Forgotten God
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Forgotten God

On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, this group will be studying Francis Chan’s book “The Forgotten God.” This group is led by Jamie Bloom on Wednesdays at 6 PM at Real Life. Childcare is provided.

Beyond Understanding
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Beyond Understanding

Written by Sarah Comer

“Sometimes, though, people who suffer become so meshed in the details they hardly see the forest through the trees – for them, trying circumstances become an inconvenient stump or a fallen log that only blocks their path to happiness.” -Joni Eareckson Tada

A few days ago, I was chatting with my grandmother on the phone for a long overdue phone call. My relationship with her is unique because she’s the last living grandparent that I have, and though [...]

Slow to Speak
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Slow to Speak

Written by Erik Gernand

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… – James 1:19

Man, oh man.

“I have a friend” who struggles with these things mightily. I bet you have one of “these friends” too – I mean, hypothetically, of course.

Seriously though, how many times have you entered a challenging conversation, maybe with your boss, your spouse, a child, a neighbor or a friend, and your [...]

Developing Perseverance
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Developing Perseverance

Written by Erik Gernand

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3

There are seasons of life that require something extra from us. I remember a particularly difficult time in my life when I had more plates spinning than hands (and feet!) to hold them. I was in the first few years of marriage, in my first ministry position at a [...]

Finding the Right Story
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Finding the Right Story

Written by Erik Gernand

One of my favorite children’s authors is a guy named Mo Willems. I think his best story is one called “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.” 

 “Wait. What story is that? I thought it was about a girl and some bears.” You might say. And you’d be right to catch that something is not quite right about this story. 

 It’s the story of three dinosaurs who decide to trap a little girl in their house so they can eat her. They plan everything [...]

Delightful Dew
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Delightful Dew

Written by Ashley Hoffner, missionary in Argentina

Well, the dew is actually frozen…making it frost. But I’m trying to be positive in the freezing weather! (See what I did there?) It’s actually been a very cold Fall so far here in Argentina; reaching down to 29°F (-2°C) and it will surely get colder in July and August.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of my office work (in Finances and Short-Term Teams) and also being able to travel with a [...]

Financial Peace University
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Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University: A life-changing guide to faithful financial stewardship, this group is for anyone interested in learning to manage money. Cost is $99 for the member kit. This group will be led by Michael Carter and Amelia Bowen on Sundays at 5 PM at BCC. Childcare is available.

A Peculiar People
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A Peculiar People

There’s this great line in 1 Peter where Peter is reminding Christians that they are a part of something larger than themselves.

They belong to the Christian community.

He writes these words to them,

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

Chosen, royal, holy. God’s special possession. These are great descriptors of the community of people God has [...]

The Greatest Gift
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The Greatest Gift

My great-grandson was born four months pre-mature.

My son and I had just gotten back from my mother’s funeral. We were about a block away from his driveway when he got the call that Maggie may lose the baby. After a couple of days, she gave birth to little Julien; he was one pound, six ounces. He looked like a normal baby, just so tiny.

The grief Hunter and Maggie had felt turned to hope, joy, and the deepest love I have [...]

Two Doctrines
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Two Doctrines

Written by Bryan Holmes

I have been going through a journey in life recently…maybe you could even call it a pilgrimage. One of the things I am learning through this journey is that I have 2 doctrines at play in my life. One doctrine- we can call this one the conscious doctrine- is the one in which you say you believe. The other doctrine- we can call this one the subconscious doctrine or true doctrine- is the one in which your [...]