Pure Joy in the Hand

Kim LehmannUncategorized

My son is 7 years old. He’s in the second grade. And he *thinks* he knows everything. No one can tell him anything because he already knows the answer. It’s amazing to me… and drives me crazy all at the same time.  However, I’m not that much different than him.  I remember when I was growing up, I always thought … Read More

Community

Aaron MartinUncategorized

Paul (not his real name) is a no-nonsense, somewhat cynical loner with piercing eyes and a stoic demeanor. He’s the kind of guy whose dream vacation would be hiking the Appalachian Trail all alone. His hobbies included collecting an absurd arsenal of firearms (for the coming zombie apocalypse) and building a home brewery for his favorite IPA craft beer. One … 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

NextGen News

Jake BoremUncategorized

Greetings, CBC family! I wanted to update you with what we have been going through and what we have been learning over the last couple months as a student ministry. Whether you are a parent of a middle school or high school student or even if you do not have children, I hope that informing you as to what our students have been growing in will not only encourage you personally, but … Read More

Are you Asking for Wisdom where Wisdom is Found?

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

One of the things that I tell my children is that they are of the age right now where their mom and I give them a lot of wisdom. Or maybe more accurately, we give them a lot of knowledge that we pray will lead them to wisdom as they grow up.  We also try to teach them, however, that … Read More

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