PFBC: Prayer List #33

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own quiet time with the Lord, in your own family worship time, or in Growth Groups. Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Ise Beinhart – Please pray for this young child as she battles severe health issues.

Hazel Benson – Pray for Hazel who recently fell and broke her leg in two places. Please pray for healing as she recovers at Parkview Manor in Wellman.

Mike Boos – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Bill Brown – Please continue to pray for Bill as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Evelyn.

Ray Cooper – Please pray for Ray as he recently got a new job that will require a CDL class in January. Pray that Ray does well in his class and is able to function well in his new job.

Susan Davis – Continue to pray for Susan’s father, Chester, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pam Dunbar – Please be in prayer for Pam’s sister-in-law, also named Pam, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for Pam’s salvation as well.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick and his overall health.

Steve Fordham – Please pray for Steve as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Diana.

Gayle Garner – Please keep Gayle in your prayers as she recently discovered that she has cancer. Please pray for wisdom in the days ahead as treatment options are explored.

Rosamond Goodlander – Pray for Rosamond as she grieves the loss of her dear husband, Joe.

John Hardt – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Marsha Jones – Please pray for Marsha and her many health complications.

Matt Latcham – Continue to pray for Matt’s mother, Linda, who is battling cancer.

Edwin Luers – Please pray for Edwin’s part-time employee, Wilfred Miller, and his salvation.

John and Jackie Morgan – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Jan Rosien – Pray for Jan’s son, Jeff, who recently had a heart attack. Please pray for a smooth recovery.

Arlena Tinnes – Continue to pray for healing and strength as Arlena battles cancer.

Willie Van Der Molen – Please be in prayer for Willie’s father who has cancer. Please pray specifically for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and opportunities for the Gospel.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s son, Todd, who is in poor health and needs healing. Please pray for Todd’s salvation as well. Pray too for Judy’s great-granddaughter, Errin, who has a heart implant and other health complications.

Our World – Please pray for our many supported missionaries as they serve all around the world.

Our Country – Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence (and their Cabinet) as they lead our country.

Our National Association – Please be in prayer for the General Association of Regular Baptist Church’s Council of 18 as they seek God’s will in the nomination and election process of the new National Representative.

Our State Association – Continue to pray for our State Rep, Tim Capon, and his Council of Ten that God would give to these men wisdom and discernment as they serve the 99 churches in our association.

Our Community – Please pray for our newly elected Mayor, Jaron Rosien. Pray that God would lead, guide, and direct him in his new role.

Our Church – Pray that we would continue to grow into a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God.

Our Leadership Team – Pray for our Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to them wisdom, discernment, vision, and unity as they lead our church.

Our Summer Intern – Please be in prayer for our new Summer Intern, Michael Yates. He will be joining the Prairie Flower Pastoral Team for 12 weeks this coming summer.

Our Pregnancies – Please be in prayer for the ladies in our church who are pregnant (Bailey Gingerich, Michaela Tinnes, and Heather Cotner). Please pray that they would have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries.

Our Widows/Widowers – Please pray for Prairie Flower’s many widows and widowers that God would be especially near to them and comfort them with His presence, power, and provision.

Please Note: We update this prayer list monthly. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

Revised Biblical Principles of Church Membership & New 2018 Officers

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At Prairie Flower’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 7, 2018, we will be voting upon our recently revised Biblical Principles of Church Membership. This document outlines the requirements and expectations we have of all members at Prairie Flower Baptist Church. Indeed, these revisions unanimously passed the approval of the Pastors, Deacons, and Constitution Review Team. So, at the Annual Meeting in January, the congregation of Prairie Flower will be asked to vote and give their final approval. If you are a member of Prairie Flower, please carefully review the document below, pray, and then vote on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Our revised membership statement reads like so…

Biblical Principles of Church Membership

I DECLARE that the Holy Spirit led me to personally receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior, and having professed my own personal faith in Christ by water baptism by immersion, I joyfully join myself to the membership of Prairie Flower Baptist Church by means of:

