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UBC Life

A Gift from James

Posted by Debbie Forrest on

This year Wesley told me, “You might get a gift this Christmas that you think, ‘why did I get this?’ but in a month or two you’re going to be really glad you have it.” How many hours do I spend each year trying to come up with the perfect gifts for people? Is it...

who are we, really . . .

Posted by Steve Laufer on

As a church, we are part of a larger group of denominations often referred to as “evangelical.” The designation implies that a significant part of our understanding of the church’s mission is to evangelize, or share the good news with people around us. When the church has taken...

Practice... Practice...Practice...

Posted by Rick Carpenter on

You know the old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice! Maybe that’s how you get to be like Jesus, too! On the last leg of Sabbatical in August, I attended an event in San Diego called the Covenant Retreat. Located at beautiful Point Loma Nazarene...

Jump!

Posted by David Mobley on

I did what some may call crazy…with my two sons, Joshua and Stephen, we jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. It was the day before Stephen’s wedding and it was an awesome experience. Lots of good God moments when you are standing in an open door looking at the patchwork of the...

Seeing God...

Posted by Melissa Dutton on

*Me: God can I ask u a question? *God: Sure *Me: Promise u won't get mad *God: I promise *Me: Why did u let so much stuff happen to me today? *God: What do u mean? *Me: Well, I woke up late, *God: Yes *Me: My car took forever to start, *God: Okay~  *Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong...

Thoughts on the Mystery of Ephesians

Posted by Steve Laufer on

I often tell people that the study of the Bible really is one of those practices where the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. But a follow-up point that should also be mentioned, as I’ve also found to be the case, is that the more I learn about it, the more confident...

Easter Traditions

Posted by Melissa Dutton on

Easter is such an amazing time of year. So many times we have many Christmas traditions—but what about Easter traditions? One of my favorite traditions in our Weekday Ministries program is our Flowering of the Cross Chapel. We have an old wooden cross that stands before us; and our...

One Sunday (a story loosely based on facts)

Posted by Lora Doremus on

This story is something I made up. It's a conglomeration of true stories I have heard over the years with some slight embellishments. It COULD happen though! One Sunday I attended University Baptist Church. I pulled into the parking lot where someone had set up cones so that overflow parking...