Month: October 2017

Community Baptist Church Groundbreaking

In September, Community Baptist Church (CBC) in Ankeny, Iowa, held their much-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for their new church building, which will be located on the north edge of Ankeny. Since the church was planted in October 2006, CBC has been meeting in a local elementary school. In April 2013, Pastor Shon Lundberg was called to be the first full-time pastor of Community Baptist Church. Congratulations to CBC and praise the Lord for his provision! 











Micah Hartwig Update

The following is an update on Micah from Pastor Ben. Please be in prayer for their family.


On October 9th, we found out that our 10 year old son Micah’s cancer had returned. A small tumor is growing in the same location around his left eye. We really thought that this cancer was behind us, but now we have to face this for the third time. Life hadn’t quite returned to normal from the last two years.
What strengthens us is resting the sovereignty of God. We, and so many other believers, have prayed for Micah’s healing. God has chosen to answer no for now. As incredibly hard this is for us right now, we have to accept His answer of no and trust Him in this. He is worthy of our trust.
On Wednesday, October 18, Micah will have surgery to remove what is possible of the tumor. This is very delicate surgery around his eye with the risk of permanent damage to his eye. Please pray with us for the protection of his vision and that the doctor will be able to remove much of the tumor. After the tumor is tested, we will hear what treatments are available for him.
To say that this has been hard for Micah is an understatement and we need wisdom from God on how to guide him spiritually and physically through this. Please pray for for guidance as we parent Micah and our other children, as they all are affected. Pray that our marriage will be strengthened through this, as we face a lot of different pressures.
We are very thankful for our church family who has been very supportive and encouraging to us. Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church of Greene, as we walk through this, that we would serve, love, and learn what God wants us to learn through this.
Thank you so much for praying for us!
In Christ,
Pastor Ben, Stacy, Micah and Hartwig family

Ordination for Pastor Chris Humburg

An Ordination Council for Pastor Chris Humburg will be held on October 14th, beginning at 9:00 AM, at Altoona Regular Baptist Church. Should the candidate pass the examination, a service is planned for Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, at the church. Pastor Bob Fields and Pastor Gary Gonerman will be speaking, and a meal will follow. Guests are welcome to attend. Please help us prepare by contacting us at 515-967-2434 or

Seminary Food Shower

Dear Pastor,

Greetings from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary where another academic year has started!

Once again, we are preparing for the annual Thanksgiving food shower for our seminary students.  Many churches have participated in past years, and our students were blessed by the generous donations of food and grocery store gift cards.

We would like to invite your church to participate this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our students and help provide for their needs, especially around the holidays. Our seminary students and their families make great sacrifices in order to train for ministry, and they are very grateful for the tangible way you show your love and support through participation in the food giveaway.

The Faith Women’s Fellowship (FWF), led by Mary Jo Brown, spearheads this event. FWF meets regularly during the school year for fellowship, training, and prayer. It is designed to be an encouragement to the spouses of seminarians and ladies attending seminary. Please let us know if your church will help. We need your church to bring non-perishable food items (or gift cards) to the new seminary building, Shipp Hall, by November 14. We will give the items away to our students on November 16, after the Faith Women’s Fellowship meeting. We would love to have you partner with us in this endeavor!

Please contact our administrative assistant, Joan Tillotson, (  515-964-0601 ext. 278) if you can participate in the Thanksgiving food shower or if you have any questions.

In Christ,

Douglas Brown

Dean of FBTS

Across Iowa – 9/26/17

Dear IARBC family,

Sandy & I are comfortably sitting in our camper on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. It has rained throughout the night. There is a small craft advisory out for the lake that kicks in when the wind speed exceeds 25 knots and the swells reach 3 to 5 feet. The lake is rough today, but we are safe and sound far above the crashing waves below.

For the past several years, we have been able to enjoy a nice fall trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior. We had been planning to take our current week-long trip for the past year, but little did we know how much we would need this break. August through September is always a busier than usual time of ministry for us, but this year has stretched us further. God has given us incredible opportunities to serve Him. Many of them were planned, and some were not on our radar. We have been in several churches to fill the pulpit, teach the John Studies, and to encourage these church families in any way we can. The IARBC Men’s Retreat and Women’s Renew Conference were well-attended and well-received. Our other ministries have included speaking at an installation service, attending a send-off for a new missionary couple, doing several Pulpit Committee Workshops, meeting with our State Youth Committee, meeting with a young man and a couple who are ready to pursue pastoral ministry, meeting with our IARBC Council of 10, attending an area pastors’ fellowship meeting, having lunch with an attorney friend (a member of one of our churches who makes himself available to our churches), touching base with a non-IARBC church that I have been working with who recently called a pastor, participating in the FBBC Fall Board Meetings , and participating in many Homecoming events. In addition to these, Sandy has been serving as the Interim Dean of Women (and loving the opportunities to disciple these students).

It has been, at times, a little overwhelming, but God has given us strength and joy in what we have been doing. He has always been our Rock when life and ministry has been overwhelming. And, in His providence, He reminded us of that with this devotional on the eve of our trip up north. Though these thoughts were penned well over 100 years ago by Charles Spurgeon through his Morning & Evening series, they were a blessing to us:
“September 22
Psalm 61:2
When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Most of us know what it is to be overwhelmed in heart; emptied as when a man wipeth a dish and turneth it upside down; submerged and thrown on our beam ends like a vessel mastered by the storm. Discoveries of inward corruption will do this, if the Lord permits the great deep of our depravity to become troubled and cast up mire and dirt. Disappointments and heart-breaks will do this when billow after billow rolls over us, and we are like a broken shell hurled to and fro by the surf. Blessed be God, at such seasons we are not without an all-sufficient solace, our God is the harbour of weather-beaten sails, the hospice of forlorn pilgrims. Higher than we are is He, His mercy higher than our sins, His love higher than our thoughts. It is pitiful to see men putting their trust in something lower than themselves; but our confidence is fixed upon an exceeding high and glorious Lord. A Rock He is since He changes not, and a high Rock, because the tempests which overwhelm us roll far beneath at His feet; He is not disturbed by them, but rules them at His will. If we get under the shelter of this lofty Rock we may defy the hurricane; all is calm under the lee of that towering cliff. Alas! such is the confusion in which the troubled mind is often cast, that we need piloting to this divine shelter. Hence the prayer of the text. O Lord, our God, by Thy Holy Spirit, teach us the way of faith, lead us into Thy rest. The wind blows us out to sea, the helm answers not to our puny hand; Thou, Thou alone canst steer us over the bar between yon sunken rocks, safe into the fair haven. How dependent we are upon Thee-we need Thee to bring us to Thee. To be wisely directed and steered into safety and peace is Thy gift, and Thine alone. This night be pleased to deal well with Thy servants.”
 My thoughts as I read this last Friday were directed to our campsite for the week. We would be there the next evening, and we had been there before. We love that spot. Overlooking the lake on a high rock bluff, safe from the waves below, and a great reminder of the truth in this verse. I always stand amazed at how God speaks to us through His Word in ways that we can relate to, and in ways that meet the need of the hour.
Overwhelmed? Read, meditate, treasure, and apply this verse today. God is our Rock that is higher than us.
We are glad for what God has been doing, and we are glad for a break to spend some time together in a place that is special to us.
Talk with you soon.
From the North Shore of Lake Superior,


Tim & Sandy
“Because of your partnership in the gospel”  (Phil. 1:5)