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    TueTuesdayAprApril24th2012 Reflections from T4G
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    Editor's Note: A number of people from KSBC traveled earlier this month to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference. A few of them shared their reflections from this event.

    Charlie Armstrong: "I don't know exactly how many thousands of people were in attendance at T4G, but at every break in the schedule we poured into the streets of Louisville like locusts to descend on local restaurants and coffee houses; we were a traveling city in ourselves. But what stuck with me so far from T4G is not the crowds but instead the moments I hurried out of the conference to go be by myself, journal, and pray about the soul-stirring things that were poured into my heart and were threatening to burst out. Although the content of the conference sessions was geared toward pastors seeking to help a whole congregation grow in grace, I had no trouble – and every motivation – to let the spotlight of the gospel (unveiled, unpacked, unleashed by speaker after speaker) search the confines of my own soul. These moments meant repentance, honest prayer, encouragement, questions, doubts – for me, with God. I had some raucous, non-stop laugh-out-loud fun with my fellow Kossuthites down there, but what rises to the surface of these three days at Together for the Gospel are those times I have spent alone with the gospel and its Author – times whose long-term effect I hope and pray will emerge quietly and gradually in coming days and weeks changed by a vigorous encounter with the glorious, gracious gospel of Christ."

    Bill Davis: "I think the best part of T4G was shaping and stoking my need to understand how I am just as completely, helplessly, and utterly reliant on God's work in my staying and growing as a Christian as I am to becoming one in the first place.  Being there as a dad to witness similar truth-realizations in my son made my experience of the time all the more humbling."

    Andrew Depue: "It was awesome and humbling to sit under the teaching of so many gifted teachers and pastors. One sermon that especially stuck out to me was the one that C. J. Mahaney delivered on discouragement and how to overcome it. It was extremely instructive , teaching that as I focus on Christ, I will no longer be focusing on my discouragement (which is really focusing on myself). Another thing that really struck me was the gospel-centered music. Being among several thousand people all joining together to worship our Lord and Savior was humbling and uplifting. I strongly encourage you to go to the website and either download or listen to the sermons and various other discussions to encourage and edify your soul."

    FriFridayAprApril20th2012 Growing Families
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Five weeks ago, my wife and I celebrated the birth of our second daughter Felicia. She was born on a Friday evening, and by the following Thursday, she was already in church, meeting people who had been praying for her and anticipating her arrival. Just a few days later, on that first Sunday after getting home from the hospital, she joined the KSBC family for the first corporate worship service of her life. 

    She slept through the entire thing, and she will grow up to have no recollection whatsoever of that event. But as I looked down at this tiny little girl while we sang together and heard the preaching of the Word, I couldn't help but give thanks to God for the fact that my daughter was in the hearing of the gospel and in the fellowship of God's people before she was even ten days old. Some 2 billion people on this planet live with no access to Jesus Christ; Felicia was being introduced to him right out of the womb.

    This experience reminded me of the incredible blessing that it is to have kids and raise kids within the community of faith. God has given me, as a young father, the unique responsibility to teach, train, and discipline my children. But I have not been left alone to fulfill this responsibility in isolation; instead, God has graciously given me the chance to parent in community with other believers. This is the great joy of being a parent within the church.

    Coming up in a few weeks, we'll have the chance to celebrate this partnership between church and family as we celebrate the recent addition of new children and formally declare our intentions to partner with parents, making the child-rearing process a community endeavor. So be sure to circle Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day) on your calendar, and come to the worship service that morning prepared to throw your lot in with the growing families in our church.

    Also, if you're a parent who has added a new member in the past 12 months either by birth or by adoption, then you're invited to participate in this "Growing Families" milestone event. We will have the dedication time during the worship service on May 13, accompanied by a training and celebration dinner on Saturday, May 19, at 5:00 PM. You can contact the church office to sign up, or you can do so electronically by clicking here.

    My wife and I are personally looking forward to participating in these events and partnering with a few hundred godly people in the task of training our new daughter in the gospel!
    WedWednesdayAprApril11th2012 5 reasons to attend True Woman '12
    byRachel Armstrong Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Hi ladies of Kossuth. The early registration deadline for the True Woman Conference is coming up on May 1. The conference will be held in Indianapolis, September 20-22, 2012.  The True Woman conference is based on the idea that a true woman is one who lives by God’s idea of who a woman is. The conference is put on by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and the Revive our Hearts Ministry. Here are five good reasons why you should consider attending:
    1. Life is busy and so easily gets in the way of taking time to spend with God. Here is a chance to get away from your routine and be encouraged through biblical teaching, testimonies, worship, fellowship with your Kossuth sisters-in-Christ, and time alone with God.
    2. Friendships with Christian women are so dear, especially when they include honest talks, encouragement, and sharpening each other to continue to love God and others wholeheartedly. This will be a chance to spend time together encouraging each other in our walks with God.
    3. The wonderful line-up of speakers includes Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Joni Eareckson Tada, Elise Fitzpatrick, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and Keith and Kristyn Getty as the worship leaders.  These women are well worth listening to. Personally, I’ve appreciated Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s ministry for some time because she tells the truth from the Bible, whether it is hard to hear or not, and challenges women to live the truth out in their lives.
    4. The conference is designed for all women who love God: single, married, small children, grown children, and widowed. Not only are there sessions designed to speak specifically to each season of life, but the conference speakers also come from all walks of life.
    5. You will be blessed. I can’t promise this, but I know after attending the conference two years ago, I came home very encouraged in my walk with God and I am eagerly awaiting this year’s conference.

    Please let me (427-7341, ) or Joan Chapman (564-3931, ) know if you are interested in attending and we will keep you updated on conference developments, such as hotel location and costs, and the group discount code. Looking forward to spending the weekend with you!

    WedWednesdayAprApril11th2012 New member spotlight (4/11/12)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome the following new members: Eric Hudson and Charles Akinbola. They were voted in as full members at the April Family Gathering.

    Eric and Charles are both originally from Carmel, Indiana and are seniors at Purdue University with Eric working toward his degree in Movement and Sports Science and Charles working toward his degree in English Education. Eric and Charles began attending KSBC in 2008 after coming to Purdue University, both were recently baptized at KSBC and they are involved with Campus Outreach.

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

    ThuThursdayAprApril5th2012 Auction for adoption
    byHeath & Mary Leslie Racine Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Heath and Mary Leslie Racine. We moved to Lafayette 3 years ago right after we got married. We have been attending KSBC for about two and a half years and became members about a year ago. Since getting married, we have had such a huge desire to start a family and become parents. Over the last two years we have been struggling with infertility issues that have made it difficult for us to have children of our own biologically. After much conversing, talking with other families, and lots and lots of prayer, we have decided to start our family through domestic adoption.

    We are so excited about the adoption process and would love for you to help in our pursuit of starting a family. On Saturday, May 5, we will be having a silent auction and a dinner in the ministry center where both businesses and individuals will have donated items that will be auctioned off. All of the proceeds will go to the adoption of our baby. The silent auction and dinner will begin at 5:30pm.

    There are two main things we are asking people to help with right now. The first is to attend! We would love for you all to come, enjoy the fellowship, and participate in the silent auction. Secondly, if you have anything you would like to donate to the silent auction we would love to hear from you! It can be something that you make, a service you can provide, or anything you think people would be interested in. If you are interested in donating something, please contact Mary Leslie at 317-496-4473 or .

    Finally, we ask that you would follow us on our journey through reading our blog. We post weekly updates on the progress of the adoption, as well as how we are doing personally and how you can pray for us. 

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