Christian Life

Less Is More - Lent

Lent is patterned after Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. It is a time when we fast, pray, confess sin, and set aside distractions so we can fully seek God to be empowered by His Spirit. Read More...

What Comfort Zone

As those saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to cast away our fear, doubt and anxiety despite our circumstances and step out of our comfort zones and face change with confidence in God’s character and the absolute truth of His Word. Read More...

Unchained - The New Testament and Slavery

As with other entrenched injustices in this fallen world, the New Testament does not directly abolish slavery, but calls Christians to live in a way that honors and submits to God, focuses on Christ, promotes the Gospel, and looks to our eternal reward. Read More...

The True Nature of Freedom

Christ came to give us true freedom, the ability to be who we were created to be – the image of God, serving others in love. Read More...

The Normal Christian Life

Christians should expect to be ostracized and persecuted by the world for our faith. Read More...

The LORD Reigns

Our God reigns over all things, and this calls for a response of repentance, worship, and remembrance of God’s work in our behalf. Read More...

Facing A New Year In Faith

We are called to live for that which endures - things which have been passed down for generations, and which should be passed on to generations to come.  But we live in a world of perpetual novelty, which is dominated by the trendy and the trivial, and is often disdainful of that which has gone before. Read More...

The Race Well Run

There are three crucial and life-altering realities that we must never lose sight of If we endeavor to walk out the Christian life faithfully - the fight, the finish and the faith. Read More...

Enduring In A Transient World

We are called to live for that which endures - things which have been passed down for generations, and which should be passed on to generations to come.  But we live in a world of perpetual novelty, which is dominated by the trendy and the trivial, and is often disdainful of that which has gone before. Read More...

Focused In A Distracted World

Walking with God requires us to give focused, sustained reflection to God, His Word, our lives, and the world in which we live. But we live in a world of constant distractions, making sustained, focused reflection and living very difficult. Read More...

Idolatry In the iWorld

Christians must be vigilant to keep themselves from Idols - anything we look to in place of God, assigning it god-like powers to give us what should be sought in God alone. Idolatry is rampant in the iWorld, and is concentrated in and perpetuated by technology. Read More...

Contextualizing Without Conforming

We are called to engage our current culture, contextualizing the Gospel so that it will be accessible to our friends, but we must be aware of the unique but ever present dangers that come with each culture, age and technology, understanding the world will always try to seduce our hearts away from Christ and the Gospel.
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Devoted

To grow spiritually, we need to be devoted and follow a plan of studying Scripture, applying it to our lives, and passing it on to others. Read More...

Generous - A Biblical Approach To Possessions and Giving

All of our possessions belong to God, and we are called to give generously to support God’s Church and His work. Read More...

Growing In Prayer

Jesus gives us astounding promises for prayer, to encourage us to pray to God, especially with one another. Read More...

Growing As A Community

God calls His people to growth in their relationships with one another, building a close knit community centered around Christ. Read More...

Spiritual Gifts and Service

Each of us must know which gifts we have been given so that we can serve others, but we are also called to serve in areas where we are not gifted - especially helping those in need. Read More...

Called To Family

Christians are called to serve God in their families by loving and respecting their spouse, raising their children to love God and His kingdom, and honoring their parents, all with a view to being a blessing to the wider world. Read More...

Called To Many Callings

Calling refers to the specific tasks and responsibilities given to us by God, through which God works to serve our neighbors and promote the common good, restraining the effects of the curse and bringing blessing to every realm of life and every corner of creation. Read More...

Our Present Call - Walking Dead To Sin

Christians have been made alive to God but dead to sin in Christ, and are called to live in light of that reality. Read More...

A Christ Filled Team

The work of the kingdom is not done by a few superstars, but through the Spirit empowered efforts of a Christ filled team comprised of all believers. Read More...

Relationships and Responsibilities in Christ the Lord

Our new status in Christ has not freed us from the relationships and responsibilities in our culture, but we now fulfill these under the Lordship of Christ. Read More...

A Christlike Life and Community

As those who have been given new life in Christ, believers must put on the virtues that reflect the character of God shown to us in Christ, and they must walk in unity with the Church. Read More...

Spring Cleaning

As those who have been given new life in Christ, believers must put off their former vices so they can be like Christ. Read More...

Christians Captivated By Nothing

Christians must always be on their guard against being carried away by the empty deceits offered by the world to replace Jesus as our only source of true fulfillment and joy. Read More...

