scottsdale bible compass SCOTTSDALEBIBLE.COM APRIL 2009 McDowell Conference: Truth Unleashed Hope for Your Home J osh a n d s e a n M c d o w e l l will be at Scottsdale Bible May 1–2 speaking on relationships, a personal walk with Christ and how to have a biblical worldview. This is a great event to invite You can register online at www.scottsdalebible.com or at the Men’s table on Sundays. The adult rate is $30; student rate is $25. Lunch is included on Saturday. The topics include: your friends who do not know Christ or those who • A Skeptic’s Quest—Josh’s personal are unsure where God fits into their own lives. testimony Take advantage of this opportunity to grow in your • Relationships that Transform relationship with Christ while also introducing • Truth or Tragedy someone else to a relationship with our Lord and • Equipping Young People with a Biblical Savior. Bring your friends who are seeking the truth Worldview that only God can provide! • Q & A Session with Josh and Sean. New Churches Seek to Build God’s Kingdom Old Town Bible Church and ACCESS Church A t s c o t t s d a l e B i B l e c h u r c h , our mission is to Win, Build and the church with his own leadership style and vision. One obvious effect is the Send. We strive to Win people to Christ and then Build them up in their recent renaming of the church to Old Town Bible Church (OTBC)—a change faith. The idea is that we can Send them out to be winners and builders in intended to reflect their desire to reach people in Old Town Scottsdale for Christ their own spheres of influence. This sending part is critical. Christ’s church must and to use God’s Word as the source of truth as they follow the path of Jesus. constantly push the borders of its influence into a world that is lost and hurting OTBC also welcomed Jared Reasy, a former Scottsdale Bible intern, as the new and doesn’t know the Good News of His Worship Arts Pastor in January of this year. Jared will be leading the church in hope and love. We do this as individuals worshiping God each week and assisting Heath in providing leadership as the when we share the gospel and connect congregation grows. people into the church to grow. We also Please continue to pray for the leaders of OTBC as they strive to lead a do this on a large scale when we plant called-out community of Christians who desire to live in submission to the churches in areas of need and support Holy Spirit. those churches as they grow. Two such In the northeast Valley, Rance Meyers and Matt Suman are busy building church plants with connections to ACCESS Church. Since the church’s inception a few months ago, Rance and Matt Scottsdale Bible are Old Town Bible have been creating vision, mission and strategies for how this new church will Church (formerly Mosaic) and ACCESS reach out to Peoria with the love and hope of Jesus Christ. The team has also Church. added a third member, Rusty Cash, to head up assimilation, ministry teams, small Seven years ago, as part of the Enlarge groups and to help launch a student ministry. Our Hearts campaign, Scottsdale Bible ACCESS has held three meetings in a member’s home in the area and has launched Mosaic Bible Church in the heart of South Scottsdale. Since then, Mosaic already grown to almost 50 people—all of this well before the official September has undergone many changes in the areas of leadership, location and mission. 30 launch date! Rance has been overjoyed: “What a blessing it has been to meet Heath Taylor came to Mosaic two-and-a-half years ago and has since imprinted such great people and to see them grow in fellowship together. It’s also been continued on Men, page 6 contents Student ......................................2 Graphic Artists Needed ASAP I Women .......................................2 n k e e p i n g with one of our five projects. Some of the graphic Worship and Creative Arts ...........3 initiatives (involve 75 percent of design areas that need volunteer our congregation in service), support include bulletin covers, the Counseling ..................................4 we are expanding the number of Compass, sermon series branding, Children ......................................5 opportunities brochures, special events publicity, Marriage .....................................5 for you to banners, posters, website design serve to elements, Sunday Men ............................................6 include areas PowerPoint, signage, Outreach ....................................7 that require newspapers ads, campus Spiritual Formation .....................8 some very maps, welcome materials, specific skill logos, icons, booklets and Bookshelf....................................8 sets. We are hand-outs. Editors: Patti Bubna, Minister of Communication looking for If you have experience and Danielle Juengel, Communication Specialist Publication Design: Maggie Medcalf graphic expertise in QuarkXPress or Printing: Fidelity Press West artists who InDesign and are willing and are willing excited about serving in this to work way, please contact Patti with the Bubna in Communication Communication Ministries, email@example.com, Office to help brainstorm, design to set up an appointment. Creating a community of Christ-followers marked by unwavering faith and unconditional love. and edit printed materials for our We look forward to working ministry departments and special with you! 2 STUDENT Scottsdale Bible May 2009 Scottsdale Bible || April 2008 It’s Spring—Time to Clean Out the Year’s Clutter second annual rummage sale S p r i n g i s i n t h e a i r and with that comes a sudden urge to clean up, which will take place everything in sight. We all know how easy it is for our garages and closets sometime during the to become cluttered with stuff that we have no longer need. Student Ministry week of April 11. If would like