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Following the Call

July 14th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (Comments Off on Following the Call)
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The call to follow Christ is not an easy one. It requires sacrifice and often an abandonment of our own agenda.  To truly follow Jesus, we must fully submit ourselves to His plans & purposes, regardless of the outcome.  When we do that, we experience a joy and peace that is transforming… but also very difficult for a watching world to understand.

Chris Norman had an opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL.  As Co-Captain of the MSU Football team and after a successful college career, the next natural step would be the NFL.  During his college days, however, the Lord grabbed hold of Chris and his plans changed. Chris fully surrendered His life to Christ and began to seek the Lord’s guidance & direction. Chris came to the conclusion that God was calling him to ministry and today – he joins the staff at HPBC.  Chris will work in the youth ministry as a Student Connections Coordinator and will also be attending Moody Theological Seminary full-time.  He will work with students at HPBC, Southfield Christian, and Westside Christian Academy – where several people from HPBC serve.

It is a joy for us to welcome Chris to the HPBC staff and we are grateful for his commitment to follow Christ – regardless of the cost and regardless of what the world may think.

Dave Kuntzman

Missions & Business

Note: for read more about Chris’ decision…. see:

http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2013/05/former_michigan_state_lineback_1.html

http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2013/02/michigan_state_linebacker_chri.html

 

Pray On!

June 11th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (Comments Off on Pray On!)
How can we pray for our missionaries? We want to uphold them in prayer but we don’t always know how. David Sitton, missionary and founder of To Every Tribe (Mission agency focused on the unreached peoples of the world) offers this helpful guide: 
 

Helpful Hints On How To Pray Effectively For Your Missionaries

“I urge you brother, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of
the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”
Romans 15:30

Spiritual Life:
…That we will take sufficient time to read, reflect and pray
…That we would be protected from dark forces in spiritual realms
…For our spiritual growth and personal renewal
…That we would be encouraged and experience joy in ministry
…That we will be men and women of integrity, reliability, humility, wisdom
and consistency
…That we would maintain a healthy sense of humor

Personal Life:
…That our marital relationships will remain strong
…That the social, emotional and spiritual needs of our children are cared for
…That our basic financial requirements are regularly met
…That we would be protected from physical sickness
…That we will find time for proper sleep, rest and exercise
…That we would be self-disciplined
…That we will experience God’s protection from accidents, crime, terrorists
and dangerous animals

Relationships:
…That we would experience harmonious relationships with other Christians
…That our team would experience unity, love, good communication and patience with one another
…That we would develop intimate friendships with our national brothers
and sisters
…That we will resist temptations toward jealousy, envy, bitterness and pride

Language Proficiency:

…That we would make steady progress in language studies
…That God would give us grace to adapt well to new cultures and customs
…That God would give us clarity, creativity and relevance in preaching
and teaching

Evangelism And Discipleship:
…That we would be fearless and bold to preach Christ and Him crucified
…That we would be lead by the Holy Spirit as to where we go
…That God would give us supernatural discernment and wisdom
…That God would begin preparing hearts in advance for the message
…That God will open a door for His message and that it would spread rapidly
…That God would establish His Church in new regions
…That disciples and church leaders would be fully trained
…That God would raise up national missionaries
…That God would be honored and praised through our ministry

Countries:
…Pray for those in government positions
…For religious freedom
…That we would have favor with government officials
…That we would be granted swift approval in our visa applications. 

 
“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”  ~Jonathan Edwards
 
Whether it is this prayer guide or another one, let’s continue to faithfully uphold our missionary family across the globe!
-Dave Kuntzman
Missions and Business

Certainty Amidst the Chaos

April 26th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (Comments Off on Certainty Amidst the Chaos)

Forever, O Lord, your word

is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

You have established the earth, and it stands fast.

By Your appointment they stand this day,

for all things are Your servants.

Psalm 119: 89-92

From a human standpoint, the world around us seems to be increasingly in chaos.  Things that once seemed rock-solid stable have crumbled. Society seems to be coming apart at the seams.

