Blog Spot – Archive
June 10, 2015
“As Is” by Jill Carattini, RZIM
“In my mother’s antique shop were a variety of treasures for a curious child. My personal favorite was the Victrola that sat stately in the corner, a large internal phonograph that begged to be heard. The sounds it made were bold and cavernous, like an opera in a wooden box. This one was an early model, I heard adults say, and it was in mint condition. So it seemed peculiar to me that our frequent requests to put it into action were, from time to time, resisted. To me it was a perfect treasure, a magnificent and flawless toy. To the motherly owner of the store, it was a treasure that was capable of breaking before it sold. “As is” was not a phrase she wanted to add to the price tag.” Read the rest here.
June 9, 2015
From Chap Bettis, The Apollos Project
Dear Friends, “Intentional Teachability:” Those words came from a friend who is an army colonel. We were discussing how impressed I was with the military officers at my last speaking engagement. They were hungry for the teaching I was giving. Even men and women older than me listened respectfully, took notes, and asked lots of questions. Read more here.
March 16, 2015
The Unleashed for the Unreached (U4theU) network stages occasional “Global Prayercasts.” The most recent PrayerCast featured three major themes:
- global suffering: poverty, human trafficking, hunger; and
- unreached peoples and cities
- revitalization of your church for the sake of our hurting world.
The organization has developed “The Wall for the Unreached,” which is a series of black vinyl panels depicting the names of 7,000 unreached people groups around the world. The Wall broadens the understanding of the “Unreached” and deepens the commitment of Christians to share Christ with those who have never heard the Gospel. Read more here Wall Flyer_2013-06.
February 15, 2015
What To Do When Church Is Cancelled?
By Pastor Phil Andrukaitis, S. Portland, Maine
Good morning my family and friends,
Well, here we go again – another snow storm is on its way. The meteorologists have indicated that a disturbance from the west will converge with a low and stall over the Atlantic. Expect high winds and drifting snow, beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing right on through Sunday in blizzard force. Like you, I will be monitoring the weather forecasts and communicating with our Elders. I’m sure that other pastors will be doing likewise with their leadership.
In the event that your church cancels its Sunday services, may I suggest the following practices?
- First, be sure to meet with the Lord, read His Word, and pray for your family and church family, especially throughout the day.
- Second, please be careful when removing snow or driving, should you need to go out for any reason.
- Third, please check on one another, especially the shut-ins. If they need any type of assistance, try to meet their need; if unable, please call others who may be able to address those needs.
- Fourth, be on the lookout for your neighbors, too. Here’s an example: If you own a snow blower but your neighbor does not and is laboring to shovel his driveway and/or walkway, go out and help your neighbor. Even if you do not own a snow blower, helping your neighbor remove snow may be seen as an act of love and concern for them. Remember what Jesus said, “When you do it to the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.” Who knows, maybe your unsaved neighbor will be touched by your act of kindness, thereby opening the door for you to share the gospel with them.
- Fifth, this is rather a delicate matter to mention, nevertheless, it is important. If you have set aside your offering for the ongoing gospel ministry of your church, your faithful, financial support will honor the Lord, Who in turn will bless your church family and ministries. Note to Bethany members: You may make your weekly tithe or offering by going here, which takes you to the secure donation site: http://bethanygardner.org/resources-2/church-giving/
In closing, here is a benediction for you, which Moses spoke to his brother Aaron and his sons and to the people of Israel:
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD life up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
– Numbers 6:24-26)
February 12, 2015
“6 Truths to Encourage You During Pastoral Transitions”
By Ben Simpson, Pastor, Eastwood Baptist Church, Bowling Green, KY
“Somewhere right now a church is losing its lead pastor. For whatever reason, this man is leaving, the church has moved into a time of transition, and the members feel like they’ve had the wind knocked out of them. He has loved them, fed them, and protected them. He has doctored their wounds and rejoiced when they rejoiced. But now this man is moving away, and sadness and discouragement well up. If your church is in this scenario, I simply want to hearten you with six biblical truths.” Read the rest here.
Solid Gold Advice from a Seasoned Christian Pediatrician
From Chap Bettis, The Apollos Project
How would you like to hear the accumulated wisdom of a seasoned Christian pediatrician? Now you can!
Dr. Tom Hines is on the Board of Directors of The Apollos Project and is a pediatrician in Lincoln RI. In addition, he is a long time Christian and father of four grown children.
I sat down with him for an hour and recorded what he had to say. In his easy-going style he addresses all sorts of subjects: fear, media, structure and limitations, boredom and creativity.
Parents, you are going to want to listen to this. Grandparents, pass this on to others.
Visit here to access the interview.
August 27, 2014
“Let’s Make September Family Worship Month
This month’s newsletter from the Apollos Project suggests that the start of the new school year is also a time for families to start worshipping together. This blog page lists a number of resources available from Chap Bettis.
July 25, 2014
This is from the Blog page of the Apollos Project. “You may be aware that Gordon College is making national news. This small, liberal arts college in New England is located in sleepy Wenham, MA. It is not an indoctrinating place at all. In fact, its byline for years past was “freedom within a framework of faith” – emphasis on freedom. For many years, it has been a stronghold for theistic evolution. Hardly the home base of fundies. (Full disclosure: my wife is an alumna and I have a child as a student.)
But now it has crossed the PC bullies and finds itself in their crosshairs. Why? Because it has the audacity to keep living by the Judeo-Christian convictions it was founded on.” Read the rest here.
June 15, 2014
“A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.” Read the blog here.
November 29, 2013
“Finding Hope in a Fractured World” is about a ministry in Dallas TX that helps people who have become homeless get a new start in life. If you are inspired to go alongside this ministry by starting something similar in the greater Gardner area, use this blog space to discuss it.