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    is Jesus or Jeshua Jehovah saves This is on every scale from the personal to the global as we see illustrated in this inspired psalm written some 3 000 years ago The palmist is suffering physical affliction that appears terminal and he cries out to God for deliverance The Spirit of God gives him encouraging words not just for himself but for a generation to come that will see the Lord appear v 16 and all the kingdoms of the world serving him This palmist of Israel prophetically speaks of his people in reference to Zion as finding pleasure in her stones and feeling pity for her dust v 14 The iconic symbol of Israel today is her descendents bowing and praying before the Wailing Wall and placing prayer messages between its stones Note that historically they measure their affliction from the time of their temple s destruction A D 70 which fulfilled the prophecy of Christ Matt 24 2 after which they were scattered to the world by the Romans the Diaspora Yet both the psalmist s and Israel s prayers will not be forsaken v 17 for he was given to see an appointed time v 13 of grace and compassion for Zion when the Lord will arise The psalm reminds us that on every scale from our individual troubles to the troubles of a fallen world and a fallen people Jeshua is God s answer and salvation He watches us from on high v 19 He sets the captive free v 20 In Scripture and in history His story he is Alpha and Omega Rev 22 13 Believe on him today Trust in him through every circumstance Watch for him He is coming again May we be that generation that together with a redeemed Israel Zech 12 10 13 6 shall see his deliverance and praise Jeshua forever Michael Patrick is pastor of Emmanuel MB Church in Onida SD Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Psalm 102 Jesus saves Monday Apr 1 2013 Psalm 102 reminds us that Jesus is God s answer By Michael Patrick This will be written for the generation to come that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD Psalm 102 18 I invite you to read Psalm 102 Students of the Word of God and of history may discern in all their pages of record the need of a Savior God and his name is Jesus or Jeshua Jehovah saves This is on every scale from the personal to the global as we see illustrated in this inspired psalm written some 3 000 years ago The palmist is suffering physical affliction that appears terminal and he cries out to God for deliverance The Spirit of God gives him encouraging words not just for himself but for a generation to come that will see the Lord appear v 16 and all the kingdoms of the world serving him This palmist of Israel prophetically speaks of his

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    members of the resistance and the partisan is grateful and says to his friends He is on our side Sometimes he is seen in the uniform of the police handing over patriots to the occupying power On these occasions his friends murmur against him but the partisan still says He is on our side He still believes that in spite of appearances the Stranger did not deceive him Sometimes he asks the Stranger for help and receives it He is then thankful Sometimes he asks and does not receive it Then he says The Stranger knows best Sometimes his friends in exasperation say Well what would he have to do for you to admit that you were wrong and that he is not on our side But the partisan refuses to answer He will not consent to put the Stranger to the test And sometimes his friends complain Well if that s what you mean by his being on our side the sooner he goes over to the other side the better We are children of the partisan We rely on the eye witness experience of the partisan to convince us of the Stranger s goodness Things happen that don t make sense to us But we rely on the evidence given us and we believe And like Thomas we commit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus When Jesus says Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed he is making a promise a promise to us It is a promise that those of us who demand evidence also have the opportunity to experience the peace and hope that characterize a world in which God reigns and evil is vanquished With Thomas we can say My Lord and my God Alleluia Jesus is risen David Faber is professor of philosophy and director of the Carson Center for Global Education at Tabor College He is a member of Ebenfeld MB Church Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments I believe Monday Apr 1 2013 Thomas needed evidence to believe and so do we by David Faber Normally it s a good thing to have something named after you It s a sign of respect an indication that you have done something significant But there are some times when you want to avoid having things named after you Custer s Last Stand or Doubting Thomas Despite the negative connotations of Doubting Thomas I identify with Thomas I like evidence and I want evidence for religious belief Our belief or lack of belief in Jesus as the risen Lord is the most important decision we will make And you can t make that decision on the basis of wishful thinking or mere sentimentality I don t want to put less thought into whether I entrust myself to Jesus than I do into what kind of car I buy So I can identify with Thomas when he says Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put

