Kyle Murphy

Kyle Murphy

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:23

The Refinery | 9.19.17

I will bring that group through the fire
    and make them pure.
I will refine them like silver
    and purify them like gold.

They will call on my name,
    and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘These are my people,’
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

Zechariah 13:9

WHAT is The Refinery? | High school juniors and seniors are invited to join ONE Ministries for a small group dedicated to preparing you for the immenent realities of life beyond college. Topics will range from maintaining faith in a secular, post-Christian climate, differing worldviews, time-management, finances and budgeting, and plenty more. This will be well worth the time spent -- it will help to not only build the faith and life skills necessary for the road ahead, but will foster a Christ-centered community for students to lean on throughout the process.

WHEN is The Refinery? | The Refinery goes from 8:00pm-10:00pm every third Tuesday of the month, starting on September 19th. We know it's late, but we also know you're busy with school and work and sports before then. Plus...it's only once a month!

WHERE is The Refinery? | We will be meeting at the Murphy's house in Longmont (1728 Trevor Court).

HOW MUCH does The Refinery cost? | There will be a $50 fee to sign up. I know, I know, but check it...that covers materials, food, AND an awesome celebratory retreat at the end of the school year! $50 doesn't sound so expensive anymore...does it?

HOW do I sign up for The Refinery? | All you gotta do is shoot Kyle an email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to let him know you're in - that's it! Make checks out to BCEFC and hand those to Kyle once you've signed up.

THE REFINERY is a commitment. It's a commitment to yourself and your brothers and sisters who are in this with you. Once made, we ask that you take the commitment seriously. If we commit to go through the fire together, I promise we'll come out the other side like diamonds.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 17:57

FIVE | Deuteronomy: Remember | 4.30.17

Dear parents,

We just concluded our “Pentateuch” series about the first five books of the Bible. In the final lesson, we explored the Ten Commandments—but instead of the commonly used passage in Exodus 20, we focused on Deuteronomy 5:1-21.

This gave us an opportunity to explore the powerful truths of the Ten Commandments and to remember God’s work, faithfulness, and presence in our lives. Like the Israelites, we may experience God’s incredible work but then “forget” about God and choose our own path.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions that can start the conversation:

  • What’s your favorite story or event from the Bible, and why?
  • How does praising and thanking God help you remember what he’s done in your life?
  • As you draw closer to Jesus, which of the Ten Commandments seems simplest and most natural to follow? Which seems most challenging?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an incredible week!

Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:40

ONE Ministries Reading Sponsorship Program

This year, our students have the opportunity to raise funds for our summer mission trip in a brand new way!

The ONE Ministries Reading Sponsorship Program is an opportunity for the students of BCEFC to raise funds for their upcoming mission trip, as well as engage with thoughtful Christian literature. It is our hope that through this program, students discover new authors and subjects of interest, as well as establish meaningful relationships with members of our Chinese congregation.

STUDENTS, HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!

  1. Decide how many books you're going to commit to reading (maximum 5 books) and let Kyle know ASAP
  2. Pick a book off of THIS LIST, and start reading! You will recieve $10 towards your trip for each book you read
  3. Once your done with your book, fill out this GROWTH INVENTORY and turn it into Kyle at church
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you've read all the books you're committed to
  5. All GROWTH INVENTORIES must be turned in by JUNE 25TH to be applied to your trip

NOTE: The number of books you decide on now will be applied to your final trip cost (due May 14th). If you fail to reach your goal, you will simply owe that money back after the trip.

SPONSORS, HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!

  1. Sign up to be a sponsor at church this Sunday (4/30)
  2. If you did not specify a student to sponsor, you will be sent an email to introduce you to your student
  3. Each time your student turns in a GROWTH INVENTORY, you will be emailed a copy
  4. You will be notified when your student has completed all of their books, and at that point, you can bring cash or a check ($10 per book) to BCEFC - please make checks out to BCEFC

NOTE: The money will go a long way in helping your student raise funds for this trip, but please consider this as more than a monetary investment. You are investing in the spiritual growth of a student, through study and service. Read the inventories that your student has filled out. Spend time praying for their reading and their trip. If you commit to those things, much more will be gained - both by the student and by you, the sponsor.

