Central News for December 26, 2017

Central News for December 26, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

 Advent Services

 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

 Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

 Upcoming Events

  • January 7th ~ Special Business Meeting at 12:30 PM
  • January 21st ~ Deacon Ministry Team Meeting
  • January 25th ~ Advisory Board Meeting at 6:30 PM

 Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

 Missionary Spotlight: Lazaro & Ariadna Riesgo Acosta

 Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 12:1-17

 Bible Memory Challenge: Hebrews 12:12–14 (ESV)—12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

 Pastor’s Note
Well, it is the day after Christmas. Another holiday has passed into the past. The gifts have been given and received, the trash has probably gone to the curb (or soon will) and now comes the reckoning. What has been done in the past few days to point us to a closer relationship with the Lord? In my devotional reading this morning I was looking at Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church. In Chapter 4 of his letter he describes himself in a stark manner. He says that his outer self is wasting away, perhaps pointing to his advancing years. Yet in this semi-depressing statement is also a statement of great faith and encouragement—his inner self is being renewed daily. Paul says that his current state is one of going through a “light momentary affliction.” All that he suffered, is simply a light affliction. The word in the Greek represents a burden that is easily managed. He also says it is a momentary affliction. In the Greek, this alludes to a passing or momentary event that is quickly over. The result of going through this “light momentary affliction” is to prepare us for an “eternal weight of glory.” While we may enjoy our earthly holidays, we should also remember that our eternal destiny is far superior. Everything we go through on earth, good and bad, is meant to prepare us for eternity. Our life is designed to call us closer to Jesus.

 This coming Sunday will be the final day of 2017. In my message for Sunday morning I am preparing to do some “future-casting.” It can be a dangerous thing, looking into the future…

 In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?