Central News for February 23, 2015

Central News for February 23, 2015

Current Messages
We’re continuing our series of messages, Tablets & Their Apps.  This week we took a look at the sixth commandment; the requirement to not murder. Seems simple enough, and certainly one that most Christians can simply check off the list; after all, none of us is a murderer…

2/22 ~ What, Me Murder?

2/15 ~ From God to Family

2/8 ~ Just Another Day?

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

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Calendar of Events
Ladies! Enjoy a dinner and a movie on Saturday, March 7th at Beth Daire’s house. 5:00 PM until whenever you’re done…contact Beth for more details.

Deacon’s and deacon candidates will meet following the morning worship service on Sunday, March 8th

Central will host a baby shower for Naomi McGill on Sunday, March 15th following the morning worship service

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

Missionary News
The National Association of Cuban Free Will Baptists meets February 23rd to March 1st. Ask God to bless this meeting and to use this gathering to strengthen believers and reinforce their commitment to reaching the world with the gospel.

India: Praise God, Brother Carlisle Hanna and the two pastors who traveled with him returned safely from South India where he gave the charge to three men who were ordained as pastors. Pray for more men to respond to the need for pastors. He also was able to “deal with the misunderstanding in a loving Christian way with no harsh words or attitudes.” Brother Hanna thanks all those who prayed for this situation. The trip was hard on his hip and knees. Pray for relief from the intense pain.

Stateside: As more winter weather sweeps through the country, pray for safety for missionaries and staff as they travel. Pray many people respond to the challenge to participate in the Great Commission through prayer, regular giving, and, perhaps, through going themselves.

Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for the 12 believers baptized in the village of Angaye on Sunday, February 8th. Pray for their continued spiritual growth and ongoing desire to share their faith with others.

France: Pray for E., a Christian immigrant from Africa. E.’s Muslim family is adamantly opposed to this choice. E. is applying for political asylum in France, but the process is slow. Pray for this persecuted believer to remain strong and to know God’s presence and peace.

Globally: Pray for the health of missionary families. Just as families stateside are experiencing the flu, stomach bugs, allergies, and various seasonal issues, families overseas are as well. Pray they will get plenty of rest and maintain a good diet as they seek to serve others and share the Good News. Ask God to protect them and provide for them.

Bulgaria: Josh and Lydia Provow continue to wait to receive word their visas for Bulgaria have been issued. Pray this time of waiting will be productive. Ask God to facilitate the visa approvals in His time and way. Pray He will work in advance of their departure—preparing housing, a language tutor, and other needs.

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

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:14 (ESV)…14“You shall not commit adultery.”

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday’s message was a tough one to preach. After all, I essentially called us all murderers. We may not have physically killed another human being, but most of us have breathed out a little hatred. Scripture makes it clear that such emotion is the same as being a murderer. We cannot claim to know Christ, and yet allow hatred in our lives. The two will not, cannot, co-exist in the same person. We will either allow our lives to be characterized by love and the presence of the Spirit of Christ, or we will allow hatred and the spirit of murder to be present. One excludes the other. The question becomes, which will we allow into our lives?

Catching Letters Spelling Trust As Symbol for Faith And BeliefI see it happen far too often. A relationship ends, and the culprit is a form of unfaithfulness. Our best intentions, are most sincere promises, and our strongest desires are not enough (it seems) to keep it from happening. Relationships are built upon a foundation of trust, a foundation of faithfulness. When that trust is violated, the relationship’s foundation begins to crumble, and structural damage is guaranteed. Just as the need to repair the foundations of our homes is sometimes required in order to salvage the entire structure, so also must we repair the foundations of our relationships in order to salvage them.

God knew what He was doing when He included the seventh commandment. However, just as with the previous commandment, we may think that we’re off the hook with this one as long as we haven’t been physically unfaithful. The reality is that this commandment is about much more than physical acts. Just as with the previous commandment, it also encompasses our thoughts and attitudes. We can violate this commandment without ever setting foot out of our living rooms, in fact, we don’t even need someone else present…

I hope to see you in church, soon!