Fall Classes Are Just Around the Corner

2015 BibleStudy
Fall is just around the corner and that means it is time for our classes to start up. All of our classes will begin the week of September 14th. This year Stacy will be teaching through the book of Ephesians and Seth will be facilitating a workshop for parents on Principles for Family Discipleship. We will also be starting some new MilktoMeat classes so this is the perfect time to get plugged in. Click on the “read more” to go to the full class line up page.

NEW Summer Series:
The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail

Last night (July 26) we began a five week course on the History of the Church at First Evan’s evening service. In this first session we cover the significant turning points and events from AD 30 to 312. Below you will find the link to the main church history page with the audio and resources. If you missed the first week, you can get caught up here and then join us next week for the next session and some good fellowship. Click here to go to the Church History page. [ST]

WHAT? The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail: The Past and Future of the Church in the Great Spiritual War.
WHERE? First Evangelical 735 Ridgelake Blvd | The Fellowship Hall
WHEN? Sunday Nights, July 26—August 23 at 6:00PM

Jane Stevens:
A Budapest Walk Through The Bible is Now Available

If you were not able to attend this event, good news! We just posted the video and is available to watch above.

For centuries, the majority of European paintings had a religious purpose, expressed in their shape and size as well as in their Christian imagery. The Bible, in all its splendor and complexity, is a rich blend of faith, history, and literature. Its stories and themes have inspired magnificent works of art by the masters down through the ages. Join us as we take a closer look.

Psalms Complete Study Available

The Prayer and Praise book of Ancient Israel, the Psalms are one of the most important collections in the Hebrew Scriptures. For the early Church, the Psalms pointed to Jesus. The Psalms give us inspired examples of prayer, praise, and lamentation. In this 24 hour study, we take a look at both the larger structure of the Psalms as a whole as well as the particular forms and content of the Psalms that shape a life lived before The LORD in hope and trust. Click here to go to the Psalms page. [ ST ]

Newsletter Winter 2015

We have posted our most current newsletter online and it is available for download here. In this edition, Seth gives some updates on a new project - the Youth MilktoMeat curriculum, Jeannie gives her 2 cents (and a recipe!) and I share a little about the MilktoMeat Worldview Class. You can also download the Newsletter by clicking on the image to the left.

Brothers We Are Not Professionals:
A Book Review

Pastor Piper pleads with pastors to pursue a prophetic rather than professional position in the pulpit. Piper saw professionalism seeping into churches in 2002. Thirteen years later the Church in the United States is saturated with professionalism. From the pastors to the pews it seems that more and more view the ministry of the Church as a place for professionals. Piper pleads vehemently against this outlook. I was thoroughly convinced and convicted by the plea given in this book. I would like to share my favorite quotes and passages from the book with the hope that they will encourage pastors, elders, and Christians to seek and strive for so much more than mere professionalism.


Who Did Christ Come to Serve?

The Puzzle

Often profound questions come not from seminary professors or books, but regular folks who study the Bible faithfully. I received a call with the short question, "I heard that Christ came to serve God and not men, what would be a passage that proves this?" A simple question, but difficult to answer. There seemed to be three possible solutions, Christ came to serve God, Christ came to serve men, Christ came to serve both. But for each solution a Scripture popped into my mind which could be interpreted to oppose that solution.

The Worst Marketing Strategy:
Grace Based Ministry In a Business Savvy World

Before signing on with Truth Seekers Fellowship, I thoroughly researched the ministry. I discovered they had an amazing spiritual formation curriculum called Milk to Meat that has been used to strengthen, teach, and encourage followers of Jesus around the globe. When I asked how much they charged for this curriculum in my interview, they said “nothing” and my jaw nearly hit the floor. After pulling my jaw back up I asked more questions and learned that TSF gives away all their material online for FREE. I found out for a semester class the ministry does charge $40, enough to cover some printing costs, but not enough to cover the bills for an office, a website, or salary for a teacher. I also learned that TSF offers scholarships if the $40 is too much for someone.

Having been involved in the ministry world for quite some time I knew that ministries could, can, and do charge quite a bit for the things that TSF gives away for nothing or nearly nothing. Classes could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars a year. Curriculum could be sold for hundreds. Messages and online audio could be sold for $1-3 per message. Most ministries see these resources as excellent sources of revenue and utilize them as such. I was attracted to Truth Seekers Fellowship because they did not.

Happy Thanksgiving

GIVE THANKS to The LORD, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.” ( Psalms 107:1 )

We have so many things to be thankful for and simply give thanks to our Heavenly Father who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ through His Spirit. We just posted our Thanksgiving Letter and update and you can click here to read it. We have also posted a couple of letters from some of our “long distance” students which were particularly encouraging to us this year. You can read those here.

We mainly want to let all of you who visit our site and use our resources know that we are so thankful for each of you. We are also very thankful for all our supporters who invest in this ministry and allow us to offer all of our online resources free of charge.

We hope all of you have a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving.

Video Series The Story of the Bible in Two Gardens

In the first of a three part series, Seth presents the Genesis account of creation as the basis for understanding the “big picture” truths of Scripture.

UPDATE: Website Back Up

We have completed moving all our audio and resource files to handle all our download traffic. Everything should be back in place now. If you find a link that is bad, please let me know and I will get it fixed ASAP. You can email me here. [ST]

Jane Stevens Video Now Online

We have just posted the video of Jane Steven’s presentation, “A Vienna Walk Through the Bible.” If you were unable to attend the event, you can now watch it online!
If you click on the “vimeo” in the bottom right corner, you can go to our Vimeo page and download the video. This is a marvelous presentation; hope you enjoy it as much as we did. [ST]