anxiety even when there are no specific … Read More