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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide: The Dream of God by Jason Edwards

The Dream of God

by Jason Edwards

 Genesis 31:11:  The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’   

I have this series of images running through my mind: 

  • Watching my son Jackson moving dirt alongside Blane Baker while on mission in South Dakota.
  • Being prompted in worship by the beaming faces and joy-filled voices of a 2BC children’s choir.  
  • Observing your enthusiasm while many of you have shared stories with me about how God has impacted you not only through worship, learning, and   service in the past two years, but by your sacrificial choices to give to God through our Catalyst plan. 
  • Learning about how Community Groups and Stephen Minsters have changed and strengthened the lives and the faith of specific people in our church.  
  • Seeing light bulbs of understanding coming on in the minds of friends across the generational spectrum as we learned from Diana Butler Bass at our all   church retreat. 
  • Listening to friends like Luke Zahnd and Cathy Baker name what God was teaching them as we served among marginalized people in Northern Thailand.     

This is only a snapshot of the images that parade through my mind as my eyes run across each line item in our Catalyst ministry plan. As your pastor, my access to your stories and experiences make it easy for each planned dollar to pop off the page as an expression of service, worship, growth, compassion or transformation. When I see the plan, I see lives encouraged, changed, supported, and served for Christ’s sake. My hope is that you will too. As you read through the stories in this book, may they inspire, challenge and encourage you. And may they serve as a reminder that at Second Baptist, a budget is never really about dollars and cents. It’s about the Dream of God, and how we plan to participate with it in real life, among real people, with real intentionality.   

How will you plan to participate in the dreams of God coming true in the days ahead? Will you use this book as a resource for your plans and prayers this month? 

Will you ask God today to help you notice every opportunity God is giving you to give your life to the good work of God in this world? 

Posted by Terri Soper at Saturday, October 4, 2014
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It was a wonderful Shindig!

Big thank you to Brian and Sabra Boyd and their team for wonderful Old Time Shindig celebration we had on Sunday. The weather was wonderful, the fellowship was fabulous, and the information booths, food and games were amazing.  Thank you to all of you who came out to Earnest Shepherd and joined us. As we look back at the last two years of ministry and look forward to what God has in store for us over the next twenty four months we are humbled and excited about moving toward God’s dream for us . . .  in the world,  . . . . in greater Kansas City area, and right here at 2BC.  We are so glad you all are with us for the journey!


Posted by Terri Soper at Saturday, September 20, 2014
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My Stephen Ministry Story :: By Kathy Campbell Mazi

Many years ago, as I sat in the sanctuary waiting for morning worship to begin, I opened the Sunday bulletin and read this quote:  “In life as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet.”  These words invaded my soul.  I realized that ALL my life, I have been gliding on God’s grace. 

My life is a story of faith and blisters.When my life as I knew it changed dramatically several years ago, when I was shaken to my core and felt like I was sinking in quicksand, I was buoyed by God’s grace. And what did His grace look like?  My Second Baptist Church family was the presence of Christ during those dark days.  Their acts of service and words of comfort and wisdom carried me through this time of loneliness and despair. 

Many gifts of support came my way, but the greatest gift I received was the help of a Stephen Minister.  She walked along beside me with empathy and understanding.  

 As my heart has healed over the past 10 years, I have had numerous opportunities to help others heal from similar pain.  Recently I was commissioned as a Stephen Minister.  God is using my blisters to share His grace with others.  

 Thank you, Second Baptist Church, for supporting the Stephen Ministry.  It is making a difference in many lives!

 --Kathy Campbell Mazi

Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, September 11, 2014
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