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Tuesday
Aug012017

August 2017

After spending the past couple of weeks at camp, my heart is heavy over the needs of the students that have attended. They come from many different family situations, many from homes with very difficult situations. On the second night of Summit, the worship team sang “Good, Good Father.” The words of the chorus have been stuck in my heart and mind.

You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I am loved by you
It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am,
You’re a good, good father

I am so thankful that our God is a good, good Father. He is a father that cares deeply for our needs, is always there for us and who truly wants what is best for us no matter what is happening in life. This is His nature and nothing can change that. Ephesians tells us that we are adopted into His family as His children. It is an amazing concept to be brought under the great love of God.

Unfortunately, there are many who do not understand this love. For some, it is hard to comprehend because they have not experienced this kind of fatherly love. My heart breaks for the children who do not know the security of a Father who loves them. They have a hard time relating to God’s love because they don’t experience it in an earthly father.

As I sat in worship on the mountain, I began to weep with this realization. First, I looked around at my children. Each of them have made a profession of faith and are following Jesus. Each have experienced the love of God, our good Father. As I was processing this, I was challenged in my own heart with the importance of exemplifying that Godly love to my children. I so desperately want to be a good Father. A father who shows the love of God in all that I do. My children deserve this. Then I began to look around at those who don’t have this kind of relationship at all. Those without fathers need godly men to be an example of this love. If I am loved by Him, then I need to love like He loves.

What a great responsibility. Again, thinking back to Ephesians, God is constantly perusing this relationship with us. He is actively showing His love, drawing us closer to Him. Following God in caring for those in need of fatherly love requires us to be active in the lives of others. These relationships must be perused and developed.

As I share these thoughts, let me invite you to think how you can be involved in the lives of students. This is different for each of us. I write from a Father’s perspective, but know of many students who have the same needs from a mother. I wish I could come up with some program to fix this, but in reality it is about relationship.   It takes time, energy, tears,   and heartache. But it is worth the effort to point people to a   loving God.

You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I am loved by you
It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am,
You’re a good, good father

 

Tuesday
Aug012017

July 2017

How much do I really care? On several different topics in many different situations we tend to have an opinion. Sometimes that opinion is voiced loudly with authority and sometimes with just a passing thought. Over the past several months while being involved in conversations and seeing Facebook posts and discussions, I wonder how much people really care about the things they comment on or argue about. Often I believe our level of caring is reduced to offering an opinion or making a complaint. Do I care enough to do something?

  For me, this means to truly search my heart. In a spiritual sense, how much I care begins with my relationship with God. How can I care about the things happening around me if I care little about my relationship with Him? I often pray that I can see the world through the eyes of God. In order to do this I must seek Him and know Him. So I had to ask myself the question, do I care about my sin? In my Bible reading time, I just finished reading I and II Kings. As the kings are introduced, the author either states “They did right in the sight of the Lord,” or “They did evil in the sight of the Lord.” These were heart issues. Sin comes from the desire of my heart. We must be more passionate about our relationship with God than about anything else in our lives.

As I think on all the hot issues of our world and as I ponder my relationship with God I have to wonder what role I play. The political climate, abortion, racism, poverty, sexual orientation, and violence in the world are just some of these issues. One of the quotes that we stressed while in Haiti was, “You can’t fix Haiti, but you can make a difference in the life of a Haitian.” This is true in all of these situations. We can’t change the things of the world, but we can make a difference in someone’s life.  If I truly care about these issues, then I must see the people involved through the eyes of God and be willing to invest myself in them. Do I care enough to offer more than an opinion or argument? Do I care enough to offer my time, money, and/or energy to personally be part of an answer?

     Each of us has to decide for ourselves what our role is in whatever area that God leads us to be involved. To be totally transparent, God has been revealing to me the needs of youth who are in crisis. Teen suicide is a real issue. Our juvenile detention center is full. I need to do more than just voice that I care, but I need to put feet to that caring. How much I care is not shown in what I say, but in what I do. My doing nothing shows that I care little.

Here is my prayer:  God, help me to care about the things you care about. Give me your passion, your eyes, and your heart for the people around me. Direct me to those that I can personally invest in. My desire is to be your hands and feet. I don’t want to be empty chatter, but a willing vessel for you. Help me to seek you. I desire to be broken for my sin and the sins of my community. Help me to be an answer to this prayer.

 

 

Tuesday
May302017

June 2017

One of my favorite things about the summer ministry is working with our interns. I am very thankful that our church decided many years ago that this was important enough for us to invest in. There have been many college students minister alongside us and assist in our summer programs. This has been a very successful ministry. Some of these students have gone on to become pastors, missionaries, music leaders, and Sunday school teachers.  Most are actively serving our God in many different professions as they participate in the ministry of their local churches.  It has been exciting to see how God has used these students for His glory.