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    a constant threat the Mennonite Brethren church in this area of the world is thriving with over 40 000 believers There are many pastors and leaders who are willing to literally lay down their lives for the gospel That is church planting dynamite I also loved talking with Sam a pastor from the Philippines He was consistently upbeat with a huge smile on his face He beamed when talking about his church in the high country He dreams of multiple churches being planted His ultimate desire to lead more and more people to Jesus The two church planters from Japan spoke of how extremely difficult it is to plant a church in that materialistic culture But they remain committed striving hard and doing all they can to reach more people These men are humble ambassadors for Christ Church planting is also difficult in the Canadian urban settings of Vancouver and Montreal It s really tough in the 99 percent Buddhist nation of Thailand It s hard in America Yet every summit attendee remains overwhelmingly committed to spreading the gospel Attendees heard an account of 60 people coming to Jesus on a single Sunday in one of our U S churches We heard of multiple baptisms in muddy rivers and other remote places We heard emotion laden stories of radical commitment to Jesus in the face of threats of imprisonment We cried together as people shared their stories We even witnessed three people giving their lives to Jesus on the trip itself The DNA Exchange Summit was all about sharing accounts of the gospel of Jesus moving forward in the world with real undiluted power God s power So we U S Mennonite Brethren must do all we can with God s power to plant more churches here in America After all it s incredibly evident that spreading the gospel is part of our DNA as followers of Jesus all over the world Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Being Christ s ambassador in our DNA Monday Apr 1 2013 Disciples of Jesus share the good news wherever they live by Don Morris Boon has a smile that reminds me of a high school buddy of mine the Khmu version of my friend Boon is a hard working rice farmer a man who typically rises at 4 a m every morning so he can have an hour for reading his Bible and praying before starting another grueling day Not only does Boon farm all day long often helping other farmers nearby along with tending his own farm he s also a pastor of a thriving church I met Boon on a recent trip to northern Thailand during the DNA Exchange Summit held at MB Mission s Changed Life Center The summit was a gathering of church planters from the United States Canada Japan The Philippines Thailand and areas surrounding Northern Thailand Boon who lives in the northern area endures great hardship and persecution due to his faith

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    worry that they won t have time to devote to a health ministry especially if they work full time or have young families Or they worry that they have too narrow a focus in their specialty area I can tell you that every parish nurse ministry is unique to the time and abilities that each nurse has to offer Every specialty brings a different view and focus Ideally we can team together and share our knowledge with both our colleagues and our churches I see continual examples of 1 Peter 4 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God s grace in its various forms Friends and family approach nurses for health advice Are you being called to use your education and expertise within your church family in a more structured program Do you know of nurses within your congregation that would be great in this role Parish nursing is a new idea for many nurses pastors and congregations I ve seen firsthand what value it brings to our church Whether you re a nurse a pastor or an interested church member I invite you to be in prayer about how a program like this might benefit your congregation and even your community outreach efforts Jessica Klassen a full time critical care nurse partners with Pastor Tim Thiessen to provide holistic care to all attending Birch Bay Bible Community Church Blaine Wash She is the hospital liaison between Peace Health St Joseph Medical Center and Health Ministries Network Klassen is attending graduate school at Gonzaga University and anticipates becoming a family nurse practitioner in 2014 She and her husband Mike have been married 20 years and homeschool their two children If you have questions or are interested in talking with someone about starting or building a health ministry at your church Klassen invites you to contact her at ParishNurse birchbaychurch com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments The church nurse Monday Apr 1 2013 Suggestions for how congregations can care for physical spiritual health needs By Jessica Klassen Walking into the hospital room I felt nervous and inadequate While I had years of critical care expertise this was my first opportunity to serve as the parish nurse of my new church home offering spiritual care to a woman who had been a leader at this church longer than I had been alive My nervousness turned to relief as she warmly welcomed me in among her family to listen share and pray for healing It was less than a year earlier that God led our family to a new church while at the same time opening my eyes to a new way to use my nursing skills for his kingdom A hospital flyer introduced me to parish nursing defined by the American Nurses Association as the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of

