We have finished our series of messages, Reach Out. Yesterday’s message, Reach Out: Like Jesus, was very challenging for all of us.
August 30th ~ Reach Out: Like Jesus
August 23rd ~ Reach Out: Like Paul (Reason)
August 16th ~ Reach Out: Like Philip (Willingness)
August 9th ~ Reach Out: Like Peter (Boldness)
August 2nd ~ Where Do We Start
July 12th ~ Be Ready
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.
Our first Grandview Bulldogs football team dinner is coming up on September 17th. Contact Gary Breshears if you can assist for this event!
The Deacon Team will meet on Sunday, September 20th following the morning worship service.
The Hanna Project: Chris and Tori had an appointment at the Spanish Consulate in Miami, Florida, on Friday, August 28th. Pray this process will go smoothly and their visas will be granted.
France: Pray for Robert Bryan’s trip to the dentist on Tuesday, September 1st. Ask God to give him opportunities to discuss faith and truth with the doctor.
Côte d’Ivoire: The Free Will Baptist Ivorian national convention was held from Monday, August 24th through Friday, August 28th. Praise Him for the five men who graduated from the four-year Bible institute program, equipped to pastor churches.
The Hanna Project: The Ecuador team (Matt Deckard, TN; Steve Greenwood, TN; Curt Gwartney, MO; Travis Harrison, MO; Ryan Long, MO; Alicia Baumfalk, KS; Danelle Rush, OK; Chad Overman, AR; Jeffrey Thielemier, AR; and team leader Curt Holland, TN) returned Saturday, August 29th.
Brazil: Praise God, Pastor Jean Carlo baptized four young people at the Jaboticabal FWB Church on Sunday, August 23rd. Pray each one will walk close to the Lord and be an effective witness to friends and family.
Mission Family: Former missionary to Ivory Coast (1959-1977) Lonnie Palmer died on Sunday, August 23rd. The funeral in Allen, Oklahoma was held on August 26th. Pray for peace and comfort for his family.
France: The St. Sébastien Church met with neighbors who have consistently complained about the “noise” associated with worship services. The congregation has removed instruments from worship, but complaints continue. Ask God to work in this situation. Pray for grace, wisdom, love, and patience for church representatives. Pray the neighbor will be reasonable and willing to work together toward a solution.
Stateside: Shannon Little, Matthew and Brooke (THP), and Ken and Judy Bailey were in reentry sessions in the Mission office last week. Pray for each of these workers as they begin stateside assignment. Pray God will guide them as they schedule services, travel, and share their burden for people in Spain and Japan.
Globally: September sees the start of many programs as vacations end and people return to school and work. Ask God to superintend each English class, Bible study, and outreach event. Pray His Spirit will draw individuals to participate and understand the gospel.
France: Anna Forlines departed August 27th for Nantes, France, to begin her one-year internship. Ask God to give her an easy transition as she prepares to attend the University of Nantes.
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 10:1-39
Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 10:24–25 (ESV)…24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
What a difference our attitude can make in how our day transpires. Yesterday started out like a continuation of Thursday…
Thursday morning, I was sitting at my desk getting ready to write Sunday’s sermon when, at about 9:30 AM, lightning stuck the church. OK, I don’t know if it actually hit the church, but it was close enough that I heard the sizzle and pop. The fire alarm bell started ringing, and I lost my connection to the Internet. The cordless phones weren’t working, although the corded phones were. The fire alarm bell stopped ringing after a few seconds, but the panel was in “Trouble” mode and smelled like burning electronics. I spent the rest of Thursday getting as much of the damaged electronics replaced, and waiting for a technician from Time Warner Cable to come and replace their modem. Friday we had an alarm company come out and look at the fire alarm panel, only to tell us that it was not able to be repaired. All told, we had over $2900 in damage.
I did get to finish my sermon on Friday, and I felt that it was going to be a very powerful message for all of us. So, I headed home to take my two quizzes from my college courses. They were due by 11:59 PM, so I knew I had plenty of time to get them completed and turned in. I spent the next several hours trying to take the quizzes, but no matter what I did the online system used by the college wouldn’t allow me to take my quizzes. Finally, at 11:00 PM I gave up, I sent e-mails to my two professors and went to bed, frustrated and somewhat concerned that this would have a negative impact on my grade.
Saturday was filled with activity. The Greater KC District Association quarterly meeting started at 9:00 AM and lasted until after lunchtime. Sharon asked me to help her pick up some new file cabinets from Sam’s Club, so we went out there only to find out that her company Sam’s Club card wasn’t any good. Sam’s had made some mistakes when she had to renew it last month…we waited about an hour and finally gave up, as we had an evening appointment with the Homebuilder’s class fellowship. Oh, and I had to take my quizzes, which the professors said would be available. Getting home that evening, I was able to take one of my quizzes, but the other still wasn’t available.
Sunday…frustrated from the days of activities and events, but knowing that the Lord had prepared a message, I was determined to not let anything get in the way…and then I took something wrong that Sharon said and the morning dissolved into a pit of frustration and even anger. As I sat in the living room, waiting to leave to come to the church, I prayed and asked God to just give me a moment of peace. Sharon and I had already worked out our misunderstanding, and the Lord gave me a sense of peace concerning the day. While everything wasn’t perfect yesterday, it was very good. It seemed like the worship service was just blessed, despite the problems we experienced with technology during the service!
So, the moral to the story is this: don’t let circumstances dictate your response to a day…or even a series of days! I know that the enemy had a plan for yesterday, his plan was to derail anything good that the Lord might want to accomplish. He tried everything in his bag of tricks…and failed. Oh there were moments when it looked like he might succeed. However, his defeat is assured when we resist him and seek the Lord. So, whatever type of day you’re having…resist the temptation to despair, and seek the Lord instead.
Next Sunday we start a new series of messages titled, Real Church. Too many churches are playing church instead of being the church. We can even fall into that trap, so we’re going to take a few weeks to look at what a Real Church looks like, and more importantly what a Real Church acts like.
I hope to see you in church soon!