From the Pastors Desk


    • Mar13Fri

      Anxiety, Waiting, and the Coronavirus

      March 13, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      I came across an excellent article by Alasdair Groves that is an excellent reminder in a day when many are feeling anxious. Every news broadcast without exception is reminding us of COVID 19 Coronavirus. This article is longer than you are used to reading in this Ebulletin but I encourage you to take the time to read it. You’ll be glad you...

    • Mar6Fri

      True Love

      March 6, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      This Sunday we will be studying 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 where Paul is stressing Cultivating Healthy Church Relationships. In the center of the passage Paul states that these relationships are to be governed by true and abounding love. In his commentary on First Thessalonians Richard Mayhue shares an overview of what this love is to be like....

    • Feb28Fri

      Arguing About Christ's Return

      February 28, 2020 Pastor Byron

      The theme we have been following in 1 Thessalonians is “Living in the Light of Jesus’ Return.” Last Sunday and this our topics will be very specific. Last Sunday we looked at the Rapture; this Sunday we will look at “The Day of the Lord’ (1 Thess. 5:1-11).  I have been reminded this week that there are...

    • 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...