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    Bartlett Fresno Pacific University Pete Manjares Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Lynn Jost MB Mission Randy Friesen and MB Foundation Jon Wiebe District ministers Gary Wall Pacific Tim Sullivan Southern Rick Eshbaugh Central and Terry Hunt North Carolina represented the districts Ed Boschman executive director Don Morris Mission USA director J Epp director of development and Steve Schroeder Leadership Board chair represented USMB They met March 14 15 The 2013 USMB Leadership Summit was both inspirational and helpful says Boschman who led the summit Meditating and thinking and praying together with this gifted and experienced cadre of leaders within our USMB family is a high privilege Boschman reports that this year the summit focused on four questions What is the reason for the annual summit What is the collective vision for a preferred future condition for our USMB family How can we strengthen our collaboration and kingdom impact How would you like the USMB Leadership Board and staff to serve USMB The summit participants concluded that in the future the group will aim to strengthen our cooperation in a synergistic way by working together at a focused agenda leadership development local church resourcing new church planting or resource development which ramps up our collective USMB kingdom impact says Boschman in an email interview following the summit Each agency will make available their expertise and services to result in increased effectiveness says Boschman The Summit will be a gathering where we discern and pray together about the best possible ways to do better together what we can t do alone and then to implement those strategies Leadership Board approves budget considers staff changes At its meeting March 15 17 the USMB Leadership Board LB approved a seven month budget of 512 852 for June to December 2013 USMB is shifting to a calendar year for financial purposes beginning in 2014 The abbreviated income budget includes 249 000 in church contributions an amount LB treasurer David Hardt described as reasonable USMB staff fundraising is budgeted at 210 000 The expense budget includes limited funds for new staff initiatives and for church planter assessments and development The Leadership Board heard an extensive report from Ed Boschman USMB executive director that included updates concerning various ministry partners Don Morris Mission USA director J Epp director of development Connie Faber Christian Leader editor Myra Holmes social media coordinator Donna Sullivan administrative secretary and Lori Taylor USMB web master also gave reports In his report Aleks Borisov reported that he has resigned as the USMB Slavic ministries director because of his work as the pastor for a new USMB church plant in Spokane Wash This little baby Disciples Church is keeping me busy said Borisov who served as pastor of education at Pilgrim Slavic Baptist MB Church the Slavic language congregation that is mothering the new English language church Preaching in English every Sunday is a challenge said Borisov Please pray for me he said Boschman reported that Borisov will serve on a volunteer basis for the next several months and that Boschman will consult with the other entities that are involved in employing a Slavic ministries director to determine their next step In other business the board confirmed that Conection 2014 the next biennial national convention will be held in the greater San Francisco area approved changes to the bylaws of Mennonite Health Services Alliance as requested approved Julia Reimer as a new member of the Historical Commission Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB leaders gather review study conference set budget Friday Mar 29 2013 Week of events includes pastors orientation summit gathering board meetings By Connie Faber USMB leaders gathered March 11 17 in San Diego Calif for a series of four gatherings the biennial National Pastors Orientation NPO held Monday through Wednesday noon Board of Faith and Life meeting Wednesday afternoon through Thursday Leadership Summit convening Thursday evening through Friday and the Leadership Board Friday evening through Sunday morning All USMB events in San Diego were held at Best Western Island Palms Hotel This C Link report reviews the four events in the order in which they occurred National Pastors Orientation educates and connects The value of being part of a spiritual family that provides local congregations with a national and international perspective was among the themes that emerged during the National Pastors Orientation Thirty three new USMB pastoral staff members and spouses attended the three day event hosted by the USMB Board of Faith and Life BFL March 11 13 The NPO is intended to familiarize new pastors with Mennonite Brethren history theology agencies personnel and resources and to help them connect with other pastoral staff members Tim Geddert Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary professor and a BFL member and Valerie Rempel FPBS