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Sunday Line up 11/9

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Here is your Sunday line up of classes and all things church life:

  • Adults- Pastor David is preaching
  • Sr. High (combined) – Youth Leader Tylor is preaching out of Revelation 2:12-17 “Apostate in Pergamum”
  • College & Career – Pastor Randy Hernandez continues starts a new Miniseries “Men of Valor”

 

Bolder and Fearless

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And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Philippians 1:14

The Apostle Paul indicates that another reason why the gospel was actually advancing during his imprisonment was the bold courageous witness of other believers who had lost their fear.

Two Chinese itinerant evangelists who carried Christian books with them were arrested in Anhui Province during their ministry. The Public Security Bureau (PSB) put them in jail and beat them. The guard beat the face of one until it bled and then took his shoes away in the cold of winter. Then they poured cold water on him throughout the winter. He became deformed from the harsh treatment. Both were kept in jail for six months.

They had led two people to the Lord in that prison location before they were arrested, and when they were released from jail after six months, there were over one hundred new Christians in the area from the seeds that these men had planted. The two people that they led to the Lord spread the message to others. The work grew even while the itinerant evangelists were in prison.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, fourteen Christians continued their witness while in prison by reading scripture aloud. By the time they were released, they had read through the entire New Testament and forty-four inmates professed faith in Jesus Christ.

Pedro Pablo Castillo shares a similar situation in Nicaragua where half of the four thousand political prisoners became Christians. On the eve of their release, they prayed, sang and read scripture to celebrate their pardon. Castillo returned to the jail to urge them to let Christ shine in their lives whether in jail or outside.

We shared earlier about Pastor Tu in Vietnam—leader of the fastest growing house church network. Pastor Tu spent three years in prison for his evangelistic ministry. When he was released, he found his house church network had grown three hundred per cent during his imprisonment years.

I received a Christmas card from him the following year that read: “…God greatly gives our church 20,203 more new believers this year. Hallelujah!”

RESPONSE: God’s kingdom will advance when I overcome my fear and become a bold and courageous witness to the power of the gospel.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust You fully and become a dynamic force in boldly advancing the growth of Your church.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Family Devotions “Saving for the future”

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When Terri and Dustin entered the house, their dad glanced up from his laptop computer. “How’s the lawn-raking business?” Terri replied, “It’s booming!”

Opening the fridge, Dustin added, “We have enough customers to keep us busy all fall.”

Their dad smiled. “You guys want to use my computer to manage your money? You can track how much you make and where it goes. “Sure,” said Terri.

As they looked over their dad’s shoulder, he explained how the money program worked. “Here’s where you enter the amount you’re giving to God,” he said, pointing at the screen. “Now, the Bible says you should save some of your income. So you could take one or two dimes of every dollar and put it in the bank. If you develop that habit now, you’ll be in good shape when it’s time to pay for things like a car, college, and a house.”

It’s not smart to eat up all the food in your house. You should save some for later. The same principle applies to money. It’s wise not to spend all the money you make. Instead get into the habit of saving for the future.

Bible Verse: There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.– Proverbs 21:20

People in Bible Times: Joseph advised Pharaoh to save one-fifth of the food grown during seven years of good harvests. Then Egypt would be ready for seven years of famine. (See Genesis 41)

-Adapted from the Adventure Bible family devotions