“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
December 16, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
“Good Christian Men Rejoice!”
“Go Tell It On The Mountain”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON: Don Auxier
Responding to God’s Promise
“Joy To The World”
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.
Weekly News Letter
For GCI Churches in Central Indiana From Pastor David ~ December 16, 2018
Christmas Wishes For Our Haiti Sister Church
Update: I have only received 5 notes: Please take time to write special Christmas wishes to our brothers & sisters in Haiti. Those in Hope and Terre Haute can do this at church and then email them to me. Those in Lafayette area, please just email your Christmas wishes & blessings for Haiti, to me firstname.lastname@example.org This is a wonderful way of letting our dearly loved brothers and sisters know we are remembering them and love them. I will email the Christmas wishes on Monday Dec. 17. So please get them to me.
From Pastor David
Sharing Our Joy & Hope In Jesus
Here we are, right in the middle of our Celebration of Jesus’ birth – to provide Salvation & Life for all mankind. With just two weeks left before Christmas, I hope and pray this year’s preparation and celebration has helped you draw closer to the Lord, to give Him more glory and adoration. In the next week and a half, please ask the Lord to help you take more time to REJOICE in JESUS, to listen to and ponder the Christmas songs about Jesus’ birth. Have you been reading the Biblical narratives of what preceded and followed Jesus’ birth? Remember to “prepare Him room” so He can fill you even more deeply with His Life & Love.
That’s part one of our Christmas responsibility.
Part two encourages us to look for meaningful ways to “Share Jesus” with others this time of year. Here’s what Max Lucado says about our opportunity to discuss Jesus with others at this time of year:
I Love Christmas – “Let the sleigh bells ring! I love Christmas. Let the carolers sing. The more Santas the merrier. I don’t complain about the crowded shops. I don’t grumble at the jam-packed grocery store. Well–it’s Christmas.
I love it because someone will ask the Christmas questions. What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? The questioner may be a soldier stationed far from home. She may be a young mom who, for the first time, holds a child on Christmas Eve. The Christmas season prompts Christmas questions…and answers. Because of Bethlehem, God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. We may forget Him, but God will never forget us. He called Himself “Immanuel”–God with us!”
What a privilege to engage others (both believers and not yet believers) in discussions about Christmas and the birth of Jesus. To help them share in our joy and hope, we find meaningful ways to enter into conversations with others. Rejoice together with others, sharing His life and love for you and for them. Go Tell It On The Mountain & Everywhere – That Jesus Loves Them. You are dearly loved & deeply appreciated! Pastor David
The incarnate Son of God made this great sacrifice in order to reconcile, regenerate and transform within himself our rebellious, corrupted human nature. That transformed human nature is then shared with us by the Holy Spirit who ministers to us the things of Christ. The wonder of the Incarnation, which we ponder during Advent, truly is beyond our ability to fully grasp. Nevertheless, it inspires our adoration and thanksgiving. ~ Joseph Tkach
“Give us a Spirit of Adoration for the Savior this Christmas that transforms our every activity into one of worship. Give us a spirit of praise that sets us free from anything that entangles us. And above all, Father, help us never to lose the wonder of Christmas Day. Without Christmas we would be lost in our sin and without hope. AMEN.” By Lee Warren
May our adoration and worship of Jesus be so joyful and clear that others will wonder about the source of such joy. May we be prepared to share with them the Love & Life that Jesus brought us. Jesus came to Include all humanity in His life and love. Give Jesus your gifts of worship and praise. Pastor David
So You Know Your Cistmas Songs? By Pastor David
I have always loved the songs about the birth of Jesus. Each year I come across another line or two from a song that is so full of WHO JESUS was/is…and WHY He came. At our annual Christmas party, Sat. night Dec 8, I handed out a quiz of matching the lyric with the Christmas song. It was hard – but that wasn’t the point to get them all matched up correctly. The quiz was “ALL ABOUT JESUS” and the deeper theology of the lyrics of Christmas songs. Please think about the lyrics and how the truth of WHO Jesus is – has impacted your life. So do you know your Christmas songs? Use google if you need to!! Here’s the quiz:
It’s All About Jesus
Song Quiz Dec. 2018 by Pastor David
MATCH THE LYRIC WITH THE SONG TITLE – one song is used twice
 Him Whose birth the angels sing
 The Wonders of His Love
 How silently the wondrous Gift is given
 A thrill of Hope the weary world rejoices
 With the dawn of redeeming grace
 He has opened heaven’s door
 Born to given them second birth
 Jesus Lord at Thy birth
 King forever – over us to reign
 When the new heaven and earth shall own the Prince of Peace their king
 Come and behold Him
___ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
___ Joy To The World
___ We Three Kings
___ It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
___ Good Christian men rejoice
___ O Holy Night
___ Angels We Have Heard On High
___ Silent Night
___ O Little Town Of Bethlehem
___ O Come All Ye Faithful
‘Voice of God’ Saves Men From
Being Crushed By Semi-Truck
In what can be said is a supernatural event, two men traveling on the Ohio turnpike say it was the ‘voice of God’ which saved them from an approaching Semi almost totaled their vehicle.
