Central News for February 2, 2015

Central News for February 2, 2015

Current Messages
We’re back to our series of messages, Tablets & Their Apps. This week we took a look at the third commandment; the importance of God’s name and how our lives are a reflection of God’s character.

2/1 ~ What’s In a Name?

1/18 ~ One Right Way

1/11 ~ The Most Important Thing

1/4 ~ Why Obey?

12/28 ~ Freedom That Matters

To listen to Central’s message podcast, please click here!

Calendar of Events
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptist will meet on Saturday, February 7th at the Victory FWB Church in Kansas City at 10:30 AM

The deacons and deacon candidates will meet on Sunday, February 15th following the morning worship service

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, February 16th at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
The first JPense event of 2015 was held on Friday, January 30th. Pray recent converts will sense encouragement and confirmation of their decisions to be Christ-followers. Ask God to give them perseverance, joy, and grace as they are rejected and mocked by friends and family.

Côte d’Ivoire: Pray for the Ivorian Church as they continue to share the gospel diligently, disciple converts, train workers, and grow. Ask God to give wisdom and discernment to Regional Director Kenneth Eagleton as he works with leaders to hammer out a formal partnership agreement.

India: Continue to pray for Carlisle Hanna and Sherwood Lee as they recoup from travel to India and within the country.  Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, discernment, and grace as Brother Carlisle deals with some issues in South India.

Mission Family: Pray for Judy Lytle and her son David as they work to close out his family’s life in Peru, say goodbye to friends and students at the international school where he taught, and continues to mourn the sudden loss of his wife Bethany. They arrived in Lima early on January 28th. Ask God to continue to provide physically, emotionally, and spiritually for David and his children. Judy will travel to Panama to participate in the women’s national retreat once all final arrangements have been made.

France: Pray for Robert and Judy Bryan as they continue to readjust to ministry in France. Ask God to guide them as they look for a home nearer the St. Sébastien congregation Robert is serving.

Mission Family: Eddie Payne (former missionary to Côte d’Ivoire and former director of mobilization for the Mission) celebrated the end of his 101-year-old father’s life on earth and the beginning of his life in Heaven on Tuesday, January 27th, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Pray for the Payne family as they mourn their loss.

Brazil: Bobby Poole recently returned to Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Pray for him as he seeks to mentor and encourage young preachers and other Christians, ministers as needed, and continues to adjust to life without Geneva. Pray for strength and peace for each day.

France: Pray for Becky Riggs and her sister as they (and Hospice) care for their 93-year-old mother who is extremely ill. Pray for strength, wisdom, and peace.

Globally: Continue to pray for the many people who heard the gospel for the first time during Christmas events. Ask God to draw them to Him. Pray, if they received a Bible or other literature, they will desire to read it and the Spirit will help them understand the truth of the gospel.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Exodus 20:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:8–11 (ESV)…8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Pastor’s Note
Well, I have to admit, I didn’t sleep well last night. At first, I was disappointed with how the Super Bowl ended. However, after a little while I stopped thinking about that and simply started praying. I know I heard my watch beep at least four times (once per hour) before I finally drifted off to sleep. I haven’t had a night like that in a long time, and it was wonderful. I prayed for many of you that are receiving this newsletter. I prayed for Central and I prayed that the Lord would help to clarify the vision we need for His church in this place. Even as I am writing this, I am praying for God’s direction, and God’s intervention/intercession in many of your lives.

Pray Computer Keys Showing Worship And ReligionOn Wednesday evenings we’ve started a series of lessons about prayer. If you missed the opening lesson, you can find an audio recording of it by clicking here. I know this, as a church we are not praying enough, nor are we always praying for the right things. I hope to lead all of us in a change in our prayer lives over the coming weeks. You can help with this initiative by doing one thing: PRAY! Pray for wisdom and direction from the Lord. Pray that myself and the other leaders here at Central will be receptive to God’s voice. Pray that the Lord would shake us up…and shake you up, as well.

I’ll be out of town Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening at a Missouri State Association Executive Committee retreat. If you need me, hopefully my phone will have service!

I hope to see you in church, soon!