Episode 426

246 Salvations at Church Car Show, DR Teams on Standby as Idalia Looms & Guilty of Gossip

Aug 30, 2023

As Hurricane Idalia makes landfall, disaster relief are preparing to responding across Florida and the south east. Commonwealth of Faith in Redford, Michigan was preparing for a car show to end their vacation Bible school on Aug. 27, but due to flooding rains they got more than they bargained for…in a good way. And, how can you tell if someone is truly gossiping? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Sam Rainer encourages believers to remember people need to talk to process.

Transcript

As Hurricane Idalia makes landfall, disaster relief are preparing to responding across Florida and the south east.

A state of emergency has been issued in Florida.

Expectations are that FLDR teams will move to “active status” by week’s end and begin serving in communities impacted by the storm.

There are about 4,500 trained disaster relief workers in Florida. Learn more about how you can help by visiting SendRelief.org.
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Commonwealth of Faith in Redford, Michigan was preparing for a car show to end their vacation Bible school on Aug. 27, but due to flooding rains they got more than they bargained for…in a good way.

Another popular car show was left scrambling by the floodwaters. They ended up in the church’s parking lot.

The church welcomed the car enthusiasts and proceeded with the plans as scheduled with included a short but powerful presentation of the Gospel.

Pastor Torion Bridges told Baptist Press that 246 people responded to the Gospel message asking Christ to forgive them as they repented of their sins and placed their faith in Him.

It may be a while before they host another car show because now they are planning a major baptism celebration at the end of September.
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How can you tell if someone is truly gossiping? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Sam Rainer encourages believers to remember people need to talk to process. For people to process, they need to talk about it. Some could even say negative things. Just because some might disagree with you and vocalize their concerns does not make them gossips. Let people process by talking for a season before you start making accusations.

He says gossip is defined more by intent than content. Gossip requires a selfish motive. Most everyone needs information to think through an event. So, people ask questions. They call their friends. They talk to other leaders. If they want to gain this information for malicious motives, then it’s gossip. If they’re chatting to know how to help, then it’s not gossip. Before you leap to a conclusion about gossip, consider someone’s motives.

He encourages leaders to be cautious before jumping to false conclusions because it could be a lack of clear communication that is driving the so-called gossip.

You can read the full piece and learn more about our daily emails at Baptist Press.com.

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