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’ll start the fifth, and final, set of messages on October 26th.
Stand With Confidence
How to Stand When it Hurts
Serving With Compassion
Serving Without Prejudice
Speaking With Care
The Impossible Task
Submit With Contrition
The “Ness” Monster
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, October 20th at 6:30 PM.
Encourager’s Class Fellowship on November 1st at 6:00 PM
BRAZIL: Pastor Daniel Cornago of the Second FWB Church in Araras, Brazil, baptized five young people on Sunday, October 12th. Several others are preparing for baptism. Praise God for these youth who have committed their lives to Him. Pray they will continue to grow in their faith, live lives devoted to seeking God, and reflect God’s light to all around them.
BULGARIA: Pray for Trif and Vanya Trifinov as they prepare for a Bread House event on October 23rd. Vanya uses bread making as an opportunity to discuss the Bread of Life with women and teens.
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 (Spanish, Arabic). Ask God to help them to “hear” the various sounds and be able to replicate them while understanding what they say.
BULGARIA: Pray for Alex Awtrey, MK in Svishtov, Bulgaria. After months of illness, he was hospitalized last week and diagnosed with pneumonia. He also struggles with asthma and was recently diagnosed with extensive food allergies. Ask God to provide all family members with strength, energy, and joy.
FRANCE: Robert and Judy Bryan applied for the visas at the French consulate on Friday, October 17th. Pray the application is received and processed quickly. Ask God to be with them as they prepare to return to France. Continue to pray for healing and grace for the St. Sebastien church as members await Robert’s return. Pray for wisdom for Robert as he pastors the church and mentors a young man who hopes to pastor the church eventually.
JAPAN: Rusty and Brenda Carney are preparing to return to Japan in November. Pray for all the logistical preparations as they look for affordable tickets; sort through clothes and other belongings to determine what to pack, what to store, and what to discard; handle details of transferring Grace’s schooling; say goodbye to family and friends; and a myriad of other details while caring for their newborn son Kelton. Pray for strength and wisdom for each task.
SPAIN: Pray for Jenny, she took her test for her moped license on October 16th. Pray God will guide her steps in all the mundane details of living life in another culture.
Bible Reading Challenge: James 5:1-20
Bible Memorization Challenge: James 5:1 (ESV)…1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.
You may notice that there isn’t an audio recording of yesterday’s message by Joel McGill. That’s because a week of vacation, and having Joel preach for me, threw me completely off my game! I totally forgot to record his message, which is a shame. Joel had a lot to tell us about misplaced priorities and our families. To give you an overview, let’s just say that if we hold to the American ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…our families may suffer. Too many marriages have been destroyed by the pursuit of happiness instead of a pursuit of goodness. Too many families have been sacrificed on the altar of career (while pursuing liberty) instead of pursuing self-sacrifice. Too many families have been torn apart by adults pursuing their own life, instead of giving their lives to Jesus Christ. We would all do well to heed Joel’s message to us.
Family is something that our society is in the process of re-defining. As same-sex marriage is now legal in most states, our judicial system and politicians have accomplished something that isn’t really something they should be dealing with. They have defined something that God had already defined. God defined a family unit as a husband and a wife. Now, our society has changed that definition. As followers of Jesus Christ, we don’t have to accept that re-definition, but we do have to provide the best example of God’s definition. That means our families cannot be allowed to disintegrate over careers, over our own desires, and especially over our own pursuit of happiness. Let’s make sure that our families are good examples of God’s definition of family.
Lord willing, I’ll be back in the pulpit this coming Sunday, with a warning for all rich people…after we define what it means to be rich.
I hope to see you in church, soon!