Christian Fellowship Church Blog

Black History Month

February 21, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

I am in the middle of reading a book by Martin Luther King Jr. titled, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? It was written 51 years ago in 1967, a year before Dr. King was assassinated. In it, he wrestles with and articulates a way forward for our nation: the black community and the white community. I find i

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Our Missionaries at Casa Adalia

February 6, 2019 By: Christian Fellowship

A story of what God is doing from our missionaries at Casa Adalia in Ecuador.Adalia in Hebrew means God is my refuge. Indeed He is. Casa Adalia seeks to be and has been a wondrous, not perfect, but definitely beautiful refuge to the young women and their children who have stepped through its open doors, seeking

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Our Missionaries in Costa Rica

January 23, 2019 By: Christian Fellowship

God called me to minister to the people of Costa Rica 13 years ago. Since then he has blessed me with my husband Camilo and two great sons: Joshua who is nine and Elias who is three.Our main focus is to reach the next generation, because they are our future. Many churches in Costa Rica mainly focus on the adults

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Impactful Influence

December 21, 2018 By: Mike Acock

I recently attended a luncheon to honor this year’s most impactful leaders among local area nonprofits. Perhaps you’ve heard of Impact COMO? 2018 was their inaugural year. Their purpose is to celebrate Columbia’s nonprofits’ high performing volunteers, organizations, and executive directors.When I first a

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Faithful Words in Times of Trial

December 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

It has been an unusually trying season for us as a church. We have, in these last few weeks, had to navigate an episode of community unrest, shots being fired in our parking lot, the death of a high school senior in our school, and a close relative of several of our church members who took his life. We have hardly ha

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Christmas, The Beast in Us, and Becoming Truly Human Again

December 12, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

“I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.” – Psalm 73:22These words, which the Psalmist prays in repentance to the Lord, are some I return to often in my own prayers of repentance. They capture well some of my actions and attitudes of my heart: beastly—like an animal.And this is o

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Famous Prayers

November 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

When I first became a practicing Christian I was intrigued with the idea of informal, spontaneous prayers. I had grown up only hearing set prayers that were known by those in my liturgical setting. Praying your own words was a novelty, but I also thought it held a greater sincerity. When I came into praying in the spir

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The Election Matters, But Not That Much

November 9, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

I’m teaching the Christian Fellowship School seniors about worldview and culture, and we’ve been talking about the significance of stories in our lives. I’ve been trying to help them see that we all live out of a dominant narrative that provides meaning and gives shape to our lives. The story we live by forms t

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Making Culture or Counter-Culture

October 17, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

As followers of Jesus are we meant to make the culture or are we meant to counter the culture? Is the goal to get more people to go to church or is it to be a church that stands as a thing set apart in the world? While there has been much outstanding thought on the various ways that the church is to be toward the wo

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Jesus Shows Us a Freer, Richer Way to Live

October 3, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

There are many stunning things about Jesus of Nazareth. He was so different, so unlike most of the people I know—so unlike myself—in ways that make him utterly compelling to me. The crowds were drawn to him, and for more than his miracles, I think. There’s something about him that draws us in and makes us want

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