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  • A refuge in the lord

    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|May 11, 2023

    A memorable experience in my teenage years was a strenuous hike up Mount Rainier in Washington State. I ascended the mountain to an elevation of just a little over 10,000 feet at Camp Muir. This camp contains shelters that are important staging camps for mountaineers desiring to summit the peak of Mount Rainier. Those planning to reach the summit of the mountain rely on the refuge of Camp Muir to provide shelter while awaiting a mountain summit. There is no way to accurately plan or predict... Full story

  • "Yours is the Kingdom"

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|Feb 2, 2023

    This is my last article in the Lord’s Prayer series. The traditional Lord’s prayer ends with the benediction, “Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever, amen.” This is the declaration, “Yours is the kingdom”. The kingdom of God is where God is always obeyed and God’s will is always followed. Full and perfect obedience to God, for now, only exists in heaven. But because of Jesus, as Christians, by faith we can choose obedience to God. Through the Lord’s prayer, we pray that God’s kingdom would expand into earth as it is pe...

  • PASSAGES

    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 3, 2022

    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship Each article I have been walking through the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord’s Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the example of Jesus Christ. In this phrase, Jesus teaches two important realities: 1. satan and evil exists, and 2. It is the Lord who triumphs over and delivers us from evil. Through the Lord’s prayer we learn to look to the Lord and trust in His deliverance over...

  • Lead us not into temptation

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 11, 2022

    Each article I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the example of Jesus Christ. Anytime you visit the ocean, there are always warning signs before entering the beach. Especially on the West coast there are signs warning against what are called "sneaker waves." A sneaker wave is one that is unusually larger or more powerful than the normal surf that is...

  • Forgive us our debts

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|May 5, 2022

    In each article, I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the example of Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:12 directs us to our need for forgiveness and our need to forgive others, "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." Prayer flows out of a relationship with our Father in heaven. This relationship has been established because of Jesus Christ, and...

  • Our daily bread

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Feb 3, 2022

    In his book, "Praying the Lord's Prayer," author Elmer Towns tells the story of a salesman who attended one of his Bible classes. The salesman worked in the appliance section of the local department store and was known for always wearing a straw hat. Everyone simply knew this man as the tall man wearing the straw hat. Most people assumed he always wore the hat because he was bald but that's not why he wore the hat. The man in the straw hat loved to talk to people and was a very good salesman....

  • "Thy will be done"

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 4, 2021

    I read a story about a frequent airline traveler who commented about observing exemplary service on a regular flight. On this occasion, the flight attendants were absolutely fantastic. The traveler noted that the flight crew was the most attentive, responsive flight crew he had ever seen. So, toward the end of the flight, he stopped one of the flight crew members and said, "Excuse me, I don't mean to bother you, but I fly a lot and I have never seen a flight crew like this. You are the most...

  • Thy Kingdom come

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 5, 2021

    In order to teach us how to pray, Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer to serve as an outline to guide our own prayers. Not only does the Lord's Prayer teach us elements of prayer to incorporate, we also see a Biblical worldview to change our thinking. Within a Biblical worldview, there are only the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. The arrival of Jesus into our world inaugurated the spiritual Kingdom of God with Jesus as king. We choose the kingdom of God when Jesus is ruler over our...

  • Hallowed by Thy name

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|May 6, 2021

    In the 1985 movie version of "Anne of Green Gables," as an orphan, young Anne is mistakenly placed with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Marilla is a kind, but stern lady, but also has a deep faith in the Lord. Young Anne has no Christian upbringing, which is of great concern to Marilla. So the first night Anne is taught to pray. She gives it a try: "I'll do my best. Dear gracious heavenly Father, I thank you for everything. As for the things I especially want, they're so numerous it would take a...

  • Our Father in Heaven

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Feb 4, 2021

    I find great encouragement from the Lord's Prayer to give shape to my own prayers. Rather than just a rote prayer, Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer as an outline to teach us how we should pray. When we pray through the Lord's Prayer, phrase by phrase, we understand how God is leading us to pray. The opening phrase, "Our Father in heaven" is a powerful reminder and truth of the personal access we have to God through our prayers. During the Apollo space missions to the moon, there were long, uncomf...

  • God is not on our side

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 12, 2020

    Our country has gone through a very troubling year to say the least. The anticipation of the recent election defined as much of 2020 as has the coronavirus. Everything that has taken place this year has caused many sleepless nights and anxiety. A large part of the uncertainty hinged on the outcome of the recent election. The results of elections are also described in terms of who won or lost, or what issue won or lost. The elections end up being about sides, and what side ends up winning in the...

  • God's Word is sufficient

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 20, 2020

    Within our culture is a wide range of sources that claim to give wisdom, guidance and instruction. Many sadly choose to look to daily horoscopes to give insight into what might happen that day and wisdom for how to live. I read an article a while back that states: "NASA reveals you've had the wrong Zodiac sign all your life." Apparently, NASA quietly reminded the world that there are in fact 13 constellations in the original zodiac and not 12. The article actually blames the ancient...

  • The treasure of God's Word

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|May 28, 2020

    My favorite online used bookstore recently shared about the all kinds of treasures that have been found left inside used books. Over the years, as they have sorted and cataloged used books, they have discovered a wide variety of items left hidden in the pages of used books. The biggest treasure was a bundle of 40 $1,000 bills. Also found was a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, a marriage certificate from 1879, a diamond ring and a baby's tooth. None of these interesting and valuable objects...

