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May
2009
Steve Cox
Our culture has probably always been this way, promising us great benefits if we will only buy this or that product. But, with the tight economy and sales down, it seems the prevalence of such promises is increasing. The big thing now is “Reward Points”. Advertisers tell us, if you use our credit card, or our services, or buy our product, we will give you a reward.    The dictionary defines reward as “something given in response to something done or... + read more
Apr
2009
Bernie Powell
  No, I haven’t seen the movie yet, despite its many Oscars. I’m not sure I will, because of what I’ve heard about the almost unbearable scenes of child torture. Nevertheless, The Fellowship has a keen interest in this story. Why?   Because we are there.   No, not in the movie. But in the mean streets of Mumbai, India. Our Bethany is serving the street children, bringing them hope and life through Jesus. We are in regular communication, and... + read more
Apr
2009
Steve Cox
I’m one of those people who gets “test anxiety.” I can’t sleep the night before a big test and I can’t eat breakfast the morning of the test. I don’t like tests. My guess is that you don’t like them very much either. Thankfully, most of us over twenty five, or way over twenty five, (I think I remember being twenty five at one point way back in my life) don’t have school-type tests anymore. But, if you stop to think about it, do you still... + read more
Mar
2009
Bernie Powell
  “I’ve never been to a church like this before.” It’s a comment I hear often. No, The Fellowship is not totally unique in these areas. But for some people, given their background in other churches, there are some surprises at The Fellowship. The following are based on actual comments I have heard.   I’ve never been in a church where my kids actually like Sunday School.   The warm caring of dedicated teachers provides a creative,... + read more
Mar
2009
Steve Cox
Are you concerned about the current economic health of our world? The Bible encourages us to avoid worry and fear. But we should certainly be aware of, and deeply concerned about, how the worst economic decline in over seventy years is hurting people around the world, including us and those dear to us.   I am very thankful that currently I still have a job (at least at the time of this writing I still do). I work in a medical clinic treating job related injuries. Every day, I... + read more
Feb
2009
Steve Cox
  In this article, I am going to go against one of the cardinal rules of journalism: “write only about what you know about.” A good rule, which makes a lot of sense. What is the point of writing about something you don’t know much about?    But, in these monthly articles, I am not seeking to share any of my supposed “wisdom”. I am trying to share about what the Lord is doing in my life, in the hopes these thoughts may encourage you to... + read more
Feb
2009
Bernie Powell
  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2   It’s right to treasure the experience of discovering Jesus Christ as “my personal Savior.” But only if we avoid the error of emphasizing that individual experience to the neglect of the whole world. The call to personally follow Jesus is a call to engage with His global kingdom.   The Fellowship has the privilege of... + read more
Jan
2009
Steve Cox
  New Year’s resolutions have been a very popular concept in the American culture over the years. The most common goals of these resolutions include: losing weight, paying off debts, and serving other people. One survey indicates that until recently 88% of Americans made at least one New Year’s resolution every year. That number is now down to 44%   Some of the most effective individuals at setting resolutions, and keeping them, were the prophet Daniel and... + read more
Jan
2009
Bernie Powell
  I am not an economist. I don't understand the market in derivatives, nor credit default swaps. I'm not sure I want to. But one thing I do understand is the old truism:   You can't borrow your way out of debt.   The cure for "the mess we is in" is not more debt. More borrowing - whether by consumers, by businesses, or by the government - is not the long term solution.   The solution is thrift.   The very word... + read more
Dec
2008
Bernie Powell
  One of the great joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity for family get-togethers. Many other traditions have grown up around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some of them may need to be re-examined. But I hope we never lose sight of this one. Watching some home movies last night reminded my family of the treasured times of family renewal and enrichment we have experienced at past Christmases.   When we remember the first Christmas story, Mary & Joseph... + read more

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