Beyond the Bulletin

Temptation to Mutiny

On October 12th, Columbus Day, we honor a brave ship captain. Shouldn’t we also celebrate the faith that Columbus’ sailors had in his leadership? By his calculations, their little ships had enough food and water to cross the Atlantic to Asia. He was off by 9000 miles, but fortunately, there were some islands and a couple of continents in »

Principles from the Life of Daniel

Among the heroes of the Old Testament, Daniel stands out as a model for believers in our modern, secular world. Many spiritual principles in the book of Daniel correct a number of errors prevalent today. Principle #1 A life that is pleasing to God consists of obedience, prayer, and cultivating inner qualities of the heart, rather than adherence to traditions »

Are You Ready to Sing?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:16-17) Our »

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

Feast. We don't use that word much anymore. We attend dinners, receptions, barbecues or banquets, but when was the last time you received an invitation to a feast? Sounds exciting - a feast! I hearkens back to a time when a long table was set to accommodate a huge crowd. Instead of queuing up in a buffet line or waiters »

Dear VBS Skeptic

Dear VBS Skeptic, I was a VBS skeptic. I thought it was a lot of work with little return. From the outside looking in, it looked like glorified summer babysitting and free childcare. Every church in town hosts a VBS program so why should we bother? My jaded thoughts and perceptions went on and on without considering the impact VBS »