2BC: The Well

Discovering God's Purposes Together

Meet Isabella Jayne Elkins, our new granddaughter

A NEW  ADDITION

Our family continues to grow this year with the birth of our granddaughter  Isabella Jayne.  She is the daughter of our daughter Jennifer and her husband Todd.  Bella weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz.and 20 3/4 in long this past Saturday (Nov. 20) at 6:23 am.

Bella joined us 3 1/2 weeks earlier than expected.  She is a sweet little girl who has features of both her mother and father.

Leslie and I feel most blessed with all three daughters now married and now two grandchildren.  God seems to give us the true desire of our hearts.  Leslie and I have prayed for the girls to find good Christian husbands and start their own families.  We have been delighted with the choices the girls have made.  Now we have the joy of our girls having children.  Being a grandparent is indeed GRAND.

Each age of life has God’s blessings for us.  I am enjoying this stage.

Thank you dear Lord for blessing us in each stage of life. — Ray

November 22, 2010 Posted by | Christian, Christian life, Church Family, Faith, family | Leave a comment

“Catch the Wave” starts TOMORROW!

It is always exciting to start a new emphasis at church.  Tomorrow we begin “CATCH THE WAVE: 90 Days to a New Experience With Christ.”  The emphasis will involve sermons, daily devotionals, encouragement to get in a small group, and challenges to ministry.  The daily devotionals (Monday – Saturday each week) should be posted here each day.  The devotionals will start very simple to follow and become more detailed as we progress in the emphasis. 

Recommendations to Get the Most from the 90 Days Experience

1.  Read your Devotional and answer questions at an “appointed” time with God each day.

2.  Let God show you places you should change or repent in your life.

3.  Take notes on each sermon.

4.  Be active in at least 2 small groups for the 90 Days.  (Sunday School is a small group.  Ask the staff or the Ministry Help Desk about other groups.)

5.  Use the 90 days to identify your spiritual gifts, interests, and talents. 

6.  Commit yourself to the ministry that is best for you.

7.  Celebrate the life that God wants for you.

CatchTheWave

June 13, 2009 Posted by | Bible Study, Challenge, Christian life, Discipleship, Faith | Leave a comment

It’s Cold-d-d-d-d-d!

When I went to the gym this morning the thermometer registered one degree Fahrenheit.  I have no idea what the wind chill was.  I just know that it was cold!

Yet, it did not seem as cold as some freezing rain days with wind blowing.  The dry cold of the morning didn’t penetrate to the bone like a wet cold does.  The morning really was quite nice.

Isn’t it great that if we think about it we can find something good in all situations?  Corrie ten Boon was a prisoner in a concentration camp in WWII.  An infestation of fleas in the women’s sleeping area led a fellow prisoner to complain.  Corrie or her sister (I forget which) spoke up and told the woman not to worry about the fleas.  The were a blessing.  They kept the guards out of the women’s sleeping area.

Romans 8:28 calls us to look for God’s good in every situation.  Today a group of jet passengers in New York are rejoicing that they were delivered through a river rather than suffering a fiery crash.  God is good!

Today, join me in looking for the good God is bringing into our lives.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Challenge, Christian, Christian life, Faith | 1 Comment

“Christ-I-am”

Several years ago a Sunday School teacher of middle school boys came to me with a great story.  He was teaching about the story from Acts that says that believers were first called Christians at Antioch.  One of the boys was doodling.  When the teacher asked them what they thought Christian meant, the young boy read from his doodles and replied quickly, “Just break it down.  The three parts say ‘Christ-I-am.'”  The boy’s spelling may have been bad, but his understanding was good.  To be a Christian is to be a living representative of Christ.

Can you say that you are a “Christ-I-am”?

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Christian life, Discipleship, Faith | 1 Comment

Finding God Stories

People collect stories:  family stories, fishing and hunting stories, odd character stories, medical stories, and so on.  The Bible collects “God stories,” stories of how God involves himself in the lives of men and women.  The Bible begins with the God story involving the very first human couple and ends with a God story describing an eternal home for all of the redeemed of all ages.  In the Bible there are God stories of His presence during suffering (Job) and his presence directing through difficulties to vindication (Joseph).  I dare say that you could find a God story in the Bible that relates to you.  The Bible encourages us that God will be with us because He has been with others.

We should also look for God stories in the lives of those around us.  They may not even be aware of the extent to which God has entered their  life stories, but looking you can see it for them – and for you!  It is such a blessing to see God at work today.

Tell me your God stories.  How has God made Himself known in your life?

January 5, 2009 Posted by | Challenge, Christian life, Discipleship, Faith | 2 Comments

Life Stories and God Stories

Each of us lives our “Life Story.”  It includes all of the things that happen in our daily lives.  We also have “God Stories,” the places we notice God active in our lives.  What is really special is when we are spiritually aware enough to see our God Story unfolding in our lives.

One of my favorite illustrations of a person aware of his God Story is the story of Daniel.  As a captive in a foreign land he and his companions sought to honor God by not eating forbidden foods.  God honored his obedience and enabled him to understand visions.  Daniel was very aware of God being with him, so much so that he was willing to walk into a lion’s den for his faith.  His Life Story became submerged in his God Story.

You have a Life Story.  Are you paying attention to your God Story?  Are you aware of God’s presence each day?  Are you confident enough of His presence that you would walk into a modern lion’s den?

January 3, 2009 Posted by | Challenge, Christian life, Discipleship, Faith | 1 Comment

“Loving the World?”

John 3:16 contains a few surprises in the wording used:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Did you catch the wording?  God so loved — the world!  We are taught to flee worldly things.  We are taught to be in but not of the world.  Does John really mean that God loved the world?

I believe the word is used intentionally to describe the depths of God’s love.  The world with all of its wonderfully God-seeking people.  The world with all of its indifferent self-seeking people.  The world with all of its sin-seeking people.  The whole world is the world God loved enough to give His son for.

God created the world and all of us.  He said in the initial days of creation about all He created that it was good.  God sees that creation goodness in each of us in spite of our fallen sinful nature.  He wants that good to be freed from sin and eternal punishment.   So He gave of His best so that we might have the best.  He gave Jesus for us.

Salvation is that eternal freedom from sin and punishment.  Isn’t that exactly what the world needs today from a loving God?

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Bible Study, Discipleship, Faith, Jesus | , , | 1 Comment

A Focus on God

The passage is simple, and we think we understand it when we first hear it. Yet there is a world of truth that we can discern from John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Notice that the actor of the sentence is God. The most misunderstood truth about salvation is that God is the initiator and provider of salvation. Too many people emphasize first the part we play in salvation through our belief.  If God did not provide the GIFT we would have nothing in which to believe.  Note some verses that affirm the truth that God acts first:

Acts 4:12:

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Philippians 1:28:

This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

2 Thessalonians 2:13:

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

1 Timothy 1:15:

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

2 Corinthians 6:2:

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

God through Jesus Christ has provided the great GIFT of salvation. It is not earned. It cannot be bought. It is never inherited. Salvation is God’s gift for anyone who will receive it.

Reflect with me today on God’s great gift of salvation in your life.

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Bible Study, Challenge, Christian, Discipleship, Faith, Jesus | , | 2 Comments