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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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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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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Freedom in Christ

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, During this season of Advent, we are invited to direct our attention to the coming of Jesus, the eternal Son of God, into this world as the baby born in the manger.  Jesus, of course, came into this world to reveal the true God

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Freedom in Christ

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, I want to begin by giving a BIG THANK YOU to all our children and young people for the terrific job they did last Sunday in portraying the Christmas Story for us during worship.  Thanks also to Lisa Wyssbrod and the other adults who

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To Live Is Christ

“Quality of life” is a phrase we hear often these days.  Usually, it is used to refer to issues relating to the approaching end of our physical life on earth.  People are concerned with not only how long they will live, but how they will live – will they be

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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

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