associate professor were the key resource speakers Geddert spoke about the mission of the church Without a clear ecclesiology we will be collecting good ideas but it won t hold together said Geddert Geddert began by highlighting why ecclesiology is important for all Christians and gave specific reasons that are unique to Mennonite Brethren At a time when the state and church were one and the same and acted coercively Anabaptists restored the New Testament concept of church said Geddert A second reason Mennonite Brethren should think carefully about the theology of church is our hybrid identity as Anabaptist Evangelicals We are even more confused about this than most churches said Geddert Geddert addressed four topics related to ecclesiology going with joy into the Lord s house Psalm 122 Jesus treatment of tax collectors Matthew 9 priorities of the church Acts 2 42 47 and the Great Commission Matthew 28 Rempel right briefly reviewed the history of the Anabaptist movement beginning with Martin Luther and including Uhrich Zwingle Conrad Grebel Felix Manz Menno Simons and Eduard Wuest She noted which practical and theological characteristics of the Mennonite Brethren Church can be traced to Simons influence and which ones come from Wuest Rempel summarized key developments following

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    That s part of our MB Mission DNA says Thompson We like to anchor on the Word we like to anchor on prayer and we like to anchor on building community The event will be bookended by orientation and debriefing both held at Shorelife Thompson says SOAR Santa Cruz is not just about a hit and run mission Not only is it important to come alongside existing churches to transform communities he says it s also important that participants are transformed by the experience Orientation includes practical and spiritual preparation for the experience ahead Ample time will be invested in worship Bible study prayer community building repentance and renewal Debriefing will help participants process the experience and take it home Sometimes that means sharing victories or new commitments sometimes it means working through struggles Often participants realize that as Thompson says God is really even bigger than I thought The pre Easter timing of the mission is strategic Both pastors say one hoped for result would be increased attendance at Easter services But they also hope the impact last long after those services end Porter says he hopes SOAR Santa Cruz will inspire the Lincoln Glen congregation to continue to reach out and love their community Clubb hopes for an ongoing positive relationship with the community and with the local middle school administration Thompson says that if SOAR Santa Cruz is successful lives of participants will be greatly affected and the cities will feel blessed by our presence He adds that ultimately he dreams that some who don t know Jesus would be drawn into relationship Because those kind of results are up to God Thompson asks the larger USMB family to pray for this mission We really really cherish prayer he says He invites prayer for God s favor protection and peace on SOAR Santa Cruz and on the host churches For more on SOAR Santa Cruz see www mbmission org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments SOAR Santa Cruz targets California communities Tuesday Mar 19 2013 MB Mission offers new short term opportunity within the U S By Myra Holmes This week a team of about 50 volunteers will partner with MB Mission and two USMB congregations to engage the unique cultures of two northern California communities SOAR Santa Cruz participants will work with Shorelife Community Church Capitola Calif and Lincoln Glen Church San Jose Calif for a pre Easter outreach March 22 30 With this new short term mission opportunity MB Mission the global mission agency of Mennonite Brethren in North America expands short term mission opportunities within the U S borders SOAR offers 10 day mission experiences in the U S and Canada that are easily accessible for participants of all ages In addition to SOAR Santz Cruz MB Mission will again offer SOAR Utah July 12 22 as well as four SOAR events in Canada Mark Thompson short term mission mobilizer for MB Mission says that stereotypes notwithstanding California s Bay

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    of the pastoral staff took an active role in the project writing devotionals recruiting writers and helping with various production tasks which Neufeld says made the project an expression of community at the leadership level as well The biggest challenge of the project Neufeld and Bergen agree was that of working with 40 plus writers and volunteers to meet deadlines and bring the project to completion in a timely manner Neufeld says work began in December in order to have the devotional ready by Feb 13 the first day of Lent The devotional is offered both online using WordPress blog format as well in print North Fresno attendees LynAnne Wiest and Dani Dickie played key roles in making the project a reality in print and online The devotional has been well received at North Fresno Bergen says that the congregation quickly snatched up the roughly 200 printed copies and the online version boasted nearly 2 000 hits within the first two weeks Congregants engaged with the