Some ABCs of the Christmas Season by Mason Goodknight
We’re past Thanksgiving and that means the Christmas season is officially upon us. You may be wondering what ABCs of the Christmas season I’ll be talking about here. Well, you can be sure at least one of them isn’t what most would expect.
Thanksgiving with Joy! by Bryan Carver
One of our primary purposes as God’s image bearers is to give thanks. He made us to be creatures who are dependent on His all-sufficiency and grace, who will respond to His grace with praise and thanksgiving. In fact, Paul says in Romans 1:21 that the reason the whole human race is under God’s judgment is because “although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to him.”
Discipleship: A Repentant Life by Ryan Clark
Discipleship: A Repentant Life
If you only had seconds to communicate the gospel call, enough time for one short sentence, perhaps the most succinct would be, “Repent and believe the gospel”. To repent is not an offer from God to mankind, it is a command. Acts 17:30 tells us that God commands all people everywhere to repent. Few words carry such significance. As God redeems His people, He grants them repentance and opens their eyes to see the magnitude of their own sin (2Tim 2:25). A great change of mind happens when a sinner turns from the lusts of the world and gazes upon Christ with joy immeasurable. But the value of repentance goes far beyond conversion. To follow Christ on this earth is to live a repentant life. As the first in a series of blog posts intended to enrich our understanding of being a disciple of Christ, what better place to begin than with repentance. Read more at
Invites for Evangelism? or Evangelize and get invites? Both? by Mason Goodknight
Did Jesus and Paul rely on invites to speak before they preached the law and gospel truth of God? Do we need to build lengthy relationships before we can evangelize lost people? Total strangers need the gospel too. We have it. We don't know which strangers know it. So we should go proclaim it. Like Jesus,. Paul, and faithful Christians in all walks of life have done forever.
The Difficulty of Evangelism by Mason Goodknight
Last week we looked at the ease of evangelism. This week we'll tackle why it is so difficult. I pray you are encouraged from what is shared.
The Ease of Evangelism by Mason Goodknight
Many people balk when we are told that evangelism is easy. Well it is...in at least one sense! I'll go over that part in this weeks blog. As well as debunk the "Gift of Evangelism" myth. Then next time I'll cover the difficulty of evangelism. Read and share folks. God bless!
Today is Mercy Day! by Mason Goodknight
For the second year, Wellspring Bible Fellowship invites any Christian who would like to join us to meet us on the Douglas County Courthouse steps in Roseburg, Oregon today at 6:30pm for a time of worship, teaching, and prayer. Celebrating and thanking God for saving not just from physical death, but sin, death, and hell for eternity! Hope to see you there!
What is the goal of your Bible study? by Bryan Carver
Fall season at Wellspring means the re-launch of many ministries like Oasis, Home Groups, and Awana. As we dive into our in-depth Bible studies together, it's important to consider what the goal is. What is the goal when studying the Bible? This week I had the privilege of sharing with the Oasis ladies as they kicked off the new year with a wonderful luncheon. This is what I had to share with them:
A Victim of Slander by Bryan Carver
Have you ever been the victim of slander for the sake of your faith? Have you ever had your reputation thrown through the mud? If you've experienced this pain like me, know that you are in the company of the very Son of God who was perfect. Jesus was wrongfully slandered throughout His ministry:
Beware of Unbelief and Live by Faith by Bryan Carver
In Numbers 13-14 we read the account of the spies going into the promised land. At this point in Israel's history, they have been supernaturally delivered out of bondage in Egypt by God's mighty hand. They have God dwelling in their camp, leading them with His manifest glory by a cloud in the day and a pillar of fire by night. They have an unshakable promise of a land flowing with milk and honey and a God who will fight their battles for them. So spies are sent to scout out the land, but they "bring a bad report," not of the land, but of their fear and unbelief which belittles God.
