“May God be merciful and bless us. May His face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.” Psalm 67:1-3
I had the great privilege of reaching the nations as I traveled along with a team of seven others from Bear Creek to the Dominican Republic. We had the profound joy of not only providing service TO the Dominican people but also serving WITH the Dominican people.
During the week we:
On our last night we were able to reflect on all that we had accomplished and learned. As God always does, we each realized that what He provided through this experience was far greater than anything we had given.
Even though we could identify multiple barriers of language, geography, and culture, we experienced the unity of the gospel as we worshiped with and served our brothers and sisters in the Dominican. We found great encouragement and soul satisfaction in living out our faith and bringing resources to bear in ways that directly impacted the lives of others.
In spite of all that we accomplished, there is still much to be done. Summer 2017 is coming. Ask God how He can use you to reach the nations!
Your first thought may be that it’s none of my business. And you would be right if the title of this blog was asking about your appearance. The SHAPE I am inquiring about is your inner shape. It is how God has equipped you to serve Him.
When we ask a member of our faith family what ministry they would like to serve in, the answer many times is “I don’t know.” When we ask what they are passionate about, they can go into great detail. God has instilled that passion in you, and it is our job as a staff to help you discover how to use it. When God asks you to do something, He has provided everything you need to accomplish His purpose.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:16-17
Like keeping our physical bodies in shape, we do have to exercise our God given SHAPE. Sitting in a pew while watching someone else do the work is like watching P90X while eating potato chips on the couch; not much comes of it.
If you are not sure how to use your passion and want to find the place of abundance where God will do great things through you, our SHAPE class is a place to start. In this fun, free, four-week class, we will discover your:
God’s desire is to have His people follow Him with everything they have; not one foot in and one foot out, merely guessing they are serving in the right place. Serving our Lord is a part of the abundant life in John 10:10 that Pastor Denton recently shared with us.
Our next SHAPE class starts Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 PM. You can register by emailing me at .
Let’s get in SHAPE together for our Lord!
We all want to be healthy, happy, free of stress and more productive in life.
While this sounds great in theory, we're often left asking, "So what do I actually need to do?" To start things off, you must learn to smile, care for yourself, stay in shape and possess a healthy mind and sound body. Here are three tips to get you started.
While these tips and tricks are helpful, remember to balance this list by keeping your focus on what’s truly important in life – a relationship with Jesus. We often get too caught up in daily tasks, and we miss the joys around us from the Lord. It’s time we start living life to the fullest as Jesus encouraged us to do. Visit friends and family as much as possible, and laugh together while doing something fun.
Satan tries to strip us of a healthy and happy life by filling our days with to-do lists. But John 10:10 says,“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Life more abundantly. Life to the fullest. Life in Christ.
New clothes. New shoes. New supplies. Yes, it’s that time of year again! The fun of the summer has faded, and students are starting the new school year. In the midst of this transition, our student ministry is also preparing for the fall.
Our staff and volunteers are eager to challenge students to make the most of this year for the work of the gospel. Whether it’s a student’s first year in middle school or a senior’s last year in high school, we desire for all students to be a light and make the most of every opportunity to share the gospel.
Students will spend around 1,200 hours at school in a single year, plus many more in extra-curricular activities. Each campus is a mission field, and we want to prepare students as Jesus Christ did when he sent his disciples.
In student ministry we want to equip all to share the Good News to friends and peers this year. We offer simple ways to turn everyday conversations to spiritual matters including:
We also encourage students to use their time with peers (i.e. at practice, after school, lunch and bus ride home) as opportunities to reflect the love of Christ in an intentional way.
“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’” Mark 16:15
“How can we show the love of Christ?”
This was the question we asked when we began planning our college and young adult ministry trip to the South Texas Children’s Home (STCH) in Goliad, Texas. Many of the women at STCH have experienced an abusive relationship or are recovering from an addictive past. We extensively discussed ways we could show Christ’s love and made plans to visit the facility.
We gathered 15 of our young adults and made the short trip to Goliad. We brought a few donations, but mainly, we were just ready to serve in whatever way was needed.
Our team was able to do extensive yard work – mow and weed, work in the garden, wash windows and cars, paint buildings, construct a play-kitchenette for the children and sort donated clothes. While these physical tasks really made a difference, the relational needs we met were far more impactful.
The first night we split into two groups. One group organized a movie night followed by interactive games for the children. Our second group treated the women to a spa night. The women were overwhelmed with appreciation for the evening; one woman told us, “I have never felt this feminine before.”
On our final night, we held an ice cream social for the families. After the gathering, Bear Creek girls prayed with each woman individually while the guys played with the children. The women expressed sincere gratitude for this weekend of support.
At the end of the trip, one of the house leaders mentioned that many groups have come to STCH to love on the kids, but no one had ever visited to primarily support and comfort the women until now.
Now I know that reaching these women was exactly what God intended when we set out on a mission to share the love of Christ.
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