Each Sunday, your child will learn the Bible and how it relates to Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
This is our third and final week taking a look at John 15:1-8. We’ve taken time to take a long look at Jesus, the True Vine, the One who is the fulfillment of everything God called His Chosen People to be as a kingdom of priests to the nations. We took another week to take a look at God the Vinedresser, or Gardner as we read in the NIV, and the intimate care that He takes in planting and tending the Vine and His branches. This week we’re going to spend our time trying to understand the pruning process that the branches go through to ensure their productivity. Let’s read our Scripture and then we’ll see what we can learn. Read more
Last week we began studying John 15:1-8 as Jesus talked to His disciples about the Vine, the branches, and the Vinedresser. Today if you were to visit a vineyard in Napa Valley or somewhere in France you would see row after row of grapevines being held up by various kinds of trellises, but if you were to step back in time and visit a vineyard in Israel, in biblical times, you would see something very different. Stones and sticks were used by the vinedresser to train and support the young vines. Vineyards in Israel, like vineyards today, needed a vinedresser to care for them because vines by nature grow on the ground, produce an abundance of leaves, and very little fruit. Left to its own the vine will produce so much foliage that the cover of leaves will prevent the sun from ripening the tiny grapes trying to develop beneath the cover of thick leaves. Read more
The BCC Tennis Academy is a year round opportunity for kids, but during the summer we pull out all of the stops for one week at Summer Camp! Thank you Miguel Garcia and the United States Tennis Association for providing support for us to begin BCC READS, our outreach to Hispanic youth from Britton Elementary School. We want to thank Steve Sturges and his video wizards at Visual Image Marketing and Branding for putting together such a great video. We also want to thank Heritage Hall High School for allowing us to use their beautiful tennis facility during camp. Most of all, the kids of the BCC Tennis Academy want to thank Jessica Reineke, Steve Porter, Brad Lund, and Rob Braver for your love, constant support, and undying belief in all of us! Make sure you click the full screen icon in the lower right corner to be overwhelmed by the smiling faces and beautiful story that took place this summer.
We’ve talked before about how far too often we, as modern-day followers of Jesus, have turned the message of the Gospel and the focus of the Christian life into a “me-and-Jesus” equation. “What can Jesus do for me? What do I think this or that verse of Scripture means to me?” We’ve forgotten that what God has been doing from the beginning is about His glory and purposes in history. We’ve forgotten that God reached out to individuals like Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Joshua, Esther, and so on for the purpose of making His will and ways known to the larger community. God “called” these individuals to display His glory to the masses so they might be blessed through their relationship with Him. We can see this so clearly all the way back in Genesis when God called Abraham. Turn to Genesis 12:1-3 with me and let’s read the promises of God to Abraham.
Thank you for praying for this group of young people as they explored God’s creation in beautiful Colorado! We had the opportunity to disconnect from the grid and connect with each other. Moreover, we learned about a Christian discipline that is pivotal for mature believers: SOLITUDE. Jesus got away to connect with His Father, and we too had time this past week to connect with THE VINE.
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The longing for peace is a universal desire. For the longest time we’ve heard talk about the possibility of world peace and yet each and every day we hear new news of conflicts breaking out all over the world. Wars between nations, cultural clashes, racial tension and division, and societal stress just seem to be woven into the fabric of humanity. Even if there came a time when all wars and conflicts ceased, there would still be countless people spanning the globe who looked in the mirror each morning and saw hopelessness and emptiness rather than serenity and peace staring back at them. Peace is such a peculiar idea isn’t it? How can something everyone longs for be so elusive and seemingly unattainable? Read more