Reviewing "The Sound of Freedom" and Comparing and Contrasting Child Trafficking with the Abortion Holocaust by Mason Goodknight
This is both a movie review and a comparison and contrast regarding child trafficking and preborn baby murder. Both issues are worthy of the churches attention. The movie is well worth a watch and promotion. I hope to encourage all of this here in this blog. God bless!
Our God is a Consuming Fire by Bryan Carver
In a day and age of casual, flippant, shallow worship services, we must never forget that Yahweh is a CONSUMING FIRE who is to be worshipped in reverence and fear. Hebrews 12:28-29 says "Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." He is righteously jealous for our singular devotion in worship and He hates all idolatry.
PRIDE Destroys, Love Warns, and Only Jesus Saves! by Mason Goodknight by Bryan Carver
To our great shame, June is now recognized around the world as "PRIDE month." We can thank God that June is behind us and we no longer have to be bombarded with state and corporate sexual indoctrination everywhere we look. In our small town, we started June off with the third annual PRIDE Parade on Sunday June 4th. And Saturday July 1st they hosted their first annual PRIDE Festival at our local county fairgrounds. There was a time in my life when I would never have expected to see either of these events in our town or county. Let alone two of them bracketing a single month. But now I have, and it is both saddening and sickening all at once.
Godly Conduct at the Douglas County PRIDE Parade by Ryan Clark
Godly Conduct at the Douglas County PRIDE Parade
This weekend I saw disciples of Christ doing what disciples of Christ must do, and I was honored to be numbered among them. The charge and commission from Scripture is clear. Do not be ashamed of Christ, His gospel, or His words (Mark 8:34-38). Make disciples of all nations and teach them all that Christ has commanded us (Matt 28:18-19). Preach to those who have no hope that they can be born again to a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). Declare to the world that its deeds are evil (John 7:7). Proclaim the excellencies of Christ to those in darkness (1 Peter 2:9). Rescue those being led to slaughter (Proverbs 24:11).
"Honoring God on Memorial Day" by Pastor Craig by Bryan Carver
This weekend, and today specifically, the United States recognizes Memorial Day. Originally known as “Declaration Day” its origins come from the years following the US Civil War which ended in 1865. After the war, American towns and cities began holding tributes in the spring to honor the thousands of soldiers who gave their lives fighting in the war. Over time this day of remembrance became known as Memorial Day, and in 1971 the day was officially recognized as a federal holiday to be held on the last Monday in May each year.
Governmental Persecution by Bryan Carver
Last Sunday we considered the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:16-33 regarding governmental persecution of the church. In context, we saw that it is not just being a Christian that brings such opposition, but it is the “proclaiming from the rooftops” that will bring all of the hatred and consequences Jesus warns of. On the same day, our local newspaper ran a front-page article where our Mayor publicly denounced our church for “disrespectful and harassing behavior that was not acceptable.” One city councilor said in an opinion piece that “we can fix” the problem of Wellspring’s “threats,” and “discrimination and bullying.” "Fixing" us is clearly a threat to find a way to silence us.
A Neglected Ministry by Bryan Carver
Sunday we looked at James 5:14-15 and James’ exhortation to the sick or weak Christian to call upon the elders of the church for prayer. This means of grace is a wonderful gift of God to His church and yet it is such a neglected ministry today. Perhaps it is neglected because sick or struggling church members are unwilling to approach the leadership—whether out of shame, discouragement from the devil, ignorance of His promises, or unbelief in the power of prayer. Many are missing out on God’s gracious help because they are unwilling to submit themselves to the shepherds God has given them.
The Biblical Case for a Staff Evangelist by Bryan Carver
The Biblical Case for a Staff Evangelist
This next Sunday, April 30th, we have the tremendous honor of commissioning our elder Mason Goodknight as a local full-time Evangelist. For most of you reading this, you’ve probably never been a part of a church or even heard of a church that has a full-time evangelist. I know that has been my experience, although I always wondered why this is the case.