writers and with each other through online comments and through face to face conversations on Sundays In addition Bergen talks about an intangible spiritual and emotional energy surrounding the project He feels that sharing stories in this way has helped the congregation better connect and he hopes that as a result North Fresno will enjoy stronger relationships and a depth of community for the long term Bergen would like to see this kind of sharing become an ongoing part of North Fresno life We need to hear each other s voices he says Leaders will evaluate the project after it s done but it s likely that North Fresno will try something like this again In fact Bergen encourages other congregations to consider something similar whether for a specific season such as Lent or just because He says Make up an excuse to do it Find the North Fresno Lent devotional here http northfresnochurch wordpress com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments North Fresno publishes Lent devotional Tuesday Mar 5 2013 Project builds community as people share personal stories by Myra Holmes North Fresno Calif MB Church is offering a daily devotional for Lent written by attendees of the congregation around the theme Stories of Life on the Journey with Jesus The primary purpose of the devotional according to project editor Tim Neufeld is to build community within the congregation We re always trying to think of ways to connect our faith community he says Some 40 North Fresno attendees wrote for the project representing the church s breadth of ages ethnicity socioeconomic status and length of attendance Each devotional offers a personal testimony of God s grace in the midst of darkness a relevant verse of Scripture and a brief prayer Neufeld says that while many quality Lent devotionals offer a Scriptural meditation the North Fresno project is unique in that it focuses on the personal testimonies of those within the congregation These are our people these are our

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    historic Anabaptist roots Founded by Everence Community Investments and five other faith based investor organizations the Isaiah Fund is dedicated to investing in communities devastated by disaster Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 the Isaiah Fund raised and or invested 5 million and made more than 3 million in community development deposits and loans throughout the Gulf Coast focusing on low income neighborhoods in New Orleans Since then the Isaiah Fund has begun to turn its attention to other regions of the country impacted by disasters Hurricane Sandy which hit the east coast of the United States in late October 2012 caused tens of billions of dollars in damage According to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy the storm caused an estimated 50 billion in losses putting it as one of the worst natural disasters ever to occur in the United States As people of faith we are compelled to help our neighbors in times of need says Mark Regier Everence Director of Stewardship Investing While addressing immediate human needs after a disaster is critical it is often long term economic development that ensures a bright future for already disadvantaged communities That s why investment in The Isaiah Fund made by Everence Community Investments and others are so important Everence Community Investments seeks innovative ways to channel investment dollars to underserved communities across the country and around the world These community development investments provide support for projects such as neighborhood revitalization low income housing church construction microfinance and ecological enterprises Everence headquartered in Goshen Ind helps individuals organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives Everence offers banking insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education USMB congregations are among the churches that annually receive grants through the Everence Sharing Fund program that is designed to serve individuals facing financial distress To learn more visit www everence com or call 800 348 7468 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Everence invests in long term hurricane recovery Tuesday Mar 5 2013 Fund provides for community redevelopment following disasters Everence Communication In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Everence Community Investments is investing 500 000 through the Isaiah Fund to provide capital for long term redevelopment needs in communities ravaged by the storm Everence formerly Mennonite Mutual Aid is the stewardship agency of Mennonite Church USA and has long standing ties to USMB and other denominations with historic Anabaptist roots Founded by Everence Community Investments and five other faith based investor organizations the Isaiah Fund is dedicated to investing in communities devastated by disaster Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 the Isaiah Fund raised and or invested 5 million and made more than 3 million in community development deposits and loans throughout the Gulf Coast focusing on low income neighborhoods in New Orleans Since then the Isaiah Fund has begun to turn its attention to other regions of the country impacted by disasters Hurricane Sandy which hit the east

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