Category: Across Iowa

Across Iowa 12/9/17

Dear IARBC family,

Our camper was winterized and lovingly tucked away for the winter early in November. It has served us well for another year in ministry and for personal time away.  We towed it over 2500 miles without incident and truly enjoyed our home away from home. It is always a little sad to stow it but life has its seasons and that is OK. We look forward to the next camping season, Lord willing, starting with a turkey hunt next spring! We thank the Lord for providing it.

But after storing our camper, I am not sure where November went. It seems like just yesterday it was October. As November typically has a lighter ministry event calendar I had planned to spend some time working on a few projects. My plan was to work with Brenna on updating our website, to work out details to make giving through our Friends of the Fellowship easier and more visible, and to update some of our literature that we make available on our display table.

But as important as these things are, they were put on hold for a bit. The month developed differently than I had planned and necessitated some changes to my schedule. I am glad that God is in control of these things, and I rest in His direction and provision. Here are some things to share with you…


10/29   Grandview Park Baptist Church (Pastor Danny & Brenna Capon) in Des Moines is our home church. Pastor Danny invited me to speak on a Reformation theme for this Sunday morning. “Sola Scriptura”, one of the rallying cries of the Reformation was the theme for today. I enjoyed the preparation for this message as it challenged me to think through the implications for this theme in our lives. Sunday evening Pastor Danny and I taught a Men’s Seminar on the Biblical role of men, and what that looks like in the home. We love our church family, are always glad to be with them, and in this case to minister to them.

11/4   First Baptist Church in Bloomfield (Pastor Matt & Shari Froah) called an ordination council for Pastor Matt. A good number of men were in attendance. Pastor Simeon Counterman (Burlington) was the moderator for the morning. Pastor Matt did a fine job of answering questions about his call, theology, life of ministry, family, and walk with the Lord. The ordination council recommended that the church proceed with ordination. I do want to say that I have been very encouraged by the tone and heart of ordinations recently. I remember ordinations that were driven by personal agendas and theological hobby horses. I am glad that perhaps those days are behind us. This ordination was edifying and helpful. Also, I enjoyed having a FBBC student with me for the day. It was a good day.

11/5   We popped into Emmanuel Baptist Church in South Des Moines for their morning services. Pastor Dan & Charlotte Bunge have become good friends over the years and it was good to be with them and the church family again. David Mapes (FBTS student), husband of Bethany and son of Dan & Karis Mapes (missionaries to Ghana), did a fine job of teaching the adult Sunday School hour from the book of Ecclesiastes. Pastor Bunge has been mentoring David and it has been good to watch him grow in ministry experience. It was a joy to see our good friends at EBC, and also our daughter Amy, her husband Chris, and their daughter Addie (7 months old).

We caught a quick lunch for the road after our morning at Emmanuel Baptist Church, and headed for Bloomfield to attend the ordination service for Pastor Matt Froah. There was a good crowd for the afternoon service, including several people from Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton, Pastor Matt’s home church before coming to Bloomfield. Pastor Ken Van Loon brought the charge to Pastor Matt, and Pastor Russ Harris (retired and now serving the Lord in Bloomfield) brought the charge to the church. The food and fellowship afterwards were fantastic. The Lord received all the glory for what was accomplished that day.

11/12   Pastor Roger Hemmings had asked if I would speak for him at North Court Baptist Church in Ottumwa as he and Beth were away for the day. I had the joy of teaching my John Study Workshop for the adult SS hour and preaching for the morning worship service. The Word was well-received and we were encouraged by this opportunity for ministry. A couple took us out for lunch after the services before we headed home. It was a delightful day of ministry and fellowship with these folks.

11/19   LeClaire Baptist Church has been about a year without a pastor. The Lord directed their previous pastor (Tim & Brenda Moore) of 17 years to Mason City. I met with their pulpit committee in December of 2016 to do a Pulpit Committee Workshop. A number of them had never done something like this before, and were eager to learn how it might work. We walked through an assessment of their church and a roadmap of the process of calling a pastor. God used that time together to give them confidence in His direction, and I remember leaving for home thanking the Lord for this opportunity to minister to these men and for working in their hearts. Well, God directed the church to call Pastor Nick (Jessica) Oliver to be their next pastor after serving the Lord as pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge for several years. Today the church hosted an Installation Service (during the morning service) to rejoice in God’s provision. Pastor Steve Cox (Oskaloosa) had a huge impact on Pastor Nick’s life years ago and was here to bring a charge to him. I was invited to bring the charge to the church and enjoyed this opportunity to open the Word. God blessed in so many ways, including a fantastic Thanksgiving meal after the service, and the confidence that He will continue to build His church here in LeClaire.

