Resources & Tools
"Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray." Mark 1:35 NLT.
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CHILDREN & FAMILY RESOURCES:
Below is the schedule we have outlined to provide our families with timely, energy-burning, interactive resources:
Fridays @ 10:00am - Weekly family resources will be emailed to all SBCKids families.
Fridays @ 10:10am - Look for the weekly family resource and the new Family Experience on our Facebook HERE.
The Daily Good Things:
A video series made by the young Riemers! (CLICK HERE to watch all the episodes)
30-Day Prayer Calendar:
Day 1 "Pray for Wisdom" - Click Here for PDF
Day 2 "Pray for Peace" - Click Here for PDF
Day 3 "Pray for Healing" - Click Here for PDF
Day 4 "Pray for Hope" - Click Here for PDF
ONLINE RESOURCES & APPS:
SBC Blog reading resources. "Making the Most of Right Now" March 26, 2020. Pastor Lee Young.
DWELL App - Introducing 60-day FREE access to the DWELL app!
Explore and listen to scripture through you iPhone or Android device. Dive into playlists, stories, plans, and passages.
RightNow Media - An online media hub. Resources to strengthen your walk with Christ, from video to bible studies - kids stuff to music.
** More being added daily, check back often. **
Asking and trusting the LORD to guide me in my relationship with HIM---I have befriending my neighbor and asking the LORD for an opportunity to chat with him about his relations with the LORD-a couple days ago I met him. We got chatting about the coronavirus and he said it was a scary situation--I asked him he felt about it personally for himself because we need to prepare to meet the LORD---then he said I believe in JESUS---trust that I can be an encouragement to him and be a good neighbor. -- JM.
One of our folks shared about a conversation with a woman who was complaining of all the inconveniences and difficulties of our current situation and when our SBC woman offered the statement..."isn’t it good to know that Jesus loves you?" The woman replied: "yes it is, and I can see His love through you!" -- Anonymous.
I just wanted to deeply thank everyone for your love, prayers and support! We are home now and I just put one of the beautiful dinners in the oven. My daughter has been in a lot of pain the last couple days and the alcohol wipes mean the world to us right now. It allowed me to clean and fix the catheter in her back. Many blessings and much love. -- JK.
This time of calamity and self isolation gives us more time to reflect on what Christ means to us and look into scripture. For me personally I am often drawn to Peter. He was so much like us to start with and later became Peter 'the Rock'. 2 Peter 3:18, I find comforts me during this time. Let’s grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and forever. -- RN.
A phrase from the book of Esther is reverberating in my heart more and more. Esther’s uncle in encouraging Esther to make supplication to the King (her husband) for her people, the Jews. Esther is understandably reticent to do so as it goes against custom to go before the king without an invitation. To the point the king could slay her. Her uncle says her situation and the fact that she was chosen by the king to be his wife may just be God’s working and that happened for ‘such a time as this’. God is at work in His creation. His son came that the creation would ‘have life’ because of His sacrifice. And I know that God wants His body to respond in kind. So maybe we’re at where we’re at.... ‘For such a time as this’. May we each let God speak to us so HE can speak through us as we minister to both his body and His working in the lives around us. -- RJ.
I went out to our garden. The crocuses are blooming and a bunch of honey bees are busy buzzing among them. I felt an overwhelming peace at the knowledge that while we are bombarded with coronavirus news, God's world is continuing to operate as it was designed. We decided to spray the grape vine with dormant oil and, of course I mixed too much. Our neighbor's screen door was open so I called to ask if she would like hers done. She was good with that and I learned that she's sick - not coronavirus, so today I left some soup on her doorstep. Back to the extra spray. I still had spray left so I rang another neighbor's doorbell; stepped well back - social distancing, you know. She was quite happy to use some of my leftovers, so while her husband sprayed she sat on the deck and I stood out in the middle of the lawn. She mentioned a post she saw on Facebook that said 'let go and let God'. It was quite easy to talk about God being in control and the only one who knows how this all will end. I hadn't sensed any interest in God from this neighbor in the past. We are living in exciting times. -- ME.
