No Free Lunch Here!
Acts 17:11 (NIV) 11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. In this passage, Luke, the author of the book of Acts, (bet you thought it was Paul, didn’t […]
The POWER of Your Testimony
I hate to make anyone feel guilty but if you missed Good Friday’s service here at BBC you missed a lot. No, there were no skits or plays. There were no guest preachers or singers. The sermon was actually only 5 minutes long. So you say, what did I miss? You missed God working through […]
Dealing With Sin
Christians should not sin presumptuously. The Bible tells us plainly to “shun the very appearance of evil". Of course, true believers do not lose their salvation when they sin (read Romans 8:35-39), but even David testified that he had forfeited the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12). Continuous, deliberate sin will also lead to reprobation. This […]
When the Church Becomes Like the World
Recently, the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary was published. The reprint included 10,000 new words– words that will bring us all up to date. Words like "phat" (excellent), "dead presidents" (paper currency), and "McJob" (low paying, dead-end job) are among the entries that will finally help us communicate with our teenagers. How did […]
Like a lot of you, I love to sit around with other believers, talking about the Lord. You can hardly shut me up sometimes. However, when asked to write a Vertical Perspective for this week, my mind became a blank. I was at a loss as to what to write about. Eventually, two topics came […]
Should believers celebrate halloween?
"Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons" (1 Corinthians 10:20) The short answer is NO! A better question might be, “why would believers even want to celebrate or participate in an event that glorifies death […]
A Passion for The Savior!
One question that nearly all church members ask is: “How can I be sure of my salvation”? There are two important tests in Scripture for a person to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer. 1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God? (John 1:1-5, 14) 2. Have you actually […]
Be Renewed by the Holy Spirit!
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach […]
How to get rich quick?
Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21 (NLT) The true story is told of a rich, young ruler who basically had everything. Money, power, good looks and […]
Do this in remembrance of me.
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, represents one of the two ordinances of the Church, the other is Water Baptism. (Acts 2:38) Both of these practices are required by Believers as symbol of identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul describes this relationship to the church at Rome in this […]