to take it off your hands. you would like more We are gearing up for our second annual rummage sale to benefit our High information about the School Summer Mission Trips. There are five teams going out this summer to sale or want to schedule Alaska, Argentina, Czech Republic, La Paz and Tanzania. Each team is growing a pick up, please contact more excited about the unique experiences they will share together. The students Carol in the Student Ministry have been working hard to raise funds to make each trip possible and you can be Office, 480.824.7280 or part of raising those funds by donating items for our rummage sale. firstname.lastname@example.org. Your The sale is Saturday, April 18 in the north parking lot of our campus. You can gift is tax-deductible; you drop off items beginning April 4. We will be happy to pick up any large items will receive a receipt at you cannot drop off—simply call the Student Ministry Office to schedule a pick your request. Club 56 Winter Camp, Praise God! F e B r u a r y 2 7 – M a r c h 1 , Club 56 had the opportunity to escape Phoenix and head up north for our annual Winter Camp. It was amazing to watch our fifth- and sixth- big things in the lives of these students. Please continue to pray that God will bless us with wonderful, committed volunteers who have passionate hearts to love kids and walk through life with grade students connect with other them. Also, please pray that God will students, volunteer staff and more use each of us as we minister to the importantly, God. Our camp theme students and their families. Our goal in was Super Hero and students were Club 56 is to help parents be a godly encouraged to create their own Super influence in the lives of each child, Hero with powers and even their own costumes. Ryan Heath, Scottsdale Bible’s encouraging them to build relationships that are meaningful for their spiritual Junior High Director, did a fantastic job growth and for a lifetime. Luke 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in communicating God’s Word the entire the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”—Chad McCormick, weekend. It was incredible for me to director of Club 56 witness our kids worship God with all their hearts and to watch them grow spiritually in their faith. After our Saturday night session the students went back to their cabins for Praying for our Students D devotions and to discuss the message o y o u h a v e a high school student? If delivered by the speaker. After 45 so, you know the pressures they face in minutes, a high school student, who volunteers as a small-group leader, school, relationships and growing up in approached me with tears of joy saying that three girls in her group accepted a sinful world. Sometimes as parents we struggle Christ. Even as I type this, chills run to say the right words at the right time. We down my spine. I am so grateful that stand at a crossroads with them, and like them, God showed Himself to these students. don’t always know which way to turn. How can The Spirit was alive and working in the we be effective in raising godly children? One lives of many students, revealing a of the first steps is a commitment to prayer. powerful example of God’s grace and High School Ministry is beginning a prayer team His love for our kids. to pray for our high school students and ministry It is an honor and privilege to serve and would encourage parents to join us in this the families at Scottsdale Bible. I am endeavor. If you are interested, please contact praising God for His faithfulness to do Deb Pirtle at 480.495.1326 or email@example.com. WOMEN A Wild Beginning God has given to each woman. Here are some reasons the women are crazy Women in Leadership Development about WILD. Lorraine Willis says: A n e w t w o - y e a r p r o g r a M for Scottsdale Bible Women called Women in Leadership Development (WILD) has gotten off to a great start with a total of 61 women enrolled. This exciting ministry that meets on Tuesday mornings and evenings this “I love the teaching team. They are a fantastic group of godly women who are challenging spring, is focusing me each week on the leader. to explore my WILD PM Class Gifted teachers character, spiritual such as Kristin gifts and God-given passions for ministry in order to determine how and where Beasley, Kristina God wants me to serve Him. I love my small group. They are supportive women Bailey, Jessica Neill who provide weekly encouragement, prayer and accountability during this journey.” and Margi Galloway Kathy Shumard says: “I have been feeling so empowered this week and I show the women decided it was because the WILD classes are encouraging me to be a better how their passions, person.” spiritual gifts and Tami Walters says: “I find that I am only beginning to learn what I thought personalities drive I already knew—where and how to serve Christ. Through these classes I am WILD AM Class where they will excited to find what my strengths are and how God has gifted me. I can use serve in ministry. the gifts God has given me to serve Him with excitement and purpose.” During the fall semester the women will be learning practical leadership skills. This experience will begin again next February. Be praying now if this is The second year of this program is centered on serving the church with the gifts something the Lord may be calling you to do. The best is yet to come! Scottsdale Bible | April 2009 WOMEN (continued) 3 Youniquely Woman Conference L ast us to be. Our spiritual lives, marriages, parenting and home-making were just Month, a few of the topics discussed. Women left excited and ready to implement new Scottsdale strategies into their lives. They were encouraged to love more deeply and sincerely Bible women with a renewed focus. God truly spoke and we are grateful! had the privilege We