An update on EZRA Ministries from Pastor Greg Baum:
The concept of EZRA Ministries began to take shape in my mind back in 2015, pondering the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2. What a tremendous cultural shift our nation has experienced with the passing of seven decades! I thought back to the seventy years of captivity the nation Israel experienced and the challenges they faced back in their land. Ezra the scribe ministered foundational Truth from the Word to the people during this pivotal moment in Jewish history. I pray that EZRA Ministries can assist churches struggling to live out a Biblical world view often fueled with opposition to Biblical truth.
The simple acronym EZRA stands for: E – Evangelism Z – Zeal R – Revitalization A – Accountability
I would seek the privilege to come along side churches declining in impact to search the Scriptures concerning these four essentials in the life and activity of the body of Christ. Accepting God’s instruction to implement His Word guides His church to address our hindrances and equips us to recognize needed changes.
Calvary Baptist Church would like to invite anyone who is interested to join them on their Annual ChurchSkiTrip to Sundown Mountain in Dubuque on Friday, February 16th. The cost is $41 which includes lift ticket, rental, & group lesson, or $24 for just a lift ticket if you have your own equipment. Meet at Sundown when the slopes open at 10 AM (or later if you can’t make it then) and stay as late as you want. For more information or to signup, please call Pastor Daniel Hartwig at 319-939-8835 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 2 and 3 several of the staff members at Regular Baptist Ministries will conduct one of their Stronger Church Conferences at Ankeny Baptist Church.
The new Stronger Church Conference presented by staff members from Regular Baptist Ministries is coming to Iowa soon. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny. You will find full information at garbc.org/stronger.
This conference offers valuable help in three areas of church ministry—discipleship, church revitalization, and church planting. You will want to come and bring with you some deacons and other leaders from your church.
Five Regular Baptist Ministries staff members will lead this conference:
–John Greening, GARBC national representative, and his wife Daria –David Gunn, director of Regular Baptist Press and editor of the Baptist Bulletin –Alan Wilson, U.S. field coordinator for Regular Baptist Press –Clare Jewell, director of Regular Baptist Church Planting and Regular Baptist Builders Club
We encourage you to promote this conference in your church. To help you do that, the Regular Baptist Ministries office has provided two promotional pieces. Bulletin Inserts—Go to this link to find bulletin inserts you can copy and put in your church bulletins. Website/PowerPoint Image—Use this image in your church announcement time and on your church website.
The registration fee for an individual is just $35, which includes a copy of John Greening’s book Strong Church. Depending on your church size, if you bring 3 or more people, your cost could be as little as $100 for everyone. You will find full registration information at garbc.org/stronger.
We urge you to register soon for this important conference. It will provide good encouragement for you personally and will give a helpful boost to your ministry. For questions, contact Don Anderson at the Regular Baptist Ministries office at email@example.com or at 847.585.0879.
Here is an update from the Hartwigs from 1/4/18. Please continue to be in prayer for Micah and his family.
What a day. Because we had concerns about Micah’s eye, the doctor was able to see him today. Then he had a MRI (his third one in the last month). The results showed us what we thought. The tumor has continued to grow rapidly. His vision is affected and the health of his eye compromised. Tonight, he said that his eye is starting to hurt. His eye is no longer healthy.
Tonight we made the heart-wrenching decision to have the eye surgeon remove the entire eye and the cancer. This decision has been long in the making, yet one we have been dreading. It is probably the hardest decision that we have had to make as parents. Yet, as dreadful as it is, we know that we have to make it. We don’t have any other options. Even if the clinical trial would work, we don’t have enough time to give it a chance to work. This is our last chance at trying to get rid of the cancer while it is in one location.
As I was waiting during the MRI today, I read Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” The Lord is giving us courage and peace as we trust in Him. Thank you all for praying for us and Micah. The Lord is giving Micah peace and courage as well in the sadness. I’m sure that it will be a roller coaster in the days ahead, but we will keep seeking to look to God.
If things come together, his surgery will be tomorrow afternoon/evening (1/5/18). We will post as we know more details.
Altoona Regular Baptist Church invites you to our 8th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner. Steve Little, from Baptist Church Planters, will be our speaker this year. This is an evangelistic event and every year we see professions of faith. Bring a van load of outdoor enthusiasts and come to the Des Moines area early in the day, to stop at Scheels, Bass Pro or Sportsman’s Warehouse or visit any of the indoor gun ranges, for some warm weather tune-up. Please RSVP and please pray for the event.
Regional Worship Connect Conference February 5-6, 2018 @ Harvest New Beginnings, Oswego, IL Shepherding — Refocusing Our Purpose
Like most pastors, you have likely found yourself crazy busy. You finished off 2017 strong, and started 2018 with a punch. Your expectations and goals have been set, but perhaps the expectations of others have been made known- demanding your time and immediate attention. Your calendar is mostly filled up for the year. The projects to be done are daunting and overwhelming. But for you, a shepherd, your heart yearns for the people around you. How do you maintain your focus? Make it a priority to connect with other pastors who feel the same way. At Worship Connect you will get your ministry battery recharged and develop a fresh excitement for ministry. You will be blessed with fellowship and encouragement. Together we want to be proficient in ministry as shepherds.