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Cornerstone Church Leadership

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Dave Bell


"People often say about Jesus: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Hi, I'm Dave

I’m an Elder at Cornerstone Church and love being back in Eastern Iowa.

Originally from eastern Iowa, I made my way back to the Marion/Cedar Rapids area in 2017 after retiring. My wife, Becky, and I were married in 1974. I was a statistician/analyst for a power cooperative in Ohio (like CIPCO just east of Cedar Rapids) and Becky presented programs for seniors with County Extension in Ohio.

In addition to serving as an Elder, I work with the men’s prayer station and actively attend various small groups. Becky works with the women’s prayer station, women’s Bible study, and senior ladies. 

Three things you may not know about me are:

1. I think we obviously should know God’s Word well. Knowing church history and what men and women did and said throughout church history also helps us.

2. I have been a Hawkeye sports fan sports since the 1959 Rose Bowl; my favorite fish to catch are bluegills, crappies and smallmouth bass.

3. I was in college during the first draft lottery during the war in Vietnam at an all male school. When printouts of random lottery numbers by birth date were put out, it took a long time to actually get to look at the printouts. I didn’t find my number until I got to the last page. My birth date turned out to be 366. Only the first 195 birth dates were drafted. It has meant that I try to attend Memorial and Veterans Day services as often as I can.

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