Dear parents,

We’re continuing our “FIVE” series on the Pentateuch, exploring the first five books of the Bible. In the third lesson, we discussed Leviticus 23:26-32.

The book of Leviticus has earned a bad rap because it contains many laws, rules, and regulations. Yet its central message is about grace, so we discussed how Leviticus reminds us of the cost of sin—and our need for redemption.

Spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our discussion this week. Here are some questions to fuel your dialogue:

  • How do you stay focused on your friendship with Jesus even when you don’t “feel” forgiven or redeemed?
  • When does God’s holiness seem most appealing? When does it seem most intimidating?
  • When it comes to having faith in Jesus, what questions do you wrestle with? How can I help you in your faith walk?

It’s such an honor to work with this amazing group of teenagers. Thanks for all your prayers for our ministry. Have a great week!

Published in Parents
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:07

FIVE | Exodus: God our Deliverer | 3.26.17

Dear parents,

We’re continuing our series (FIVE) on the Pentateuch to help teenagers explore the first five books of the Bible. In the second lesson, we discussed Exodus 2:23-25. God’s people—the Israelites—had spent generation after generation in Egyptian captivity, wondering if God heard their cries for help. Teenagers sometimes wonder the same thing, so they need to hear that God is our faithful deliverer.

Our conversation focused on helping young people understand that God offers the gift of forgiveness through Jesus. As our deliverer, Jesus can free us from bad habits, temptations, and hurts.

Please try to find an opportunity this week to talk with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions that can fuel the discussion:

  • When have you found it difficult to keep praying because God seemed silent?
  • When have you felt encouraged by another person’s story of answered prayer?
  • Where do you want or need Jesus to act, even though you don’t see any evidence that he’s currently at work?

Thanks for praying for our ministry. Please let us know how we can be praying for your family, too. Have an awesome week!

Published in Parents
Thursday, 28 November 2013 08:57

ENCOUNTER: ECHO - God-With-Us

DON'T FORGET YOUR JOURNAL!!!

WHAT: During Israel's EXILE, they lived under the rule of many different outside nations. We continue our story with the Romans in control of the Holy Land and God's chosen people. It was now time for God to enter into our story like never before..."'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.' (which means GOD WITH US)" - Matthew 1:23

WHEN: Friday, November 29th @ 7:30PM - 9:00PM (Thanksgiving Pot-Luck starts at 6:30)

WHERE: BCEFC, 988 Delta Dr. Lafayette, CO 80026

Published in Announcements
Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:09

Weekly Reflections: 1.30.13

We spent this past Sunday talking about the sin of envy. Whatever you call it (envy, jealousy, the green-eyed monster), the fact is that jealousy has made a dent on all our lives. We learned that the first murder ever committed (Cain & Abel) started with the seed of envy. When we look at the effects that envy has on our relationships with people and with God, it's not too far-fetched to consider it 'deadly'. But...

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.

- Exodus 20:4-5a

Wait, what? Did God just attribute one of the seven deadly sins to...himself?

This one verse has become the stumbling block to so many who have honestly been seeking after God. How can I worship a jealous God? But in saying this, is God truly being hypocritical?

When we think of envy or jealousy, our mind automatically goes to a strong desire for something that doesn't belong to us. In many (if not most) cases, that desire is for something that belongs to someone else. These desires are wrong to the point of sin because they reveal an unhappiness in the things that God has given us. But, believe it or not, there is such thing as a "godly" or "righteous" jealousy.

Imagine for a moment a man out for a business lunch. Halfway through his salad, something catches his eye. Past his client and through the window he sees his wife. In one hand she's holding a shopping bag, and in the other is the hand of another man. In that instant, the man's heart is filled with jealousy for his wife (among other, less productive emotions). Most would agree that the man's jealousy is warranted. Unlike our run-of-the-mill envy, the man's desire is for what God has declared to belong to him, his wife's love.

It's hard to find someone who thinks that cheating on your spouse is okay. And yet we cheat on God every day. In Exodus 20:4-6 God is commanding us not to worship idols. But idolatry may be one of the things that us humans mess up the most! Whether it's money, power, relationships, or even other gods, it seems like we always find something in this world to worship. Understand this: God created us. We are His children. Our worship, our praise, and our love belong to God alone; He's the only one truly worthy of it all. God's jealousy springs from His unconditional love for his children.

He is faithful in His desire for us...even when we are not.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:27

Diseased

We are diseased.

We have become infected by an invisible contagion that has taken over the hearts and minds of American churchgoers and is spreading uncontrollably, and in most cases, is doing so silently, crippling the faith of even the most devout believer.

It is silent, contagious, and deadly.

This disease is complacency.

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