Central News for December 18, 2017

Central News for December 18, 2017

Recent Messages
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Advent Messages

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • December 24th ~ Community Worship Service at 11:00 AM
  • December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 PM
  • January 7th ~ Special Business Meeting at 12:30 PM
  • January 25th ~ Advisory Board Meeting at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: David Reeves

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Bible Memory Challenge: John 13:34–35 (ESV)—34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Pastor’s Note
We had a good time yesterday, didn’t we? Our children’s Christmas program is never without cheer and joy. Listening to our children speak and sing about Jesus is one of the greatest things we will ever see and hear on this earth. One thing of interest that was pointed out to me in the rehearsal times is the use of the microphones. Adults tend to want to stay as far away from the microphone as possible, as if amplifying their voices is something about which to be fearful. For children, just the opposite is true. Hand a child a microphone and stand back! They want to hear their voices. It is especially fulfilling when that amplified voice is speaking or singing about Jesus!

Magnifying GlassIn Scripture, we see a similar word to amplify, it is magnify. When it is used in describing our relationship with the Lord, it is something we should look at carefully. It means to make something bigger, greater or more important. The idea is a contrast. Rather than making ourselves bigger, greater or more important the concept is to turn that around and make sure that we are making God bigger, greater and more important. Our lives are meant to make God seem huge to those around us. Which means we have to make ourselves even smaller. When we get a chance to speak about Jesus, we ought to be attempting to magnify Him to those we are speaking to, and if that means using a microphone in order to amplify your voice, don’t be fearful of that. Embrace it, use it to amplify—to magnify.

I want to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who came out for last night’s Christmas caroling at Redwood of Raymore. I saw a lot of smiles on a lot of faces—and that includes the smiles on the faces of the residents! We were able to spread a little cheer into the lives of those who live there.

I hope to see you in a worship service or Bible study this week! In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?

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