are very proud and thankful for 100+ volunteers who served over the of learning from four-day conference. Margi, Jessica and Kim are grateful to serve the Lord with three incredibly the wonderful women here at Scottsdale Bible who are consistently willing to wise women of work for the Kingdom. This conference was unlike anything we have ever God: Donna Otto, participated in and was truly life-changing. Emilie Barnes and Kay Arthur. Together we looked at you are not alone every aspect of a woman’s support ministry life and were challenged to be This is a ministry to women and all God is calling families experiencing breast cancer. prayer shawl ministry Have you or someone close to you been diagnosed with breast cancer? Women who care would like to offer a listening ear, words of encouragement If you love to knit and want to serve the Lord using your abilities, and confidential prayer support during this join other women and learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry. It will challenging season for you and your family’s life. be held Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in B133. For information and assistance please call Susan This year we will be knitting shawls to wrap around the sick, elderly or Bartolini 480.818.2157. This ministry is sponsored anyone who can use a hug. All skill levels of knitters are welcome and by Scottsdale Bible Women. we encourage you to invite your knitting friends. If you are interested in this ministry or have questions, call Sophanne Schleifer 480.945.0871. WORSHIP AND CREATIVE ARTS Spring Concert Series Continues The concert at Scottsdale Bible will be free and open to the public. Area alumni and friends of Biola University are invited to attend a reception immediately following the concert. An Evening of Artists Friday, May 15, 7 p.m., Worship Center J o i n s c o t t s d a l e B i B l e a r t i s t s for an evening to remember, including a wide variety of music by our choir and orchestra. There will be instrumental and vocal groups plus our worship dance team; the concert is free and open to the public. Easter Services for both campuses Biola University Chorale Scottsdale Bible Church, North Bible Church, Friday, April 17, 7 p.m., Worship Center Main Campus Greenway-Hayden Mrs. Shawna Stewart, conductor Good Friday, April 10 Maundy Thursday, April 9 6 p.m. Worship Center* 5–7 p.m. Worship Center* T h e B i o l a u n i v e r s i t y c h o r a l e performs in concert at Scottsdale Bible Church Friday April 17 at 7 p.m. The program entitled “Ain’a That Good News” features works from classic and contemporary composers including Franz Joseph Haydn, Kenneth Jennings, Heinrich Schütz, Z. Randall Stroope, Heinrich Graun, Oscar Galián, Claude Debussy, René Clausen, Eric 8 p.m. *No childcare will be available April 11 Worship Center* Self-guided meditation *No childcare will be available Good Friday, April 10 Reflect on Christ’s Life and 7 p.m. Worship Center* Whitacre, Robert Denham and William L. Dawson. Joining the Chorale in concert Substitutionary Death *No childcare will be available is world-renowned opera soprano Katie Van Kooten and the eight-part male 5 p.m. High School Bldg* a cappella group The King’s Men. Multi-media presentations, Easter Sunday, April 12 The Biola University Chorale is comprised of 50 voices from various disciplines interactive worship, music 9 a.m. Worship Center on campus, with nearly 65 percent being voice majors. The Chorale participates 11 a.m. Worship Center yearly in prestigious Southern California festivals such as the Pacific Southwest Easter Sunday, April 12 Intercollegiate Choral Association and the Chapman University festivals. They 7 a.m. Worship Center* Classes for birth through preschool will are also the hosts for an annual two-day invitational high school, community 8:15 a.m. Worship Center be offered during both Sunday services college and Christian college festival in early November. Each spring they join 9:45 a.m. Worship Center forces with the Biola Symphony Orchestra for a choral-orchestral concert. Recent 9:45 a.m. High School Bldg works performed include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven’s Symphony 11:10 a.m. High School Building No. 9, Poulenc’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s 11:15 a.m. Worship Center “He is not here, Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C Major. Annual tours have included 5 p.m. Worship Center Colorado, northern and southern California, Washington, Oregon,Washington DC, but He has risen.” New York City and recently Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and *Classes for birth through pre-K will Italy. In addition to a yearly season of many Biola-related concerts, the Chorale be offered during all Sunday services Luke 24:6a also performs at area churches such as the Crystal Cathedral, Lake Avenue Church except 7 a.m. and Hollywood Presbyterian Church. The choir has also been seen on the Tonight No adult enrichment classes all day Show with Jay Leno, performing the music of the movie The Passion of the Christ. 