Lance Gentry

Beyond the Bulletin

Lance Gentry serves as Pastor of ABEFC. He loves his wife, his four children and the local church. He enjoys reading, history, documentaries, photography, and watching the storms roll in.

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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 »

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 »

Reformation Anniversary

“The Man in the High Castle” is an alternative history novel that imagines what might have happened to the United States had the Allies not won World War II. East of the Rockies, the people all speak German and live under the flag of the Third Reich while Imperial Japan rules over the land west of the Rockies. It’s »

Pastor Ben is Leaving

Pastor Ben is leaving. Somehow, when the time eventually came for me to break the news to my kids, there didn’t seem to be a much easier way to say it. As I shared those difficult words around our dinner table, my girls began to cry and my boys sat in stunned silence. Then came the questions. Why? Where? »

Thanksgiving Hymns of Praise

I love to sing the Doxology. As in many churches, we sing it monthly at the close of Communion. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Doxology is actually the shared, final stanza of three separate hymns all written by Anglican »

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’ »

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 »

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 »

My Life Verse

"What's your life verse?" That has always been a bit of a hard question for me to answer. How do you choose a single verse from the Bible to serve as a "life verse" when there are so many rich and life-changing passages from which to choose? When I was in college I had a good friend who told me, »

75 Years of Marriage

Celebrating a 75th wedding anniversary places you into a pretty exclusive club. As it turns out, only .03% of couples will ever make it to this remarkable milestone. It was our privilege recently to mark out and honor a dear couple in our own church who were celebrating their 75th anniversary and to take some time to learn from their »


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