Relish the wonder of this Christmas season!

Rick FosterUncategorized

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” –Romans 15:4  In preparation for our Advent sermon series, I have been studying the prophecies in the Old Testament that give us the striking details surrounding Jesus’ birth.  I’ve been amazed, once again; that over … Read More

The Truth About Joy

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

God’s Word is encouraging, helpful and informative about the topic of joy. Observe how almost every verse listed below in some way or another points to a connection with Christ. Allow the Word to encourage your heart and mind today. As you meditate on the verses below choose to walk in His joy despite what you may be going through. … Read More

Thanksgiving In Light of Eternity

Josh SandsUncategorized

As we approach the festive season, which includes Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to reflect in my personal study on what Scripture has to say about being thankful. There are passages that speak to thankfulness from Leviticus 7:12 in the Old Testament through Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Tim.1:12) in the New Testament.   As I pray prayers of thanksgiving, they are … Read More

Blessings

Dave AnnanUncategorized

This time of the year always seems to initiate lots of sentimentality to my heart.  Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and before you know it will be Christmas!  I have lots of memories that cause me to reflect and pause on God’s goodness to me in my life. I cannot even begin to count all the great things … Read More

Our Joy is rooted in an event

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

Where do you find your greatest joy? What brings you the most pleasure? What motivates and drives you? What brings you the most fulfillment? The past few weeks I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot. And it finally hit me that ultimate fulfillment and joy is rooted and grounded in an event. All of us live out of the … Read More

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