UBC Pastoral Staff Blog

Devotions on Heaven

Posted onJune 23, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

“It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven . . . to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness.” ...Keep Reading

Count it all Joy (Trials Part 5)

Posted onJune 5, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

remember hearing one preacher say, “just because someone is experiencing trials in life, does not mean we should immediately quote James 1:2 to them.” That is good counsel. When Mary and Martha were weeping at the death of Lazarus, Jesus did not flippantly tell them to “count it all joy.” On the contrary, he wept with them. If we are quick to give simplified answers to complex suffering, it is helpful to remember Jesus’ powerful ministry of presence and empathy with hurting people. Nevertheless, James 1 is an amazing passage that must also shape our view of trials and suffering. ...Keep Reading

Trials Produce Maturity

Posted onMay 21, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

“Yes, but how?” It is a question I often write in the margin of books I’m reading because spiritual truth that remains cognitive, or that fails to come all the way home to personal application, is not God’s design. Rather than being hearers only, we want to be hearers and doers of the word! We want to affirm truth ...Keep Reading

Trials Part 3

Posted onMay 8, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

That which is most necessary for the health of the church today, is the very thing God promises to produce and build into our character through the testing of our faith. Do you know what it is? James chapter 1 provides the answer! ...Keep Reading

Dealing with Our Emotions

Posted onMay 1, 2020 | by: Brad Thompson | 0 comments

What are some different emotions that we experience as humans? Sorrow, grief, guilt, anger, fear, anxiety, gratitude, joy, and happiness are many common emotions that we experience. How do we deal with these more difficult emotions - such as grief, guilt, anger, fear, and anxiety? Do we try to suppress or ignore them, hoping that they will go away over time? Do we try to deny that we are worried or angry about a particular situation? Do we blame someone or something else for the way we feel? ...Keep Reading

Trials Part 2

Posted onApril 27, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

Trials are an inescapable experience in life. As you read this, you can probably reflect on painful experiences, watershed events, and significant disappointments or heartaches that have shaped your life. In the last post we saw that we shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus plainly taught that “in this world you will have tribulation.” James chapter 1 also makes it clear that various kinds of trials are an inevitable part of life. ...Keep Reading

Thinking about Trials

Posted onApril 23, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

Has your faith and patience been tested over the last week? Our expectations for travel, for summer, and for daily and weekly rhythms have all had to shift. And while we don’t want to nurse selfish discontentment or disappointment, it’s fair to say that these recent weeks have brought trials into your life. Trials test us, shape us, and refine us for God’s glory. ...Keep Reading

Battling Discouragement

Posted onApril 17, 2020 | by: Brad Thompson | 0 comments

Discouragement. It’s what Moses struggled with in Numbers 11 as he was caring for a grumbling and complaining people in the wilderness. It is what Jonah battled with as he faced tough physical conditions. In Psalm 7:1-2, Asaph is discouraged when he sees the prosperity and success of others. And many people are combatting discouragement in their own hearts today as social distancing continues. It is a dangerous thing if we don’t deal with it, because it will suck all the wind out of our sails and lead to despair. So how do we fight against it?...Keep Reading

Reliable Teaching and News

Posted onApril 15, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

Have you found yourself wanting more reliable teaching and news during this pandemic? Perhaps you find yourself with more discretionary time. Sports have been canceled. Their commute decreased from 15 minutes to 15 seconds. Or perhaps you have less discretionary time and you want some focused content. Maybe you are suddenly homeschooling several kids while working from home yourself. Maybe you’re one of the many people work out at the INL and now have a couple hour commute with no bus ride. Below you’ll find a handful of resources that may meet this need for you. As always, there’s a needed disclaimer that I can’t vouch for every article, message, or sermon that will ever be posted on these sites. But in general I have found them to be Biblically sound and reliable....Keep Reading