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The Faith Challenge: Tanner Besosa Blogs From BMW

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

Tanner Besosa

Tanner Besosa

The college experience reveals the quality and depth of a student’s faith. Hopefully, students grow spiritually and strengthen their faith through the challenges of the college experience. Sadly, others walk away from their faith or compartmentalize their faith as they struggle to navigate the complexities of college life.

Tanner Besosa has graciously agreed to let us go to college with him as he starts his second year at Florida Free Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center. BMW trains missionaries and is underwritten by Teen Missions International, Inc. He is taking six classes this semester: Miner Prophets, General Epistles, Ethics, Daniel and Revelation, as well as Biblical Psychology. The sixth, Pauline Epistles, is the one he looks forward to most. Says Tanner, “The teacher of this class is one of the wisest men of God I know, who thinks through the deep spiritual matters of the Bible in the same way I do. It makes it easier and better for me to understand, and for me to get excited about.”

Teen Missions World Headquarters

Teen Missions World Headquarters

So, what are the faith challenges facing Tanner during this crucial time in his life? An article posted on the Cedarville University website lists ten challenges faced by Christian Students as they start college. Over the next few weeks we will explore each of these from Tanner’s perspective.

Challenge 1: Faith identity

In high school, faith was associated and supported by familiar places and people. Now those keystones are missing. Does it matter?

Tanner tells us that during his time at BMW, “There are some things that I do not hold the same as my father and mother, nothing major, but still small differences. [However,] I do find their faith very supporting and they are still my greatest teacher in the faith, and when I hit hard problems they always point me back in the way that I should go.”

When asked why he believes, Tanner replies, “This is a question that changed not too long ago for me. I used to say I have seen the change in my life and I feel Him inside of me, but Jeremiah tells us, “the heart is deceitful above all things,” so that I cannot trust what I feel.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

Beyond feelings, continues Tanner, “I have found that I must have faith in Christ above all things. That when the enemy tries to make me feel far from God and downcast, that my heart is lying to me, and I must hold on to my faith in Christ above all.”

His biggest challenge this year

You might think that the biggest challenge in college is the course load, but for Tanner the challenge is to measure up.

“The greatest challenge this year,” he says, “will be that we have a group of new Bible students. I want to be able to do as good of a job as those that helped me fit in and find the groove of everything when I had first started.” Beyond good works, Tanner has “been in prayer for the new students.”

In closing, Tanner wishes the best for those of us back home. “I’d like to thank all of you back home praying for me and supporting me as I am here growing in our Lord, and I pray that He is blessing your life every day!”

Next time, we’ll explore the Freedom Challenge faced by all college students living far from home.


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Celebrating a Christmas Frozen in Time”

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Laura Farmer on her life in Rafiki

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
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Laura Farmer

 

The goal of the Rafiki Foundation is to help the people of Africa know God through Bible study for men, women, and children.

Laura Farmer has spent the past two years serving with the foundation.

Following Sunday Service at BCBC she answered several questions about her life and work in Africa.

Q: What is a good day for you at Rafiki?

 

Q: What is the most difficult part of you day?

 

Q: How does Rafiki balance the need to provide the basic necessities of life with the desire to deliver the word of the Lord to the residents at the Rafiki compund?

 

Q: Where do you think you will be in five years?

 

Thank you, Laura, and God bless you in your life.

 

 


BCBC VBS Overview

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VBS 2013

On June 14 – 18 BCBC will present VBS 2015. Come back to the BCBC Website for more information as we prepare for “THE CALLING”.

For now, here is a history of VBS at BCBC.

VBS features realistic, staged outdoor sets with costumed adults as well as costumed children! See last year’s Fall of Jericho youtube on our VBS page.

Created and choreographed by Chris Jennings, this year’s theme is THE ARRIVAL: The greatest story ever told – the birth of the Savior, Jesus. You can read more about it and pre-register your child on our VBS site.

Prior years’ themes were:

THE CROSSING: Bible stories involving the time just prior to crossing into the Promised Land including the investigation of the Promised Land, the Israelites’ doubt and a generation banned, the faith of Rahab, the anointing of Joshua and death of Moses, crossing the Jordan River and the destruction of Jericho. Nightly themes: “God’s People Rise”, “God’s People Fall”, God’s People Rebuild”, “God’s People Cross Over”, and “God’s People Conquer”. (2013)

THE WANDERING: Bible stories around the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness including miracles in the desert, the Ten Commandments, manna, constructing the Tabernacle and the items to be used in it, the golden calf and the Shikina Glory. Nightly themes:” God’s Plan for Provision”, “God’s Plan for Worship”, “God’s Plan for Living”, “God’s Plan for Relationship”, and “God’s Plan for the Plunder”. (2012)

THE EXODUS: The stories of Moses’ birth, the burning bush, the plagues, Passover and crossing the Red Sea. Nightly themes: “God Hears Me”, “God Sees Me”, “God Cares About Me”, “God Has a Plan for Me” and “God Will Rescue Me”. (2011)

THE JOURNEY: Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace. Nightly Themes: “God Gives Us Hope”, “God Gives Us Special Abilities”, “God Gives Us Wisdom”, “God Gives Us Forgiveness”, and “God Gives Us a Family”. (2010)

 


Generation Y

Aaron Creasman, Daniel Byers, and Jeremy Ballard teamed up to deliver a powerful message on giving Christ control over your life and true discipleship in your heart (vs. just going through the motions). Michelle Butler and David Hollowell helped highlight the message in a funny skit (call for Oscar nominations!). The May 4 sermon will be uploaded to our Sermons pages soon.

We love to have our young adult members share their faith with the congregation. We stand united in support of their message.

United in faith we stand.

United in faith we stand.


• Need a Marriage Assessment?

divorceHaven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them ‘male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.’ Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Matthew 19:4-6)

The BCBC pastoral staff is available to meet with you for an assessment of your marriage. Call the church office to make an appointment. 828-667-9818


How Good is Good Enough?

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Is there more than one way to get to heaven? Bestselling author Andy Stanley addresses this popular belief held even among Christians.

 

Believing that all good people go to heaven raises major problems, In fact, Jesus taught that goodness isn’t even a requirement to enter heaven.

 

Andy Stanley leads believers and skeptics alike to realize that Christianity is beyond fair, and the Lord provides enormous grace and mercy.

 

To learn more about how to enjoy a relationship with God, call the church office to get a free copy of How Good is Good Enough by Andy Stanley. 828-667-9818


Battered Women Support Group

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

We are here to help. Call the BCBC church office for more information.828-667-9818

 

Needed! Volunteer secretary for the BCBC battered women support group. Contact Christi Clark at 828-633-2292.