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every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion,’ therefore I will wait for him.” (3:22-24, emphasis added) Not only is the Lord my portion, but I must wait for him to meet my needs in his timing — the opposite of a fast-food lifestyle. It takes such trust to wait, to lean into God’s faithfulness and trust the timing of provision — not on my terms, but his. The Psalmist also picks up on this theme: “You are my portion O Lord; I have promised to obey your words.” (119:57) Once I depend on God to sustain me, I am free to obey. He gives me a portion to live on, and with the energy it provides I work out his calling for me. I have what I need. For his work. For now. God himself is my portion. A very literal example of this is Daniel’s testing in Babylon. In Daniel chapter 1 King Nebuchadnezzar orders that the select Hebrew exiles be served the choicest of fare — rich food and wine from the king’s table. Knowing this would violate Jewish law, Daniel and his friends ask for a trial period during which they would only eat vegetables and drink water. (Amber would have been proud.) God blessed their faithfulness and enabled them to be stronger, healthier and better looking than everyone else. These Jewish exiles trusted God even with their food. God, literally, had become their portion — their just-right serving size, their not-too-much-not-to-little — and proved there was nothing else they needed in the world. Is it possible to remember this when you’re debating whether to eat the leftover Halloween candy this year? Or as you face another holiday season alone, or encounter that relentless, years-long temptation? Or as you watch another friend have a baby, or get married, or get promoted, or lose ten pounds? All those other bowls, platters and teacups don’t matter. Lord, keep my eyes on my plate and all you have heaped to overflowing there for me. You, O Lord, are my portion.

My husband and I recently met with a nutritionist. Her services were offered at my husband’s workplace, and since we are ones to take full advantage of anything and everything — even free humiliation — sat down to discuss the failings of our caloric intake with Amber, a fiery metabolism in heels. A week later she emailed us meal plans for two weeks complete with calorie counts, portion sizes, restaurant substitutions and a newly imparted Health and Nutrition Holy Spirit to follow us into the pantry and convict us of chocolate. I was amazed to discover that carbs should be eaten no more than one cup at a time, and that my protein serving should be the size of my palm. Vegetables, on the other hand, are to be eaten from a disinfected wheelbarrow if you have an amenable colon, preferably raw or with a little bit of light butter spray — for the weaker brother, of course. I set out for Tom Thumb to shop for things like 2% string cheese, Kashi flotsam, flaxseed, avocados, steel filings, shards of bark, and gold stars to stick to my shirt. It’s hard to remember what else I bought because I’m really hungry right now and am having trouble with recall. (That apple I dipped in good intentions won’t hold me until dinner.) And yet I have hope. To quote Scarlett, “I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk.” I just have to adjust, that’s all. Me and my folk, we’ll adapt. It’s not something I’m comfortable with now because what can I say, I enjoy a cheerful assortment of cheeses, or an Oreo tri-fecta (or hexa-fecta) during Seinfeld reruns. But since man does not live on bread alone, it is now time to adjust my portion size for a healthy lifestyle. Why is the struggle to stay within portion sizes so fierce? Why do the words insatiable and incessant always seem to describe me, not just when it comes to food but also with everything else? The writer’s words in Lamentations sometimes sound foreign: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new

Editor Julie Rhodes Art Direction, Design & Goodness Josh Wiese, Dennis Cheatham, Lindsey Sobolik

Photography Amanda Guevara (Meet Sasha Morgan) David Farris (Baptism at IBC, IBCers and Their Stuff) Dennis Cheatham (Baptism at IBC)

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Irving Bible Church: a community on a journey.
Thanks for picking up Chatter. Chatter is a publication of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas.
Why are we here?
IBC is on a journey committed to growing in Christ, connecting in community and joining the mission. This commitment comes from Jesus’ words in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-39) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

How do we do this?
Growing in Christ At the heart of the journey is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the story of the Son of God coming into our dark world to bring light, life, hope and transformation. The journey begins when we trust Christ, but it doesn’t end there. God’s desire for each of us is for our hearts and lives to become more like the one who has saved us. (Ephesians 4:11-13) Connecting in Community The gospel story draws us into a community of people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus. This journey is not one that we undertake alone. We are designed to do life together as a community of Christ-followers. It is essential that we walk with one another on the journey. (John 13:34-35) Joining the Mission The gospel tells us that one day God will take all that is broken in this world and make it whole. Those of us who are on the journey together are called to be people who do what we can to make glimpses of that day show up in our day. We do this by telling the gospel story and demonstrating gospel-shaped love to a needy world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

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Update: Baptism at IBC
On Sunday, September 18, 7 children, 11 students, and 11 adults were baptized at the fountain in IBC’s Town Square. At IBC, we believe baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. It signifies our identification with Christ and his saving work done on our behalf on the cross. As we are immersed and raised out of the water, we mirror Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Every IBC baptism is followed by a chorus of hiphip-hoorays and an a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace sung by attendees in the bleachers and balcony.

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What every married person needs to know
My wife, Rebecca, and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

Wow! I cannot believe it has been two decades. As you might imagine, I have been reflecting on the events that have marked our relationship. I can vividly remember certain days, and others only vaguely. Obviously, one day I’ve been thinking about a lot recently is our wedding day.

to take root and grow strong. This is what surrendering to Christ means, and it will protect and nurture your marriage. For some great practical guidance on how to take seriously your potential to destroy your marriage, I highly recommend a book by Dave Carder entitled, Close Calls: What Adulterers Want You to Know about Protecting Your Marriage. Carder insightfully describes specific risk factors and risky behaviors, and suggests several usable action plans for preventing a potential affair. This is a great resource for any married or dating couple. Now look at Truth #2: The only possible way to recover from infidelity is through confession and forgiveness. Actually, look at the opposite of this truth, the lie, and see if this sounds familiar: “If I never tell anyone what happened, that is the only way we can recover.” When any of us sin, our response to that sin seems to be consistent. Our first strategy is to cover it up. We pretend it did not happen. Once this doesn’t work and reality forces us to admit that it did happen, we use our second strategy, which usually entails dismissing, defending, or blaming our sin on others. We try to defend ourselves by not taking responsibility for our sin and excuse it by convincing ourselves that someone else is responsible for what happened. I wonder if this scenario sounds distantly familiar. Do you remember the story of Adam and Eve? After their sin, they hid (first), and then (second) they blamed others. It is kind of like a two-step dance move for dealing with sin in general and marital unfaithfulness specifically. It is an easy dance move, really. Hide then blame. Hide then blame. Turn. Slide. And then, hide and blame one more time. The only problem is that it does not help, save, rescue or bring life. It only leads to more destruction. Do not miss this: the only way out is by confession (for the offender) and forgiveness (for the offended). You will be enticed to find a different way out. And you can actually be quite creative, but there is no other way. There is no other path that leads to life than to confess and forgive. Look at 1 John 1:8-9. To confess means to agree with God’s assessment of you and the situation. No spin. No excuses. No cover up. For the offender there is no other way to ever experience peace and freedom; you must own it and admit it to yourself, God, and others. If you are the offended, there is no other way to make progress toward peace and freedom than to forgive. To forgive means not to expect repayment for

