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Trust Me

Written by Seth Baker on . Posted in WBC Blog

One of my absolute favorite truths to teach kids in the Elementary room is that, ‘I Can Trust God No Matter What’. When you believe in Jesus, it doesn’t matter what situation or circumstance you are in, Jesus is bigger than it and will be faithful to pull you through it. 

There’s a passage that I’ve thought about a lot lately in Isaiah 46:9-10. ‘I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.’ God makes known the end from the beginning! We don’t always know that end, or what it’s going to exactly look like, but He sees it and is with you leading you towards it. In this same chapter, God promises His people (who happen to be incredibly steeped in idolatry and rebellion at this time!) that, ‘I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you’ -Isaiah 46:4. What incredible promises we have to hold to, knowing that as followers of Jesus we have been purchased as God’s people!

I feel like I’m in a season of life where about the only consistent thing I hear from the Lord is to ‘trust’, ‘wait’, ‘be patient’, ‘just trust Me’ (notice trust is in there twice!). Through all of this, there has been a particular Bible story that has seemed to me to be more significant than most. This is the story of God parting the Red Sea in Exodus 13:17-14:31 (Read it!). Now it just so happens that this is the story we get to talk about regarding ‘Courage’ in the Elementary this Sunday and one that has incredibly encouraged me as this week has gone on. Allow me to dissect it a bit!byfaithsethblogpic

God has just showed His awesomely mighty power and strength over the Egyptians to deliver His people Israel out of slavery. This was done through the 10 plagues that devastated the land and ultimately claimed the life of every firstborn son in all the families of Egypt (don’t mess around with God…). God’s presence is now gloriously leading His people out of Egypt by His presence in a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. At this point God makes known to Moses an interesting development to the plans. He pretty much tells Moses that He (God) is going to lead them to a place where Israel is going to be cornered and Pharaoh is going to seize that opportunity to attempt to destroy them (Exodus 14:1-4). Through this though, God promises that He is going to gain glory for Himself (Notice ‘making known the end from the beginning?’). This is exactly what happens!

In verse 10, it shows that when Israel sees Pharaoh coming after them that they are terrified. In fact they take out their anger on Moses saying that they would have rather stayed in Egypt then get killed in the desert (not dessert… had to catch myself there). Moses responds with this incredible command, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today… The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ Just soak on that for a minute… it only gets more beautiful. I can just imagine Moses making this amazing proclamation, promptly distancing himself from the group, and falling on his face crying out to the LORD in fear and uncertainty (let’s be real… that’s exactly what I would do!). I say this because the next verse, ‘The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”’ God’s presence then moves behind them to stand between Israel and Pharaoh’s army in protection. God instructs Moses to raise his staff, the Red Sea parts (really… the whole sea… split in two), the Israelites go across on dry ground, the Egyptians attempt to pursue them but get swallowed up and washed away! It was Israel’s darkest hour, and the LORD delivered them. Through all of the fear, uncertainty and struggle, this testament of God’s faithfulness became a song of praise and an anchor of hope for the people of Israel (just notice how many times it’s mentioned throughout the Psalms).

Now if you’re still with me in this post (I know it’s long!) it’s probably because something inside of you resonates with such a need for deliverance. You might have even asked yourself at the beginning, ‘Can I really trust God no matter what?’ Now, there is no greater deliverance than what Jesus has done to save our souls! However, I know there are a lot of people struggling with a lot of darkness of various kinds right now. You might not be able to see the end of it, but God has known the end of what you are walking through since its beginning; you need only to trust in Him. I think that perhaps my favorite part of this story is that even though the Israelites (and I personally believe Moses too) were terrified and floundered in this moment, they still received a special place of honor in Hebrew’s Hall of Faith. ‘By faith the people (Israel) passed through the Red Sea as on dry land’ -Hebrews 11:29. Sometimes we don’t bring a very pretty showing as we struggle to trust in God through our circumstances, but hold on to hope! Persevere and there will be a moment that you can look back on where God will say, “Look at what I did! By faith you walked through that!”. Know that in every moment you can look to God as He who will sustain you; the One who will carry you. God is gaining glory for Himself through what you walk through. Run to Him, and eagerly await for the waters to part. I believe it’s going to happen!

-Seth Baker, kid’s ministry director

 

Don’t forget!

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

I recently forgot what I did with my car keys. I can remember holding on to my keys thinking…”if I don’t put these in a safe place I’m going to loose them”. I put them in my jacket pocket, threw it in the back seat, and the keys fell out under the seat. After a day of searching and trying to recall what I did with them, I found them.  As humans, we often forget some of the most simplistic things in life. It may be due to busyness, or lack of attention. Other times it just may be because we’re lazy.

