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BreakPoint
February 27, 2015
A Stunning Pro-Life Documentary
Go See ‘The Drop Box’
John Stonestreet
COMMENTARIES
The Attractiveness of Truth Telling
By Eric Metaxas
Do It Now!
By Eric Metaxas
The Rise of Totalitarian Science
By John Stonestreet
If Uncle Sam Giveth
By Eric Metaxas

A couple of years ago on BreakPoint, I told you about a South Korean pastor who rescues abandoned babies. Well in March, you can see his amazing story in theaters across the country.
In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, hundreds of infants are abandoned on the streets every year. The problem became so severe that one Korean pastor decided to take unprecedented action.

It’s a story that’s now the subject of an award-winning documentary by film maker Brian Ivie, which will be shown in theaters nationwide March 3-5. Please mark it on your calendar, March 3-5, because you and your church are going to want to see it.

Stirred several years ago by a report in the Los Angeles Times about Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s unique solution to infant abandonment, Ivie—then a film student at the University of Southern California—raised enough money to lead a team to Seoul to capture this tiny but inspirational ministry.

Well, Pastor Lee Jong-rak calls it his “Drop Box.” The concept is simple. Instead of aborting or abandoning their infants, mothers who either can’t keep or don’t want their babies bring them to the wooden box affixed to Pastor Lee’s house; they say goodbye, and they shut the door. The box, which is equipped with lights and heat, has a sign in Korean, “Please don’t throw away unwanted or disabled babies, or babies of single mothers. Please bring them here instead.”

When the box opens a bell rings, and Pastor Lee, his wife, or a volunteer, comes and takes the child inside. Since Pastor Lee installed the Drop Box in 2009, as many as 18 babies a month have arrived at his home, which doubles as an orphanage. He and his wife have even adopted ten as their own—that’s the maximum number local authorities will allow.

Sometimes he speaks to mothers face-to-face. One told him she intended to poison herself and her newborn before hearing about the Drop Box. Another simply left a note, which read:

“My baby! Mom is so sorry. I am so sorry to make this decision…I hope you meet great parents… Mom loves you more than anything else. I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is. I used to think about something bad, but I guess this box is safer for you…Please forgive me.”

Brian Ivie’s movie, aptly entitled “The Drop Box,” has already won awards at the Jubilee and Independent Christian Film festivals. And now, Focus on the Family, Pine Creek Entertainment, Kindred Image and Fathom Events will present the movie in selected cinemas for three nights only, March 3-5.

“The Drop Box” is the second installment of Focus’ Reclamation Series, documentaries that focus on the importance of marriage, family and a Christ-centered response to the social ills presented in each film. The film “Irreplaceable,” which Eric Metaxas and I were both a part of, was the first film in that series.

“The Drop Box” is the kind of story that change lives. Forever. Just ask Brian Ivie. When accepting one of the awards for the film, he said, “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box—it was like a flash from heaven, just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still.”

Friends, the fight for life is more than just political. In so many ways, it’s decided in the cultural imagination. And that’s why it’s critical that Christians support films like this: high-quality films that don’t preach, but show how precious life truly is, and how otherwise ordinary individuals will go to extraordinary lengths to save and protect the most vulnerable among us.

So here’s what I would like you to do. Come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary. I will link you to “The Drop Box” movie website. First, watch the trailer. You’re gonna say, “I’ve got to see this movie.” Second, check out the resources that you and your church can use to promote this moving, beautiful pro-life film in your community. And third, use the theater locator to find the film closest to you. I hope you’ll attend—and that you’ll take church members, friends and family with you.

(This commentary originally aired February 10, 2015).

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Next Steps:

For more information, resources, and theater locations, click here to visit “The Drop Box” movie website. And here’s an opportunity to see the producer, Brian Ivie, in person: He’ll be joining John Stonestreet and Warren Smith on the Restoring All Things tour. Meet John and Brian in Grand Rapids, Atlanta, or Dallas during the month of April. Click here for details and registration information.

Resources:

‘The Drop Box’ Documentary Takes Home Grand Prize at Christian Film Festival
Dana Lovelady | The Christian Post | February 28, 2013

The Sewer and the Drop Box
John Stonestreet | BreakPoint commentary | June 12, 2013

Restoring All Things: Stories of the Christian Life in a Post-Christian Culture
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Carl’s discussion of TOZER

OK, first of all Tozer would be very unsuccessful today in the world of TV Evangelism…lol! At first impression of the thought of doing this study, I may not have been necessarily too enthused, but have changed my opinion. The word “insightful” may describe his work , but is obviously not solely based on his own attributes .

I believe the first part of the lesson may be describing election and our response to His calling. I didn’t use to believe in election, but that was based in part on my ignorance of scripture : Ephesians 1:5,11. I am not clear on where our free will and God’s will meet. Tozar seems to lean towards God’s foreknowledge of our response to His will.