I almost hate to admit it, but that day and many of its details all seem like a blur. I remember how beautiful Rebecca was in her dress. I remember the groomsmen. I remember my shiny, yet very painful, shoes. I remember our vows and the heartfelt honesty and commitment they represented. But the important things that people said and the amazing songs that had been carefully chosen and performed — some of those faithful words are fuzzy in my memory. Almost nothing anyone said that day has stuck in my mind and helped steer our marriage or relationship. However, there is one message that has tenaciously impressed me over these 20 years. It is embodied in the presence of 3 of our 4 sets of grandparents and their remarkable faithfulness to each other in their marriages for more than a combined 150 years. Their faithfulness — their fidelity — is inspiring and not of this world. I am becoming aware of how that kind of faithfulness in marriage demands more than what I have in my own strength. Do not get me wrong: faithfulness takes everything I have. But that is just not enough. Apart from Christ, my efforts at being faithful will be noble but will sadly fail. True fidelity in a marriage is always based on the faithfulness of Christ. There are three simple truths about infidelity with which I would like to challenge any married person. Truth #1: No one is safe from the risks and dangers of infidelity. Truth #2: The only possible way to truly recover from infidelity is through confession and forgiveness. And, Truth #3: Infidelity does not necessarily have to result in divorce. Let us think about Truth #1: No one is safe from the risks and dangers of infidelity. This means that nobody is immune. Nobody is above the temptation. Nobody is smart enough or skilled enough to escape the risks of infidelity. 1 Corinthians 10:12 is the perfect basis for this truth. Infidelity will be the typical experience when building a marriage on human effort. Unfaithfulness will be the course of a relationship apart from Christ’s infusion of faithfulness. Trying hard is not the solution to avoiding an affair. Only total surrender to Christ will do the job. At first glance, I know Truth #1 can be discouraging and unsettling. But look deeper. Knowing that you cannot stand, knowing that you cannot be faithful in your own strength, will lead you to become desperate and dependent on Christ. And desperation and dependency on Christ is the best soil for his faithfulness

I am becoming aware of how that kind of faithfulness in marriage demands more than what I have in my own strength.

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the damages owed. Forgiving does not mean pretending it did not happen. Forgiving does not mean that it did not hurt. Forgiving does not mean that you still trust. (Trust takes time to rebuild.) Forgiveness is something you decide to do. Forgiveness is much more about you and the Lord Jesus than it is about you and the offender. You will also be enticed to try to find a different way out. And you can also be quite creative. But there is no other way. Again, there is no other path that leads to life than to confess and forgive. Look at the parable that Jesus shares in Matthew 18:21-35 for a good incentive to forgive. An anonymous quote says, “Unforgiveness is like drinking the poison yourself and expecting the other person to die.” Okay, only one more truth, Truth #3: Infidelity does not necessarily have to result in divorce. Many of us in Christian circles often think the best way to prevent sin is to threaten ultimate punishment. Our hope, I guess, is that fear will produce righteousness. Maybe we think the threat of judgment will produce a clean heart and a changed life. But Scripture suggests something different. One of my favorite passages is Romans 2:2-4 where Paul reminds us that it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. It is this kindness from God that inspires and enables me to live a righteous and transformed life. I was never really motivated to live rightly out of fear. But kindness and grace from God — now that’s motivational in ways I never could have imagined. One of the ways we have tried to prevent the sin of infidelity is to twist Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:3-9 to mean that if marital unfaithfulness happens, the offended person is now obligated to follow through with the nuclear option of divorce. This is not Jesus’ heart. Jesus is simply saying he understands that if someone cannot bear up under the strain of a persistent, reckless, dangerous and unrepentant spouse, then they may be permitted to divorce. Divorce is not required, nor is divorce to be used as a threat that must be carried out in all cases of infidelity. Rather, it is an allowance for the most extreme cases. Some of the most beautiful expressions of the Gospel have been when married couples have incurred the most devastating blow of infidelity. Sometimes a marriage looks as though there is no trust, no peace, no future, no hope, no pulse…and then God breathes in new life. It is amazing how many couples I have seen over the years that have recovered from infidelity and started a new marriage. It surprises even them that God can create new life even after the death-move of infidelity. But that is just like our God, isn’t it? Raising dead things and breathing life into decayed places so that we might live and he might be glorified! Ph.D. Chip Dickens is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. His childhood dog and best friend was named Farbarker, a beagle who loved eating Whoppers.

It is estimated that as many as 60% of all married individuals in the United States will be unfaithful to their spouse at some point in their lives.
we all know what infidelity means. But do we know what fidelity means? What does fidelity to God’s plan for human sexuality mean? What do the vows of marriage mean in today’s world? In today’s church? What did God originally intend when he created the family in the first place? And,what does fidelity to God’s calling to some to live a single life look like? Join us Sundays in October for a new IBC Teaching Series on what it means for a Christian to live “in fidelity,” faithful to God.

(in)Fidelity Teaching Series Schedule october 2 Sexuality Song of Songs 4:10–16 october 9 Marriage Ephesians 5:21–33 october 16 Families Deuteronomy 6:4–9 october 23 Singleness 1 Corinthians 7:32–35
Join us Sundays in the Worship Center at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5 p.m. For podcasts or live webcasts of the IBC Teaching Series, please visit media.irvingbible.org

IBC partners with several international organizations and missionaries to bring the light and life of the Gospel to people around the world. Here are some quick updates.

Thank you IBC for the bicycle you provided for Mahendra. He works in Kutch, India, traveling for ministry into villages. He used to walk several kilometers and pay for public transportation to reach his final destination.

With a new look and functionality, Water is Basic continues to expand its efforts for clean water in Africa. Its next goal? Raising $60K for a third drilling rig. Visitwaterisbasic.org.

Longtime IBC missionaries Bob and Judy Kay, along with several Dominican church leaders, have started a Bible school designed to train the next generation of Bible church pastors in the Dominican Republic.

More than 12 million people in Africa are being affected by the worst drought in 60 years. ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries) is partnering with local Kenyan churches and Christian ministries to provide immediate relief and supplies to the region.

Mahendra Judy Kay

Photo: Oxfam East Africa

Drought Relief Bob Kay

New Web Site



An unlikely friendship blossoms between two IBC kids

the middle school room instead of participating in Sunday worship. But Carol wanted Collin to be with kids his own age, so she called student ministry pastor Trey Grant. Graham was more than willing to help Collin adjust to the middle school service. Trey agreed, so Collin and Graham started attending the service together. An amazing thing happened: as long as Collin was with Graham, nothing bothered him — not the noise, not all the people. Collin thrived, and the bond between the boys grew stronger. Collin was blossoming under the care and friendship of Graham. The two were becoming fast friends. And when Graham’s birthday rolled around, he naturally wanted to invite Collin to his party. Collin’s mom Carol was excited. Other than family, this was the first time Collin had been invited to a birthday party. All of Graham’s friends embraced Collin and everyone had a great time playing kick ball, volleyball, and pool. The first time Collin’s mom met Tracy she told her, “You can’t imagine the difference that Graham’s friendship has made not only in Collin’s life, but in all of our lives. Collin is accepted, and Graham’s friendship made that possible.” Tracy explained that Graham has a heart for special needs and she is thankful that he is able to share the gift that God has given him. Graham’s dad added that Graham is at his best when he is working with special-needs people.


