This week I’d like to encourage all of us to explore three attitudes or actions regarding the coming holiday.
As I talked with Judy Streich about her life in and out from Chapel Hill Bible Church, I was impressed with the far-reaching effects that hospitality has had in her ministry.
Our church family has prepared a feast, a celebration, a banquet for the International Harvest Celebration. This year we are anticipating having more than 500 guests from 25-30 countries – from China, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, France, Italy, Mexico – all coming together to give thanks, to build relationships, to hear about the Greatest Relationship, to enjoy good food and fun together. This is a time for families to come together in celebration!
The folks at CHBC have a desire to help fill out your college experience. Because CHBC is inter-generational in nature, our church family enjoys worshiping, fellowshipping, praying, and playing together. For several years now we have had a Shepherding Family program to allow for college students to spend time away from school for a few hours and to become a part of family life in one of the CHBC families.
Bill and Ruth Wismer met each other in Cypress. Bill was in the Navy and stationed in Cypress; Ruth was living with her parents in Cypress at the time. They met at church, which was to become their home church after their marriage. That church also provided the foundation for their life of hospitality together.
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.
People talk about the Bible’s truthfulness and claim over our lives, but sometimes they forget to claim and prove that the Bible is also sufficient to teach and define all of life, even things like complex social, scientific, and psychological realities known to us in our modern age.
I would like to invite you into the world of one of my friends and share her story with you. Please, would you get yourself a warm cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket, and sit down in the most comfy of chairs, because this story is not going to be an easy one. This story starts with a mama and her two little daughters, living in Michoacan, Mexico.
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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.
As all the glitter and confetti settles from February 8, I am so grateful looking back at this year’s Night to Shine. We saw more than 130 guests with special needs and 75 caregivers come onto our campus that night. During this time we were able to model the love of Christ by showing his love and acceptance of all people. I truly believe that our dance floor and red carpet that night was just a small glimpse of what heaven may look like-everyone celebrating together.
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...