Was your heart healthy today?

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During our Easter Sunday worship service last year, I asked a question about Jesus’ bodily resurrection. Mainly, which system or organ in Jesus’ body do you think may have restarted first? Some of us thought it would have been an impulse from the endocrine system, or a spark from the brain, others thought of an awakening heartbeat.

Pastor Aaron & a "friend"
Pastor Aaron and a “friend”

Our hearts certainly get a lot of attention on medical and crime shows on television; doctors and police always seem to check for pulse rates as a sign of life. I think about my own heart a great deal. I’m well aware of an occasional speeding heart rate in stressful situations. I sometimes count my beats per minute as I’m falling asleep at night.

Of all the mentions of our hearts in Scripture, there is one that I find the most convicting/hopeful/ troubling/inspiring/joyful/disturbing and direct!

Recall Jesus’ words from Luke 6:43-45: “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

Perhaps a cartoonist could illustrate that last sentence well!

If I were to count and analyze all of my words at the end of each day on a table before me, I would have an accurate picture as to the good or evil stored in my heart. Between assessing my words, listening to the Holy Spirit and re-visiting strengthening Bible passages, I have a very good spiritual cardiologist!

Was your heart healthy today? Just ask those who listen to you.

I love you all,

Pastor Aaron

Kevin Van Brunt and Family

Greetings from Camp Sentinel!

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Kevin Van Brunt, Director of Camp Sentinel, will be speaking at church about Camp Sentinel on March 15. This is a great opportunity to hear about this wonderful camp and hear Kevin’s enthusiastic and inspiring message. Please check out Camp Sentinel at campsentinel.org and sign up your child online for this mountaintop experience. Scholarships are available; please see Terri Russell for more information and any questions.

About Kevin, and Camp Sentinel:

Kevin Van Brunt and Family
Kevin Van Brunt and Family

Since 2005, Pastor Kevin Van Brunt has served as the President and Executive Director of Sentinel Minis- tries. He oversees the operation of Camp Senti- nel in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. In his previous experience, he served the Young Men’s Christian Association in Goffstown, New Hampshire as the Associate Branch Executive, overseeing branch operations and coaching 8 full time and 150 + part time staff. He also served at Faith Baptist Church in Manchester, New Hampshire as Associate and Youth Pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure studies with minors in Youth Ministry, Outdoor Education and Special Education from Gordon College. Kevin’s vision for the camp and retreat ministry is to use the stillness of God’s Creation as a vehicle to build relationships and change lives for Christ. He resides year round at Camp Sentinel with his wife Traci and children Tucker, Abigail and Owen. To contact Kevin feel free to contact the main office at (603) 539- 4839 or send him an email at kevin@campsentinel.org

March Missionaries of the Month: Nancy and Steve James

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Nancy and Steve James are medical missionaries in Limbe, Haiti. Steve is a doctor, and Nancy is a nurse. The Haitian Baptist Convention asked them to assist with the medical needs at Christian faith-based com- munity health centers. They provide physical, mental, and spiritual health services in Jesus’ name.

Nancy and Steve James
Nancy and Steve James

Please help them by praying for the success of the “Self Help Groups” around Haiti. That they may be able to provide spiritual guidance and practical life-skills to the poor.

Don’t miss out signing a birthday card for Steve! His birthday is April 11th. This is just another way we can show our support, and say “thank you” for their service!

Wendy, Grace, Ian and Aaron

Did We Find “It” or Did “It” Find Us?

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I’m not certain if we found “it” or if “it” found us. Somehow, we’ve stumbled into, been led to, or have had a discovery about serving a vul- nerable population. We can pinpoint a few events, a few individuals as well as a handful of circumstances that have started us down this specific path, and it is both exciting and frightening.

While FBC Plaistow enjoys the external appearance of being the pictur- esque strong building with stained-glass windows centered in town, the people (the “real” church) have again been challenged by Jesus’ words in a call to serve others.

Wendy, Grace, Ian and Aaron
Wendy, Grace, Ian and Aaron

From Matthew 25:37-40, recall these words from our Savior: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

When we think of people with addictions and their families, we need to consider them as “the least of these.” I recognize the challenge within myself, that I need to suppress my critical nature and my judgment, and instead see people from within their own stories.

Our most recent endeavor, purchasing Bibles with recovery study notes, was met with overwhelm- ing support! From a members-inspired challenge, our church body has begun to acquire these re- sources to give to addicts and their loved ones.

Another opportunity we’ll have is on Sunday, March 29. Beginning at 6:30, we’ll have a worship service designed for people struggling with addictions and their faith. Would you set aside time to join us?

I love you all,

Aaron Goodro

February Missionary of the Month – Patti and Tim Long

Patti and Tim Long began their mission service in Baja California, Mexico, in July 1996. Patti ministers as special education teacher and resource specialist at the Monte Horeb Baptist Grade School in Tijuana, a school that reaches out to the most vulnerable of the city’s young population, its children with special needs. She also coordinates the STEP scholarship program for students at the school. Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.25.44 AM

Tim serves in leadership development through the Baja Baptist Seminary, teaching present and future church leaders, both at its Mexicali campus and extension centers located throughout Baja California. He also coordinates a scholarship program for seminary students.

They ask for prayers for the Mexicali Seminary’s 16 full-time students. All must balance weekend ministries in different churches throughout northern Baja with their studies, while six have family responsibilities as well.