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Category: Missions

The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree

This Christmas you can participate in our Angel Tree project. The Angels, decorating the tree, represent foster children in our community. Please pick an angel from the tree, go buy a gift on their list, (up to four gifts) and then wrap it and put it back under the tree. The Angel will have the identification number on it, so please attach your angel to the gift so that it goes to the right foster child when you turn in the gift. The Angel Tree brings so much joy to children in the foster care system!

There are two angel trees from which to pick. One is located on the 3rd floor of Lindsay, and the other is at the welcome desk in the Children’s Center lobby. Stop by anytime to take an angel and be sure to write your name and contact information, next to the child you have chosen, on the paper next to the tree. This allows us to keep track of each child selected. The gifts must be turned in by Sunday, December 2nd or Wednesday the 5th at the latest.

Take a few moments to pray for the children represented on the Angel Tree. Ask God to reveal to them the true meaning of Christmas. Pray for God’s provision and presence in their lives. Thank you for taking the time and money to help bring wonder and joy to a child on Christmas.

Open Eyes and Hard Love

Open Eyes and Hard Love

I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t know before. I knew that it would be weird. I knew that it would be dark. I knew that my heart would break. But knowing and experiencing are two different things. As I stood in Temple Square surrounded by beautiful flowers and impressive buildings, the phrase “whitewashed tombs” kept coming to mind. Salt Lake City, Utah is Latter Day-Saints (LDS) headquarters. On the surface, the religion looks a lot like Christianity. Get into a conversation with a LDS (I did, more than once) and they will likely speak reverently about Jesus. They’ll probably tell you that salvation comes through Jesus. They might even tell you that LDS are Christians too. After all, LDS theology does include the Bible. Get a little deeper though and you’ll find that it involves three other books, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. The official English Bible of the LDS church is the KJV and includes footnotes to interpret the passages to coincide with LDS doctrine.
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When The Dead Come To Life

When The Dead Come To Life

The Believers gathered to worship like Christians do. As songs to Jesus were lifted up, one fell out on the ground and then another until four women were out on the ground, possessed by demons. It’s not something that most Baptists are used to seeing during a worship service in the United States, but on Beth Greer’s latest trip to Tanzania, this scene, albeit intense, was not completely unordinary. On Kome Island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland in Lake Victoria, six out of ten inhabitants are demon possessed. Beth spent part of her trip on the island, sleeping in a tent, using a ziplock bag as a restroom at night, and telling the residents about Jesus using a stick and the dirt on the ground.

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Christmas Prisoner Packets

Christmas Prisoner Packets

 

Many men, women and youth have no one who cares for them. They have no visitors, nor do they receive gifts at Christmas. You make Christmas special for them through this ministry. You provide hope and love. As a result, some have received the true Christmas gift. They have come to know Christ because you care.

Consider a gift this year to the Christmas Prisoner Packet Ministry. Click Here for more details

Thank you.

For more information please contact Harriet Johnson at 803.318.3853

Is Social Justice a Bad Thing?

Is Social Justice a Bad Thing?

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

 

To many conservative Christians, the very words “social justice” suggests some sort of liberal theology or progressive ideology. People immediately think of words such as wealth redistribution and egalitarianism. But Christians must ask themselves, what is the Christian view of social justice? Continue reading →

Unexpected Sites

Unexpected Sites

I just got back from a 10-day trip to the Holy Land. It was a life-changing experience on so many levels. To be where Jesus was – to walk the streets – to see the sites – was absolutely incredible. I had no idea what to expect once I got over there. I had several people tell me that their lives were forever changed by their visit to Israel, so I went with great anticipation. My aunt has been several times and she told me that often she finds God uses the unexpected places to minister to her while she is there. I had a similar experience.

 

We sat on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm. We walked the street (the exact street, the same stones) that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. We saw the empty tomb, sat on the Mt. of Beatitudes, we were baptized in the Jordan River. We visited the house of Caiphas and sat in the same pit Jesus sat in while he awaited his crucifixion. We did it all! Each of these places was so special on the trip – I filled my journal with notes and thoughts at each spot. But, as it happens with my aunt, it was an unsuspecting place that stuck out to me the most on this trip.

It happened on Mount Precipice.

 

Luke 4 gives the account of Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown. His listeners were pleased with him in one moment and filled with rage the next moment. They drove him out of the synagogue and up to Mount Precipice. The intent was to throw him off the cliff.

 

No one from his hometown spoke up. No one came to his defense. They all went the way of the crowd.

Luke’s account tells us, “But passing through their midst, He went His way.”

The scheme didn’t work – Undeterred; Jesus went from there to Capernaum to teach some more.

 

On this mountain, I prayed for my kids. Here is what I wrote, “God, surround my kids with friends who will stand in the gap with them.” That’s all, a simple prayer with a lot of meaning.

Parents, how are you praying for your kids? A lot of my prayers concerning my kids are prayers for the future and how God will use them. This is one of those “right now” prayers and it involves more than God’s protection.

“God, give my kids wisdom and discernment to surround themselves with godly friends who will fight along side them, cry with them, laugh with them, minister to and with them; friends who will truly stand in the gap when things get difficult.”

 

 

 

Student Minister

Rev. Philip Turner

Student Minister

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

 

I look around at various local churches in our denomination and I notice that the majority of them are still either predominately Caucasian or African-American. However, I also see many other local churches becoming more multi-ethnic or attempting, which makes more sense in our globalized world. Continue reading →

The Secret to Greatness

The Secret to Greatness

I love spending time with kids. An afternoon with a 5 year-old is exciting and inspiring because they truly want to be the best thing they can be. They are some of the greatest superheroes, ballerinas, and dinosaurs in the world! If you were to ask around, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would say, Continue reading →

The Backyard Mission Field

The Backyard Mission Field

The modern day university campus is the market place of ideas and, in many ways, the epicenter of cultural development. Countless trends in the U.S.— philosophically, spiritually, and culturally—begin on college campuses. Some of the most powerful industry leaders in today’s market began making their mark while still in college (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame). Not only that, but today’s college campuses in the U.S. are veritable micro-urban centers full of people from almost every nation on the planet. The cultural and intellectual exchange on our nation’s campuses is astounding. Because of this, the college years, which are some of the most creative, energetic, and formative years in our lives, are now more exciting than ever. Now that spring has arrived, many of our high school seniors are preparing to graduate and are in the process of picking where they will attend university; it is important they take a step back and appreciate the significance and excitement of this choice. But, they can and should also consider how wonderful of an opportunity they have to make a choice that could potentially influence countless other students for Christ no matter where they decide to study.
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