“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
April 15, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“I Love You, Lord”
“Love You So Much”
“I Give You My Heart”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Don Auxier
‘Do You Love Me’
“I Love The Lord”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
UPDATE: Haiti Mission Donations
This past Thursday, our 4 central Indiana GCI churches: Living Hope Fellowship in Lafayette, GCI Terre Haute, New Hope Fellowship in Hope, and GCI Indianapolis each contributed $100 for a total of $400 to send to Haiti. This is our regular quarterly stipend that was to be sent at the end of 2017. This stipend helps provide much needed money for personal and living expenses for GCI Haiti Pastor Joseph Franklin and his wife Georgette.
Former Muslim Who Hated Christians Plants First Church Town Has Seen in 700 Years
CBNNEWS.COM 4-12-2018 Emily Jones
A man is helping take the gospel to the four corners of the earth by planting the first church a town in Kosovo has seen in 700 years.
It’s a story with an unlikely beginning. Urim Bogaj grew up in a Muslim family that hated Christians.
But everything changed when his aunt converted to Christianity in 1999 just after a bloody war rocked the small eastern European country.
She shared her new faith with 15-year-old Urim, who found it hard to accept.
“It was hard to listen to her. To receive what she had to say. We always knew that Christians were serpents. Serpents were evil. I did not want to become a Christian,” he told the Global News Alliance.
However, Urim continued reading the Bible and eventually gave his life to Christ.
His family was shocked by the news of his conversion. Despite this, he shared the gospel with them and his entire family renounced Islam.
Now, he has planted a church in Malisheve, the first one the majority Muslim town has seen in 700 years.
“There were challenges. There were different problems. Persecution of every kind,” he said.
Urim is calling on the global community of believers to pray for the work he is doing there.
“As the first generation of Christians, we need your prayers to pray for us to be standing strong for Christ…to finish the race and go to the end.”
Peace in a Day of Trouble
by Cheri Cowell, from 365 Devotions for Peace
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! — Psalm 20:1 NASB
Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters, leaders’ poor decisions — times are hard.
But as our older relatives will tell us, hard times are nothing new. Flip through old family photo albums or history books, and see how difficult life was. Against the background of diseases, droughts, and financial depression, we see men and women of deep and abiding faith.
Turn in the Bible to the book of Psalms. There we hear the cries of God’s people in times of trouble. We also hear echoes of our own frustration, our own fears, and our pleas for help from the only One who understands, the One who can best respond.
When the troubles of this world crash in around you, flip through the pages of that photo album to gain some perspective. Then open the Psalms and find words of encouragement and peace for your weary soul. God is faithful, He understands, and He hears your prayers.
God, thank You for believers in ages past who struggled in times of trouble yet held fast to their faith. Help me to be able to hold fast to my faith. Amen.
No matter where you’re at in life, God loves you. When He seems silent, He loves you. When things go from bad to impossible, He loves you. Just remember what He did in the life of Joseph.
~ Chip Ingram ~
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
I have been thinking some this week about how much our loving God – as Father, Son and Spirit – desire to lead us and help us live each day to bring honor and glory to our God. It is an incredible concept to consider: Almighty, Awesome, Holy and Majestic God reaching down and taking great interest in each of us. Why? We saw the answer in our Easter sermon from Ephesians 2:1-10: Our God is so Loving, Merciful, Grace-filled and Kind, desirous of an ongoing and deepening relationship with us. Think about this article I read this week:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. —Ecclesiastes 3:11
Have you ever been determined to do a certain thing, undertake a certain project, marry a certain person, or pursue a certain career, and God redirected you?
There are many ways the Lord leads us. Of course it would be nice if we could wake up every morning with a little heavenly dispatch at our doors, giving us our itineraries for the day: At 10:00 AM, you are supposed to be here. At 11:46 AM, you are supposed to be over there.
It would be great if God mapped out our entire day, telling us what our problems would be, what challenges we would face, and what questions we would be asked so we could be prepared.
The Lord has never led me in such a way, however. I have never received a heavenly dispatch, but I have found that divine guidance comes as a result of taking steps of faith.
Sometimes there are ways the Lord will show us that we are out of His will. One of those ways is a lack of peace. The Bible tells us, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).
Maybe you can think of certain situations, perhaps a relationship you were getting involved in or a place you were going, and there was a sudden lack of peace—almost like a spiritual agitation deep inside of you. That might have been the Lord saying no.
There may be times when God directs you differently than the way you intended to go. God not only has His will, but He also has His timing for every situation. Therefore, we want to make sure that we are in the will of God and are moving according to the timing of God as well.
Rejoicing That Jesus Is Alive & Loves Us – 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
Pastor Dave – rapid heart beat episode
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki) suffering from leukemia.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Mark Spangler – (Laf) Praise – He is recovering very well from back issues
Janis Beck – (Laf) Blood pressure issues
Georgia Whitt (GCI Indy) Has flu that is contagious
John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of health issues
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) She is doing somewhat better.
Peggy Perry Prayers as she seeks new employment with insurance.
Bob Wortman (Pastor David’s neighbor) Recovery from knee replacement
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers that they can remodel their current building, raising it above flood waters. (See update in this bulletin)
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love