by Randy Harp

Several years ago, I read Max Lucado’s book Just Like Jesus. Lucado repeats a statement throughout the book that has stuck with me ever since — “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.” It is a simple, easy-to-understand statement.  [click to continue…]


By Shellie Dameron
Connections Director, Orchard Church, Denver, CO

Easter at Orchard Church in Denver, CO, is an exciting time! Last year over 2,700 attended our five services and this year we are praying for more than 3,000. We expect over 200 new families will join us to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Many of our families who attend regularly had their first experiences at Orchard on an Easter Sunday and we strive to make these new guests feel the love of Christ from the moment they step out of their cars until they return home. [click to continue…]

by Randy Harp

Throughout this issue we have emphasized the importance of taking the next step. We have attempted to make application for both the local church and its leadership as well as for all Christ-followers in general. One truth I hope you have been reminded of is that you cannot stay the same. [click to continue…]

by Doug Kutilek

Modern Poland is a country of 40 million souls, including, at present, something over a million resident Ukrainians, many being refugees from the war in Eastern Ukraine. During a recent teaching trip for International Baptist Bible College (led by BBFI missionary Ron Minton), I spent two weeks in Gdansk (formerly Danzig) on the shores of the Baltic Sea [click to continue…]

by Charles Lyons

I was shocked! Not by the video, but the scripture staring at me days after the video had been released. The mayor had warned the city, it would be difficult to watch. The video would show 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot by a white Chicago police officer 16 times. [click to continue…]

by Eddie Lyons

At our church we talk about how everyone has a next step. New people are invited to our Starting Point Class where we discuss what it means to accept Christ. They are then encouraged to take the next step and follow the Lord in baptism. Others are encouraged to take that next step to membership. People are encouraged to take the next step by being involved in one of our discipleship classes. [click to continue…]