11/26   Faith Baptist Church in Carroll is where we spent 23+ years of our life in pastoral ministry before accepting the call to move to Ankeny and be the next IARBC State Representative. That was 3 years ago last spring, and the church continues to serve the Lord faithfully under the leadership of Pastor Jay (Megan) Chapman. It was difficult to leave these dear people after those many years of serving the Lord together, but we could not be happier at God’s choice for a new shepherd at FBC in Carroll. Pastor Jay and Megan love the Lord, they love their church family, and they love the city of Carroll with all its opportunities for life and ministry. We had not been there for a while, but the draw for this particular day was an 80th birthday celebration for a long-time member of the church. Her family hosted a meal after the morning services in her honor. She has served the Lord faithfully and it was great to see her again and rejoice with everyone in the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord on her behalf. Later that afternoon we attended a funeral visitation for the mother of another long-time and faithful member of the church. It was a good time to encourage this dear friend of ours and to see others that we have known for a long time. The Lord gave us a good day.

12/3   We just love the drive from our home in Ankeny (just east of I-35) to Marshalltown. We head east  towards Bondurant, then Northeast on Highway 65/330. No matter which season of the year it is, we always love this drive though these rolling hills of rural Iowa. The traffic is always light on the four-lane road and the drive is tremendously therapeutic…a real contrast to the fast pace of life, even in Ankeny. A year ago this past summer, Sandy & I popped in on a Sunday morning (which is what we like to do when we have an open Sunday) to visit Center Street Baptist Church and meet the people there. We received a warm welcome and made some friends. Fast forward a year to this past summer. Their pastor had just resigned and I was contacted to see if I could provide some help during the transition. I offered some suggestions for pulpit supply and also offered to come and share with them more about the ministries of the IARBC. We had a great evening together that led to an invitation for me to return and do my Pulpit Committee Workshop with them in early November. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these dear friends. They were encouraged to have a roadmap of the process of looking for a pastor, as well as access to resources along the way that could help. We sensed that the Lord would have us join them for this Sunday morning, and it was evident that He had directed us there. We arrived at the church and, again, received a very warm welcome. The Adult Bible Fellowship time turned out to be a great time for us to share more about our fellowship and our heritage as Regular Baptists. Interim Pastor Don Michaelsen preached a great message about Christ being the Alpha & Omega. It is evident that he is God’s man to provide pastoral leadership for this church and it was so good to see him in this capacity. God gave us a great morning. We made some new friends and reconnected with some old friends. We love this aspect of the ministry that God has given us among our churches…helping them during the transition between pastors. We get to help, and we get to watch the Lord work and provide. To God be all the glory for these things.

My heart is full as I recount these things to you. This was not the kind of November that we had planned, but it is the kind of November that the Lord arranged. We are tired, but so satisfied in the Lord and grateful to Him for these opportunities to serve Him by serving our churches.


Also, you will want to know that Sandy is enjoying her new ministry as Interim Dean of Women at Faith Baptist Bible College. It is a full-time position and has taken some time to get used to. But God has prepared her for this, and He is using her in a wonderful way. It is an amazing opportunity to invest in the life of the students, and to connect with this next generation of servant-leaders. Thanks for praying for her as she serves the Lord in this new capacity.


There is so much more to share about life and ministry since I last wrote, but this is enough for now. I plan to catch up a bit in a few installments over the next few weeks. With the Lord’s help this can become a reality.

We have traveled many miles without incident (mechanical or deer-related), and we thank God for that.
We feel overwhelmed at times by all that needs to be done, but the Lord works things out and calms our hearts.
We are burdened by the struggles in some of our churches, and yet rejoice in the faithfulness and power of God.
We love what we do and want to thank you for supporting and encouraging us along the way.

