Put on Love

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Colossians 3:1-17

 

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

You don’t want to miss THE GREAT ESCAPE, BC NAB Women’s Retreat at Rockridge Canyon in Princeton, BC.

Click here for the BROCHURE & REGISTRATION FORM

What you can look forward to:

  • 6 delicious meals
  • wonderful hotel like accommodations in Wolf Creek Lodge
  • great fellowship
  • a wonderful guest speaker, Karen Wilk
  • pyjama party
  • zip lining and more!

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Prayer Calendar 2019

The new Prayer Calendar for 2019 is now available!

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Happy New Year – 2019

Happy New Year fellow pastors and leaders,

As we celebrate the end of 2018 today my heart is full of so many memories of praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Our BC Association has been blessed with Christ centred churches and pastors who did not compromise when the government imposed a ‘values’ test in order to qualify for the summer jobs program.  Our pastors’ conference in Sumas brought together pastors from 70% of our churches who worshipped, prayed and shared together for 3 awesome days.  The interest in church planting continues to gain momentum and we had 36 delegates to the C2C Church Planting conference this year.  After a couple years of prayer and dialogue our Evergreen Campus of Care board of directors came to the conclusion that the best course for the future of the Care Centre would be to turn it over to Baptist Housing, a well respected senior’s care provider with multiple centres across BC.  Their generosity to our Association for this gift to them will greatly assist our Association in years to come.  
The greatest blessing for me as the Executive Minister is the privilege of working with our Executive Committee.  I have never had such a group of dedicated men and women who are so committed to Kingdom growth and ministry.  

On a personal note, my wife was finally able to get the renovations done in the kitchen that she had been wanting to get done for several years.  Her cataract surgery was successful and resulted in her not having to wear glasses any more.  PTL

While I have so much to reflect on and be thankful for, there is nothing better than to end my year and begin the next one by giving praise to God.  On one of the many emails I receive, one from Zondervan Bibles came with a list of praise scriptures.  I would like to end my year of thankfulness to God by sharing them with you today.

May God give you good memories of his Grace from 2018 and bright hope for the year to come.

Happy New Year,

Bob
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BC Association Christmas Party

Lots of great fun and laughter at the BC Association lower mainland Christmas party!

Resources

Below are some interesting resources for pastors and churches.

Leadership

If you would like to sign up for the NAB Leadership Forum to participate in discussions online, please visit: nabconference.org/resources/forms-2/leadership-forum-signup

There are also leadership formation resources on the NAB site at: nabconference.org/north-american-missions/leadership-formation

Bible Memory and Study

Scripture to contemporary music: www.seedsfamilyworship.com

Right Now Media Bible study library: www.rightnowmedia.org

The Bible Project: thebibleproject.com/explore

Evangelism Tools

I Am Second: www.iamsecond.com

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries: www.rzim.org

Billy Graham: billygraham.org

Apologetics Canada: www.apologeticscanada.com

Power to Change: p2c.com

Reviews of Popular Entertainment

Plugged In (Focus on the Family): www.pluggedin.ca

Common Sense Media: www.commonsensemedia.org

Spoken Word

Pastor’s Conference 2019

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We are looking forward to a great time at Pastor’s Conference in 2019.  As voted on at our Association Meetings, the conference will now be in April instead of February.  Please note on your calendars the following dates and we will provide you with more information in the coming months.

Sunday, April 7th – 6:00 pm dinner
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Wednesday, April 10th – 10:30 am brunch to end gathering

Blessings and hope to see you there next year!

Short-Term Missions WORKSHOP

You are invited to join us at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna on November 9th & 10th for the NAB Gateway Workshop on best practices in short-term missions.

For more information see the Short-term missions (STM) flyer:
Gateway Missions Workshop Flyer

REGISTRATION: Cost: $20/person
Register for this event online: nabonmission.org/get-involved/nab-gateway/gateway-global/register-nab-training

Triennial & Visits

From July 26-29, the North American Baptist Conference of Churches (NAB) held their Triennial in Edmonton, Alberta. Our BC Executive Minister, Bob Krahn, and his wife Dawn, loaded up their truck and brought medical supplies, donated by our BC Churches, to be included in a shipment to two hospitals in Cameroon.  This is one of the projects that the NAB is involved with; working with White Cross to send medical supplies internationally.  There were lots of familiar faces at Triennial and the sessions and times of fellowship were a blessing and encouragement to all who attended.

During the spring and summer Bob had the opportunity to visit several different churches and pastors in our BC Association. He celebrated Canada Day at Sunshine Ridge Baptist Church in Surrey, visited with Phil Johnson at Osoyoos Baptist Church where they serve a Saturday meal to over eight hundred migrant workers during the summer, and ran across the border to visit with Mark Fast at New Hope Bible Fellowship in Oroville, Washington.

God is so good and we praise Him for his many blessings including Andre Deepwell’s 40th Wedding Anniversary, Andy Dietrich’s 25 years at Grace Baptist in Kelowna, Chilliwack’s (MidTown Church) new building, and Trinity Kelowna’s building extension.

 

25 Years of Ministry

We would like to congratulate Andy Dietrich on 25 years of ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna!

Upcoming Events FALL 2018

Here are few events going on in the Lower Mainland this Fall that you might want to put on your calendars!

Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 10.08.33 PMOctober 12-13, Langley: http://www.elevateconference.ca/

Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 9.46.02 PMOctober 18-19, Vancouver, Langley, Kelowna: http://growingleadership.com/summit2018/

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October 26-27, Surrey: Into the Neighbourhood

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November 17, Abbotsford: https://www.sentgeneration.ca/

INTO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Surrey – October 26 & 27, 2018 – REGISTER HERE

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We would like to invite the pastors and church leaders of the BC Association to join our Executive Minister, Bob Krahn, on Oct. 26 – 27, 2018 (Friday – Saturday) for a challenging workshop on reaching our neighbourhoods for Christ.  Forge Canada, NABC and our BC Association have joined together to bring this event to the Metro-Vancouver area.  While the cost is $100 per person for the two day event, NAB and the BC Association will cover the full cost for the first registrant from each BC Association church.  For all other registrants from your church it will only cost you $10 per person (that’s a 90% savings).  This should give you some indication about the high value that we are putting on this seminar.  This is an excellent opportunity to bring your key leaders together as we equip them for mission.  Thank you Cam for your generosity to our Association pastors and leaders.

Some of your leaders will be working during the day on Friday but I would encourage you to have them join you for the Friday night and Saturday sessions.

Registration:

Please REGISTER HERE no later than October 19, 2018 for the BC Association subsidized rates.

Location: Southside Community Church – 12642 100th avenue, Surrey

Schedule:

Day 1 (Friday, October 26) runs from 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Day 2 (Saturday, October 27) runs from 9:00am to 4:00 pm.

  • Refreshments and snacks will be provided throughout the event.
  • Day 1 – dinner is on your own but is meant to be a shared meal with those you meet at the event at a restaurant in the neighbourhood.
  • Day 2 – lunch will be catered.