“Billy’s Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – He Has A New Home!”

This week the Rev. William “Billy” Franklin Graham, Jr., rested from his earthly labors and entered into the glories of the Savior that he preached to thousands upon thousands. Inadequately said - He will be missed. His legacy, in short, will be that of faithfully proclaiming the message of the Gospel “in season and out of season.” I would imagine the reception line is still going!

I remember watching a number of his crusades as a youth – during what we would call “prime-time hours” today. Shortly after our marriage, Nedra and I attended a crusade in Cincinnati. Gathered in with those memories is one of listening to Billy preaching on the radio as I rode in the back of a station wagon following a fishing trip with friends. To this day I’m still a little confused why my friends even listened to it! But the message of grace and heaven clearly sounded from the speakers.

Billy will be remembered as a great evangelist of our era; perhaps one of the greatest of all time. But that would mean little to a man who sought to serve Christ with every breath and step. Known as “America’s Pastor,” Billy consulted with almost every president during his years of ministry. Only eternity will reveal how the Lord used a man name “Billy” in the lives of those He sovereignly appointed to guide the most powerful nation in the world. Yes, Billy will have his critics. Unfortunately, political pundits will emphasize that although known as America’s Pastor he was not without his flaws. In fact, it’s already happening if you follow any of the media outlets. Yet, Billy would be the first to gladly and graciously admit that he was never America’s “Perfect” Pastor. His life of humility will quickly overshadow their license for hubris.

For those of us who dare in grace to preach the Gospel, the towering image of an unflinching evangelist is one to embrace. While I may have my differences with some of Billy’s theology (as he would with mine), I will continue to admire his loving passion for lost people. With Christ, Paul, and others as models, Billy devoted himself to preach a message that demonstrated the “foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” And, as a result, the streets of heaven are lined with those of every tribe and tongue – men, women, boys and girls that God called to Himself through His servant Billy.

Though I’ve read little about Billy during these last several years I would think his heart and soul reflected the sentiment of Paul, “as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:20,21.

May God continue to raise up individuals who boldly proclaim Christ as the only hope for all the world. And may we also take heart from his life and have the same zeal as expressed in the pages of his well-worn King James Bible, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

With Great Respect for a Life of Worthy of the Gospel,




Title: “Hope Flows” 

Text: Romans 15:13 Pastor Bob Clark

CIRLE U – We have food pantry at Circle U (19 N. 13th St.) on Saturday, February 24th from 1:30-4pm. Mark your calendar. Bring some friends and come and help! Contact Lori Fowler if you can make it or need more information.

BABY SHOWER – Ladies, you are invited to a baby shower for Joy Allen (Peter’s wife/daughter-in-law to Michael and Beth) Sat. 2/24 @ 11:30am at the Mansion House, 214 E Main St, Centerville. Lunch will be served. Joy is registered at www.myregistry.com. If you prefer not to order online, she would welcome a cash gift to help with their stroller purchase. They are expecting a baby boy. Her colors are earth tones: sage green, mustard, and beige. Hosted by Beth Allen, Jaimee Allen and Pat Bane. RSVP by Feb.20 to Beth at bethallen87@gmail.com or 765.969.0656.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): Youth Classes for the following ages: Pre-K/K; 1st – 3rd Grade; 4th-6th Grade; Jr./Sr. High & Adult Sunday School immediately following Morning Worship

CONGRAULATIONS – We rejoice with the Moore family in the reception of Josiah and Titus Moore into membership of the covenant family

CPC WEEKLY PRAYER LIST – This is a weekly prayer guide and will include a rotation of ministries, missionaries and families connected with our church and community to lift up in prayer along with any urgent prayer needs. You may pick up your weekly prayer list at the Welcome Counter in the church foyer.

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE – Each month a new memory verse will be available at the Welcome Counter as well as a cardholder for your purse or wallet

COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY – A special thanks to the CPC members who gave food to Community Food Pantry. We collected 12 boxes of food to give to the hungry in Richmond.

TUESDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY – This overview of the Old Testament led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRY – meets Tues., February 27th at 4:15 p.m. If you would like to help serve, please contact Aaron or Emily Fredrick

THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – This study will meet again on March 1st, from 6:30-7:30pm at the church office. We are viewing the DVD series "Dust to Glory: An Overview of the Bible" by R. C. Sproul. The study meets every other Thursday night.

LADIES MONDAY NIGHT HEBREWS STUDY – On Monday, February 19th, we will begin a new study, “Better, Study of Hebrews”. Join us on Monday’s from 6:30-8pm in the home of Lori Fowler (3800 Delwood Lane) Please contact Lori Fowler to order your book if you would like to join in.

YOUTH ICE SKATING EVENT – Saturday, March 3rd from 4–7pm. Meal following in Oxford, OH. $7.75 to skate, $3.25 skate rental & about $10 for dinner. See Jeff Schrage for more information

CHOIR REHEARSALS – The choir will rehearse on the following Wednesdays: March 7th, 14th & 21st. Rehearsals are at 7pm at the church


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS – Remember to spring forward on Saturday night, March 10th.

