Beyond the Bulletin

A Thousand Generations

One of the great joys of worshipping with God's people each Lord's Day is seeing men, women and children lifting their voices to "sing praises to the Lord." The practice of praise is a reverberation of what has taken place throughout the history of God's people, and every generation brings with them a song, as it were, to offer on »

The Faith of Heroes

“…of whom the world was not worthy…” In these few brief words found in Hebrews 11:38 we find one of the most surprising and encouraging descriptions given of individuals who are remembered for their faith. In this eleventh chapter of Hebrews one finds one of the longest discussions on the concept of faith. From the beginning, we understand that »

Trusting God

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 4:5) When I was a freshman in college, I was assigned a book to read for my 'Foundations of Biblical Living' class. The book was entitled Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. Little did I know at the time that this book would not only »

The Infinite Blessing of Adoption

In addition to Eva’s December birthday, our family observes May 21 as Eva’s “gotcha day.” On May 21, 1997, two years of frustrating paperwork and waiting ended, and our family of three finally became four. That’s also when I began paying much more attention to what the Bible says about God adopting us. Theologians write whole books »

Books About God: Systematic Theology

During a Bible study several years ago, I heard a phrase I dislike. Struggling to explain a difficult verse, a friend said, “I like to think of God as...” ARRRGH! No—I wouldn’t say it was actually evil to say this; still, this common expression is galling (and often misleading), because what we ‘like to think’ about God is »

What's Going On?

On Sunday morning, it can be difficult to remember the announcements you hear during the service. And then there's the announcements you see on the slideshow before the service. And don't forget about the ones in the bulletin. But don't worry! At any time of day, any day of the week, you can see those important church events by visiting »

Making Straight Cuts

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NASB) In this verse, Paul employs the metaphor of a craftsman. He speaks of a "workman" who accurately handles his materials, making straight cuts, so that what is produced does not bring »

There Is Hope In Croatia

This past month ABEFC had the opportunity to take a team of 11 students and 3 adults on a short-term missions trip to Croatia to assist a number of churches in running a 1-week festival called Ima Nade (“There is Hope”) in Cakovec, Croatia. As a nation, Croatia is a spiritually dark place. While the Roman Catholic Church still plays »

Books About God: The Discipline of Grace

There are giants in town! Colorado Springs’ many blessings include opportunities to meet America’s Olympic athletes, military heroes, and some of the godly people serving in local Christian organizations. One of our ‘giants’ was Jerry Bridges, a Navigator who strove to live what he wrote about in The Discipline of Grace. I used to see him often, but earlier »

Not In Me

In the coming weeks we will be learning a new song together in our Sunday worship services titled Not In Me. This song originates from the ministry of thousandtongues.org (formerly reformedpraise.org) and was written by Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward, who describes its inspiration: What would it sound like for the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 to »