Central News for January 22, 2018

Central News for January 22, 2018

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Upcoming Events

  • January 25th ~ Advisory Board Meeting at 6:30 PM
  • February 3rd ~ District Annual Meeting at 10:00 AM at Beacon FWB Church in Raytown, MO
  • February 11th ~ Special presentation from Cornerstone Estate Planning during Sunday School
  • February 11th ~ Soup/Chili Fellowship from 12:30-2:00 PM (extra time for Q&A with the representative from Cornerstone Estate Planning)

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

Missionary Spotlight: David & Mimi Reeves

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 4:17–18 (ESV)—17For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Pastor’s Note
I wonder if we haven’t been spending too much time being concerned about things that don’t really matter. What exactly are we supposed to be doing with our lives? The short answer is that we are supposed to be living them, to God’s glory. When the Israelites were in exile, the prophet Jeremiah wrote a letter to them, telling them how they ought to be approaching their time in exile. You see, some false prophets were telling the people of Israel that they were going to be going back home very soon. Jeremiah, a true prophet, had a different vision. The people were going to be in exile for around 70 more years. While they were there, Jeremiah told them to live. Build homes and families, plant gardens and fields, and make a living where God had sent them. (Jeremiah 29:1-14) Jeremiah told the Israelites that when the time was right, God would return them to their homes.

So, how does this apply to our lives, today? Well, in many ways we are exiles (1 Peter 2:11) in this world. This place isn’t our home. At the right time, God will return us to where we belong. Until then, we are to make a life here. Yet as we live we are to make sure that this life stands out from those who don’t follow Jesus Christ. In some ways, perhaps more than we realize, we will look and act the same as those who don’t follow Jesus. We will dress in similar fashions, speak a similar language, and face the same trials. The difference becomes apparent when we begin to speak of priorities and especially when we face those same trials. Our priorities ought to be spiritual—more concerned about the eternal than we are about the temporary things of this world. Secondly, as we face trials, we ought to consider them of less importance than the rest of the world. Paul told the churches in Corinth to consider them a “light momentary affliction.” A light burden is one that can be easily carried. A momentary affliction is a temporary thing.

Man walking through storm with an umbrellaSo, we ought to be less concerned about those things that seem to speak of the “end of the world” and more concerned with being the light of Jesus Christ in a dark world. Our goal is to live a life that brings glory to God, and share the light of the Good News with anyone and everyone. While the rest of the world seems to be falling into chaos, we need to be the peace in the eye of the storm. The storm can rage, but we are to remain at peace!

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