Beyond the Bulletin

Reflections on 20 Years of Ministry at ABEFC

In early August of 1997 Leigh Ann and I moved all of our earthly possessions in a small moving van from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs. I had graduated from seminary just a couple of months earlier and we were now headed to our first ministry assignment with excitement and eagerness. I had been called to serve as the Youth »

An Investment Opportunity

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) There are »

Up is Down, Down is Up

On Sunday, August 6th, we will return to our normal Sunday morning schedule. While we will continue to offer the same quality Christian education options for all ages, the locations of those classes might be different than they were in May. In our original communication with the church concerning Above & Beyond (which was formerly called Project: Next), we discussed »

Called to Be God's Stewards

One day the wicked king Ahab gazed out at his neighbor’s land. This fellow Naboth had a fine vineyard that was the envy of the king. Ahab decided he had to have that vineyard. He paid a visit to Naboth and offered him a fair price or another piece of land, whichever Naboth preferred. Naboth told Ahab: “The Lord »

Discipling Your Children with Awana

An exciting year approaches as we come alongside parents who are discipling their children to know, love, and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Awana is an international ministry that assists churches in reaching children with the gospel of Jesus Christ, with a strong emphasis on memorizing the Word of God. Each week at an Awana club meeting, children share memorized »

Grace Alone

One particularly curious interest of mine is the discovery of new words. There's something personally satisfying about learning to condense a sentence, or express a complex thought, or beautify a phrase with the use of a single new word. I distinctly remember finding the word 'pejorative' and delighting in using it in many instances where I could not before. Unfortunately, »

Family Reading List - Summer 2017

As the school year comes to an end, your children were probably sent home with a summer reading list intended to keep their reading level up to par and in full readiness for their next grade level. Well, we've compiled a Family Summer Reading List to keep your family in sync and grounded during a long crazy summer. Toddlers & »

The Miracle of Saving Faith

The term “miracle” often gets thrown around pretty casually. We often say or hear things like, “It was a miracle I found a parking spot this close!” But miracles are far more significant events than finding a choice parking space or managing to get the last cinnamon crunch bagel. Rightly understood, a miracle is an extraordinary work of God that »

A Tale of Two Collections

Before Israel embarked on a new journey into the desert, God gave His people a departure gift: the plunder of Egypt. God empowered the Israelites to take jewelry, gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians and carry it into the wilderness (Exodus 12:35-36). Later, this plunder was used in two collections – a collection to build the tabernacle and a »

Unseen Reward

A pearl of wisdom I’ve often found helpful is the age-old proverb, “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” With an economy of words, it reminds me to be pleased and satisfied with all the Lord has given, and at the same time, to be wary of the fickle hunger of the flesh that can never »