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11th.

YOUTH PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Sunday, March 11th at 9:30am at the church. Join us for a Pancake Breakfast followed by Morning Worship at 10:30am. Donations will gladly be accepted. See this week’s bulletin insert for your RSVP.


Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

Ladies Exodus Bible Studies – Mindy Deckard is facilitating the study on Wednesday afternoons. This study meets from 12noon-1:30pm at Kari Harrington’s home (12 Parkway Lane) Bring a lunch. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington if you would like to attend.

Ladies Monday Night Hebrews Study On Monday, February 19th, we well begin a new study, “Better, Study of Hebrews”. Join us on Monday’s from 6:30-8pm in the home of Lori Fowler (3800 Delwood Lane) Please contact Lori Fowler to order your book if you would like to join in.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held March 8th from 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss & Pray. All ladies of the church in high school or older are invited to attend the INSPIRE events.



I’ve been thinking about how often Jesus lived His life around crowds, gave Himself to His disciples, and poured out His teaching to all who would hear. He opened his arms to children, gave water to the thirsty, fed the hungry, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, ate meals with strangers. And every time, He received people—lots and lots of people. His entire life was full; not of solitude and centeredness, but of lots and lots of sick, dirty and lost people; of sacrifice, and what I believe must have been earthly chaos.

The new year brings with it thoughts of how we need to rearrange ourselves to be more centered, or more balanced. On my most recent trip to the U.S. I heard friends talk about their “need for more time,” how “life is getting away from them,” how they just “need to gain control of all these things.” Why do we think we can get control of time, our life, our spouse’s life or the lives of our children? We just can’t.

Sometimes I wonder about how we allow the world to tell us how we can control our lives.

We have control of many digital, automated, and mechanical things, and these things are helpful tools. We can do research, keep track of our calendar, book a vacation, organize family photos, scroll through the daily news, and communicate on social media. Those things we can control in our world.

How does this sense of control affect our personal lives and family?

Control should not be the goal When we believe that “having control” is something that can be attained in this life, then we fall into a trap of believing that our lives are out of control. But our lives are not digital devices, and we are allowed to have a life that is hectic, often out of order, or that is smack dab in the center of earthly chaos because, the truth is, we are.

We are told by the world that we can find centeredness and balance by following a certain program or moving our body in this way or that. And while there are great benefits to many of these programs, none of them will be lasting. We are conditioned into believing that control is within our reach.

In Madagascar I live in a context where there is no such thing as alone time; where finding anything close to centeredness happens in the company of lots and lots of people, and finding that inner quietness would possibly be the state of death (sorry, but that’s the truth). My life in this little fishing village is far from everything I want or desire, oceans away from complete, not what I would call balanced, and living and working here is a sacrifice that leaves me exhausted, hungry, dirty, and thirsty every day.

I’m allowed to be “totally spent” with people here, and be completely me (at least the Sakalava version of me); maybe listen in, maybe not listen so well; tune in and tune out; present, but absolutely tired. Sometimes I track with what people are saying, and sometimes I’m totally lost, and that’s OK. American culture is hard in that we don’t allow ourselves enough room and space to be what we are in each moment—whether we’re sick, daydreaming, confused, worn-out, sad, guilty, depressed, or whatever it is (but that’s just another blog post).

How can we rethink the thoughts that tell us we need “more time,” “more quiet,” “more balance,” and consider Jesus, His work, and the crowds?

Jesus can relate to the messy, sick, wandering, thirsty, out of whack, unbalanced, dreaming, tired, angry, chaotic, sad, empty, lost people.

Yes, you can get rid of or add to the things in your life that you are able to control, and at times that might be helpful. But in our personal lives it will always come down to Christ or no Christ. The program is to become more like Jesus. Becoming more dependent, learning to trust more, and letting go in the midst of the earthly chaos. Knowing and believing in your mind, heart, and action that He is the center. He is the balance. He is everything!

Perhaps you should go into your crowded chaos and see what happens. Blessings to my lonely, sick, tired, unbalanced, and messy friends.

Rebe McReynolds serves with MTW in Madagascar.


We would like to recognize your birthdays and anniversaries.
Please add your family’s special dates to our list by sending them to the church office office@knowingchrist.net or call 765.966.4017



1 Ed Gallo

3  Kris Hubbell

4  Mindy Deckard

4 Tom Deckard

8  Jane Robinson

9  Mike Luker

11  Kim Pratt

12  Jon Pfeil

13  Kayla Owens

14  Bill Kehlenbrink

18 Michael Gifford 18 Ruth Williamson

20  Kim Gray

21  Olivia Pfeil

22  Diane Angilella

23  Samantha Schrage


3 Bob Clark

3  Shirley Morgan

4  Frank Koditek

14  Les Hunt

15  Nathaniel Cheek

15  Robert Foust

16  V al Moore

17  Sharon Brant

19 Calvin Pfeil

25  Grace Anderson

26  Jaimee Allen

30 Gail Bratton



17 John & Debbie Gentry


18 Bob & Nedra Clark
31 Tom & Mindy Deckard 

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