The Most Important Thing

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Last Sunday I began a new preaching series from Rev. 2-3, which records the messages the risen Christ gave to seven first-century churches in a vision to the Apostle John.  We will consider these seven messages week-by-week.  Last week we focused Jesus’s message to

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God’s Friend

  Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, A couple months ago we finished our study of the life of Abraham.  He has so much to teach us!  There are, of course, other characters from the Old Testament from whom we can learn much. But there is also something about them that

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The Gift of Joy

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Last Sunday in worship we considered God’s wonderful gift of joy.  As we saw, joy is much deeper than happiness, which is dependent on outer circumstances.  Joy is rooted in the character, faithfulness, and love of God.  Knowing this is how God always is,

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A Great Opportunity

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, First, I want to thank the Elders for writing the news articles for the past several months so I could spend more time focusing on my German studies. Second, I invite you to prayerfully consider attending our next church camp – Nov. 1-3 in

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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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