  1. BELIEVING the major points of core doctrinal truths as outlined in Prairie Flower’s Articles of Faith;
  2. LOVING the people of Prairie Flower and the area to which it has been called by promoting and enhancing our church’s unity, community, accountability, and long-term viability;
  3. TRUSTING the ultimate Shepherd of this local church, Jesus Christ, and His will for this church by wholeheartedly leaning on His sovereignty, wisdom, and love in all things;
  4. COMMITING myself to this local body of believers by means of recognizing that I don’t merely attend this church, but I am a vital part of this church, and desire to be an active member by means of attendance and using my spiritual gifts for the building up of this local body;
  5. GIVING of my time, talents, and treasures to the support of this church and the spread of the Gospel in our area and throughout the world;
  6. PRAYING for all people, especially those who do not know Christ, and also for my fellow believers, church members, pastors, and deacons, interceding on their behalf and their needs;
  7. TELLING of my Savior and the power of the Gospel, beginning in my home with personal and family Bible Study, and then to all who will listen, eagerly supporting both local and foreign missions in this endeavor.

FURTHERMORE, I DECLARE my support for the Core Values of our church and genuinely desire to see this church succeed in our Mission and Vision to be a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God. Thus, I will do my part to see the Mission and Vision of this church come to fruition by:

  1. PLEDGING that I will flee from sin and pursue holiness, fighting for the truth of the Gospel by living it out in every aspect of my life. Furthermore, I will strive to live with eternity in view and vigorously guard the Gospel of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  2. SUBMITTING with willingness and joy to the authority of God, His verbally inspired Word, and to the accountability of this church. This submission will include setting aside my preferences and following this church’s leadership as they faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
  3. UNDERSTANDING that my church membership is a precious gift. It is a distinct honor to serve and love others in this local body. I pray that I will never take my church membership for granted and view it as a gift to be stewarded for the good of others. Indeed, my church membership is not about me and my desires, but about the building up of others to the praise of God’s glorious grace.

ULTIMATELY, I RECOGNIZE I do not have the ability to carry out the terms of this commitment in my own strength, but will (by God’s grace) fulfill these commitments with the strength that God alone provides. I further agree that if I move from this area, or can no longer fulfill the obligations of this commitment, I will join another church where I can carry out the spirit of these principles from God’s Word.

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PFBC: Prayer List #32

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own quiet time with the Lord, in your own family worship time, or in Growth Groups. Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Ise Beinhart – Please pray for this young child as she battles severe health issues.

Hazel Benson – Pray for Hazel who recently fell and broke her leg in two places. Please pray for healing as she recovers at Parkview Manor in Wellman.

Mike Boos – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Bill Brown – Please continue to pray for Bill as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Evelyn.

Ray Cooper – Please pray for Ray as he recently got a new job that will require a CDL class in January. Pray that Ray does well in his class and is able to function well in his new job.

Susan Davis – Continue to pray for Susan’s father, Chester, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pam Dunbar – Please be in prayer for Pam’s sister-in-law, also named Pam, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for Pam’s salvation as well.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick and his overall health.

Steve Fordham – Please pray for Steve as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Diana.

Gayle Garner – Please keep Gayle in your prayers as she recently discovered that she has cancer. Please pray for wisdom in the days ahead as treatment options are explored.

Rosamond Goodlander – Pray for Rosamond as she grieves the loss of her dear husband, Joe.

John Hardt – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Marsha Jones – Please pray for Marsha and her many health complications.

Matt Latcham – Continue to pray for Matt’s mother, Linda, who is battling cancer.

Edwin Luers – Please pray for Edwin’s part-time employee, Wilfred Miller, and his salvation.

John and Jackie Morgan – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Jan Rosien – Pray for Jan’s son, Jeff, who recently had a heart attack. Please pray for a smooth recovery.

Arlena Tinnes – Continue to pray for healing and strength as Arlena battles cancer.

