NRB INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN MEDIA CONVENTION
February 27-March 2, 2017
Celebrating the 500 year Anniversary of the Reformantion
We were invited to have a booth at Proclaim 17 the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. We had never heard of this before so we decided to combine a visit with family in the area with a reconnaissance of the NRB Convention before we spent any of the Commission money on something we knew nothing about.
It was a very interesting convention of radio, film, TV and digital ministries. However, it is not the place for us to spend money to be an exhibitor and recruit.
An interesting note, they were celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther nailed his '95 theses to the Wittenberg Door in 1517. The Main Session Speakers were given the five topics of the Solas (atone). Sola Gratia (by grace alone, Sola Scriptura-(by scripture alone), Sola Fide-(by faith alone), Sola Christus (through Christ alone) and Soli Deo Gloria -(glory to God alone.)
Stafford County Christian Church
We had a chance to visit Stafford County Christian Church, one of our supporting churches.
Pictured on the left is Senior Minister, Travis Mowell and Elder Kim Rice. We also had a divine appointment with Mike Klocek, pictured on the left. Mike was wanting to pursue military chaplaincy, but was not sure how to go about it. We were able to help him put a plan together.
PSALMS 51 is another very important passage in our discussion of guilt and shame. Verse one immediately asks for mercy. David calls on God's unfailing love and great compassion as reason for blotting out his transgression and cleansing him from his sin.
We can conclude he suffers at least from some intrusive memory from the statements in verse 3, " I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me."
The pleas for mercy continue in verse 7,
Cleanse me and I will be clean
Wash me and I will be whiter than snow
Let me hear joy and gladness
Let the bones you have crushed rejoice
Hide your face from my sin
Blot out all my iniquity
Do not cast me from your presence
Do not take your Holy Spirit from me
Verse 8, the bones you have crushed give us insight into the moral injury or spiritual pain. Verse 14 is the key verse for our purposes, "Save me from blood guilt O God the God who saves me."
In PSALMS 32 we saw God taking away the guilt of sin. Not just the sin, but the guilt and shame that come from it. The effects that we struggle with.
Here we see a new dynamic. This is not just normal guilt, this is blood guilt. Most of us have not shed someone else's blood in an act of murder. Most of us have not had to take a life on the battle field which, although justified, may still weigh on a conscience. However, even if we had, God forgives and will take away the guilt and shame. Not only does God want to take them away, he wants to replace them with:
Joy and Gladness
A pure heart and a steadfast spirit
The Joy of His Salvation
A willing Spirit to Sustain us
I love the end of the thoughts in verse 17. The sacrifices of God are:
A broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart
The idea being communicated here by "broken" is not crushed. It is the idea of a jagged piece of rock that falls into a stream. Over time the water rushes over it and rolls it around. The rough edges are broken off. In the end the edges become smooth and rounded. We pay large prices for rocks like this (river rock) to decorate our gardens with. We think they are beautiful. God can use the hard knocks of this life to shape us. When combined with a moldable heart and spirit the new creations are very valuable. Their value is not determined solely on how they can be used of God, but because He thinks they are beautiful.
Grace and Peace,
Meet James Schnorrenberg. He is one of our newly endorsed Chaplains. His endorsement was for VA Hospital Chaplaincy. He and his wife live in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Next we have Laura Richardson who we endorsed as a Hospital Chaplain, she and her husband serve in Darlington, Maryland.
And last but not least we have Thomas Boggs of Wichita, Kansas where he and his wife live and he has been endorsed as a Hospital Chaplain.