Beyond the Bulletin

The Main Thing

Cabelas loves Tom because Tom loves everything about elk hunting: his four-wheeler, camouflaged clothes, warm boots, knives, gun, ammo, elk call, and a big pile of other outdoor gear. Tom arrives with so much stuff that we’re sure he’s been packing and repacking for weeks. But poor Tom always seems to be missing just one thing—an elk. »

His Mercy Is More

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19) "How »

Truth in the Innermost Being

“I didn’t do it!” “It wasn’t me!” “I was only kidding!” As a father, I’ve heard these objections countless times from every one of my children, and most often, I’ve found them to be the opening arguments of a defense built on lies and half-truths. Now, it might be that I have an unusually dishonest family, »

Two Key Questions to Ask When Encountering Spiritual Truth

Asking questions can help us arrive at conclusions and bring focus and direction to our thought. Asking important questions helps us to find the important answers. All good listening and reading involves asking interactive questions internally. I will discuss this more in a future blog article. But for now I want to concentrate on two important questions that are central »

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, »