“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
February 4, 2018
“I SING PRAISES TO YOUR NAME”
“STANDING ON THE PROMISES”
“I WANT TO BE WHERE YOU ARE”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – David Perry DVD
“Keeping Jesus At The Center In 2018”
“HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU“
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
KILLED OVER A CUP OF WATER–IN PAKISTAN, CHRISTIANS ARE THE ‘UNTOUCHABLE’ CASTE
Persecution against Christians continues to run very high, with Muslim youth being taught to treat believers with contempt
Throughout the Central Asian country of Pakistan (#5 on the 2018 World Watch List), persecution against Christians is rampant. Increasingly, Muslim youth are taught to treat believers with contempt and persecute Christians, commonly regarded as an “untouchable caste.”
August 30, 2017. The day is indelibly marked into the memory of the Masih family. It would be the last day Ilyasab and his wife would hear the voice of their 17-year-old son, Sharoon.
On that humid summer day in their Pakistani village, Chak 461, the Masih family learned that their son had been beaten to death in his classroom by another student—because Sharoon was thirsty and had drunk from the same cup of water as his Muslim classmates.
HATED ‘BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION’
For Sharoon, it was his second day of high school at MC Model High School in Berewala City in Pakistan; he had completed his lower education in his village. The first day at his new school hadn’t gone well. He wasn’t wearing the right uniform and wasn’t allowed to attend class. To add more insult, the teacher slapped him in front of everyone.
That day, Raza Ahmed, a Muslim student, stopped Sharoon, a Christian, from drinking water from the same cup he and his Muslim classmates were using. To them, Sharoon was an infidel who should have never even touched the same glass Muslims were using, much less drank from it.
Sharoon came home telling his mother that students hated him “because of his religion” and that “he was not comfortable to go to school.”
Reluctantly, he went back the second day. He was in Islamic Studies class (a course all Pakistani students are forced to take regardless of their beliefs), when Raza began to beat him–and continued to beat him, even when he fell to the ground–kicking Sharoon until he was unconscious. The class teacher had gone out of the classroom. Pakistani media reports allege Raza’s behavior (and possible negligence) of school staff contributed to Sharoon’s death.
AN ‘UNTOUCHABLE’ CASTE
The Masih family is among the estimated 3.9 million Christians in Pakistan (#5 on the 2018 World Watch List #WWL2018) persecuted for their faith in Jesus. In the Central Asian country, Christians are often treated with contempt. To Muslims, Christians come from a downtrodden “untouchable caste.” Many Muslims refuse to drink and eat with them for fear of being defiled. Two months before Sharoon’s death, a Christian sewerage worker in Pakistan’s Sindh Province died after three doctors refused to touch him during Ramadan (the Islamic holy month), because they saw him as “unclean…”
‘Guess Who Came to the Wedding’ — John 2:1-2
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.
While we sometimes forget it or even doubt it, God is always present. He joins us in our everyday lives and accompanies us on all of our daily wanderings. He is with us every step of the way. Jesus reminds us of this truth in his ministry when he goes to fancy events at important times and also when he meets the most forgotten people in the most out-of-the-way places. John wants us to know that Jesus joins in the highs and lows of all of life to get us to the ultimate high: to show us the glory of God and bring us home to our heavenly Father. We shouldn’t be surprised that Jesus and his disciples made an appearance at a local wedding. Jesus enters all of life to enjoy it, to bless it, to help us find God, and to give us a little taste of heaven’s glory.
Father, please help me see your presence in the things that I do. Give others a glimpse of your glory as I seek to live the Christian life before the people in my world. I boldly trust, O God, that you are close by, even on those days when I cannot sense your nearness. I believe, dear Father, but in my moments of struggle, please strengthen my faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Friday, Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day in York, Pa. – Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow – thus we have 6 more weeks of winter. For those who love winter, snow, skiing, ice fishing, who make their living plowing snow, etc. – That is good news. For others, that is not-so-good news. Spring is 6 weeks or so away. But no matter, the Good News is that our Easter/Resurrection Celebration is just 2 months away. We don’t really hear much Good News anymore.
What is the Really Good News we are to share with others? What is the Real Gospel Message? “The gospel is NOT about telling people how lost or sinful they are, but showing them how LOVED they are by our Triune God!” Showing them WHO God is – as Father, Son & Spirit – and giving them a glimpse that they are INCLUDED in His LIFE & LOVE. Believers are to share Jesus’ LIFE & LOVE with others, through actions and words.
Our gracious Lord Jesus has given and will give each of you “divine appointments” to share WHO Jesus has been and is FOR YOU during your Christian journey. When you explain what Jesus has done for you, then you easily can transition to letting others know WHO Jesus is FOR THEM, and that He LOVES them no matter how big of a mess they have made in their lives.
What we have learned about WHO Jesus is for all mankind, is the most precious knowledge we possess…It is the Really Good News. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others – bringing much GLORY to our GOD. And here’s the cool part – God (as Father, Son and Spirit) is just waiting for you to ask Him to help you do this. They are eager, willing and able to use you to display and discuss the Life you now have in Jesus Christ. What a joy, honor & privilege we have.
Pray for your lost friends and relatives who need the Lord in their lives. Don’t ever give up doing this…God is faithful, in His wise timing, to answer your prayers for others. GO AND SHARE JESUS’ LIFE & LOVE!! We’re Part of Something Eternal! The Best Is Yet To Come! And while you are praying for “lost – but loved” friends and relatives, don’t forget to be praying for each other in our fellowship.
Our lives are to be lived out in the power of the Spirit, as a grateful & loving response to what Jesus has done, is doing and will do through us. What a Great God we have! – Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
In Memory of Jerry Hudson – Prayers of comfort are requested for Barbara Hudson (member of GCI Terre Haute) and her family – as they mourn the passing, this past week, of her husband Jerry.
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing
Dara Johnson – Kidney stone
John – (Anita Franz sister Irene’s husband) cancerous tumor on his pancreas
Essie (Anita Franz’s sister) Recovery from a fall
Doug Whitlock – Prayers for recovery from and answers to his health issues. Prayers for his wife Connie and her family.
Al Talison (GCI Indy) Recovery from cataract surgery on his right eye Feb 2
Peggy Perry She begins 5 ½ weeks of radiation February 19. She thanks all her family for your prayers.
Other Prayer Requests
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love