Thanks for praying for us,

Tim & Sandy

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

Across Iowa 11/1/17

 Life is filled with transitions. God’s creation has its seasons and and we all experience the various seasons of life and ministry.
I have always loved the fall. Summers have their unique opportunities but, for me, the heat and humidity create a longing for cooler days. Winters, growing up in New York state and Minnesota, were enjoyable to me, with all the winter activities such as skating, hockey and downhill skiing. Added to that were snow forts and snow balls that made for many good memories. For some, winter is difficult to embrace, but I still like it, especially when I can get my snow blower out and power through snow. For some reason I derive great pleasure in this, and in using it to clean off neighbors’ driveways as a way to serve them. Spring is always welcomed with the warmer, but not yet hot, weather. It meant I could get the golf clubs out again and, more recently, the start of spring turkey hunting with my sweetheart. We have always enjoyed and worked at sharing life together and this is just one more thing to add to our life experience. But if pressed for a favorite season, fall would be it. The cooler days, the changing of the leaves and the fresh opportunities for another season of ministry make it special to me. It is likely that you would write this paragraph differently. We all have our favorite seasons.
But I believe that it is good, and also pleasing to the Lord, to embrace all of the seasons and seasons of life and ministry that God presents to us. To trust Him for these. Paul said that he had learned to be content whatever state (situation) he was in. And that he had learned the secret of knowing how to thrive in any circumstance. That “secret” was that “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”. The “all things” here referring to the many and varied circumstances of life. We can trust God for strength and wisdom for all of the transitions and seasons of life.
Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle recently called Brian & Patty Johnson to be their new pastor and wife. The Johnsons previously served the Lord at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Algona. We missed their Installation Service as we were up in Minnesota on vacation, but were able to touch base with them and the church family recently on a Sunday morning. We popped in to say hello and to rejoice with them in God’s hand in bringing the Johnsons to MBC in  Carlisle.
LeClaire Baptist Church (last exit off I-80 before you head across the Mississippi River) has called Nick & Jessica Oliver to be their new pastor and wife. They come from Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge after several years of ministry there and are excited about this new season of ministry. An Installation Service is planned for this month and we look forward to joining them for this special day.
Nevada Baptist Church recently called Kevin & Michelle England to be their new Associate/Youth pastor and wife. They were married this last summer and are excited about their new life together and their new ministry together.
Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes has called Lance & Carrie Augsburger to be their new senior pastor and wife. Lance & Carrie served the Lord faithfully for several years as Dean of Students (and men) and Dean of Women at FBBC. It was a delight to be invited to be a part of their Installation Service in late September and to bring a charge to the congregation. Carries’s father, Pastor Craig Johnson (Grinnell), spoke about the high calling of a pastor. Lance’s father, Pastor Bryan Augsburger, brought the charge to the pastor. It was a meaningful service and a great way to acknowledge God’s direction in directing Lance & Carrie to MBC in Grimes.
Sometimes when God directs a church in calling a new pastor, it creates a need in a church for a new pastor. These transitions are not a surprise and do, in fact, offer a great opportunity for churches to trust God and see His hand at work in the process of calling a pastor. Many times I have the privilege of being invited to help a church during this time of  transition. I love this part of the work that God has called us to do in and among our churches. I inherited a Pulpit Committee Workshop from Joe Hayes. It is basically a road map of the process of calling a pastor coupled with resources that are available. I have added a few things along the way over the past 3 1/2 years and have enjoyed encouraging pulpit committees through this ministry. Along with working with pulpit committees, I work with men as they seek God’s will in transitioning into ministry for the first time, or into another ministry if God would so direct. Sandy & I meet with the couples to get to know them better. We thank the Lord for these opportunities to serve our churches and ask you to pray for us, the churches and those seeking God’s will for ministry.
Adel Rapids – Street Baptist Church
Fairfield – Faith Baptist Church
Wall Lake – Wall Lake Baptist Church
Indianola – Indianola Regular Baptist Church (Mike Craighead-interim)
Slater – Slater Baptist Church (Miles Grismore-interim)
Reinbeck – First Baptist Church
Danville – Faith Baptist Church (Dan McClure-interim)
Floris – Floris Baptist Church
Marshalltown – Center Street Baptist Church (Don Michaelsen-interim)
Algona – Hillcrest Baptist Church
Perry – First Baptist Church
Shell Rock – First Baptist Church*
Ft. Dodge – Faith Baptist Church
*First Baptist Church in Shell Rock is closing it’s doors after over 100 years of ministry. This is always sad news to share, but God has directed the church to seek assistance from Baptist Church Planters through their Church Care ministry. Please pray with them through this transition.
One final note. Sandy is enjoying her new ministry as the Interim Dean of Women at FBBC. She has transitioned out of working part-time at the Faith Bookstore to this full-time ministry at the college. This opportunity was completely unexpected, but fulfilled a desire of her heart to have more personal and continued ministry in the lives of others. It is a wonderful mentoring and discipling ministry that God is using in the lives of these students. Her years of experience in life and ministry have prepared her, but she is constantly challenged to lean on the Lord for strength and wisdom. She loves these girls and wants God’s best for them. It is also a great way for us to stay connected with the next generation of servant-leaders in our churches.
Please pray with us, and for one another as we trust God through the seasons and transitions of life.
Tim & Sandy
“Because of your partnership in the gospel”  (Phil. 1:5)






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)


Across Iowa 9/5/17

Dear IARBC family,

Life takes some interesting and unexpected turns, at least from our perspective. We make plans, as we should, but the Lord directs our steps (Pr. 16:9). We make our plans, but are careful to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.” It would be arrogant and sinful to do otherwise (James 4:15-17).

