August seems to be a month filled with tragic global news. We’ve seen homes destroyed in Haiti, rocked by an earthquake and rising death count. We’ve been viewing the catastrophe unfold in Afghanistan as many Afghan and American allies attempt to flee from the Taliban. It feels like we can do nothing but sit back…

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On February 16th, we changed our name from Conservative Baptist Association of America to Venture Church Network. This name change was not without careful consideration and a lot of prayer. Our History The Christian church went through tremendous attack on its core doctrines in the early 19th century. More and more people were drawn to…

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by Stephen Boersma, Ph.D. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is urging employers (including qualifying nonprofit organizations, to take advantage of the newly extended employer retention credit (ERC) designed to help businesses manage the challenges posed by COVID-19. The credit is specifically targeted toward employers who choose to keep their employees on the payroll. The Taxpayer…

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In my 35 plus years of being a pastor, by far my favorite time of the church year is Easter. It’s when we get to gather as a body and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Living Lord. Last year, however, we were challenged. Churches and businesses were shutting down. I remember wondering to…

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Throughout Scripture and history we see that when there was a time of uncertainty and fear, God often moved in amazing ways, demonstrating his power, transforming people and nations, taking the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary. And in those moments, people celebrated what God did…and then they forgot…especially when the next crisis came. I’ve seen…

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According to ShopperTrak, consumers spent an estimated $10.4 billion in stores on Black Friday and $1.8 billion on Thanksgiving.  There is more.  CNN just released figures that online sales on Cyber Monday most likely will reach $3 billion for the first time, making it the largest single day for digital sales in history. Hearing the…

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Greetings, from Bahrain! Well, we have completed our first month of deployment here in Bahrain. For me it has been a slow start since I have to wait to learn the rhythm of the Squadron before I can adjust to serve the Marines and Sailors effectively and efficiently. We have been busy though setting up…

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One of the most difficult things for adults to endure is the suffering of children.  Over the years, while standing at bedside, I have heard many parents exclaim through tears, “If only I could take my child’s pain, I would.  I can’t bear to watch her suffering so.”   Chaplain David Kuntz’ daily ministry involves the…

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We are excited to announce that something new is on the horizon with “OIKOS” and we can’t wait to tell you about it.  We are going to “let the cat out of the bag” on Thursday, September 24th at 10:30 am (Eastern) during a FREE Online Training by Tom Mercer. REGISTER NOW! Tom introduces The NEW Oikos Strategy…

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