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Denied the Right to Teach Our Children

Written by Kelly on March 26th, 2014

Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?

If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More

The Extraordinary Thing is…Jesus!

Written by Bret on February 19th, 2014

Recently, I reflected back on the Christmas season and I was struck by one element that hadn’t occurred to me before. Usually my thinking goes to the incarnation and Jesus coming as the King of kings, but instead I began to ponder the family that Jesus was placed into. Mary was an ordinary girl in an ordinarily town who was betrothed to an ordinary man.  What was so special about Mary and Joseph?  The Bible doesn’t say a whole lot about either of them; of Mary it remarks that she “found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) and Joseph was referred to as a “just man” (Mt 1:19) when he graciously tried to end their betrothal quietly rather than subjecting Mary to public humiliation.  The fact is, what Mary and Joseph did out of loving obedience to God, is that they had a baby, they had a home, they lived life in a normal first-century fashion.

Now this baby was the Lord Jesus Christ, God very God, and the majesty of what took place cannot be fully comprehended, but from Mary and Joseph’s day to day experience, they were parents. Mary kept busy with her duties while Joseph was working as a carpenter (or builder).  They had other children to raise and at some point Joseph drops out of the picture (presumably he must have died), so Mary had to continue life alone.

The lesson that we can draw from this and apply to our lives, is that our seemingly mundane life, with its daily problems and successes has tremendous value if lived under the Lordship of Christ!  If God saw fit to place His only Son into the care of a normal family, then our normal families can bring glory to God without having to do “extraordinary” things.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”.  We are simple clay pots. The extraordinary thing is not us, but Christ.  Just as Joseph and Mary were privileged with Jesus as a baby we are privileged to have Christ in us so that He can be glorified as He works through us in the day to day things of life.

Rethinking Church Growth

Written by Kelly on January 26th, 2014

Wellsprings Church is a family integrated church that is now starting its fourth year and every year we have been in existence we have seen a steady growth of families committing to our fellowship. Of those that have come, especially in the past couple of years, nearly all have come from other churches. Because of this, it would be easy for us to become the target of the negative criticism that our church has grown simply by attracting people from other churches. Read More

Ignoring the Raging Battle Before Us

Written by Bret on January 1st, 2014

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point” – Attribution debated

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

How often is the Christian church so loudly proclaiming the truth of Scripture but failing to fight the battle that rages the most?  We are called to proclaim the Word, but if we do so eloquently and powerfully 99% of the teachings of Scripture yet fail to proclaim the 1% that will anger the masses, we really have failed to do what 2 Tim 4:2 is commanding.

What are such issues?  What about the sufficiency of Scripture over ALL areas of life (not just church or “spiritual” issues)?  Should God, through His Word, govern the functioning of the family, church, business, economics, education, civil government?  Although we don’t have all the answers to all the questions about these topics (and others that aren’t list), does that mean that their aren’t precepts, principles, and patterns in Scripture that speak to them?  Should we just follow the accepted opinion of the day (even those in our circle of friends)?  No, we are called to proclaim that God proclaims.

Unfortunately, there are many battles raging today and it is difficult to take them all on, but we can begin by seeking the Lord and His Word for direction in critical areas, such as what is salvation, spiritual growth, God’s commands to us, family and church issues.  If we understand salvation and spiritual growth then we can walk in the commands of God in our families and churches.  If we get these right then we can speak to other issues that Scripture speaks to.

But what about disagreements in how the Scripture applies to various areas?  I think first of all we need to be humble about our positions because even the smartest and most educated can be wrong.  Second, in less important issues we need to be amiable with our fellow believers about these issues and discuss them lovingly.  Disagreements are a part of life but doing so without love is not honoring to Christ our King.

I pray that Wellsprings Church will be known as a church that lovingly proclaims the accepted portions of Scripture but also the unaccepted portions that are currently being attacked.  If we do this, then we can be good soldiers of Christ willing to battle where He wants us to battle.

The Wintons are Back!

Written by Admin on August 1st, 2013

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Wellsprings Church invites you to join us Thursday, August 8th for a free bluegrass concert with the Wintons!

The concert starts at 7:00pm at the outdoor amphitheater at Lakeview Park in Nampa (corner of Garrity Blvd & 16th Ave N). Please bring your own chairs or blankets.

It’s going to be a great time of music and fellowship. Bring your whole family and tell your friends!

Inspire! – FREE Conference with the Maxwells!

Written by Admin on June 26th, 2013

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Join us July 12-13 for the Inspire! conference with the Maxwell family!

Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill? Do you want to have sweet relationships with your children as they are growing up and not experience the heartache of rebellion and immorality? Do your children have greater purpose in life than just to have fun? Be challenged and find ways that God can set your family on a journey of spiritual unity, purpose, and direction. Join us at Inspire! in Eagle, Idaho, July 12-13th, 2013!

The conference is absolutely FREE! A love offering will be taken to help cover travel expenses.

