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    FriFridayOctOctober26th2012 This Ransomed Life
    byErika Litz Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Editor's Note: The following is a student's reflection on the Salt & Light Fall Summit, held October 19-21, 2012.

    Every stage of life has its challenges and blessings; however, the college years are certainly a highly unique time for young adults. Leaving the comfort of home and entering a drastically different environment can either provide ample opportunities for growth, or this time of change can cripple a person. In the midst of an unpredictable time, the opportunity to learn from older believers, spend time alone with God in the middle of gorgeous fall colors, and fellowship with other believers, was an incredible blessing this past weekend. 

    Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? This was a question posed by Tom Humphrey as he began the retreat. Are you content to go to college to get that degree, proceed on to grad school in order to earn that six figure income, get married and have kids, retire on a fortune, and move to Florida to collect sea shells until you die? Frankly, all this is truly meaningless when we stand before the throne on that last day. Tom and Angela challenged us to fight living a “safe” life. He pushed us to yearn for more, for what is truly meaningful and eternal instead of being content to meander down the easy road. He made the claim that our goals of fulfilling the American dream are worthless when compared to the span of eternity. In God’s Word, He says, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17.  


    Tom and Angela also discussed the idea of “abandoning self.” That is, becoming absolutely dependent on and trusting in God to where one can humbly say, “Use this ransomed life in any way You choose.” What are we holding onto in this life that is stealing our focus from surrendering our lives to our Creator? It is remarkable the freedom and peace given to those who humbly desire to be used by God. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36. 

    Being surrounded by people who have one thing in common -- an intense love for Jesus and hearing the testimony of what God can do through people like the Humphreys who say, ”use this ransomed life in any way You choose,” was invaluable. God revealed to me some issues I needed to resolve and taught me even more about Himself. The older I become, the more the gospel takes my breath away. I am so grateful that God is good and just, yet in His great mercy He saved us (Titus 3:5-6). 

    The Salt and Light Summit was not a temporary spiritual high. It was a time of fellowship, in which a group of followers of Christ were brought together to worship the Creator who gave His son as a ransom for imperfect and messed up people like us. The Christian walk is a race of perseverance. It is a pursuit of Christ only made possible by the grace of God as he renews us daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). I am so thankful for the time I had at the Summit, and most of all, I am thankful to God for making all this possible through Jesus.  

    ThuThursdayOctOctober25th2012 A Testimony of God's Grace
    byEvan Briggs Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    I was baptized this past Sunday at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the testimony of God's saving grace in my life:

    I grew up in a Christian home, but that did not save me. I was on a track that was totally opposite of God. I knew it would be difficult trying to live a double life from church to school so I just stuck with acting like a good Christian boy. I enjoyed going to school and having people like me because I was a good kid (and therefore labeling me a Christian). I was always a good kid at church, knew all the answers, and was always one of the first to answer them. But at home I was a pretty bad kid. I was disrespectful to my parents and had a very short fuse and often lost my temper and took it out on them. As I grew up, I slowly learned that your parents will not punish you as much if you’re not bad. So I calmed down a bit. I was still bad, but just not as much. In this way I attempted to keep them off my back, and I always hated one-on-one conversations with my parents about God or the gospel. 

    Around my freshman year in high school my mom made me memorize Ephesians. Even though I only memorized through the first 2 chapters, those chapters changed my life. As I read Ephesians 2, I saw my sin in a new light. I had learned that sin was the bad stuff that we did, and we would get punished for it, but I never worried about it because I would take care of it when I was older. As I read Ephesians 2 I began to see that I was dead in my sin. I had never heard sin put this way and I understood that I deserve nothing but death and hell. But as I read verse 4, I understood what Jesus did: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” God took me off of the hell-bound road I was on and showed me his immeasurable grace. After that I dedicated my life to the Lord and continue to strive to be more like Christ. God has blessed me with great parents who encourage me and help me with my walk and are there for me when I need them.

    Now I am a freshman at Boyce College doing the one-year Worldview Certificate and I love it there. I live in a great hall and it is so encouraging to be able to have such uplifting gospel-centered conversations and fellowship.

