How can you make sure you don’t waste your time? By treating it the way God told us to treat it, of course. This week, we look at why God desires us to live a life under the control of His Spirit…
What’s Happening At Central
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will meet at the Beacon FWB Church in Raytown, MO on Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 AM.
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 PM.
Central will host our (almost) annual Pinewood Derby this year on Saturday, March 29th. Entry is free and racing will begin at 9:00 AM.
Start preparing now for the 2014 World Missions Offering, which will be collected on Sunday, April 27th in our morning worship service.
The Watoto Children’s Choir is coming to Central on Wednesday, April 30th! We will need host homes for the children, so please let Pastor Alan know if you can host 2-3 children (plus an adult sponsor) for a night.
India: Continue to pray for Carlisle Hanna as he recuperates physically from his time in India. Pray for rest and physical and spiritual renewal. Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, discernment, and grace to continue to accomplish all He desires. Brother Hanna plans to return to India in March for their national association. Pray for those who are planning the convention that typically has around 5,000 attendees. Pray for Indian pastors, evangelists, and leaders to be faithful to the Word, diligent in study, and persistent in sharing the gospel.
Panama: The San Vicente Free Will Baptist Church is celebrated its 50th anniversary this past weekend. Bill and Glenda Fulcher helped establish the church in the 1970s. Glenda and seven other members of the family were present for this celebration. Pray for safety and good flights as they travel. Ask God to use this celebration to bring honor and glory to His name and to bring more people to faith in Christ.
Globally: Open Doors recently released their 2014 World Watch List, a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe. At least 13 countries on the list (ranking from eight to 47) have Free Will Baptist churches, individuals, or partners working: Pakistan (8), Uzbekistan (15), Vietnam (18), Turkmenistan (20), Laos (21), Myanmar (23), India (28), United Arab Emirates (35), China (37), Kazakhstan (39), Morocco (44), Tajikistan (45), and Indonesia (47). Pray for Christians to be strong and faithful in the face of immense challenges. Ask God to help us be faithful in praying for those who serve Him in the midst of persecution.
Stateside: Pray for at least 900 churches to participate in this year’s World Missions Offering (WMO) in April. Praise God for the 878 churches that indicated their intent to participate last year and more than $800,000 in financial support raised. Ask Him to move, once again, on the hearts of Free Will Baptists so missionaries can labor overseas without financial concerns.
Globally: Pray for missionaries as they serve overseas. Pray for encouragement after the flurry of activity around the holidays. Ask God to give them strength for their tasks, good health and good medical care when needed, wisdom as they interact with the lost, humility as they work with other Christians, discernment as He opens doors of opportunity, appropriate time for family, and, above all, consistent time with Him.
Bible Reading Challenge: 1 John 3:11-24
Bible Memorization Challenge: Ephesians 5:18–19 (ESV)…18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart…
One of my great privileges is having people trust me, and it isn’t something I take lightly. Building trust is an extremely important aspect of ministry. If someone trusts me, then they are more likely to listen to me, especially when I have something difficult to say to them. So, how do I build trust? Trust is built through trustworthy behavior. It sounds simple, but it can be difficult to achieve. Trustworthy behavior means I must act in accordance with what I say…walking the walk while talking the talk. I don’t always succeed, I am human and sometimes I fail to live up to my talk. However, I always trust that God’s grace (and yours) will be extended when I fail. That’s when the next step is needed, getting back up, seeking forgiveness where needed, and getting back to work. It is so easy to let our failures define us, yet what we really need is to let our failures motivate us not to fail in that way again!
David was a good man, a good king, and yet he managed to fail miserably (2 Samuel 11-12). The psalm that he wrote following his sin with Bathsheba (Psalm 51) is a cry to God to forgive him, to restore him, and to use him to teach others not to sin against a holy God. After that failure, we do not again see David falling into the same trap. This is how we should act, as well. Seek forgiveness, seek restoration, and seek to be used by God in whatever capacity we can be used. Don’t allow the failure to define us, and don’t return to those actions again.
I hope to see you in church, soon!