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    ThuThursdayJunJune28th2012 10 commandments of hospitality
    byJohn Sprunger & Tom Brelage Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    [Editor's Note: As we get closer to the return of college students and continue to adjust to our one-service format, the welcome team has compiled a hospitality decalogue to help guide us toward being accommodating and welcoming on Sunday mornings.]

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
    of Sunday Morning Hospitality

    I. Thou shalt arrive rested
    Get plenty of rest the night before so that you’re ready to serve and learn.

    II. Thou shalt prepare with prayer
    Pray for the services before you come and that God would use you to influence or minister to someone that morning.

    III. Thou shalt arrive early
    A host needs to be present to welcome and entertain guests.

    IV. Thou shalt consider others when parking
    Make it a point to graciously pass up the prime parking spots for the benefit of sojourners that may have more serious needs or who may be visiting. Park on the street if you can. If needed, you can drop off at the portico and then park the chariot.

    V. Thou shalt seek out the stranger
    Initiate conversation with, and learn something about someone that you’ve never met before (you may even find yourself inviting them out to lunch). Be prepared at all times to share the gospel and/or your personal testimony.

    VI. Thou shalt have ears to hear
    A good conversationalist listens well before formulating a response.

    VII. Thou shalt consider others’ needs
    Give consideration to other people’s needs before your own. Be alert for visitors and keep yourself informed so that you are equipped to help them.

    VIII. Thou shalt be considerate of other ministries
    As hosts, keep in mind the morning’s agenda. We are to facilitate the meeting (worship, preaching, etc.) not distract from it. If you’re in a conversation in the lobby when service begins, consider moving to a more private location.

    IX. Thou shalt consider others when sitting
    When choosing your seating, leave the back rows open for those that have special needs and for late comers. Also, sit toward the center of the section, leaving the aisle seats open for others.

    X. Thou shalt leave late
    Don’t make a beeline for the door after the service or class. After picking up your  children, if needed, talk to someone—make yourself available.
    WedWednesdayJunJune20th2012 Video Update from Albania
    byAllan Stevens Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    [Editor's Note: Allan and Sheri Stevens are missions partners serving in Albania.]



    Thank you for your partnership in ministry here. The above video will give you a picture of what ministry in Albania is like and how we are working to advance the gospel. 

    We are doing well. It seems like most of our ministry is with children right now. In fact this next three to four weeks we plan to be counseling in camps. As you think of us, you can pray that some of the twenty or so kids that frequent our home would come to know the Lord this summer through the camps. 

    By the way, Sheri and I were in Budapest shortly after arriving back in Europe and we saw the statue of Mr. Kossuth in the photo below. Perhaps you have already seen it, but if not, I thought you might like to. 

    Zoti ju bekofte (God bless you)!

    ThuThursdayJunJune14th2012 August 25: Save the date!
    byAngela Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    On Saturday, Aug. 25, our KSBC family has an exciting opportunity to participate in an innovative ministry to Purdue’s international students. Two thousand young “foreigners” from around the world will arrive in West Lafayette in a few weeks, knowing no one. According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, a “foreigner” is a person from a different racial, ethnic, and linguistic group, as in contrast to a "native." Circumstances during biblical times often forced people to emigrate to another country, where they would become "resident aliens" (see Gen. 19:9; Ruth 1:1). A less permanent settler was known as a "stranger" or "temporary resident."

    As for those who will be visiting our community in a few short months, we have an opportunity to welcome them, befriend them, and point them to Jesus. Before you think to yourself that this ministry isn’t for you and click out of here, let me remind you that Deuteronomy 10:18 tells us that God loves the sojourners and verse 19 commands God’s people to do the same. Leviticus 19:34 says: “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” That seems like enough motivation to me, but if not, do a quick study on the words foreigner or alien or sojourner (depending on your translation) and I’m sure you’ll be convinced!

    The good news is that the KSBC team which ministers to these young people has made it easy on us to meet and begin to build relationships with them. They will connect us with 2-6 students who will come to our homes for brunch or lunch on Aug. 25 and we follow up with a tour of the town, showing them places they will need to be aware of. If you are worried about what kind of food to fix, they will give you ideas. If you don’t know what to talk about, they will give you talking points. If you want to include another KSBC family, that would be great! They will also have maps and possible locations to visit on the tour. So, take advantage of this terrific opportunity and sign up today by emailing me at or calling at 765-523-3336. We will need to know how many homes we can count on before the students register.

    SunSundayJunJune10th2012 Kossuth needs your marriage
    byMikel & Jessica Berger Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Biblically, a marriage is not just about the husband and a wife. A biblical marriage is a gospel partnership. It has impacts far beyond just the two people that enter into the covenantal relationship. Your marriage should have an impact on this world for God’s glory and the advancement of the gospel. One of the ways it can do that is by impacting our church. 

    Women, your church needs you to be godly wives.

    Men need you to be a wife we want our wives to be around. When men ask their wives who they talked to at Bible study or ran into at the store and they say your name, husbands shouldn't cringe but should be encouraged because their wives will have left that conversation encouraged.

    The men of Kossuth need to know that you will honor your husband and encourage their wives to do the same, that you will be a Titus 2:3-5 woman:

    "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."

    Seek training from older women and also prepare yourself so that you might train younger women. Did you catch the end of those verses? “That the word of God may not be reviled.” This is serious stuff if you don’t do it. All the men of Kossuth need you to be a godly wife to your husband.

    Your marriage relationship is such a witness to your friends, family, and children. Your submission to Christ is seen through your submission to your husband and his Christ-like leadership for your family. 

    Men, your church needs you to be godly husbands.

    To be a submissive wife sounds like a terrible deal for women and a great deal for men. Especially if our only view of this is from the world's standards. However, if you men are leading your families and your wives in a manner that glorifies God, this brings honor to your wife and makes her responsibility of submission so simple. Make it easy on her - love the Lord, be zealous in your relationship with Him, and she will be loved and have no roadblocks in her call to submission. Is this easy for you? No. 

    "To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect."
    -John Owen

    Let God lead you as you lead your family. Be quick to forgive, slow to anger, and abounding in love. This is your great witness to us.

    You need to remind other men of Jesus, to give them examples every time they see you with your wife of Christ loving the church (Eph. 5:25). You are not just a husband, you are a pastor/shepherd; your home is a church, and your family its flock.

    Your wife should be able to eagerly come to you with questions and be able to learn. That doesn't mean you’ll always have the answers but you should always be preparing by being in the scriptures, studying, praying, and seeking teaching from other men in the church. Women’s bible studies are great, Pastor Whipple’s sermons are great, teaching in your ABF is great, but none of them is a replacement for your responsibilities to know your wife, know her physical and spiritual needs, and then meet them. We need for you to be worthy of us imitating as you imitate Christ (1 Cor.11:1).

    We need your marriage. You also need our marriage. Together as a part of the body of Christ, you will be most satisfied and it will bring God the greatest glory to see two sinful people striving together. 
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