4 WORSHIP AND CREATIVE ARTS (con) Scottsdale Bible May 2009 Scottsdale Bible || April 2008 Rock Solid The Easter Stone A Stomp Band Adventure J oin u s for Rock Solid in the Scottsdale Bible High School Building Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. This high-energy evening is presented by the combined Scottsdale Bible I t w a s a B a r r i e r to the vision between one world and the next. Most thought it was merely a wall for the body, a way to keep death and life separated. And despite showing them with the raising of Lazarus that through Him the blockage need not exist, still they didn’t understand. A few considered that the obstruction could be moved, not because they children’s choirs as they explore God’s guidance down the expected life but rather because they thought of nothing more than to honor path of life through drama, music and movement. Share their a death. So even though the barrier could have been moved, still it remained. concern as they experience twists and turns on the trail. See Only One knew it was an example for every life to come—proof that barriers their growth through adversity. And celebrate with them as could be removed. For many it would take an earthquake. And with that quake they learn about God’s provision and promises. which shook the core, He revealed the door, straight and narrow, leading to a This event is free, however, we are using it as an opportunity place where seemingly we could not or would not go. To the eyes of the world, it to collect necessities to send to an orphanage in Romania. seemed a tomb filled with death, guarded by this obstacle of impenetrable rock. Please bring travel-sized personal products such as shampoo, deodorant and But to the One Who created it, the One Who had laid there, it was the way, it was toothpaste to share with orphaned children. the truth and it led to life.—Kimberly K. Hannay, used by permission COUNSELING Alcohol/Addictions: Testimony and Hope A l c o h o l / a d d i c t i o n s : Testimony and Hope is a new six-week from the pit of hell recovery group that will meet from 7–8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning April I called my life and 13 in E214. The group is facilitated by men and women who want to share I found peace and the joy of their walk with God and their freedom from the bondage of addiction. comfort for the first Rachel, one of the facilitators, shares her testimony: time. “I grew up in a New York Jewish home with a mother and father who loved “Three more years me and supplied every need and most wants I had. Still, it wasn’t enough. Later, of breaking took I came to find out there was a God-shaped hole inside me and I tried to fill it with place, as God needed alcohol starting from the age of 11. me to make some “I had every opportunity any young lady could ask for and my entire future was changes. At the age before me, but nothing could fill the aching emptiness that consumed me. My life of 24, I hit rock was centered on escaping the emptiness through drinking. As time passed, my bottom and recognized destructive behavior increased and it led to a dark place of wanting to end it all. I needed His help in I couldn’t see any way out as life became increasingly more difficult. I could no cleaning up my past. longer break away from my fears, hurts, anger and pain. The alcohol ceased doing I needed His leading and His will to be done in my life. I was led to AA and the its job and I wanted out! 12-step program was the vehicle used to bring me to a life/journey of accountability “I didn’t yet know the Lord and had nowhere to turn. I moved to Arizona for in a way I never knew before. college at the age of 21 and within a few months a new friend of mine shared “On March 15, I celebrated 11 years of sobriety. God has done a work in me with me the Good News of Jesus Christ. The nightmares I was having seemed to through the Holy Spirit. Life has taken on meaning and passion centered in my be increasing and I couldn’t take the personal hell I was living in. I was desperate walk with the Lord. Service is not only a privilege but also a gift. God gave me and would have done anything for relief from the internal struggle and torment I new life, born in Him, and my desire is to live His way, not mine. Today I have lived in. So I called out in the name of Jesus when the nightmare came again and hope. My experience and strength in the Lord shapes each precious moment and I wept as I found myself having an encounter with the Son of God. He saved me I want to share it with others.”—Rachel Benson The Desire to be Christian Counselors C hristian counseling is a unique profession that requires spiritual giftedness in compassion and discernment. Our Counseling Center is providing to help heal hearts. She sensed God’s call to be a vessel for His growth in others. “During my time at the Scottsdale Bible Counseling Center, God has gently reminded me that I am a sinner in recovery just like everyone else, and He can use me through both my strengths and my weaknesses. It is comforting to know I do not have to be perfect or have it all figured out. I know I am simply joining Christian counseling practicum others in their journey toward God.” training to students who are in Please lift each of these students to the Lord in prayer as they learn and grow professional counseling programs. as counselors. This semester we have four students in the combined program at Ottawa University and Phoenix Professional Christian Seminary. Barbara Koopman was in a Caregivers Breakfast secular counseling program when Barb Koopman, Heather Peacock, she became aware of its limitations. Join fellow Christian behavioral and healthcare Michael Hutt and Heidi Deibert She knew she could not separate professionals for breakfast Friday, April 24, from her faith from her practice. She 7–8:30 a.m. Educating Families about Addictions believes it is God’s wisdom, grace and discernment that penetrate the heart of and Recovery will be the featured presentation by man and without Him, we can do nothing. Her practicum is teaching her that real Mike Speakman, licensed substance abuse counselor change comes from an encounter with God, and she is just a conduit of God’s grace from Calvary Center in Phoenix. The breakfast is held in another person’s life. at Epley’s Historic Squaw Peak Inn for a small cost Heather Peacock knows God called both her and her husband to full-time of $7. For more information, contact the Counseling ministry as professional counselors. They have always been passionate about Office at 480.824.7239. helping