In His Own Words, that’s what we’re focusing on over the next few months. On Wednesday nights we are taking a look at how Jesus described Himself; and on Sunday mornings we are looking at how the Bible describes God. Yesterday, we saw that God truly does know it all:
4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power
4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 PM
The World Missions Offering will be collected on Sunday, April 26th during the morning worship service
Central Church will host the Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptist on Sunday, May 3rd at 6:00 PM. All Central families are being asked to bring a dessert to share for the fellowship time following the meeting.
Visas: Continue to pray for the visa process for Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo and Josh and Lydia Provow. The Riesgos, appointed as educational specialists for the Mission, need to base their activities from Nashville. Since they are Cuban but have worked and lived in Panama for several years, their process is drawn out and difficult. They are waiting for a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Panama City, Panama. The Provows expected to depart for Bulgaria in early March, but have experienced multiple bureaucratic delays and errors. Their bags are packed and sitting in Nashville, Tennessee, while they wait with carry-on luggage (and minimal clothing options) in Missouri. Ask God to move, clearing the way for these families to serve Him in His time and way. Pray for good health and encouragement for these families. Ask God to give them opportunities to enlarge and strengthen the Kingdom while they wait.
India: Pray for the work in India. Ask God to encourage and strengthen pastors’ and leaders’ wives as they attend a conference April 19th-23rd. Pray for Pastor Michael who recently had a stroke. He can talk, but is paralyzed on one side. Ask God to minister to his needs and give him opportunity to share the gospel through his infirmity.
Japan: Our school-age missionary kids (MKs) in Japan began school last week. Pray for these students, often the non-Japanese face and Christian in their class and school. Ask God to give them favor with their classmates and teachers and to encourage them to be ambassadors for Truth. Pray for Oliver Bishop (preschool), Grace Carney (2nd grade), Ellie Crowe (kindergarten), Ruby Crowe (1st grade), Caroline McDonald (nearing the end of her school year), Andrew Snow (high school senior), Jacob Snow (junior high), Noah Snow (elementary), Josiah Snow (elementary), and Isaac Snow (1st grade).
Creative Access: Pray for Chris, Tori, and their children (Ellie and Eli) as they acclimate to CIT training in North Carolina. Pray the seven-week intensive training will equip them to handle the changes, challenges, and opportunities of the coming months.
Missionary Health: Pray for Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster as Tammy recovers from diverticulitis and an abscess and awaits an angiogram so decisions can be made concerning treatment for the vascular malformation with multiple cavernous angiomas. Pray for Steve and Judy Lytle as they prepare for an appointment on April 22nd to determine how to deal with decreased fluid around Steve’s brain. Judy has had an ear infection for about three weeks and sees an ENT today. Pray for Mirial Gainer as she recovers from a stent placement and seeks answers to why she has been passing out. Ask God to give guidance to doctors and strength to missionaries.
Japan: The first adult English class held at the Bihoro church had 10 attendees. Pray for Doug Bishop and Rusty Carney as they teach this class. Ask God to open each person’s understanding as he/she learns a little more about Jesus and the gospel at the end of class each week. Additionally, 52 children attended the Easter party. Praise God for these children and pray they will understand what Christ’s death and resurrection means for them.
Stateside: Ask God to challenge hearts and minds to participate through prayer, giving, and going. Pray for good participation in the World Missions Offering on April 26th. Ask God to move, once again, on the hearts of Free Will Baptists so missionaries can labor overseas without financial concerns.
Bulgaria: Praise God for the 20 people who attended the lecture on depression, which addressed both physiological and spiritual issues, sponsored by the New Life FWB Church in Varna. Pray God will use this event, and others like it, to encourage non-Christians to seek Him.
Bible Reading Challenge: Job 40:1-41:34
Bible Memorization Challenge: Job 42:2 (ESV)…2“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
What an exciting day yesterday for Central Church! We have been blessed for over four decades to have some of the best deacons anywhere. Yesterday, we took steps to add three new deacons to the ministry team. While younger, their desire to serve the Lord and His church is just as strong as our “elder” deacons. These three men; Tim Smith, Gary Breshears, and Brett Daire; will be examined soon by the Greater KC District Association, and once that step is complete, we will be announcing a special service to ordain these three men as deacons. Ordination is simply the way we, as a church, recognize what God has already called these men to do within the church; as they have been serving already for many years.
Next week’s message is already percolating in my mind and spirit. When you think of power, ultimate power, it is pretty humbling. Especially as we start to consider how truly limited our own power is. However, the power that God seems to have raises some very real questions. We’ll try and deal with those in this coming week’s message.
By the way, please keep myself and the Advisory Board in your prayers as we deal with Central’s spiritual health in the coming months. It is a daunting task, and one that we aren’t taking lightly.
I hope to see you in church soon!