Beyond the Bulletin

Books About God: Mere Christianity

David Wood liked kung fu and communism, and he hated America and Christianity, so China seemed like a logical destination. But he was hugely disappointed — nobody he met in China knew kung fu or believed in communism anymore. And the only other foreigners in town were American Christians! To make matters worse, he liked us. In four years, David and »

The Love of God

I have a fascination with the history of hymns. I'm sure it has something to do with my upbringing and memories of singing out of a hymn-book every Sunday, or listening to four-part harmonies wafting over me week after week. I cut my musical teeth on hymns - even before learning to read notes on a page my ears were »

Refugee Outreach Team

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19) Imagine you had to flee your country because you and your family were in real danger. You are resettled in a new country but you don’ »

Books About God: Heaven

This book in my series of ‘Books About God’ may seem to be less about God Himself than about something He has made, but what He has made — especially Heaven — tells us a lot about His character. One of Scripture’s comforting teachings is that the sting of death is reduced by believing God’s many promises to us about »

Another Way to Give

How do you normally give to the church? Do you drop a check in the offering bag on Sunday morning? Maybe you mail it to the church? Or do you use the "Bill Pay" feature from your bank? You can also give to the church using CCB (Church Community Builder). Doing it this way means you don't need remember to »

Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul

The Christian life is one of great contrasts - paradoxes, to be more specific. Skim the pages of the New Testament and you'll find this to be true: Find your life, you'll lose it; lose it, you'll find it (Matt. 10:39) Find your rest under a yoke (Matt. 11:29) The last will be first, and the first last »

The Motivation of Good Works

Philippians 2:5-12 I like to break up my devotional readings by paragraphs. I try and assign a paragraph each day to read, study and meditate on. A paragraph can be as short as one verse and other times it can cover as many as 10 verses or more. I do this so that I can follow the specific argument »

Welcome Center Ministry

It’s hard to be new. I once joined a gym (yes, it's true!) and I remember walking around and looking at all the equipment and having no real idea of where to begin or what to do. There were others there who appeared to know what they were doing and they appeared to know each other too for they »

Books About God: My Utmost For His Highest

Suppose that, after Jacob had worked 14 hard years for Rachel’s hand (Gen. 29), Rachel told him, “Okay, Jake, you get fifteen minutes of my attention each day, as long as you don’t wake me up too early.” Or suppose that, after Jesus died for us, we said, “Thanks, Lord. You can have Sunday mornings, plus the time »

In Everything Give Thanks

It was April 1993. Thirty days earlier my daughter, Jana, had been critically injured in a car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway outside of Malibu and was hospitalized at the UCLA Medical Center. My wife and I had returned to the United States from Africa where we had been serving as missionaries in Jos Nigeria. Because our home was »