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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.

Wellsprings Church Movie Night: Gather the Family!

Written by Admin on February 16th, 2012

WHAT: Bring your whole family and join Wellsprings Church for a viewing of the movie, Gather the Family!  We will be having pizza starting at 5pm and the movie will begin at 6pm.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2012. Pizza at 5pm, Movie at 6pm.

WHERE: Wellsprings Church meets at the Thomas Jefferson Charter School. 1209 Adam Smith Ave. Caldwell , ID 83605

WHY: At Wellsprings, we encourages families to prioritize their schedule so that they can spend time together in family worship – this movie focuses on that how to make that happen and shows you simple, practical ways to start if you are not currently in the habit of doing this!

COST: FREE Movie AND FREE pizza – you can’t beat that!

HOW: Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate count of how much pizza we need and how many will be attending.  RSVP by replying to our E-vite on Facebook or by emailing us: info[at]wellspringschurch.com

More info about the movie is below:

Gather the Family celebrates the “invitation to joy” that’s at the heart of family worship.

Modern busy lifestyles conspire against families taking the time to gather together. But Gather the Family visits families across the country who are enjoying the benefits that abound when families take even a few minutes to worship God together during the week.

Far from a burden or drudgery, this film reveals the joy that emerges when family worship becomes a priority in the home.

Family worship holds the lasting value of building biblical truths in the foundation of a family. The experience also forges family unity in a uniquely rewarding way.

Much more than just a “how-to” instructional guide, Gather the Family inspires and encourages families to accept the “invitation to joy” that’s offered when they gather for family worship.

For trailer and previews, go to the Franklin Springs Media web page.

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Family Integrated Youth Ministry

Written by Bret on March 7th, 2011

How does a family integrated church minister to youth or young adult singles who don’t have believing families or any family at all?

The modern church creates programs to reach a variety of sub groups, such as youth groups and singles ministries.  In a family integrated church model, these types of programs are non-existent so it is imperative to address the issue of how to minister to people who don’t attend with their family. Read More

A People Prepared: Wellsprings Teaching Theme for 2011

Written by Admin on December 30th, 2010

Our teaching theme for 2011 is: “A PEOPLE PREPARED.” The biblical concept behind this theme is found in Luke 1:17.

“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

While Luke obviously makes reference to the ministry of John the Baptist here, the Elders have chosen this passage to reflect the vision for Wellsprings Church for the coming year of 2011, on several different levels.  Over the last several years, we have been repeatedly made aware of our country’s efforts to be prepared in case of another terrorist attack thanks to postings and alerts from Homeland Security. Many people take natural precautions and prepare themselves for emergencies (via first aid kits, membership in AAA, stocking the pantry with extra food or water, gun ownership, self-defense courses, etc).  But for Christians, while these things may be prudent, they are secondary to spiritual preparation. Are you prepared? Here are 4 questions that I would propose for your consideration:

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