Peacemaking is not Peacekeeping

Josh SandsUncategorized

I regularly meet with couples that struggle with unresolved conflict in their relationship. We all experience conflict. We all have unmet desires and that leads to conflict (see James 4:1-2). Periodically we need to revisit some fundamental truths, establish ourselves firmly there, and then move forward and build on those fundamentals. We need to consider the fundamentals of conflict resolution. … 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

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

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

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

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

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

Home is Where Heroes are Made

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

I read a book a while ago and came across a quote that struck me to the heart and got me thinking. The book is Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls. Bear Grylls is the famous adventurer most known for his hit TV show, Man vs. Wild. It was a family favorite in our house. Bear Grylls … Read More

Duty, Disciple, Delight

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

“I hate going to church.” Has your child ever said something like this? Maybe they don’t really hate going to church. Maybe they say they’re bored, they don’t understand what’s going on in corporate worship, or it’s just not fun. Or maybe it’s not church. Maybe it’s when you try to get them to have a quiet time or pray. … Read More