Central News for December 16, 2013

Central News for December 16, 2013

  • Current Messages

Advent 2013 is here!  While we missed recording the first message, we have made an attempt to recreate it, and the link is included in this email message.  We pray that the Lord will bless this in your life!

An Empty God

The Path to Peace

All For Love

  • Upcoming Events at Central Church

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 PM.

TruthSeekers will not be meeting this Wednesday, December 18th due to scheduling conflicts.

Our adult and children’s Christmas programs will be held on Sunday, December 22nd during the morning worship service.

Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM.

We will not have services on Wednesday, December 25th.

  • Missionary News

Mission Family: Glenda Fulcher, former missionary to Panama and Uruguay, was with her mom, Gusta Barks, when she passed from death into life eternal on December 8.  Pray for Mrs. Fulcher and her family as they celebrate her mom’s life and mourn their loss.  Pray for all those within the Mission family who are experiencing their first Christmas without loved ones.

France: Praise God for a good attendance of Châteaubriant locals and church members’ friends and family for the Christmas concert on Sunday night, December 8th.  Many stood around and fellowshipped afterward.  Pray the Holy Spirit will consistently remind attendees of the truths they heard and they will desire to know the Christ-child as Lord and Savior.

Panama: Pray for a Panamanian couple to assist Pastor Osvaldo in the work in Penonomé.  The Torrisons will return to the States soon and Osvaldo desires a couple who is grounded in the Word to work with him.

Brazil: Praise God for the 16 people baptized at First FWB Church in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, on Sunday, December 1st.  Ask God to continue to work in their lives and enable them to live vibrant, holy lives that draw others to Him.

Spain: Although the economic situation in Spain continues to worsen, praise God for the 45 shoeboxes the Alpedrete congregation put together for Operation Christmas Child.  Pray the congregation will know God’s provision as a result of their generosity.  Pray the children who receive these boxes will come to know Christ.

Panama: Steve and Judy Lytle returned to the States on December 11th for a two-month stateside ministry.  Pray for safety of travel, good services, and rest while they are stateside.

Globally: As in the States, many people attend church activities during the Christmas season who will not enter the church other times of the year.  Pray participants will serve the Lord gladly.  Pray attendees will be prepared to hear the message of salvation.  Ask God to build unity in congregations as they focus on His magnificent gift of salvation wrapped in His Child.

  • Bible Challenges

Bible Reading Challenge: Isaiah 12:1-6

Bible Memorization Challenge: Isaiah 12:3–4 (ESV)…With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.

  • Pastor’s Note

What a wonderful service we had yesterday!  I have to admit, while I always enjoy our worship services at Central, I don’t always have fun during the worship service.  I am focused on leading the service, I am praying for the Lord to lead in the service, and once I stand up to preach I try to focus on allowing God to speak through me.  It is hard work.  Yesterday seemed to have a special spirit and sense of joy.  It was fun.  I enjoyed preaching on the subject of God’s love.  While I know that God isn’t just love, He is the best example of true and unconditional love that exists.  We need to be reminded that God loves us, regardless of what we have done or left undone.

I am also looking forward to next Sunday’s service, as we celebrate the joy that comes from knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Joy isn’t the same as happiness, and the only real source of joy that I know of is a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  My life is so much better with Christ than it would be without Him.  Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, I can have joy, all because of Jesus!

I hope to see you in church next Sunday!