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    FriFridayFebFebruary24th2012 Remembering Deacons
    byDon Whipple Tagged Leaders Prayer Service 0 comments Add comment

    A few may remember watching an NFL defensive lineman back in the 1960’s and 70’s named David ‘Deacon’ Jones. He is a Hall of Fame player who first coined the term ‘sack’ for tackling the quarterback. It would be interesting to know how he came to be known as ‘Deacon.’

    According to the Bible, it is quite special to be called ‘Deacon.’ KSBC certainly has a group of Hall of fame Deacons whom we should pray for, follow and support with our efforts.

    This week the Elders and Deacons had their quarterly meeting where we heard what God is doing in the various Deacon ministries. We also spent time talking through some of the major agenda items the Elders are facing in overseeing KSBC such as the Crosswalk Project and the mission/service structure assessment. Hearing the Deacon’s reports and seeing their passion for the ministry of the gospel here at KSBC was genuinely encouraging.

    Deacons at KSBC are viewed and appointed to serve Christ and the church by assisting the Elders. They are given assigned areas of ministry responsibility and authority. Each Deacon is encouraged to form a ministry team of people who together perform the assigned responsibilities.

    Each of the Deacon Ministry Team reports this week had two things in common.

    First, there are some really compelling stories of how God is at work both in lives and in using the efforts of our church family. Stories of senior members being cared for and caring for others, of renewed and multiple interest in serving Christ globally, of meeting special needs through benevolence and expanding our expressions of love to guests at our services. The story most appreciated from our Tech Ministry Team was that we are getting the sound system fixed in the next few weeks to get rid of the ‘dead spots.’ I thank God for our Deacons taking ministry and involving others in ministry so seriously.

    The second common thread from listening to our Deacons is the consistent need for more people to get involved on their ministry teams. These good men with hearts for God and vision to equip our body to greater experience of loving service need helpers for their teams. Please prayerfully consider connecting with one of our Deacons about the area of service that most stirs your heart.

    The scriptures motivate Deacons to service by assuring them of two results (1Tim. 3:13), appreciation from the church and confidence in Christ’s power to work in lives. Pray for them. Contact them to help. Thank them. Encourage them. Help them make it to the Deacon Hall of Fame.

    Our KSBC Deacons are listed below. Their contact info can be found in the church directory or by contacting the church office.  

    • Scott Williams – Benevolence (helping those in need)
    • Dean Zimmerman – Missions (global outreach)
    • Bill Bolander, Wayne Muench – Senior Care (honoring the elderly)
    • Tom Brelage, John Sprunger – Welcome (serving KSBC guests)
    • Matt Hodson, Mikel Berger – Tech (a place for geeks and more)
    FriFridayFebFebruary17th2012 Answering the call
    byDon Whipple Tagged Community Faith Prayer 0 comments Add comment

    If you were in services this past Sunday you exercised patience as I read Genesis 14, trying to pronounce the ancient multi-syllable names with the ease of an ancient sportscaster. The multitude of warring city-states, kings, alliances and even the tar pits so strategically used in battle remind us of the complex and difficult world we live in. It is no friend to faith in the living God. Settling down into comfortable, predictable and routinized lives far from those complexities is certainly appealing.

    However, just like Abram, the phone call or email comes to get involved (14:12-13). Like Lot’s situation to Abram, we often are called by God to jump by faith and with faith into another person’s complexities, consequences and choices. Bearing the burdens with someone who is experiencing severe consequences of past choices, overwhelmed with undeserved setbacks or simply being ‘slow to learn’ is a faith assignment that few of us gladly embrace.

    Perhaps as you practice pronouncing ‘Chedorlaomer’ you will be reminded that God often brings bigger faith assignments into our lives than we could ever imagine being prepared for. Remember also, as with Abram, the previous chapters of your faith story have prepared you well for the phone call or email that by God’s design and enablement will change your life, your understanding of God and your influence for God. I thank God for so many of our KSBC family that are fighting the fight and answering the call to live their faith in multi-syllable and hard to pronounce ways. Encourage them. Pray for them. Know that your call is coming.

    A reminder for you. Will you mark your calendar and join us at 645 PM on Wednesday for our Crosswalk prayer time? I understand that many are serving in Awana, and other ministries on Wednesday evening leaving a few hundred of you free to join our effort of seeking God together for this project. This past Wednesday we had the joy of announcing some significant answers to prayer regarding Crosswalk. Please join us as we humbly seek God the next few Wednesday evenings.

