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,

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

God Intrudes

This week I would like to share a quote from a writer named Peter Larson.  I won’t make any comments on it; rather I invite you to take a few moments and ponder the depth of truth in this short statement. “Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes.

Continue reading

Knowing Christ

For the past two weeks, I have used this blog to make a few additional points from the passage of Scripture we considered during worship a few weeks ago.  Paul wrote in Phil. 3:10-11, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing

Continue reading

Knowing Christ

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Have you ever had an experience that was so enjoyable, even so exhilarating that you didn’t want it to end; you just wanted it to last and last? Perhaps it was a magnificent concert where the music thrilled the hearts of the audience.  The

Continue reading

Right Now Media

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Have you ever wished that could access some of the best Christian teaching available?  Have you ever longed for a source of practical wisdom to help you in your walk with Christ, your marriage, in parenting, in leadership development, or in understanding more fully

Continue reading