Here’s the first message from our Advent 2014 series:
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Our Annual Business Meeting will be conducted on Sunday, December 7th following the morning worship service
The Encourager’s will host their annual Christmas Dinner at the Golden Corral in Raymore at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 12th
Central’s Christmas Cantata will be presented on Sunday, December 14th in our morning worship service
Central will host its’ annual Christmas Fellowship Meal on Sunday, December 21st following the morning worship service
We will celebrate a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM
India: Praise God for the faithful witness of Indian Pastor Markus Remtel’s mother! After she accepted Christ as Savior, her husband beat and starved her. Her sweet spirit and acceptance resulted in the salvation of all three of her children and, eventually, her husband. She is very ill and not expected to live much longer. Carlisle Hanna said she is “one of the most precious Christian ladies I have ever met.” Pray for her and her family to know God’s comfort and presence during this time. Pray hospital personnel will be impacted by her faith in God.
Spain: Praise God for the way He is working in lives in Alpedrete. Two unsaved women are attending a Bible study, three new couples are attending the church, four unsaved husbands attend services regularly, neighbors of church members are showing interest in a Bible study, and believers are maturing in their faith.
Panama: Praise God for the five students who complete a year of studies at the Bible institute in Chitré this week. Praise Him for Oscar Barrera’s faithfulness in his studies and his graduation on Saturday, November 29th. Pray for Oscar as he prepares to marry Keren and takes on the pastorate of the Central American mission church in Chitré, Panama.
Brazil: Praise God for a couple saved earlier this month at the First Church in Campinas. Pray for their spiritual growth.
Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for six Bible institute students interning in Ivorian churches. Pray their mentors will provide good supervision and they will be diligent to apply all they have learned.
Japan: Praise God for the 10 children hearing Japanese Bible studies each Sunday afternoon through the Kamifukuoka Christ Church Kids’ Club. Pray the Holy Spirit will plant the seeds of these stories and memorized verses deep in their hearts and they will understand the truths of the gospel.
Panama: Pastor Daniel of the Bethania Church praises God for 10 salvation decisions during an evangelistic trip to El Guasimo as well as the recent baptism of eight believers in Las Garzas de Pacora and three believers in Bethania.
Bulgaria: Praise God for the “significant crop of seekers” in Svishtov. Pray, as these people continue to attend church or meet with missionaries, their hearts will remain open to the gospel and barriers will crumble.
Brazil: Praise God for the Great Commission vision of churches in Brazil. Thank Him for their faithfulness in supporting one of their own to carry the gospel to Turkey. Pray for K. as she is in language studies in Turkey.
Uruguay: Praise God for using English class and craft night with Tammy Lancaster to build relationships with women in her new neighborhood. Praise Him for the interest these ladies have in holiday get-togethers with their spouses and the Lancasters. Pray, as these relationships mature, so will interest in knowing the God that Tammy serves.
Côte d’Ivoire: Praise the Lord for approximately 200 participants in the national youth camp. Pray for these young people to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the gospel, to live holy lives, and to share their faith with others.
Japan: Praise God for the faith of Sakai-San, who died last week after a long battle with cancer. She left a letter to be read at her funeral, sharing her faith and hope in God. Pray her unsaved family members will respond to her faithful witness.
Panama: Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Lazaro and Ariadna Riesgo in leading the Bible institute in Chame, Panama, this past year. Thank Him for their compassion, professionalism, and dedication to God. Pray for them as they seek to leave the institute with a solid foundation and transition to the States as educational specialists.
Brazil: Praise God for the progress the Nova America congregation in Campinas is making on their building construction. Praise Him for their step of faith in leaving their rented facility and beginning meeting in the unfinished building. Thank Him for those from the community who have begun attending.
France: Praise God for the success of the JPense events and discussion groups. Another young woman has accepted Christ as Savior. Ask God to continue to bless this effort to present the gospel to people who are unwilling to enter a church. Pray for all those currently participating in discussion groups and Bible studies as a result of attending JPense.
Panama: Pastor Tomas of the San Vicente Church is thankful for the way the men of the church are working for the Lord. They are working to organize a national Master’s Men organization, participating in evangelistic trips, and visiting neighbors and friends to pray and witness.
Bulgaria: Praise God for the expansion of the Svishtov English club ministry from one to four groups. Pray many children and adults will come to know the Lord through this service to the community.
India: Praise God for the relief nerve blocks have given to Carlisle Hanna. Pray for him to continue to experience some relief from the constant pain. Praise God for Brother Hanna’s faithful service for over 60 years. Pray for Christians in India to demonstrate God’s grace, forgiveness, and love. Pray especially for the congregations at Daspara and Dentola and for the pastor as he works to settle some problems.
Brazil: Praise God for the baptism of five young ladies at the First FWB Church in Campinas, Brazil, on Sunday, November 23rd. Pray for Pastor Lima as he leads this church. Pray these young women will be faithful witnesses.
Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for 50 years of ministry through the Doropo Hospital in Côte d’Ivoire and for the celebration of that ministry by the Ivorian church as well as government and community leaders. Pray the hospital will continue to offer healing and hope for another 50 years.
Panama: Praise God for the growth of the church plant at Chitré! Pastor Cirilo reports two men saved in the last few months are following through with discipleship classes. Two other people were baptized this month and many visitors attend each week.
Uruguay: Praise God for a successful mini-Leadership Matters Course in Montevideo, Uruguay. Pray for Jeff and Susan Turnbough as they visit churches and workers and celebrate Thanksgiving with missionaries before returning to the States December 3rd.
France: Workers in southern France are thankful for doors that have opened to share Truth with English students and snack shop friends. Pray for Truth to permeate their hearts and minds.
Global Christmas: Praise God more people are open to attend Christmas events sponsored by churches around the world. Pray individuals will understand the Christ-child came to be their Savior.
Mission Family: Praise God for those who have served Him overseas in the past. Ask God to grant joy, peace, daily strength, and grace as they cope with varying health challenges, decreased mobility, and ministry opportunities. Especially remember those who are widowed, as they go through the holidays without their spouses.
Bible Reading Challenge: Isaiah 40:1-31
Bible Memorization Challenge: Isaiah 40:30–31 (ESV)…30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
The Christmas season is officially upon us! Black Friday has come and gone, today is Cyber Monday…and if we’re not careful we will forget what Christmas is really all about. It isn’t about gifts that we buy or receive. It isn’t about shopping and deals. It isn’t about decorations, trees, and even Christmas carols. Christmas is about celebrating a birth, the birth of Jesus Christ. While it probably didn’t happen on December 25th, it DID happen. So, we set aside that day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let’s not forget that the reason for the season is Jesus…not shopping!
If hope is what we really need as a people, then peace is certainly one of the things we are hoping for. Most people want peace. They want peace in the world around themselves. They want peace in their families, in their neighborhoods, and in their communities. The problem is that we don’t know how to achieve peace. We don’t know how to achieve it personally, and as a result we certainly don’t know how to achieve it in any type of corporate setting (neighborhood, community, nation). While peace may be elusive, it isn’t impossible to achieve, at least personal peace isn’t impossible.
This coming Sunday, we’re going to take a look at what we need in order to have peace in a personal sense. It isn’t impossible, but it does take some understanding. It isn’t impossible, but it does take some faith. We’ll hopefully see that peace comes, first and foremost, from a better perception of God…
I hope to see you in church, soon!
Pastor Alan Kinder