Sharing Christ in a Politically Correct Environment
You're a follower of Christ and you know the importance of telling others about God's love for them. The difficulty is how to do that in a place/situation where gospel conversations are not welcome.
How do you share Christ with others knowing that it may cost your job, position, or relationship?...
The goal of this year's conference is to help think through this crucial issue.
This event is free. However, a $10/person donation is suggested to help offset costs.
***Livestream locations TBA****
Attention Wisconsin: don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to receive training by Biblical Counseling Ministries, Inc., an ACBC Certified Training Center! This class will focus on common issues in marriage and the family.
From oneness comes a child. We know this in human terms, but the same can be said of the Christian walk. If we walk in oneness with our Savior, He will produce fruit through us. This powerful work of God knows no obstacles too high or a culture too resistant to penetrate. All authority has been given to Christ for this purpose, and so He does the will of the Father through us. What he does in us microcosmically He intends to do macrocosmically in the church. The simplic...ity of being in Christ, one with Him with an abiding closeness that brings forth fruit is harder to capture in the group called church. It must begin in you and be multiplied by God in others. In Acts 13 you see the church bonded together in prayer and fasting which brought forth a sending. This sending brought forth churches planted across the world. God does not remark on the size of this sending church or its strategy. This is not a strategy but rather a spiritual urgency. Do not be held hostage by your planning. Submit to God’s Biblically based directions. And when the body has a likemindedness to it; then do it. In the last 12 months I have seen God work in a church of 1000 sending a group to plant a church far away; in a church plant of 65 planting a new fellowship in the next town over before they are full grown; and lastly a church in the 200 range seek to send their associate pastor out to plant in a major city that is culturally far different than the home church. Size and location differ but God’s plan is being embraced. If you are seeking this in your individual life as a believer and as a leader then look out, the fruit will happen at home and a sending will follow if you are joined in your obedience by your brothers and sisters at church. Pray for it and plan on it!
Put off // Renew // Put on -- PRAY and Encourage
This pattern from Ephesians 4:22-24 has been encouraged in believer's lives for centuries. It is still true and wise. We must think truth which will give us reason and power in Christ to stop a deceitful action and then we must replace that with a right action. From this right thinking and doing, one’s heart is shifted to be more like Christ. So let this blog be short and to the point. Renew your mind with the truth th...at God desires us to pray (James 5:16; Ephesians 6:18), in faith (James 1:6), for one another. We should also encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). With our mind on this truth let us put off wasted internet/facebook time for a few moments. And “put on” doing these commands by praying to the Lord who answers the prayer of the righteous and then messaging (text, email, phone, letter, etc) the person we prayed for that we prayed and what we prayed for them in order to encourage them.
End of blog – on to action!
By the way, your WARBC Council of 8 met Tuesday morning to strategize and put together work for the next few months. What a great group of humble, unified, biblical, Christ-driven men. It is so much fun to work with them.
2018 Men's Retreat!
This year will be the 50th anniversary of the Men's Retreat!
Our guest speaker will be Rev. Ken Floyd, Michigan State Representative for the MARBC.
To celebrate reaching this milestone in the Men's Retreat history, we are going to make some CHANGES!...
Change #1: Dates of the retreat!
The retreat will now be held on the 2nd weekend after Labor Day to avoid back-to-school conflicts which we experience every year! So, if you're planning your vacation, please schedule for this year's retreat which will be held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018!
Change #2: Single day rate!
This year we will begin to allow discounts for men who can only attend a single day. The rate for a single day will be $35.00! Please take advantage of this discounted rate if you can only attend a single day of the retreat.
Change #3: SOMETHING SPECIAL!
This year we will be giving a specially designed and printed t-shirt to honor our 50th year of faithful service to Camp Fairwood to the first 100 men to pre-register for this year's retreat! You can't beat that! You'll want to be sure to sign up for this year's retreat early!
