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News From Brazil

      When I was appointed as Director of Converge Member Care about 5 months ago I made it a goal for my first year to participate in the best preparation programs available. March and April were very significant months for Debra and me as we completed two significant training experiences for member care. The first was in Colorado Springs, at Missionary Training Institute. There we participated in the Consultation on Debriefing and Renewal, a week-long workshop designed to train facilitators in how to guide personal debriefing and renewal as a routine part of any cross cultural worker’s ongoing development. That was followed by some meetings in Orlando with the Converge Directional Leadership Team as the … [Read More...]

Randy’s Top 10 List: Financial Giving

Please read through all 10 of these amazing truths from the Bible that you may never before have understood.  It's in the Bible. In the Old Testament Law, God commanded families to give back one-tenth (10%), a tithe, to the Lord. But this was not a new practice. Abraham tithed in Genesis 14:19-20. Jacob tithed in Genesis 28:20-22. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees saying about tithes, "These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others (meaning justice and mercy)." The concept of giving at least 10% is littered throughout the Bible.  It honors God. Jacob said to the Lord, "And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you." Jacob understood that all that he received was from the Lord. He gave a full … [Read More...]

Worship Ministries Is NOT Taking a Vacation!

This summer, our Worship Ministry will continue to be very active. Here are some events and activities you may want to participate in. Our Regular Sunday Worship services will  continue, providing a constant opportunity for you to worship with the rest of the Body of Christ here at TBBF. If you're going to be in town, please plan on being a faithful attender. We will have 2 special concerts: Our traditional Patriotic Celebration, featuring the Santa Clarita Concert Band, will take place on Sunday evening, July 2, at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. Our own Tim Durand is the director and, along with our Drama ministry, Innermission, they will present the familiar songs and stories of our amazing history and how God has … [Read More...]

Greetings From Pastor Paul!

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:20-22 - NASB95) If you missed it, we had a FANTASTIC evening together on Wednesday (6/14) at our first "Summer Nights at the Bridge." We had a wonderful time of fellowship over dinner and then my friend Scott Klusendorf gave us … [Read More...]

News From Europe

Dear Friends, One of the principal tasks and privileges in church planting is to dedicate much time to evangelism. The Lord continues to respond to your prayers for open doors for the gospel. In the last few weeks we have been able to host various people in our home, including our neighbors Fabrizia and Elena, Stefano and Laura (the owners of the hamburger shop near our church), and Gianni, the furniture salesman. In each case, the Lord opened up some very clear opportunities to discuss the gospel and to challenge their way of thinking about the world. We were also encouraged as it seems in each case, the door remains open for future opportunities. Please pray for their salvation. We are also excited about a door the Lord has opened … [Read More...]

News from Bridge Youth

Jimmy and I have been very excited about all that God is doing in youth ministry. We had a great time at Pine Summit in Big Bear for our youth winter camp in the beginning of March. God did a great work in the lives of students and volunteers that weekend. We have continued to see God strengthening the relationships between staff and students within the youth ministry and we are excited to continue to develop deeper relationships with students where discipleship can happen naturally. We recently had a service day for our youth where six teams of students and staff spread out in the valley and spent a few hours doing yard work for various members of our church. It was a wonderful time to be able to serve members of our church. We would … [Read More...]

Randy’s Top 10 List

This month's top 10 list has to do with money, specifically, your money. Without your tithes much of the operation of The Bridge Bible Fellowship would not be possible. Because of that, I thought it might be helpful to list some of the main areas where your generosity towards the Lord is used in the body of Christ. So here is my top 10 list for May, in no particular order. 1. World Missions: Support for over 25 missionaries who are working all over the world, including every continent. Shepherding the Nations is our own homegrown missions agency which has trained 70+ pastors, and is currently training another 300. 2. Evangelism & Outreach: Local events and materials are used to reach out into our local community. This includes … [Read More...]

It’s Time To CELEBRATE!

The "Church of the Nativity" was originally commissioned to be built in 327A.D. by Constantine the Great and his mother Helena over the site that was traditionally considered to be the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus. It was completed in 339 and destroyed by fire in the 6th century. A new basilica was built in 565 by the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian. There have been numerous additions since this second construction, including its prominent bell towers. It is considered one of the oldest churches in the world that continues to have worship services which now occur daily. If you go with us to Israel in December 2018 - January 2019 you will see this historic site! Although not quite that old, The Bridge Bible Fellowship (aka, Reseda … [Read More...]

News From The Grobsteins

  Please rejoice with us as we recount what God has done, and continues to do in Mexico. Howard and I are jointly teaching a weekday chapel class this year.  Our students have a thirty minute chapel class every morning taught specifically at their level.  We have decided to choose a theme every Monday and reinforce it for the week.  This class is always a highlight for us and the students.  Our newest boy, Marco, has a sensitivity and heart for Jesus like I've never experienced before.  Virtually every morning he comes up to us and asks if we are going to have the "Jesus class" that day.  We have enjoyed seeing his biblical vocabulary and knowledge grow week by week. We enrolled a new student from our Spanish website.  All … [Read More...]

NEWS FROM THE VARBERGS

        New Believers:   Forty-one young people are the fruit of the evangelistic efforts of our college campus ministries over the last four months.  They have just started a two and a half day New Believers Retreat this weekend.  Please pray that they would each grow strong in their faith and begin to have a daily quiet time as a result of this retreat. We Thank God:  Thanks to the generous year-end donations of several of you, our Junior Varsity Volleyball boys andgirls teams are now able to use the new High School Gym for practice.  The bathrooms are not finished yet and we still need to fabricate and install the louvers around the building and enclose the bleacher area, but at least the kids are able … [Read More...]