Central News for February 8, 2016

Central News for February 8, 2016

Recent Messages
Our journey to look for the Cure for the Common Church continues.  While the common church in America is declining or stagnant, that’s not what we at Central want to be.  So, we’re looking for the prescription that leads to health.

January 3rd ~ Jesus First

January 10th ~ Jesus Reigns

January 17th ~ Real Salvation, Part I

January 24th ~ Real Salvation, Part II

January 31st ~ Faithfulness

February 7th ~ A Time for Rest

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, February 21st following the morning worship service

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

For the latest news and prayer requests about our missionaries, Joel and Naomi McGill, click here.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 5:1-10

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 5:8–9 (ESV)…8Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  9And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…

Pastor’s Note
Have you ever had a day when you felt like your best effort wasn’t very good?  That was my day, yesterday.

I was preaching on needing to move away from the “I’m not good enough” attitudes that bog us down and leave us in fear.  As I was finishing up the message it struck me that the message wasn’t one of my best, at least in my opinion, by a long shot.  As I preached it seemed disjointed.  I never really found the flow in the message like some of my others.  It was almost like I was preaching a message that someone else had written.  It wasn’t a very pleasant feeling, especially considering the message!

So, how did I handle this?  Well, I reminded myself that my opinion of my message isn’t the one that really matters.  The only opinion that really matters is the Lord’s opinion.  I knew I had prepared as diligently as I know how to prepare.  I had prayed over the message before, during, and after the preparation and delivery.  The rest was truly in God’s hands.  So, I simply shrugged it off, and went home and enjoyed the rest of my afternoon.  OK, that’s the way I wanted it to play out.  To be perfectly honest, it bothered me most of the day, yesterday.  It still bothers me this morning; so I have some work to do.  I’m going to spend some time looking over the passage some more and my notes.  I’m going to spend some more time praying about yesterday’s message.  However, here’s what I am not going to do—I’m not going to beat myself up over yesterday’s message.  I may find some issues in my preparation and delivery, but I will use those to make myself better prepared for next Sunday.  I will trust that even when my best effort may not have been very good that God can still use it in a powerful way.  The Apostle Paul was told by God, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)  My apparent failures can be huge successes in the Lord’s kingdom.

The word "help" embedded on a screen showing binary numbersThis coming week we will be looking at the kind of help that Jesus can bring to the table for our lives.  We’ll look at just how good a high priest He really is…

I hope to see you in church soon!