It’s nice to get back on track…we had a great service, yesterday, and I am excited to see what God can do with this week!
What’s Happening At Central
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 PM.
Central will host our (almost) annual Pinewood Derby this year on Saturday, March 29th. Entry is free and racing will begin at 9:00 AM.
Start preparing now for the 2014 World Missions Offering, which will be collected on Sunday, April 27th in our morning worship service.
The Watoto Children’s Choir is coming to Central on Wednesday, April 30th! We will need host homes for the children, so please let Pastor Alan know if you can host 2-3 children (plus an adult sponsor) for a night.
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptist’s annual meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.
Panama: Pray for a good enrollment for the 2014 academic year at the Chame seminary. Classes begin the end of March and enrollment closes February 22nd. Ask God to work in the hearts of young people (and their parents). Pray the accreditation paperwork being resubmitted will be approved quickly.
Globally: Pray for those studying language to better communicate the gospel to people who have never heard it: Miriam Bishop (Japanese), Heath and Joni Hubbard (Japanese), Jonathan and Amy Postlewaite (Bulgarian), and Jenny S. (Spanish). Ask God to help them to “hear” the various sounds and be able to replicate them while understanding what they say.
Office: Neil and Mandi Morgan and Steve and Lori Torrison were in the Mission office for reentry sessions last week. Praise God for safety of travel; ask Him to use this time to encourage these couples and equip them for stateside ministry. Pray for their travels home (South Carolina and Oklahoma, respectively) to be safe and incident free.
Spain: Pray for the ladies’ prayer group that meets each Thursday. Ask God to continue to burden the women’s hearts for the lost around them and to use their prayers to draw family members, friends, and co-workers to Him.
Bulgaria: Pray for Jonathan Postlewaite and Tim Awtrey as they teach English classes in a Svishtov high school. Students are often unruly. Pray Jonathan and Tim will love their students and the students will want to know God and Truth because of the patience, grace, and love demonstrated in the lives of these two men.
Globally: Several missionary kids (MKs) have been ill over the last week. Pray for MKs to have good health and access to the right medicines and medical advice when needed. Pray parents will not succumb to illness and will have the energy and stamina needed to care for their children while fulfilling other tasks.
France: Pray for Shane and Joy as they work in the south of France. Ask God to give them perseverance and diligence as they live Christ among the immigrant population. Pray their classes and events will draw those God is wooing.
Stateside: Pray for at least 900 churches to participate in this year’s World Missions Offering (WMO) in April. Currently, less than 100 churches have indicated they plan to participate. Pray many individuals and churches will also commit to give monthly to the task of world evangelization. Ask God to move on the hearts of Free Will Baptists so Free Will Baptist missionaries can labor overseas without financial concerns.
Local Missionary News: Click here to see what’s happening with the Watkins’ ministry in the St. Louis area.
Bible Reading Challenge: Psalm 24
Bible Memorization Challenge: Psalm 24:3–5 (ESV)…3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Well, the forecast for the coming week is “warmer.” Even the upcoming weekend is supposed to be above average, temperature wise. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a weekend where the temperature is a little above average. I know, come this summer I will probably be complaining about any days of above average temperatures, but for now it seems like a welcome change! I’m just glad that the love of our God for us doesn’t change as rapidly as the weather. Nor is His love for us as unpredictable as the weather. Yesterday’s forecast was for a few flurries in the afternoon, no more than a dusting…of course that seemed a little understated as the snow had covered my car’s windshield by the time service was over. The roads were slippery, and we saw several crashes on the way to eat lunch with some of the church family. God’s love for us isn’t like that! It is constant, it isn’t difficult to negotiate, and it doesn’t come and go at a whim. Aren’t you glad for the constancy of God’s love?
Remember to use your words this week to build up those around you. There is more than enough negativity from this world, and we don’t need to add to the mix. Our speech to one another should be spiritually uplifting, Scripturally sound, and bathed in love. Let’s commit to building up someone this week! It’s a great way to use your time wisely.
I hope to see you in church soon!