Willie Van Der Molen – Please be in prayer for Willie’s father who has cancer. Please pray specifically for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and opportunities for the Gospel.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s son, Todd, who is in poor health and needs healing. Please pray for Todd’s salvation as well. Pray too for Judy’s great-granddaughter, Errin, who has a heart implant and other health complications.

Our World – Please pray for our many supported missionaries as they serve all around the world.

Our Country – Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence (and their Cabinet) as they lead our country.

Our National Association – Please be in prayer for the General Association of Regular Baptist Church’s Council of 18 as they seek God’s will in the nomination and election process of the new National Representative.

Our State Association – Continue to pray for our State Rep, Tim Capon, and his Council of Ten that God would give to these men wisdom and discernment as they serve the 99 churches in our association.

Our Community – Please pray for our newly elected Mayor, Jaron Rosien. Pray that God would lead, guide, and direct him in his new role.

Our Church – Pray that we would continue to grow into a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God.

Our Leadership Team – Pray for our Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to them wisdom, discernment, vision, and unity as they lead our church.

Our Summer Intern – Please be in prayer for our new Summer Intern, Michael Yates. He will be joining the Prairie Flower Pastoral Team for 12 weeks this coming summer.

Our Pregnancies – Please be in prayer for the ladies in our church who are pregnant (Bailey Gingerich, Michaela Tinnes, and Heather Cotner). Please pray that they would have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries.

Our Widows/Widowers – Please pray for Prairie Flower’s many widows and widowers that God would be especially near to them and comfort them with His presence, power, and provision.

Please Note: We update this prayer list monthly. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

Thankful For You!

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I am amazed and humbled at the writings of the Apostle Paul. In nearly every one of his letters, he begins his letter with a general note of thankfulness to the church. Indeed, Paul usually ends his letter with a very specific note of thankfulness for specific people in that church. From start to finish, Paul exudes an attitude of gratitude in his letters, and truly helps us in our own endeavors to cultivate a culture of thankfulness in our own lives.

In fact, notice Paul’s words to the Church of God at Colossae:

“To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit” (Colossians 1:2-8).

Such words drip with thankfulness and gratefulness. Paul is incredibly thankful for these saints and their faith, love, Gospel fervor, and Gospel impact. Yes, the Apostle Paul thanks God for these incredible saints in Colossae.

You know, as we approach Thanksgiving 2017, I too (like the Apostle Paul) want to express my thankfulness for each and every one of you at Prairie Flower Baptist Church. In fact, I was thinking, if I were the Apostle Paul, what would I write to you in a letter? Well, it might go something like this:

“To the saints and faithful servants in Christ at Prairie Flower Baptist Church: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. How I thank God for you upon every remembrance of you. Your growing faith, generous spirit, and loving acts of service have been a blessing to our church family and to our community at large. How it blesses and encourages my heart to see so many of you striving after holiness and true Gospel impact. As I review this past year, how I rejoice at our new converts, like Jessica Cooper, who recently placed their faith in Jesus Christ. How I marvel at those who took their first step of obedience and were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How I thank God for the nine new members that recently joined our church this past year. Yes, I praise our great God for the fact that, though we aren’t perfect, we are becoming a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God. Indeed, I thank God for what He has done this past year in our midst. Yes, I truly thank God for you – all of you! Oh, how I love you, Prairie Flower! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving” (Prairie Strong 1:2-8).

Your 2018 Officer Nominees

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After a thorough nominating and election process, we are pleased to announce your 2018 Officer Nominees:

For the Position of Deacon (Elect 2):

Darwin Carroll

Doug Tinnes

Will Van Der Molen

Eldon Yoder

For the Position of Clerk:

Mike York

For the Position of Financial Secretary:

Steve Donnolly

For the Position of Treasurer:

Duane Davis

For the Position of Sunday School Superintendent:

Mark Tinnes

The Annual Election of Officers will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, immediately following the Morning Worship Service. The vote will be held by secret ballot. All elected officers will then take office on January 1, 2018. Please be in prayer concerning the vote and for God’s will to be done.

