The results of the Fall were devastating in so many ways – especially our intimacy with our creator. What had been was no more! Sin had entered God’s beautiful world, and all that He had made was no longer ‘very good’. Following this devastating decision by the first man and woman, Holy God was no longer able to look on sinful man. The relationship was different. And yet, God continued to interact with His people.
Life happens! And quite often, it doesn’t happen according to our expectations. What do we do when we meet the unexpected?
There was a pastor who lived within my lifetime who nearly walked away from his faith as he grieved what he was seeing and experiencing in the evangelical world of his time. I’d like to share some of what he did and what he learned as he struggled. His name was Francis Schaeffer.
Given the specificity with which God gives His instructions, how foolish we would be to proceed without listening and obeying the instructions of the Master Builder!
would like to share with you this week some thoughts I’ve had over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been slowly plodding through Exodus. Here’s where I am in the story: Moses has come down from the mountain after receiving stone tablets from God for the people…
Sabbath gives soul rest because it reminds us to rest in the ultimate work of God, all week long. To that end, I think we should set aside a day every week, as much as possible, to take a Sabbath. So, here are a few suggestions for how to do that…
God is utterly independent, unlike us. Even in whatever degree of independence we may possess, there is still dependance – actually, a lot of it.
What exactly took place at creation? People debate whether the Bible describes the process of creation as a six, twenty-four-hour-day event, or if the days are figurative. Some believe that not taking it as a six-calendar-day event is tantamount to rejecting the truth of the Bible, and that in turn could lead to a host of doctrinal and spiritual problems down the line. Do we take the Bible literally or not?
For a season I feel led to scribble some pastoral encouragements from the Word to you. The last couple years have been challenging, and I sense from the Lord that hard times don’t just leave hard spaces. They also leave empty spaces. The Lord impressed on me the need to fill those spaces with a spiritually-focused, gospel-oriented, encouraging presence. The title of this short pastoral weekly column is Four What It’s Worth…
Thanks to all who donated and participated in praying, packing and sharing the gospel through 184 shoebox gifts.
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! If you were not able to participate in the OCC packing day, please consider packing your box at home in preparation for our drop-off site Nov 15-22.
I recently was privileged to take a 9-day trip to Israel with several other young adults from the broader Christian community at UNC. While learning about Israel’s history and current political divides, my friends and I had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit ancient Biblical sites that are significant to Jesus, Jewish people before the incarnation, as well as the early church after His resurrection.
For the past two weeks, I have been edified by teachings on Luke 4:14-30. In both the youth ministry two Sundays ago, and in the main service only a few days ago, I have heard God’s children speak boldly of Jesus’ ministry. I endeavor now to share how this scripture relates to a realization I have had about the way in which we are (and can be) like children with regards to the Lord.
I wrote this originally as a letter to our CHBC staff, but then realized this letter also could provide the general CHBC family some context to Brent Clark and his influence on our church for almost a decade between 2001-2010 when he served first as our Church Administrator and later as our Pastor for Administration.
This weekend we were blessed to serve meals to our community in a collaboration with CHBC and CHBC en Español. Dozens of you (both from CHBC and “en espanol”) volunteered to make this happen by making, delivering, packaging, and distributing a LOT of home-cooked food for those that needed it this season. In the end, we served approximately 150 people via drive-thru at the church this Sunday afternoon.