Central News for April 16, 2018

Central News for April 16, 2018

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Upcoming Events

  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ April 22nd at 12:30 PM
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ April 24th at 6:30 PM
  • Church Work Day ~ April 28th at 9:00 AM
  • World Missions Offering ~ April 29th
  • Senior Adult Retreat ~ May 14-16 at the Camden Hotel in Branson, MO
  • Graduation Celebration for Alex Schmedding ~ Saturday, May 26th from 2:00-5:00 PM (5806 NW Plantation Circle, Lee’s Summit)

Missionary News
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Missionary Spotlight: Kenneth & Judy Bailey

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 5:1-14

Bible Memory Challenge: Ephesians 4:25 (ESV)—Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday certainly marked an unusual day for Central—for the third Sunday, in a row, we had snow! It has been cold and raw on each of the last three Sundays, and I don’t know about you but I am actually wanting it to warm up. Thankfully, none of the snow events was severe enough to cause us to cancel services!

Yesterday morning we were able to do a little more work on balancing out the sound system, and hopefully that made a positive impact on our live stream. While this has been a little difficult, I think the final outcome will be beneficial. We may never be a “professional” live stream, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put some time and effort into making our live stream broadcast as excellent as we can. Additionally, adjusting our sound system improves the experience for everyone attending the service. In the midst of making these adjustments, however, it has become apparent that we could use a little OJT (on-the-job training). So, on Saturday, April 28th, in conjunction with the work day, I would like to take the opportunity to do some training with everyone who currently volunteers in the sound booth or is interested in learning a bit more about the operation of the sound booth. We will try to do the training beginning around 11:30 AM, so we can be finished in time for lunch.

More and more, I find myself talking about truth. Our Bible memory challenge verse for this week addresses this, commanding us to speak truth with our neighbor. We are aware, of course, that for many people truth has become relative. They view truth as flexible and variable from person to person. With such a view, truth being variable, we can have a difficult time addressing the important issues of life. After all, if truth is a relative concept (subject to interpretation and variable among individuals), than no one has the authority to claim that they know anything. If we cannot know anything, then we cannot know God, even if we allow for His existence. This chase for relative truth happens on a circular track; you get nowhere, fast!

I think one of the best argument for objective truth is the concept of good and evil. Ask someone if they believe that evil exists. If they claim that it doesn’t, ask if the Holocaust during WWII was evil. The murder of millions of Jews, alongside millions of other “non-desirable” individuals was certainly an evil event. The characterization of an event as evil is an argument for the existence of absolute truth. There is no way of looking at something like the Holocaust and not declaring it evil, which also then argues for the concept of good. In order for something to be defined as evil there must be a counter-balancing concept; we call that good. Here is where it gets interesting—if truth is relative, then so is the concept of good and evil. That means that there must be a set of circumstances under which the Holocaust could be considered good. I refuse to believe that such a set of circumstances exist. The Holocaust claimed between 10-12 million lives from 1941-1945. The majority of those lives were Jewish, and the only reason they were targeted was the extreme bigotry of Germany’s Nazi party. The Holocaust was evil, and there is no other way to describe it. It is an absolute truth—good and evil exist.

What does that have to do with being the church? We must be clear that what we believe is absolute, and that the God we serve is absolutely good. We must be prepared for the arguments about the goodness of God when we are faced with accusations that point to evil in the world. I was looking at a series of lessons I taught in 2003 here at Central. Those lessons focused on the accusations that are leveled against the church and against a good God. The accusations haven’t changed, so we must remain committed to absolute truth and the absolute goodness of God. Our goal in this isn’t to win arguments, but to be the “proof” that goodness exists. Remember, as we are on this journey called life, we are meant to be more and more like Jesus. We are meant to be reflections of the goodness of God, wherever we go and whatever we face. Nearly every week we hear a little voice here at Central proclaim, “God is good!” We ought to affirm this statement with a hearty “Hallelujah!” Then we need to go be the goodness of God in someone’s life—it’s a great way to be the church!