Thanks to Joel McGill for bringing the Word to us yesterday. Central’s series on Tablets & Their Apps will continue next Sunday:
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
Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists annual meeting will be held on Saturday, February 7th, beginning at 10:30 AM
Deacon’s Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 15th following the morning worship service
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, February 16th at 6:30 PM
Bulgaria: Pray for Josh and Lydia Provow as they continue to sort their belongings and seek to prepare for their departure to Bulgaria. Pray their visas will be issued in a timely manner so they can purchase tickets and join their team in Bulgaria.
Japan: Continue to give thanks for Hazel Rose Akemi Bishop’s safe arrival and mom Miriam’s health. Pray for Miriam as she interacts with her Japanese midwife and seeks to demonstrate God’s love to her. Pray for Oliver and Scarlet as they adjust to their baby sister.
India: Carlisle Hanna departed for India on January 20th. Ask God to give him strength for the long journey and the ability to recoup from it quickly. Praise Him that Sherwood Lee is able to travel with him. Brother Carlisle carries a heavy load in India and will need to almost immediately travel to South India to address some issues. Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, discernment, and grace to continue to accomplish all He desires.
Mission Family: Pray for Judy Lytle and her son David as they travel to Peru, Tuesday, January 27th. Judy will help David sort through his family’s belongings, pack, sell furniture, etc. Pray for peace, comfort, and grace for David as he closes out this phase of his life, says goodbye to friends and students at the international school where he taught, and continues to mourn the sudden loss of his wife Bethany. Thank God for His provision of many of the physical needs of David and children. Ask Him to continue to provide physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Japan: Josh and Alicia Crowe and their three girls departed for Tokyo, Japan, on January 20th, and arrived safely. Pray for them as they settle in Tokyo, readjust to the culture and language, deal with all the paperwork required, find a home, and begin to minister.
France: Dennis and Carol and Joel and Lydie Teague are preparing for the first JPense event of 2015. Pray for all the logistical needs, volunteer team, sermon preparation, musicians, etc. Ask God to draw people with open hearts to the event and to prepare them to hear truth. Pray for a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit. Pray for clarity, confidence, and wisdom for all those who will be counseling and witnessing.
Mission Family: Billie Sexton (former missionary to France) fell, hit her head, experienced bleeding on her brain in October, and spent much time in the hospital and nursing home in recovery. She is home again and has an MRI scheduled in a few days. It appears the initial brain bleed has healed, but another area has begun to bleed. Pray for peace for Mrs. Sexton and wisdom for her doctors.
Brazil: Pray for Brazilians supporting cross-cultural missions to be faithful in their giving and prayer support. Pray for K. as she continues to study Arabic in Turkey and ministers as she learns. Ask God to resolve issues with her visa renewal and encourage her as she serves Him.
France: Pray for Becky Riggs and her sister as they care for their 93-year-old mother who is extremely ill. Pray for strength, wisdom, and peace.
Stateside: Pray for God to give us a strong financial start to the year. Pray for churches and people who have never supported the Mission to be moved by God to both give and pray. Ask for regular, monthly support to increase steadily. Ask God to give safety to missionaries and office personnel as they travel and share their hearts with churches and groups in harsh winter conditions.
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Samuel 7:8-16
Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:7 (ESV)…7“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
What an amazing experience Sharon and I had over the past week. We were blessed to attend the From Embers to a Flame conference in Birmingham, AL. We received Biblical teaching, worshiped with hundreds of brothers and sisters in Christ during the Sunday morning service, and even had a few hours to stop by and visit with some friends who live in Huntsville, AL. The conference is dedicated to bringing revitalization to churches. You may, rightfully, ask whether or not Central needs revitalization. Well, let’s put it this way, even the churches that the Apostle Paul planted needed strengthening within a few years (Acts 15:41). If the churches that Paul planted had to be strengthened within just a few years of their planting, why do we think that ours would be immune to needing this?
While Sharon and I learned many things during this conference, one of the biggest takeaways I had was that this process of strengthening a church is one that is a long-term project. There are no easy answers, no easy solutions, and no silver bullets. Strengthening our church will take prayers, prayers, and more prayers. It will also take dedication to a desire to see our church strengthened; it’s going to take a willingness to embrace personal growth and change. If we can muster these attitudes and actions, we can see God move in a mighty way among us and in our community!
I want to extend a personal note of thanks to Bro. Joel McGill for filling in for me while Sharon and I were away. It may seem like a small thing, but it is not. Thank you, Joel.
I hope to see you in church, soon!