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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Be An Example by Allan Aunspaugh

Be an Example

by Allan Aunspaugh

Deuteronomy 6:6–9:  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.   

It was a Saturday ritual among many Saturday rituals. After the yard was mowed, the garden tended to, the cars washed and waxed, and showers taken, we sat down to dinner (which was usually one of two favorite meals).  After the dishes were cleaned and put away and after we watched “Hee Haw,” my dad would always read through his Sunday school lesson for the next day, then he would write the tithe check to the church. On occasion he would explain to my sister and me that our family’s offering to the church was just one of many ways to express our love and obedience for God.  He would also explain that our tithe would support the ministries and programs of the church, provide salaries to the ministers and staff, and support the work of missionaries all over the world. And my parents would always make sure that my sister and I had something to put in the offering plate as well.   

It was the perfect illustration that made an impression for a lifetime. Fortunately Anne’s parents also taught that lesson to her family. We had both, individually decided that tithing would be a spiritual discipline. So when we established our home, tithing our joint income was a no brainer. It was something we did and continue to do. Before the house payment is made, before the electric bills are paid, before the car insurance is paid, we tithe.   

We’ve also tried to be good examples to our daughters, just like our parents were to us.  When they were young it was a quarter in their offering envelope. As they got older and they received an allowance we taught them that the first part went to God, the second to their savings, and the third was theirs to spend. As they have gotten jobs we have tried to impress upon them the importance of continuing that habit.  

We are grateful for Godly parents who demonstrated good habits. We hope that we have done the same.

If you still have children at home, talk to them frequently about giving to God.  Show them how you give and instill in them the same desire.
Posted by Terri Soper at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Welcomeness by Greg Mees


by Greg Mees

Psalm 122:1:  I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”   

Do you remember the first time you stepped through the doors at Second? Were you nervous, excited, or moved? What did you experience? Did people introduce themselves, invite you to a Bible Study class, or show you to the sanctuary? Why did you come back? Was it because you felt accepted and knew you could grow your relationship with Christ at Second? The answers to these questions determined if you returned to Second and still determine if visitors return to Second. How our church community welcomes visitors is a critical component of hospitality. Hospitality involves all of us, not just the greeters and the ministerial staff. Jesus said in Matthew 25:35 “…I was a stranger and you invited me in.” I truly hope that after a visitor attends an event at Second they do not feel like a stranger but feel invited in to our community of faith. Over the next several months, Second will be working to improve our already-strong hospitality plan and we will need everyone’s help.   

Visiting Second was a life-changing event for my family and me. It is my desire to help continue and even strengthen the impressive culture of “welcomeness” that I experienced when my family first visited 2BC on Sunday, April 14, 2013. I want to thank those of you who interacted with our family on our first visit to Second.  We were greeted with a smile as we entered the Welcome Center, escorted to and introduced to Maria Rucker and Gwen Phillips in the nursery, taken to Steve Guinn’s Sunday School class where we were greeted warmly, and finally taken to the sanctuary where at least three couples approached us and welcomed us. After the service, we picked up Hannah and Lauren from childcare, where we met Marilyn Buhlig and other caring, helpful teachers.  Becky Gossett later arrived at our house to thank us for attending and dropped off bread for us to enjoy. As we closed the door of our home after briefly visiting with Becky, we knew we had found our church home. Though you might not remember talking with me that day, thank you for your hospitality; you changed four lives for the better as you helped start the Mees family on our journey to Believe. Belong. Become. . . . at Second.      

How can you become a welcoming presence to stranger (and future friend) that walks through doors of Second Baptist Church?
Posted by Terri Soper at Monday, October 27, 2014 | 0 comments
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Be Intentional by Abby Bland

Be Intentional 

by Abby Bland


1 Timothy 4:12:  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  

Brent's backyard was the place. Horseshoes was the game. The sun was low; the air was cool, and the sky soft pastels. Mosquitos zipped away from slapping hands and horseshoes alternated between thudding in the grass (mine) or clanging around the pole (Brent's). There was laughter and conversation and fun. It was nothing short of beautiful. It was nothing short of community.   

We were in Bridger, South Dakota, a place I have been many times. In the last couple of years, with the SEND initiative, I have been able to travel with many students and friends who had not been before. It is a very unique, and somewhat precious, experience to share a place that has been so formational to me and remains so near and dear to my heart.   

It has been of particular interest to me to see the student ministry of Second develop such an intentionality in being an active part of the partnership between 2bc and Bridger. Watching the faces of the students light up when they meet the children of Bridger, or when I see them invest the better part of an afternoon listening to the stories of the community adults, or when they get down and dirty in the various projects, my heart is glad. These are things that I know make a community. These are things that I know speak of Christ and show him to the world. I am so thankful that SEND allows students the chance to experience new places and to see expressions of God's grace and love in other parts of the world.

Is God calling you to go to a new place?  Thoughtfully consider how you can be a part of the SEND Initiative, either by going or by giving.

Posted by Terri Soper at Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 0 comments
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