raham is a typical 13-year-old — he loves sports, hanging out with his friends and having fun. And there’s one other thing that Graham loves to do: spend time with his friend Collin. What’s not so typical about Graham is how he came to meet Collin. When Graham was old enough to start serving at church, he knew exactly where and whom he wanted to serve: kids with special needs. According to Graham’s mom Tracy, Graham has always been sensitive to the needs of others. “He’s always the first one to befriend someone who looks like they need a friend, whether at school or on the playground, so it was no surprise when Graham made the decision to serve special needs kids.” It was in that special needs classroom where Graham first met Collin. Collin is also a teenage boy who enjoys having fun. The only difference between Graham and Collin is that Collin has Downs Syndrome. When Graham first walked into the special needs classroom, the boys formed an instant friendship. Collin’s mom Carol says that once Collin met Graham, going to church was not as stressful as it used to be. “Every Sunday, Graham would be there waiting for Collin. And when I asked Collin if he was ready to go to church, his immediate reply was: ‘Graham, will Graham be there?’ It was such a blessing for Collin to have someone his own age to be with instead of an adult, and Graham took such great care of him, I didn’t have to sit and worry if he was OK while I was in the service.” And when it came time to transition out of the special needs room and into the middle school service, Graham was ready and willing to help. Since Collin is very sensitive to loud noises, his mom would sit with him just outside

To Graham, Collin isn’t special-needs, just special.
Graham thinks it’s no big deal. He enjoys spending time with his uncle who also has Downs Syndrome, and thought it would be “neat” to spend time with other people like his uncle. To Graham, Collin isn’t special-needs, just special. Several weeks ago, Pastor Andy told the story of Timothy and how God called this young man into service. Graham’s story reminds us of this too — how God can call any one of us, at any age, to do great things. Peggy Norton is addicted to Twizzlers.

In His Image Bible Study
In His Image is a Bible study and social group designed to help people of different ability levels grow in Christ and develop friendships.

Who: Adults (18+) with special needs When: Each Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Where: Irving Bible Church
If you know someone who would benefit from this ministry or are interested in volunteering, please contact Shannon Miller at a22shannon@gmail.com or (469) 585-4578.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

Volunteer opportunities available.

Meet Sasha Morgan
IBC’s new High School Pastor
Chatter sat down with IBC’s newest staffer to talk ministry, teenagers, and why she has Powder Puff Football to thank for being where she is today.
Chatter: Sasha, tell us about your background and family. Sasha Morgan: I grew up in Alexandria, VA — which was one of the greatest places to grow up because everything we were studying in History Class we could see and learn more about at the museums in D.C. I loved the cherry blossoms, the fire works on the 4th of July in front of the Jefferson Memorial, and the Yule Tide Fire at Christmas! Good times! Also, I have an incredible family. They are truly my best friends. When I was growing up, my dad was a youth pastor, and when I was 5 he was demoted (his words) to Senior Pastor — his heart is so young and he will forever be passionate about young people. My mom has always worked right beside him in ministry. She has led worship, produced the Sunday morning program, taught women’s Bible studies, led women’s ministry and served our family better than any mom I know (I’m a little bias)! My mom and dad invested in my brother, sister and me in such a way that we developed a deep love for people. We are all serving in the ministry. My brother and his wife are youth pastors in Greenwich, CN and my sister and her husband pastor a church in Portland, OR. I have two nieces and three nephews. They are incredible kids who have helped me discover a different type of love. Chat: Got any hobbies? SM: I love to paint. I am not good at it, but painting pottery relaxes me instantly. I also enjoy being active. I love to hike, bike, run and be outdoors. But, I also like a good dinner at a nice restaurant where I can wear a pretty dress…haha! Chat: The word “passion” is so overused, but if there’s anything Chatter does well it’s capitalizing on a cliche. What makes your heart beat fast? SM: I am passionate about knowing Jesus and God’s Word. I want to discover truth in a way that causes me to live more alive and be a faithful servant. Also, I am passionate about communicating truth in a way where others can grasp the love and grace of God. I desire for young people to discover their calling, their purpose and their value. Chat: Worst job ever? SM: I’ve never had a job I hated, but I did work at Starbucks for 3 years. It would be nice to never have to work there again! Chat: Do you have a “testimony” in the traditional sense, or a faith moment that was pivotal in your life? SM: Growing up in a pastor’s home, you spend most of your time at the church. So, I knew every hiding place in that building. Plus, I knew every Bible story and memory verse, but I didn’t know Jesus. The summer before I started 7th grade my parents took me to a camp in Oregon called Camp Davidson. One night

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The first powder puff football game was in 1972, in Wallingford, Connecticut.

The average age of a Starbucks employee is 26.

during chapel, a young man went forward to perform a song. As he was singing, students on the opposite side of the room from me began to weep. Slowly the weeping spread to the point where every student in the room was crying, except me. I was sitting there frustrated because I wanted to hear this guy’s song (he was kind of cute), so I started shooshing those around me. All of a sudden, I felt my mom’s hand touch my shoulder and instantly I started weeping. In that split second I felt God’s love pour over me like a giant wave. I was overwhelmed by his love and grace. All the stories and memory verses that I had been learning for years finally made sense. My life was changed radically that night. I went home and began to pray for all of my friends who I would meet during my 7th grade year. I prayed God would use me to be a light to those who didn’t know him. The night before school started, my family and I walked around my school and prayed for all of my teachers and all the students. We prayed that God would use us as a family. God invaded my heart that summer and he has continued to take me on this amazing journey of seeing life beyond myself. Chat: Was there a specific moment you felt called to vocational ministry? SM: My senior year of high school I tore my ACL playing Powder Puff Football (I know, lame). Tearing my ACL and having surgery gave me a lot more time to be involved in non-athletic activities. So, I attended a Women of Faith conference with my mom and the ladies of our church. During the conference, a woman named Patsy Clairmont was speaking. As she spoke, I felt God speak to me. He told me that one day I would be doing what she was doing. It shocked me to hear that! I immediately whispered to my mom what God had just spoke to me and she affirmed it! After that conference, my brother, who was my youth pastor at the time, began teaching me how to communicate to others. He would have me speak once in a while. I went to college the next year to study Bible and Christian Education. Every summer I would intern with a middle school youth group and I fell in love with students. I received life and energy when I was around them. My heart was captured! Chat: Tell us about your educational/professional background. SM: I went to college at Bryan College in Dayton, TN where I studied Bible and Christian Education. I received my masters in Leadership in May 2011 from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. Professionally, I emceed for Planet Wisdom and absolutely loved it! I am also emceeing at the Youth Specialties Conference and teaching a seminar on Girls Ministry. I’m so excited, but extremely nervous. Chat: Your first experience at IBC was, in fact, emceeing a Planet Wisdom Conference. What was your first impression? SM: When I first walked into the doors, I was struck by the décor. It showed that this church is not stuck in the normal. There were no banners or pink carpet, but there were doors hanging from the ceiling! I didn’t understand why

there were doors hanging from the ceiling, but I loved it! I loved how the church is always open for people to come in and hang out. I saw mothers with their kids. I saw people studying for school. I saw community. Chat: Let’s talk about high schoolers for a minute. What’s the biggest roadblock for students having a living/active/authentic faith? SM: Community. They are going to go and find truth wherever they find community. If there isn’t community at church, then they will search elsewhere. Also, I think wounds and bitterness can stop them from wanting anything to do with God. Chat: What did you struggle with as a teenager? SM: Finding friends who were passionate about Jesus. I had friends who were fun, but none who understood my faith. Chat: What encourages you most about this generation of high school students? SM: They are searching for authenticity and truth. They are passionate about life and deep relationships. They live life in community — which is exactly what Jesus told us to do. Chat: How can the body of IBC pray for you and the high school ministry this fall? SM: Pray that we unite as a team and dream together. Pray that our hearts will discover where God wants to take these students. Chat: Somebody made a little teaser video introducing you to IBC. In it you said you really love rodeos. What’s your favorite event? SM: Bull riding and barrel racing. Chat: Nice. Welcome to Texas, by the way. While we’re talking high school, what was your high school mascot? SM: It was an Eagle! Chat: Proudest childhood trophy? SM: I got Most Cheerful once. Chat: Any odd phobias? Chatter loves a good odd phobia. SM: Sharks! I have a reoccurring dream that I’m a mermaid and a shark bites me in my side. Chat: That’s not so odd. You are suspiciously normal, Sasha Morgan. Chatter will be watching you carefully. Very carefully indeed.

