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Women’s Conference Speaker Preview

April 10 2014 at 8:48 am 0 Comments


I hope you enjoyed the brief excerpt above. For an entire teaching by Kathleen Nielson, visit the Christian Conventions website for a recent message she gave on Rahab.

Here are comments I received about Kathleen’s teaching from Amanda Welton:

I have seen God grow my faith in so many ways through Kathleen’s Bible studies and ultimately His Word! After reading her book, Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, and attending a seminar with her on biblical exposition, I was anxious to dig into the Word more deeply. In fact, I have now gone through four of her Bible studies with a group of friends in my neighborhood!

Last summer, we went through her Colossians study, and each time we met I was more deeply amazed at God’s grace through Jesus Christ and how he has made his church to function! We would start talking and we would begin to see how the Spirit had spoken differently to each of us to give us a fuller picture of what He was saying in His Word! And truly I saw happen in our little group of ladies what Paul had desired for the Colossians: “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)

I so appreciate Kathleen’s studies because she doesn’t give her opinions or spoon-feed you answers, but she has questions that make you dig and think. She also links the passage you’re studying to the rest of the Bible, so you see how cohesive God made his word! I’ve always “known” God is the same God as He was in the Old Testament, but when I went through her Joshua study I really saw it! I am looking forward to hearing Kathleen teach at our upcoming conference in May and to gain a better understanding of the Psalms through it. I know that you too will benefit from her gift of teaching and interacting with God’s Word!

I can’t wait to be with everyone on May 9-10! I encourage you to visit the conference website and register soon.

Valori Maresco
Women’s Ministry Director

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The Gospel at Work

October 17 2012 at 11:50 am 0 Comments

Register now for The Gospel at Work conference, coming to Covenant Life January 11-12, 2013. The conference was born out of a desire to help Christians think and live differently in the workplace. If you work a 9 to 5, will someday be working a 9 to 5, or are in between working a 9 to 5, this conference is designed for you and will build you up.
Dever/Guinness photos
Come and be taught and encouraged by Os Guinness, Mark Dever, Bob Doll, Michael Lawrence and more fine speakers.

Despite the fact that most Christians spend half of their waking lives at work, most have been taught very little on Sunday mornings about how to apply the truths of the gospel to the practicalities of their Monday to Friday work life. It is not uncommon for Christian professionals to hold an undeveloped, if not flat-out unbiblical, theology of work.

The conference will address questions like:

• What is God’s purpose for my work?
• How does the gospel change my work?
• How does applying the truths of the gospel help me manage differently?
• How does a Christian strategize and plan his or her career?

We hope you’ll make plans to attend. Register online and begin to pray that God would be glorified, that employees would be built up, and that our workplaces will be an area of extraordinary, gospel-centered, faithful and fruitful living. Visit to learn more.

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Additional Resources on Fasting

September 28 2012 at 10:53 am 0 Comments

After his sermon this past Sunday, “Fasting: Awakening Hunger for God”, Josh mentioned that he would provide appropriate resources on the topic of fasting.  We pray the following three books, all available in the church bookstore, will be of value as you seek to understand and apply fasting in your Christian walk.

A Hunger for God by John Piper:

• “As an act of faith, Christian fasting is an expression of dissatisfied contentment in the all-sufficiency of Christ.  It is an expression of secure and happy longing for the all-satisfying fullness of Christ … Christian fasting is not self-wrought discipline that tries to deserve more from God.  It is a hunger for God awakened by the taste of God freely given in the gospel.” (pg. 44)
• “The burden of Isaiah 58 pervades the ministry of Jesus—and more and more it should pervade our ministry as well.” (pg. 131)

God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis:

• “Fasting is a God-appointed means for the flowing of His grace and power that we can afford to neglect no longer … The fast of this age is not merely an act of mourning for Christ’s absence, but an act of preparation for His return.” (pg. 32)

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; Chapter 9: “Fasting…for the Purpose of Godliness” by Donald Whitney:

• “We cannot use fasting as a way to impress God and earn His acceptance.  We are made acceptable to God through the work of Christ Jesus, not our work.  Fasting has no eternal benefit for us until we have come to God through repentance and faith.” (pg. 165)
•“God will bless a biblical fast by any of His children.  And whether or not you receive the blessing you hope for, one thing is sure: if you knew what God knew, you would give yourself the identical blessing that He does.  And none of His rewards is worthless.” (pg. 178)

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Upcoming Sunday Classes

December 30 2011 at 12:51 pm 0 Comments

UPDATE (Jan. 1, 2012): Plans have changed since we posted this letter. The Sunday Class planned for January, “Reading God’s Word for All Its Worth,” has become a sermon series. In essence, Sunday Class for this month has moved to the main auditorium!  So, the schedule you see below for February to June still applies, but there will be no Sunday Class in January.

Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to grow in your Bible reading and knowledge. Don DeVries’ Sunday Class starting January 8 is entitled “Reading God’s Word for All Its Worth,” and it’s going to be a great way to kick off your new year devotional plans. The class will cover:

• Choosing a Bible translation
• Understanding the different writing styles in the Bible
• How the Old and New Testaments work together as a whole
• Principles for understanding the Word

If you would like to read your Bible more proactively and grow in understanding God’s Word or sharing it with others, you’ll want to consider attending Don’s class. It’s offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on January 8, 15, 22 and 29.

I also want to encourage you to check out these Sunday Classes coming up in the new year:

Discipleship: The Church’s Great Commission
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 | Ben Wikner
Why discipleship is so important in God’s plan and how we can grow in both being and making disciples.

Doing Justice and Showing Mercy
March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mark Mitchell
God’s view of justice and mercy and how the church can be more effective in demonstrating both virtues on this earth.

Romans: Part 2
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Robin Boisvert
Part two of a three-part expositional series on the Book of Romans.

Answers to Hard Questions
May 6, 13, 20, 27 | Keith Welton
A look at the hard spiritual questions people typically ask about the Christian faith and some sound biblical answers. Keith Welton is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary who serves on our church staff as Director of Ministry Teams and Guest Care.

Studies in Systematic Theology
June 3, 10, 17, 24 | Steve Welch
A survey of the discipline of Systematic Theology and how it helps us to better understand and apply God’s Word. Steve Welch was trained at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has taught a similar course at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

We hope and trust these classes will serve you as you seek to grow in your relationship with God and in understanding his Word.

Yours in Christ,

Ben Wikner

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Championship Wins for CLS

March 7 2011 at 4:51 pm 2 Comments

What a memory! Roughly 600 screaming fans dressed in white were on hand at Model Secondary School for the Deaf on Saturday, February 26, to watch the Covenant Life School boys and girls varsity basketball teams win back-to-back championship games for the second year in a row!

The Lady Cougars, behind fourth-year head coach Dave Marable, led for most of the game and won in convincing fashion against Grace Brethren School. As she’s done all year, Kristen Mstowski (tournament MVP) led the way in scoring for the Cougars. The girls came into their fifth championship game in five years with an undefeated schedule and brought home their tenth conference basketball banner. The team is coached by Dave Marable and Wayne Cates.

The boys, led by fifth-year head coach Jim Lutz, won their second conference championship in dramatic fashion with an incredible come-from-behind victory. The guys were behind 12 points with two minutes left, but they refused to buckle under pressure in an intense game where Nick Riddlesburger and Daniel Ferry (tournament MVP) made key shots to bring home the second boys’ championship banner. The boys are also coached by Bob Ferry. Both teams compete in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC).

We are so proud of the way these players have reflected the Savior throughout the season to opposing teams, fans and officials. Many times we’ve received encouraging notes from others outside Covenant Life School who enjoyed watching our team play with sportsmanship and class. Well done!

Kris Marcantonio, Middle School Principal, Athletic Director
(Photos by Andy Alonso)

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First ‘Good News Club’ Was a Success

June 19 2010 at 6:25 pm 0 Comments

Mike Bradshaw coaches kids before they go outside for exercise.

Starting this fall, Covenant Life volunteers hope to host year-long “Good News Clubs” at several public schools in our area. If you and your family would like to get in on the excitement, please join us for a Good News Club Information Meeting on Sunday, June 27, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 155.

Here’s a report on Covenant Life’s first Good News Club:

For six weeks this spring, Covenant Life Church had the joy of hosting a club at a nearby elementary school. Over 15 students participated in this after-school program, enthusiastically singing about Jesus and learning from the Bible. Pastors Mike Bradshaw, Joe Lee, and Ben Wikner shared in the teaching, while Charlene Vigil, Becky Faherty, and Suzy S. provided world-class administrative support. Several Covenant Life teens served by befriending the club members and helping to lead singing.

The club met after school on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45. At each meeting club members received a snack, memorized Scripture, heard the gospel repeatedly during times of teaching and singing, were inspired by missionary stories, and had a chance to speak one-on-one with an adult if they had questions. Prizes and goodie bags made the whole experience a little sweeter.

Good News Clubs are a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, which has served children in hundreds of countries around the world since 1937. A few other churches in Montgomery County have been successfully hosting Good News Clubs for years; the club held recently was Covenant Life’s first venture into this exciting form of community outreach. But there is almost unlimited potential for expansion.

After the final club meeting on June 9, a grateful parent handed one of the club leaders this note: “I cannot express enough thanks for all you instilled in my son. Unfortunately, we stopped going to church and being strengthened by the Word shortly after he was born, and although I try to show or express to him how awesome our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is, he lets me know he’s still not sure if he believes. I feel assured that Jesus has sent His servants from your church to speak the Word of God to him and plant the seed. Praise His Holy Name!”

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