Central News for November 4, 2014

Central News for November 4, 2014

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Our Messages
We’re continuing a new series of messages entitled Vital Signs.  There are five vital signs that a Christian ought to check in their own personal spiritual journey.  These vital signs will help us determine whether or not our spiritual life is as alive as it ought to be!  It’s all found in the Book of James.  We will be looking at each of these vital signs over the next few weeks.  We’ve completed four of the five vital signs, Standing With Confidence, Serving With Compassion, Speaking With Care, and Submit With Contrition.  We have started the fifth, and final set of messages, Share Everything.

Stand With Confidence
How to Stand When it Hurts

How to Stand When Tempted

Standing On God’s Word

Serving With Compassion
Serving Without Prejudice

When Faith Isn’t Enough

Speaking With Care
The Impossible Task

Mission: Possible

Submit With Contrition
The “Ness” Monster

Killing “Ness” Monsters

Who Are You?

Share Everything
Wanna Be Rich?

Patience…patience…

What’s Happening At Central Church
TruthSeekers and PrayerLife are meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  TruthSeekers is designed for grades K-6.  PrayerLife is for adults, we’re currently studying the Book of Daniel.

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM

We will not be having Wednesday evening services on November 26th

Our Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 7th at 12:15 PM

Central’s Christmas Cantata will happen on Sunday, December 14th at 11:00 AM

Central’s Annual Fellowship Meal is scheduled for Sunday, December 21st at 12:15 PM

Missionary News
FRANCE:
 Praise God, Robert and Judy Bryan have received their visas for France. Pray for them as they spend the next four weeks visiting churches in Virginia. They hope to depart for France the end of the year. Ask God to superintend all their activities as they complete their stateside assignment and begin to deal with the logistical issues of returning to France.

PANAMA: Pray for the fledgling work in Penonomé, Panama. Ask God to give Pastor Osvaldo strength, energy, and discernment as he leads the group. Pray for the ability to balance pastoral responsibilities, work, and college. Pray for a new meeting place for the congregation as they anticipate leaving the rented space the end of the year. Pray this group will continue to grow in their faith, understanding of the Bible, and desire to see others come to Christ.

BULGARIA: Pray for the unsaved attending “seeker” Bible studies and English classes to be drawn to the joy and peace shown by Christians as they face physical and financial difficulties. Ask God to give strength, grace, and evangelistic boldness to the AwtreysPostlewaites, and Christians in the church in Svishtov.

URUGUAY: Pray for Tammy Lancaster as she co-teaches/hosts a weekly English class and hosts a weekly craft class. About a dozen women attend these events; only two know Christ. Ask God to use these events to soften hearts and open minds to the gospel.

FRANCE: As a result of a nuclear stress test on Wednesday, October 29th, Jerry Gibbs underwent a heart catheterization on Monday, November 3rd, to determine if a blockage is preventing his heart from getting enough oxygen. Pray for the procedure, medical personnel, and Jerry and Barb. They are closing on a house and moving this weekend. Pray Jerry will be content to direct since doctors told him he is not to lift anything.

SOUTH KOREA: Clint Morgan, Jeff and Susan TurnboughDale Bishop, and David O. departed for South Korea on Monday, November 3rd to attend an international missions summit. The six-day event (November 4-9), organized by the FWB Convention of South Korea, will bring in Korean international missionaries from China, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Kenya. Pray for safety of travel and good health for all participants. Ask God to grant wisdom for leaders as they discuss ways for FWB in the United States and Korea to collaborate in reaching Asia and other areas of the world with the gospel.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
James 5:1-20

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 5:16 (ESV)…16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Pastor’s Note
Sorry this is a day late, but I had a meeting in Lebanon, MO that I had to attend yesterday.

We are nearing the end of the series of messages from James. It has been a challenging time for me, personally. So much of what James writes has been pointed straight at me. Maturity, as a Christian has so little to do with chronological age, and everything to do with faith. At least, that’s the message I have been getting from James. If our faith is real, it will produce results in our lives. If our faith is real we will have evidence of that faith in both good works and changed attitudes. Our love for one another will be genuine, and our concern for the message that Jesus has entrusted us to spread will drive us to action.

Signpost ~ change or sameAs I consider all that we’ve seen from James in the past few months, I have to ask a question. What is it that has changed in your life as a result of these messages? If your answer is that nothing has changed then something has gone wrong. If the messages were delivered from God’s word, and the Holy Spirit empowered me in any way to preach those messages, and yet nothing has changed in your life as a result…then something has gone amiss. You see, sermons aren’t meant to be entertaining, or good speeches. Sermons are supposed to be a method that God uses to change us. If we aren’t changing, then something is wrong. We only have a week or two remaining in this series on James; I believe the best is yet to come!

I hope to see you in church, soon!

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