Posts with the category “general”

Family Worship
March 2nd, 2023
Worshipping Together 2023March 1, 2023Mike MeadorsA high view of God is essential to the heart of worship.  It is foreign to think of worship apart from recognizing who God is in all His beauty and pe...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
True Worship
February 2nd, 2023
Worshipping Together 2023February 1, 2023Tim SennIn the middle of His conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4:23-24), Jesus made a monumental declaration about the nature of true worship: “But a...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
What is Worship? How to Live a Life of Worship
January 5th, 2023
What is worship? It seems a simple question, but if we are going to focus on worshiping together this year, we had better be clear on what it is! At bottom, worship is not a difficult concept. In the...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
The Model Prayer
December 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021December 1, 2021Howard BennettMatthew 6:9-13- 9 “Pray, then, in this way:  ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Concerning Prayer to One Who Made it All
November 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021November 1, 2021Clint GoodeThe Bible, God’s Word to us, leaves the reader no question who is in control. As you read the Scriptures, it becomes abundantly clear that the Lord God ...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Learning to Pray
October 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021October 1, 2021Lawson HembreeLearning a new skill or discipline often requires two things: observation and practice. For instance, someone wanting to play the violin will watch th...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Pray to "BLESS" Others!
September 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021September 1, 2021Tim SennOne easy-to-remember method for praying for our loved ones, friends, fellow church members, neighbors, and co-workers is to employ the acrostic: BLESS.  H...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Three Reasons to Pray
August 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021August 1, 2021James HenrichOur Heavenly Father listens to us when we pray. Really. God has time for you! “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to t...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Help For My Prayer Life
July 1st, 2021
Praying Together 2021July 1, 2021Greg ScheidemanIt is really strange, when you think about it, that prayer is so hard! Prayer allows us to come up close for an intimate conversation with our closest c...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Gospel Prayerfulness
June 1st, 2021
The gospel reminds us that for our salvation—we desperately need God to step in. Prayer reiterates this marvelous truth and reorients our heart to God as our provider and sustainer: the One who works ...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
A Parable on Prayer
May 1st, 2021
Praying TogetherMay 1, 2021Keith PhillipsPrayer, though natural to Christians, must be learned. This is why Jesus’s disciples insisted, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk. 11:1). In Luke 11, Jesus teaches t...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
The Posture of Prayer
April 1st, 2021
Praying TogetherApril 1, 2021Paul HamlineWhen you saw this title, you might have been tempted to think, “Why would anyone write an article on the posture of prayer?” Is one’s posture in prayer importa...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
Are We Allowed to Pray Aloud?
March 1st, 2021
Praying TogetherMarch 1, 2021Howard BennettBut you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret wi...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
On Failed Plans
February 17th, 2021
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. – Hebrews 4:9 Tonight marks two weeks of missed meetings. The snow outside has reminded us all how fragile our plans are, with our carefull...  Read More
by Douglas Allison
Prayer as Lifting Up Our Souls to God
February 1st, 2021
Praying TogetherFebruary 1, 2021Douglas AllisonTo you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. - Psalm 25:1 (ESV) Perfunctory is not an adjective we should like to be an accurate description of our prayer lives. T...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
What Is Prayer?
