Living Faith Indy, a church plant in Indianapolis, loaded a trailer with a riding lawnmower and some push mowers, edgers, blowers and brooms. The group prayed, asking God's direction for where to begin, then hauled the equipment to one of the modest neighborhoods near their church plant. They found a parking place for their trailer and began to go house to house, asking permission to mow each lawn—for free.
Kentucky Baptist churches gave nearly $2 million through the Cooperative Program in June, bringing the total for the first 10 months of the fiscal year to $18.5 million. That's an increase of nearly $300,000 over the same period last year.
Even though it is a lot louder on our campus this summer, these sounds of summer are very encouraging to us as we watch how the Lord has provided a way to get a lot of projects started that we have been praying about for many years.
I recognize the incredible privilege of serving as a pastor, but also the heavy burdens that pastors carry. And I recognize that the enemy targets pastors because, as God's word reminds us, sheep tend to scatter when their shepherd falls.
I think the saying is attributed to Plato: "Always be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Or better yet, as Paul told the saints at Ephesus (at least in the language of the King James Version as I learned it as a boy), "be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Crossings Ministries has hired Trey Brunson to lead its newly created Development Program, beginning Aug. 1. The Development Program aims to build a needs-based camp scholarship program, expand the capacity of Crossings' camp and conference centers, and to drive new ministry initiatives.
In bringing people together in various neighborhood settings, Pokémon Go seems to be filling one of our society's greatest needs: a rebuilding of community.
Kentucky pastors are discovering creative ways to turn the "Gotta catch 'em all" game into "Gotta tell 'em all" opportunities.
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