  • The necessity of the Bible

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Mar 5, 2020

    Years ago, the movie Castaway came out, in which Tom Hanks played a FedEx worker whose company plane went down, stranding him on a desert island for years. Not long after that FedEx ran a Super Bowl commercial that spoofed the movie "Castaway." Looking like a man who had been stranded on an island, the FedEx employee in the commercial goes up to the door of a suburban home, package in hand. When the lady comes to the door he explains that he survived five years on a desert island and during that...

  • Authentic worship

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Dec 12, 2019

    The place of King Herod within the Christmas story is intertwined with the history of the Magi. The Lord used the Magi to reveal the birth of Jesus to outsiders from a faraway place. The response of the Magi was then authentic worship of Jesus as King and Messiah. Matthew 2:7-8 (NIV) "Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to...

  • Inerrancy of the Bible

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Oct 3, 2019

    Looking back at the summer Olympics in 2016…there are so many questions about why are there so many ties in swimming? Going back several decades, there have been many instances in ties. Even in Rio, in 2016, there was a three-way tie for a silver medal. The question is…in our day and age, why isn’t there better measuring technology to avoid so many swimming ties. But the issue did not come down to the need for better timing systems…but the need for better pools. It turns out that there is a pretty big allowance for structural differe...

  • The authority of the Bible

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 15, 2019

    Concerts are a major industry and there are countless stories of music artists that list out lavish demands that concert promoters are required to take care of before the rock star will agree to come. One of the most notorious requirements came from the rock band Van Halen. Each of Van Halen’s contracts insisted that a bowl of M&M’s be provided backstage. However, every single brown M&M needed to be removed from the bowl. If the band arrived and saw that the bowl had any brown M&M’s in it, then they were free to cancel the concert and recei...

  • The Bible is trustworthy

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 27, 2019

    I received an email from one of my favorite online bookstores where I especially like to order Bibles from. The opening of the message certainly caught my attention: “Shop our selection of slightly imperfect” That really doesn’t give me a lot of confidence buying Bibles from a “slightly imperfect” discount sale. Now…I know what they mean…this is sort of a Bible bookstore version of a “scratch & dent” sale. I’m sure these Bibles don’t have the book of Romans missing, or the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Probably the cover might be blemished or...

  • God's fashion for marriage

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Mar 21, 2019

    It’s fascinating to look back over the decades at what couples dressed like. Every era over the past century had common fashions and trends that help us know what period history a couple lived in. What makes it possible to identify past eras is that couples looked just like everyone else around them. In relationships, and in marriage, the Bible actually gives us fashion advice to NOT treat others exactly as the world around does. This truth is seen in Colossians chapter 3. First, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hea...

  • Fill your heart and mind each day with the treasure of the Bible

    Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Jan 24, 2019

    In addition to a long history of magazines, Reader’s Digest is well known for publishing condensed versions of popular books. Instead of having to read a book in its entirety, a busy person could read a Reader’s Digest shortened version of a book. You could still enjoy the best parts of a book, while skipping a bulk of the book that was determined to be boring or not important. In 1982, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of what is still a bestselling book, the Bible. The proje...

  • First four songs of Christmas

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 29, 2018

    This December I look forward to speaking for four Sundays about the original songs of Christmas. These four songs, contained in the first two chapters of Luke, poetically proclaim the Good News of Jesus. These first four songs of Christmas come from Mary, Zechariah (father of John the Baptist), the angels speaking to the shepherds and a man named Simeon. Together, these songs show us the expectation and wonder of the announcement and arrivals of Jesus Christ. In December, we traditionally observe the four weeks leading up to Christmas as the...

  • God's servants

    Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Oct 4, 2018

    We are currently going through concerning times with political issues as a nation. There is a great amount of division affecting all levels of government. Every day seems to bring fresh news of problems and scandals. But this is nothing new. Every generation has faced troubling times and seasons with what is happening with government and politics. The Bible gives us both comfort and wisdom as we observe what happens around us in politics. We should never wring our hands in despair but instead...

  • God is wise

    Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 9, 2018

    I still enjoy visiting libraries. I appreciate the opportunity to borrow books without having to purchase them and being exposed to various titles that I was not aware of. But part of me (a small part) misses the nostalgia of the little card catalog drawers. Back in the “olden days,” with covered wagons and the pony express…we searched for information on card catalog cards according to subject, author and title. Nowadays, it is common (yes, for myself) to simply search on the Internet. Admit...

  • God is Holy

    Craig Wilson, Pastor, Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 14, 2018

    In my articles I have been looking at the attributes of God. These are the characteristics of Who God is and how the Lord relates to us. The holiness of God is mentioned abundantly throughout the entire Bible. At the same time, the attribute of God’s holiness is difficult for us to wrap our minds around. The challenge to grasp God’s holiness is actually because this attribute shows us the extent that God is beyond you and me. That God is holy means He is perfect and pure but more than this God...

  • God Never Changes

    Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Apr 19, 2018

    For many, using GPS (Global Positioning Service) is a helpful convenience to find directions in the car with very little hassle. For a reasonable cost, users can connect with multiple satellites in their cars to be directed all over the world. However, this is not reliable for everyone…especially for Australia. Australian GPS information was last updated in 1994 and the entire continent has moved approximately five feet since then. For drivers locating someone’s house or a store to visit, thi...

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