There are three main things we must come to understand about God. He is unchangeable, He really does know it all, and (as we learned yesterday) He can do anything that is necessary to accomplish His purposes…
4/26 ~ What Can He Do?
4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power
4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…
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.
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 PM
The Deacon Board will meet on Sunday, May 24th following the morning worship service.
Mission: Ask the Lord to provide wisdom and discernment for the International Missions Board as they meet next Monday and Tuesday (April 27th-28th). Pray discussions and decisions made will reflect divine guidance and grace. Pray for safety of travel and good health for board members.
France: The St. Sébastien church sponsored an outreach event this past Sunday, April 26th, in a neutral location in town. The event featured singing, a play, and a presentation of evidence of Christ’s resurrection. Pray for the people who attended this event.
Côte d’Ivoire: Pray for the family of Pastor Assebian Badou (Abobo church, Abidjan) who died recently after a yearlong battle with cancer. Ask the God of all peace to minister to his wife Florence and three children (seven-year-old Josaphat, five-year-old Exacuee, and six-month-old Hezekiah). Pray for the church family as well.
Mission: Helen Ketteman Smith, wife of former general director Rolla Smith (deceased, March 2013) passed away Tuesday, April 21st, after years of declining health. Pray for the family as they both mourn their loss and celebrate her release to life everlasting.
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, have received notice their paperwork was accepted and are awaiting a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Panama City, Panama. The Provows have experienced multiple bureaucratic delays and errors and have received no news. Pray for good health and encouragement for these families. Ask God to give them opportunities to enlarge and strengthen the Kingdom while they wait.
Missionary Health: Pray for Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster as Tammy continues recovery from diverticulitis and an abscess. She saw an internist on Friday, April 24th with hopes of a treatment for the vascular malformation with multiple cavernous angiomas. Pray for Steve and Judy Lytle. Steve saw a neurologist on April 22nd to address the loss of fluid around his brain. Judy’s ear infection is gone, but fluid remains in the Eustachian tube. 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 and grace to missionaries.
Student Missions: Pray for the Brazil CMP (College Missions Program) team as they complete course work and prepare for their trip May 14th-27th. Ask God to help them finish college well and to prepare them for their service in Brazil. Team members are Christian Carey (TN), Anthony Dillard (OK), John Hoffa (TN), Ellen Parrish (NC), Danielle Pilcher (OK), and Hannah Reid (SC). Pray for team leader Curt Holland as he handles all the logistics and details and prepares teams for other trips throughout the year.
Bible Reading Challenge: Isaiah 6:1-7
Bible Memorization Challenge: Leviticus 11:45 (ESV)…45”For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Most people have a hard time accepting who they really are. They either don’t see their own failures or weaknesses, their own sins; or they magnify them beyond proportion. As a result, most people tend to reject any attempt by the Lord to mold them into the image of Jesus. Yet that molding process is exactly what God desires for each of us. That is His purpose for our lives. Over the past three weeks we have seen that God is unchangeable, knows everything, and has all the power necessary to accomplish His purpose. The only thing that keeps us from experiencing that power in our lives is…us. We don’t allow the process to begin, because we refuse to accept who we are…
This coming week we’re going to be looking at one of God’s characteristics, His holiness. Holiness is a word that gets used in a lot of discussions about God, yet most Christians probably have a very poor understanding of God’s holiness. How important is it that God is holy? Well, the Bible speaks about holiness nearly 600 times. For a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ, holiness is extremely important. We are called to be a holy people. That call was first given to the Israelites, and then echoed in the New Testament to the followers of Jesus. We cannot escape holiness, it is supposed to be a part of who we are, a distinguishing characteristic. If we aren’t holy, we aren’t God’s people…so we better understand what holiness is, why God must be holy, and how that affects our daily lives as followers of Jesus.
As always, keep the Advisory Board in your prayers as we seek the Lord in how to make Central as healthy, spiritually speaking, as possible. While the work is challenging, I believe that it is God’s desire for His church to be healthy, and therefore He will give us everything we need to see it happen. We need diligence in seeking Him and His direction for Central, so please pray.
I hope to see you in church soon!