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God’s Word is a ‘Lifeline’ for COVID Chaplain

God’s Word is a ‘Lifeline’ for COVID Chaplain

God’s Word is a ‘Lifeline’ for COVID ChaplainBy Bethany Peterson - BSF Editorial Assistant“I don’t know if I could do another year of what I just did,” longtime BSF member Kevin Deegan said. “I feel like, especially one year later, we need new words to describe how we...

Responding to the Wilderness

Responding to the Wilderness

Responding to the WildernessBy Nate Thoreson - Regional DirectorI strained to hear any sounds through the phone. Nothing. I told my son I loved him, but he didn’t respond. He was 3,000 miles away in the Critical Care Unit, and my wife was on a flight to be with him....

A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong

A Place to BelongBy Hollie Roberts - BSF Executive DirectorI was just another face in the crowd, one of 150 women gathered to study God’s Word in a BSF class.  Nothing about me said “BSFer for life.” I was six weeks away from having our first child, and I walked into...

Being Available to Christ

Being Available to Christ

Being Available to ChristBy Susie Rowan - Outgoing BSF Executive Director When I was a young believer, a man handed me a small card at a church potluck (when we still had those). All it said was, "Ask simply to be used." The man was a mattress salesman. There was...

God’s meaning in life’s meanwhiles

God’s meaning in life’s meanwhiles

God's Meaning in Life's MeanwhilesBy Pamela Bunn - BSF Board MemberRecently, a dear friend sat in an emergency room while doctors treated her husband, who had experienced multiple seizures earlier in the day.   As the minutes and silence stretched on, my...

Enduring the Unexpected

Enduring the Unexpected

Enduring the Unexpected By Susie Rowan - Former BSF Executive Director Unexpected.   Perhaps that’s one way to describe the events and realities of our world today.  Of course, there are other words. The events of 2020 and 2021 have been described...

New Life on Death Row

New Life on Death Row

New Life on Death RowBy Bennett Rolan, Editorial ManagerMark’s voice echoed off the stark concrete walls as he repeated the simple confession of faith. Kneeling between two rows of locked cells, Mark surrendered his life to Christ. Witnessed by guards and fellow...

Building An Authentic Faith

Building An Authentic Faith

Building An Authentic FaithBy Bennett Rolan - Editorial ManagerDavid Swafford was out of answers. His wife, Susan, was pregnant with their first child, and as a graduate student, David wondered how he would provide for his growing family. Without a clear path forward,...

Redeeming Failed Expectations

Redeeming Failed Expectations

Redeeming failed expectationsBy Sherry Thomas - Guest ContributorToward the end of our first year of marriage, my husband and I made an agreement that forever changed our relationship. We decided that no matter how angry we felt, we would never again suggest we had...

Finding Life After The Death Of A Dream

Finding Life After The Death Of A Dream

Finding Life After The Death Of A DreamBY BENNETT ROLAN, BSF DIGITAL EDITORAt a glance, Hoa Luu recognized the doctor’s office phone number. For a moment she paused, suppressing the familiar longing and excitement. But minutes into the call, she knew the truth. Her...

Belief Beyond All Boundaries

Belief Beyond All Boundaries

Belief Beyond All BoundariesBY BENNETT ROLAN, BSF DIGITAL EDITORFaisal doesn't take a single BSF meeting for granted. For decades, Faisal and his family lived in a country where churches are scarce, prayer is hidden and Bibles are rare. Though they've been gone for...

Where Is God When Your World Is Shattered?

Where Is God When Your World Is Shattered?

Where is God when your world is shattered?By Bennett Rolan - BSF Editorial ManagerCatherine Barker can still picture 7-year-old Samuel’s “jaunty run.” With arms outstretched, jacket flying and rain boots splashing through the field behind their South Wales...

Resisting Temptation When Willpower Won’t Work

Resisting Temptation When Willpower Won’t Work

Resisting Temptation When Willpower Won't WorkBy Bennett Rolan - Digital EditorI am not typically an angry person. I even received the Gentle in Spirit Award as a young Christian camp counselor. But if you scan my browser history, you will find a recently read article...

Borrowing Joy

Borrowing Joy

Borrowing JoyHow One Family Found God's Joy in Struggle and SacrificeBy Bennett Rolan - BSF Editorial ManagerAs a veteran teaching leader, Adele Funk knew how to balance work, family and ministry. But last fall, as she prepared her opening lecture for the Acts and...

Embracing our weakness

Embracing our weakness

Embracing Our WeaknessBY BENNETT ROLAN | BSF Blog EditorLying in a hospital bed, weighing just 89 pounds, Susan Smith was “a total wreck.” “I fell apart. Our marriage fell apart,” Susan said. “I was truly at the end of myself.” For four years, Susan and her husband,...

Conquering fear with faith

Conquering fear with faith

Conquering Fear with FaithBy Bennett Rolan - BSF Editorial ManagerLying facedown, Joy Machunga was prepared to die. Her leg throbbed after being brutally kicked, but she did not date to move. Shots sounded overhead, and Joy prayed in silence. “I just said, ‘Lord, take...

“It happened in BSF…”

“It happened in BSF…”

"It happened in BSF ... "By Casey Santos - Teaching Leader, FloridaSometimes God gives us glimpses into His personal work in someone else's heart ... and we realize from a different perspective just how magnificent He is. "He is always proving to me that He doesn't...

Sharing in Our Brokenness

Sharing in Our Brokenness

Sharing in our brokennessBY SANDY ALLEN & BENNETT ROLAN andy Allen was on her knees, begging God for a way out. As a long-time BSF teaching leader, she was steeped in God’s Word and committed to seeking Him in prayer.   But Sandy knew her...

Worshipping out of the depths

Worshipping out of the depths

DOWNLOAD FREE HYMN >Worshipping "out of the depths"BY KEITH AND KRISTYN GETTYKeith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. They have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine, crossing...

Passing the torch

Passing the torch

Passing the torch BY BENNETT ROLAN | BSF BLOG EDITOR "One generation commends your works to another, they tell of your mighty acts." - Psalm 145:4  od gifted John Humphrey Amuasi with a passionate mind.   As a medical physicist, John’s research...

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