By Mike Kelsey, @MBCSilverSpring Campus Pastor
We’re getting ready to turn the corner on a new year! But we have to get through Christmas first! The trees are up, the lights are lit, and the holiday music is in full effect (Buble’ and Jackson 5 reign supreme in the Kelsey household). But those things aren’t the substance of the season for us. As Christians, we work hard to remember the amazing truth of Christmas: The God above us became God with us! God came near to humanity in an unprecedented and breathtaking way in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus brought forgiveness from our sin and a PERSONAL relationship with God….
By Rachel Reed, @MBCArlington Director of Women’s Ministries
Have you ever eagerly anticipated a great event? A wedding, a long awaited reunion, or even a special meal? Sometimes, after all the anticipation, it doesn’t go as you had hoped or expected, and you’re left wanting more. What if there was something or someone who would always fulfill all that you anticipate?
Since the beginning of time, people have lived in anticipation of something greater, knowing deep within that there has to be more to life than what we can see. All those millennia of wondering and anticipating were answered in Jesus. Jesus, who was God born in human flesh, came to fulfill our greatest longing. He came so we can…
By Nate Keeler, @MBCArlington Campus Pastor
What is one of the biggest challenges facing Millennials today? Delayed adulthood. What do I mean by “adulthood?” Well, I’m not defining adulthood in a rigid way (ie: marriage, financial independence, house, kids or steady job). Adulthood has far less to do with these socio-economic factors and much more to do with a philosophical framework that we approach life, AKA—our worldview. It’s a worldview that rationalizes and celebrates a delay in facing serious, difficult and healthy rights of passage, and the establishment of these patterns in our youth. To make it practical, one of the most common phrases I hear from my generation is, “I’ll wait until I’m older to… (fill in the blank).”
What can you fill in…
By Joe Henriques, @MBCTysons Campus Pastor
The time has come once again to remember the tale of two fowl cousins: The bald eagle and the turkey. Back when America was very young, there was a lot of talk about the turkey. That’s because our founders were trying to figure out which bird qualified to become the symbol of this newborn nation.
Benjamin Franklin had suggested, “How about the turkey?” To him, the bald eagle’s distant cousin was perhaps a better choice. He wrote to his daughter, “For the Truth, the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original Native of America…He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage,…
By Charlie Thomas, @MBC Arlington Leader
We’ve all done what David did, and, unfortunately, it’s not defeating Goliath. So, what have we done? At the 2014 MBC Men’s Conference, speaker Jonathan “JP” Pokluda challenged us by bringing to life the greatest triumph and the greatest tragedy of David’s life: Victory over Goliath and his fall with Bathsheba. While David’s sin with Bathsheba was certainly egregious, Christ tells us, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” Matthew 5:28.
As I sat in the conference listening to JP talk about David’s fall and read that verse, my stomach churned at the thought of cheating on…
By Drew White, @MBCTysons Kid’s Quest Volunteer Recruiting Coordinator
Why does almost every church around the world have music as a part of its worship service? Other than the fact that there are countless Scriptures that tell believers in Jesus Christ to use music as a way to praise God, what reason do we have to make it such a central part of our corporate worship time? The answer might actually be found in something as simple as a definition. A simple question, with a simple answer, that has a profound impact on our lives as followers of Jesus. That question is, “What is singing?”
If we were to come up with a basic definition of singing, it might sound…
By Joe Henriques, @MBCTysons Campus Pastor
All I wanted at the pet store were a couple of snails for my small aquarium. I got a bonus deal: Snails plus a mini-workshop on labor relations.
“So, how’s it going today?” I asked the young man who was putting my tiny purchases in water-filled bags. “Not so good,” he responded. “Some days are like that for all of us,” I offered, as a way of solidarity. “Yeah, that’s true,” he replied, but then quickly added, “But, I love my job.” I looked at him with amazement and exclaimed, “Not a whole lot of people can say that! What makes you love your job?” “My boss,” he smiled. “She’s always positive, always encouraging me, helps me to do…