Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Daily Dig for March 18 by Eberhard Arnold


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The distribution of land, work, and goods should be in harmony with the justice of God, who lets the sun shine and the rain fall on the just and the unjust. Jesus says simply: what you want people to do for you, do for them. Make sure that all others have what you think you need yourself.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Daily Dig for March 13 by Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. If the drops of oil run out, the light of the lamp will cease, and the bridegroom will say, “I do not know you” (Matt. 25:12).
What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. These are the true drops of love that keep your religious life burning like a living flame.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

KBC connect

The other day, I was at a community event and saw a number of people. Some of them, I know quite well. Others are acquaintances from the community. We smiled, shook hands, and acknowledged one another. It was a warm, collegial feeling to see people from the community that surrounds Kilmarnock Baptist Church. We are part of them, and they are part of us.
That evening, I began to think about what it means to be the body of Christ. I reflected on how Jesus connected to his community in daily life. He was not continuously preaching or talking about God; he listened, watched, and cared for the people around him.
In the church that I have the privilege to serve as pastor, I plan to begin inviting people from various groups in our community to share with us what they are doing. They can come to worship, give us a five-seven minute summary of their work. They can share their story. And, in turn, we can connect with them. We get to know them and appreciate what they do.
It goes two ways, though. Just as we will learn more about them, they will learn more about us. The connection has the potential to be a missional encounter. More to come…

Peace,

Matt

Friday, March 7, 2014

Back to Haiti?

At this point, it would be perfectly  natural to expect a report on our church’s recent trip to Haiti. Many of you heard our story in worship on February 23rd. If you missed it, you can view the sermon here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wszs2w02X6Y. We will share more, including pictures, in the near future.
As we traveled back to Kilmarnock, I received emails from members of our congregation asking what else we can do for the children in the orphanage. Some suggested little toys or games to put in the cubbies. However, the children desire attention and love more than anything else. Thus, an idea began to organically take shape:
Let’s go back! Let’s take a group and provide Vacation Bible School for the kids when their school year is over, and they have free time from sunrise to sunset! I prayed about it and shared the idea with a few people. Their energy and excitement fed my own.
Before stepping on the plane for our final flight home, I knew I would be going back and couldn’t wait to see the children again.

Please join me in praying about this mission opportunity. These are God’s children and they have nothing and no chance in this world. We can love them, hold them, and show them that God cares for them.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Life in KBC

I had a ministry idea, so I implemented it. The idea is not terribly original, but is terribly effective. My son and I taped a long piece of paper (about 4' x 12') on a wall just outside the sanctuary of the church I serve, Kilmarnock Baptist Church. We printed as many pictures as we could find of events in the life of the church, and we taped the pictures up in a collage.

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In the center of the collage, there is the following sign:
Life in KBC
Remembering our past &
Celebrating our future

In our church newsletter, I introduced the collage:
I hope these pictures give you the opportunity to stop and remember. Think about the people in the pictures. If you have not seen or talked to someone in one of the pictures, reach out to him or her. Pray for the people in the pictures. 
Life in KBC is rich and full of God’s grace. Our congregation has had some wonderful experiences. Let us give thanks for them! Let us also look to a bright future that will be full of new memories. 
Please add to the mural, too. 
The collage has been up for a week. The response is wonderful. People are adding pictures. Others stop and talk about the memories. It was a simple way to remind the congregation about where we have been. It also encourages people to organize events, take pictures, and create new memories in the life of the church.