Our current series of messages has been challenging, to say the least. It is easy to pretend to be a real church. However, the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Real churches can be seen and heard:
September 20th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Has Power
September 13th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Has Structure
September 6th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Gathers
Sunday, October 4th, following the morning worship service, Central will have a Special Business Meeting to seek approval for calling a Youth Pastor
On Thursday, October 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Central will host the Grandview Bulldogs HS football team for dinner. Volunteers should contact Gary Breshears for details.
The Deacon Ministry Team will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 18th following the morning worship service.
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Japan: Ask God to lead Daniel and Katie Speer as they finalize packing, say goodbyes, participate in final services in their home churches, etc. Pray for calmness of spirit and joy in this portion of their journey. They depart September 23rd.
France: Pray the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the hearts of all those who attended J’Pense on Saturday, September 12th—wooing, convicting, and convincing as needed. Pray also for Joel and Lydie Teague as they conclude their two-year internship and return to the States in a couple of months.
Cuba: David Outlaw (educational specialist with IM) and Ron Callaway (former missionary and Welch College professor) departed September 17th to teach “the Theology of Paul” in the graduate program at Cedars of Lebanon Seminary in Pinar del Río, Cuba. Praise God for the spiritual and educational growth of Cuban leadership. Pray for David as he navigates airports and clears Cuban customs in a walking boot and continues to recover from his Achilles’ surgery.
Spain: Pray for the Alpedrete congregation as they met Sunday afternoon, September 20th, to organize their children and youth education. Ask God to give wisdom and creativity to all involved.
Japan: Pray for the hundreds of thousands of Japanese displaced by Tropical Storm Etau over the last few days. Ask God to use this disaster to demonstrate His mercy. Pray Christians will extend God’s loving care by providing the comfort, clothing, food, shelter, etc. needed.
France: Pray for the St. Sébastien congregation as they read through the New Testament in 90 days. Ask God to use His Word to refine, strengthen, encourage, convict, and lead to revival as individuals allow Him to speak to them. Praise Him for those visiting in recent weeks.
Uruguay: Pray for missionaries and Christians in Uruguay as they face ridicule and combat falsehoods concerning Christianity. Ask God to give them courage and perseverance. Pray the love and goodness of God will emanate from their lives so the critical ones are confronted with the truth of the gospel.
Bulgaria: Four English clubs at New Life Church in Svishtov, Bulgaria, began meeting September 17th and 18th. Ask God to infuse those teaching with His peace and strength as they complete preparations. Pray attendees will clearly see God’s love, joy, and grace exhibited in the lives of teachers and helpers.
France: Ask God to continue to work and move in the Châteaubriant church while Steve and Becky Riggs are stateside. Praise Him for the growth and ask Him to protect the group from discord and error. Praise Him for Jean Charles’ leadership and pray God will fill him with wisdom. Pray Steve and Becky will receive the balance of their funding so they can depart soon.
The Hanna Project: New English classes began in France this week. Ask God to superintend each conversation and fill the teachers with His grace, patience, wisdom, and love.
Spain: Ask God to grant favor to the Alpedrete church members as they request permission from both the Alpedrete and Collado Mediano officials to present a Christmas program in their town halls. Pray He will direct them to the town halls at a time when the officials will be predisposed to be hospitable and agreeable.
Stateside: Barbara Gibbs’ 95-year-old father, Thurman Pate, Sr., fell in his driveway on Saturday, September 12th, dislocating and fracturing his jaw, breaking his nose and two teeth, and biting through his tongue. Additionally, the trauma resulted in bleeding on his brain. Pray for relief from pain, healing, a sense of God’s presence, and God to be glorified.
Regional Director: Jeff and Susan Turnbough left France on September 16th, and arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 18th. They will participate in meetings in Bulgaria September 19th-23rd and return to the States on September 24th. Ask God to continue to give wisdom, understanding, and insight to them. Pray for safety as they travel and for good health.
Mission: Ask God to provide financially for the Mission. As of August 31st, funding is more than $447,000 below budgeted needs. Pray Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) will move among His people to supply needed funding for missionary endeavors.
Bible Reading Challenge: Colossians 3:1-17
Bible Memorization Challenge: Colossians 3:12–13 (ESV)…12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Does anybody read my little note here at the bottom of this newsletter? I often wonder if anyone is reading any of it, at all. Last Sunday was that type of day. I worshiped with everyone that was here (another awesome job by the worship team), and I prayed, and I preached. However, human nature being what it is I wondered if anyone was paying attention to any of it. Then, out of the blue, someone sent me a text message, telling me that the message really spoke to them, encouraged them, and helped them get through a rough time. Wow. Just when I needed it, the Lord touched someone and answered my question. Now, I know it won’t always happen like this; we are supposed to be a people of faith, not sight (or hearing). Just the same, it was a tremendous blessing to have a little confirmation.
How about you? Do you need a little confirmation in your life? Most people do, encouragement goes much further than a negative attitude. So, here’s a little encouragement from me to you: Thank you for all that you do for Central Church! I was reminded again of the need for us to be working together. Last Thursday evening I brought a devotional message to the football team after dinner, and I emphasized how the coach and team need each other in order to function. The coach provides guidance and focus, the team runs the plays. Without each part, nothing will be accomplished. God made it clear that His church works the same way. He’s our coach, and we are to run the plays that He calls. If we try to do things without Him, we will fail (John 15:5 (ESV)…I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.). Similarly, God has chosen to work through His people to accomplish His purposes. If we don’t do anything, there may be some things that don’t get done, some people who won’t hear about Jesus, and some blessings that we will certainly miss. I know I can’t do everything, but together we can do what God has called us to do.
Let’s continue to be a real church, and strive to be better each and every day!
I hope to see you in church soon!