In the midst of this apparent turmoil, we can turn to scripture and we are reminded that God’s Word is “firmly fixed” and that He is faithful “to all generations”. What an encouragement! The earth “stands fast” because it has been established by God and we as individuals are where we are by his “appointment”.

We, along with everything and everyone around us, are His servants. We’re here for His purposes, which have not changed.  Each & every day He is drawing people to Himself so that one day….people from every nation, tribe, and tongue will honor & glorify Him in worship.

The apparent chaos around us is not a surprise to God and, in fact, it too serves His purposes.  He is in control. He knows what’s best. He is faithful. So, let’s trust Him and live according to His firmly fixed Word!

Dave Kuntzman

Missions, Business

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

Bring it on!

December 5th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (2 Comments)

Our family is one of those families that begins decorating for Christmas right after
Thanksgiving. This was not my custom prior to marrying Julie but that’s the way
things are done now!

Even though I wasn’t used to it, it is indeed a natural flow to move from
Thanksgiving right into Christmas. Thanksgiving puts us in a mindset to reflect upon
all that we have in Christ. As we reflect on those spiritual blessings, we cannot help
but look to Jesus and be reminded of the fact that He “made Himself nothing, taking
the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human
form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on
a cross” (Phil 2: 7,8).

As we look at Jesus – who He is, and what He’s done – we are driven to worship.
Jesus is worthy of our worship and His birth is certainly worth celebrating
so…..bring it on!

If our worship of Jesus, however, is only in word, it is meaningless. Our words need
to be matched by our actions. We need to obey. So, let’s be thankful, let’s celebrate
and then let’s be a people who are marked by our obedience to Him. Let’s live out
our faith in such a way that we reflect Jesus to a watching world around us!

Dave Kuntzman
Missions & Business

The Next Chapter

October 30th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (1 Comments)

In 1957, HPBC bought a piece of property on Lahser Rd for $100,000 with the vision to establish a strong evangelical presence in the northwest Detroit metro area. In 1960, the first service of the Southfield Chapel was held at Birney Middle School in and in 1963 the first building on our current location was dedicated.  Through the years, additional property was purchased, more buildings were erected and Southfield Christian School was formed.  The buildings are simply a means, however, to allow for ministry. They help us to as we seek to fulfill our vision of being “…..growing disciples of Jesus Christ committed to worshipping God and transforming our world.”

As we have now been at this location for almost 50 years, our Elders have affirmed that we intend to stay and continue to reach out locally and across the globe – right here from Southfield, MI. With that in mind, we have begun to explore capital improvements to our buildings that we believe will help us.

We recently held informational meetings to review this upcoming potential project and we have also created a document that describes the details. You can find that document as well as a video from the informational meetings at our website or by clicking on the picture below.

Below is a conceptual drawing of what the traditional service might look like in the future:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we move forward in this process, we’d love to hear from you.  We will soon be making surveys available to the entire church family and we’d encourage you to complete one in the coming weeks.  We are excited about this possible “next chapter” in the life of HPBC and we are praying that we will only bring glory to Christ in all that we do!

 

Dave Kuntzman

Missions and Business Administration

 

The Challenge

July 6th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (2 Comments)

 

As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, His disciples questioned Him about how the end of the age would come.  Jesus began to describe the signs that would unfold when the end was near. In Matthew 24:14, He said, And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  

As He left this earth, Jesus proclaimed those familiar words of the Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28: 19, 20).

God has called us to go into all the world with the good news of the Gospel. The goal is that all people groups across the globe have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.  If that’s the goal, how are we doing?

Consider a couple facts:

41% of the world’s people groups are considered unreached – meaning they have virtually no access to the gospel.

Of the 7 billion people in the world, approximately 2.1 billion or 30% are unreached

The short answer to how we’re doing: We’ve got a long ways to go!

Approximately 90% of all missionaries are working in reached areas and only 1% of the money spent on missions goes towards pioneer church planting in unreached areas.  The unreached areas are the most difficult to access and are very resistant to the Gospel.

