Central News for May 9, 2017

Central News for May 9, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

May 7th ~ Missed due to technical difficulties (see Pastor’s Note below)

April 30th ~ An Active Faith—Honoring God

April 23rd ~ An Active Faith & God’s Love

Follow this link to our YouTube channel for our live streamed videos—Live Streamed Videos.

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14th
  • The Celebrate Grandview planning meeting will be conducted on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 PM
  • The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30 PM
  • Save the Date ~ June 10th is our 2nd Annual Celebrate Grandview event

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: Steve & Lori Torrison

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Malachi 2:1-16

Bible Memory Challenge: Malachi 3:1 (ESV)—“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”

Pastor’s Note
Well, this past weekend didn’t go quite as I planned it out. All seemed well on Thursday morning as I got to my office and finished preparing the sermon for Sunday morning. However, by the time I left the office I didn’t feel quite right. By Thursday evening I was convinced I was ill. I fully expected this to be a 24-48 hour stomach bug, so I didn’t bother anyone with being prepared to fill the pulpit. I expected I would be back on my feet by Saturday at the latest. When Sunday morning rolled around and it was obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to preach it was way too late. Thank the Lord for the good men and women of Central! Larry Starnes stepped right in like nothing was wrong, and I have heard that he did a good job. When you understand that he didn’t know until 7:30 Sunday morning that he was going to have to do anything that is even more impressive! My absence explains why we didn’t get the live stream going, or even get a recording of the service. Thank you to all who stepped in and kept things rolling.

I got some good news this morning. Wynona Dodd called to inform me that last night around 6:00 PM, her granddaughter, Madison, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Mom (and Dad, Jeremy) and baby are doing well!

Signs pointing in opposite directions (success-failure)After going through a weekend where my plans were totally destroyed by a minor inconvenience like a stomach bug, I did some thinking about plans. I have a confession to make, I struggle mightily with sermons for Mother’s Day. Now, you may be wondering what that has to do with plans. Well, I try to plan out my sermons several weeks/months in advance. With Mother’s Day, it is almost always a last-minute (week) thing. As I was looking over my notes from my sermon that I had planned for this past Sunday it occurred to me that this is a good sermon for Mother’s Day. I was going to be preaching about faithfulness, and what better word describes a good mother? So, this next week will feature a slightly revised sermon that I was going to be preaching last Sunday. How does this fit in with plans? While I planned for last Sunday the Lord had other plans. I’m reminded again and again that He has all things under His control, and that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. It’s comforting to be reminded that success or failure in God’s kingdom does not rely upon my plans…

Sharon and I will be traveling to Moore, OK for my commencement exercises on Saturday. Thank you for your support, Central Church! When I got here over 15 years ago I told you that I wanted to complete my degree, and you have helped me every step of the way. I could not have done this without your support through the years. The church has provided scholarship funds, prayers and allowed me to “experiment” with things as I completed the required courses. While my name may wind up on the degree, you all have played a role in helping me complete it. Thank you.

With June rapidly approaching we have Celebrate Grandview coming up. I hope you can be here for the day to help. If you have Central-themed shirts to wear, that would be very helpful. There is still time for me to order some polo shirts if you want one before the event.  In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?