We’re continuing a new series of messages entitled Vital Signs. There are five vital signs that a Christian ought to check in their own personal spiritual journey. These vital signs will help us determine whether or not our spiritual life is as alive as it ought to be! It’s all found in the Book of James.
What’s Happening At Central Church
On Sunday, August 17th Central will host a group from Teen Challenge. Be prepared as we will take up a special offering for them as well as have a lunch with the group. Also, Central families are asked to bring side dishes/desserts for the lunch.
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, August 18th at 6:30 PM
TruthSeekers will begin their weekly meetings on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00 PM.
Brazil: Five people were baptized Sunday, August 3, in the morning service of the Jaraguá FWB Church in Uberlândia, Brazil. In the evening service, many unsaved family members witnessed as baptism certificates were presented. Two people accepted Christ as Savior in the evening service. Praise God for His work! Pray for these new brothers and sisters in Christ to grow strong in their faith.
Japan: Praise God for the man who burned his family’s Buddhist altar at Dale and Sandra Bishop’s home in July. Pray all the extended family will come to know Christ. Pray for those who have experienced testing to be found faithful. Pray the Holy Spirit will speak to hearts that are seeking to know and understand the gospel.
Student Missions: Continue to pray for those impacted by the ministry of students during the summer. Some people accepted Christ as Savior; some began attending church or Bible studies; some are quietly wrestling with the truths of the tracts they received. Pray each seed planted will grow to fruition as local Christians and missionaries water and fertilize the seeds, and God continues to work in hearts.
National Association: Praise God for all He accomplished through the National Association in Fort Worth, Texas, July 27-30. Thank Him for safety of travel, for guiding conversations, and for speaking through the Mission family members who gave reports, spoke in services, and held seminars.
Cuba: A team of 13 returns from Cuba, Monday, August 11. They are assisting with the annual youth camp. Around 500 young people attended this camp last year. IM staff and team sponsors Mark McPeak and Sam McVay will each participate during the August 2-7 event. Featured speaker Tommy Swindol will address the theme “¡Cuenta Conmigo!” (Count on me) drawn from Romans 10:14. Other team members will assist with workshops, Bible studies, testimonies, and devotionals, and counsel and encourage the Cuban young people. Pray team members finish well, experience good health and team dynamics, and adjust quickly to the culture.
France: Pray for the St. Sébastien congregation as they regroup after their pastor’s resignation. They have requested Robert Bryan return to pastor while mentoring a young man as future pastor. Pray for the Bryans as they seek God’s leading and timing in this and all decisions. Ask God to winnow away the chaff from the church and to help Christians grow strong in their faith and dependence on Him.
Bible Reading Challenge: James 1:1-27…I know, this is a repeat…but it won’t hurt you!
Bible Memorization Challenge: James 1:19 (ESV)…19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…
Our church directory is almost complete. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible: Wynona and Mike Dodd for taking all of the pictures, Micole Guzman for collecting and collating all of the update information, and Edwin Bowden for researching the software and putting it all together! We should have a finished product in the next two weeks, as well as online access for your computer and mobile devices.
I’m looking forward to continuing the message series through the Book of James, Vital Signs. I believe it can be a truly life-changing series. Will you pray for me, and for the messages as I prepare them and deliver them? We all (myself included) need to listen to the wisdom that comes from God’s word as it is presented in this book. James is one of those authors in the Bible that I like; he doesn’t beat around the bush but comes straight to his points. He tells it like it is, bluntly, at times.
Don’t forget that this coming Sunday we will be hosting a group from Teen Challenge. Remember that we’re taking up a love offering for them as well as hosting a lunch following the morning service (please bring side dishes and desserts).
I hope to see you in church, soon!