January 5th, 2021
We want His will to be done rather than our own will. This does not mean we leave our needs or requests out of prayer, but we hold them open in our hands and lay them at the feet of our Sovereign God...  Read More
by Callie Anna Oxner
An Evening Prayer: Psalm 4
April 22nd, 2020
Often called the “Evening Prayer”, Psalm 4 is another example of a song of trust from the grand hymnbook of ancient Israel. The occasion for David’s composing this psalm is likely during his flight fr...  Read More
by Douglas Allison
Thoughts from Psalm 23
April 20th, 2020
Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known Psalm.  Since the Psalms are, for the most part, songs then Psalm 23 would be number one on the charts.  Most people even those who have not read the Bible are...  Read More
by Douglas Allison
Glad to Be Afflicted
April 17th, 2020
Glad to Be AfflictedA post by Howard BennettApril 17, 2020Okay , it’s confession time… There are several passages in scripture that make me wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” Take a look at these passage...  Read More
by Elizabeth Senn
Protection and Freedom in Our Refuge
April 15th, 2020
Protection and Freedom in Our RefugeApril 15, 2020 Jason LappDid you know the word refuge is mentioned forty-five times in the book of Psalms? "Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge" (16:1). "T...  Read More
by Elizabeth Senn
Our Faithful God
April 13th, 2020
Our Faithful GodApril 13, 2020 Howard BennettWe all know what it means to be UN-faithful. We see that every day in our dealing with family and friends – it’s hard to find someone we can trust to be fa...  Read More
by Elizabeth Senn
Two Veils, One Hope, Three Responses Part 2
April 11th, 2020
Two Veils, One Hope, Three Responses Part 2April 11, 2020 Keith Phillips Luke 23:47-59Why do we survey the wondrous cross time and again? It is because at the cross, every man, woman, student and sing...  Read More
by Elizabeth Senn
Two Veils, One Hope, Three Responses Part 1
April 10th, 2020
Two Veils, One Hope, Three Responses Part 1A post by Keith Phillips04/10/2020Luke 23:44-46Jesus has already endured a mockery for a trial. He has been slapped in the face, spat upon, falsely accused, ...  Read More
by Elizabeth Senn
The Day the Sun Refused to Shine
April 9th, 2020
The Day the Sun Refused to ShineKeith PhillipsApril 9, 2020 Luke 23:44-45Without question, the single most identifying marker of Christianity is the cross, as representing the cross upon which Jesus d...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
On the Lord’s Supper In This Time of Isolation
April 8th, 2020
On the Lord’s Supper In This Time of IsolationFrank TurkApril 8, 2020My Dear Friends,As I have been listening to those of you who have been speaking up about your encouragements and discouragements in...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
How to Think Biblically about the Stimulus Check
April 6th, 2020
How to think biblically about the stimulus checks? Greg ScheidemanApril 6, 2020Dear Church Family, You have probably seen it reported that it is expected that in the next few weeks, every adult making...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Why Worry?
April 1st, 2020
Why Worry?Jason LappApril 1, 2020 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Luke 12:25) I have thought about this verse often in my life, but particularly in the ...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Safe and Secure From All Alarms
March 30th, 2020
Safe and Secure From All AlarmsKeith PhillipsMarch 30, 2020 In addition to being the ancient hymnbook of Israel, the Psalter reveals how the people of God turned to YHWH in the full range of their lif...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
When You Fear, Look to God
March 27th, 2020
When You Fear, Look to GodJason LappMarch 27, 2020What should we do in times of fear? Lets just be honest, uncertainty about life often produces fear. In the Old Testament there is a story about a kin...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Coronavirus, The Gospel and Repentence
March 24th, 2020
Coronavirus, the Gospel and RepentanceJason LappMarch 24, 2020 Disaster and suffering have a way of reminding us of the things that matter most in life. More importantly, they have a way of reminding ...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Calling All Internet Users!
March 19th, 2020
Calling All Internet Users!Douglas AllisonMarch 19, 2020This is a note for the whole church. But it is specifically directed at you if losing your phone would feel like losing your left foot. If the s...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Infectious Christianity
March 18th, 2020
Infectious ChristianityTim SennMarch 18, 2020Dear Bible Church family, I have a confession to make. About twice a day I get on the World Health Organization website and view the latest statistics rega...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
Why not begin family worship tonight?
March 16th, 2020
Why not begin family worship tonight?Tim SennMarch 16, 2020 Dear Bible Church Family, Today I want to speak directly to the husbands and fathers at BCLR. Perhaps in the past, you have struggled to mak...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
A Message from the Elders
March 16th, 2020
A Message from the EldersHoward BennettMarch 16, 2020Dear Church Family, Yesterday, your elders met to discuss our plans going forward regarding our corporate worship services. As you know, our Mayor ...  Read More
by Howard Bennett
How will you do church today?
March 15th, 2020
How will you do church today?Tim Senn - Dear Bible Church Family, What a weird and abnormal Sunday morning?! I can remember a time or two in the past decade when we have not been able to assemble tog...  Read More
by Howard Bennett