Hearing His Father’s Voice…

When I saw this clip this morning I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ work in our lives – giving us ears to hear.

“…but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8.14-15.

When was the last time you heard the Spirit saying, “Daddy loves you” to you?

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A Mission’s Opportunity for Elisabeth

The elders wanted to make you aware of a unique opportunity for Elisabeth Sepulvida. We’ll let her describe it in her own words.

Parents of teens or pre-teens should read this to see the challenges that await our kids – even the ones we would think will be fine when they get to college.

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Hello Pastor Mark,

How are you? I hope everything is going well in Maine at WBC!
I just wanted to email to share with you about a ministry I will be serving with this summer, to see if you know of anyone who has a heart for this type of ministry who would be interested in either praying for or financially supporting me this summer.

College this year has been tough with challenges to my faith from professors during classes, and I have watched classmates completely leave their faith after one semester. We have first-year religion courses here, but because the college is quite liberal, most classes serve to critique and criticize the Bible rather than support it. During high school I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend a camp called Worldview Academy which focuses on spiritual depth and training in apologetics. This program equipped me with sound knowledge so that I could think critically and clearly when the professors were making claims against the Bible, and helped me to encourage classmates who were doubting. I now feel that every young person should experience this training before college, and in prayer felt that I was supposed to apply to staff Worldview this year. I did and was accepted, and because it is a mission program which travels between states (one week of camp in each state), I need to raise supporters within the next few days to be able to serve with this mission trip.

I am confident that this is God’s plan for me this summer, but have never raised support before.

If you know of anyone who has a heart for this type of ministry with young people and would be willing to pray or financially support me in any amount, I would be so thankful! Posting a facebook status with a link to my support page can be incredibly helpful as well: http://elisabethwva.blogspot.com/

This page explains my heart, the ministry, and my role this summer.
Also, here is a video clip from one of the weeks of camp which gives a good explanation of what happens in a week of camp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PjunexQb7C4

I would appreciate any type of support or passing the word along!

God bless you!
-Elisabeth

WBC Annual Reports for 2012-13

Identities

Each year we take time to look back at all that God has done for us and through us, then we write that down. We write it down because it is encouraging. We write it down so we know our history. We write it down so we have a proper record. But ultimately, we write it down so that others would join us in thanking God for being so GREAT!

Now you might look at what is happening and think it is not that big of a deal – if the numbers were bigger or we were featured on TV a few more times then that would be worth talking about… if you think that, then you don’t know us. We’re amazed that God refuses to keep a safe distance and chooses poor, hapless, not too bright type people like us to be part of the work He is doing in our world. That’s awesome.

Here are our reports:

What we may be missing on mission

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN

But what we really need to do is hear from the Lord and let his Spirit show us the way. He has shaped us in particular ways and he has already been at work, preparing the harvest fields. MCs cannot simply be a good idea or a new program. They must be rooted in vision for mission and a passion birthed in the heart of a leader though prayer. – Mike Breen

Read more from the post Most Common Skipped Steps with MCs by Mike Breen

A Great Bible

We recommend the YouVersion app at Windham Baptist Church. I’ve been using this on my phone and iPad for a long time, maybe you should, too.

Not to worry – it’s free.

A Life of Gospel Intentionality

Question: Instead of obsessing about changing the world, what if we just gave ourselves to living in glad obedience to Jesus in the trenches of an ordinary life?

Matt Kruse is a pastor outside of Boston. He’s also a pretty wise guy. 

Now, a pastor is not supposed to write a post like this. He’s supposed to inspire his people by calling them to superhuman feats, and to be part of a supernatural church where tens of thousands of people gather weekly and hundreds of people place their trust in Jesus on a weekly basis. 

But Matt wants to beg an important question – what does Jesus want from you? 

Read the rest of Matt’s article and find a great challenge and maybe some relief for your soul.

http://www.sevenmileroad.org/40-and-content/ 

Four Lies About Introverts

Here’s a helpful article written for the introverts. I know our culture fawns over extroverts, so for many of us (and I do mean US) this leaves us wondering if God can use us.

The lie I’m most tempted to believe is that the way God has wired me is incompatible with the life he’s called me to live. The logical conclusion of this lie is that joy and contentment aren’t possible—and that constant frustration is inevitable.

Aime Patrick has unpacked “Four Lies About Introverts” – you should read it, too. Even if you are not an introvert.