couples have a healthy Biblical perspective for their marriage. Through her experience at the Scottsdale Bible Counseling Center, Heather is learning how important it is to help people see themselves through God’s eyes. There are so many hurting people and when they don’t know the truth of who they are in Christ, it makes their situation much more difficult. Michael Hutt wants to be a Christian counselor because he wants to offer GriefShare begins new session G something more than his non-Christian peers. Michael knows that even secular riefshare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one counselors can be helpful, but he can only imagine what God can accomplish through death, starts a new 13-week session April 7. The group meets through Christian counseling. Michael says he has learned and experienced grace in Chapel Room 2 from 7–9 p.m. Tuesday evenings. GriefShare is a in his practicum. While he realizes he is not expected to be perfect, he knows he nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery is accountable to learn and improve. This balance of grace and accountability is a topics. During group discussion time, participants will have an opportunity to principle he will carry forward in his practice. interact with others who have experienced a recent loss. For more information, Heidi Deibert says God led her into Christian Counseling after igniting a passion please call the Counseling Office at 480.824.7239 or visit www.griefshare.org. Scottsdale Bible | April 2009 CHILDREN 5 Two AWANA Teams Take Second Place in State Games B oth scot tsdale Thank you to all AWANA Club participants, coaches, parents and other B i B l e AWANA volunteers who helped make this successful event possible. teams had outstanding The AWANA program’s mission is to assist churches and families in helping raise performances in the children to know, love and serve Christ. The Scottsdale Bible AWANA program has Arizona State AWANA over 300 registered participants and 120 parent volunteers who meet each Tuesday Games Competition at night on campus. For more information or to register your child, please contact Southwestern College in Kelli Moss at 480.824.7220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Phoenix. The Sparks Team (kindergarten–second volunteers needed grade) finished an impressive first place in Please consider serving as a teacher, helper or substitute at five heats and second place the 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday services for Nursery or Preschool. The in four heats, earning them a wonderful second place overall finish. The Truth attendance has really grown and we need more volunteers. If you are and Training boys team (third–sixth grade) was red hot with nine first place heats interested or have any questions contact Donna in Children’s Ministry at and three second place heats, narrowly escaping a first place victory by just 480.824.7271. three points! Attention Preschool Lord’s Supper and Nursery Parents: in Tree House Jesus is Alive O n a p r i l 5 come to our Tree House and experience the Lord’s Last Supper. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners O n e a s t e r s u n d a y this year we have an awesome experience awaiting our preschoolers to help them understand that Jesus is alive! We are taking them on a “field trip” to Jerusalem to the Old City to visit the empty tomb of Jesus. The good news is this won’t cost you a thing and it’s right on our campus! Just bring your preschooler to Kidz Place Easter Sunday. will travel back to Jesus’ time and get to see, hear, touch and taste all that Jesus did the last moments He spent with His friends. This will help set the stage for them to understand the real meaning of Easter. VACATION BIBLE eXPERIENCE AND SUMMER MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS CAMP W ould y o u l i k e to visit Italy? On June 8–12 the Scottsdale Bible campus will be transformed into Rome to host VBX and SMPAC. What an incredible week this will be as children learn more about Paul and the Underground Church of Rome. It will be complete with a marketplace that is reminiscent of early times, plus games, costumes, treats and lots of fun. large and adult size small are needed to create the children’s costumes. Canopy tents to create the marketplace are also needed. We pray that God will move you to participate with us. Please consider serving our children in To make all this happen, your expertise and help is needed as we prepare for a positive way that rewards everyone. As you an awesome week. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Early online registration make your summer plans, include VBX and begins April 20 at www.scottsdalebible.org. This is a wonderful opportunity to SMPAC and have fun during this incredible serve Christ and build friendships for life. week! Contact Kelli Moss at email@example.com If you wish to contribute items, white Hanes t-shirts in youth size small, medium, or 480.824.7220. MARRIAGE Value the Vintage “Celebrate Marriage,” a profile of Scottsdale Bible couples married over 50 years. We also have some really great new and younger couples, like David and Julie Dickerson, Jason and Michelle Fortin and Charlie and Julie Lewis—we would like even more young couples who have a heart for ministry to join us. No matter the T here w a s a wonderful article on worship bands in Christianity Today, concluding that worship appears to be greatest when it’s the united voices of a congregation that rise length of your marriage, call Bill Miller at 480.824.7299 in the Marriage Office, to let him know of your interest. Marriage Ministry to God. Recently our Worship Team led us in a quiet, “vintage” hymn that swelled and echoed in the sanctuary—a Event Calendar moving and holy offering to God. Pre-MED (Pre-Marriage Education) The