“Montana has a foster care problem”, says Child Bridge Montana. “The need for foster families is huge. The number of children coming into foster care in the state is at an all-time high. And, the number of available, trained and licensed families is less than half the number of children in need”.
Did you know the Christian life is tied directly to foster care? Throughout the Bible, God gives reminders to care for orphans. From the Old Testament when God warned the Israelites, “You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn…” (Exodus 22:22-23). To the New Testament where Christians are taught, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…” (James 1:27). God is clear; loving Him involves loving the fatherless.
Have you ever considered helping the fatherless in your community? Maybe you’ve considered becoming a foster family. Maybe you’re ready for adoption. Maybe you want to find other ways to support this great need in the community. Where ever you’re at in life, there is a way you can help.
Join us on Friday, November 9, starting at 7PM at Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship as we host Child Bridge Montana and learn the different ways you can love the kids in your community who have no place to call home. More sadly, who have no one to call Mom and Dad.
What: Child Bridge Montana presentation When: Friday, November 9, 2018 Where: Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship, 1 Victory Ln, Colstrip, MT
Robert Canen, Director of the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum, visited LJCF on Sunday morning. Mr Canen spoke about the work of the museum and why the Bible is the most critical piece of evidence when studying ancient earth and the origin of the universe.
Contrary to popular opinion, the question of human and physical origin is not a question of “observational science” alone (the kind of science you learn at school), but rather it is a question of “historical science” (science that relies on observational records from human history, theory and assumptions about non-observed and non-repeatable events). Since many conclusions of origins cannot be tested or repeated in a laboratory, the pursuit of origin must include information from nature (observation), philosophy, and theology.
In a culture that continues to draw a sharp division between science and religion, Mr Canen provides a winsome and thoughtful explanation as to why the biblical record must be considered evidence when studying earth’s ancient history and human purpose. While the biblical writings are not a scientific textbook (in terms of the material and method by which it provides information) these writings claim the authority of God the Creator and they speak to the question of origin. The Bible as a whole and in parts should not be discarded as critical evidence of origin simply because the Bible as a whole is not written like a modern day textbook. Science without God says, “In the beginning something happened”. Science with God says, “In the beginning God created”.
Do you find that your compassion for people many times makes you feel sorry for a person in need rather than the kind that compels you to loving action to help or pursue that person in need? Not just a compassion for people who might go to Hell, but compassion for the broken and needy alive today in this community?
Jesus certainly came to save us from Hell but it’s easy to forget that he also came to bring completeness to our broken situations while we are on earth. Compassion isn’t just about street evangelism and getting someone to make a decision for Jesus. This too is so important but we cannot forget that a compassionate heart responds to the brokenness all around us.
Evan takes us on an overview of compassion throughout the life of Jesus. Four ideas gained from the overview are:
Jesus was moved into action by Compassion
Compassion is not weak tears but God’s strong love shown through a variety of ways
Compassion compels us to cross cultural camps
Pray for compassion and watch as your eyes are opened to the harvest around you
Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 14:13-14; John 8:1-12; Luke 9:49-56; John 2:13-17; John 11:32-44; John 19:10-11; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 10:2; Matthew 11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:1