Central News for March 30, 2015

Central News for March 30, 2015

Current Messages
It’s taken us several weeks to get here, however, it’s been time well-spent. Yesterday’s message was the last in the series, Tablets & Their Apps. What will it take for you to be satisfied? Check out yesterday’s message for the answer!

3/29 ~ Be Satisfied

3/22 ~ To Tell the Truth

3/15 ~ What I Want

3/8 ~ Faithful?

2/22 ~ What, Me Murder?

2/15 ~ From God to Family

2/8 ~ Just Another Day?

2/1 ~ What’s In a Name?

1/18 ~ One Right Way

1/11 ~ The Most Important Thing

1/4 ~ Why Obey?

12/28 ~ Freedom That Matters

To listen to Central’s message podcast, please click here!

Calendar of Events
Here is the schedule for Easter Sunday:

Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 AM

The Pancake Breakfast will be served immediately following the Egg Hunt (all Central families are asked to bring some fresh fruit to share for the breakfast)

We will begin our worship service following the Pancake Breakfast; the service will include a choir presentation, celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and a baptism

A Special Business Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, April 19th following the morning worship service.

Advisory Board meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
Uruguay:
 Pray for Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster as they returned to the States on Sunday, March 29th. Tammy has been diagnosed with vascular malformation with multiple cavernous angiomas and has an appointment at Vanderbilt Neurosciences Clinic on Monday, March 30th. Pray for Tammy to gain strength and for doctors able to meet her medical needs.

France: Pray for safety, a lot of help, and the energy to unpack as well as complete responsibilities for Robert and Judy Bryan as they move to a home closer to the St. Sébastien church.  Pray for the congregation to continue to grow spiritually and numerically and to allow the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts for healing.

Globally: Pray for church leaders and missionaries around the world as they prepare for Easter services. Many will have special events leading up to Easter services as well. Ask God to help the gospel be communicated clearly and to prepare many hearts in advance to receive His Word. Ask Him to draw unsaved people to the services and to prepare Christians to receive guests with sincerity, warmth, and love.

Uruguay: Two people were baptized at the Renacer Church in Melo, Uruguay, on Sunday, March 22nd. Praise God for the salvation of the woman and young man. Pray they will continue to walk faithfully with God.

Stateside: Cyndi Ludeman, General Director Clint Morgan’s assistant, lost her brother Bob on Sunday morning, March 22nd, after a battle with illness. In addition to grieving his loss, she is responsible for settling his affairs in Florida. Ask God to give her emotional and physical strength as well as comfort.

Panama: Praise God for another ordained pastor in Panama! Efrain González, a recent graduate from our seminary in Chame, was ordained March 22nd in Las Tablas, Panama. Pray for Efrain as he continues to seek God’s guidance.

Japan: Pray for Mr. A., a retired coal miner who has moved near the Kamifukuoka Church. Although he has attended church in the past, he is not a believer. Pray for Ken and Judy Bailey as they interact with him. Pray he will follow through on his plan to participate in Wednesday morning Bible studies. Ask God to continue to draw this man to Him.

Stateside: Praise God for over 200 churches signed up to participate in this year’s World Missions Offering (WMO) on April 26th. Pray for hundreds more to participate! Ask God to move, once again, on the hearts of Free Will Baptists so missionaries can labor overseas without financial concerns.

Creative Access: Pray for David O. as he teaches in Kazakhstan and Russia over the next few weeks. Pray for clarity and enough rest for David, good translators, and eager students.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Exodus 20:1-21

Bible Memorization Challenge: Romans 8:24 (ESV)…24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

Pastor’s Note
Less than a week from now we will celebrate Easter…Resurrection Sunday! As followers of Jesus, we see the world taking Easter in a direction that has nothing to do with Jesus. Easter is simply a time when we buy some new clothes, candy for the kids, and put up signs with cute little bunnies. However, as followers of Jesus, we must be clear that this is so much more than cute bunnies and candy for the kids. This is the day that we celebrate the Risen Savior. Remember, all of our faith rests on the resurrection of Jesus. Apart from that event our faith is useless. We become nothing more than another of the world’s religions. With the resurrection, however, we become adopted children of the Almighty God who created this universe. We become followers of the Risen and Living Savior, Jesus Christ. Our sins are forgiven, and removed from the charge sheet.

With all of that in mind, how will you prepare for this coming Sunday? Who will you invite to come to church and here a message of hope. Over the past 12 weeks we have heard messages dealing with the Ten Commandments. I’ve heard many people say that the world would be a far better place if we could only learn to live in accordance with those ten simple rules. Yet, as we’ve seen, no one truly does live up to those rules. In fact, you can break each and every one of those commandments without ever doing anything. You can break each one with attitudes and feelings, it’s a matter of the heart.

Empty tomb with grave clothesThat’s the point of the Ten Commandments. They were intended to bring us to the point of hopelessness. We can’t live up to them. We can never be good enough on our own. We can never claim to have kept all ten of them perfectly. The truth is that if we break even one of the commandments then we are guilty of breaking each one them, for they are all linked together to form a single commandment. That brings us to the question we will answer next Sunday, “Where Is Our Hope?” If we are all guilty of breaking the Ten Commandments, then we are guilty before God of breaking His law. As our Creator, He is right to impose laws upon us…but if we are guilty of breaking His law then we are subject to His penalties, as well. So…where’s our hope?

I hope to see you in church, soon!