The Fellowship - Articles

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
Nov
2008
Bernie Powell
  What can praying actually accomplish? Even some Christians seem to think prayer is hardly worth the time. Judging from how little they pray, one could only assume they have little confidence in its effectiveness.   Prayer changed the whole course of nations in the Bible. Remember the stories of Hezekiah, Elijah, Esther, or Daniel, to name a few. God still tells us to pray for kings and all those in authority. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)   In our country we can vote... + read more
Oct
2008
Bernie Powell
  There's nothing like a friend who understands when we go through times of trial. To have someone who has experienced the same trouble, who cares about your burden, and who will take the time to listen and support - this is a priceless treasure. To receive empathy is like a ray of hope penetrating grey clouds of despair. But friends like that can seem scarce at times. Who can you turn to?   Do you experience prayer as that kind of hope? Prayer is conversing with God.... + read more
Sep
2008
Bernie Powell
  Every sermon is based on a Bible passage. And not just as a jumping-off point. No, the sermon is an exposition of that passage to show how its truth applies to our lives today. The worship service includes other Scripture readings, and those Bible truths are regularly absorbed into the prayers we lift to God. We even vet the songs we sing to make sure they faithfully represent the truth of the Bible. Some are virtually the singing of Bible texts set to music.   Children... + read more
Jul
2008
Bernie Powell
  As I write this, our region is still basking in the glory of the Boston Celtics, mighty champions of the NBA. Our Red Sox are gloriously marching toward another potential championship. And of course, we still have high hopes that the Patriots will have the post-season victory this time that matches the kind of peerless season we saw last fall. O Boston, is there any city so glorious as thee?   Yes.   The answer is clearly yes. For those who love champions,... + read more
Jun
2008
Bernie Powell
  The young minister was admonished by one of the matriarchs of a rural church: “I don’t see how you can leave us to take a vacation, pastor. You know, the devil never takes a vacation!”   “How true, sister. And you know your pastor would become just like that if he didn’t take a vacation either!”   Summer is a time ministry changes at The Fellowship, but ministry doesn’t cease. One of the great ministry opportunities... + read more
Apr
2008
Bernie Powell
  Customer: Could you show me where the self-help books are? Clerk: I'm sorry, but that would defeat the purpose.   How much should we help other people? If we help too much, will we create dependency? Questions like these come up as we walk downtown streets . . . as we try to raise teenagers . . . as we discuss public policy . . . or as we simply see a friend in need. Seen in the context of local church life, it becomes a riddle in Galatians chapter six:... + read more

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