My Fourth Year as Pastor

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Tomorrow I celebrate four years as the Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church. What a ride it’s been! In those four years, I have laughed a lot, cried a lot, and aged (internally) a lot. Yes, pastoral ministry has grown and stretched me in some unique ways, and though painful at times, I am grateful for all that I’ve learned and experienced.

In fact, pastoral ministry may be many things, but it’s certainly not boring! In four years of ministry, I have witnessed plenty of incredible moments – highs and lows – births and deaths – marriages and divorces. I’ve seen people saved, baptized, and added to the church. I’ve prayed more than ever, preached a few sermons, and officiated the ordinances. I’ve chaired many awesome meetings…and quite a few tense meetings. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the well-known and the unknown. I’ve been in love with pastoral ministry and I’ve loathed pastoral ministry. Yes, it seems to me that a large part of successful pastoral ministry is the ability to have (by God’s grace) a heavy heart and a steady walk.

Yes, there have been some incredible moments in my ministry thus far with Prairie Flower Baptist Church, but the four stories below are some of the most unique moments in my ministry. These stories are not only unique, but incredibly formative in who I am today. Below are the stories (in summary form) of God’s uncomfortable grace at work in my life and my church’s life…

1) Season Premiere of Dateline (2014) – The story of Jason and Elisabeth Tinnes will forever stand out in my mind as one of the most vivid demonstrations of God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and love overwhelming two lives wrought with so many dark difficulties. Their story, made public with the 2014 season premiere of Dateline, was presented in terms of juicy entertainment filled with betrayal, infidelity, lies, and murder. But as my wife and I sat with Jason and Elisabeth in our living room to watch the season premiere together, I saw a different story. I saw a broken man who was learning the biblical art of repentance. I saw a broken woman who was getting a first-class education on the gospel beauty of forgiveness. I saw two lives shattered by sin and selfishness; but I also saw two lives held together by a God who loved them deeply and was healing them fully. Their lives aren’t perfect today (they would tell you that in a heartbeat). There’s still work and healing to be done, but by God’s grace they will continue to be overwhelmed by God’s relentless, merciful grace.

2) Taking It All Down (2015) – The year 2015 has been my most painful and emotional year as Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church. That year, I had trouble sleeping and lost nearly 15 pounds. I was on pins and needles all the time. To be sure, 2015 was a difficult year as our church was experiencing the horrible effects of gossip, anger, confusion, and years of unresolved bitterness. People were also leaving the church, and I could feel a church split looming. So one day, I called my Associate Pastor and one of my most faithful Deacons, Will Luers, to examine the worsening, tense situation. Our meeting lasted into the wee hours of the morning. We talked about many things. We cried together. We prayed together. Then, we did the only thing we knew to do…we took it all down. The three of us went into the sanctuary and took down all the decorations, music stands, hymnals, and everything else that was in there. We decided to do a “hard reset.” In other words, since our people had forgotten about what really mattered (i.e. God and His Word) and instead wanted to bicker about music and other preference issues, we decided to take it all down and have a “come to Jesus meeting” that very next Sunday. So, that very next Sunday, after vomiting in the shower because I was so worked up, I put on my clothes, drove to the church with my family, and got up to share my heart with the people of Prairie Flower. I honestly thought I was putting a bullet into my career, but God used that moment to do a profound work in my life and our church’s life. Things aren’t perfect today, but we are still feeling the wonderful effects of that Sunday. Also, I thank God for the two men (Pastor Jon and Will Luers) who stood by me, counseled me, and prayed for me during that most difficult year. Friends are hard to come by in the ministry, but they are needed, and I have such friends in these two men.

