Central News for April 6, 2015

Central News for April 6, 2015

Current Messages
We have finished our series of messages titled Tablets & Their Apps. It has been a challenging series, as God’s word made it very clear that we are all incapable of living up to His character, but praise be to God that He sent His Son, Jesus, to make a way for us to live in God’s favor. It isn’t about who we are, or what we’ve done; our hope lies in Jesus Christ, and the ultimate sign that He is the Way, Truth, and Life is the empty tomb!

4/5 ~ Where Is Our Hope?

3/29 ~ Be Satisfied

3/22 ~ To Tell the Truth

3/15 ~ What I Want

3/8 ~ Faithful?

2/22 ~ What, Me Murder?

2/15 ~ From God to Family

2/8 ~ Just Another Day?

2/1 ~ What’s In a Name?

1/18 ~ One Right Way

1/11 ~ The Most Important Thing

1/4 ~ Why Obey?

12/28 ~ Freedom That Matters

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Calendar of Events
Deacon’s Meeting on Sunday, April 12th following the morning worship service

Special Business meeting for the presentation of reports and voting on Deacon Candidates on Sunday, April 19th following the morning worship service

Advisory Board meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
Uruguay: 
Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday, March 30th. Tammy, diagnosed with vascular malformation with multiple cavernous angiomas, began a series of doctor appointments and tests at the Vanderbilt Neurosciences Clinic last week. She is scheduled for an angiogram on April 7th. Pray for Tammy to gain strength. Pray for wisdom for medical personnel as they determine the best way to treat her. Pray for Tammy, Jaimie, and their boys to know God’s presence and peace.

Mission Team: Pray for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health for those serving overseas (whether in traditional missionary roles or creative contexts) and at home. Many within the Mission family are experiencing health challenges—some relatively minor viruses, colds, or flu; others more intense issues. Ask God to bring healing where He deems best and to use each illness to draw those involved closer to Himself. Pray He will be magnified. Ask Him, in the busyness of service, to help each individual to treasure time alone with Him.

France: Around 140 people—the largest attendance thus far—participated in JPense, on Friday, March 27th. A couple, intrigued by the crowds entering, walked in off the street. Pray God will continue to work in minds as individuals think about what they heard. Pray for the Teagues as they follow up with new contacts, host Bible studies, and plan the next event on May 9th. Ask God to protect their physical and mental health as well as their time with Him.

Stateside: Many churches across the United States (and even around the world) begin a month of emphasis on international missions today. 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.

Creative Access: Pray for David O. as he teaches in Kazakhstan and Russia over the next few weeks. More than 20 leaders are receiving training and will return to their home areas to share the knowledge with churches and individuals. Pray for clarity and rest for David. Ask God to provide good translators, and eager students.

France: Pray for encouragement and good fellowship for Christians in the Brittany area of France as they gather at the St. Nazaire church for a special service and meal on Monday, April 6th. Pray, since the day is a holiday, people from all the churches will take this opportunity to enjoy their unity in Christ.

Visas: Continue to pray for Josh and Lydia Provow (for Bulgaria) and Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo (in Panama, for United States) as they wait for their visas to be issued. Ask God to increase their faith during this time of waiting.

Stateside Team: Jeff and Susan Turnbough departed Friday, April 3rd, to participate in field council meetings in France (April 5-7) and Spain (April 9-10). Jeff will travel on to Germany for the biannual meeting of the ITA Council (April 13-16). Pray for safety of travel, wisdom and insight in all meetings and conversations, and good health.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Hebrews 13:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)…8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Pastor’s Note
What a great day we had, yesterday! I know we started off with 2,000 eggs spread around the church lawn for three different age groups to do some hunting; all 2,000 eggs were found within 15 minutes. I also know we served about 100 people at our Pancake Breakfast. I know our choir sang with all the energy they could muster, praising the Risen Savior, Jesus. I know I preached as clear a message as I could preach concerning our need for a relationship with Jesus as the only source of hope we truly can know in this life. I also know we ran out of communion cups and had to scramble at the last second to fill more (not a bad problem to have). I know that being able to celebrate with a baptism at the end of the service (with another coming next week) is a great way to end a service! All in all, we had a great Resurrection Sunday celebration.

Change Same Switch Showing That We Should Do Things DifferentlyWhich now brings us to today. How do we follow-up on such a great day like we had yesterday? Well, we’re going to begin another long series of messages dealing with who God is, in His own words. As we’ve taken the time to look at the Ten Commandments, we saw that these commandments weren’t just a set of rules, they were a reflection of God’s character. So, for the next several weeks we’re going to be taking a look at the attributes of God and see how they ought to be reflected in our own lives.

The first thing we’re going to look at is God’s unchanging nature, it’s known as His immutability. Without it, we probably wouldn’t want to know Him.

I hope to see you in church, soon!