“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
July 29, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“How Great You Are”
“I Want to Be Where You Are”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: Pastor David Perry
‘Moving Forward- As People of God – Fully Aware’
(1 Thess 5:1-11)
“Days of Elijah”
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.
Daily Personal Prayer For You from Bill Keller
Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds.
In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!!!
But as for us,
we will bless the Lord
from this time forth and forever.
Praise the Lord.
What Americans Believe About God
Posted on Facebook by Ted Johnston
Here is interesting and challenging findings reported by Pew Research in April:
Four in five American adults say they “believe in God.” Of these believers, 70 percent say they believe in the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, while 30 percent say they believe in another higher or spiritual power.
Surprisingly, almost half the Americans who say they don’t believe in God also say they do believe in another higher power or spiritual force at work in the universe. Among the religiously unaffiliated — also known as the religious “nones” — nearly three-quarters (72 percent) believe in some form of higher power, and 17 percent believe in God as described in the Bible. Among self-described “atheists,” a full 18 percent believe in some form of spiritual higher power.
Among self-described Christians, the data shows a similarly complicated spread of theological beliefs. For example, among self-described Christians, a full 20 percent believe in a higher power but don’t believe in the God described in the Bible. That number goes up to 26 percent for mainline Protestants and 28 percent for Catholics.
Recent research by the Barna Group indicates that 67 percent of unchurched people own a Bible.
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few!
Dashed Hopes In Haiti
July 25, 2018 The Gleaner, Jamaica, W.I.
Chicken is a staple of the Haitian diet but its price has doubled in four years. Cooking oil and rice have gone up 10 per cent the last 12 months. A litre of milk costs more than half the daily minimum wage, putting it out of reach for most of the country. The cost of living seems like it is spiralling out of control to many Haitians, making life even more of a struggle in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.
“It’s really hard,” Cassandre Milord, an accountant in a small shop in Haiti’s capital, said of the inflation that has been in double digits since 2014. “You never know how much money you need to go to the market. The prices go up every day.”
It’s a nearly universal complaint across Haiti, and it lies at the root of the four days of deadly protests over steep fuel price hikes that shut down Port-au-Prince earlier this month and raised the spectre of the mass unrest that has paralysed the country in the past.
Inflation is a fact of life in much of the world, but amid so much misery it resonates painfully here with everyone from people selling small bags of rice in the street to owners of small businesses everyone except the tiny elite.
“There’s no money to send the kids to school,” Arceline Charles said as she sat in a crowded downtown street selling eggs from a cardboard tray. “The country is a complete disaster.”
The government of President Jovenel Moise, who took office in February 2017 after a messy, contested election, set off protests when it abruptly announced double-digit increases in the prices for gasolene, diesel and kerosene. It was part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to eliminate fuel subsidies, to boost government revenue, in exchange for more support from member nations.
Officials may have thought the public would be distracted by that day’s World Cup match featuring local favourite Brazil, but the reaction was explosive: People flooded into the streets, erecting flaming barricades and clashing with police. At least seven people died and dozens of businesses and cars were looted, burnt and destroyed.
Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, resigned along with his Cabinet. Moise appealed for calm as he looks for a new prime minister. “I can understand the situation facing many of our unemployed compatriots.
Hunger and misery are crushing us,” he said in a national address in Creole, the French-based language spoken by the majority of Haitians.
The president, a businessman and farmer who sold himself in his campaign as someone with the knowledge and expertise to lift the country, faces a steep challenge.
Haiti is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with the wealthiest living in walled-off mansions while about 60 per cent of its nearly 10.5 million people struggle to get by on about US$2 a day. A January report by the US Agency for International Development said about half the country is undernourished.
The fuel price increases, with diesel slated to rise about 40 per cent and kerosene about 50 per cent, would have rippled through an economy that is largely stagnant. Agriculture, the most important segment, is suffering from a long-standing drought and the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew to one of the most fertile parts of the country in 2016.
The Central Bank has sought to contain inflation but prices are rising around 16 per cent a year. And the bank’s policy of devaluating the currency, the gourde, has in the eyes of many only made the situation worse because Haiti relies heavily on imports.
Even those fortunate enough to work or to own a business find it increasingly difficult to survive. The minimum wage is about US$150 a month, far below what is needed to support a family in Haiti. “It is a situation of massive impoverishment, with many sectors of the middle class becoming poorer and an increasing percentage of people who really can’t eat,” said Camille Chalmers, an economist and director of a non-governmental group that promotes the rights of workers.
Milord, the accountant, said she already spends about a quarter of her daily pay, equivalent to about US$3, on transportation and lunch. “Imagine how people get by who only make the minimum wage,” she said…”
Since our GCI churches here in Central Indiana have long supported our sister church and school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti – and since I just had to cancel a trip there due to civil unrest – this article gives a good overview of the situation people face in Haiti. Pastor David
Psalms 90: 1-2
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
As Christ followers, we know that the Lord always has our best interest on His Heart. His grace and mercy are never ending…and always flowing towards us each day of our lives. But many times we struggle to make sense of things that happen in our lives. We know we should trust the Lord for all things, but yet, as humans, we tend to worry about things don’t we. I do! I came across this posted on Facebook the other day and thought it got right to the point in dealing with worry. We always have 2 options…which one will we choose?
This past Tuesday as I was driving back from working in Champaign, Illinois, a back crowned tooth broke off causing me jaw and sinus pain. I thought “I don’t need this to happen now!” Early Wednesday morning found me at my dentist who told me the root base was cracked and it had to come out. She made an appointment for me to get it extracted at an oral surgeon in Avon…right after I left her office. So in 2½ hours I saw the dentist and oral surgeon and it was all taken care of. In option #2 above it says trust God’s timing and goodness. What if this had happened on our vacation in 2 weeks? God was good and let it happen Tuesday so I could get it fixed. Praise the Lord for His love and grace. Look for His timing & goodness in your lives! You are loved….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
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
Sandy – (friend of Katie) suffering with cancer.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – See update below
Don Jones – recurrence of Cancer…radiation treatments
June Perry – Heart and breathing issues
Ashton (Harriette Cox’s great grandson) Dealing with health issues
Sue Durbin Prayers for increased blood levels
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Prayers for her overall health
GCI Indianapolis – Prayers for Pastor Al Talison and the GCIndy church.
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it appears that some very drastic and restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August. It does seem that evangelistic activities will become illegal.
Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Columbia & South America) For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others.
Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Haiti – Pray that civil unrest will subside and peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.
Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year ends the end of June.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love