From the Back Office of B-5 Blog
Happy Fathers’ Day, Dads!!
Both of my dads (earthly and heavenly) are builders.
My dad, Ken, has built many things with his hands for so many people, including our own family. He has built everything from homes, churches, libraries, schools & water treatment plants, to a beautiful shelf and a carved mantel which I enjoy in my own home (plus a lot more!).
My Heavenly Father has raised giant Redwoods, carved out lakes and coastlines, as well as built mountains and whittled out canyons—some of which we saw on our vacation to fantastic Utah this year.
Both of my fathers have also loved me unconditionally, taught me patiently and brought much joy and laughter to my life through their provision and care.
My earthly dad never ceases to amaze me with his humor and talents—even though I now know that all those times growing up when he amazingly would drive with “both eyes closed” around curvy roads that he was really only closing the one eye on the side we could see! J
My Heavenly Father also never ceases to amaze me with His artistic talents displayed every day in the sunset, His attention to detail in creation (have you looked closely at a grasshopper lately?) and His humor. (Have you ever woke up because of a weird feeling on your face and discovered a grasshopper has straddled your nose? I have!)
I know Fathers’ Day is supposed to be all about Dad, but I have to say that on Fathers’ Day I like thinking about the blessings which have been heaped upon me by both of my own great dads—Ken Miller and the Almighty, Faithful, Never Changing & True God.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6: 9 & 10.
From the Back Office of B-5,
Becca Hungerford, Children’s Ministry Director
Hip, hip hooray! Vacation Bible School is a month away!!
Hosea 13:3 ESV
“Therefore they shall be like the morning mist or like the dew that goes early
away, like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor or like smoke from a
Wow! Where has the time gone? You all have heard that time flies as you get
older, and the single thing that weighs on my mind is this–we don’t get another
chance to live this out, so I need to make this count!!
So what now? For some reason or another I have been thinking a lot about this
lately. How can I make sure that I’m making the best choice for my future and
the future of my family? Looking backwards at age 30, there are some things
that I would most definitely have done differently. Yet God has been gracious to
me and used my unguided choices and direction to bring me to where I am
Moving forward, one of my greatest fears is that I will repeat past mistakes and
look back as an older man and wish it were different. All the best intentions in
the world if not guided down a specific path won’t end up where I want to be.
Direction–not intention, determines our destination.
With that said, the path that we choose is so very important to determine where
we want to end up. Your path that you choose for your life and your direction is
so important because without major course adjustments, the end to the path
that you’re on can only be what is at the end of the path. I think that we
understand that but refuse to honestly look down that path and realize that’s
where we are headed. So we trick ourselves to believe that it will be different for
us; that somehow it didn’t work for everyone else on this path. Not us though.
We will be the one that changes the end.
So if we want our path to end where God desires us, to have the most impact
for the sake of the Gospel, then we have to be all so careful to make sure we
pick a path for our lives that ends where He wants us to be. If the end goal is
maturity in our relationship with Christ, then the path that we choose better have
steps to see that happen. We won’t stumble into godliness, it’s a path that we
choose which directs to the end desire that we are seeking.
So pray with me that God will allow us to choose a path that leads to where He
wants us to be and impacts others for the Gospel. In the grand scheme of life
that is all that matters. Everything else is really trivial and meaningless.
Just some thoughts to think about…
If you are reading this, I want to ask you to stop for a moment to read Romans 1: 8-17. Go ahead, I’ll wait for a moment until your done. . .
Ok are you back? Let’s seek to understand this short passage as much as we can. How often do we really do that? That is: seek to really understand a passage of scripture. Let’s try it. Ok here are a few questions to answer:
- Who wrote this passage? – The apostle Paul
- To whom and for what purpose was this passage written? – Paul wrote the book of Romans which was a letter to the church in Rome
- When did he write it?- Most likely AD 56
In this book, Paul is writing to his fellow believers in Rome to encourage them. He tells them what a great job they’re doing for the Kingdom of God, how well they’re preaching the Gospel, and how far the news of their fervor for Christ is spreading. He tells them he misses them, how much he wants to come see them, and how he also will continue to spread the Gospel, because he is unashamed of it.
This letter from Paul is the kind of thing we don’t see much of today. The church in Rome was in the center of civilization for much of the world. Paul sees how effective these believers are in sharing the love of Christ that he is inspired by them.
I wonder if anyone would think that about our church. . . I wonder if anyone would see the work we’re doing for Christ and those around us and notice it. The church in Rome was noticed far and wide, but I wonder how much we’re noticed by our own small town!
My fellow believers, I’m asking us to look at our individual walks with Christ, and our usefulness as the local church to those around us. What impact are we making? I’m not suggesting that we’re having no impact, but I’m asking you, as I will, to examine just what kind of impact we are having, and more importantly, the kind we could and should be having.
I pray that we would be a Romans 1:16 church. May we become a force for the Kingdom of God here in our community and let the news of Christ spread through what we’re doing individually and separately.
Your unashamed brother in Christ,
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
65 days ago…..
was just a normal day in March. I did my regular Wednesday grocery shopping, went trailer shopping with Todd, Emma taught me how to leap frog, the RA boys shot their bow & arrows and I had Chinese leftovers for supper. (I keep a journal which is the only reason why I can remember those details, btw.)
65 days from now…..
will be… the first day of …. wait for it ….
Vacation Bible School!!
Which is, for sure, one of my most favorite weeks out of the year. The church will be SUBMERGED in underwater decorations and a blue tint will cover every single thing and person who enters. Adults, youth and kids will be pumped and ready to dive into the week ahead, and a good number of us will already have our outfits laid out for all of the spirit nights. Indeed, I could probably go ahead and fill in these details and others in my journal, even these 65 days in advance.
What I can’t write in or foretell yet are two big things.
Number One: Who will fill in all of the almost 80+ spots to lead and love our kids for the VBS week? What teachers, crafters, greeters, decorators, musicians, cooks and all of the other workers needed will step up to give a week to share and model Jesus to the kids of our church and community?
I hope YOU will be prayerfully and willingly thinking about where you can serve and then put your name on the VBS wall SOON so we can get the team together. There are many places to serve and many levels of commitment which can fit all abilities and availability. And you will have a blast with all ages of your church family while serving Christ. Guaranteed.
Number Two: Yes, the halls will be bathed in a sea of blue, but will our entire week be bathed in a sea of prayer which can begin now and continue through our VBS week?
We have so many talents, abilities and resources right here in our church, but we are fooling ourselves to think that we would want to try and do this on our own without God’s power and purpose being at the forefront.
Let me challenge all of us to be intentional about praying for VBS starting now and for the next 65+ days. Make a reminder note card to put in your kitchen sink window, write it on your rear view mirror with an Expo marker or even start cutting fish shapes out of various kinds of paper and pray as you cut out each one. (Then give me your fish shapes so I can add them to the other schools of fish others have cut out and prayed for to decorate our hallways. Seriously. People are doing that. Myself included.)