Central News for October 13, 2014

Central News for October 13, 2014

Our Messages
Vital Signs ImageWe’re continuing a new series of messages entitled Vital Signs.  There are five vital signs that a Christian ought to check in their own personal spiritual journey.  These vital signs will help us determine whether or not our spiritual life is as alive as it ought to be!  It’s all found in the Book of James.  We will be looking at each of these vital signs over the next few weeks.  We’ve completed four of the five vital signs, Standing With Confidence, Serving With Compassion, Speaking With Care, and Submit With Contrition.  We’ll start the fifth, and final, set of messages on October 26th.

Stand With Confidence
How to Stand When it Hurts

How to Stand When Tempted

Standing On God’s Word

Serving With Compassion
Serving Without Prejudice

When Faith Isn’t Enough

Speaking With Care
The Impossible Task

Mission: Possible

Submit With Contrition
The “Ness” Monster

Killing “Ness” Monsters

Who Are You?

What’s Happening At Central Church
TruthSeekers and PrayerLife are meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  TruthSeekers is designed for grades K-6.  PrayerLife is for adults, we’re currently studying the Book of Daniel.

Central Church will be hosting a memorial service for Bob Goins on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00 AM.

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 PM.

Encourager’s Class Fellowship on November 1st at 6:00 PM

Missionary News
Want to know what’s happening with our own missionaries? Click here for the latest update on the McGill Family!

MISSION FAMILY: Pray for the family of Jim McLain, former missionary to Japan (1966-1996). Jim began rejoicing in his Savior’s presence on Monday morning (October 6th). Pray for his wife, Mrs. Olena, and the rest of the family as they celebrate his life and relive memories. The funeral was held on October 9th, in Kirksville, Missouri.

BULGARIA: Praise God for a good attendance, including many non-Christians, for the marriage seminar and ladies’ seminar at New Life FWB Church in Svishtov on Saturday, October 4th. Some people also visited church on Sunday, October 5th. Ask God to continue to break down the barriers of suspicion and resistance to the gospel. Pray for the Awtreys and Postlewaites as they seek to build relationships and share Christ.

URUGUAY: Pray for Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster as they seek to build relationships and plant a church in their neighborhood in Montevideo. Ask God to give them insight, understanding, and clarity as they speak Truth into the lives of those around them.

BULGARIA: Pray for Alex Awtrey, MK in Svishtov, Bulgaria. He has struggled with asthma and was recently diagnosed with extensive food allergies. Ask God to strengthen Alex’s body and show him ways God can use this for His glory. Pray for Tim and Lydia as they seek to help Alex while maintaining a heavy ministry schedule. Ask God to provide all family members with strength, energy, and joy.

THP SPAIN: Pray for Ian, the son of Mick and Rachel, as he has a small growth removed from his forehead today. Pray for peace, comfort, and healing.

GLOBALLY: Pray for national pastors around the world. Most serve while working a full-time job. Many are ridiculed for leading a church. Ask God to protect them spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Pray for time to prepare strong, biblical teaching. Ask Him to fill them with strength, contentment, passion, and joy.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
James 5:1-19

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 5:1 (ESV)…1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.

Pastor’s Note
It’s Royal’s Fever time in the Kansas City area! It has been so much fun to watch the Royals play in October, and play well. Regardless of the outcome, it has been a great start to October. Saying that, however, is a little misleading. We all know how a true fan wants this to turn out. A true fan wants one thing from their team…a championship! Anything less will be a little bit of a letdown. We’ll say the right things to sooth the loss, but we don’t want this to turn out any other way than with a World Series championship. You see, it really does matter how this all ends. Beginning well isn’t enough, we want the team to finish well.

sprinter_running_sideThe same is true of our relationship with Jesus. It is important to start well, and to finish well. Paul seemed to understand this when he said, “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, ESV) Paul wanted to finish the course that God had set before him. His life was about to get very difficult, and he had been divinely informed of that fact. His response was a simple statement of faith, and a desire to finish the work of God. That’s how we ought to approach our life. Regardless of the difficulty, may we strive to finish the course, and finish well!

Sharon and I will be on vacation for the coming week. We’ll miss you on Wednesday, but plan on being in service on Sunday, October 19th.

I hope to see you in church, soon!