I’ve found in my relationship with God it is so easy to forget what He’s done for me. However, recently I’ve discovered God actually reminds us of the blessings and the challenges He’s allowed to come our way. I’m so thankful that even though I forget, He doesn’t forget me.

1 Samuel recounts the time David was being pursued by Saul. David, the soon to be King of Israel was being chased throughout the desert by Saul and his men. One of the towns David came to was Gath. Gath was the hometown of Goliath whom he’d killed earlier in his life.

I wonder what David must have been thinking as he entered Gath…

Thru God’s providence, he led him back to the hometown of the first man who wanted to kill him. God provided 5 smooth stones to kill Goliath. God was going to provide a way of protection against Saul too. I’m not sure if David recognized it at the time, but God was reminding him of his past provision and protection by taking him back thru Gath.

We do know that David penned Psalm 34 around this time.

David says, “I sought the LORD and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

“Lately, I’ve been asking God to remind me specifically of who I really am and what He’s done for me. I’ve taken several trips back thru my own personal city of “Gath”.

Has God taken you back to a “Gath” moment in your life?

Still

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

Our theme verse for February has been Exodus 14:13-14: Moses answered the people,  “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The art of being still. It’s something we’ve lost as a culture. It’s something I’ve lost as a person. If God really is sovereign, really in control, than the best thing we can do is be still and trust in God. Obviously, easier said than done.

I’m trying to trust God, let Him fight for me and my circumstances. What about you? Have you tried it?

It frees us from an entire set of griefs and worries we were never meant to carry. It reminds me of what Jesus told  his followers, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest….For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

One of my favorite hymns is Be Still My Soul. Take a moment to be still before God. When you’re done take a listen to this song as a reminder of our verse for the month of February.

2014 High School Mission Trip Recap

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

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In Christianity, we often hear of people taking a next step (i.e. baptism, Bible study, personal time in prayer, etc.) However, I think more important than just taking the next step is stepping up to what God has called us to do. While small measurable steps are great there are times in life where God moves us to a whole new level of faith. We were hoping and praying last week would be one of those times and God answered in some really cool ways.
Our time in West Virginia was incredible. 55 students and 8 leaders spent the week near Beckley, West Virginia. I’m so thankful for a church that encourages and supports our students.
The first 3 days we spent with Alpine Ministries an organization that seeks to use the outdoors to teach biblical principles and team work. We wanted to lay a foundation of working and serving together that would be helpful during the end of the week. Whitewater rafting, high ropes course and caving/rappelling were used to teach the students. The last 4 days we spent at various local ministries: Pine Haven Homeless Shelter, Women’s Resource Center, Brian’s Safe House, and Hope Springs Farm. We were also able to attend Grace Baptist Church in Beckley which helped start Hope Springs Farm.
Each night we spent over an hour teaching/discussing areas of our lives we need to Step Up. Here are the following areas (one each night) Step up in your devotion, Step up in your love, Step up in your hope, Step up to be a man/woman, Step up in your service, Step up in your faith. Our intern Kyle Fox taught the first 2 nights and I taught the last 4. We saw some tremendous life change among our students. Most importantly, 2 of our students crossed over from death to life by trusting Jesus Christ as their Savior!
I could have gone home and been happy but here is my favorite story from trip. The West Bridge compassion team gave our students $1,000 to step up and bless someone in West Virginia. After working all day at the Pine Haven Homeless Shelter we found out that 2 of their biggest needs are bath towels for the residents and silverware. They are currently housing anywhere between 150-190 people at any given time. The students decided to go to Walmart and buy 50 bath towels and 10 sets of silverware. Those items came to $300.
 
The additional $700 was given to Hope Springs Farm. In WV so many kids are abandoned/orphaned for a variety of reasons. Poverty, drugs, you name it. The state system takes care of them in some form or fashion till they’re 18. One local church discovered that the 18-21 year old age group of orphaned kids especially struggle to make the transition to adulthood. They have no job skills and limited education with no family support.
 
Hope Springs was started in March to help house and disciple these young adults and try and train them in a skill as well. The students worked on many projects at the farm and they fell in love with the place. The $700 will be put towards renovating a large barn to help house up to 10 more boys. We built a fence, cleared a field, set up a new trail, painted, built a sign, weed-eated fence rows, etc. 
 
The students were frustrated they couldn’t give more to Hope Springs, so unbeknownst to me they decided they would collect money between themselves. They came up with an additional $400 to give. Some kids gave sacrificially, even giving up their money to eat dinner on the way home.
This group of students is not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today. I’m excited to see how God will use these students in the future! Thank your for your prayers and support of Student Ministries here at West Bridge! 
 
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