A few weeks ago, Pastor Jason preached and encouraged each of us to look for opportunities to do ‘small things’ for others rather than waiting for major events or needs. So just the other day when I was leaving the Post Office in my car, I noticed an elderly lady struggling to carry a large garbage bag loaded with heavy items. I pulled over and asked if I could help her out and perhaps drive her home with her heavy load. She replied “are you kidding me, you don’t even know me or where I live.” I told her that it didn’t matter and that I’d be happy to help. Once I drove her home and dropped her off, she wouldn’t stop thanking me for my kindness. After I left and was driving home, I though how such a small act of kindness made such a big impact on this woman, and then I realized how wonderful it made me feel as well. All that from a simple reminder from Pastor Jason to love others in small ways for Christ’s sake. The opportunities are all around us if we are just watching for them. "As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. Genesis 8:22 NLT" -- MW.
I just listened to the podcast/video of this morning's service and I want to thank you for making this possible for everyone to access! I really appreciate and look forward to the daily devotions as well and want you to know that you are blessing me. -- DJ.
Thank you! I missed a few sermons in January and February and now, finally am able to watch them online - so now I get to binge watch! Actually at a slower pace then most binge shows! Definitely feel bereft without being able to engage on Sundays. Bless you guys! -- KM.
I had an email from one of our congregation which just encouraged us to read and consider Psalm 91. I have been told in the past by military veterans, that this Psalm is the ‘Soldiers Psalm’ and for many soldiers in WWI and WWII, has been recited prior to and during many of the worst battles and engagements. This reminds me of the current battle we are engaged in right now. It is understandable to experience: fear, unknown, discouragement, hopelessness, hesitation, depression etc... yet the words of the Psalm give perspective and True hope in the One who is faithful, our protector and defender. Take time to read these 16 verses slowly and with open heart and hands. -- Anonymous.
God's Blessings. I was thinking about the state we are in with Covid19. Who would have thought that this would be a good thing. What was God doing when He let this disease run it's course. Here is what my thoughts were just before the service started today:
- All of a sudden we are asked to stay home and pay attention to our family, find things to keep us working together and happy without our friends and places we thought where our happiness lies.
- My dog gets to have a walk each day and she loves it.
- Our kids call every couple of days and so do our grandchildren, just to see how we are doing.
- Our Better Together family calls to see if they can help. When I walk with the dog I am able to see their beautiful faces in the window and their hands waving wildly. Yesterday they showed me the chicks that had just hatch in their kitchen. They truly are a gift from God.
- I can't escape Spring Cleaning this year because other activities are not taking me away from home.
- I can read a book and not feel guilty.
- I can do the sewing projects that I love to put off.
- Our garden beds can be turned over ready for planting.
- I can call people on the phone when God puts them on my heart, right away not later when I have time.
- I have time.
Connecting with my Lord seems easier and not rushed. For me the world has slowed down and I have time to think what is important and it isn't the things money can buy. It's relationships with those I love and with those I am going to love---a gift from God and I am so very blessed. -- MS.
I enjoyed reading Rich with Loans. I love how Habakkuk starts chapter 2 where he stands and watches for what the Lord will say. This reminded me of a verse I love in Psalm 130:6 which says "I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning." Everyday I love waiting for what the Lord says to me through His word. Yes the woes of the world surround us but we have the most wonderful Hope. We can enter His rest everyday. I also love the final verse that reminds that the Lord is in His temple looking down and gives us Rest during this time. Del I know that I am not alone and everyday I spend hours reading the Word along with many devotions. I appreciate you greatly and enjoy all of the prayers and concern. I only miss the gathering together but I know that in Gods timing we will come out of this and with so much more strength to overcome all the woes surrounding us. I loved meditating on this verse recently Isaiah 65:24 "Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear." -- DS.
Thank you for giving us our weekly "time" with Jesus through you. It gives me comfort to be reminded of Him watching over us all. -- Anonymous.
I am soo thankful for all of you my brothers and sisters in the Lord and for all who lead us is so encouraging to us all! Today I would like to encourage you all to come before the Lord in Fasting and prayer against to pandemic! Our Denomination of the Christian Alliance Church across the Nation is calling for today to fast and pray! So my husband John and I are praying that the Lord will stop the pandemic in its track! And we are singing and praising to God who deserves to be honoured and praised. I’m singing right now the song "Pray Now!" I want to encourage you all to join us in worshiping the Lord and intercede for the pandemic to stop in God’s timing and in His way!! Love to all and praying for you all! -- MP.