3) Slashed Tires & Broken Windows (2016) – The year 2015 was filled with internal conflict, but 2016 presented us with external conflict, most vividly presented in our church being vandalized during the summer of 2016. Here’s the story…One weekend, I, along with some other men from our church, had taken the church van up to Men’s Retreat at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. While up there, I received a phone call stating that someone had come in the night and slashed the tires to all the men’s vehicles in the church parking lot. Some of the windows of those vehicles were also smashed out. I felt horrible! Here I was with some great guys, just trying to get away to spiritually recharge, and this happens. To be sure, the guys took the news really well and clung tightly to their faith during this time. After we got back (Saturday), we surveyed the damage, filed a police report, and went home. The next day (Sunday), I arrived at the church building to discover that the vandals had come back and this time they slashed the tires to our church van (and trailer) and had busted out more windows. This was scary. We were a church in the middle of a cornfield and we had been vandalized not once, but twice! We filed another police report, prayed, and installed some security cameras around our church building. Eventually, the vandals were caught and punished. I praise God that no one was hurt in this incident, but this event stands out in my mind as proof positive that the Evil One will use whatever means necessary to dismantle the work of God. In this incident, I learned that vigilance and wisdom are needed more than ever in pastoral ministry.

4) Baptizing My Associate Pastor (2017) – When Pastor Jon asked (last summer) if he could speak to me about an “issue” in his life, I assumed the worst. However, what proceeded from his lips both surprised and encouraged me. He said that he had been wrestling with his conversion story and was convinced he had been born again, not when he was a young person, but during his freshman year at Bible College. Thus, his “baptism” as a young person was invalid. He stated that he needed to be baptized, but for real this time. I was truly encouraged by his humility and courage, but I was also a bit speechless. My mind raced…how will Prairie Flower take this? A pastor getting baptized?! Who would think it? I was also concerned for Pastor Jon’s career as well. I wondered if someone would try to throw the book at him and demand his resignation. After all, we’ve had a saved, but unbaptized church pastor, for nearly three years! But the day I baptized my Associate Pastor proved to be one of the best Sundays I’ve ever had here at Prairie Flower. The service was filled with such power and grace and forgiveness. Indeed, that Sunday seemed to unify our church in a rich, supernatural way. This event (like the night we took it all down) proves to me yet again that courage (though scary) is always the right thing to do and yields such wonderful, peaceable fruit. And yes, dunking my Associate Pastor in the baptismal tank was also just pure fun…I loved it!

Well, thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me. Pastoral ministry is truly a joyful burden…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Please continue to pray for me as I launch into my fifth year with all of you. And truly…I pray that God blesses you guys…I love you guys…and I’ll see you when I see you.

Prairie Flower’s Schedule of Sermons for 2018!

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Last Monday, my Associate Pastor and I spent the better part of our day huddled up in a cabin in the woods near the Amana Colonies. We brought nothing but our Bibles, planners, coffee cups, some snacks, and a space heater. Our mission was to carve out some sort of preaching/teaching schedule for the upcoming 2018 year. Though we nearly froze to death in that little cabin, we were successful in our mission!

Pastor Jon and I are pleased to announce that Prairie Flower’s 2018 Preaching Theme will be entitled: Rest Despite Noise. We’ll be in the Old and New Testaments, discovering what it means to find true rest in Christ despite the noise of fear, pain, marriage, grief, etc. We are both truly excited for this series and think that God has led us to preach on this theme “for such a time as this.” Below is the tentative schedule of sermons:

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 = Rest Despite Noise: An Introduction…

  • Jan. 7 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 1 (God Rests – Gen. 1 and 2)…Communion Sunday…Annual Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • Jan. 14 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 2 (Man Rebels – Gen. 3)…Baptism Sunday…
  • Jan. 21 = SPECIAL SPEAKER: Junior Taylor….Missions Sunday…Name Tag Sunday…
  • Jan. 28 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 3 (God-Man Redeems – Gen. 3:15 and Matt. 11:25-30 and Heb. 4)…

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Fear…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (8 Weeks)
  • Feb. 4 = Fear of the Unknown (Gen. 12)
  • Feb. 11 = Fear of God’s Capability (Gen. 15)
  • Feb. 18 = Giving Into Fear (Gen. 16, 20)
  • Feb. 25 = Fighting Our Fear (Gen. 21-22)