    I know I am not perfect and one of the reasons I want to be baptized is to publicly place myself as a Christ-follower. If I am seen in sin, please call me out, or ask how I am doing with my constant battle against sin.
    FriFridayOctOctober19th2012 New member spotlight (10/19/2012)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome the following new members Brent and Marti Gutwein. Brent and Marti live in West Lafayette and have been attending KSBC since January 2012. They are regular attenders in the KSBC Connections Group and Marti is involved with Ladies Bible Fellowship. Brent works at Granite Management/Real Estate and Marti is a pharmacist. Brent and Marti have 3 children: Heike (23), Victor (21) and Jake (15) who is a sophomore at West Lafayette High School.

    Please introduce yourself as you see these new members and welcome them to our family.

    ThuThursdayOctOctober11th2012 A New Outreach Tool
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Ten years ago, the word "share" would have brought to mind images of two siblings trying to get along with one another while playing with the same set of building blocks. Today, the word "share" conjures up thoughts of YouTube videos, clever memes, and recipes on Pinterest. Sharing has taken on a whole new meaning in this ever-changing world of technology and social media.

    If you're someone who likes to share—in this contemporary sense of the word—then we want to invite you to make use of a new tool designed to help introduce others to Kossuth Street Baptist Church. We've put together a simple little video that we hope will provide a window into who we are and what we're about. We've added this to our welcome page on the website, and we'll circulate it via Facebook and Twitter, as well. But we also want to invite you to share this video with your own social media circles. Use this resource strategically to let your friends, family, and coworkers know that they are welcome to join us as we seek to participate in the life of Christ.


    ThuThursdayOctOctober4th2012 Crosswalk Groundbreaking
    byMatt Niewedde Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Exciting news about the Crosswalk Project! We have an official ground breaking day set and want to invite you to attend. The ceremony will be held on November 4, at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon on the site where Crosswalk Commons is being constructed: 925 Hilltop Drive, West Lafayette, IN  47906. Parking will be in the lot just north of Ross Ade Stadium with shuttle service provided to and from the ground breaking site. Refreshments will be served following the official ground breaking. This is a great opportunity for you to see the strategic location for the Crosswalk Commons and join in the excitement of seeing this answer to prayer as Crosswalk begins to take shape. To keep up to date with the project and its progress, join the Crosswalk Commons Project group on Facebook.  


    MonMondayOctOctober1st2012 Q&A with Nate Irwin
    byConnections Staff Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment


    Q: What is your role at College Park Church?

    A: I am Pastor of Global Outreach, and I have been here for 11 years.

    Q: How have you been personally involved in the work of global outreach prior to serving in your current ministry role?

    A: I grew up as a missionary kid in Pakistan, and then spent 14 years with my family there as a missionary with TEAM, working in theological education.

    Q: What are some of the most exciting things you've seen or heard about recently on the front lines of the gospel's global advance?

    A: I just learned that some recent research of David Garrison shows that there are at least 50 movements to Christ among Muslim peoples throughout all 9 major ethnic groupings of Muslims, that have at least 1000 baptized believers in each. God is doing something unprecedented in the Muslim world in our day and age!

    Q: What are some basic ways that American Christians can enlarge their hearts to consider the plight of the nations?

    A: We need to study Scripture and learn the theological imperative of proclaiming Christ to the nations. Also, we can do this by interacting with internationals in our own schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, and showing them the love of Jesus. And by going on vision trips, to see firsthand the needs of the world, putting faces and personalities on the statistics.

    Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle that local churches face to becoming mobilized for global ministry?

    A: Busyness. Take a ledger and on one side put all the activities you’ve done in the last week that had to do with your family or church life; on the other side put all the things you did to impact the nations. We’re too busy with many things that don’t ultimately matter to be concerned about the things that do. But if I'm careful, I might start preaching!


    Pastor Irwin will be joining us on the morning of October 14 as a part of our Blessed to Bless missions emphasis weeks at KSBC. He will preach during the worship service at 9:15 a.m., and he will lead a combined class during the Connections hour at 10:45 a.m. There will also be a "Next Steps" lunch following the service for those who would like to interact with Nate, KSBC elders, or the KSBC missions team concerning how to go about moving toward the possibility of global ministry.
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