Must read: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (even the boys will love it) Must listen: Adele, Mumford and Sons and Needtobreathe Must eat: Cheesecake Factory guacamole Caffeine a must? green tea Must-visit store at the mall: Anthropologie Must drive: Range Rover Must-see classic movie: Sleepless in Seattle Must never forget this in your gym bag: Deodorant! Must-visit city: Long Beach, CA — 2nd Street Must-use tech device: Kindle

The mascot for UC Santa Cruz is the Flying Banana Slug.

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IBCers and Their Stuff.




We all have stuff. Stuff describes us, even defines us. (Or does it?) Whatever our stuff may mean, we all have at least a little of it. And some of it is really interesting. Meet JD Lemming, IBCer since 2008, and the IBC Young Adult intern. JD finished his Master’s of Theology degree at DTS this Summer. He is married to Katie and the proud “father” of a Scottish Terrier named Bailey. Here is his stuff.
1. JD LEMMING: West Virginian-Irish-Intern. 2. BIBLE: Hands down my favorite Bible out there! This

study Bible is a perfect blend of style and scholarship. Oh, and buy the compact edition (it weighs a ton).

3. JOURNAL: Where I plant my thoughts and ideas. It is


full of doodles, Hebrew paradigms, musings and rants. fan — primarily because The Lord of the Rings is too confusing. No, not really. It’s because HP is a great story of redemption, sacrifice, and love. Therefore, I shamelessly own a Gryffindor scarf and my very own wand. mug is one of my favorites because: 1) I’m a Disney fan; 2) I bought this on my honeymoon.

4. SCARF AND WAND: I am a huge Harry Potter

5. MICKEY MUG: I’m a coffee cup collector (CCC). This

6. GUITAR: My first and favorite electric guitar. It got me


through a bad break-up in High School. I turned it up to 11; it’s one louder (than 10). has been the most transformative book I’ve ever read for my faith. I gave away my first copy, but this newest edition is a must-read. icon hangs above my desk and reminds me daily of my purpose and direction. Plus, I love Byzantine art.



8. GREEK ICON: Purchased on my trip to Greece, this

9. KNIFES: This survival knife (insert Crocodile Dundee


line here) was the first knife I ever owned. I won it in the second grade in a cake walk. I have never been so happy — my mom, not so much. The pocket knife was given to me by my grandmother. It belonged to my grandfather, who I never knew — but can’t wait to meet. actor. (Forest Gump gets me every time.) However, I still haven’t forgiven him for Bosom Buddies (1980-82).

10. TOM hANKS: Tom Hanks (post-Oscar) is my favorite


11. LETTERS: I keep all letters from my family.

These letters are hand- written from both of my grandmothers. They are priceless to me because these little notes have encouraged and comforted me. They are tangible reminders of their love for me, and their commitment to Christ. I own. I’ve been privileged to travel the world, and my camera has captured everywhere I’ve been. My camera immortalizes the great moments of my life.

12. CAMERA: My camera is one of my favorite items that

Are you an IBCer? Do you have stuff ? We want to see it and show-and-tell it. Contact chatter@irvingbible.org.

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Alvin Lowe (ACTS International)
When ACTS International president Alvin Lowe met IBC’s then-missions pastor Kathy Appleton at a conference in 2001, the road was paved for ACTS International becoming an IBC Global Missions partner in 2004. Ever since, IBC has been supporting church planting among unreached people groups in Asia.

ACTS International seeks to equip indigenous pastoral leaders for effective ministry and church planting among the unreached peoples of Asia.

President of Acts International since 1991

I was born in a village (Lunas) in Malaysia. There was no church in my village. I never had the chance to hear of the Gospel while growing up until I started working in the capital city of Malaysia. One of the reasons that compelled me to focus on the unreached is my background of growing up in a village without a church.

I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ while I was working in Malaysia, but I did not believe until I went to college in Singapore. I was having a fun time, proud of myself for my academic achievement, and sensed no need for God until one evening one of my classmates scolded me, “Alvin, you think that you are very smart? You think that you are standing on top of the world. But I want to tell you that YOU ARE A SINNER before God.” Nobody had spoken to me (or dared to speak to me) like that! But the Holy Spirit took hold of me, and shook me up. Suddenly, I realized that I am a sinner before God, and the Gospel of Christ I heard before became crystal clear to me. I broke down and wept like a little baby. I confessed my sins, and believed Jesus as my Savior. That’s how I came to know Christ — someone who cared enough to tell me the truth.

ACTS International president, Alvin Lowe.

aCTS International Curriculum
» » » » » » » » » » » » Keys to Unlocking the Bible Unlocking the Old Testament Unlocking the New Testament The Name Above All Names (The Uniqueness of Christ) Unchanging Truth for Changing Times (Christian Doctrines) Healing the Wounded (Biblical Counseling) The Pursuit of Ethical Excellence (Christian Ethics) Descending into Greatness (Biblical Leadership) Touching Lives for Eternity (Biblical Evangelism) Clearing the Fog from the Pulpit to the Pew (Expository Preaching) Electives (depending on local needs) Farming (such as pig, fish and vegetables — so missionaries will be self-supporting)

Since the Lord asks us to pray for workers because the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Matt. 9:37-38), and having witnessed the lack of workers in the vineyard, I began to pray that he would send workers into the field. It is a dangerous prayer! The Lord began to give me a burden to serve him full-time. I told the Lord that I was praying that he would send someone else — not me. But he reminded me that I was praying for workers, and I became the answer to my own prayers! The second factor: My classmate challenged me with Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much shall be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” My friend asked me, “The Lord has given you much; what is your response?”

Indigenous missionaries are trained at our ACTS Institutes, and then sent out to unreached peoples and villages. The institutes may be residential (6 months) or non-residential — 1 to 3 years, depending on the local situation. The institutes train missionaries using the ACTS curriculum (curriculum list at left). For more about Alvin and ACTS International, visit actsinternational.net.