Kenneth Bryant and Jordan Cole were traveling from Montana to Philadelphia—their mission to feed pastors at a conference mid November this year.
They work on MudMan food truck, which brings food to the conference in Philadelphia. They were initially traveling in a group, but Bryant and Cole decided to stay be in the truck, while the rest of the men went to find a replacement part for the vehicle.
MudMan Burgers Facebook page said, that it is a “not for profit burger shop with their proceeds going to support the work of Potter’s Field Ministries in their global kid programs.
At that moment, an incident which has shaken them occurred, “He was in the cab of the truck and I was in the back,” Bryant said, “I was using a generator in the back to charge our cellphones.”
They both agree that they had heard the voice of God which saved them from a horrible collision with a semi-truck at that point. They both were in different parts of the truck, and proceeded to jump out at the same time.
Bryant recalls that he had a vision. “It was a pretty predominant thought that the truck was going to get hit,” he said. “We heard a voice, and it was to get out of the truck and I look down and I saw a semi swerving toward us,” Cole said.
They were right, because seconds later, a semi rammed into the middle of the food truck and if they did not jump off at that moment they would have not been alive, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.
Thankfully, the semi-truck driver also survived with just minor injuries.
These two men of God are now sharing their story because they believe God allowed it to happen for a reason. “We’ve come to the conclusion that it was Jesus,” Bryant shared. “He allowed this to happen… for people to know that our Heavenly Father is mindful of us.”
They both agree that God saved them and kept them alive to tell their story with whomsoever they meet.
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Prayers for our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters.
For Those Who Suffered & are suffering from California fires
Haiti – That peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.
From Connie Whitlock (Laf) – Cameron and my daughter-in-law Analei, left this past Friday for Iceland. They will be gone the 14th through the 21st so prayers for their travels.
June Perry –Prayers that her overall health improves so she can come to Pastor David & Jonnie’s home for Christmas
Nancy Ray (Hope) Chronic back issues and pain
Ron Barker — For complete healing from a recent kidney transplant.
Jean Renel Pierre – (Haiti GCI) For recovery and healing from a fractured ankle. He lives near Les Cayes in SW Haiti.
Sue Durbin — (Laf) Sue, 84, went to be with the Lord last Saturday evening. Her funeral was held Tuesday, with Pastor David officiating. It was great to have, at the funeral, Jeff & Janis Beck – Mark Spangler – Harriette Cox – Connie Whitlock. Prayers please for her husband Norm. If you would like to send a card of encouragement to Norm, his address is: Norm Durbin, 150 W. Warren St. Trailer 48, Peru-IN. 46970
Greg Archer – (Terre Haute) Prayers for healing of broken rib
Nikki Talison (Al & Marilyn’s daughter-in-law/Chris’ wife) Prayers for recovery from congestive heart failure.
Georgia – (Laf. area) Harriette Cox’s daughter, Georgia, has begun chemo for cancer.
Barbara Wesley – signs of return of cancer, appointment on Monday, biopsy to follow. Prayers that nothing will be found.
Traci Johnston Calvert – daughter of Ted & Donna Johnston – In Houston, she has begun chemotherapy to treat cancer.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
Lucy – Anita Franz’s (Laf) sister: Recovery from gall bladder attack with possible upcoming surgery
Anthony & Jane Gachanja – (GCI National Ministry Leader in Kenya) They live in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa…prayers for blessings and protection as they minister to the beautiful people in the GCI churches in Kenya.
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 & Nsama Kaoma (Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year is to begin late Sept.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Prayers for Divine Appointments to touch others with Jesus’ life & love