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“Words of The God—NIV Study Bible Drive”

Beginning in December and lasting through March 2015 Kentwood Christian Church will strive to collect 1000 NIV Study Bibles to ship to ‘Cape Bible Seminary’ in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2015.  The director of ‘Cape Bible Seminary’ Steve Zimmerman will oversee the distribution of Bibles which will be given to those who long to have one of their very own to study, learn, and teach others about God.

Let us scour bookshelves, closets, basements in our homes, as well as garage sales, thrift stores, and bookstores in Grand Rapids, Michigan and wherever a old or new Bible can be found.  Talk to your neighbors, friends, coworkers, other churches and ask them to donate Bibles.

Bibles collected are to be placed near the edge of the stage in the church sanctuary, but not until December!  Let’s all join in to give the gift of God’s Word!

Important:  While most Study Bible’s will work the best version is the NIV Study Bible, so that will be our focus!  Cape Bible Seminary will not accept KJV, NKJV, or ASV because the English is too difficult for the people.  So please try to collect NIV Study Bibles primarily.

The New Old

“For neither does circumcision mean anything nor does uncircumcision but onlya new creation.” Gal 6:15 (The New American Bible)

Henry did everything the old fashioned way. He drove an old Dodge pick-up, only bought hightop shoes and didn’t have any of the modern appliances like a microwave, dishwasher or pop corn machine. He preferred the staid and true method of doing everything and didn’t trust the new fangled ways.

He insisted on singing the old hymns, dressing up for Sunday worship and wanting women to hear hats and gloves. It caused a few problems among members and eventually, one of the elders spoke to him about it. Henry was adamant:  old ways were the best ways. The elder asked Henry if he had a New Life in Christ, the old one having been put to death and the old man began to understand. Maybe he did things his way but it was no different than anyone else serving their Lord.

Some things are better in the ‘old days’. Some things are better now. Christians should take advantage of all things, old and new, in order to serve the gospel and ensure it reaches into the furthest corners of the world!

Coz that’s our job!

Steve

 

 

Patty and Julia

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Col 1:9 (NIV)

Patty was worried about her daughter leaving home for college. Julia was a gregarious young woman who had studied hard and was awarded a partial scholarship, which helped a great deal towards the costs. That’s not what worried Julia’s Mom — the college was over 200 miles away from home. There were all sorts of temptations and pressures which would effect Julia and Patty was concerned that, despite her upbringing in a Christian home, it wouldn’t be enough to keep her daughter safe.

She spoke often to Julia about her worries. At first, Julia seemed to appreciate her Mom’s concerns but after awhile, it became a sore point between them. One night, after Julia had stormed out of the house, Frank spoke to his wife. There were times when all anyone could do was pray and trust the Word that had been implanted in their daughter’s heart.

It isn’t easy to let go. It isn’t easy to trust. It isn’t easy to have the faith needed to over react. There are times when all Christians can do it turn things over to God and the wisdom of the Word. After all, we, too, had to be released to walk in the Light at some time and leave behind those who were so concerned and prayed for our walk.

Steve