Central News for September 22, 2014

Central News for September 22, 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 two of the five vital signs, Standing With Confidence, and Serving With Compassion.  Six down, and about six or seven to go!  How alive is your faith?

The first of the five Vital Signs is the ability to Stand With Confidence, here are the three messages in that part of the series:

How to Stand When it Hurts

How to Stand When Tempted

Standing On God’s Word

We completed the second set of messages as part of the Vital Signs series, Serving With Compassion.  Here are the messages in that series:

Serving Without Prejudice

When Faith Isn’t Enough

We’ve completed the third set of messages dealing with the third vital sign for our Christian journey, Speaking With Care:

The Impossible Task

Mission: Possible

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.

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM.

Central’s Youth (6th Grade and up) will have an after-church event on Sunday, September 28th.  Lunch is provided, and everyone should bring extra clothes…you might get a little wet…

Missionary News
 Linda Snow’s dad, Elmer Boone, entered Heaven on September 11th. The funeral was Saturday, September 13th. Pray for Linda and all the Snow and Boone families. Ask God to give the peace and comfort only He can give.

PANAMA: Pray for Lázaro and Ariadna as they handle the administrative responsibilities at the Bible institute in Chame, Panama. Pray for strength and good health as they teach classes and handle a myriad of administrative responsibilities. Pray for God to lead in the selection of a president and student supervisors. Pray for students to be diligent in their studies and walk with God. Ask God to give clear direction to the Panamanian leadership as they prepare to train leaders and pastors.

FRANCE: Pray for Robert Bryan as he is in France for a month. On Sunday, September 14th, he was officially elected as pastor of the St. Sébastien church. Pray for continued healing for this congregation. Pray for discernment and wisdom for Robert as he meets with church members and leads individuals toward reconciliation and forgiveness.

BULGARIA: Pray for Josh and Lydia Provow and their children (Naomi, Phoebe, Zoe, and Malachi) as they begin the seven-week (September 14th-October 30th) intensive training to equip them to handle all the changes, challenges, and opportunities of the coming months. Ask God to work in the visa approval process. Pray their remaining funding will come in soon so they can depart for Bulgaria by the end of the year.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
James 4:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 4:1 (ESV)…1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

Pastor’s Note
I do have some sad news to pass on to you this morning; Bro. Bob Goins passed away on Friday, September 19th. His family contacted me today, and has asked Central to host a Memorial Service for Bro. Bob on Saturday, October 11th. As more details emerge, I’ll keep the Central family informed. For now, please keep this family in your prayers.

Stylized boxing glovesPreaching through the Book of James has been challenging to me. Oh, the messages have been easy enough to prepare, they’ve just been hard to deal with, as I have had to struggle in applying these truths to my own life! That’s right, even the preacher struggles and has to fight to apply God’s truth in his life. It isn’t always easy, and being a pastor just means I have even more eyes on me than some. Maybe that’s why Paul characterized the Christian life as a fight. It’s like the old fashioned 16-round heavyweight boxing matches. It’s long, it’s grueling, and it’s even painful. On the other side, however, there is a time of rest and welcome. We just have to remember that the reward is worth far beyond the pain of the fight. So, keep fighting!

As we settle in to the school year I am truly seeking God for what He wants us to accomplish in the remainder of the year. I want Central to be where God wants us, doing what God wants to do, and serving those that God wants us to serve. I hope that is your prayer, as well. Keep the Advisory Board in your prayers as we move forward!

By the way, you may notice some changes and even a little construction project in the near future…Central Church is going to be a little greener by the end of October, Lord willing!

I hope to see you in church, soon!