article caused me to reflect on Begins April 25, 9 a.m.; fee and registration required; forms at other things beyond music and reminded www.scottsdalebible.com me that many in our society try to throw out the Bible, or say that Christian faith was not at the core of our nation at Love and Respect its founding, or try to devalue Ongoing small group 8–10 week home study; new groups start each month marriage—which God instituted in the Garden of Eden. Many have been Intimate Encounters swayed to ignore marriage altogether. Ongoing small group 8–10 week study; new groups start each month There is value in the vintage. Things like ancient manuscripts, old hymns, mature authors, four-part harmony and Fireproof movie date night seasoned marriages must be valued and cherished. Balance should be established May 16, 6 p.m., Town Centre so that the new and the vintage are evaluated and both given their due. For more information contact Bonnie Lathrop, 480.824.7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org Our Marriage Ministry strives for balance. Future columns will contain 6 MARRIAGE (continued) Scottsdale Bible | April 2009 Happily Incompatible B e f o r e s h e d i e d , Ruth Bell Graham told an interviewer that she and Billy had been happily incompatible for 60 years. It’s not “sameness” that makes long term marriages great. It takes hard work and an unworldly commitment to God and our spouse. I was in a training setting with one Scottsdale Bible couple who had been married for 50 years, where they both vulnerably married and have found yourself in the struggles common shared that even after five decades they still had disagreements. Robertson to early McQuilkin, whose marriage of 40-plus years, is another example of God’s extraordinary marriage, grace. He resigned the presidency of Columbia International University to care for or have Muriel, whose 25-year decline into Alzheimer’s disease had progressed to a stage you been where his physical presence with her was the only time she felt calm. married for God didn’t create marriage to make us happy by giving us someone who is any number the same as us or who will fulfill our desires. He gave us someone uniquely different of years as a life partner to sharpen us. It would seem that marriage is designed for and aren’t friction. Let me quickly add that in a life well-lived, as He intended, happiness is experiencing the abundant life you expected? If so, consider one of the Marriage a byproduct. In marriage we must choose to move toward one another—seeking Ministry opportunities coming soon. You will find more about each of these on our spouse’s desires before our own. Our life mission will be transformed. the Marriage Ministry pages on the Scottsdale Bible website or you can call Do you fit one of these situations? Are you contemplating marriage, engaged, Bonnie at 480.824.7299 for more information. MEN New Churches Seek to Build God’s Kingdom continued from Front Page moving to see them begin to catch times, is still going well and it is exciting to see God supply in such a variety the vision for where we are going as of unexpected ways.” a church.” Please continue to pray for Rance, Matt and Rusty as they offer the people of As the new church takes root and Peoria “access” to a life-transforming relationship with God—a God who loves Matt and Rose Suman, grows in the community, there are many and accepts them right where they are, yet cares about them too much to leave Rance and Kecia Meyers challenges that lie ahead. In financially them in their current condition. unstable times, Rance understands fully To find out more about Old Town Bible Church, visit their website at that wherever God guides, He will always provide. He is encouraged that “our www.oldtownbible.com or call 480.368.8009. For ACCESS Church, go to support-raising, although definitely more challenging in these tough economic www.accesschurchaz.org or call 480.586.7101.—Steve Eriksson, Spiritual Formation Going Heart-to-Heart as a Father G oing to heart- - h e a r t as a father means modeling your love for Christ. Actually, fathering Children learn more from what they see than from what they hear. My mentor is fond of saying that he would rather see a sermon than to hear one any day. His advice is helpful and serves as a note-worthy reminder that every dad should have two primary goals when it comes to going “heart-to-heart” with their children: is more about this type of • To have a one-to-one correlation between his public and private life. modeling than all the tips • To have the humility to admit his failures. on fathering combined. Today’s fathers may be full of heartache. For some of us the idea of going Andrew Carnegie once heart-to-heart with our kids may seem to be a lost cause due to some current said, “As I grow older, circumstances or past actions that led to disconnected relationships with our I pay less attention to children. Yet it is never too late to be the kind of father God calls a man to be. what men say. I just We must never forget that God’s grace is greater than our failures, greater than watch what they do.” It’s our sin! God’s Word promises, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the the same with children. humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that They may not pay attention at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, to what we say, but they because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:5–7). Every dad will hurt his children, but see everything we do. it takes a man of God to admit it. God calls that kind of humility, courage! Monkey see, monkey do; It has been said that being a father comes from the heart of our Father in our children watch us! heaven Who gives men the heart of fatherhood. His heart is one of love—gracious And that’s why we have love. Scripture teaches God’s love was made clear when He sent His only Son into to model our Christian this world so that we might live through Him (1 John 4:8–9). Here we see that faith before our children. the essence of God’s love is not only gracious but also sacrificial. The call of loving-fatherhood is likewise; loving, even in discipline, gracious and sacrificial, somanorth has moved never condemning but always affirming and encouraging. The old adage applies: “We teach what we believe, but we reproduce what we are.” If Christ is your Lord and Savior, then I hope that you are living that testimony out before the watchful view of your children (more on this subject next month).