God is in control, He knows, and He provides. So, we trust Him and find Him faithful as we have always have. We walk by faith and not by sight. This honors Him and pleases Him.

The last week in June we headed out to northern Maryland to Sandy Cove Christian Retreat Center along the northern tip of Chesapeake Bay. This trip to this year’s GARBC Annual Meeting would include Council of 18 meetings, encouraging our Iowa teens at Talents for Christ, enjoying the fellowship and preaching, and perhaps a seafood meal along the way. Everything was going according to plan until about 3:00 am Wednesday morning, the first full day of the conference. Many of you likely know some of the story. Sandy woke up with a pain in her abdomen, and I was awakened shortly after that. We decided that she needed medical care and headed out to the nearest hospital ER that we could find. The people at the desk were very helpful in confirming our choice of a hospital. To make a long story shorter, it was determined after two days of tests and analysis that she needed an appendectomy. The surgery Friday afternoon went smoothly and she was released about supper time. Of course, all of this was not on our radar, nor could it have been. But God knew and He provided;

* The mother of one of our Iowa TFC teens is a doctor. She came to see us in the ER during the “what is going on here” phase and became a good advocate for us as and a great encouragement being that we were far from home.

* One of the doctors we were referred to had us come back in for a different test. He was very kind; he was concerned about the vomiting and was very helpful in getting a definitive diagnosis.

* A very kind nurse took pity on our plight of being so far from home and personally escorted us to our next testing location. She gave us her phone number, offered to help us find a place to stay for the weekend if we needed one, and came back the next day to see us on her own time.

* As we waited in the ER again on Thursday evening, planning for surgery the next day, I called the airlines to move our flight from Friday evening to Monday evening. Sandy needed the weekend to recover and gain some strength for the trip home. They waived the rebooking fee (medical waiver) and booked us on the same flight three days later. This was the July 4 holiday weekend.

* Pastor David and Debbie Strope stopped by Friday afternoon before Sandy’s surgery to encourage us and pray with us. I believe they left the conference a little early to be sure they could connect with us. It was sure good to see these dear friends. They assured us that people at the conference, and others in various places, were praying for us. You all know what an encouragement that is when you are facing some kind of difficulty.

* The surgical team was great and the procedure went well. We heard that, among the staff, we were the “couple from Canada”. I guess Iowa sounds a lot like Ottawa. Some thought we were from Ohio, and one mentioned that he thought we were from Idaho. We laughed with them, but actually it was a blessing that they understood we were a long way from home and wanted to assure us of their concern for us.

* After being released from the hospital Friday evening, we drove back to Sandy Cove. The conference had ended around noon that day, and we still had all of our things in our room (we had both stayed at the hospital Thursday night). We had contacted Sandy Cove earlier and asked if we could stay the weekend for a Monday departure. They said that they had a group coming in for the weekend and we would not be able to stay Saturday and Sunday night, but we could stay Friday night. That was a huge blessing. They even told us that as we had missed the bulk of the conference, and had not used the bulk of our meal package, that they would credit our missed meals towards one night’s stay. The credit “happened” to be just the right amount to cover our Friday night stay. Needless to say, God used them to be a great help to us.

* We still needed a place to stay for the weekend. So, Thursday evening, sitting in the hospital ER, after calling the airlines, I got on my computer and looked for a motel. I was concerned that with the holiday weekend it may be difficult, but after a short search I booked a room at the motel nearest to the conference. When we arrived there Saturday afternoon, the lady at the desk took pity on us and moved us to a room on the first floor so Sandy would not have to climb any stairs.

* After a refreshing weekend for Sandy to gain some strength to travel home, we drove to Baltimore Monday morning. We had recently been learning to build “margin” into our schedules so we planned the day accordingly. The drive on I-95, as well as the airport, were not as congested as we had thought they might be. God also gave us the back row in the airplane with a little more leg room, close proximity to the restroom, and a little space to ourselves. We, again, were amazed at God’s provision in these simple but meaningful blessings.

* Without knowing that our trip to Maryland would include an appendectomy, we had decided to fly out of Minneapolis on a non-stop flight to Baltimore. The tickets were significantly cheaper than flying out of Des Moines, and we had planned to attend a family reunion in the Twin Cities the day after the conference. Also, a non-stop flight is always appealing, so we were truly grateful to the Lord for directing our steps to arrange this direct flight. Following surgery, this was a tremendous blessing. We arrived safely at MSP airport ahead of schedule, and of course needed to drive home to Iowa. Sandy felt good so we drove home Monday evening. God kept us alert and we arrived home safely.

We can say with Ezra, the good hand of our God was upon us. You all have seen His hand during unexpected and trying times. We praise Him for this and felt the need to share His goodness to us with you.

It took longer than we thought, but Sandy is back to 100% and we are back in the saddle of ministry among our IARBC church family. To God be the glory for his help and his healing.

This is one bookend since we last wrote.

The other bookend is that Sandy is now serving the Lord as the Interim Dean of Women at Faith Baptist Bible College for this school year. She has finished her third week of serving in this capacity, and is enjoying investing in the lives of these young ladies. As this is a full-time position, she will not be working at the FBBC Bookstore until the school year is over. There is much for her to learn. But there are many capable people helping her with the transition, and she loves what God has set before her to do. God prepares you for what He calls you to do. We are grateful for this ministry opportunity for her. She has so much to offer these students and it is a good fit for her.

We also believe that her new position is a great way to complement our ministry among our IARBC churches. What a great way for us to connect with Faith students, faculty, administration, and staff! What a great way to further this partnership in ministry with Faith! We are already enjoying these things.

Much has happened between the bookends, and I plan to fill in some of the gaps in future articles of Across Iowa.

But for now, please…

* Thank the Lord with us for His direction and provision while we were in Maryland.
* Pray for Sandy as she begins her new ministry as Interim Dean of Women.
* Thank the Lord for a great IARBC Men’s Retreat.
* Pray for God’s hand of blessing on our IARBC Women’s RENEW Conference at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp on September 8-9. Faith  Taylor, wife of Dean Taylor (Pastoral Training Professor at FBBC), is the speaker.

Thanks for praying for Sandy during and after her surgery. Thanks for the many notes and words of encouragement along the way. This is part of what makes our fellowship of churches so precious. Friends in life and ministry praying for one another, and working together for the cause of the Gospel.

We love you and thank God for you.

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

Across Iowa 7/17/17

Hello all! This is Brenna, borrowing Tim’s digital pen to let you know that Sandy is recovering well despite a slight setback after returning to Iowa following an appendectomy that became necessary while attending the GARBC national conference. Tim and Sandy are currently away on a vacation to Door County, Wisconsin. Please pray that they are able to relax, recover and be spiritually refreshed during this time!

Across Iowa 6/22/2017

Dear IARBC family,

Last evening we had the joy of watching some of our grandkiddos for a bit. Their mom and dad had some things that needed to be done and we were glad to help 🙂 We ate pizza (cheese pizza is still very popular with children), played some games outside and then came inside as the sun went down. We were watching an older Disney movie (Swiss Family Robinson) when Sandy received a text from their dad. He asked us to have the kids look outside as it had started to rain, and they had been praying that God would send rain. He wanted them to know that God had heard and answered their prayers. It was a good lesson in the wonders (lightning and thunder) and the works of God.

In my opinion, we as fundamental Baptists have always worked hard at teaching our children the Word of God. It is also my opinion, based on many years in ministry and observation, that we have not worked as hard at teaching our children (and perhaps new believers) the works of God and His wonders.

The heading in my Bible for Psalm 78 is “Tell the Coming Generation”. Every parent should know, embrace, and, by the grace of God, put into practice the truths in this passage of Scripture…

WE must hear and know God’s Word…see and remember His wonders and His works!

We must open our mouths…not hide them……tell them…teach them to our children…the coming generation!

The “them” is God’s Word…God’s works…and God’s wonders.

All this so that they will “set their hope in God and not forget”…and not be a “stubborn and rebellious generation.”