United Methodist LGBT Outreach by Bryan Carver
United Methodist LGBT Outreach
Saturday evening our local First United Methodist “Church” of Roseburg hosted a concert for a lesbian choir from Eugene. As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we showed up to both preach the gospel and oppose the promotion of society-destroying sin. Some might question why we would do such a thing, especially many Christians who think that the way to win the world is to be loved by the world. But we understand that like Ezekiel, God has called us to be watchmen on the wall blowing the trumpet and warning of the sword of God’s judgment falling upon our city.
"Resurrection Sunday!" by Pastor Craig Kinney by Bryan Carver
"Resurrection Sunday!" by Pastor Craig Kinney
Shocking. Awesome. Amazing. Humbling. Thankful. Filled with awe…I honestly struggle to find words to describe how Easter makes me feel. To think, that God would love mankind, would love me so much, that He would come in the person of Christ Jesus to redeem those who had rebelled against Him, leaves me with no words to express my state.
Hope for the Hopeless by Ryan Clark
Hope for the Hopeless
Four years ago I attended an ACES training for public school teachers. ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) surveyed school aged children and came to the not surprising conclusion that childhood abuse and trauma can impact a child’s ability to learn. The training also made this statement: The number one issue facing teenagers in school today is that they have no hope. Fast forward to the aftermath of the March 27th shooting in Nashville. A 28 year old woman who believed the lie that she was a boy murdered six.
God's Attritbute of Independence by Bryan Carver
In our Theological Foundations 101 class, we spend time studying the attributes of God and always have a wonderful time in absolute amazement of who our God is. The first attribute we usually discuss (and one of the most intriguing to students) is an "incommunicable attribute" (those that are not shared with mankind) called God's independence. This doctrine teaches that God is a self-sufficient, self-existing, Being who does not need anything from the rest of creation. While all of creation depends on God for its very existence and purpose, God depends on no one and nothing except Himself. God is!
"Jesus Revolution" Movie Review by Mason Goodknight by Bryan Carver
The "Jesus Revolution" is a recently released movie retelling the true story of the "Jesus Movement" that was birthed out of a little church pastored by Chuck Smith. That little church became Calvary Chapel and was the beginning of the family of over 1000 Calvary Chapel churches all over the world today.
The Tongue and the Wilderness by Bryan Carver
We have studied the last few weeks on the need to tame the tongue in James 3:1-12. One of the most powerful statements James makes is in verses 5-6 “How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a
Discerning not Deceived by Ryan Clark
When it comes to the recent events at Asbury University, many are calling it a genuine revival of the Holy Spirit. Others have not been so quick to label it as such. Those who are slow to praise this “move of the
Marriage is About the Gospel by Bryan Carver
This upcoming weekend many of our younger families from Wellspring will be heading to the coast for a Marriage Retreat. Couples eagerly look forward to this time away to focus on God and to grow in their covenant commit
WBF Annual Meeting and the Priesthood of All Believers by Bryan Carver
Our annual church family meeting coming up this Sunday, February 19th at 9am is a wonderful opportunity to glorify God together and share in the fellowship of the Spirit. When we gather to affirm our elders,
Pragmatism or Faith? by Bryan Carver
At our recent church family meetings, the elders discussed with the body our desire to remove financial support from a local parachurch ministry. While we believe this ministry is doing important work, they have
The Sin of Partiality by Bryan Carver
Pastor Craig preached last Sunday on the sin of partiality from James 2:1-13. As we think about the application of this text, many questions arise needing clarification. What exactly is sinful partiality? Does this mean anytime you
Sanctity of Life Sunday by Bryan Carver
Last weekend we observed Sanctity of Life Sunday on the 50th Anniversary of Roe V Wade. In the last five decades, over 65 million babies have been murdered under the guise of law, and they continue to be murdered even after the over
Biblical Sexuality Sunday by Bryan Carver
Yesterday we observed Biblical Sexuality Sunday in solidarity with Christians across North America against the recent attacks on Christ’s church from godless governments. We looked at the story of God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah from Genesis 19,