Dr. Alvin Low ACTS International P. O. Box 64227 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80962 Direct: (719) 287-5549

What are you reading these days? Novels? Novellas? Nonsense? Chatter staff has been reading — or meaning to read — a plethora of titles and wanted to share a few with you.
I couldn’t put it down. That’s actually an understatement. When I first read this book, I was in mid-air leaping over (would I make it over?) that gap between the day job and dream job. I was preparing to quit my job and begin running my own web design business full-time. I have a wife and two small kids. These pages had me absolutely gripped by the scruff of the neck. Your mileage may vary. But I do think you’re likely to get some mileage, and that’s a tremendous strength of this book. Acuff is not writing only to would-be entrepreneurs or freelancers preparing for self-employment. His advice (and the eight quasi-steps he offers in chapter form) is meant for anyone who says, “I’m a teacher, but I want to be a musician. I’m a CPA, but I want to be a counselor. I’m a ____, but I want to be a ____.” Acuff walks those of us who possess that dream through a logical sequence of considerations that go deeper than the typical (and false), “If you can dream it, you can be it” fare littering the self-help section of your local Half Price Books. He tells the reader what they most likely need to hear, not what they want to hear and it’s something along the lines of, “You may be ready. But here is how you can be prepared.” I personally found the advice refreshingly realistic and grounded. This is no surprise as Acuff is employed by Dave Ramsey as something of a message-bearer. A nugget that made me believe what he had to say all the more. In fact, I think the subtitle should have been, “Did I mention I work for Dave Ramsey?” This advice of patience and steady plodding is crucial because it is unemotional. He basically says: “Look, I know you’re ready to quit. Your closest friends may be telling you to quit. I’ve been there. Be patient.” Eventually, I (Brian) resigned. And one Monday morning I woke up and looked at my boss in the mirror (me), then at my wife, still peacefully asleep in bed, probably dreaming about the two little girls curled up across the hall. If I’d made this decision on a whim or without a tremendous amount of preparation, I’m certain I would’ve vomited all over my boss’ reflection. But I didn’t, so I didn’t. Which is not to say that I won’t. I’m absolutely certain that I am on a collision course with a day in the future where this business causes untold amounts of stress and sleepless nights. But, it will be because things are the way they are, and not because I made them so prematurely. There is a big difference and it’s one that Acuff does a fine job of calling out, and hopefully guarding against. Vanilla Ice once handed Brian Rhea the mic at a show during his late 90s rap-rock phase. Clueless on the words to the song, Brian could only shrug and return a blank stare.”

REvIEW: Quitter by Jonathan Acuff
Author of Stuff Christians Like, Acuff explores the pitfalls and promise of pursuing your dream job — a timely topic in a troubled economy. Brian Rhea reviews. I’m willing to bet that this book has a fairly large audience: Cubicle jockeys with a just-out-of-reach dream job drastically different from the daily grind they currently endure. I’m also willing to bet that a large percentage of that audience is put off by Acuff’s wise and funny advice that always tends toward patience and then — just to be certain — a bit more patience. It’s the sort of advice people don’t like to hear, which means — I have no scientific evidence of this — it’s probably right. After all, this book is called “Quitter.” It’s right there on the cover in big red letters. You can easily imagine the idealistic-college-grad-turned-Late-30s-spreadsheetdiva seeing the subtitle and whispering out loud, “Yeah…yeah, there is a gap between my day job and my dream job.” They pick up the book as if it’s so precious it just may crumble in their very hands; open it expecting to see an illuminated manuscript, a massive gold and silver illustration of an abandoned office chair on the first page. And what does he hit you with? How about a first chapter titled, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.” You can see how that might be deflating. But Acuff couldn’t be more right. Quitter is a couple-hundred pages worth of breezy business book that dabbles in cheese and may have a few too many jokes, but, because it’s brimming with Acuff’s first-hand experience, practical advice and spot-on insights, you’re unlikely to stop taking it seriously.

WHAT IS A fAMILy GRACE GROuP? A 12-week Christ-centered group for families with a mentally ill loved one Family Grace Groups are designed to provide an ongoing support structure to help families hold each other up, giving participants practical skills for regaining their lives, rebuilding their families, and discovering a greater understanding of and vision for their loved one. All of this is done in a Christ-centered environment with a clear focus on the necessity of God’s grace for life transformation. Mental Health Grace Alliance Family Grace Groups: 6:30 p.m. in West B & D. Contact Buzz Moody at buzzmoody@tx.rr.com.

WHAT IS A LIvING GRACE GROuP? A 12-week Christ-centered group for those living with a mental illness The Living Grace Group is designed to encourage and equip those with a mental illness by offering a biblical and clinical view of mental disorders. We teach God’s grace for regaining a healthy balance of life with hope and direction. Mental Health Grace Alliance Living Grace Group: 6:30 p.m. in West A. Contact Melissa Clark at melisser34@yahoo.com.

Travels with Charley in search of america by John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath author Steinbeck recounts tales of a 1960 road trip with his French standard poodle, Charley, around the continental U.S. What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland A short read on how to enjoy classical music, written at an understandable level by the greatest American composer of all time. Mrs. Peregrine’s house for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs* Listed as young adult fiction, this debut novel combines authentic vintage photography with creeptastic storytelling for a compelling read that begs for a sequel. The Chicago Manual of style, 16th ed.* A tear-jerker. It had us at “et. al.” The Universal Traveler by Koberg and Bagnall Touted as “a soft-systems guide to creativity, ” this book has good content for anyone who has to solve problems or to reach goals. Fair warning: it’s the ugliest book you’ve ever seen. Lit by Mary Karr* The vivid account from famed memoirist Karr of her struggle with alcoholism as a young mother. For anyone who loves brilliant, biting prose. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud A book on visual communication taught through comics, written AS a comic book. Lofty at times, but encouraging to artists and creators. And heck, it’s a comic book. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris* A hilarious collection of essays capturing Sedaris’ struggle to learn French and adapt to life in general. Drawing is Thinking by Milton Glaser Famed American graphic designer Glaser writes about his fundamental idea that drawing is not simply a way to represent reality, but a way to understand and experience the world.
* For age-appropriate readers.

father/Daughter Campout
Dads, do you remember when you changed your first diaper? Nope, neither do we (thankfully), but we bet there’s one event that you will never forget: the birth of your daughter. Creating lifelong memories with your kids requires intentionality, time, and a little bit of creativity. But fear not — IBCMen has crafted a remarkable weekend this fall for you and your daughter to reconnect and have a blast. On October 21-23, join other dads and their daughters for the fourth annual Father/ Daughter Campout at Lake Murray, Oklahoma. Enjoy three days of quality time with your daughter, have meaningful conversations, and participate in a special campfire tradition where dads express love and affirmation to their daughters on Saturday evening. This will be a camping trip with Dad she’ll never forget.

Oct 21-23 at Lake Murray State Park in Tipps Point Campground near Ardmore, OK. The majority will arrive Friday in early evening. We plan to leave Sunday before noon. You may arrive and leave when you would like.

You need a tent, sleeping bags, and your personal clothing and toiletries. Cooking equipment, drinks, and food will be provided. Please contribute firewood if you are able.

Father/Daughter Campout • October 21–23
hiking, S’mores, Campfires • Lake Murray, Oklahoma
registration: men.irvingbible.org (for girls up to 17 years old)

The trip costs $45 per dad and $25 per daughter. Make checks payable to IBC if you are registering at the kiosk, or you may register online at men.irvingbible.org. Food, drinks, and a tent campsite are included. Horseback riding is $16 extra per person. Canoeing/paddleboats and mini-golf is $4 extra per person and up if you want to do these optional activities.

Cost: $45 for dads and $25 for daughters

This is a father/daughter campout and we believe this one-on-one time is important. Please keep it to these two family members and leave pets at home.

The group pavilion where we will cook and eat has water, lights, and electric. Most campsites do not have water and electric, but they do have good parking, shade, and picnic tables. We have well lit public bathrooms with hot showers in the camping area.

There are lots of activities available. It’s all up to you. We are planning a morning hike, an afternoon paddle boat/mini-golf activity, and a Saturday night campfire if you want to join. There is also horseback riding, fishing, boating, and a chapel available if you wish. Reservations are not needed for most things. If you have more questions, please contact: Erik Monson: (817) 505-3355 or erikmonson@gmail.com (E-mail is preferred).

