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    WedWednesdayAugAugust27th2014 New Member Spotlight (8/27/2014)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome Andrew & Crystalyn Costa and Joel Derby as new KSBC members. They were voted in as full members at the August 17 worship service. 

    Andrew and Crystalyn are from Stockwell, Indiana, and have been attending KSBC since January 2014. Andrew is a personal loan officer for Springleaf Financial Services and Crystalyn is a homemaker and mother to daughter Katelyn (20 months) and a soon-to-be second child due October 2014.

    Joel is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has been attending KSBC since January 2008. Joel is an engineer with Omega Micro-Technologies in West Lafayette, and he is a regular attendee and involved with Abound ABF. Joel was also the coach for the 2014 KSBC men’s and co-ed softball teams. 

    Please introduce yourself as you see Andrew & Crystalyn & Joel around church and welcome them to the KSBC family.

    WedWednesdayAugAugust27th2014 Feeling Restless?
    byKari Cremeens Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Things are ramping up all around us. Kids are back in school, college students are returning to campus, new internationals are arriving daily, and our church is launching lots of new things to be a part of. How exciting after summer to dig deep together into our church family, God's word and our community! Women of Hope will be kicking off new things in the fall as well.

    September 3 is our first meeting for our fall Bible study. We will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 pm upstairs to study Jennie Allen's new Bible study, "Restless". You can find an introduction video for the study here. In the study we will be exploring who we are in Christ, our calling, and begin dreaming about how God wants to use us.

    Do you ever feel Restless? Do you want to know and understand more of God's calling in your life. Please take the step to join us! We deeply desire to study God's word together and grow in relationship with both him and each other.

    WedWednesdayAugAugust20th2014 Learn Love Live: Special Features
    byAbraham Cremeens Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Last week, I gave you an overview of Learn, Love, Live, a new curriculum for adult discipleship at Kossuth. This week, I want to unpack a few special features of this material that will hopefully help us to becomes disciples who make disciples. First up, have a look at how this material will focus on mission:

    And secondly, check out some of the special resources we'll be utilizing as a part of this curriculum:

    I'm looking forward to getting started with you in the study of this new material in just a few weeks, on Sunday, September 7!
    FriFridayAugAugust15th2014 Learn Love Live: Introduction
    byAbraham Cremeens Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    A few weeks ago you read about the new adult discipleship curriculum that we'll be rolling out at Kossuth this fall, Learn, Love, Live. To help you become more acquainted with the overall structure of this material, check out this introductory video that further explains what Learn, Love, Live is all about.

    And stay tuned next week for a few more videos that highlight some of the unique features of this new curriculum!

    WedWednesdayAugAugust6th2014 Summer Reflections
    bySam Childs Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    This summer I had the opportunity to engage in a research internship in the Washington D.C. area, working on a tornado climatology project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). I was definitely a little nervous going into this experience, being my first extended time away from home and having to learn how to survive in a “big city lifestyle.” God certainly taught me a lot this summer and blessed me with some great gospel and fellowship opportunities, but my time was not without trial and temptations either. It would be way too long of a post to tell all my reflections, so here are a few points that I think summarize my summer well.

     

    1. God provides fellowship even through fear.

    Life in Washington, D.C. is certainly not the corn fields of Indiana. I had to adjust to a lifestyle where everything is fast-paced, work-centered, and where homelessness and public transit reign. It was a little rough the first week at work in a cubicle environment which naturally cuts off interaction with others. I felt a little weak and confused, questioning whether this internship was going to be worth it. But by God’s grace things greatly improved and I was able to branch out and have so many wonderful opportunities with colleagues and new and old friends. There were the gospel-centered services each Sunday morning at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and a weekly intern Bible study at the church where I got to meet a bunch of other Christian interns. I got to engage in several conversations with colleagues about my faith and am especially thankful for after-work fellowship with an older, single scientist who loves the Lord. Several weekends I got to visit with former Kossuthites who have relocated near DC, such as Matt Bagnara, the Kampens, Kassebaums, and Hoaglands. God also gave me the opportunity to have weekly theological discussions with a couple of devout Catholics. While neither party converted the other, it was good to talk openly about our different views and how they relate to the gospel. Plus, a weekend trail running club I became involved with provided opportunities to talk with people from all walks of life. It was good to realize that even in a big, work-centered environment, one can find fellowship with other believers which is so essential.

     

    2. It is easy and tempting to fall victim to a mindset that is all about promoting self and science. 
                

    God exposed my heart to a lot of pride this summer. While it was a blessing to do some really neat scientific research that I hope will one day make an impact and meet a lot of other climate scientists who share similar interests as me, it was so tempting to focus my mind on my work and how I can best promote myself as an up-and-coming researcher. Hearing others tell me about my potential and the good work that I did would puff me up even more. Yes, God wants us to glorify Him in all circumstances, so scientific work is not bad in itself, but I would often find myself dreaming about how to best market myself and my work for life after college. By God’s providence, I was led to Psalm 90:10 during my devo time the last week of my internship, and I think it is very fitting:  “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength eighty years. Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for soon it is gone and we fly away.” All our work will ultimately not matter because it will pass away. Yet at the same time, 1 Corinthians 15:58 reminds us that “your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” This summer made me realize that while I may end up pursuing atmospheric science as a future career, I definitely want to couple it with the work that really does matter, that is, gospel work.

     

    3. We are not promised tomorrow, so let us preach the gospel while we have a chance.

    Shortly after I arrived in DC, I learned that my dad had crashed his bicycle and was seriously injured. Of course, it is the first summer that I leave home and he gets laid up for a couple months! I felt bad being so far away and not able to help take care of him, but I’m thankful for my mom and sister, and all the others of you who so graciously offered assistance. Another reminder of the frailty of life came in mid-July when my summer roommate’s dad suddenly died of a stroke. This affected me more than usual since he and his family are not believers and thus they have no hope in our future resurrection. My roommate let me pray for him and his dad a couple times while his dad was hanging on to life, so when he did end up dying, I found myself a little angry at God.  How could my roommate trust in God now since it appeared that my prayers for healing fell on deaf ears, I thought? But I was then reminded through Scripture and friends that God is still at work and can reveal Himself to my roommate in this situation if He so desires. As Isaiah 45:5-7 puts it,


    “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God.  I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.”

    God had a reason for all this, and He will get the glory, even if I cannot see how right now. In a summer where work-centeredness and preparing for a future career were big themes, these trials served to humble me and remind me what is really important in life.

     

    This was definitely a summer I won’t forget anytime soon. While it meant being separated from family, friends, and Kossuth for 10 weeks, I truly believe God used it for His glory and my good. And with probably only one more year at Purdue, it was good to get a glimpse of life in the ever-nearing ‘real world.’  

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