Are you getting tired yet? Are you breathlessly waiting for life to return to normal? Have the blahs overtaken each day? As I’ve read and heard comments about these days, certain categories of coping or trends often appear…
What times we are living in! Never in my lifetime do I remember such as these times. It’s a shock to all of our systems. We stand hand-in-hand with humanity around the world together as we confront this disease in country after country. What an opportunity we have as lives are slowed to a snail’s pace! People are confronted with intense family time or lonely isolation. The ability to control is out the window. We are anxious about our basic need for food and essentials. Our world is literally turned upside down. It wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility that God would use such a time to cause people to think, to question, to be ready to explore, to seek Him. So here we are!
Last week, I asked a question, “What is the one thing that is to be our singular focus?”. That question was prompted by Jesus’ words to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:2-5. These words stun me whenever I read them, and they cause me to shrink back in examination. The church at Ephesus was doing so many things that Jesus could commend them for, and yet … they had drifted away from their love of Jesus. I don’t want to do that, and I know that you don’t either.
We are fast approaching the season when we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself on behalf of all of us when He took all of our sin upon Himself as He hung on the cross, separated from His Father, and shed His blood for us. We are approaching the season when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death on our behalf so that we can be redeemed into God’s image and into His family to live with Him forever.
I’d like to turn to some thoughts on how we can position ourselves to be equipped for service during this pandemic where we are.
As we go through the Psalms, I can’t help but think about the impact that this book has had in my life. Capturing every range of the human experience, the Psalms are more than an intellectual exercise but a powerful emotional adoration of God.
Each Sunday morning, the halls of Bible Church fill with a beautiful picture of the Gospel. That is, we are a fellowship made up of every generation and stage of life. Part of that beautiful picture is those who are in their college years, walking through both an exciting and crucial stage of life. As we gather alongside these students each Sunday, I would like to offer four ways that we can better love the college students who call CHBC home.
In my sermon for our Hot Topics series, I tried to provide a balanced and biblical vision for just war. I pulled from a lot of resources to prepare for that sermon—many more than the two books that a few lucky members received that morning—and I’d like to provide those resources here at the CHBC blog for anyone who wants to dig deeper.
I have just started to enter into the beginning stages of longing for the transition into Fall –– you know, for the cooler weather, the changing of the colors, the smell of burning wood –– it is my favorite time of the year. But I don’t want to skip out on the remainder of summer because there is something about this season that creates an environment to invite people into fellowship. That is why you have heard many of us on the blog emphasizing the theme of hospitality.
The first time I met Kent Hughes was several years ago in a loud burger pub in Indianapolis during the Gospel Coalition conference. Although at times it was hard to hear Kent over the rumbling of hundreds of other pastors crowded in for a quick dinner before the evening plenary session –– not an ideal setting to get to know someone –– thankfully, his voice was not too unfamiliar.
So far, I have argued for church membership from Scripture. I have also contended that church membership is one way to love our pastors. With this post, I want to think about how church membership can help us become more fully obedient to Christ.
In my previous post, I stated my conviction regarding the structure and function of the local church and defended that position from Scripture. In this post, I want to consider one verse in Hebrews and think about how it should influence our thoughts on and practice of church membership.
I think there is general agreement that the family of God is a necessary part of the individual Christian’s life. However, from various conversations I have noticed that the mode of engaging in this community is debated. Disagreement arises from various understandings of the concept of “the church.” For some, this word refers exclusively to the Church universal – the group of regenerate Christians across time and space that will be ultimately and fully united to Christ as his bride. Whatever “the church” is, it is certainly not less than this.
As we strive to be a body of believers that follows Christ we often know that means to love others. But pause for a moment and think to yourself, how would I show love to someone walking through the doors of the church for the first time? Have an idea in mind? Now, what if that person walking through the doors had special needs?
I’d like to introduce you to a girl named Self, “myself” to be more specific. For so many years, Self has fought to put into words what she felt, the suffering she’s faced and the agony of shame that has weighed her down. You know how Pastor Jay refers to our “backpacks?” Well, Self’s backpack is loaded with bricks that have caused much heartache.
A lot has happened this past year at CHBC. God’s been at work!!! Check out the compilation that was shown last night during our Annual Meeting. What was the most memorable moment for you this past year???
This past Saturday (April 6), 200+ from our church family gathered to worship before scattering around the Triangle to serve 12 local partners that are really making a difference in people’s lives. Here’s a glimpse of all we accomplished in Jesus’ name.
CHBC member, Angela Bortone, shares how God overwhelmed her with guilt from sinful habits in her life through a relationship with an international Christian family and how it prepared her to walk through physical trials with multiple sclerosis.
This week we had confirmation from our contractor of something they had told us two weeks ago, that we have been sitting on … *drum roll* Mark your calendars for December 16 for a dedication and open house for the new building! Hooray! More details will come soon about what that event will involve – you won’t want to miss it!
Those of you who have been following this process know that we have been awaiting news of an official date for our certificate of occupancy: we can’t tell you yet what that date will be, but we are closer than we ever have been to being able to announce it.
We passed a critical milestone this week – we had a successful start-up of the HVAC system. Particularly in the chapel, we needed to have the air conditioned so that we could open the crates containing the ceiling slats. At the moment it is very toasty in there – and...