Employed as companion/cook for a seriously ill lady for just a few months in 2018, contact has been maintained through letters and occasional visits when ‘Donna’ was transferred to long-term care. I enjoyed serving both this dear lady and her caring husband. Donna had not one, but two brain tumours slowly robbing her of everyday abilities and finally imprisoning her in bed. My last visit was Sunday morning, March 22nd in Penticton Hospital. Just moments ago, the phone rang. "Donna died early this morning", husband wept into the phone. "She died in peace. Thank you... " Yesterday an email was received from a daughter I have not (yet) met. "I guess we are strangers. I have never met you but a part of me feels like I know you. I have received many pictures from Dad of the dinners you prepared for them. He bragged of them... because you put an extra level of care, concern and detail into your time... my Dad shared your visit with Mom (in the hospital) and the messages you sent to Mom (via texting Dad). I would like you to know how comforting your words have been... My Dad has found solace in them... We were able to begin a conversation with Momma we did not know how to start and you gave us the gentle push we needed." Because of the story you shared on Sunday, with Mom, you called her Madame Butterfly – and so did we. And there was more, much more. I wept as I read this daughter’s words of love for her parents and her personal words to me. You see, two days ago, in the midst of being no longer able to speak, but still able to communicate with eyes and hand-squeezes, dear Donna, who, over the last years no longer believed in God, relinquished her right to herself and accepted Jesus the Christ into her heart as her Saviour. There was and is no doubt in my mind that Donna knew exactly what she was doing when she silently prayed as I voiced the words for her. Her response was a visible joy on her now-smiling face and a new, vibrant light in her eyes as they shone heavenward. Why am I writing about this? Certainly not for personal accolades, but because it is very now, very real, and because it is opportunity to share in response to Del’s Tuesday devotional. Anything I did in relation with this couple was nothing out of the ordinary. It was just normal, ordinary, every-day living, caring for people the Spirit of God brought into my life – or me into theirs. That was all. To quote Del’s words, "Thank you so much Lord Jesus for allowing your life to emerge through mine. I recognize Jesus that this response did not originate with me, but with YOU who lives in me.".... "And once again ..... I'm humbled by Your mercy, and I'm broken inside. Once again I thank You, once again I pour out my life....." (Cross of Jesus Medley) HALLELUJAH!! -- DH.
I’m not normally one to go “wide” with my emails but I can’t shake the sense that it is so important right now to stay connected. What a rich gift you offer. Thank you for sharing your heart as God leads you., and for staying in touch. The thoughts expressed in and about Hab 2 are among so many truths not being spoken about/taught much from the pulpit these days. So much of our walk with God involves discipline and digging deep. Doing battle. Not something we willingly choose in the ‘natural’, but always so worth it in the end...as we look back in our rear view mirrors :-). Thank you for these practical reminders and for your faithfulness as you serve the King of Kings. Just as you are finding a way to keep connected with HR choir, i love that Steve Bell and the Getty’s are now offering their gifts back to God by way of live online weekly encouragements. Music is the language of the soul...what more perfect way could there be to bring people together and point them to our Saviour than these new found gathering places - in ways not previously imagined. Praise the Lord from Whom all blessings flow! Blessings to you all... till we meet again. -- LB.
During this time I've been thinking about how much I appreciate get-togethers and visits with people, and meeting together as a church family. Being with one another is very special, so I'm learning more to value those connections. I've also been thinking about making do with what I have in terms of things and grocery items so as to lessen the amount of times I need to go out. I'm trying to be more content with what I have, and realizing that I've sometimes operated alot on 'wants' instead of needs. But also within that, I want to be generous. Our God is generous to us, so if I can make a meal for someone or brighten their day with some baking, I want to show God's love that way, and to have his joy as my strength. When I get thinking too far into the future and becoming overwhelmed, I'm trying to surrender those thoughts to God more, acknowledgeing him in it, inviting him into that. I was reminded of a verse to 'trust and not be afraid' in Isaiah 12:2, which is helping when I rely too much on myself. All this to say that this is a time for me to more often practice turning to God as his child. He longs for us to be in deeper relationship with him. So hopefully I can continue to think differently than I did before, and to keep being transformed by the renewing of my mind. -- Anonymous.
