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What It Means to Father

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My kids rarely ever call me by my given name. When they do, they are either trying to get my attention or are just being snarky. From day one, they have always used a different name: Dad. I cherish this name far more than my given name. It's not the name alone that I treasure, but the deep and profound meaning behind it. The fact that three individuals on this earth refer to me as "dad" is humbling. I am so thankful to God that I have the privilege of loving and leading this crew of kids and teenagers as a father. It is one of the greatest joys and tremendous responsibilities I have been given. I'll be the first to admit, I don't have a perfect track record when it comes to being dad. I've been known to blow it--regularly. But truthfully, since the day Juli and I found out we were having our first child, my hope and prayer has been that God would allow me all the grace, wisdom, love, and strength needed to fulfil this role as a father. I know that being a great dad is one of the best ways I can bring glory to God.

There is a fourth little one in our family that has just begun to call me dad. This has been a strange and new experience for me. When I hear it, I am reminded yet again of the wonder and weight of this role. You might laugh, but "DubDub" (based on my life-long nickname "Dub") is the name we taught him to call me. For the last two and a half years that's the name I've heard. But since he arrived in our home, he has heard the other kids call me by a different name. I am sure in his beautiful little brain, he has wondered why, why the difference. Names and titles have huge meanings as these foster children grow, learn, and feel attachment. So this shift, though natural, has been super eye opening for me. To hear him, who has never known a biological father, say the name dad, has reintroduced me to the beautiful gift of what it means to father. It's kind of overwhelming really. I have the opportunity, by God's grace, to offer a child the type of relationship that could impact how they see themselves in this world. It's that profound.

So, onward we go fathers. God help us!! The cause is great. The calling is huge. Be overwhelmed, along with me, as we seek to best live up to this name: DAD.

Posted by Jayson Oldham

Reflecting On Easter

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Hey SDBC family! God is so good. As I think about this past Easter weekend, I am incredibly thankful for what he has done! I am overwhelmed by the love and sacrifice of Jesus and the chance to contemplate this as a church on Good Friday. I trust, even though originally designed to be experienced together in person, that we all felt drawn into Jesus' journey to the cross in a new and powerful way. I hope that as we heard scripture being read and shared communion together, we were reminded of his immense love. And as we ended in complete darkness (even though our homes were likely filled with beautiful sunshine) we hopefully had the sense that, when Jesus uttered those words,"it is finished," there was so much more going on, more than we often allow our minds to think: the author of life itself, experiencing the full weight of sin and death.

Then came the morning, on the third day. We heard Mark's gospel share these words: "He has risen; he is not here…But go, tell." We praise God for the certain victory Christ achieved through the resurrection. He IS risen! He IS alive! He IS King over all! Friends, this is why we are a people filled with hope, even in uncertain times. We worship a living God! I know many of our church family shared how encouraged they were by the way we creatively celebrated together on Easter Sunday. This is awesome. It was our longing as a staff team that we would find glory in the risen King! So let us not lose this hope!

Romans 8:10-11 proclaim an incredible resurrection truth we can live and move forward in. Be thankful and be encouraged.

"But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."

Posted by Jayson Oldham

The Cross and the Crown

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Thankfully the season of spring is upon us. Trust me, it IS coming! All the signs of new life can be seen in cherry tree blossoms and blooming daffodils. I am so thankful for the change of season and a shift to lighter, dryer, and warmer days! With this brings the realization that the Easter celebration is only a few short weeks away! I want to warn you: we as a staff are planning for a party! Light has conquered darkness, death and the grave are defeated, and new life, through the resurrection of Jesus, is available to all.

Our Easter weekend at SDBC will be an incredible time of worship, reflection, and celebration. We have entitled this year's theme, The Cross and The Crown. On Good Friday we will contemplate the Cross, and all that Jesus did for us, journeying towards the darkness of the grave. On Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the One who wears the Crown, who dwells in unapproachable light, the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. This will be a fantastic party that we, as a whole church family, will experience. We are excited for baptisms, times of worship, pancake breakfasts, and kids running around with huge chocolate covered smiles on their faces!

Invite cards will be available this Sunday at the Spotlight Table for you to pick up and give to your friends and neighbours! Please be praying for opportunities to connect people with the gospel…the great news of Jesus and his resurrection.

For all the details on our Easter weekend celebrations, visit our Easter page.

Posted by Jayson Oldham