We are looking for Corporate sponsors who wish to underwrite the expenses of the promotional t-shirts. We are seeking 1- Corporate sponsor to donate $1750.00 for the cost of the t-shirts. (in exchange, you will receive 5 passes to this year's retreat and recognition at the retreat!) - OR -
we are seeking 3 - Corporate sponsors to donate $ 600.00 each to share the expenses of the t-shirts. (in exchange, each sponsor will receive 2 passes to this year's retreat and recognition at the retreat!) If you are interested in sponsoring this special 50th-anniversary promotional t-shirt expense, please contact:
Steve Brown at S.email@example.com
as soon as possible!
Please plan to attend this year's retreat!
The 2018 Men's Retreat Committee
"Working harder to serve you better!"
Thank you for being people who pray for us as a ministry couple and for our association. Unlike most prayer blogs this is a little more of a narrative meant to excite prayer and reflection. Jen and I enjoyed visiting our son at Cedarville University this weekend as our daughter participated in their high school honors choir. As alumni, the campus holds so many memories and contains so much new. This reminded me of our life and the life of our churches. Foundational truth...s should always remain and historical growth should point toward the future not just be a memory. Our earthly life is a vapor, so value the eternal and live it out in the present. Invest in what lasts beyond our meager life. Do not be depressed in your meager existence but rather celebrate the eternal dimensions of it, for they are its value. Sit quietly and mediate this week on things above. Ask yourself what you are leaving behind? What are those you have touched looking at and striving for? Make a couple of corrections and stay at your worship of Christ.
Out of these words, I ask you to…
1 - Pray for friends of ours who it appears is as a couple saying goodbye for now as the wife nears the end of a cancer battle. Pray for their hope and strength. They are making an eternal impact all around them.
2 - Pray for our national association as the council interviews on Tuesday a potential national representative (pray for travel help as the council, including me, travel to Chicago for that interview).
3 - Pray as I work with two churches in the state this week as well.
So this week I have some prayer requests for you to join me in praying regarding a possible church plant in WI. Let’s ask these requests seeking God’s will in this situation together.
Pray for a small fellowship of Hispanic friends meeting in Plainfield and for Calvary Baptist in Wisconsin Rapids as they seek God’s will together concerning whether to partner toward establishing a Hispanic church there.
Pray for our association and Baptist Church Planters to know how to best... help facilitate.
Pray for sister churches in the surrounding area that would help.
Pray for a godly bilingual person from one of these surrounding churches to help assist the process.
Pray for English speaking people who might potentially help teach children there.
Pray for wisdom for all involved that there might be in unity in direction and process if God wants this right now in this way in Plainfield.
Pray also for the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp as they have a concentrated day of ministry planning and seeking God together with Pastor Cecil and myself this Saturday.
Pray for wisdom for Pastor Jack and Sue Austin as they have accepted the call to be the lead pastor at Calvary Baptist in Wisconsin Rapids.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you. Psalm 145:10
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We must always seek to reflect the image of God in us and be made into this image. The last several days in the circumstances around me I have been pondering the fact that God is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is gracious and merciful (Psalm 145:8). How might I inject His kind of mercy and grace in how I see another’s struggle or their growth? This mercy is not abstract but within the context of God’s steadfast love. This is His covenant commitmen...t to us. He is merciful within the guidelines of this relationship. This covenant relationship implies a mission, a responsibility, and a commitment on our part to the LORD. Mercy between us within this covenant requires patient rebuke and warnings as well as service, giving, and encouragement. This is how He functions with us. In addition, to those outside of the covenant, He also shows mercy (Psalm 145:9). We show this same mercy by our endurance of evil, displays of love, and peacemaking witness to the lost around us. As I pondered this, the following old hymn by Frederick William Faber came to mind.
1 There's a wideness in God's mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There's a kindness in God's justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth's sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth's failings
have such kindly judgment given.
2 For the love of God is broader
than the measures of the mind.
And the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
we would gladly trust God's Word,
and our lives reflect thanksgiving
for the goodness of our Lord.
Source: Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #31