Central News for May 12, 2014

Central News for May 12, 2014

Our Messages
Mother’s Day is a special day for most.  Our mother’s certainly deserve a day on which they are honored.  We may never fully comprehend the depth of a mother’s love, but the Bible gives us a good idea of what is at the core of a mother’s heart:

A Mother’s Heart

What’s Happening At Central Church
The Encourager’s Class Fellowship for May will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 6:00 PM

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, May 19th at 6:30 PM

Vacation Bible School is rapidly approaching!  Volunteers are needed in all areas; if you can help please let Jill Resendiz know.

Missionary News
Bulgaria: Ask God to continue to work in the hearts of those who attended the retreat in Bulgaria last weekend.  Pray the nuggets of truth unbelievers heard will sink deeply into their hearts and take root.

Côte d’Ivoire: Pastor Assebian of the Adobo Church in Abidjan has been diagnosed with myeloma.  He expects to undergo two chemotherapy treatments this month and follow with monthly treatments.  Pray for God to give Pastor Assebian strength and healing if that is His will.

Panama: Pray for the ladies’ tea held on the seminary property in Chame on May 7th.  Ask God to use the theme “God’s Design for My Home” to speak to both Christians and unbelievers.  Pray God will use the thoughts shared by Judy Lytle to challenge Christians to greater commitment to Him and draw unbelievers to Him.

Brazil: Praise God for the couples who meet monthly at First FWB Church in Campinas.  As Christian couples invite their unsaved friends, ask God to use the fun and fellowship to open hearts to the gospel.

E-TEAM: Pray for E-TEAM students and leaders, asking God to provide any remaining funds and prepare their hearts and minds for service.  Pray for those who will receive the teams to be able to finalize logistical needs.  Pray Christians will be encouraged through the teams’ ministry and unbelievers’ hearts will be softened and open to the gospel.

Uruguay: Pray for Steve and Lori Torrison as they transition from serving in Panama to serving in Uruguay.  Ask God to be with their family as they complete their stateside assignment and prepare to enter a new culture.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Gen 22:1-19

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 12:1–2 (ESV)…1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Pastor’s Note
When obedience falters, faith weakens.  How can there be great faith, where there is little faithfulness?  William GurnallFor the past several weeks I have been preaching about obedience.  As I have said many times, obedience is the visible evidence of our faith in God and all of His promises.  Without obedience, there isn’t any evidence that someone truly has faith in God.  Our obedience doesn’t earn favor with God; it proves our belief in God’s promises.

We’ve seen that obedience must rule over our own feelings.  Since our feelings can be misinformed and misdirected, living our life based upon feelings won’t get us there.  We have also seen that we can’t live based on circumstances.  Our circumstances will often make it inconvenient to obey God.  Our rule must be that we will obey in spite of circumstances.  Even yesterday’s message, dealing with a mother’s heart, shows obedience on the part of Hannah.  Hannah was considered accursed of God by her own people.  Yet in the midst of having a deeply distressed heart (a feeling as if her soul were dead), she obeyed God and prayed for God’s will.

This coming Sunday we’re going to take our last look at obedience.  It is the hardest time of all to obey.  It is obedience that has a cost attached to it.  In truth, all obedience has a cost attached to it.  Obedience, by the very nature of it, means we submit to something or someone else.  Submission always mean giving up something.  As God has called us to obey, He is also calling us to submit to Him, regardless of the apparent cost.  I believe that to disobey God has an even higher cost…

I hope to see you in church, soon!