A Growing Walk In Christ

Having received Jesus Christ as Lord, we are called to have a flourishing, growing walk with Him. Read More...

Called, Devoted, Equipped, and Encouraged

As a local church BRCC is called to encourage each member to realize the calling they have been given in Christ, to encourage devotion to Christ and His call upon us, and to equip and encourage believers to fulfill their calling in Christ. Read More...

The Life of Freedom in the Spirit

Our life of freedom in the Spirit is one of personal responsibility and mutual care, looking forward to our final reward. Read More...

Keeping In Step with the Spirit

As those made alive by the Spirit, we must keep in step with the Holy Spirit, developing a close, personal relationship with Him. Read More...

Walking by the Spirit

The Spirit enables us to live a Christ-like life, helping us to overcome the flesh in a way the law never could. Read More...

On Being 'Single' - Seeking First the Kingdom

God calls us to be truly ‘single’ – devoted first and foremost to Him and His Kingdom - before seeking marriage. Read More...

Married or Single - Is One More Spiritual?

The key to true spirituality is not either marriage or being single, but rather determining God’s call and gifts for us, and following biblical mandates for our lives. Read More...

The Power of Radical Commitment to Church Planting

God calls all of us to be part of church planting, either as radical supporters or radical planting team members. Read More...

The Great Claim, The Great Commission, The Great Comfort

As disciples of Christ we respond to the great commission by the power of Christ and the comfort that He gives.
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The Mission of God

God calls His pilgrim people to go forth, promising to bless them so that they can be a blessing to others. Read More...

The Less-Advertised Follower of God

We follow God, not to be known by man, but to be known by God. Read More...

Encouragement for God's Sojourning Exiles

As God’s chosen, exile people, we are called to stand in His grace, loving, encouraging and serving one another, as He blesses us with His perfect peace. Read More...

Sufferring as a Christian

When faced with the fire of suffering for our faith, we are called to rejoice and entrust ourselves to our faithful God and continue to do good. Read More...

Suffering Because Christ Suffered

The society that we live in desires our sin. Are we willing to reject that sin and suffer as a result of that rejection as Christ suffered as our example. Read More...

Suffering and Vindication

As Christians, we may be called by God to suffer for doing good, but He will vindicate His people in the end. Read More...

Living in Godly Submission (Part 3)

As God’s exile, sojourning people, Christian wives are called to submit to the husbands God has placed over them - even if they are ungodly, and Christian husbands are called to show honor to their wives. Read More...

Living in Godly Submission (Part 2)

As God’s exile, sojourning people, Christians are called to submit to the authorities God has placed over them - even if they are ungodly and unjust. Read More...

Living in Godly Submission (Part 1)

As God's exile, sojourning people, Christians are called to submit to and honor the authorities God has placed over them. Read More...

Living as God's Exile People

As God’s exile, sojourning people, Christians are called to resist sin and live lives devoted to good works, hoping that God will use these to draw unbelievers to the Gospel. Read More...

Spiritual Nourishment for a Life of Brotherly Love

As God's chosen people, we are called to be nourished spiritually and to love our fellow believers fervently. Read More...

Called to a Holy Life of Hope

As God’s chosen people, we are called to lives of holiness, built upon an eternal perspective that generates hope no matter our present circumstances.
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The One True Hope

We are to praise God for the hope we have in Jesus Christ in the midst of the conflict that exists between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. Read More...

God's Chosen Exile People

God’s chosen people live as exiles in this world, but are sustained by the covenant grace and peace of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Read More...

Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude - The Gospel and Its Fruit

To be part of God's people I must know how great my sin is, how God has delivered me from my sin and misery through Jesus Christ, and how I can show my gratitude to God for delivering me. Read More...

The Benefits of Baptism

Water baptism is the sign and seal of our union with Christ, a means of grace to provide strength in our struggle against sin, and the medium through which we testify of our faith in Christ and membership in the church. Read More...

Created To Glorify and Enjoy God Forever

Why did God create humans?  To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Read More...

Children of the Father

Jesus reveals not only what it means to be the Son of God, but what it means to be a child of the Father. Read More...

Hezekiah's Faith - Assyria Falling

Those who trust God and His Word will find His deliverance and protection, while those who defiantly reject it will fall. Read More...

God is Perfect

If God is perfect what should our response to a perfect God look like in our daily living. Read More...

