FBFI Conference 2010

Final Observations

Brent Belford, a professor at Northland International University, reporting from the FBFI Annual Conference. The last day of the conference started early this morning with testimonials from different Chaplains from the FBF. These testimonies were very enjoyable. I really enjoyed hearing of the many people who have been converted as a result of the ministry of some of these chaplains. We need to continue to pray for these men as they minister the gospel to others in the military.

As I leave for the airport in a few minutes, let me give you a few of my final observations from this conference. First, I loved the conversations that I had with many of the young Fundamentalists which were present at the conference. I was surprised to see the numbers of young men within the conference who are committed to a Fundamentalist theology and heritage. My conversations with these young men were quite edifying. I especially enjoyed a lunch conversation with a young pastor named Lucas Counterman. His love for the Word was contagious! This particular conversation is similar to others that I had with young fundamentalists at this conference.

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Wednesday evening Session

Last night we had the opportunity to hear Pastor Rick Arrowood. Pastor Arrowood is the pastor of Crosspointe Baptist Church in Indianapolis. He preached from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. He used this passage to describe the comfort that believers posess in the rapture. This service was by far the most attended service of the whole conference as it formed the Wednesday service for plenty of the area churches.

I was a few minutes late in arriving to the church and I think that I found the last parking spot left. The auditorium seemed quite full on the lower level so I sat with about 150 other people in the balcony. There may have been somewhere around 700-800 people there. Overall, the entire night was very enjoyable. The music service and entire order of service were quite enjoyable. Now having completed 2 days at this conference, I would have to say that one of the strengths of the conference is the fellowship that the pastors and various ministers enjoy. After the service there were many people who remained in the foyer to talk and fellowship. I actually ended up leaving after 10 pm and there were still probably 75 to 100 people there. If you have never attended an FBFI Annual conference, you might want to consider going next year. I will give a final synopsis of the conference later this morning.

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2nd Day of Conference

This morning started with an exposition of 2 Peter 3:1-12 by Pastor Jim Efaw.

Pastor Efaw is the senior pastor of Beth Eden Baptist Church and he was also a pastor at Cross Lanes Bible Church in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. I also served on staff at CLBC for a time, so I know Pastor Efaw from his frequent visits back to West Virginia. Since I was a young man, I have always appreciated him and this session was no dissapointment. His basic premise was about the blessed hope that we have as believers.

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Greetings from Denver! I’m Brent Belford, a Bible professor from Northland International University, reporting on the FBFI Annual Fellowship. This year’s conference is being held at Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, Colorado.

I came to the conference at 3 pm for registration and was greeted by many wonderful and helpful workers. The registration process was easy to navigate and there were many staff prepared to help me in any way that they could. There were sessions going on in the auditorium that were designed to help chaplains learn how to better deal with Islam.

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