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The Honor of Service

The Honor of Service

We have the best volunteers in the world. They are steadfast and faithful. Many of them have been personally impacted by the power of Christ at camp. They come in to joyfully give of what they have to the mission. And we couldn’t operate without them. Working at MBC,...

Authentic Faith Can’t Be Outsourced

Authentic Faith Can’t Be Outsourced

Authentic faith is my ability for people to see a man pursuing the heart of God and in the process of my pursuit I am being transformed by it.   This transformation is not just for a Facebook and Instagram world where everything looks great.  Its in those...

Get a Real Job!

Get a Real Job!

"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed him." - Matthew 4:19-20 I woke up this morning wondering if the apostles ever heard from their friends and families, "Get a real job!" I hear variations of that phrase more...

Life…respond accordingly

Life…respond accordingly

Each day we have devotions together as staff.  We read from multiple devotionals or books.  Recently we have been reading, “Streams In The Desert” by L.B. Cowman (updated version by James Reimann). The devotion on January 1 was this: “Today we stand at the...

Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You

Here are some recent headlines that tell a very powerful story about depression and stress: For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y Teen Depression and...

Unconditional Love Requires More Than Words

Unconditional Love Requires More Than Words

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove...

Resilient Faith

Resilient Faith

From the moment we are born to the moment we draw our last breath, we are placing our faith in someone or something. All of us are on a faith journey – and it’s not just those who have placed their faith in Christ. Resilience is often a misunderstood concept in our...

Faith Without Works

Faith Without Works

Faith Without Works “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT) Hebrews 11:1 Faith is so much more than a state of mind to achieve. Our faith needs to produce something valuable or...

Warning: Assumptions Ahead

Warning: Assumptions Ahead

We all make assumptions. A quick Google Search would tell me that an assumption is, “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.” Of course, in doing so, I assume that Google produced something accurate or true. In our fallen nature, the...

In Whose Best Interest

In Whose Best Interest

“Do not nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) One of the first things I needed to do as the new...

The Gritty Gospel

The Gritty Gospel

The Gospel. If you have been in Christian circles for any part of time the term, "gospel," is a part of our everyday lexicon as it should be since it represents the hope and distinctiveness of Christianity: the good news of Jesus death and resurrection and the hope of...

Put Me In, Coach

Put Me In, Coach

On the very last weekend of Encounter 2016, our speaker, Jason George of NarrowTrail, stated: "We are on a rescue mission...we need to save as many as we can."  Jason was describing our goal as Christ followers...getting our heaven card stamped doesn't mean I can just...