Beyond the Bulletin

For the Cause

As spring approaches each year, ABEFC hosts an annual Missions Conference, a weekend focused on worship, teaching, and fellowship centered around our common goal to "go, and make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:19) Every gathering during those few days is an opportunity to place before our eyes Christ's commission, to be inspired by God's work in the nations »

Beyond the Print Directory

Hopefully you've picked up your copy of this year's church photo directory. If not, you can find one at the Welcome Center in the foyer or you can contact the church office to get one. Our annual print directory is pretty convenient, but it quickly becomes inaccurate. A lot can change during the year. New families are joining our church, »

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? »

The Importance of Doctrine and Devotion

In addition to our reading of Scripture, there are two important categories of Christian reading: doctrine and devotion. Both are important, for if we have doctrinal knowledge to the exclusion of devotional warmth, we have only sterile, cold orthodoxy. On the other hand, if we have devotional warmth to the exclusion of doctrine, we will lack content to our faith. »

Books About God: Future Grace

Turtles lay a hundred eggs, cover them with sand, wish them luck, and head back to sea. Heartless reptiles. We humans tend to prefer warm-blooded, warm-hearted animals (such as bears, chimps, and penguins) that nurture their young and even appear to love them. Do you sometimes feel that God is heartless? Sure, He rescued us, showing grace when we were »

Union With Christ

In Galatians 2:20 Paul famously declares, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” For many Christians, this verse is familiar. And »

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Among the many familiar symbols of Christ in the Scriptures, one that might be missed is that of an anchor. A familiar word even to those who may never have stepped foot in a boat, this essential nautical device is only mentioned a handful of times in the New Testament (ἄγκυρα in the original Greek). Luke uses the word three »

First Things First

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis 8:20) Consider Noah. When Noah and his family disembarked from the ark, Noah built an altar (the first altar mentioned in the Bible) and made burnt offerings upon it. Noah’ »

Books About God: Honesty, Morality & Conscience

After fighting in World War I, George Stadsklev went to Bible college to become a missionary. He married another Norwegian-American, Mable Hansen, and they soon sailed to Africa. Two of their five children died there as they ministered among the Baoulé people of the Ivory Coast. In 1941, missionaries there had to flee the Nazi occupation. After seeing his wife »

All Glory Be to Christ

Quietly sitting behind glass on a bookshelf in my office is a little first edition hymn-book entitled The Christian Lyre. Compiled by Joshua Leavitt and published in New York in 1830, The Christian Lyre was the forerunner of the modern American hymnal. Prior to Leavitt's work, "hymnbooks" in America contained only lyrics (often compilations by a single author, like Isaac »