The challenge is before us and it’s immense.  Our God, however, is much bigger than the challenge. Let’s look to Him and move forward with passion.  

Until all have heard,

Dave Kuntzman

Missions & Business

 

Sources: Joshua Project, Operation World, World Christian Encyclopedia, Jesus Film, World by Radio, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Caleb Project
For more information see: www.joshuaproject.net

 

 

 


It’s Global Missions Fest week! I have been a part of the HPBC family for my entire life and some of the best and most meaningful memories I have center around the annual Global Missions Fest. As a kid, I have great memories of participating in the processional of flags to start what was then called Missions Conference.  I can remember watching for the red-light to go on over the balcony which indicated a foreign missionary was on the phone and it was time to talk to them live.  After school each day, I would make my way down to the kitchen where countless volunteers would be preparing for the nightly dinner. My assignment was normally to wash dishes.  In our home, we would always house a missionary couple or family during the conference and then through-out the year we had many missionary guests. All of these experiences developed in me a heart and passion for missions.

Psalm 67:2,3 says, “Your way be known on earth, your saving power among all the nations. Let the peoples praise you oh God let all peoples praise you.” God’s heart is for the nations; not political nations but ethnic nations. The ultimate goal of missions is God’s glory.  This is accomplished as more and more individuals representing an ever-increasing number of people groups enter into a worshipping relationship with our Lord. As that happens, God is glorified to a greater and greater degree. Why do we dedicate so much time and money to missions? Because it represents the very heart and passion of God!

Billy Kim and the Korean Children’s choir started off our week with a wonderful time of celebration. Dick Gascho, one of our own missionaries, will close our conference on Sunday.  In between, it’s been an honor to rub shoulders with our missionary family – who so faithfully represent the Lord in their places of service. We enjoyed a rich time of prayer with them on Wednesday night and have enjoyed getting to know each of them in a more deeper way.  I am also excited about Saturday night’s Discovery Night – where we will highlight the ministry activities of our youth and young adults. We’ll also enjoy an international cafe and a casual time of interaction with our missionaries. The gym will be full of activities for kids as well. Don’t miss it!

When I was asked to consider adding Director of Missions to my responsibilities, it was easy for me to say “yes”.  I look forward to serving in this way and to watching God work through the people of HPBC – for His glory!

-Dave Kuntzman

Tradition

February 6th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Dave K - (16,520 Comments)

My times with the Lord recently have led me to contemplate the traditions we have. Some of us loathe tradition and are constantly looking to break-out and experience God in new & fresh ways. Others of us are drawn to reflect upon the character of God more intimately through the same traditions that some despise. Are traditions right or wrong? When should we hold on to them and when should we let them go? As I was reading one morning, I found D.A. Carson’s thoughts to be helpful in this area.  Dr. Carson points out that the word tradition or traditions can be used in either a positive or negative way:

“The word tradition simply refers to what is handed on. If what is handed on is apostolic teaching, then traditions are a very good thing (e.g., 1 Cor. 11:2); if what is handed on conflicts with what God says, then traditions are unhelpful and dangerous (See Mark 7: 1-13).

{In today’s world we often}make distinctions on the basis of the social effect of traditions, not on the basis of whether or not they are true. But in the New Testament, traditions are praised or criticized not on the basis of their social function but in the light of their conformity to or departure from the Word of God.  In Mark 7:1-13, the traditions that Jesus condemns are those that allow people to sidestep what the Scripture clearly says.

Dr. Carson further points out that we:

“sometimes embrace traditions that effectively domesticate the Word of God. These may be traditional interpretations of Scripture, or traditional ecclesiastical practices, or traditional forms of conduct that are “allowed” in our circles but that are a long way from holy Scripture. In every case, fidelity to Christ mandates reformation by the Word of God.

My prayer for the family of HPBC is that we will be in the Word daily and that we will allow ourselves to be reformed by the truth of Scripture.  Let’s hand on to the next generation those traditions & practices that are solely based upon God’s Word.

David Kuntzman – Business Administrator