Archive for May, 2009

LBS Graduation!

Last night was a wonderful family memory—watching Lance graduate from High School. Other than gratitude to God for the way Lance has honored the Lord and his parents, the overwhelming emotion of the day was thankfulness to all the people who have labored along with us and invested into his life over the years! I think first of Pastor Chappell and the many years of faithful leadership and spiritual development that has been poured into our family. We are blessed to have such a loving, Bible-preaching pastor. Second I think of all the LBC/LBS church family and staff—from Sunday school…

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A Glimpse Back at Spring Banquet

A Special Memory for the Senior Class of 2009 Last Monday we had the privilege of hosting our Senior High teens and many of their parents at Spring Banquet 2009. It was an amazing evening, featuring a delightfully decorated “Grand Ballroom” at the Disneyland Hotel. The students arrived at church at about noon, dressed their best! After a comfortable charter-bus ride, they enjoyed a couple hours of shopping and strolling through Downtown Disney and the hotel gardens, taking photos by the waterfalls and other picture spots. The banquet began at 5:30 with a great dinner and video greetings from the…

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My Favorite Moment of WCBC Commencement 09

Praying with the “LBC Brats” that Graduated Today! Today was a special commencement for West Coast Baptist College! For Dana and me it had a special significance as 20 graduates of the Lancaster Baptist Church youth group were graduating from Bible College. This was a special class! They have always had a fantastic, encouraging spirit and a desire to serve the Lord. As we were congratulating everybody in the church lobby, one member of the group said, “Can we take a class photo?” After a few minutes, I found myself fighting back the tears as most of this class gathered…

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Book Review—A Glorious Church

A New Book about the Biblical and Historical Integrity of the New Testament Church Evangelist Mike Gass has written a fantastic new book now available from Striving Together Publications. “A Glorious Church” is a study of the origin, identity, heritage, and integrity of the New Testament Church. It is a fantastic read filled with historical and biblical documentation on the authenticity and function of the local church. This book is a must read for any one who loves the local church and desires to understand it more biblically and historically. We began working with Brother Gass on this project nearly…

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Helping Graduates Prepare for the Future

A Tool to Help High School Grads Understand Their Own Hearts and Direction I’ve not been able to write a blog post for a while due to year-end events with our graduating seniors—which leads me to thinking this might be a helpful subject. I want to encourage pastors, youth pastors, principals, and those who work with students to have a “senior appointment.” We have sit down appointments each year—one on one—with our graduates to speak openly and prayerfully about their future plans. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see where the Lord is directing their hearts. Let me first share a…

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