March 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Pain (Internal)…

  • March 4 = Jesus Heals Demonic Pain (Luke 4:31-37)
  • March 11 = Jesus Heals Physical Pain (Luke 5, 6)
  • March 18 = Jesus Heals Emotional Pain (Luke 7:1-17)
  • March 25 = Jesus Heals Sinful Pain (Luke 7:36-50)

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 = Rest Despite Marriage…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • April 1 = Easter Sunday…Communion Sunday…Name Tag Sunday… Baby Dedication Sunday…
  • April 8 = Marriage 101…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • April 15 = Marriage Myths…
  • April 22 = Marriage Pitfalls…
  • April 29 = Marriage Legacy…

May 6, 13, 20, 27 = Rest Despite Grief…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (4 Weeks)
  • May 6 = Ruth 1
  • May 13 = Ruth 2 (Mother’s Day 2018)
  • May 20 = Ruth 3
  • May 27 = Ruth 4

June 3, 10, 17, 24 = Rest Despite Suffering (External)…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • June 3 = 1 Peter 1
  • June 10 = 1 Peter 2
  • June 17 = 1 Peter 3 (Pastor Jon) —Father’s Day 2018
  • June 24 = 1 Peter 4-5 (Intern)

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 = Rest Despite Culture…

  • Summer Nights of Worship w/The PFBC Intern & Summer Growth Groups in July (5 Weeks)
  • July 1 = Family…Communion Sunday (Intern Officiates)…
  • July 8 = Friends…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • July 15 = Food…
  • July 22 = Fitness…
  • July 29 = Feelings…Ice Cream Social…

August 5, 12, 19, 26 = Rest Despite Injustice…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • Aug. 5 = SPECIAL SPEAKER…Name Tag Sunday….VBS – Aug. 5-9
  • Aug. 12 = Habakkuk 1
  • Growth Groups Training 101 = Aug. 18
  • Aug. 19 = Habakkuk 2
  • Aug. 26 = Habakkuk 3

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 = Rest Despite Labels…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (9 Weeks)
  • Sept. 2 = SPECIAL SPEAKER
  • Sept. 9 = We Are Blessed (Eph. 1)
  • Sept. 16 = We Are Alive (Eph. 2:1-10)
  • Sept. 23 = We Are One (Eph. 2:11-22)
  • Sept. 30 = We Are Strong (Eph. 3)

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 = Rest Despite Reality…

  • Oct. 7 = Ecclesiastes – Part 1…Communion Sunday…Baptism Sunday…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • Oct. 14 = Ecclesiastes – Part 2…
  • Oct. 21 = Ecclesiastes – Part 3…
  • Oct. 28 = Ecclesiastes – Part 4…

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Leadership…

  • Nov. 4 = Leadership Profile 1 = David
  • Nov. 11 = Leadership Profile 2 = Nehemiah
  • Nov. 18 = Thanksgiving Special by Pastor Jon…Break from Growth Groups for the Rest of 2018…
  • Nov. 25 = Thanksgiving Special by Pastor Dave

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 = Our Ultimate Rest: Christmas 2018…

  • The Book of Revelation…

PFBC: Prayer List #31

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own quiet time with the Lord, in your own family worship time, or in Growth Groups. Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Ise Beinhart – Please pray for this young child as she battles severe health issues.

Carl Benson – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mike Boos – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Jessica Cooper – PTL! Jessica recently accepted Jesus as her own personal Savior. Please pray for Jessica as she begins her new life with Christ.

Susan Davis – Continue to pray for Susan’s father, Chester, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pam Dunbar – Please be in prayer for Pam’s sister-in-law, also named Pam, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for Pam’s salvation as well.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick and his overall health.

Steve Fordham – Please pray for Steve as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Diana.

Joe Goodlander – Be in prayer for Joe as he battles many different health complications.

John Hardt – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Marion Hayes – Please be in prayer for Marion as he grieves the loss of his brother, Lloyd.

Marsha Jones – Please pray for Marsha and her many health complications.

Matt Latcham – Continue to pray for Matt’s mother, Linda, who is battling cancer.