RESOURCES

  • READING LIST - make sure to ask Kyle before you head to the library, he may have a copy of the book you're looking for!
  • GROWTH INVENTORY
Monday, 24 April 2017 06:27

FIVE | Numbers: Choosing Trust | 4.23.17

Dear parents,

We’re continuing FIVE by exploring the Bible’s first five books. This week’s lesson focused on Numbers 13:25-33, after Moses sends 12 spies into Canaan to see what the Israelites will face in the Promised Land. Ten spies return with a negative, fearful report, but Joshua and Caleb declare that God will help them conquer the land. Because of their trust in God, the men are encouraged and confident.

Students heard that whatever they’re facing, they can choose to trust Jesus and his ability to protect and guide them.

Sometime this week, spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. You can build the conversation around these questions:

  • Tell about a time you trusted Jesus during a difficult or painful experience. How did that draw you closer to him?
  • Does thinking about consequences make it easier for you to choose wisely? Why or why not?
  • Why is fear so contagious? What fear do you need Jesus’ help to overcome?

Thanks for the privilege of partnering with you in this incredible adventure of teaching the next generation. Have a wonderful week!

WHAT: To celebrate the end of our first Refinery, as well as the impending graduation of three of our students, we will be heading into the mountains for a couple days of rest and connection. We'll be playing games, watching movies, eating food, hot-tubbing, hiking, and whatever else we're able to cram into these two days!

WHEN: Saturday, April 8th @ 7:30am - Sunday, April 9th @ 5:30pm

WHERE: Bear Canyon Lodge, South Fork, CO 81154

COST: FREE!!! (Just bring a few bucks for breakfast on Saturday)

BRING: Bible | Breakfast Money | Towel | Swimsuit | Snacks | Games | Movies | Hiking Appropriate Shoes and Clothes

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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!

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!

Dear parents,

This week we're having a conversation about finding Jesus throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. As teenagers embrace the adventure of finding Jesus throughout the entire Bible, they’ll experience the joy of drawing closer to him.

To Jesus’ earliest followers, “Scripture” meant the Old Testament—because the New Testament was still happening! As they read the Old Testament, God’s people recognized how prophecies pointed to the Messiah and how Jesus fulfilled those prophecies.

This week, please spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions to fuel the conversation:

  • How has reading the Bible pointed you toward Jesus?
  • In what area are you becoming more like Jesus? How is Jesus changing and maturing you?
  • What does it look like to “center” your life around Jesus? How is that different from putting Jesus first in your life?

Thanks for praying for our teenagers and our ministry. Have an incredible week!

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:25

HABIT BUILDING | Week 6: Studying Scripture

Dear parents,

We’ve finished our six-week series on developing HABITS for spiritual growth. Here in our final week, we talked about studying Scripture and how this discipline affects our lives, with a focus on Psalm 119:25-32. This passage, part of the longest chapter in the Bible, reminds us of several ways God’s Word is useful and beneficial to our lives. We read about being revived, gaining understanding, experiencing encouragement, and living faithfully.

God gave us his Word to meet our deepest needs, connect us to him, and reveal his wonders. When we consider his teachings, we are strengthened from the inside out and can stand against the pressures of our world.

Take time this week to talk with your teenager about the message. Perhaps you could read Psalm 119:25-32 and talk about a few of the questions below:

  • What is one strategy that would help you become hungrier for God’s Word in your life?
  • If a friend wanted to start reading the Bible for direction in life, what suggestions would you offer?
  • Based on all you’ve learned and discussed in this series, how will you be able to grow spiritually on your own?

Thanks for praying for our youth ministry. It’s a blessing to work with your child each week and see God’s plans unfold! Have a great week!

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:21

HABIT BUILDING | Week 5: Tithing

Dear parents,

This week at Encounter, we are discussing the fifth part of our HABITS series: Tithing. We will talk about Psalm 24:1, which reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” God has given us everything and we are then called to give back to God a portion. This is called a “tithe,” or 10 percent.

We'll talk about how God gives us all we have and then asks us to give back a portion to help serve people and share the good news of Jesus’ love.

This week, I’d encourage you to find time to talk with your teenager about this important aspect of HABITS. Here are some suggested questions that may help generate dialogue:

  • How can you give God back a portion of your time, talent, and money?
  • Are you being a good steward of all the things that God has given you to use?
  • What is your view of how our family uses money?

Thanks for praying for our ministry!

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