I like it when he talks about God molding us with heavy tools in the third paragraph. I can definitely relate to that! I also appreciate paragraph 4 when he talks about God through His grace taking all of our Idols away. All the things we put first before Him. I think Paul talked about an affliction he had and that he prayed to have it taken away, but God chose not to do so to keep him humble, not conceded.

A line that really stood out to me is when Tozar says at the end of the seventh paragraph: “And you will learn , probably to your astonishment, that it is possible to live in all good consciousness before God and men and still feel nothing of the “peace and joy” you hear so much by immature Christians.” Tozar reminds me that man’s behavior/condition 50+ years ago are basically the same issues that are present today. When I watch some of Billy Graham’s old sermons from the 1950’s, the sins that he talks about are the same sins that we struggle with today, just different channels available.

I’m grateful that he points out in the last few paragraphs that spiritual growth through God’s love will involve certain sufferings, not only “its power to purify, to detach, to humble, to destroy the fear of death and, what is more important to you at the moment, the fear of life”. The latter part has been real in my life as of late. Things aren’t necessarily that much “fun” right now and sometimes feel like drudgery, but I believe God is teaching me the bigger picture.

Carl

~Mark~
Mark J. Congrove
Pastor, Bethel Baptist church
616.546.0292

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

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Tozer Study

For study, comment, and reflection
M

~Mark~Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church
616.546.0292

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

Follow me on Twitter @ vicarc1

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mark Congrove <mcongrove>
Date: January 9, 2015 at 9:13:13 AM EST
To: Ron and Carol Oliver <rcoliver49>, Mike Sweet <mjkasweet>, Larry and Judy Heinig <heinigl>, Ron Wise <rwise>, Richard Burlingham <richjenb>, Congrove Mark <mcongrove>, Phil/ Rebecca Durden <bigpants32>, Dean Gilmer <wdgilmer>
Subject: Fwd: Tozer Study

Hi guys,
I thought I would pass around some of Carl’s thinking from this week’s Tozer installment.
Enjoy and pass around any thoughts you had…
Great discussion forum
M

~Mark~Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church
616.546.0292

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

Follow me on Twitter @ vicarc1

Begin forwarded message:

From: carl hatch <quality90>
Date: January 8, 2015 at 10:25:24 PM EST
To: “mcongrove” <mcongrove>
Subject: Tozer Study

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The week between the ends for October 14, 2014

Subject: What’s happening this week at Bethel Baptist

The Week Between the ends
October 14, 2014

Breaking News: Missionary Ed Weber Thailand. October 22. Supper Here! Potluck…
Good Tuesday,

Here we are nearly in the middle of the week. This past Lord’s Day we were confronted with the words of Jesus about a subject that is so difficult for most of us to embrace. With the exception of few rivals, death confronts us with a moment of truth- trust God in what we cannot can understand, or simply trust in the platitudes associated with a weak faith. Martha struggled with the former, Mary embraced the latter. The week may be clouded over with the coming of Fall, but our personal world can enjoy the brightness of the living God within. Enjoy the journey!
The Lord’s Day to come: WWJS about His Church
MJC

What good books are your reading this week?

AWANA NOW MEETS ON SUNDAY NIGHTS

Our AWANA Bible Club is now meeting on Sunday evenings at 5:15-7:00 pm. Let’s get busy and invite someone in your circle of friends to this great club. Young people need a group of friends that can stimulate them to godliness and a connection with leaders who have their best Spiritual interests at heart. You may not reach that potential with most sports teams and you won’t get the connection with the local church in “Rocket Football.” Our course is clear and the challenge specific… Run the race, that we may win in Christ– never to become a castaway ( I Corinthians 9:27).
Our next Sunday supper: 1st Sunday in December: 4:30 pm

What’s Brewing this week in the Cafe?

The Study: Revelation
The format:
6:00- 6:00 Fellowship and food
6:10- 6:15 Singing
6:15- 6:45 Interactive Bible study
6:50- 7:05 Group or individual prayer
7:05- 7:10 Closing song

Currently, we find ourselves in Revelation 16-17. Come out and join us. Why not, read through these two chapters before you arrive. If you desire to pray by yourself… we have the room. Snacks will be provided.

Men at Work works
Men at Work
Book: A.W. Tozer:That Incredible Christian
Topic: The Increasing Knowledge of God.
Chapter: Resisting the enemy, pg. 87
When: Fridays at 6:30, Cousins Restaurant, SH
Hook: “Come for the first time and I’ll buy you breakfast” — Pastor Mark

FROM THE TEXT–
“Another enemy is complacency, Woe to them that are at ease in Zion. The Contented Christian is not in danger of attack, he has already been attacked.” pg.88.