We listened to Pat's message on Psalm 20. He said God may not fix the problem immediately, but He'll fix you for the problem. It was a fresh way to state a well known truth. Thanks so much. We really appreciate the messages. We pray many blessings for all of you. -- ME.
This morning I had a call from my grandson who a few days ago told his mother that he did not believe the bible--but this morning he started talking about the corona-virus and it turned into a good spiritual discussion---he went through a Christian school and knows a lot about the bible---deep down it is still there. It made for a good morning, praise to the LORD. -- JM.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” The first part of this passage refers to a very difficult time---almost sounds like a famine. We don't appear to be in quite as desperate a situation as theirs, but we are in stressful, distressing and challenging days. HOWEVER… we have God. I can and do choose in the midst of challenging days like these, to trust in Him, rejoice, praise and increase my activity in spreading truth of Jesus (exult). Because, in Him I have everything I need. He has shown me that in many ways especially since my husband’s tragic accident so many years ago. God is my strength! I love this translation that says: "and He has made my feet like hinds feet" as this made me visualize the hind feet of animals 'pushing' the creature forward, thus my 'feet' carry me, thrust me forward, onward to richer times in the presence of Jesus. It has been rich to spend more time in the Word and Rest in Him--because I can Trust Him. May others learn that too and choose to trust Jesus. Many blessings to each of you! -- SB.
The prayers from the staff at Summerland Baptist Church are being answered. I have a wonderful peace and calm everyday. I love spending most of my time reading the Word and praying. I often think though that everything goes in one ear and out the other. Ha! Ha! maybe age. I try to memorize which helps out. I am reading several Bible plans off Bible Gateway just finished reading the yearly through the Bible. What a blessing! So I started over. Every time I read the Word I am so Blessed. I see new things and just love it! There was a point before Christmas that I felt like I did not belong as that season is difficult. Thank the Lord not so now. I read though some thoughts from 1 John 1:1-4. I got a real sense of joy as John spoke. I think of that verse that Jesus spoke 'Blessed are those that have not seen but believe'. The importance of fellowship in Christ with other believers is so vital. I am trusting that we can assemble together not so far off in the future. Its all about sharing with one another building up our faith in Him who is able. -- DS.
A Very Old Poem about US WRITTEN IN 1869 ten years after The Great Famine in Ireland Kathleen O 'Meara 1839-1888. And the people stayed home, and read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still, and listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced, some met their shadows, and the people began to think differently, and the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed. -- EG.
There is a growing (slowly) attitude that we may be in this for the LONG haul. AND there's some innuendo about signs before Jesus' return. AS the Holy Spirit does His work in our hearts and life, the response should be ... Even to the point of it's "Not I - but CHRIST" - so the more we extend any "love" the more the attitude becomes "natural" (a derivative of the word "nature") and our own selves become "self-effacing". Sadly - another sign of Jesus imminent return will be an attitude of " it hasn't happened yet so - - - what/when" - "in a time when you think not"... idea. (A self centered attitude that "we'll get through this"!!) I'm not going to get on a bandwagon about it being the "last days". I just pray for us to grow (as we groan) in Christ and recognize as we do that a new "nature" takes over that acts in a "natur"(al) way which, although at enmity with an old nature, our desire grows and grows as we look to Jesus the "author AND the completer" of our faith. God bless each of you today. His grace becoming our peace/rest. "Blessed quietness - Holy quietness - what assurance in our Lord Jesus. -- Anonymous.
DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONALS:
"What I'm Learning from John the Baptizer" - Tianna Riemer. April 2, 2020.
"Jonathan" - Luke Johnson. March 31, 2020.
"Mixed Feelings" - Bree Young. March 28, 2020.
"Don't Trust in Chariots" - Patrick Fortune. March 26, 2020.
"God's Goodness Isn't Cancelled" - Corinne Henske. March 23, 2020.
"Habits, Patterns, and Paths" - Pastor Jason Johnson. March 21, 2020.
"Seasons" - Pastor Lee Young. March 19, 2020.
"Be the Church" - Pastor Del Riemer. March 17, 2020.