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Oct
2012
Steve Cox
  After working in the medical field for many years I tend to use the "disease model" to understand the problems we face in our world today.  The word disease is a composite of two words dis and ease.  It means to be not at ease, to realize something is wrong, that something is not operating the way that it should.  In the disease model, we look for signs and symptoms of something wrong, we then identify the likely cause, and then implement a treatment regimen... + read more
Sep
2012
Bernie Powell
  Is it authentic?   That’s a key question for me.   As I survey the various dimensions of our church life, I’m asking, “Is it authentic?” Most of us today don’t have the time or interest to just keep the machinery going. So the question is not whether it makes one feel good, or if it makes a big enough splash to draw attention, nor even if it is well organized and tidy. You could tell me it’s thrilling, impressive, or... + read more
Sep
2012
Steve Cox
  Today’s secular science confirms what the Bible has been teaching us for thousands of years:  it is in our genetic structure, we are made, to be in relationship with one another.  But one of the problems with us fallen human beings, is that in many ways we are not very good at relationships.    This past year, as a church, we emphasized building healthy relationships through the application of biblical peacemaking.  In our full-day seminar last... + read more
Apr
2011
Bernie Powell
  We make hundreds of decisions every day. Some big ones, but many small ones. Many times we think we need to know God’s Will for the Big Ones. But the others? "Oh that’s an easy decision, Lord. I’ll take care of that one by myself."   Big mistake!   We live most of our lives in the area of small choices. That’s where His Lordship counts the most. If God’s Will is relegated only to the 5 or 6 big decisions of life,... + read more
Mar
2011
Bernie Powell
  We have two topics to reflect on this March, the month of our Global Outreach Festival: Sending and Ending.   Senders Consider the scientist who descends in a deep sea diving sphere, totally dependent on the crew that manages the oxygen lines on the surface ship. He counts on them to pay careful attention to their job, not to be distracted by a poker game. Consider the pilot who counts on the vigilance of air traffic controllers. Consider Tom Brady who depends on the... + read more
Feb
2011
Bernie Powell
  Not everything we need to know can be taught in a classroom.   Classrooms have their place. We believe in Sunday School classes and other classroom settings to teach God’s Word. This kind of learning lays a strong foundation for understanding God and his Way for our lives.   But God has other things we need to learn, things not learned in a classroom. When we meet God in the pathways of daily life, we learn lessons we can learn no other way. That... + read more
Jan
2011
Bernie Powell
  Something new is stirring in The Fellowship in response to the challenge of orphan care on National Adoption Sunday.   God’s Word makes clear that “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and blameless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. In addition the recurrent phrase “widows, orphans and aliens” is used across the Old Testament in expressions of compassion that... + read more
Dec
2010
Bernie Powell
  At Christmas we celebrate the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Of all our beloved Christmas carols, few capture the gospel meaning of the virgin birth as profoundly as Philip Brooks’ fourth verse of O Little Town of Bethlehem:   O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray, Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.   Across nearly forty years of Christmas ministry, I still thrill on the Sunday when our journey through the carols... + read more
Nov
2010
Bernie Powell
  O God our Father, as we join hands in this living room, we pray that each member of this household will be living for Christ1 and living with Christ2, as a living sacrifice3. This living room is a special room for entertaining guests. May many visitors encounter the love of Jesus in this home4.   This dining room is a place of eating and conversation together as a family. Jesus said “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes form the mouth of... + read more
Oct
2010
Bernie Powell
  Mission trips have become a great fad. Last year over one million Americans took part in some kind of “mission trip.” The quotes are necessary because many are only mission-trip-lite, a kind of religio-tourism designed merely to provide an “experience” without demanding too much. Word is out: a mission trip can “change your life.” Bored Americans will try anything once, any novelty that might insert some meaning into an over-indulged, under-... + read more

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