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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Heaven is Like This by Charlie and Loretta Hughes

Heaven is Like This!  

by Charlie & Loretta Hughes  

Matthew 19:14:  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”   

Teaching 4 and 5 year olds in Sunday school is a joyful and fulfilling experience. Each Sunday morning these precious children bring enthusiasm, curiosity, boundless energy and an eagerness to learn about God.   

Because of the generous support of the Catalyst Fund our task of teaching has been enriched by the provision of an outstanding Bible based curriculum that includes colorful posters for each unit’s memory verse, an engaging wall mural with weekly add-ons that challenges the children to remember each Bible story for the 13 week quarter, and age appropriate hands-on activities that aid their remembering and applying the lesson. The Bible story is in booklet form that is sent home each week.   

The Catalyst Fund has provided a resource room stocked with an amazing supply of materials such as glue sticks, construction paper, craft sticks, yarn, markers, crayons and much more. Knowing all these materials are available to use with the children has made it possible for us to focus on lesson preparation.   

Feedback from our students’ parents has affirmed that their children are growing in Bible knowledge, in understanding of how to have Jesus in their lives, and in living out each day, the principles Jesus taught.   

Finally, having Gwen Phillips to provide leadership, co-ordination and encouragement to the children’s program has been a blessing to the teachers, the children, their parents and our whole faith community.      

Teaching our children about God is a wonderful yet challenging opportunity.  If you have those gifts, consider volunteering with our children’s or student ministries.
Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : The Many Reasons of Missions by Roxann Brenton

The Many Reasons of Missions

by Roxann Brenton   

Matthew 28: 19–20:  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.   

One thing I’ve learned from having been on several mission trips is that people take these trips for many reasons; to reach the world, to see the world, to make a difference, and/or to be a part of something bigger than themselves. One thing I can guarantee, though, is that the person on the mission trip receives much more than the recipients of the mission groups’ good deeds. This was especially true on my most recent trip to work with the Roma of Slovakia.  

Mission trips continue to overwhelm me. The needs are always so great and I feel so small. I was petrified by the fact that the women I was to work with and I did not speak the same language! I discovered that it’s times like these when God wants us to rely on Him. I never completely overcame the feeling of being overwhelmed, but it lessened significantly when in walked a translator extraordinaire, in the form of Diane McNary, one of our missionary hosts!   

There have been numerous people who have come in and out of my life at Second Baptist Church-Liberty throughout the years. They have been the salt and the light to help me walk down the path I am currently on. I prayed that I would have a similar impact on someone that God would place in my path to show God’s love, grace and truth. And if He did, I would pour myself into that person and continue to pray for them the way so many have prayed for me. I believe it was divine intervention when the topic of a mission trip to Slovakia came up during a regular Wednesday night fellowship dinner there. I was sitting at a table with a good friend who was compiling a team to work with the Roma of Slovakia.  My ears perked up and the rest, as they say, is history.  

I am so thankful for the opportunity that the SEND Initiative @ 2BC helped to make possible. I rejoice that I was called to serve and I hope some of whom I share my experience with will catch the ember that is on fire in me and will enable it to continue to flame!     

How can you be salt and light to a bland and dark world?  Open yourself to the possibility of serving others in Liberty, the Kansas City area, and the world.
Posted by Terri Soper at Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Who Does It Belong To? by Roger and Anna Driskill

Who Does it Belong To?  

 by Roger and Anna Driskill

Luke 12:48: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 

Let’s face it: this is an affluent church. We have a membership that, compared to many, has money. Despite what we know Jesus said about the rich man and the eye of a needle, we don’t feel guilty about having money, and we shouldn’t, if we have acquired it honorably, and we do with it as God has instructed. But, another saying, “From those to whom much is given, much is expected,” does apply. A pastor from another church once presented it this way:    

At the end of the week, you have a bowl of fruit, let’s say 10 apples. If you acknowledge that God made it possible for you to amass this bounty of 10 apples, you must also acknowledge that God is asking in return for 1 apple, and that you give it to Him with joy and appreciation. And God’s should be the best and first apple, not the small one with the wormhole.    

 But what if we gave back 2 apples, or 3, or more?   

So, “Will a man rob God?” Participating in Catalyst is a challenge to our congregation to sharpen our focus for returning to God what was already His. It is an invitation to participate in joyful, appreciative excess, to be enthusiastic givers of our financial resources, but also to hold our leadership responsible for using our gifts to enrich the lives of others, not just to fill our own storehouses. We are thankful for the ways we have seen congregational participation in this effort conducted with loving hearts, and look forward to seeing the gathered resources used more and more beyond our walls and less and less within them.      

Is God encouraging you to give back more?  What would it take for you to become a 2 apple giver, or a 3 apple giver?
Posted by Terri Soper at Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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