Made Righteous in Christ

Last Sunday we considered the fascinating account in Gen. 18 of Abraham inquiring of God if God would spare the evil town of Sodom if a certain number of righteous people could be found there.  Abraham asked God, “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you

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Winning the Prize

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, The Apostle Paul wrote in Phil. 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” When I was in seminary, I audited a couple courses.  That means I did not have to

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Fellowship Lunch

This Sunday following our worship service, we will have our “Finger Food Pot-Luck Fellowship Lunch.”  At the surface level, this may seem to be just a fun get-together, an opportunity to enjoy a meal over conversation and probably some laughter.  I hope it is that, but I also hope it

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Week of Prayer

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the gift of prayer.  Through prayer God invites us to bring all our concerns and joys to Him.  Scripture assures us that as we pray according to His will, God answers.  In prayer, we

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Having the Right Focus

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Have you quit yet?  Quit what?  A New Year’s Resolution – if you made one.  If you did, there is a good chance you have given up on it by now.  The most common Resolution has to do with physical fitness – exercising more

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When Famines Strike

This past Sunday we considered Abram’s response when he no sooner settled in the Land of Canaan, the land God promised him, when a severe famine occurred.  It was so severe Abram had to take his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and journey down to Egypt in search of

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

One of the points I emphasized in last Sunday’s sermon was that as Abram (later to be called Abraham) journeyed through the land of Canaan, he built altars in several locations to the true God.  In addition to giving Abram a place to worship God, these altars also were a

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Seeking God’s Will for IBCZ in 2019

I’m sure you’re aware that the World Economic Forum is taking place this week nearby in Davos.  This annual convention, often known simply as “Davos,” declares that its overarching goal is to engage “the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”  That

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Our New Year’s Journey

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas season, and that 2019 will be a year in which you experience God’s goodness and faithfulness in wonderful ways.  Even as a few weeks ago we celebrated the coming of Jesus into this world, He is

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