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On The Move

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (Comments Off on On The Move)

Julie and I have been in the process of moving into a new home. We’ve moved so
many times it is getting hard to count. Quite honestly, there is almost nothing I like
about moving. For me, the whole process is an endurance contest. The one thing I
do enjoy is when the last box is unpacked and the new location truly becomes our
home.

These past few days have reminded me that God is always on the move. He is busy
24/7 accomplishing His plans and His purposes. He is moving in people’s hearts
and by His Spirit continues to draw men, women & children to Himself.

While there is excitement in moving into a new house, it doesn’t even remotely
compare to the movement of God. His work in our lives has provided for us an
incomparable inheritance. Ephesians 1:11-12 says, “In Him we have obtained an
inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all
things according to the counsel of His will so that we who were the first to hope in
Christ might be to the praise of His glory.”

I am so grateful that God is active and moving in our lives and that He does work all
things “according to the counsel of His will”. I often make mistakes and my moves
can be a bit “out of control”. Our Heavenly Father, however, is in complete control,
always makes the right move, and always knows what’s best for us. He is worthy of
our praise. May He be glorified through us!

Dave Kuntzman
Missions, Business

Tough Questions – A (Mission) Field Report

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Missions - (Comments Off on Tough Questions – A (Mission) Field Report)

With so many ministries at the church, sometimes there is more happening than we realize.  One example of this is a small group of young adults that meets every Tuesday night at a condo here in Southfield.  One of many Life Groups that is a part of the Young Adults ministry at HPBC, this Life Group in particular is structured to invite and welcome people who are not followers of Jesus.  The topic?  “Tough Questions”.  Each week, the group spends several hours wrestling with some of the tough questions that tend to be avoided, questions like “Who wrote the Bible and how can we trust them?  Why do we only have certain books in the Bible?  Does science contradict or support the Bible and why does it matter?  What relevance do these Bible stories have to me?  Is the Bible true?”

There are generally 10-15 people in attendance: some students, some young professionals, some Americans, some Chinese.  For the past several weeks, a foundational understanding of the Bible has been growing.  This past week, the focus shifted.  Instead of explaining, asking questions, and discussing about the Bible, the Bible spoke for itself.  The study began with the question “Is the Bible based on fact or faith?”, each attendee answering in turn.  Then the Bible was opened to Genesis chapter 1 and the process of observation -> interpretation -> application was introduced.  It was new and uncomfortable at first, with many of the observations seeming too basic to be meaningful, but as the group began to understand the process, a new depth of meaning began to rise from the pages.  People who had never studied the Bible before and people who had studied it their whole lives were digging deep and finding treasures in the scriptures.  The story of creation suddenly became relevant as readers realized that there was more to “Night and Day” and “light and darkness” than just the physical.  As one young professional observed, God only called the light good, not the darkness, and this resulted in Him separating the light from the darkness.  He then concluded, “It seems like light and darkness cannot exist together.” Another student followed by saying that maybe God was separating them in order to prepare humans for a regularity of life.

These observations and interpretations led to significant life applications for all.  Join us as we thank God for what He is doing among the members of this group and as we continue to ask Him to reveal himself through the Word.  If you are a young adult that would like to be part of this group, contact Jimmy Smith (jsmith@highlandparkbaptist.com), Young Adults Pastor, or the group leaders, Bruce Culver Jr. (brucecjr@gmail.com) and Brad McCarthy (bmccarthy@highlandparkbaptist.com).

Brad McCarthy

Missions

Clear the Stage

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Student Ministries - (Comments Off on Clear the Stage)

Music is a gift. It will always be a mystery to me how and why it moves people to experience beauty and truth. It engages peoples hearts and minds in a way that is totally unique. It is because of this power that it has been abused. People have used it and worshipped it until it has lost its purpose and its power altogether.

I would know because I am a recovering music addict. There is a strong to very strong chance that I have a bigger iTunes library than you. I’m the guy that will make you listen to a ten minute song uncomfortably loud and have no idea that you checked out eight minutes ago because my eyes are closed and I am air drumming.

When I was young I was gifted with the ability to play music and the people around me affirmed that gift and before I knew it I was on stage’s every week. This was a good thing because I was using gift’s for Gods’ glory and fighting the battle in my heart that people would see Jesus and not me on that stage.

But somewhere along the line I stopped fighting as hard. I let the gift become my god.

So many of us have done this with so many things. It’s the new and better disguised idolatry. Instead of elevating golden statues we elevate things that are good but are not ultimate. It leads to a life that is loveless, joyless, and unsatisfying. 

Every gift from God is meant to be given back to Him in obedience and worship. This is where love, and joy and satisfaction is found.

What we really need is this verse to be true of us.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:23-24 ESV)

-Brantley Vosler

Student Ministries Worship Director

ps… Come see Jimmy Needham this Sunday @ HPBC !