Central News for February 9, 2015

Central News for February 9, 2015

Current Messages
We’re continuing our series of messages, Tablets & Their Apps.  This week we took a look at the fourth commandment; the necessity of a Sabbath day, and what we need to consider to have one that honors God.

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

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

Calendar of Events
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
Côte d’Ivoire:
 Pray for members of the Yopougon congregation in the most populous area of Abidjan as they construct a parsonage and permanent building for their church. Ask God to continue to grow them spiritually and numerically as they seek to provide a place for their community to worship God.

Japan: Grace Carney began Japanese elementary school this week. Pray for her adjustment and ability to understand. Pray for all our MKs (Snow, Bishop, Carney, Hubbard, McDonald, Crowe) in Japan as they navigate cultural and linguistic challenges, both in and out of school.

India: Continue to pray for Carlisle Hanna and Sherwood Lee as they travel in India.  Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, discernment, and grace as Brother Carlisle deals with some issues in South India. Pray for the family of Chulhi to find strength and peace through Jesus Christ as they mourn his death. Chulhi worked with the Hanna family since 1953 and died last week following a stroke. His five children married Hindus.

France: The first JPense event of 2015 was Friday, January 30th. Several unbelievers attended for the first time. Quite a few plan to participate in discussion groups where they can learn more about Christ. Ask God to continue to work and move in hearts. Pray for strength, energy, wisdom, and grace for those who are meeting with these young adults.

Spain: More than 60 people attended the Alpedrete Church’s “Fiesta Super Bowl” on January 31st. Pray unbelievers who watched the movie “Facing the Giants” will want to know more about the difference Jesus can make as they face their personal giants.

Japan: Pray for the members of Good News Chapel in Tokyo as they continue to work with a bank for loan approval to secure a permanent facility. Praise God for the not-yet believing who are attending services and outreach events. Pray God will open the eyes of their understanding and fill them with a desire to truly know Him.

Bulgaria: Pray for encouragement, endurance, and grace for the New Life Church in Svishtov. Over the last few months, the congregation has ministered to quite a few new people who then began attending services. However, gradually, pressure and persecution from family members has led each of them to stop attending services and participating in events. Pray God will work to draw them to Himself through “chance” meetings with Christians and bringing to mind those things they’ve heard and seen. Pray Christians will remain faithful to live lives led by the Spirit.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Deuteronomy 5:1-21

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:12 (ESV)…12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Pastor’s Note
“I’m having a bad day.” We hear this all the time from family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. When we hear this, what do we think? Do we think to ourselves, “I’m glad it isn’t me having a bad day!” Perhaps we try to help them see that it could be worse…or it will get better. More importantly, what do we do when it’s us having the “bad day?”

As a Christian, what could be considered a bad day? I think that depends on how you answer one question: Are you willing to have God mold you in any fashion, to any degree, at any time? If your answer to that is “No way,” then you’re going to have bad days. You’re going to experience things that are going to be hard, without any understanding of why you’re going through whatever it is you’re going through. You’ll question the goodness of the God you claim to know, because life and all that it brings will seem, at times, to be intent on beating you down.

Hammer, anvil, and pliersThe blacksmith uses heat, and the pressure supplied by a hammer against a piece of work and the anvil underneath to form the objects he desires. It is hard work, but through diligence and skill, a blacksmith can make nearly anything from iron and steel. He can create amazing objects, from intricate scrolling fences to hardened tools. However, he can only do it through the use of heat and pressure; pounding, bending, and molding the material into useful objects. As Christians, if we answer “Yes” to God’s desire to mold us in any fashion, to any degree, at any time, then when we experience hard times, we can know that we are undergoing these things as a means to an end. God’s desire is to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus. Whatever we experience it is a process that God is using in His infinite care and skill to change us. How can that be bad? The experience may be painful, it will at times be unpleasant, but it is never bad. So, the next time you catch yourself claiming to be having a “bad day,” think on this: Romans 8:28–29 (ESV)…28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Let’s allow God to mold us…anytime, in any way, to any degree, and then see what God can accomplish through our lives!

I hope to see you in church, soon!