Patrick Gill, Kentwood’s minister, (Grand Rapids) is issuing a challenge to the churches round and about to gather the full 20,000 Bibles for the container! He has asked a network of church member to be ambassadors to gather 500-1000 Bibles each.
If you are willing to be a ‘Bible Ambassador’ please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.915.2224 and let him know.
From their Facebook post:
Will you be a Bible Ambassador?
A Bible Ambassador commits to raising 500-1000 Bibles (the Bibles can be used or new, paperback, hardback, leather, any size or color, but must be a modern English translation and Study Bibles are the gold standard) by reaching out to communicate, promote, and get individuals and churches involved in collecting Bibles.Read More
Since October last year, I have been teaching every Thursday evening with Bro Honore and his church in Retreat, about 10 miles away across the city. I met Honore at a Christian fellowship and recognized that he wasn’t local. So I spoke to him in KiSwahili and he was shocked to hear his home language, which no on in SA speaks. I helped him with a few Bibles and the congregation asked me to teach CBS classes as well as minister one Sunday morning per month. They are going through a difficult time.
Also, a small church in Bishop Lavis, where Ntobie’s wife, Sylvie and her daughter attend, asked for Regular CBS classes every Wednesday evening. Read More
“In the Lord Jesus, I know, and I’m sure that nothing is unholy in and of itself unless it becomes unholy to the person who thinks it is unholy.” Rom 14:14 (Simple English Bible)
It was a silly argument. One of the ladies who regularly cleaned the church building, was adamant that only the emblems and a lace doily could be present on the communion table. No Bibles, books, candlesticks, flowers or anything else could occupy this table. It was exclusively reserved for the embroidered doily and the plates for the bread and serving tray for the grape juice.
Many members considered this to be silly and trite. There was no such thing as a ‘holy table” or holy space. Even the church building was merely a building. Eventually, a spat broke out between a few of the women, creating ripples of discontent in the congregation. The focus became the argument, not the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Only God is holy. He expects us to participate in His holiness and righteousness. Our focus is always on His Son, Jesus, and the sacrifice that was made for us. Our first obligation is to Him. That’s who we are. We cannot insist on our way of choosing what we think should be holy. Because we are servants of the Most High God.