Monthly Archives: April 2015

Building Expansion Update: A Rough Timeline

I wanted to provide a tentative construction schedule as activity will start to increase. Again, please let us know if you have any questions.

Construction Entry

  • This last Saturday (04-25-2015) we had about 20 to 25 volunteers who removed the landscaping from the front of the building, as well as clean out a storage building and construction storage container. A sincere thank you to all who gave up a Saturday Morning to help.
  • Early to Mid-May – Canopy Demolition.
  • Middle of May to the Middle of June – Demolition and dirt work on the south side of the building.
  • Middle of June to the First of July – Install concrete footings, underslab electrical and plumbing, pour concrete slab and paving.
  • First of July to early August – Metal building erection and sheeting of the exterior.

Sometime in the near future, we will have to begin entering the building on the west side through the old Children’s Resource closet.  We have already started prepping that area for this purpose.

If all goes to plan, we will wrap everything up around the end of the year – Lord willing. Until then, we will do everything we can to communicate changes.

This is an exciting time in the life of our church as we continue to work toward this goal together. We are adding and renovating over 8,000 sq. ft. in this phase, so please be patient with the process and inconvenience, and let us know if we have missed an issue that needs to be addressed. I truly hope and pray that we can glorify God together by the way we work with each other to do something bigger than we can do alone.

9 Truth-Filled Statements We Say Over and Over To Our Children

Prentice Family BDay

What will our children remember? What lasting impact will we have on them for their greatest good?

From my own experience, here are at least three categories that have created life-long impressions:

  1. Out of the ordinary moments. This might include occasions like baptism, birthday celebrations, vacations, a family crisis, etc.
  2. Seemingly obscure moments that stick. Your guess is as good as mine as to what these might be, but there are memories from my childhood that are mysteriously vivid and enduring. And so it is worth stating the obvious: Every moment matters and our actions in any given moment could create a lasting lesson. So be careful how you talk and walk (Eph. 5;15).
  3. What is said and done over and over. This might include traditions, family verses and purpose statements, pithy and memorable statements, etc.

What is striking (at least to me) about these three categories is that one of them seems to potentially have a greater qualitative and quantitative advantage. And even more particularly, I would argue that the meaningful and memorable statements in category three are particularly important. I say this because statements can be crafted to carry a maximum amount of precise meaning in and of themselves. Additionally, I (you) can control the frequency of the meaning I wish to deliver. Finally, by crafting short and meaningful statements, memorable truth can be captured and shared.

Here are several statements that we intentionally say to our children, and others I would like us to say more often:

  1. Only one life, it will soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last. (Dont’ Waste Your Life by John Piper)
  2. There is nothing you can do to turn me away. (Paul Tripp)
  3. Love is wanting and doing what is best for another person.
  4. We will always try to do what is best for you. Always!
  5. Our most important rule is that you must always tell the truth. We can’t help you if we don’t know the truth.
  6. Daddy and mommy are committed to each other in marriage, til death do we part.
  7. Daddy and mommy don’t hide things from you. (With the exception of presents, as pointed out by Elijah.)
  8. We always try to treat others the way we would want to be treated (Matt. 7:12).
  9. If possible, we finish what we start – even when it is hard.

These may seem underwhelming, but they are especially powerful when applied to a teachable moment like this one: Dad, Do you Drink Beer?

What meaningful truths do you want your children to know and remember?

Sit down together and craft some convictions into a short sentence and say them often and strategically. Be an intentional, proactive, truth-giving parent and help shape the memorable moments of your children.

Challenged and Encouraged by Iraqi Christians

World

I was recently reading an article (Starting Over) in World Magazine and realized that many of our Iraqi brothers and sisters face extreme challenges that we can only imagine, but at the same time they are just like us.

Here is a sampling to illustrate: About 25 people meet in an apartment to study the Bible in a city that is just 30 miles away from the “present threat of ISIS.” A majority of those who are a part of this gathering have been displaced from the ISIS takeover in and around Mosul, Iraq. They are led by Pastor Malath Baythoon and they read the book of Romans together and discuss pride and humility. They share their experiences of fleeing the jihadists, leaving all they owned behind, not knowing where they would go. One woman asks for prayer to have the courage to pray aloud. A man asks that the group pray for a sick Muslim girl who lives down the hall.

Some of this is unimaginable to many of us: 25 people gathering in an apartment that is not far away from the trigger-happy terrorists that forced them from their homes. In this way we are worlds a part. But a lot of it sounds just like the kind of experience many of us commonly have in the United States. We come together to know God’s will by reading the Bible. We share life and pray for each other. We exhort and encourage each other to keep following Jesus in good and bad circumstances. They are not so different than us after all.

Iraqi Bible Study

The common ground found in Jesus gives us cause to pay close attention to their example. On the other hand, the differences serve to challenge our western and cushy circumstances. The author, Mindy Belz, writes:

Baythoon asks if they are learning in the midst of their suffering and everyone nods, yes. “This thing has made me know God more. I am praying three hours a day,” says one. “I have time to read my Bible I never had before. It is new to me,” says another. “I am learning that church is not just a building. You can bomb the walls but not really destroy the church,” says a third.

What a challenging example! What an encouragement from brothers and sisters who are half a world away and living in a very foreign situation to my own.

It is not that American Christians don’t have trials and difficulties. We do! But it is always helpful to see the diversity of difficulties that people face, while also seeing that they are just like us; striving to glorify God together through Jesus.