Parent’s Progress 3.07.13

Each week we’ll link to a couple of articles and resources we hope will be helpful to parents. If you’re not currently parenting, consider passing this along to a parent who might benefit from this.


Creation Museum Spring Break Getaway


When: April 2-3 This could mean leaving on Monday, April 1 to get there the night before. When you purchase tickets to the Museum, you purchase tickets which are good for 2 days. There’s a lot of stuff in this museum, which is why they offer 2-day tickets. If you wanted to leave on that Tuesday, it would be your choice.

Where: The Creation Museum is located in Petersburg, Kentucky. You can find all the details at

There are hotels nearby and other attractions if you want to make a longer trip for your Spring Break.

How Much?: All tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
Adults receive $5.00 off on Tuesday and Wednesday (not available online).

Adult (ages 13-59) $29.95

Senior (age 60 and up) $23.95 There are group rates if we can get a group of 15 or more.

Children (ages 5-12) $15.95

Children (under age 5) Free

What Else Do I Need to Know?: Because it is spring break, we’re planning this caravan style, so families can come and go as they please. If there becomes a desire for a group in the church van, we can explore that option. This trip is open for all ages and I would love to see a multi-generational group go.


In order to be able to get group rates and good prices on the hotels, I set a prior deadline, but there is still time to sign up if you are interested.


If you have further questions, please contact Pastor Rick.


Thanks to God For His Mercy


In last month’s THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN I left off telling how while I was attending school at Azusa Pacific College, I sensed God speaking to me through Isaiah 55 and calling me to preach his Word.  As I realized such a ministry did not depend on my abilities or skills, but on the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit working through me, I yielded to his will and accepted his call.  Suddenly, there was a new sense of direction and purpose in my life.


Quotes on Love

The writers at Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing have a daily blog for inspiration, using excerpts from their list of books. You can see more about them at their website.

Breaking News

by Rick Nier

What follows below the image are some thoughts I had after a sermon Pastor Roland gave a month ago on Christians performing altruistic acts.

Toaster sculpture, 1993?

Religious people are more likely, statistically, to perform altruistic acts. That’s a fancy way of saying the people with a moral standard are more likely to do something nice for someone than a complete jerk.

But, of course, it’s not a given.

Anyone who has ever been to church knows that religious people can also possess a complete ineptitude to do anything nice beyond shaking hands during the greeting time. The fact is that as long as sinners are allowed in the church, and they should always be allowed, altruistic acts will always be something which may or may not happen.

James was right to challenge the first-century Christians. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do” ~James 2:18.

If religious people are found to be more likely to perform loving deeds, it can only be due to their proximity to the Creator of loving deeds. A person closest to the fire is more likely to get burned than those not even at the campsite. But even the person close to the fire will have to jump in if getting burned is the goal.

Perhaps you don’t like this word-picture. After all, you’ve been warned to avoid the hot stove since hanging around your mother’s knees as a kid. But don’t miss the point. We’re talking about the likelihood that you will perform altruistic acts. It won’t happen simply because you enter a place of worship.
After all, there’s a really good chance that someone at church will be a moron and you will be left with a choice as to how to respond. Someone will sit in your pew, or take your parking place. Someone won’t stop talking and give you a chance to share an intelligent thought. Your favorite songs won’t be sung, or worse, your faves will be sung poorly.
Let the surveys and statistics say what they want. Bread is more likely to be toasted if it’s placed in a toaster. But action is still required.

Parent’s Progress 2.28.13

Welcome to week 2 of Parent’s Progress, the weekly blog post designed to give parents some insights and tools to help them as they parent. Why do we post this on Thursdays? There’s no magical potion that helps us parent children better, so we did not think there was any magical time to post. Here are a few links for this week. 


Kiddie Kollege News

Kiddie Kollege is our Church’s ministry to families and children who are preschool aged. You may have known that. What you may not have known is that it has been our ministry for 40 years, something we will be celebrating at our upcoming Kiddie Kollege Sunday, on March 17.

Kiddie Kollege was started as a free preschool for children needing extra help before they began elementary school. While Kiddie Kollege is no longer a free program, it is the best price in town. To help with costs, KK holds fundraisers throughout the year. One of those is coming up. On Monday, March 4, we will be having a McTeacher’s Night at the Detroit St. McDonald’s in Warsaw.

Anyone eating from 5-8pm will help, as Kiddie Kollege will receive a percentage of all the profits. Thank you for your help in supporting this ongoing and amazing ministry.

Live Vision Cast

The Free Methodist Bishops have begun a new trend recently. They are communicating the FM vision by holding live vision casts for anyone to watch. Their most recent vision cast was recorded and can be viewed right here.


If the video is not working, click here.

A Great Call Requires Great Character


“Ruth and Boaz” by Gustave Dore


“Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.” — Oswald Chambers

Everyone has a unique God-given story to tell. What’s your story and call?

God called me into leadership and pastoral ministry. Remembering His call steadies me while living through difficulties and trials.

We grow through challenges. After God calls, He often gives us opportunities to become like Jesus. The greater the call, the more character building God requires. According to Gary Chapman, “The message of the Bible is that God loves us as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us as we are.”


Breaking Away 30

Breaking Away 30

Incredi-Plex (Indianapolis) — March 15-16, 2013

The Event

Breaking Away is an annual “lock-in on steroids” for students in grades 6-12 sponsored by Wabash Student Ministries. The goal of Breaking Away is for students to break away from their old habits, old lifestyles and old routines and experience the newness that is only found in Jesus Christ! As our theme verse says – If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation! The old is gone; the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!