It will be held at:

Eagle Church of the Nazarene
1001 West State Street
Eagle, ID 83616-4809

Date and time:

July 12th: 5:00pm – 8:45pm
July 13th: 9:00am – 4:00pm

To register or for more information, please visit www.titus2.com

Join Us for His Little Feet in Concert!

Written by Admin on February 14th, 2013

Wellsprings Church is sponsoring the His Little Feet children’s choir to perform a free concert Wednesday, February 20th. His Little Feet is a choir made up of orphans from several different nations. They travel the U.S. each year raising awareness for the millions of orphaned children worldwide, and facilitate opportunities for Americans to respond to their needs through giving, sponsoring, going, and adopting.

Please come and enjoy this special worship concert on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:00pm.

Admission is FREE so please invite all your friends!

The concert will be held in the Chapel at MAF Headquarters, 112 N Pilatus Ln, Nampa, ID 83687.

A love offering will be taken during the event. All proceeds will go to the His Little Feet ministry. Refreshments will be provided after the concert.

For more information about His Little Feet, please visit www.hislittlefeet.org

Join Wellsprings for Operation Christmas Child 2012

Written by Admin on November 11th, 2012

Join Wellsprings Church as we pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child 2012! It’s a simple and fun way family evangelism tool to spread the gospel message.

WHAT:  Watch the video above to get a brief idea of what Operation Christmas Child is about.  For more videos and info – see Samaritan’s Purse

website.

HOW:   Pick up your box at Church on November 11 or pack your own shoebox according to Samaritan’s Purse   (click for details on how to pack your shoebox)

WHEN:  Boxes need to be packed and brought to church on Nov 18, 2012 and we will ship them for you — or ship them yourself

Need more info?  See Samaritan’s Purse website (click link to follow) or contact us

 

Shepherds Conference 2012 coming to Boise!

Written by Admin on September 26th, 2012

ANNOUNCING THE SHEPHERDS CONFERENCE!

  • Are you a dad, wanting to lead your family biblically, but don’t know how?
  • Need some encouragement?
  • Need the ammunition and supplies to be the husband and father God calls us to be?
  • New to homeschooling and need information on how, what and why?
  • Been homeschooling for a few years, need a booster shot or tap into some new energy or are you looking for that reminder as to why you are homeschooling?

Come to the Shepherds Conference!

Get connected, Be Encouraged, Learn something new, make New friends and Be Refreshed!

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Kevin Swanson

Home schooled himself in the 1960′s and 70′s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the founding director of Generations with Vision – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country.  As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come.   For the last 7 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview radio program that reaches families across the US and in over 80 countries.  www.GenerationsWithVison.com

Phillip Telfer

Phillip Telfer has ministered to youth and families for over 20 years, sharing at camps, retreats, schools, conferences, and churches around the country. He is founder and director of Media Talk 101, a non-profit ministry dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. He also produced the award winning documentary “Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture”. Phillip and his wife Mary have been married for 21 years and homeschool their 4 children. www.Mediatalk101.org

David Barrett

David Barrett with Biblical Worldview Learning Center- It is the goal and vision of the Biblical Worldview Learning Center to provide individuals, organizations, and ministries with distinctively Christian books, resources, seminars, and consultation. The founder of the BWLC, David Barrett is a veteran homeschooling Dad and conference speaker. He provides tutoring services to all ages, consultation for homeschooling families and seminars on homeschooling, family life and Biblical worldview. Visit www.biblicalview.com for more info.

Mary Ostyn

Mary Ostyn lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband John and six of their ten children. The youngest six arrived via adoption. The oldest four have already graduated from homeschooling, headed off to college, and (in two cases) to marriage and motherhood. Rumor has it that her new grand-babies (both born this spring) will also be taught at home. Ostyn’s passions include: mothering, adoption, homeschooling, cooking, and encouraging other mothers on their parenting journey.  Her books include The Sane Woman’s Guide to Mothering a Larger Family and Family Feasts for $75 a Week. Ostyn’s favorite night of the week is Saturday, when everyone comes home for dinner. She blogs at http://owlhaven.net.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

WHEN: October 12 & 13, 2012

TIMES:  Saturday session – 6:30-8:30pm,  Sunday sessions 8:30am – 3:30pm

WHERE: Central Assembly Church, 12000 Fairview Ave. Boise, ID (Northeast corner of Cloverdale & Fairview)

COST:  $50.00 or Couple $35.00

 

REGISTRATION & MORE INFO

Go to www.one-anotherministries.com/shep

 

FREE Family Concert with The Wintons!

Written by Admin on August 9th, 2012

Wellsprings Church invites you to bring your family and join us for a night of bluegrass with the Wintons!

WHEN:  Sunday, September 2, 2012 @ 6PM-730 PM

WHERE: Amphitheater at Nampa’s Lakeview Park, 1227 East Orson F Persons Court (corner of Garrity Boulevard & 16th Avenue North)

COST:  FREE! (a love offering will be taken for the Wintons)

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BLANKET AND/OR CHAIRS for the gentle, grassy slope of the amphitheater.

PASS IT ON!  Please forward this invitation to others who may want to join us.

QUESTIONS?  Email — info[at]wellspringschurch.com

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