Category Archives: Bible Studies

Christian Bible Studies by Web Evangelist Scott Reese, or a Christ Cares volunteer – usually on the subjects of Evangelism, Reconciliation, Christian Service, Heart for God.

The Taste of Reconciliation was a Taste of Heaven

 

Urban Missionary Scott Reese at the Taste of Reconciliation

Taste of Reconciliation 2010 - more details at http://www.tasteofreconciliation.com

 

 

On July 25, 2010 Christ Cares teamed up with the Building Bridges Committee of Living Springs Community Church for the 8th (or 9th?) annual Taste of Reconciliation.

Hundreds of Christians gathered from many ethnic and denominational backgrounds gathered to grow in love and understanding in other Christians in the Body of Christ.

 

Taste of Reconciliation - food and fellowship

Taste of Reconciliation 2010 Free Ethnic Food Booths

 

 

Volunteers from Living Springs arranged an amazing assortment of ethnic food. It was absolutely beyond delicious! Much hard work went into this and it was a blessing that they fed possibly 500 or so people for FREE!  We also appreciate the South Suburban Chinese Church and the Korean United Methodist Church of Homewood IL providing ethnic cuisine. There was also outdoor grilled food and games for children. We appreciate Joan Vanna and her youth group for helping with the games and clean up.

 

Rev. Roy Patterson of Moody Bible Institute Radio
Rev. Roy Patterson of Moody Bible Institute Radio

We were blessed to have a spiritual time of worship led by various ethnic choirs and singers including:

Pastor James Ford Pastor of Christ Bible Church and Moody Radio

Pastor James Ford Pastor of Christ Bible Church and Moody Radio

Our speaker was Rev. James Ford, pastor of Christ Bible Church, Chicago, IL., author – Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage, radio host of WMBI’s Wisdom from the Word.

Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries - 2010's Reconciliation Award Winner

Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries - 2010's Reconciliation Award Winner

This year’s Reconciliation Award went to Ms. Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries of Harvey, IL for year many years of dedicated work.

Building Bridges member Wayne Aardsma

Building Bridges member Wayne Aardsma

Special Thanks to our Host and co-sponsor Living Springs Community Church

Building Bridges Committee:

Mia Franklin, Pastor Chris Spoor, Imogene Harrell, Jeannie Williams, Marie Boyd Skinner, *Jamieson Clay, Wayne Aardsma, *Melanie Jongsma, Scott Reese, Karin Vredeveld, Marlene Garrott, Mary Marsh. *co-leaders

There are many other people that I hope to list soon that deserve credit for help in making this event possible. I also hope to add many many photos to the http://tasteofreconciliation.com website.

Cliff Williams was our photographer and he is available to video tape or photograph your special event (contact me for his number).

Ed Stroh videotaped the Taste of Reconciliation and I hope to post it soon.

Melanie Jongsma co-leader of the Building Bridges Committe with Jamieson Clay and also wordsmith at Lifelines Publishing put together a couple videos clips of the Taste of Reconciliation 2010:

This year’s Taste of Reconciliation will be July 31, 2011 –

Please mark your calendars – we will soon put information up on how you can become involved at http://tasteofreconciliation.com

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Lesson from a Homeless Child

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The Gift of Love

Thank you for the wonderful out pouring of love and compassion for those in need. We received hundreds of toys to distribute in the name of Jesus!

In a week or two we will post video and pictures of the “Christ the Greatest Gift” Toy Distribution, as well as some of our recent activities. Thank you for making our ministry possible.  

I’m sure this holiday season has been busy for you as it has also been for me.  I am reminded of the story of Martha and Mary. 

Luke 10:38-41 – As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work myself? Tell her to help me.” 

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “YOU ARE WORRIED AND UPSET ABOUT MANY THINGS, BUT ONLY ONE IS NEEDED. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. 

To be honest, far too often I relate more to Martha than Mary in this story. In my heart, I wish to be like Mary, calmly sitting at the Lord’s feet instead of Martha focused on her impossible “to do” list. 

Martha loved the Lord and was busy serving Him. Martha worked diligently doing things she thought would please Jesus.  She had a list of things she wanted to accomplish for the Lord and it soon became apparent she could not get everything done for the Lord that she wanted to. She became frustrated and overwhelmed. She quickly blamed her sister for her problems, and did not even contemplate that the issue that needed to be addressed was in her own heart.  

The text says that Martha was “distracted” which means to be “pulled away”.  Martha’s good intentions somehow pulled her way from accomplishing what was truly most important. It is true that good is often the enemy of best. Sometimes everything cannot get done that we desire. During the busy times of life, it is of special importance to remember our priorities.  

It is easy to gauge our spiritual life by what we are “doing” for God. This can mean teaching classes, giving to missions, or helping the homeless. These pursuits are all fine but we must remember that God wants our heart. Ministry must flow from a heart of love for God. We must remember that ultimately we don’t have anything to offer God that He “needs”. It is a heart of love that God desires. It is out of gratitude to our Savior that we serve. 

Think about it, what do we have to offer God, but a heart of love? 

A homeless child got me thinking about this… 

Recently, due to your generosity we were able to provide toys for the children of a homeless shelter. The kids were very excited to receive the gifts. We shared the Christmas story, not just that Jesus was born in a manger, but WHY He came. 

Later at home, I read some of the thank you notes written by the kids and came across this one: 

 
 
 
 

  

Christian Love

Christian Love

When I opened this card, I can’t tell you how much it meant to me… I’m sure I enjoyed it as much or more than any of the children did receiving their gifts. 

This precious child from a heart of love and gratitude said, “I love you Pastor Scott”. Technically, there really isn’t anything a homeless child could have bought me that would have gotten me very excited. However this card was very meaningful. 

 Let us not be “distracted” pulled away from the priority of sitting at the Lord’s feet… we must remember that it is our relationship with the Lord that is important. It is our first priority that sets the tone for the rest of our life. 

Do you feel overwhelmed? Let us set aside expectations that the Lord does not require. 

What do you still have to do today? Let us not forget what is needful… Time sitting at the feet of Jesus… Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations, it is a relationship with the Lord of the universe.   

Does your mission budget include Urban America?

I recently came across an article that I wrote over twenty years ago:

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself. Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations. Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.
Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations.
Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’s
urban_missionary_scott_reese

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