When you stop and think about it, the whole idea of God including a prohibition against stealing in the Ten Commandments seems…small. Stealing just doesn’t have the same impact as murder and adultery, does it? Yet it is important enough for God to include it in His Top Ten list…so, what’s the big deal? Check out yesterday’s message for the answer…
3/15 ~ What I Want
3/8 ~ Faithful?
2/22 ~ What, Me Murder?
2/15 ~ From God to Family
2/8 ~ Just Another Day?
2/1 ~ What’s In a Name?
1/18 ~ One Right Way
1/11 ~ The Most Important Thing
1/4 ~ Why Obey?
12/28 ~ Freedom That Matters
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Calendar of Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, March 16th at 6:30 PM
Deacon Candidates will meet with the pastor following the morning service on Sunday, March 22nd
Central will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5th. Everyone who can donate candy (must fit into the small, plastic eggs) is asked to bring their donation to the church no later than Sunday, March 29th
India: The annual conference of Free Will Baptists in India began with the evening service on March 12th, and completed with the final service on March 15th. Around 15,000 believers were expected to flood the Sonapurhat compound, filling the bamboo structures erected to cover them. Pray for safety of travel as most make the journey on foot. Brother Carlisle Hanna asked prayer for “a wall of protection around our compound” and “keen understanding in spite of so many languages.” Dr. Don Hanna was scheduled to speak three times and is also meeting the medical needs of many who come to him. Pray for physical and spiritual strength for him.
France: Pray for Steve and Becky Riggs. Becky’s mom, Nell Vernon Thomas, met her Savior on March 10th. The 94-year-old had been ill for some time and Becky and her sister Patty joined hospice in caring for her during the last few months. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 13th. Steve’s brother Charles’ funeral was the previous week. Ask the God of all comfort to encircle this family.
Uruguay: Jaimie Lancaster led a workshop on “Peacemaking—A Biblical Guide for Conflict Resolution” March 6th-7th in Rivera. Pray the 35 people who attended will be able to use the techniques and biblical principles to deal with conflict more effectively in their homes, workplace, relationships, and churches. Also, pray for a good attendance when the workshop is presented in Melo later this month.
France: Robert Bryan is in Willingen, Germany, for a two-week Leadership Matters Course. Robert is one of the lead trainers. Church and mission leaders from across Europe are participating. Pray for clarity for the trainers. Pray participants will be enthusiastic learners and will return to their ministries eager to implement the new skills and training.
Student Missions: A CMP (college missions program) team is headed to Ecuador, March 12th-20th. Pray for team leader Curt Holland and the students as they serve with two ministries in Quito and the Amazon jungle. Ask God for safety, spiritual growth, and flexibility for all team members.
Spain: The Alpedrete Church celebrated Bible Sunday on March 15th. The service highlighted biblical passages and content in a variety of ways. Pray these efforts will deepen participants’ and attendees’ love for the Scripture and encourage those who don’t have a relationship with the Author to read it and come to know Him.
Mission Family: Tom Hughes, former missionary to Brazil is recovering from a macular hole following eye surgery. Pray for his recovery that entails lying face down for two weeks. Ask God to be near him and his wife Nancy. Pray for strength and grace for them both.
Bible Reading Challenge: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hosea 2:14-20
Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:16 (ESV)…16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
The Lord is so good to us. Last week I was supposed to attend the annual Minister’s Retreat. Because of the weather the week before, I was a week ahead on sermon preparation, so it was going to be a good week to get away. Instead, I spent most of the week home, sick. However, the week was still good, as I was able to rest during the week. Since I was a week ahead on sermon preparation I didn’t have to worry about getting ready for the message. Wednesday night was already arranged…so once again I was able to simply rest. If ever there was a perfect time to be sick, this was it!
We’re drawing to an end with this current series of messages, only two more until we complete Tablets & Their Apps. This week we’re going to be dealing with another of the seemingly simple commandments. It’s all about telling the truth…once again we’re going to see that there’s a lot more to this, it isn’t as simple as it would initially appear.
I have, many times, asked people to raise their hands if they have ever told a lie. The response is the same, universally, we have all been less than honest at some point in our lives. Why is honesty so important to the Lord, especially as it relates to our neighbor? That’s what this commandment is all about. It is all about our relationship with our neighbor. It seems like the Lord is very concerned that we develop a strong relationship with our neighbor…almost as if there is something else going on here…
I hope to see you in church, soon!