Central News for January 12, 2015

Central News for January 12, 2015

Current Messages
Tablets & Their Apps…we’ve started into this series, and it is already proving challenging.   Here are links to the first three messages in the series:

Freedom That Matters

Why Obey?

The Most Important Thing

To listen to Central’s message podcast, please click here!

Calendar of Events
Advisory Board will meet on Monday, January 12th at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
Mission Family: Steve and Judy Lytle’s daughter-in-law Bethany (also Brooke Turnbough’s sister) passed away last week, ten days after receiving the diagnosis of cancer. Pray for the families as they grieve this very sudden loss.

Bulgaria: Christmas parties in Svishtov gave the Awtreys and Postlewaites the opportunity to invite several new contacts to English clubs (resume this week) and a women’s Bible study (begins January 17th). Ask God to work in individual hearts, remove obstacles to participation, and build desire for relationships with Christians. Pray the English clubs and women’s Bible study will continue to foster relationship building and offer opportunities for the gospel to be lived out and shared with others.

Panama: The National Association of Free Will Baptists of Panama convened January 9th-11th. The Mission, represented by General Director Clint Morgan and Jeff Turnbough, officially transfered responsibility for the work to the Panamanian Church. Praise God for all He has accomplished in Panama through the obedience of missionaries and local believers. Pray He will continue to grow His Church in Panama and beyond. Many former missionaries were able to attend and celebrate this milestone.

Globally: Pray God will fertilize the seeds planted during Christmas services and programs and many people will come to know Christ as Savior as a result of these gospel presentations. Praise Him for all those who heard the gospel for the first time.

Stateside: Pray for God to give us a strong financial start to the year. Pray for churches and people who have never supported the Mission to be moved by God to both give and pray. Ask for regular, monthly support to increase steadily. Ask God to give safety to missionaries and office personnel as they travel and share their hearts with churches and groups in harsh winter conditions.

Japan: Josh and Alicia Crowe and their three girls are scheduled to depart for Tokyo, Japan, on January 20th. Their visas have not been issued. Pray for them to receive their visas quickly.

India: Carlisle Hanna is scheduled to leave for India January 20th.  Ask God to give him strength to prepare for the trip and for the long journey.  Brother Carlisle carries a heavy load in India. Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, discernment, and grace to continue to accomplish all He desires.

Japan: Miriam Bishop is expecting her third child in early January. Ask God to continue to keep her and the baby healthy and to give her a safe, uneventful delivery.

Globally: Pray for missionaries as they serve overseas. Pray for encouragement after the flurry of activity around the holidays. Ask God to give them strength for their tasks, good health and good medical care when needed, wisdom as they interact with the lost, humility as they work with other Christians, discernment as He opens doors of opportunity, appropriate time for family, and, above all, consistent time with Him.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Genesis 15:1-21, 17:1-21

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:4 (ESV)…4“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Pastor’s Note
We had a great day yesterday. I believe that the Lord is working powerfully in our midst as we begin the series Tablets & Their Apps in earnest. Who is truly your god? That was yesterday’s question.

Two electronic tabletsThis coming week we’re going to talk about some specifics concerning how we replace God with other things.

I had a great meeting with our deacons yesterday, and I’m looking forward to some of the things we discussed coming to pass. One especially good bit of news is that we have decided that it is time to present our three deacon candidates for ordination! We will be calling a special business meeting very soon, as well as having our candidates examined by the District Association in the near future. It is an exciting step for us to take!

I hope to see you in church, soon!

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