Edwin Luers – Please pray for Edwin’s part-time employee, Wilfred Miller, and his salvation.

John and Jackie Morgan – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Bill Mouser – Pray for Bill as he recovers from his pacemaker/defibrillator surgery.

Arlena Tinnes – Continue to pray for healing and strength as Arlena battles cancer.

Willie Van Der Molen – Please be in prayer for Willie’s father who was just diagnosed with cancer. Please pray specifically for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and opportunities for the Gospel.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s son, Todd, who is in poor health and needs healing. Please pray for Todd’s salvation as well. Pray too for Judy’s great-granddaughter, Errin, who has a heart implant and other health complications.

Mike York – Be in prayer for Mike as he recovers from throat surgery.

Heather Zieglowsky – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Our Missionaries – Please pray for our many supported missionaries as they serve all around the world.

Our Country – Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence (and their Cabinet) as they lead our country.

Our National Association – Please be in prayer for the General Association of Regular Baptist Church’s Council of 18 as they seek God’s will in the nomination and election process of the new National Representative.

Our State Association – Continue to pray for our State Rep, Tim Capon, and his Council of Ten that God would give to these men wisdom and discernment as they serve the 99 churches in our association.

Our Community – Please pray that we, as a church, would be bold with the Gospel and reach out to our community with the love of Jesus.

Our Church – Pray for wisdom, vision, and courage as we seek to be a church on mission for the glory of God!

Our Leadership Team – Pray for our Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to them wisdom, discernment, vision, and unity as they lead our church.

Our Widows/Widowers – Please pray for Prairie Flower’s many widows and widowers that God would be especially near to them and comfort them with His presence, power, and provision.

Please Note: We update this prayer list monthly. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

Spiritual Bipolar

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I often experience what I hesitantly call “spiritual bipolar.” This happens when I go from being totally in love with the ministry to totally doubting my calling to the ministry. Certainly, there are highs and lows in all of life, but the ministry seems to bring out the extreme highs and the extreme lows. As a local church pastor, I can literally go (sometimes in the course of a single day) from laughing with a church member at a party to weeping with a church member at a funeral. One moment I can go from celebrating God’s goodness and grace in people being saved, baptized, and added to the church to being totally bewildered by people rebelling, sinning, or walking away from the safety and accountability of the local church. The highs are exhilarating and the lows are downright debilitating. Going from extreme highs to valley lows is simply exhausting. “Spiritual bipolar” is truly a force to be reckoned with.

What about you? Do you ever face the constant bombardment with the highs and lows of the life and ministry that God has given you? Perhaps you’re feeling “spiritual bipolar” in the realm of your marriage, or parenting, or the business that God has given you? Do you ever experience days of pure joy and surety over your calling and then the very next day literally wanting to throw in the towel and be done with it all? I have a funny feeling that all of us, to one degree or another, experience this thing called “spiritual bipolar.”

So, what do we do to overcome this condition? Is there any hope for sinners like us who wrestle with the highs and lows of this life? The answer is “yes”…A resounding, thousand times over, no strings attached, Gospel-cladded “yes!” Here’s what we need to do in both the highs and lows of life and ministry:

  1. Remember you are human – The Psalmist David phrased it like this in the 103rd Psalm (verse 14), “For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” How do you like that?! The Psalmist David is essentially saying that you and I, at best, are nothing more than fashionable dirtballs. But in that is good news! How? Well, to recognize that we are but weak, frail humans is humbling, but it frees us from the incessant demands to be always put together, well rested, and self-sufficient. The bottom line is this: we NEED rest, research, relationships, and a constant stream of reassurance. We NEED these things because we are dust; and in order to manage our “spiritual bipolar” we must own who we really are, namely, human.
  2. Remember God is God – The Psalmist David continues in verses 17 and 19 of Psalm 103 by saying, “BUT [in comparison to us humans] the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children…The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.” This is good news! Yes, we are finite creatures, but God is infinite in His being and in His attributes of love, righteousness, and sovereignty. Indeed, God is a King who rules over the entirety of this universe. In other words, there isn’t one speck of dust, or problem in your life and ministry, that is not under the loving sovereignty of King Jesus! If that doesn’t infuse you with spiritual equilibrium to combat “spiritual bipolar”, I don’t know what will.
  3. Remember the Gospel message – Indeed, you must preach the Gospel to yourself every day. In good moments of life and ministry, preach the Gospel to yourself. In bad moments of life and ministry, preach the Gospel to yourself. Remind yourself of Jesus and His death, burial, and resurrection. Remind yourself of His forgiveness and constant grace. Feel like all your friends have abandoned you? The Gospel has something to say about that. Feel like you just can’t make it another step? The Gospel has something to say about that. Feel like people misunderstand you and take your words out of context? The Gospel has something to say about that. Feel like you are just doing the right thing and everything wrong is happening? The Gospel has something to say about that. Ultimately, “spiritual bipolar” is conquered when we remember and preach the Gospel message to ourselves.

What about you? Is there something specific you do when life and ministry take you on its’ wild rollercoaster? Share with me. I would love to interact with you.

 

Prairie Flower’s Pastoral Internship Program 2018

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Last Sunday (10-8-17), Prairie Flower Baptist Church (PFBC) unanimously voted to continue on with our Pastoral Internship Program for the Summer of 2018. This internship program is something that we did this past summer and we were incredibly blessed by the privilege of pouring into and discipling a future pastor, namely, Lance Lewis of Faith Baptist Bible College (FBBC). Indeed, Lance’s internship was good for him, good for us as a pastoral staff, and good for our church as a whole.

Our mission and vision at PFBC is to be a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God. To that end, we firmly believe that our Pastoral Internship Program is one of the most strategic things that we can do in terms of disciple-making. That is to say, if one of these future pastors goes out and pastors a church of 100, we have effectively poured into and discipled not just one person, but 101 people! As a church body, we are beyond excited for the opportunity to pour into and disciple yet another intern for 2018.

If all goes according to plan, my Associate Pastor and I will select the 2018 PFBC Intern this fall (preferably before Christmas) and then reveal the intern to the congregation at our Annual Meeting in January of 2018. During the Annual Meeting, we will also vote on the intern’s compensation package. At this point, we are only looking at students at FBBC in Ankeny, IA, but we are open to other schools and options. That’s where you (the reader) come into play. Please take note of the information below. If you know of a young man who would be a good fit for our high pressure, but rewarding Pastoral Internship Program, please contact me at pastordave@prairieflowerbaptistchurch.org or my Associate Pastor at jroc3497@gmail.com.

We are offering a fully compensated and robust 12-Week Pastoral Internship Program. I often say that pastoral ministry may be many things, but it’s certainly not boring. In other words, there will be plenty of experiences for the pastoral intern at PFBC. The intern will preach, teach, officiate ordinances, chair meetings, visit the sick, deal with complex issues and problems, etc. Basically, he will be immersed into the full orbed life of being a pastor. We will demand a lot…evaluate frequently…and constantly push for prayer-filled excellence in all that the intern does.

Here’s a quick, general snapshot of the pastoral intern’s week…Sundays are incredibly busy with preaching, teaching, and counseling. Mondays are filled with staff meetings and administrative duties. Tuesdays are sermon prep/teaching prep days. Wednesdays usually pack a punch with both visitations and administrative duties. And Thursdays are filled with more sermon prep, blogging, and other duties as assigned. The intern will generally have Fridays and Saturdays off. What was just described is a “normal” week. Such a week does not include crisis counseling, emergency hospital visitations, and deaths in the church family. The pastoral intern’s week can go from “normal” to “crazy busy” very quickly.

This program is not for the faint of heart. This program is not for someone who just wants to fetch coffee and get dry cleaning. This program is an intense program that focuses the intern’s attention on the proper care of souls in a local church context. Do you know of someone who would benefit from such a program? We only have one slot to fill and we’re looking only for the best. If you know of anyone, please float us their name and contact information so that we might look into their situation.