Prayer… as necessary as air itself

The Marks of an effective and healthy church! Is the CHURCH healthy? Or, is our church healthy? What do you think? I wonder how long the Lord will allow us to soldier on, undermanned and outgunned in the absence of any real interest in Our God, His Son, or the communication that must exist between Him and us. Prayer is as natural as breathing for the saint rightly conditioned and as necessary as oxygen for the church’s survival. Prayer discipline begins with a earnest desire to connect with the Living God and soon seeks out an environment that with help it thrive. We have the perfect environment. Do we have you? To that end, I have provided a guide for the “beefing up” of our Christian walk with God. Click here for the attachment.

Check out our website at http://www.bethelsouthhavenmi.com

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The All-Good

From the valley of vision today,

My God, help me to see how good thy will is in all, and even when it crosses mine teach me to be pleased with it.

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Weekly update

Note! My usual group email has recently suffered a setback so I am falling back to plan B.

Hopefully my former format will be restored sooner than later.

ALSO LOOK BELOW! First look at little Edmund!

Good week to you!
WHAT WE HAVE STUDIED
Last week we completed a 3 part talk entitled, WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT PAIN.
We intend to continue the series this week by examining the Lord’s heart when it comes to evangelism.

WHAT’S LIES AHEAD THIS WEEK

Cafe Bethel:
What Jesus says about being misunderstood. The PDF is available below.

Men at Work
Our study of Tozer’s THAT INCREDIBLE CHRISTIAN continues.
This week’s installment of Tozer on demand… Tozer says that it is required that we look beyond what we think God wants us to DO and instead concern ourselves with what or who He wants us to BE.

ITS NOW PRAYER TIME!
A: Adoration
God’s holiness: what do you know about.
God is all powerful… "ISIS" beware
God’s care surrounds you!

C: Confession
I have sin and sins… So do you. What account in your life needs a spiritual audit?

T: Thanksgiving
God’s blessings on your life what are they
Larry Heinig’s successful Gideon presentation in U.P.
Janet as she participates in a new member class
Improvement of Bob Clemons.
Pam Burchfield is a grandma to twins

S: Supplication
~ Continuing needs of Delores Carrier
~ continuing needs of Cole( Jill Pensinger’s great nephew).
~ Dan and Kim Congrove have another offer on their house
~ safe trip for Byers
~ plans for 50th and for successful VBS.
~ our kids and us: a productive summer
~ what else?
~ our AWANA and term leaders: continued growth
~ The Burlingham family

WHAT TO ZERO IN ON

With a busy summer in front of us we cast our eyes to some important dates:
July 11-12: the all church camp out — on the grounds at Bethel Baptist Church

August 11-15: Daily vacation Bible school with Dean Brown. Why not start inviting now!

August 24: Bethel Baptist Church 50th year celebration. A number of the former pastors will join us and we are anticipating a joyous time of celebration.

Lastly, interested in my blog?

http://www.sermonbitsandpieces.wordpress.com

WWJS misunderstood 6.18.14.pdf

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Weekly update

Note! My usual group email has recently suffered a setback so I am falling back to plan B.

Hopefully my former format will be restored sooner than later.

ALSO LOOK BELOW! First look at little Edmund!

Good week to you!
WHAT WE HAVE STUDIED
Last week we completed a 3 part talk entitled, WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT PAIN.
We intend to continue the series this week by examining the Lord’s heart when it comes to evangelism.

WHAT’S LIES AHEAD THIS WEEK

Cafe Bethel:
What Jesus says about being misunderstood. The PDF is available below.

Men at Work
Our study of Tozer’s THAT INCREDIBLE CHRISTIAN continues.
This week’s installment of Tozer on demand… Tozer says that it is required that we look beyond what we think God wants us to DO and instead concern ourselves with what or who He wants us to BE.

ITS NOW PRAYER TIME!
A: Adoration
God’s holiness: what do you know about.
God is all powerful… "ISIS" beware
God’s care surrounds you!

C: Confession
I have sin and sins… So do you. What account in your life needs a spiritual audit?

T: Thanksgiving
God’s blessings on your life what are they
Larry Heinig’s successful Gideon presentation in U.P.
Janet as she participates in a new member class
Improvement of Bob Clemons.
Pam Burchfield is a grandma to twins

S: Supplication
~ Continuing needs of Delores Carrier
~ continuing needs of Cole( Jill Pensinger’s great nephew).
~ Dan and Kim Congrove have another offer on their house
~ safe trip for Byers
~ plans for 50th and for successful VBS.
~ our kids and us: a productive summer
~ what else?
~ our AWANA and term leaders: continued growth
~ The Burlingham family

WHAT TO ZERO IN ON

With a busy summer in front of us we cast our eyes to some important dates:
July 11-12: the all church camp out — on the grounds at Bethel Baptist Church

August 11-15: Daily vacation Bible school with Dean Brown. Why not start inviting now!

August 24: Bethel Baptist Church 50th year celebration. A number of the former pastors will join us and we are anticipating a joyous time of celebration.

Lastly, interested in my blog?

http://www.sermonbitsandpieces.wordpress.com

WWJS misunderstood 6.18.14.pdf

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