Central News for June 29, 2015

Central News for June 29, 2015

Current Messages
We finished up our series titled In His Own Words yesterday.  I know, there is still a message that needs to be recorded!  I hope to get to it this week.

6/28 ~ God’s Justice

6/21 ~ Is “Good” Enough?

6/14 ~ Coming Soon!

6/7 ~ Who Cares For You?

5/31 ~ A Merciful God

5/24 ~ A Faithful God

5/10 ~ God’s Love & A Mother’s Heart

5/3 ~ Holiness Confronted

4/26 ~ What Can He Do?

4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power

4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…

Upcoming Events
Central Church will celebrate a Deacon Ordination service on Sunday, July 12th at 11:00 AM for Tim Smith and Brett Daire

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, July 13th at 6:30 PM

Central Church will conduct a special business meeting on Sunday, August 2nd following the morning worship service

Don’t forget about Vacation Bible School, August 3rd through the 7th.  We need volunteers and donations: flat white, grey, or blue sheets; camping backpacks; camp stoves;  lanterns; hiking poles; colorful scraps of material, ; long ropes; and wooden crates.

Missionary News
Ramadan: Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, began June 18th in the United States.  Today’s prayer emphasis is for North Africa—an area now overwhelmingly Muslim, but once filled with Christ-followers.  Ask God to protect those who are Christian in these countries.  Pray His Spirit will move during this month revealing the Truth of the gospel to many.  Join Christians worldwide in praying for Muslims during this time.

Bulgaria: Josh and Lydia Provow have tickets to fly out of Nashville to Bulgaria on June 30th.  Pray for the family as they prepare to travel to Nashville, say final goodbyes, and finish any last-minute stateside tasks.  Pray for safety, easy flights, and transitions as they make the long trip with four children.

Japan: Ken and Judy Bailey arrive in the States for stateside assignment on July 1st.  Shannon Little arrives July 8th.  Pray for them to have no trouble with flights or luggage.  Ask God to help them as they adjust to time zone, culture, and climatic differences.

Uruguay: Neil Morgan is headed to Uruguay for two and a half weeks of saying goodbyes, taking care of their household goods, and completing paperwork.  Ask God to be with him in each step of the process.  Pray for Mandi and the girls, as they remain stateside.  Pray for the Morgan family as they prepare to transition to ministry in Spain.

Bulgaria: Trif and Vanya Trifonov and their three children are scheduled to arrive in Nashville, Monday, June 29th, for two months of meeting supporters and fundraising.  Pray for this family as they adjust to American culture and speak in churches and other venues.  Pray their ministry will strengthen the partnerships between these churches and the Bulgaria team.

The Hanna Project: A THP team (Cecil Moss, Samee Miller, Darren Walker, Sydney Walker all of NC; Holly Petty and Jacob Pruemer of IL; Diana Winters of WV; and Curt Holland, TN) has been serving in Bulgaria.  Pray, as they serve the community, God will be glorified and our missionaries will make contacts with people whose hearts God has prepared.  Pray for safety as they return June 29th.

E-TEAM: Eleven teams (Haiti; Limeira, Brazil; Jaboticabal, Brazil; Chicago; Cuba; Panama; Kazakhstan; Tokyo, Japan; Hokkaido, Japan; Spain; France) are in the midst of ministry.  Pray for a sense of mission and unity, flexibility, and an attitude of service.  Pray as they assist churches and missionaries, both will be encouraged.  Ask God to give them strength, creativity, flexibility, and grace.  Pray for an amazing outpouring of God’s Spirit as these E-TEAMs serve and help missionaries and other workers make contacts.  Pray for stamina for hosts and team leaders.  Pray for safety as students return to the States this week.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Exodus 14:1-31

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 14:13 (ESV)…And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today…”

Pastor’s Note
Have you ever had a time in your life when it seemed like you couldn’t do much that turned out right?  That’s been my life for the past few weeks.  It hasn’t been everything, but it’s been enough to be noticeable.  I also know that it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been!  However, it seems like the enemy has managed to coordinate his attacks so that another blow falls just as I am almost over the previous one.  I haven’t yet fallen into his trap of asking, “What next?”…but I am close.

How do you respond when these things happen to you?  When they do, take a lesson from Peter:  1 Peter 4:12 (ESV)…Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  First, we need to not be surprised by trials.  Peter makes it clear that this is the normal way of life for a follower of Jesus Christ.  In fact, if your life is all rosy and perfect, I wonder why the enemy is ignoring you?  Second, take a lesson from James: James 1:2 (ESV)…Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…  Don’t let trials steal your joy in knowing Jesus as your Savior.  Trials shouldn’t take away your joy.  Third, take lesson from Paul: 2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)…For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…  Remember, there is a much better eternity waiting for us.  In comparison, our worst day here will seem like nothing when we get to eternity!  In fact, these little trials in the here and now are deemed appropriate preparation for eternity.

While we may not like our present trials, they do serve a purpose.

I hope to see you in church soon!