His wonders and His works are the amazing things that God has done and is currently doing in the heavens, on earth, and in our daily lives. It is implied that if we do not show and tell our children what God is doing they will not see His wonders and His works. We must teach them the wonders and the works of God whenever we teach them the Word of God. In family devotions, in Sunday School, at VBS, at camp, and throughout the course of the day (see Deut. 6:4-9) to help them to see the hand of God in everyday life. We must help them to apply the truths of Scripture. We must show them that God is powerful…that He is actively working all the time…and that He is amazing (Psalm 78:4)!

Here are a few suggestions:

1) Make an effort to remember what God has done, and to see what He is doing in your life.

2) Teach, tell, and show your children these amazing things…God’s Word, wonders & works as you “sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise” (Deut. 6:7).

3) Trust that God will use all of this to do a work in the lives of your children…that they will put their trust in Him and not forget Him.

This weekend Sandy & I head out to Maryland for the GARBC Annual Conference. I have Council of 18 meetings on Monday, Talents for Christ is on Tuesday, and Sandy will be doing a workshop on Wednesday. She is excited about sharing what God has laid on her heart and would sure appreciate your prayers for her. Please also pray for safety for people traveling to the conference, and for a refreshing time of fellowship with people and around the Word.

Next week is also Family Camp #1 at IRBC. I mention this to remind you to pray for the summer ministries of the camp and that God’s hand of blessing would be evident in changed lives. I also mention this to say that Brenna Capon, our IARBC Administrative Assistant, will be at FC 1 with her family. If you have a pressing need either she or I can help, but I wanted you to know that we will be away from our offices for the week in case it takes a bit to respond. Thanks!

A few weeks ago I had a great time at a golf outing hosted by Nevada Baptist Church (Pastor Dennis & Barb Reynolds). There were about 30-40 men there, including some who were unbelievers. I was invited to share a devotional and join them for a round of golf. I hadn’t played since the Faith Golf Classic last September, and it showed! But it was a great time of golfing with friends, old and new. NBC did a great job of hosting the event, complete with some pretty impressive prizes. It was also a great time to connect with unsaved men with the Gospel of Christ and to challenge all of us who know the Lord to be faithful in giving out the Gospel.

Slater Baptist Church (Interim pastor Miles & Mary Grismore) is in transition between pastors. We like to touch base with these churches when we can and a recent Sunday was a good chance to do this. We popped in for Sunday morning services and had a great time with them. We caught the end of a series of SS lessons that focused on where the church was and where it should be going. It was a very transparent evaluation and I was impressed at the openness with which they talked about these things as a church family. Pastor Grismore preached and led in the Lord’s Table for the morning worship service. Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice lunch with the Grismores. I so appreciate them and believe that they, and others who serve our churches as pulpit supply and interim pastors, are doing a great work in our churches. I thank God for them.

This was our fourth year to travel with the winners for our Talents for Christ Tour. The last few years we had 5, 7, and 12 winners respectively on Tour. This year we were down to two, and could not fill all the evenings with host churches, so it was decided to do a Sunday-only TFC Tour instead of the typical Sunday-Wednesday Tour. We were few in number, but the two young TFC preachers, Wes Prindle and David Love (both from Altoona Regular Baptist Church) did a great job of preaching God’s Word. We were at Faith Baptist Church in Carroll (Pastor Jay & Megan Chapman) for the morning and at Grace Baptist Church in Harlan (Pastor Chad & Amanda Hol) in the evening. It was a short tour and a long day, but we were blessed with great host churches and the ministries of these two young men. They, and others from Iowa, will be competing at the National TFC Competition on Tuesday of next week. Please pray for them!

Summer is a time when many of our churches engage in different types of ministries. There are weeks of VBS, missions trips, wilderness trips, and, for some, weekend retreats such as the one hosted by Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine (Pastor Dave & Lori Wood). I was invited to speak for this Friday through Sunday morning retreat and truly enjoyed the time with this church family. Youth Pastor David Love did a fantastic job of organizing the retreat, including some interesting activities such as archery tag. Sandy and I enjoyed watching from the safety and comfort of a golf cart. When asked if we wanted to play softball, we declined and said “amen” when another fellow said that playing would be “an accident waiting to happen.” Pastor Dave & Lori Wood are relatively new to our fellowship and to Iowa. He is a seasoned pastor and I love the way he always connects and applies whatever is being sung, or taught, to our everyday lives. I also love the way they are reaching out to people. God is blessing!

Keep praying for God to work in hearts and to open doors for the gospel.
Keep working at building relationships with people for the purpose of sharing Christ with them.

In other words…

Keep DEPENDING on the Lord, and
Keep DOING the work of the Lord!

Your friends and partners in ministry,

Tim & Sandy

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