—Darien Bennett, pastor to Men S oMa north, the Young Adult Ministry of Scottsdale Bible, has moved to 6:30 p.m. on lost and found Sundays in the High Are you missing a coat, Bible or sunglasses? School Building. Joe Check the Lost and Found cabinets in the Gordon teaches, Lucas Administration Office. Parents, please check the Cooper leads worship and there is fellowship afterwards. Additionally, somanorth cart by D106 for children’s items. Articles not picked up has monthly service projects, social events and home groups. These provide you by April 15 will be donated to an appropriate charity. opportunities to engage in authentic Christian relationships and grow in your walk with Christ within the context of community. Check out www.somanorth.com for more information or call 480.824.7299. Scottsdale Bible | April 2009 MEN (continued) 7 This Summer from Ministry to Men and Their Families Father/Daughter Dinner Theatre T h e a n n u a l Father-Daughter Dinner Theatre will be held Saturday, June 20—Father’s Day weekend. Registration will open soon both online and at the Men’s table. Father/Son Camping Trip T h e a n n u a l Father-Son Camping Trip will be held at Woods Canyon Lake on the Rim north of Payson, AZ. It will be held the weekend of August 7–9 and registration for this will be available both online and at the Men’s table. The “ALL-IN” Men’s Retreat A r e y o u a l l - i n ? Join the Men of Scottsdale Bible Church for the “ALL-IN” Men’s retreat September 24–27 at Young Life’s Lost Canyon Camp in Williams, AZ. This year our guest speakers will be Pastor Jamie Rasmussen along with Pastor Tom Schrader. Registration will open soon both online and at the Men’s table. OUTREACH Search Ministries Apartment Life CARES Teams Facilitating Neighborhood Discussion Parties O ne of the Most practical applications to Pastor Jamie’s recent I n t h e 1 0 l a r g e s t cities in the U.S., 54 percent of the population live in multi-family housing. Of those people, 95 percent have no spiritual connection or church family. At Apartment Life, our mission is to move into a designated apartment and bring the gospel to this nearly unreached people group through CARES teams. Search and Rescue series takes In January, Oscar and Sonia Lopez, a CARES team who lives in an apartment place each time Search Ministries owned by a Scottsdale Bible member, were the hands and feet of Jesus in their facilitates a neighborhood community. They connected 22 residents to their church in one month. In discussion party series. The addition, they brought numerous kids to AWANA each week and had the privilege most recent series was hosted by of seeing two young women accept Jesus. The Lopez’ also had the opportunity volunteers from Scottsdale Bible to pray with two others to accept Christ in their home. Church: Jim and Susan Duchene, If you are interested in living out your life mission in an apartment community Chuck and Kim Clausen and near you or supporting someone else who feels called to do so, check out Carolyn Johnson. For three Apartment Life at www.caresteam.org. Sunday afternoons they invited their friends and neighbors to join them for a mixer time, a one-hour discussion, and then finished up with dessert and coffee. Search is the first step for many people toward exploring what they believe Tanzania child sponsor and it happens because the environment is open, loving, non-religious and non-threatening. Motivated by compassion, with the goal of having significant communication letters conversations about life and God questions, you take time to discover where each person is on their spiritual journey. Then as friends, you can follow up Thanks to all the Tanzania Child Sponsors who faithfully support and encourage them to consider the Good News about Jesus. our children in Tanzania. Our new Tanzania Communication Team recently One attendee shared that she has moved her worldview from being an atheist sent out an important letter to our sponsors. If you are a sponsor and to a believer in God and now wants to host discussion parties in her own did not receive our letter, we need your correct mailing address. Email neighborhood! Lives are being changed through Search Ministries. your mailing address to us at Tanzania@scottsdalebible.com and we To learn more about hosting a discussion party series in your neighborhood, will gladly send you a letter. Thank you for your commitment to our contact Gil at 602.295.5506 or email@example.com. Tanzania Project. Neighborhood Ministries 2009 Messianic Spring “Stock the Store” Passover Seder Sunday, April 12, Neighborhood Ministries table on patio E v e r y d a y at the Neighborhood Center, parents of our Neighborhood Ministry kids are cleaning, fixing broken items, handling landscaping needs, working in the office and helping with programs. This work is recorded and three times Friday, April 17, 6–8:30 p.m., Town Centre a year gets translated into in-house paychecks to spend at our in-house store. Help us stock the store with items they need and have worked so hard to earn. Food items most needed are rice, beans and pasta. Household items most needed are diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, shampoo J oin us as we read from the Haggadah, partake Passover elements and understand how Jesus, our Passover Lamb, fulfilled this Feast of the Lord. We will share “The Telling”—a dramatic participatory retelling of the Passover and conditioner, hand and body soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. depicting God’s deliverance of the Bring donations to church Sunday, April 12 or drop them off at the Administration children of Israel from Egypt. We Office the week prior. Clearly mark Neighborhood Ministries on all donations. will also enjoy Messianic music If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the and traditional Jewish songs. Outreach Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome, Jews “Share at the Fair” and Gentiles, so invite family, friends and fellowship groups. Please bring a dish Child Evangelism Fellowship to share for the potluck plus $2 per person to cover the April 15–19, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., State Fair Ground cost the Passover elements. (Yellow Commerce Building) RSVP is required; please call Make gospel bracelets with children and share the gospel with them Rosemary Van Kalsbeek at using the Wordless Book. This is a great activity for a family to do 480.837.8756 with the number in together and then go enjoy the Fair together. Sign up for a three-hour your party by Thursday, April 16. We shift. Free admittance is offered weekdays until 3 p.m.; parking is $7. need an accurate headcount to provide Contact CEFPhoenix@gmail.com. Passover elements for everyone. For additional information, contact Cathy Wilson at 480.699.6957 or email@example.com. 8 SPIRITUAL FORMATION Scottsdale Bible | April 2009 Bucking the Trend O ne of the participating. The teaching and fellowship is amazing in these classes and unique getting to know people is always encouraged. It’s one place where the big church things about gets small. Scottsdale Bible is the Yet, most of us don’t attend an adult class. I often wonder why folks don’t try number and quality visiting a class to find one suitable for them: of adult classes each Is it because you don’t know which class to try? Stop at the Information Circle Sunday. Most large and grab a flier. Folks there can tell you which ones might be a good fit for you. churches in America We have classes for all ages and stages of life with opportunities to grow and do not have much serve. Some of them are start-ups with new folks getting connected. in the way of adult Is it because you think you somehow become obligated when you visit a class? classes. Instead, they There is no obligation; in fact, the blessings and benefits are there for you, not to focus on the worship mention the food and fellowship. Shop around until you find the right class for you. service and in-home Is it because you think the people aren’t friendly? We score an “80” on the small groups. We are friendly meter generally, meaning we are really trying—with room to improve. bucking that trend. Come help us get better. In fact, we are the Is it because you have been waiting for an invitation? Well, consider this your poster child for adult invitation. We need you. Come join the family that gathers in classes on Sunday. It classes, hosting 18 could change your life. Meet me at the Information Circle and I will take you there every Sunday morning myself. How’s that for an invitation? Help us buck the trend.—Dave Otto, minister with over 1500 adults for Adult Enrichment Enrichment Class Financial Hope Class: Starting a New Book Learning to Manage our Finances God’s Way Study Gospel of Mark M a n y o f u s think we don’t need help with our finances. We are adults, after all, and we can make our own decisions. But the truth I f y o u w a n t to study the Bible, we will be starting the book of Mark Sunday, March 29. We will study one chapter from the Gospel of Mark each week. If you are an early-bird or if you is, we all need help—that’s why this class has been created. The Bible is packed with wise counsel about your financial life. In fact, Jesus had more to say have a heart to learn more about God’s about money than about heaven Word, this is the perfect class for you! and hell combined. In this class The class is Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. you will learn from experts and one other the path to biblical financial in B133. For more information contact management. This class is every Sunday at 5 p.m. in E203; for more information Mike Loes at firstname.lastname@example.org. email email@example.com. Pastor Bob wants you! The Hospitality Ministry is expanding is an excellent way to get your toe in the water! All you need is a desire dramatically—not only in numbers, but more to serve, a friendly smile and a kind word. We will supply you with importantly, in the level of service to our church. everything else. We need people who have a heart to serve God through service to Scottsdale Bible. The areas Also, Second Half Ministries —giving retired and semi-retired people that come under this umbrella include greeters, a chance to serve the Kingdom in fresh and exciting ways—has launched ushers, communion servers, as well as several new programs that may be of interest to you. Included are such Hospitality Suite and Information Circle opportunities as the Hospital Visitation Team, Second Half Choir (“Encore”), representatives. If you have been attending Hearty Souls (weekly fellowship, worship and teaching) and Friday Night Scottsdale Bible for a while and are being Lights (active singles over the age of 45). Contact Pastor Bob Cain at convicted by the Lord to start serving, here 480.824.7248 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on all these ministries. 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