• Charlottesville and Citylight Council Bluffs

    What has happened in Charlottesville the last few days is atrocious.  The white nationalist movement and in other form of racism is clearly sinful.  And no matter how far away it might seem to our emotions, it strikes incredibly close to many families in our church.  No matter how odd

  • Paying Bills + Making Space

    In the past year, God has done way more than any of us could have dreamed up.  20 people baptized.  20 babies dedicated to Jesus.  Growing from about 55 to 350 in average attendance.  Buying and renovating a building, only to outgrow it.  Receiving a gifted building and having to

  • 8 Tips for Family Sundays

    Our church is loaded with children.  And we love every single one of them!  One way we love them is by providing Citylight Kids – a ministry to children with age-specific discipleship – on most Sunday mornings.  Children (and parents) love Citylight Kids and it’s amazing to see children catch

  • The Other Part of the Sermon…

    This Sunday we were able to preach on Ephesians 6:1-4, but weren’t able to talk about Ephesians 6:5-9 at all.  And those verses are controversial.  In them, Paul addresses bondservants and their masters.  Over the years, this passage has been interpreted in many different ways.  Does it endorse slavery or

  • Summer School for Leaders

    The mission of Citylight Council Bluffs is to multiply disciples and churches!  We want to see our city and region changed by the gospel of Jesus in such a way that thousands are following Jesus and churches are planted.  Already, God has done more than we could have imagined, but

  • Baptism Celebration Coming on Sunday, April 2!

    Every so often, our church pauses to celebrate lives changed by Jesus, and our favorite way to do that is through BAPTISMS!  Baptism is a spiritual and symbolic act where a person says that their old self and sin has died (it’s gone!), and they are a brand-new, born again

  • Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast at Citylight!

    Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast April 7-8, 2017 2600 S 9th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501   Join us for a free simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference. Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better

  • 1 Church in 2 Locations

    We are becoming 1 church in 2 locations! 9am gathering at the Peterson Building (2600 S 9th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501), where we’ve been since we started, and 11am gathering at Sherwood Community Church (2109 Old Railroad Highway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503) who has graciously offered to host us

  • That One Day I Got Baptized

    I still remember standing behind the big auditorium with Dr. Morris Chapman and him pulling a bright, flashy, golden pen from his suit pocket.  I was 14 years old, and I had just returned from summer camp where I committed my life to Jesus Christ.  It had been a very

  • 4 Ways to Respond to Racial Injustice

    The last few days there have been more tragic shootings of black men in our nation. It’s heartbreaking, and Erick and I have heavy hearts. As we’ve prayed and listened Erick and I have grown to believe that our silence isn’t helpful. We’ve seen in the Book of Exodus that God