Bible Communities
Communities on Sunday
There’s always something new going on in Bible communities! Here’s a taste of what’s happening this month:
The Tree 9 a.m. – West D Young marrieds/young families. The Tree will be studying The Forgotten God by Francis Chan, a study of the Holy Spirit and his role in our lives. Journey 10:45 a.m. – Middle School Room All welcome. October study: discussing the Sunday sermon from the 9 a.m. service. Thrive — 10:45 a.m. — West D Singles in their 30s, 40s & 50s. Join us as we continue our lesson series “Boundaries” — a study in understanding and establishing godly boundaries for our relationships. On Track 10:45 a.m. – West C Single parents. If you are a single parent or in a blended family, this class is perfect for you. Come join us for Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Renew 10:45 a.m. – Training Center Diverse, all ages and stages. The first two weeks of October: discussion of God’s love from the Book of John. During the second two weeks we will ask, “What is important to God?” The Point 6:45 p.m. – Alcove Singles – early to late 20s. We will continue working in table groups with various topics. Each group has about 10 people that discuss a book, a book of the Bible, or a preselected topic. Zone 6:30 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in The Zone. A weekly Bible study for kids. K-5th grade. For more info, contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org.


Ministry to Men
first Watch Where are you in your journey with Christ? Where would you like to be? Join the men of First Watch for Momentum: Moving Closer to Christ.

individual concert tickets may be reserved through the Box Office: (972) 253-1383.
Potluck Lunch and fellowship Sunday, Oct. 16 Immediately following the second morning service in the Commons Annex adjoining the Haven.


Bilingual Ministry
Traducción del Servicio los Domingos Traducción simultánea en el Servicio de las 5 p.m. Escuchénlo en la red: irvingbible.org. Se necesitan traductores. Sunday Service Translation Simultaneous translation available during the 5 p.m. service. Spanish Translations online. Estudio Biblico de Mujeres Martes 6:30 a 8:30 p.m. Acompañanos a estudiar y meditar en la palabra de Dios junto a otras mujeres. Women’s Bible Study Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 p.m. Join us as we study God’s word with other women.

Contact bgroezinger@verizon.net.

Fridays: 6:22 a.m. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m.
first Watch Xtra Wednesdays in the Training Center, 6:30 a.m. father Daughter Campout Oct. 21-23 at Lake Murray, OK. See article pg. 13.

Single-Parent family
Community and Resources
Save the Date: Girl Stuff Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in The Alcove Operation Christmas Child Service Project: share Christmas with girls around the world by filling shoeboxes with small gifts, books, candy, a card, a picture of yourself, and inspiring words about our faith. Sit with us on Sunday! Several single-parent families enjoy worshiping together in the 9 a.m. service. Come and join us in the lowest right-hand section, Rows 5 & 6, facing the stage.

Visit men.irvingbible.org for info.

Local Partners

Reaching the Community
volunteers Needed for Tapestry Conference IBC’s annual adoption conference is Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Positions available in both full-day and half-day shifts. Contact Amy Monroe at tapestry@irvingbible.org for more information. Laundry Love — first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-Noon Located at Amigo Laundromat, 3349 Country Club Dr. in Irving (just down from Sam Houston Middle School). Please join us as we provide free laundry cycles and detergent, strike up conversations and build relationships. For more info visit llpirving.org or contact info@llpirving.org.

Hope and Healing
Community Care
DivorceCare Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30–8 p.m. A weekly support group designed to help you rebuild your life. Visit divorcecare.irvingbible.org. Recovery at IBC Thursdays, 6–8:30 p.m. West Wing youth Lounge Do you deal with perfectionism, pride, overeating, inappropriate anger or control? Recovery is confidential and all are welcome. Join us for a light meal at 6 p.m. for just $4. Shelter from the Storm Tuesday/Wednesday evenings A 16-week confidential small group study for women who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse. For more information, contact Michelle Robinson at shelterfromthestormibc@gmail.org. Grace for the Wounded A confidential small group ministry that explores the wounds we’ve received and the healing journey God’s prepared for us. Male and female groups offered. Classes start in September. Contact Bernadette at (678) 860-4575 or Paul at (214) 226-8234 or txsojourner@att.net.

For more information e-mail Marsha at mtribbett@irvingbible.org.

Small Groups
Community at IBC
Interested in joining a Small Group? Groups are currently in session and sign-ups will reopen in November. Contact Ryan Sanders with questions at rsanders@irvingbible.org.


Student Ministries

Growing Together
Marriage at IBC Sunday nights, 6:45 p.m. West C/D A small group-based marriage series designed to help couples reconnect in the context of community. Visit marriage.irvingbible.org to register. KidZone is available.

Middle/High School and College
Middle School Sundays MERGE AM Meets in the Alcove, 10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

For more info or to find out more about our other Bible communities, visit biblecommunities.irvingbible. org or call Jen at (972) 560-4655. Please visit page 20 for more Sunday Bible Communities.

Life Groups meet in the Commons, 6:45–8 p.m.
Middle School Wednesdays The “W” — Meets in the Student Ministry area, 6:30–8 p.m. High School Sundays Life Groups — Meet in the Student Ministry area, 6:45–8 p.m. High School Wednesdays SWAG - (Students Worship and Gathering) — Meets in the Alcove, 7-8 p.m.


Infants Through 5th Grade
Respite Care Every fourth Saturday For families that have children with special needs. Contact Diana at dblessing@irvingbible.org. MyZone Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Zone/Zone Jr. A mid-week event for kids that’s great for bringing friends. K-5th grade. Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org.

Seasoned Saints
For Folks Ages 55+
Dinner and a Show Tuesday, Oct. 11 5:30 p.m.: Dinner at El Fenix on Hwy 183 just west of Irving Mall

7:30 p.m.: Entertainment Series of Irving at Carpenter Hall presents Billy Dean, a Grammy-winning songwriter and guitarist. Season or

IBC serves a delicious meal each Wednesday and Sunday night for $3. Contact mconnor@irvingbible.org.

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Ministry To Women
Women’s Bible Study Psalms: Authentic Worship for Today’s Women Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30.-8:30 p.m. KidZone for babies through preschool is available. Register at women.irvingbible.org. Save the Date Women’s Christmas Dinner December 6, 6-9 p.m. Kick off the season with beauty, fun and friends. Featuring a festive concert by Addison Road. Tickets: $20/each or $160/table of 8.

is welcome and you can join at any time! No auditions necessary. For information contact Crystal at celwell@irvingbible.org.
ESL: English as a Second Language — Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. — AZ14 & 15 Do you want to learn English? Improve your English? Come practice all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. For more info, contact Corey at 2435esl@irvingbible.org. fREE Citizenship Class Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. For those at least 18 years old who have been issued a Permanent Resident Card. We’ll guide you through the N-400 paperwork and prepare you for the main components of the new citizenship test. Contact Michael at 2435citizenship@irvingbible.org. Computer Literacy Class We are now offering a hands-on class that will teach internet and Microsoft office basics, including how to navigate the Internet, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and the basics of the Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel, etc). Please contact Charles at 2435computer@ irvingbible.org. IBC Career Transition Ministry Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Want to find a job? Come learn how to craft a rock-solid resume, use the Internet and LinkedIn to network, and ace the interview. For more info, contact Anna Martinez at amartinez@irvingbible.org.