We are excited to have two interns with us this summer. Steven Schall will return to work with us from Indiana State University.  He is involved with the BCM leadership there and is very excited to return this summer. Steven is even bringing his own vehicle filled with supplies that he thinks he needs for the summer. He did an outstanding job last year and is excited to return.

Allyssa Schaff will also be interning this summer. She grew up in our church and over the past couple of school years has been very involved in ministry. She teaches in our SWAT program on Wednesday nights and has been an important part of the BCM leadership team at Casper College. She is well respected among our youth, who actually recruited her to intern.

Both of these interns will be heavily involved in ministry this summer: helping with VBS, going to Haiti and Canada on our mission trips, going to Children’s camp and Summit as sponsors and many other ministries.

I am thankful for the involvement of our church family in the lives of these students.  Our willingness to bring these students on as interns gives them a safe, encouraging environment to develop their skills and gifts in ministry.  Not every church is willing to put in the resources and time to invest in students like this. Many former interns share about how valuable this experience was for them as they gained experience and developed skills for ministry.

It is important for our church family to take the time to get to know these students. They are more than hired help for the summer, but are a valuable part of our church. Take them to lunch or have them over to your home for a visit.  Pray for them and encourage them in their ministry.  Help make this summer an experience that will have lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of those they minister to.

 

Wednesday
Apr262017

May 2017

May is both a very stressful and exciting time for our high school seniors.  These students are finishing last minute papers, preparing for finals and looking at the end of their high school careers. As one chapter of their life is coming to an end, another is beginning.  Their future is wide open with many possibilities.

I am thankful for these students that God has entrusted to us over the years.  We have watched them grow, some from the time they were very little. Many of these students have grown up together. There are pictures of them together as small children at birthday parties and church activities. They grew up in and have participated in the children’s ministry, Christmas programs, led in worship, been involved in VBS, participated in the youth ministry, and went on mission trips.  These students have been a vital part of our church life.

As they move from youth to “young adults” let’s not forget our responsibility to these students.  As graduation approaches, remember to pray for the seniors as they are transitioning in life.  Some of these students will be choosing colleges, some beginning their careers, and some looking at joining the military.  God is opening new opportunities and these students deserve our prayer.

Some of these students will stay in Casper and continue to be involved in our church. It is a joy to look around our church and see many of these former students who are active today in our church. It is important that we help them find new and different places for them to serve in our church. For many, it is a difficult transition from being a youth to the next stage of church involvement.  Statistics show that a majority of these students are leaving the church (up to 90%). We need to help them continue to grow in their relationship with Christ.  God entrusted them to us throughout their childhood and that doesn’t end at graduation.  We still have a responsibility to theses students. 

Seniors, congratulations!  You have reached a milestone in life.  Your future is wide open.  Our prayer is that you follow God as He opens new doors for you.

In Him,

Ed

 

Tuesday
Apr042017

April 2017

I guess this is the time for my annual newsletter article promoting our summer camps.

We are looking forward to another great year on Casper Mountain as we participate in Summit and Children’s Camp.  If you are not going to camp, please don’t stop reading.  This is a tremendous ministry that really does involve a church wide effort to be successful.

Summit has grown to the point where there are now two weeks offered. Our church will participate in the first week and we have about 50 spots reserved.  This camp takes place July 17-22 and the cost is $165.  This camp is open to those that are completing sixth through twelfth grades.  July 1st is our deadline to sign up for Summit.

We also have Children’s Camp July 6-10.  This camp is open for students finishing third through sixth grade.  The cost of this camp is $85.  Children’s Camp is a very popular camp and we need to get our registration in early.

These camps play a strategic role in our youth and children’s ministry.  Not only are these weeks highlights of the summer but are used as platforms for further ministry.  Every year, we see students become Christians, grow in their relationship with Christ, and deal with issues in their lives.  I am very thankful that we have Mountain Top Baptist Assembly and these camps as resources in our state.

As a church, there are ways to be involved.  It is essential that we pray for these camps.  Pray for those that are going, both students and sponsors.  Pray that God will work in the lives of these that are going.  Pray for those that are preparing and leading these camps.  We also have a need for sponsors to go with our students to camp.  Maybe God would have you spend a week on top of wonderful Casper Mountain with a group of teenagers or children.  There is also a financial need.  Many students can’t afford the cost of camp.  Every year, we provide scholarships for several students so that they can attend one of these camps.  I am so very thankful that I can tell students and their families that we will be able to help them.  There has never been a student in my time at Boyd Avunue who has not attended camp because they could not afford it.

I am already excited about what God will do this summer.  Thank you for participating in Camp with us.  As part of the body of Christ, this is a ministry we do together.