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    • Feb21Fri

      37 Ways to Love One-Another

      February 21, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      Consider the disciple-making that would naturally take place in the life of a local church if every believer would practice the loving, one-another ministry that the early churches first read about in the instructions they received from the apostles.

      Last Sunday, following the sermon, a couple of our CBC families asked me for the list I shared...

    • Jan31Fri

      Pleasing God

      January 31, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      What is the essence of living the Christian life? I know that question can be answered on MANY different levels with different nuances. But I  would like to take a shot at answering that question very simply. What is the essence of living the Christian life? Not, what does it mean to become a Christian? But rather, once a person has by...

    • Jan28Tue

      Some Really Really Basic Principles of Prayer

      January 28, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      Over the last several weeks we have been looking at 1 Thessalonians 2-3 and talking about “Why we Love the Church.” We have love for the church because we walk together, because we sacrifice together and because we suffer together. This Sunday we are going to look at the fourth reason we love the church … we pray...

    • Jan22Wed

      Sanctity of Life Sunday

      January 22, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      Some Awesome New Resources in Church Library for this Sanctity of Life Sunday!

      UNPLANNED - All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in more than 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women to end their pregnancy. Her own past abortions, and...

    • Jan10Fri

      Opportunity to Care

      January 10, 2020 Pastor Byron

      This past week Word of Life Camp and Bible Institute suffered a fire in one of their buildings that serve as staff housing and a dormitory. Gratefully, there was no loss of life. The local fire department was on the scene quickly and handled the situation with great skill. There was, however, fire and water damage to the building. 

      As many...

    • Jan3Fri

      You've Got to Love the Church

      January 3, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      A number of years ago a friend gave me a copy of a book entitled “Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church or Die Trying” by Steve McCranie. The book examines honestly some of the things that most trouble us about the church. Another book that came out, around the same time, was titled “They Like Jesus but Not the...

    • 2020 Bible Reading Plans

      December 27, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand

      2020 Bible Reading

       

      Every Christian I know would acknowledge how important regular bible reading is to the Christian life. But, in reality, most of us struggle to put that fact into practice. There are numerous reasons we don’t read our bible’s, some are valid and some are just excuses. We want to help you with one of the major...

    • Joy to the World

      December 20, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand

      The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without reading Luke 2:8-11 

      “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them,...

    • Dec13Fri

      Veiled in Flesh

      December 13, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand

      Did you know that even non-Christian people sing Christian Theology at Christmas-time. So many of the songs that people love to sing are chocked full of theological truth. 

      Take the very familiar “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” It is loaded with robust doctrinal truth from the Bible. But I am certain, many have no idea what they...

    • Nov29Fri

      The Opposition of Offense (2)

      November 29, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand

      Last week we looked at the Opposition of Offense (one of the ways Satan opposes the church). This week we are going to conclude this brief study. 

      Lat week I concluded with Luke 17:1-4 – Notice the bolded words: 

      He said to his disciples, “ Offenses will certainly come , but woe to the one through whom they come! It...