A Little Bit of Everything
Membership at IBC — October 9, 10:45 a.m. — West A&B If you are interested in becoming a member of IBC, please register for Membership Storytelling Oct. 9. Learn more about the vision and beliefs of IBC and what it means to become a member. (For those planning to attend the Propel class in Sept./Oct., Membership Storytelling is offered as the final session.) To register, visit membership.irvingbible.org. With questions, please contact Donna O’Reilly at doreilly@ irvingbible.org. In His Image Bible Study A small group for adults (18+) with special needs. If you know of someone who would benefit from this group, please contact Shannon Miller at a22shannon@gmail.com. NICHE (North Irving Christian Home Educators) — Thurs., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Commons Annex Note: special daytime meeting. (Bring the kids!) Nationally acclaimed Christian author Renee Meloche will present two FREE young writers workshops for the kids, and will speak to parents about teaching writing. Contact NICHE at www.texasniche.com. Reminder: childcare is not available through IBC for this meeting. Stitches of faith Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Haven Fall is here and that means shorter days and long cold nights — a perfect time to make something warm for our military veterans!

Questions? Contact Wendy Vera at msbabydragon@yahoo.com or (214) 533-2781.
IBC Crop Night — October 7, 5-10 p.m. — the Training Center Join us for scrapbooking fun! Just bring your pictures, albums, and tools and let’s crop. Don’t hesitate to join us if you are a card maker, paper crafter, or digital scrapper. For more information please contact Nikki Heinemann at nikkiscraps@verizon.net Budget Coaching Do you ever run out of money before you run out of month? We’ve all been there. Sign up for a personal budget coach at mmcoach.org and learn practical stewardship skills. Hearing Assistance Hearing Assistance is available during all three worship services. You can stop by the Journey Lounge for instructions. New Arrivals Congratulations to the following families on the births of their children:

young Adults
20s and Early 30s
The Gathering October 6, 13, 20, 27 7 p.m. in The Alcove

Topic: Sex — Restoring What God Intended. Speaker: Barry Jones. For more info e-mail: youngadults@irvingbible.org.

Rigo and Sonja Velasquez and their son Jonah Emmanuel, born July 12, 7 lbs 3 oz, 19 inches

2435 Kinwest

Wednesday Nights at IBC
vox Humana Choir Wednesdays, 6:30-8:10 p.m. IBC Worship Center The choral community of IBC is always looking for new singers of all levels — beginner or pro. Everyone

Visit 2435kinwest.irvingbible.org for a list of other activities and ways to get involved.

On Saturday, October 22 you are invited to a hands-on and Chatter designer, Josh Wiese. We will take you through the basics of shooting indoor with studio lighting and shooting outdoors using existing light as well as directing and interacting with a model or subject. We will also look at postproduction, providing finished files to a client and how those images are incorporated into a publication by a designer. Bring your camera because you’ll be practicing what you learn. Questions? For more information or to let us know you are coming e-mail Josh at jwiese@irvingbible.org. photo clinic hosted by Trey hill of Trey hill Photographs

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with Barry Jones, PhD October 6, 13, 20, 27

Blood Drive at IBC

7 p.m. in the Alcove info: youngadults@irvingbible.org

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at IBC in October. Sign up October 2 and 9 at the Town Square kiosk. October 16 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Town Square October 23 4–8:30 p.m., Town Square Questions? Contact Joanne Green at jgreen@irvingbible.org.

Are you interested in helping other IBCers discover biblical financial freedom? Consider attending the Financial Coach Training.

Saturday, October 15, 8:30-5:30 p.m. NorthWood Church 1870 Rufe Snow Dr. Keller, TX 76248 This workshop requires homework completed in advance. Cost: $30.

The Water is Basic 5K jerry can race is going national. The event will take place both in Dallas and in Charlotte, NC. Individual and team sign-ups start November 1.

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Questions about the certification or training? Contact Joan neshem at jneshem@crowndfw.org.

Help Us Help Others at the Tapestry Conference.
Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference is now in its fifth year at IBC. Having served well over 1,000 adoptive and foster families, the conference addresses a wide range of topics for adoptive and foster parents and professionals. This year we expect a 40% increase in attendance. To serve our guests well we will need to have many more volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: Assisting with check-in, greeting and ushering, and helping with childcare — just to name a few. You don’t need to have any specific experience or be an adoptive/foster family. Positions are available in both full-day and half-day shifts. Contact Amy Monroe at tapestry@irvingbible. org for more info. Lets make this year’s conference an even bigger success!

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Fear Factor Kids’ Night Out

for single-parent families
Saturday, October 15 6–9 p.m. in the Alcove Come for pizza, games, crafts, plus live critters to see and touch from Wildlife on the Move! Register at singleparents.irvingbible.org. (Kids under 5 years will attend KidZone.)


2011 Fall Middle School RetReat, octobeR 14–16
Cost is $165. Register at students.irvingbible. org or contact Middle School Pastor Trey Grant at tgrant@irvingbible.org.

Join us for our 2011 Fall Middle School Retreat at Sky Ranch in Van, TX. Experience zip-lines, horse back riding and paintball, and be challenged to step up and use the voice that God has given you as we study The Voice: A Study of Daniel 1-4.

first Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) The Tree (young marrieds and families), West D Synergy (30s, 40s and 50s couples), Middle School Room

My Time, Talents & Skills
Tapestry Volunteers The 2011 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference is coming to IBC Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The conference continues to grow with over 1,000 people expected this year. Volunteers are needed to help make this conference a success. Various positions are available in both full-day and half-day shifts. Contact Amy Monroe at tapestry@ irvingbible.org for more information. Mission Class Coordinators The IBC Missions department is looking for a few individuals to serve as coordinators of classes like Encountering the World of Islam and Hindu Interfaith. If you would like to have an impact on what God is doing around the world, please consider this opportunity. Contact Dieula at dprevilon@irvingbible.org. Mentor Kids in Single-Parent Families Men mentor a boy, and women mentor a girl from a single-parent family. It takes is a little time & a big heart. Contact Marsha at mtribbett@irvingbible.org.

My Resources
Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets Laundry Love is collecting laundry soap and dryer sheets for their monthly events in Irving. Please bring these to the Laundry Love box in the donation area by the Training Center. For more info visit llpirving. org or contact info@llpirving.org. Care Packages for Armed Forces Help send care packages to those IBCers deployed in our armed forces. If you are interested in joining this team, or if you are a friend or family member of a deployed service man or woman and would like to add them to our list, please contact A. Gayland Leddy at (817) 320-3990 or eachief@sbcglobal.net. Cars for Missionary Families Do you have an extra car to loan a missionary family on furlough? Contact the Missions department (dprevilon@irvingbible.org). Online Giving Option If you would find it more convenient to donate to the ministries of Irving Bible Church online, please visit give.irvingbible.org.

Second Worship Service: 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) Crossroads (mid 20s to mid 30s couples), High School Room On Track (single parents), West C Journey (all welcome), Middle School Room Renew (multi-generational), Training Center Thrive (30s, 40s & 50s singles), West D

Third Worship Service: 5 p.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages)

Community Dinner: 6 p.m. Community Events: 6:45 p.m.
The Point (20s singles), The Alcove Legacy Builders (all welcome), Zone Jr. 7 Middle School, The Commons High School, Student Ministries Area

Sunday Community Meals
Join us in the Town Square for our community meal on Sundays at 6 p.m. Meals are $3 per person or $10 max./family. 10/2 Pizza and salad bar 10/9 Fajita Madness 10/16 Burgers and brauts 10/23 Baked potatoes and fixin’s 10/30 IBC Way Sandwiches and salad If you’d like to serve on a Sunday night meal team, contact Pat O’Reilly at (214) 289-6176 or sundaynightmeal@irvingbible.org.

