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How You Can Prepare For Our Annual Members’ Meeting

How You Can Prepare For Our Annual Members’ Meeting This Sunday marks our annual members’ meeting after our worship service. I call it “members’ meeting” instead of “business meeting” because it’s about so much more than business. It’s about the church gathering to celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness to CBC in 2014 and the renewal of […]

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More Than A Hobby

“And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’ And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:10-11 The metaphor Jesus uses when He calls Peter and the other disciples to follow Him in Luke 5 might seem a […]

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Jesus and the “Normal” Stuff

“When Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’” -Luke 3:21-22 In yesterday’s sermon we looked closely at the meaning behind […]

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A Mess Like You

I heard a story on the radio this week giving some inside information about the kitchens of the chefs of some of the United States’ finest restaurants. Many of the kitchens are run using an old French system called mise-en-place. Translated to English, it essentially means “put in place” or “everything in its place.” The […]

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Stick to the Script

“They have spoken falsely of the LORD and have said, ‘He will do nothing; no disaster will come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.’” Jeremiah 5:12 One of the most dangerous things you can do is speak for God. The so-called prophets of Israel and Judah did so in Jeremiah’s day, and […]

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The First True Christian Someone Meets

“…You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5 When Paul and Silas preached the gospel to the people of Thessalonica in Acts 17, it wasn’t only their preaching that – from a human standpoint – was integral in persuading the Thessalonians about Jesus. It was […]

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Four Words That Can Sustain You Through Suffering

“I am coming soon…” Revelation 3:11a In yesterday’s sermon we rushed right over this short phrase that Jesus utters to the church in Philadelphia, so I wanted to take a minute this morning to encourage you with it. I do so because this is perhaps the single most sustaining sentence that you can offer someone […]

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List Hopefully you’re gearing up to do a little extra reading this summer. If so, let me steer you toward a few recent releases that I think will benefit you. Here are ten great reads in no particular order. The links will take you to, but you can also find them at […]

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Come Out of the Past

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.               1 Peter 4:3 It may be time for you to come out the past. If as a Christian you are still enjoying many of the old ways of living […]

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Fickle Like Me

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 I am notoriously fickle. When my wife reads this she’ll probably say a big “amen” aloud. I have trouble making up my mind about decisions in the first place. But then, after a decision is made, I tend to second guess myself and […]

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