Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A Blessing in Garbage?

“A blessing from Jesus in this garbage dump of a situation.” This is a funny line that has stuck with me from some movie I watched. I was thinking about it today after reading about the mess that campers out at Koocanusa left behind this past Victoria Day weekend. 

Where are the blessings in this situation?
If the land out at Koocanusa was personified, what do you think it would be saying, thinking, doing right now? “What happened!?” “Why would people do this to me?” “Did I do something to deserve this?” “I can’t let anyone see me like this.” “I have to be strong.” “I’m a failure.” “I can never let humans be here again.” The land might choose to swallow and bury the mess. These might be some ways the land reacts to this atrocity.
A lot of us have situations that have happened in our lives that kind of resemble this scene. Some part of us that we care about and value for its simple beauty has been tainted and trashed and left in ruins. We might have had some of the same reactions the land has had in our story above. There is something worth noticing from the news report on Koocanusa. A community is getting together to take positive action to restore the site as best they can, and also to prevent this from happening again. I think that is a blessing found in this garbage dump of a situation. I think that it might be a key for us to understand where we might find a blessing in those messed up situations of our own lives. Who were the people that came to be with us and helped us work through guilt and shame and anger? Jesus leads such a community. Do we dare to trust him with the restoration of our broken lives.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

It's time to think about SUMMER CAMP!!

Our church supports Mill Creek Baptist Camp in Pincher Creek and sends many kids each year to have the best week of their summer!

Registration is open for campers going into Grades 2 to 12 as well as College & Career, Adults with Special Needs (Cornerstone) and Family Camp.

Check out the website and register today!

Financial assistance is available through the campership program.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Recognizing the Hope

“As they walked on the road, Jesus joined them … but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.”

This little section of the Gospel of Luke has always captured my imagination. I think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if Jesus showed up and explained the scriptures to me!” Just imagine not having to worry about if your doctrine was correct or if you are using the right translation.
Today I was identifying with the Emmaus pair because they were struggling with a situation where things didn’t go the way they thought they would. I don’t know about you but a lot of times I have  problems in life where things have not gone the way I thought they should have. I have spent time trying to understand what went wrong and how I might be able to fix it. I have often times tried to make some sort of Red Green duct tape adaptation to the situation in order to try and make it okay. This story helps me see that there is a different way to approach my disappointments… go for a walk and listen to Jesus. I know that might be oversimplifying things, but I am just trying to convey the idea of getting to spots in life where we can be open to hearing a different interpretation of what has happened in our life. To hear and know God’s voice and respond to it.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


By Tyler Birkam
To be honest the class with the kids started a little rocky.  Maybe it was the Easter candy but manners and ability to focus for just a second were a bit in short supply....about five minutes in I considered just scrapping the 'plan' and having a random 'do-what-you-want' play day.  But we kept going and started reading the scripture verses for the week, which was the last supper and the empty tomb.  I had contemplated these verses leading up to Sunday and found it odd in some ways that Jesus betrayal and crucifixion were left out of the listed verses.  As you might guess, I wondered if it would be good to read through Jesus betrayal and death, or if that was too much for the well as too long of a story to tell.  I decided to give it a shot, thinking it was important for the kids to start and keep hearing our full Christian story (that does include death and injustice) but to definitely balance the death in the story with the hope of resurrection. 

I was truly amazed and touched.  We read through the last supper, betrayal in the garden, trial and crucifixion, three days of mourning and the resurrection.  It took about 10 minutes and there was not a peep in the room as the kids were gripped by the story.  Joanne and I both commented later that the change in the kids was striking and how the power of 'our story' completely drew them in and captured their attention.  The kids wanted to keep reading and I think we could have done another 10 minutes.  So great to know we are part of a really good story that captures the imaginations of young and old, and has been doing so for thousands of years.