Also, check out the Needs Board in the Town Square to find out how you can help meet the needs of others at IBC.

New to IBC?
Have questions? We’re here to help.

We’re so glad you’re here. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin, but we want to make the process of connecting and feeling at home as easy as possible. Here are some ways to start. Journey Lounge is a great place to get your questions answered, find help and encouragement for your personal journey, or just have a cup of coffee and settle in. Our team of volunteers would be happy to help you and our goal is to make you feel at home. Journey Lounge is open every Sunday after all three worship services. The Newcomer Gathering is an informal get-together for those new to IBC and/or those wanting to learn more about who we are, what we believe and how to get plugged in. Meet other newcomers, ministry leaders and elders. Can’t seem to figure out what IBC is all about or how you fit into the larger picture? Want free breakfast every Sunday for four weeks? Propel is designed to help you figure out how to best plug in to IBC’s culture and calling. We’ll talk about what it means to grow in Christ, connect in community and join the mission — and what that might look like for you. You’ll also learn more about membership at IBC. Small groups exist to cultivate deep relationships that advance the kingdom of God in dark places — dark places in our world, in our relationships and in our hearts. We do this in the context of sermon-based Bible studies that meet in homes. Groups are comprised of 12 people or fewer and are formed by leaders who have completed small group leader training. To sign up for a group or get more info, contact Ryan Sanders at rsanders@ irvingbible.org.

Journey Lounge

Wednesday Midweek Meals
Each Wednesday night from 5–6:20 p.m., IBC prepares dinner for anyone wanting a good, hot meal. PB&J sandwiches are also available. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. Just come by The Commons and grab a plate! 10/5 Turkey tetrazini, bread sticks, salad and dessert Hosted by Pat O’Reilly 10/12 Pulled pork sandwiches, Italian beans, salad and dessert Hosted by Marlene Britton 10/19 Alfredo creamed chicken, scalloped potatoes, mixed veggies, salad and dessert Hosted by Pat Downey 10/26 Mexican meal w/tacos, enchiladas, beans, chips/salsa, home-baked cookies Hosted by Barbara Witte Changes to the menu may be made depending on food cost and availability. If you’d like to serve on a Wednesday night meal team, please e-mail bdowney@irvingbible.org.

Newcomer Gathering
Learn more about IBC and meet others like you.

Ready to get plugged in?


Connect with others on the journey.

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an edge-gilded page without bumping into a Peter, Paul or Mary. The good kind. Or even a Meshach, Obadiah or Elijah if you’re chewing your way through the OT. At first blush — or glance if you’re just too manly for rouge-based wordplay — the pantheon of saints seems like, well, a pantheon. Untouchable, unknowable, unassailable. Which, of course, is unmitigated balderdash. Perhaps even baldestdash — I’m a bit lax on my old-timey, pseudo-hillbilly weights and measures. In fact, and even in fiction if you rewatch 1949’s Samson and Delilah starring Hedy Lamarr and the aptly named Victor Mature, the saints are all manner of flawed. Peter denied Christ and inspired the Lionel Richie hit “Three Times a Galilean.” Paul was such a murderous Pharisee that he had to change his name after his conversion (although it fooled absolutely no one, not even the Sadducees). David, whom the scriptures often describe as a man after God’s own heart, committed acts that would make most modern politicians slink off into obscurity as a host on MSNBC. And Obadiah, well, if you don’t know, I’m not going to be the one to break it to you. Also, I think they may have removed the Book of Obadiah from the last NASB to make room for some Google Earth-style maps. Nice. The foibles and, naturally, follies of the saints are highlighted, not because the Bible is really an ancient forebear of In Touch magazine, but to prove to us who, shall we say, came up a bit short of spiritual depth in the sainthood lottery, that God did, does and will use anyone to effect his plan if he so chooses regardless of their very visible shortcomings. Some Christians find this inspiring. Others, intimidating. After all, if God can turn a murderous, 80-year-old shepherd into a leader capable of guiding a couple million newly freed slaves across a dessert, through a sea and about a wilderness, what excuse does someone who just alternates attendance between St. Mark’s and St. Mattress’s have? Sainthood isn’t sinless — it’s a willingness to live inside a state of divine grace in spite of past sin. Unless your name is Joseph. You know Joseph. The eleventh and favored son of Jacob. Sold into slavery by his brothers. Accused of salacious randiness by his master’s wife. Interpreter of dreams. Second to Pharaoh in his authority over Egypt. Sporter of a bespoke

Joseph and the Annoying Technicolor Muumuu

The Bible is riddled with all manner of saintly individuals. You can barely turn

dodecacolored coat — the original Member’s Only jacket for a club in which Joseph was the only member. You know, that guy. What you may not know is that Joseph is one saint about whom no hint of sin is recorded. Nothing. No trip of the tongue. No moment of pride. No longing looks of covetousness at his neighbor’s goats. Not even a mention of a confessional prayer like in Daniel. Nothing. (And the fact that, 3,500 years later, his life inspired an Osmond-led musical cannot be counted against him. Against someone, yes. Just not Joseph.) The guy isn’t just the Grand Poobah of the Pentateuch, he’s the first runner-up to Christ. (Fortunately for us all, Jesus is always able to fulfill his duties as Mr. Messiah of the Universe.) Sure, Joseph sinned. At least we know he did if that consonant-altering Paul is to be trusted in Romans 3:23. But still, without a little scandal or slip-up to cut him down to our level, what can we learn from Joseph that can’t be chalked up to some preternatural superspiritual awesomeness? Nothing. I kid. Of course there’s plenty to be learned from Joseph’s trials and travails and possibly his Tupperware if you’re the oddly nosy type. We can learn that every moment — even those where we end up quite literally in a pit — can be handled by and through God’s grace, knowing that it is part of his plan. We can also learn that when God makes a promise, he keeps it. He just doesn’t always keep it on our timetable. Thirteen long years lapsed between the time Joseph dreamed that his brothers would bow down to him to the time they did so as he ruled over Egypt. So maybe give the Lord more than a couple of weeks to pony up that new iPad-shaped blessing you’ve been jonesing for. But I think there’s one more, very important lesson to be learned from Egyptian Joe. A lesson I’ve actually never heard preached before. Which means it’s either painfully obvious or completely off-base — I make no claims of divine inspiration on this or any other point. As we look at how much the flawed collection of saints accomplished for God when they let him lead, look at how much more God can do when we walk with him faithfully every step of the way. Sure, God can use us in spite of ourselves, but why do we insist on wasting so much of our lives going down that path? While I’m grateful that the Lord is willing to dole out a 427th chance for the 964th time, I long to not need them. After all, Joseph didn’t. Or even Donny Osmond for that matter. Jason Fox wears a lot of plaid and is a little bit rock ’n’ roll.


Chatter’s mom vacuums in her duo-tone muumuu.

The Osmond family has sold 102 million records worldwide. To muumuu-wearing mothers.

In Estonia, the name is spelled “Joosep.” In Korea: .

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The Carpenter family at Orange Beach, AL. Chatter just loves summer vacations.

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