Last year in the month of February we called the church to a commitment to pray and fast one day a week for the month of February. As we did last year, we are calling the church to fast again this year for 4 Wednesdays in the month of February starting February 8th. Many people have never heard of the idea of fasting much less taken part. Last year, I posted a blog post that explained prayer and fasting as a Christian discipline. I wanted to re-post this to give the biblical background. From last year:Prayer and Fasting As we have been seeking direction for Bend City, Scott and I have decided to do some fasting in January and will likely ask the rest of the body to fast at some point in February. Since there may be some that are not familiar with the idea and practice of fasting, I thought it would be helpful to write briefly about it and why we are deciding to do it. First off, I think it is helpful to note ... Continue Reading.
We’ve all seen the acts of courage in the movies of the noble man or woman who has an uprightness of character that is honored and respected. Deep down I think most of us would aim to be noble; to act with integrity and conviction. At the same time, now days nobility is rare. It is even more rare when the uprightness of character is not honored by mainstream culture. There is a biblical example of nobility that will probably be dismissed or ignored by most. But isn’t that the when nobility is really put to the test? When almost no one gives credit where credit is due?
We find a biblical example of nobility in Acts 17. Paul is preaching the gospel of Jesus to the Jews in Thessalonica and then he moves on to Berea. He finds in Berea a nobility; an uprightness of character in the Bereans.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, exampling the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.... Continue Reading.
A member of Bend City Church wrote this a while back. I thought it was beautiful and am sharing it with permission.
“Jesus, Jesus, Song of God in the bosom of Your heavenly place the melody rang so strong it burst the dark of time and space, and the angels sang along.”
From lips of love divine, breathed out, made flesh the Word in infant’s shout Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.
Your melody, ancient of days, rests quietly now on manger bed, in harmony with the maiden’s ways and lullabies as You are fed. Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.
The Word, sweet song, now in babe whispered low, will crescendo throughout Judah, in lion’s roar. Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.”
by Mary Kidney
Beginning Sunday January 8th Bend City Church will be going through the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings. Join us at 9:30am.
click here for a map and directions to Bend City Church. Hope to see you there.