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. The first of the five Vital Signs is the ability to stand with confidence. Next week we’ll have the third message dealing with this Vital Sign.
What’s Happening At Central Church
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, August 18th at 6:30 PM
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Victory Free Will Baptist Church.
TruthSeekers will begin their weekly meetings on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00 PM.
France: On Monday, August 18th Matt and Cristina Price have an appointment for their visa applications at the French consulate in Atlanta, Georgia. Pray their visas will be granted in a timely fashion.
Côte d’ivoire: The Ivorian National Association of Free Will Baptist Churches was held (August 12-14) in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire. Ask God to glorify Himself in all that was done and said.
India: Pray for Brother Carlisle Hanna as he prepares to leave India on August 25th to return to the States. Ask God to give him strength and stamina, good health, and easy flights and connections for his trip. Pray for health and safety for pastors and evangelists as they travel from church-to-church and community-to-community to share the gospel and teach Christians.
Japan: Donnie, Ruth, and Caroline McDonald returned to Tokyo, Japan on August 6th. Ask God to help them as they readjust, settle into a new house, unpack, and dive into ministry. Pray for the Good News Chapel to continue to grow, numerically and deeper in their faith.
France: Pray for the work in Aix as workers prepare for new classes. Pray God will bring those whose hearts are open to Him into the classes. Pray the ongoing relationships workers have built will offer more opportunities to share Truth and many immigrants will come to know peace and hope through Him.
Globally: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 3rd. Daily reports of persecution of Christians warrant prayer now. Ask God to give strength, courage, wisdom, grace, endurance, and peace to His children who face violence, imprisonment, and death because they embrace salvation through Jesus Christ.
Mission Family: Steve and Lori Torrison were rear-ended as they sat at a stop sign on Sunday, August 10th. Thank God the family suffered no injuries. Praise God for the many thousands of miles traveled without incident, and pray He will continue to grant safety to missionaries as they travel to services throughout the States.
Japan: Mirial Gainer moved out of her home in Hokkaido on Saturday, August 9th, in preparation for her return to the States. Pray, as she begins turning over ministry responsibilities to others, that she will finish this term well. Pray for her Wednesday Bible class ladies, who seem to be seriously seeking Christ, to come to know Him during her remaining weeks in Japan. Ask God to give her clarity and strength as she completes paperwork with various government offices.
Mission Family: Pray for expectant missionary mothers Joni Hubbard (Japan, due this month), Brenda Carney (Japan, due in September), and Miriam Bishop (Japan, due in January 2015). Pray for healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries. Ask God to give them the energy and strength they need for each task and caring for their other children.
Bible Reading Challenge: James 1:1-27 (Third time’s a charm!)
Bible Memorization Challenge: James 1:22 (ESV)…22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
We had a wonderful service yesterday with the ladies from Teen Challenge. Their testimonies remind us again of how powerful our God is, and how He changes people’s lives. This is the reality that we must come to see in our own lives, as well. If we claim to be a Christian, yet we don’t see any changes in our lives (actions, words, and thoughts) then we might just be missing the whole point. Jesus didn’t die so that we could have fire insurance. Jesus died so that we might be transformed. If we aren’t being transformed by his presence in our lives and by His word in our hearts, then we’ve missed it. Being a Christian isn’t about being comfortable. Being a Christian means you are willing to enter into the mold that God has designed for you. It means allowing ourselves to be crushed…and made new in the image of Christ. Until we see that happening in our lives, then we’re just playing at this whole Christian thing.
Here’s a teaser for what’s coming in 2015: Do you have issues that you are struggling with in your life? Well, there’s an app for that! Coming in January 2015 ~ Tablets & Their Apps! By the way, I’m working on having a 7” tablet to give away during that series of messages…stay tuned for details!
I hope to see you in church, soon!