For most people, Thanksgiving and Christmas usually bring to mind thoughts of family, friends, presents, and fellowship around the table. But for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, holidays can be painful. GriefShare offers a Surviving the Holidays seminar to give people a safe to learn how to deal with all the demands and emotions […] » Read the rest of this post.
The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” holds true in our society and in the Christian church. Take a moment to reflect upon your upbringing and those who helped raise you. Was it solely your parents? What about other relatives? Were you raised in a church community? For me, it truly […] » Read the rest of this post.
Have you ever heard a prayer so moving, your prayer life and spiritual walk were forever changed? Prayers are an act of worship in themselves and a vital part of our spiritual walk. One of the most moving prayers I’ve heard is the one below where we ask our minds, thoughts, actions, and attitude to be more […] » Read the rest of this post.
A family recently returned to Camelback, after moving away to Colorado for four years. The husband and wife pulled me aside and couldn’t wait to report their impression. ‘It’s a completely different church. There is so much more going on. It’s so alive!’ Praise God, we’re growing in our love of Christ and in our […] » Read the rest of this post.
Have you ever wondered why we do some of the things we do as Christians such as baptism, communion, child dedication, or even prayer? What part do these and other traditions play in worshiping God and growing in our faith? Over the next few weeks we will explore these practices and rituals more deeply in […] » Read the rest of this post.
Dismayed by the breakdown of our society, where do we look for light? Not to things powerless against the darkness, such as prosperity and pleasure. We need something brighter. The book of Revelation points us to just such a Light. I am amazed by the relevance of this biblical book, especially for a nation stumbling […] » Read the rest of this post.
The Word encourages us to take care of the widows and orphans (James 1:27). Osborn Health and Rehab is one of the best places to love these dear people, ages 18-105, providing them a context for understanding how much God loves them in the person of Jesus Christ, and helping them know that they are […] » Read the rest of this post.
Last summer we had the opportunity to reunite over dinner with our original Camelback Bible Church community group, which was formed 7 years ago. It was very encouraging for me to reflect on how the Lord has used this group. Our community group grew from a mutual desire to grow together in the Lord and in our […] » Read the rest of this post.
Through the Holy Spirit, they not only sought to teach God’s Word, they sought to live it. They strove tirelessly to bring God’s good news - His life-saving and transforming Gospel - to the masses. And we are called to go and do likewise. » Read the rest of this post.
In September at Camelback Bible Church, we begin a sermon series that will take us deeper than we’ve ever been before. We’ll be examining Paul’s letter to the churches of Ephesus. For a fill up fuller than anything you thought possible, get ready to plunge into Ephesians. Running on Fullness, a sermon series by Dr. Tim Savage, begins Sunday, September 20. » Read the rest of this post.
Yet, contentment was illusive. Family tragedy was constant. It begged the question: if the Emperor Franz and his Empress, for whom every desire known to human beings was fulfilled many times over, were unable to find fullness of life, then how can the rest of us expect anything different? » Read the rest of this post.
The Roma in Ukraine brim with warmth and express genuine gratitude to us for visiting their village. To mix with this struggling group of joyous human beings could not but inspire our hearts, slow our pace, and prompt searching questions such as what it is that actually constitutes fullness of life. » Read the rest of this post.
It is not lost on the rest of eastern Europe that the Russian bear is stirring. People, who for forty years were oppressed by the Soviet system, now are speaking forebodingly about Vladimir Putin and his nationalistic agenda. Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine – in these countries people are very wary. » Read the rest of this post.
We praise God for the youth retreat at Lake Powell. Similarly, exciting reports poured out about this year’s VBC. The summer preaching series on the gospel of Luke has been so very rich. our missionaries in Slovakia are doing Christ’s work diligently, prayerfully, and effectively. On both sides of our beautiful earth, then, Camelback Bible Church is throwing itself – with full heart and energy – into the greatest work all. » Read the rest of this post.
Taken aback, I asked Pavel whether he would then welcome a return to Communism. He responded instantly: ‘Absolutely not, we are far better off without it.’ In the next many moments, and in my presence, he expressed tremendous grief over the fact that the Bible-believing churches of Slovakia are only partly full. He said the empty seats on Sunday mornings were impossible for him to bear, knowing that each seat represented a soul who might otherwise be introduced to new life in Jesus Christ. » Read the rest of this post.
It was here that the grandmother celebrated our visit by cupping my cheeks with her dirty hands and pulling me to her chaffed and bloody lips for three successive kisses. Had I anticipated such a moment before the fact, it surely would have made me wince. But I can honestly say that in real life the woman’s expression of affection humbled me and filled me with joy. » Read the rest of this post.
Without prior thought, my first words were: ‘I was born in Hollywood, California.’ That produced a spate of giggles and I could tell I was off to a good start. Other superficial details ensued, and, then, about half way through my ‘presentation’ I felt a clear tug of the heart to begin addressing a matter of utmost importance – Jesus Christ and how he had changed my life. » Read the rest of this post.
That was the last evening I spent with mamma. The next day, we were forced to board a truck. Calo was there too, but my little brother Besso was not. The adults were allowed to wave us goodbye. In her desperation to give us something, my mamma took off her socks and gave us one each. » Read the rest of this post.
None of us wanted to visit Auschwitz. We talked about it – Lesli, Jon and I – and agreed it would be unendurable. We also agreed it was unavoidable. For two reasons: 1) It is important to reckon with the worst of human behavior in order to seek out a solution; and 2) It is essential to honor human life by commemorating those whose lost their lives so viciously, painfully, and needlessly. » Read the rest of this post.