The Power of a Small Group

It may well have been King David’s darkest hour. The security of his kingdom was unraveling around him. His own son, Absalom, was essentially taking over the empire through a bloody coup. People were deserting the king left and right, cursing him everywhere he went. It appeared all was lost, and that David had nothing left. Until he stumbled into the modest […]

“So He Called Its Name Rehoboth”

Genesis 26 introduces us to a season of time in the great patriarch Isaac’s life when Isaac and his family were quarreling with the servants of Gerar over the rights to various water wells that dotted the land. Here is the passage: [quote]So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. And Isaac dug […]

The Cost

To be associated with Jesus is costly. There is not a neat and tidy association with him. We see that even among his own family and friends Jesus himself had a hard time (cp. Mark 6:1-6). We see that Jesus, quite aware of the toll following him may take on his disciples, prepares his followers for opposition when he tells […]

Summer At Home

As part of Bethel Church‘s @Home initiative we’re highlighting ways that we can pursue fruitful disciplemaking opportunities on the homefront throughout the summer. Keeping in mind the admonition of Deuteronomy 6:7, which says, “You shall teach [God’s commands] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, […]

An Angel in Carharts

Well . . . the blizzard hit with a fury that hasn’t been seen in these parts in over ten years. And we survived. We’ve had lots of local friends call and ask if we still like it in Fargo. In a phrase: We love it! And with great enthusiasm did I leave the confines of my flannel covered bed […]