Fighting the Battle

If we are to be successful in this battle that we have been called to fight, we need to know the tools that God has given us to fight the battle, and we need to know how to use those tools in the midst of the battle. Read More...

Discerning the Battle Lines

We must be able to discern where the battle lines have been drawn if we have any chance of even entering into the battle. Read More...

Using the Book of Psalms Today

Christians should use the Book of Psalms as a manual for godly living and biblical prayer. Read More...

The Psalms - The Breadth of Prayer

The psalms teach us to experience and utilize the full breadth of prayer as we encounter the full range of life. Read More...

The Psalms As Instruction: The Abundant Life

The Psalms are given to instruct us in how we can live a blessed, abundant life. Read More...

Love One Another

Our love for one another shows the world that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. Read More...

Filled With the Holy Spirit

Christians are called to be constantly filed with the Holy Spirit, living lives under His control. Read More...

The Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual gifts are concrete expressions of God's grace, manifested by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, given to each believer in order to strengthen the church and enable us to serve others in love. Read More...

What It Means to be a Disciple

A disciple is one who recognizes their sin, receives the forgiveness offered in Christ, and lives a life of worship and service in the context of a local community of believers. Read More...

Created to be a Dreamer

We all take actions, pursue relationships, and feel emotions, based on rational beliefs that we have defined within our lives. What is it that informs those definitions? It is the mindsets or dreams that we base our lives upon.  How do we respond when those dreams or mindsets appear to be shattered? Read More...

God's Revelation - And Our Response

God has revealed Himself to us through creation and Scripture, and we are called to respond with humble confession, prayer, and faith.
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Who's Your Master

You cannot continue to sin, because of your unity with Christ, which has brought you a new life no longer under the power of sin. Read More...

A Godward Life

Rather than facing our circumstances with anxiety, we should draw near to God and live for Him, knowing the God of peace is with us. Read More...

Our Present Struggle and Our Future Glory

The Christian life is characterized by the pursuit of Christ, the struggle against sin, and the hope of our glorious future in heaven with Christ. Read More...

A Fruitful Life of Joyful Obedience

Paul calls believers to draw upon God's strength to live fruitful lives of joyful obedience. Read More...

The Word of God as a Means of Grace

The Importance of the Word of God in My LIfe! Read More...

Lives Worthy of the Gospel

God calls believers to live lives that agree with the truth of the Gospel and draw others to Christ. Read More...

Good Citizens & Neighbors Through The Gospel

God calls and empowers us through the Gospel to be good citizens and neighbors, and displaying faith through good works. Read More...

A Fruitful Life Devoted to Good Works

The Gospel causes us to live productive and fruitful lives, devoted to good works and helping others. Read More...

Disciples and Their Lord

Disciples recognize and embrace the Lordship of Christ, submitting their entire lives to His control Read More...

Disciples and the Local Church

Disciples recognize that God commands them to become active, participating, committed members of a local church. Read More...

Disciples and Grace

The life of discipleship is one of grace from beginning to end. Read More...

The Heart of the Wise - Shaping Our Souls for Character

The key to godly character is carefully guarding our hearts because the state of the heart determines character. Read More...

The Teachable Heart of the Wise

The wise have teachable hearts that hunger for instruction and even correction so that they may become wiser. Read More...

The Integrity of the Wise

The wise are called to lives of integrity - speaking truthfully, acting honestly, and behaving reliably. Read More...

Living by the Spirit in the Now But Not Yet

Believers have been given the Holy Spirit, Who gives us a first taste of the coming age and is a guarantee that all the blessings God has promised will be given to us. Read More...

Living in the Shadowlands

Between the day of our redemption and the day we die, we live with one foot in the physical world stained by sin and the other foot in the Heavenly kingdom that shines with an ever-increasing glory. Read More...

How do we live and what do we know?

I thank God for your faith and your love for each other, and I pray that you know the hope of your calling, the riches of God's inheritance for you, and the surpassing power of His greatness towards you. Read More...

Know the Love of Christ

We must come to an understanding of the depth of Christ's love for us and then we must show that love to the body of Christ, the Church. Read More...

A Life Built to Last

Christians are called to build their lives and ministries in such a manner that they will survive the coming judgment and bring eternal rewards. Read More...

A LIfe for God's Glory

Our entire lives matter to God and are to be lived in service to Him and with a view toward eternity Read More...

A Life That Fulfills God's Purpose

God calls us to live a life of love and service toward Him and others. Read More...