    FriFridayFebFebruary10th2012 Sorry, Jay

    In the December 2011 Family Gathering, while leading a congregational Q&A about a recommendation the Elders had just announced, I spoke inappropriately to Jay Casey. I love Jay and Sally and thank God for them. I had no intention in that meeting of hurting anyone, shutting down interaction or appearing impatient with sincere questions. But that is what I did. 

    This past week it has occurred to me that while I have apologized a few times to Jay (and he readily forgave), the larger crowd who was there may not know of my regret and apology, and may have felt offended. We read an apology from the Elders the next week in services but as I reviewed it there was no statement of my personal offense. To those offended, please accept my apology and forgive me for speaking harshly and in an unloving manner in that meeting.

    This is a big deal not only because a pastor sinned with his tongue before the body, but because it reminds us of who we are in Christ and how we are connected in him to each other.

    In true preacher style, consider three ‘take aways’ that are rattling around in my heart from this experience.

    1. I need forgiveness. The display of the glories of God and the gospel among us as a church family is virtually impossible without passing on the grace of release and removal that God has given to us  through Christ Jesus. I need God’s forgiveness frequently. I need your forgiveness at times also. This display of kindness and tenderheartedness is huge (Eph.4:32).
    2. I need to guard my mouth. In my job, James 3:1 serves as a consistent and sobering encouragement. A teacher has considerable influence, along with that greater influence comes stricter judgment. James 3 goes on to teach us that only the wisdom from above can begin to tame the tongue. You know how challenging this is, I needed this reminder to diligence.
    3. I need your prayer.  In the last 7 days I spoke (preaching or teaching) 3 times (a typical week is 3-5 times), participated in 4 administrative meetings, led 1 small group, and had 6 appointments with individuals or couples. Add to that dozens of emails, conversations and phone calls and it becomes clear that I talk a lot (Prov. 10:19). In the spirit of 2 Corinthians 6:11, I open my heart and mouth often and following the admonition of Hebrews 13:18, I need you to pray for me.

    All of these thoughts can be applied to all five of our Elders, all seven of our Deacons, our staff and our entire church family. How we treat each other when we sin against each other is a critical measurement of our connection to grace.

    So, again I’m sorry Jay. Thanks so much for your grace towards me. I’m sorry church family. Thanks so much for years of grace toward me. 

    Psalm 19:14: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer."
    A few words from Jay... My name is Jay Casey, and I approve of this blog posting! 
    WedWednesdayFebFebruary1st2012 Look at the verbs!

    If you are anything like me, you were not a fan of English class in any level of school. I mean, after all, I was born in Kentucky. Why do I need to learn English? I done already knowed it.

    But sometimes it’s important to pay attention to grammar. I am convinced that God uses certain verbs in the Bible for a reason. As an example, take a look at 1 Tim 6:11 & 12. Paul challenges Timothy with a number of things and uses some key verbs to help do so. He uses verbs of action, extreme action.

    In verse 11, Timothy is urged to “flee” the false doctrine and love for money spoken of in verses 3-10. In other passages, Paul urges Christians to flee sexual immorality, idolatry and youthful lusts. Flee – not walk or amble away, but flee! Not toy with, but flee! Turn and run! What kind of picture does the word “flee” paint for you?

    Further in verse 11, Paul counters fleeing by calling him to “pursue” something. That something is righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Again, Paul uses a very active verb. Pursue – not look toward, but pursue! Not take a leisurely stroll, but pursue! In this word, I see a focused, dogged determination toward a goal of godliness.

    Verse 12 challenges Timothy to “fight” the good fight of the faith. How easily do we give up the fight when things getting difficult? Trust me; I have been there more times than I would like to remember. This causes me to think of watching Lucas play ‘sword duel’ on our Wii game. He never stops whacking at the opponents until they fall into the water. He moves closer and closer to the TV, swinging his arms, sweating and panting. That, my friend, is fighting

    Fighting the good fight is followed with a call to “take hold” of the eternal life. I picture taking hold as both arms wrapped around it and not letting go, refusing to waiver from my faith.

    How ‘energetic is your walk of faith? Does it involve fleeing sin and pursuing godliness? How about fighting the fight of the faith or holding fast to the promises that God has made to us? Don’t be a Christian couch potato! Look at the verbs! Be active!  

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