We’ve been focusing these past few weeks on what it means to use our time wisely, as Paul told the church in Ephesus. This week we looked at how being thankful was a part of wisely using our time.
What’s Happening At Central
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 PM.
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptist’s annual meeting will be held on March 8th at 10:00 AM at the Belton Free Will Baptist Church.
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.
Cuba: Cuba’s convention of Free Will Baptists is scheduled for February 21-23. Pray the three-day event will bring glory to God, strengthen and encourage Christians, and lead to the spread of the gospel. Pray for Regional Director Kenneth Eagleton as he travels, attends, and participates in services. Pray the Cuban Church will have clear direction from God, be kept free from distractions, and seek to live holy lives.
Stateside: As more winter weather sweeps through the country, pray for safety for missionaries as they travel. Pray many people respond to the challenge to participate in the Great Commission through prayer, regular giving, and, perhaps, through going themselves.
Côte d’Ivoire: Pray for healing for Pastor Jérôme Kambou (former president of the Ivorian national association) in Côte d’Ivoire. He has battled extreme illness for a couple of weeks. Also ask God to work mightily during the two-day funeral celebration for Samuel Appia, a well-known Christian businessman in the Bondoukou region. Many unsaved people will be present. Pray they will hear, understand, and receive the gospel presented through several sermons over the two days.
Japan: Pray for the believers of Good News Chapel in Tokyo as they continue to minister while Donnie and Ruth McDonald are stateside. In March, a vital church leader is transferring to another area due to employment changes. Pray God will help this man to find another congregation with which to worship. Pray others within the congregation will step up and help fill the gap he will leave. Ask God to help members to stay focused on Him and not feel discouraged.
Panama: Pray for Pastor Rolando Delgado (pastored First FWB Church in Panama City, Panama, for nine years) and his family as they prepare to transition from Panama to Arkansas. The Panamanian government will not renew the family’s visas and they cannot return to Cuba. Praise God for opening doors for a Hispanic ministry in Arkansas. Pray the transition goes smoothly for all family members. Ask God to give them a vibrant ministry in the States.
Brazil: Pray for Rogério who is leaving his job to attend Bible college full-time. Ask God to provide the needs of his family (wife and two sons) as they respond to His call on their lives. The couple believes God is leading them into missions. Pray for their preparation for service; provision financially, spiritually, and emotionally; family dynamics; college studies; and continued direction. Praise God for calling Brazilians to share the gospel outside their borders.
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.
Bible Reading Challenge: Galatians 5:1-6
Bible Memorization Challenge: Romans 10:9–10 (ESV)…9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
I was strongly reminded yesterday that the enemy is alive and well, and working to destroy the work of God whenever and wherever he can. He will do whatever it takes to thwart the movement of God’s kingdom into the hearts and lives of people. Thankfully, the Lord is infinitely stronger than the enemy, and when we recognize the attack we have a refuge to run to. While I was preaching yesterday I once again was caught up with the feeling of God’s presence. As I quoted from Romans 8:15 (ESV)…15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Paul uses the same word in Ephesians 5:20 when he tells us to give thanks to God the Father…Abba. It is the term that a family member uses to speak to their father. The best translation we can come up with in English is probably Daddy. God’s presence, His Spirit, was overseeing what was happening, what I was saying…it was nice to know that my Heavenly Father wants me to call him Daddy. It is also comforting to know that my Daddy can easily defeat the enemy that seeks to destroy me.
Whatever you’re facing today, remember that your Heavenly Father wants a close relationship with you…close enough for you to call Him Daddy.
I hope to see you in church soon!