NBBC hosting unique series this fall

Why are we here? Who is God? If God is real, and created everything, does He have the right to expect something of His creation? If so, what is it? Who decides what’s right and wrong? These and other big questions will be addressed in a unique study series here at New Bethesda this fall. The Truth Project will run for 13…

Seeking first: What are we looking for instead of God?

It’s an offensive question to many Christians. But it’s a fair one, too. I asked the question of myself after reading a commentary on NPR.org about the growing trend of travel sports teams and the rigor of playing year-round sports. Many families participate in these types of leagues thinking they’re providing the best experience for their children — often at the expense of committed…

What you see is what you get?

This video is making the rounds lately on the Internet: It’s interesting because this is a great visual example of our human perspective versus God’s perspective. What we think we see — what we think we know — may not be true. When we look at the world, we may see the need to focus on being successful, making lots of money, and gaining power. But God tells us…

Summer SPEED

Calling all DUDES!!! Middle School to Mature Men – Come join us for the next 4 weeks on Sunday Nights (starting 7/10) at 7:00 pm as we discover what it means to become a man! Meeting in the 9019 Ministry Basement. “Summer” SPEED (Sharing Personal Experiences Encouraging Dudes).   Each session is designed to take 1½  and includes video segments interspersed with personal…

Holding “stiddy” to God

In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury Dept. announced that several women would grace new designs for $5, $10, and $20 bills. Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad effort that freed at least 300 slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War, will replace Andrew Jackson as the featured portrait on the front of the $20. Most schoolchildren can tell you…

True Colors

I love fall. It’s my favorite season. My family has most of our birthdays, along with our wedding anniversary, in October. But in addition to all of that, one of the things I love the most is the changing of the leaves. And I’m not alone. Every autumn thousands of people, maybe some of us here tonight, trek up to the Blue…

Worn Out and Spent

If we keep our eyes down, we can find them on the sidewalk or in a parking lot. We often have at least one in our pocket and definitely in a purse. Sometimes we put them in a tray on a dresser, or toss them in a jar until they add up. They’re pennies. The shiny ones are, perhaps, on the surface, more attractive. Usually…

Be Excellent for Christ

If we are to mature spiritually, we must strive for excellence. In doing so, we should examine our motives. It should be about exalting God and not ourselves. Pursuing excellence is found in Scripture. Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. —Matthew 22:37-38…

God’s Promise

In Genesis chapter 9, we read these words as The Lord spoke to Noah after the flood waters had receded and the family and animals have emerged from the ark: “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set…