Reformation Day and the Treasure of the Gospel

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Dear BBC Family, Next Thursday, October 31, marks the 502nd anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.  October 31, 1517 was the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the chapel door in Wittenberg, Germany.  (To learn more about Reformation Day, follow this link: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-is-reformation-day/). The 62nd of these 95 Theses reads, “The true treasure of the … Read More

A Christian View of Suffering

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Dear BBC Family, As most of you know, tomorrow 10/19, is the Grace Advance Mid-Atlantic (GAMA) Annual Bible Conference.  And our very own, Pastor George, will be preaching at one of the Main Sessions on the important subject of: The God of Suffering:  Recognizing the Goodness of God in the Pain of Suffering.  We hope that many of you will be … Read More

“Who Can Understand the Bible?”

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This was a question that was brought into focus at the time of the reformation.  The Roman Catholic Church contended that “the interpretation of the Scripture was a function of the teaching office of the church.” The common man, in their view, did not have the ability nor the right to understand Scripture apart from the instruction of the church, … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Motherhood – May 18, 2019

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This past Sunday, our national calendar acknowledged the value of motherhood.  According to one report, Mother’s Day sees the highest call volume out of any day of the year.  Cards, flowers and candy flew off the shelves and many churches, including ours, paused to recognize those who bore us.  According to 1 Timothy 5 children and even grandchildren are under … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – We Do Not Apologize for What We Believe – May 10, 2019

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We get our English word Apologetics from the Greek word “apologia”.  From the sound of the word, you could get the impression that we are “apologizing” for what we believe, but that is far from the truth.  The Greek word “apologia” means a defense.  Paul used it in Acts 22:1 when he made his defense in Jerusalem.  A similar word was also used … Read More

Accident Reported Ahead – March 21, 2019

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If you ever use the GPS on your phone to get around, you are probably used to hearing the warning that an “accident has been reported ahead” and you wonder, how long will the slow down be, as everybody turns their head to see how bad the accident was. Yesterday one of those “accidents reported ahead” was my son’s car. … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – “The Missing Ingredient in Your Godliness?” – March 15, 2019

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“The fear of God is the soul of godliness.”[1]   How often do you think about the “fear of God?”  Would you say that this fear is a significant part of your Christian life?  Do you measure your spiritual growth by your growth in this particular virtue?  Do you ask yourself questions like:  How much do I fear God?  Is my fear of … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Where Do I Start? – March 2, 2019

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“Discipleship”… it’s one of those words that we are all used to hearing but find difficulty defining. All Christians are disciples. Acts 11:26 let’s us know that the disciples were “called Christians”, which means that if you are a Christian, you are a disciple. All Christians are called to make disciples. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” – … Read More