Bara Blast 05.07.15

Dear Bara,

A Word from Pastor Joel

"And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God." - James 2:23 NLT
Recently I was sharing something pretty unbelievable with my friends. This was the kind of thing that some call, "a God thing" that you share only with the people you trust. And despite the "unbelievable" nature of what I was sharing with my friends, a surprising and yet sweet thing happened: they believed me. I'm not going to lie: it meant a lot to me. In fact, it made me trust them as friends more than ever!
As I prepare to preach from Genesis 15 this weekend, I would like for you to prepare to receive the Word by reading through Genesis 15 and prayerfully considering some areas of your life where you trust God the way friends trust each other. I would also encourage you to contemplate some areas where you struggle with trusting God. And if I may share a "decisive prayer" with you: please pray specifically for me to "trust God" with the message he gives me!
Speaking of trust: on every dollar are the words, "In God We Trust." This morning, one of my Young Life friends shared a video with me. I don't often share or speak about things that have strong political overtones. However, I don't think this makes a political statement as much as it makes a prophetic statement. I found it to both historically accurate and presently alarming. I highly encourage you to watch it.


I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you have the time. Feel free to shoot me an email:
I love you, Bara! Know this: Before I ever talk to you about God, I talk to God about you! I'm praying that we all will pray trusting prayers! After all, that's what God's friends do.
I'll see you on Sunday ... early, prayed up and with a friend by your side.
That all might know Christ and make Him known,
BSM: Happy Mother's Day

This Sunday is Mother's Day and we want our students to do nothing less than sing to, hug, kiss, shower with love, and spoil their mother.  We all know moms do more than we could ever repay so we want to encourage our students to enjoy this day with the one who brought them into this world.  We'll be back to meeting as usual next Sunday night!  Happy Mother's Day to all you moms!

If you have any questions about Bara Student Ministries (BSM), please contact our Youth Pastor, Ryan Bradley at  For more information on BSM, please visit


This week in B-Kids we will celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about what it means to honor our mothers and show appreciation toward them. We will also learn about mothers and children from the Bible and play a matching card game. In Wee Kids we will talk about what it means to honor our mother and ways to make them feel special.


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Arise and Build

If you love accomplishing a lot at one time (think: one stop shopping) then you need to come check out our Arise and Build Prayer Nights every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the BARA offices. In less than an hour, you can praise The Lord for all He is doing in and through Arise and Build while you answer His call to pray audaciously for what is to come and if that wasn't enough: you will get to build new relationships with your BARA family!! One of the sweet byproducts of our Prayer Nights for those of us that have been participating is that we have experienced the joy of getting to know each other better in ways that can only happen by praying and spending time together. Give it a try and see how God can use a time of prayer devoted to building a building to actually build His church!  For directions to the Bara Church office click here. For additional information click here.

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