Central News for July 7, 2014

Central News for July 7, 2014

Our Messages
Summer construction is underway!  That’s right, we’re working on some improvement projects.  As individuals, fathers, and even marriages…

Inspection Required

Being Dad

Building a Marriage

Building a Family

What’s Happening At Central Church
The Facility Board will meet on Sunday, July 20th at 8:30 AM

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, July 21st at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
E-TEAM: Praise God for the safe return of all E-TEAMs.  Pray, as they return to their homes, churches, and friends, they are obviously changed and more determined to live lives grounded in the Word and led by the Spirit.

CMP: Two CMP (College Missions Program) teams are serving this summer—one in Varna, Bulgaria, and the other in South Korea.  Students train this weekend, depart for their destinations on July 7th, and return July 21st.  Ask God to be with all the last-minute preparations and truly use them to further His Kingdom around the world.

Japan: Mr. H., an elderly man who recently accepted Christ, entered Heaven on Friday, June 27th.  Praise God for His gracious longsuffering that allowed this man to hear the gospel and respond.  Praise Him that, though Mr. H’s son mourns his loss, he can confidently rejoice in knowing he will see his father again.

Mission Family: Former missionary to Côte d’Ivoire and Spain Lonnie Sparks passed from death into life eternal on June 26th at his home in Indiana.  Services were held on July 1st.  Pray for his wife Anita and son Noel as they mourn, asking God to give peace and comfort.

THP: Praise God for the safe return of the THP Bulgaria team on June 30th.  Praise Him for the opportunities the Svishtov New Life Church has to expand their ministry as a result of the team’s service to the community.

Spain: Tim and Kristi Johnson and their children Alejandro and Ana arrived in Nashville on July 1st, for a six-month stateside assignment.  Ask God to help them readjust quickly and to bless their time in the States.

Mission Family: Pray for all those who will be speaking at the National Association of Free Will Baptists in Fort Worth, Texas.  Especially remember Neil Gilliland (Sunday NYC worship), Angie O (Monday NYC worship), Ruth McDonald and her daughters Katie (Speer), Amy, and Caroline McDonald (Tuesday WNAC worship).  Pray for Clint Morgan as he gives his report on Wednesday morning.  Ask God to use the convention to encourage, strengthen, and unify our denomination.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Matthew 16:13-20

Bible Memorization Challenge: Matthew 16:15–16 (ESV)…15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Pastor’s Note
FamilyFamily…they can be one of the greatest blessings you will ever know on earth.  They can also be a source of great heartache.  I don’t have a perfect family, nor am I the perfect example of a godly father.  However, over the years I have determined that the most important thing I can do is point my family to a loving relationship with God.  Reciting a list of “do’s and don’ts” isn’t what being a Christian is all about.  Being a Christian ought to be about loving God with all of our heart, soul, and might.  This is what God commanded the Israelites to do, it is what Jesus said was the “greatest commandment” when he was asked a question about the commandments.  So this ought to be the thing that my children and grandchildren see.  They ought to see that I love God with everything that I have, everything that I am, and everything that I do…heart, soul, and might.  This relationship ought to so affect my life that it engulfs everything I do.  Every other relationship ought to be colored with this loving relationship that I have with the Lord.

We’ve spent several weeks discussing some building projects.  Building ourselves into better Christians.  Building our marriages and families into relationships that honor God.  Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be looking at two more construction projects.  First, we’ll look at what Jesus says about building a church.  Not just any church, but His church.  Second, we’re going to look at how we ought to be impacting the building of a community.  Pray for the preparations, pray for the Sunday school teachers, and pray for the services.  Plan on attending, as we bring the summer series, Danger: Construction Ahead, to a close.

I hope to see you in church, soon!