04/28/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 28, 2017

Dandelions of Depravity

No one ever planted a weed. Well, not intentionally. Weeds happen.

Over the next several weeks we will be examining what the scriptures have to say about the weeds in our lives – those dandelions of depravity that yet appear in a redeemed life. Theologically this comes under the category of Progressive Sanctification – the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives conforming us to the image of Christ.

The reality of our sanctification is two-fold. As a result of our justification there is a definitive work of sanctification. Because of Christ’s work – and His work alone - God sees us completely sanctified in His Son. And yet, as Paul teaches, we are still in the process of growing up and into our sanctification. God is now perfecting, completing the work of grace He began in our salvation. Yet a struggle – even a war (as described by the scriptures) – continues. That internal struggle we experience is framed by the biblical understanding of the two natures at odds within us; that of the Spirit and that of the flesh.

Paul understood this and explained it for us in very simple language.

“For I do not do the good I want,
but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
Romans 7:19

So, we’re going to take a look at the weeds that yet find their way into the soil of a new heart. What are these weeds? They’re the thoughts, words, and deeds that remain in the diminishing power and presence of sin in our lives. Though completely free from the penalty of sin (our justification), we are being set free from its power (our sanctification) and one day we will be completely free of its presence (our glorification). Until then, we continue to weed-out those practices by the power of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives. As Paul says, we “put to death the deeds of the flesh” (Rom 8:13).

So, even as many of us will be working in our home gardens this Spring, I invite you to prayerfully join me as we work in the soil of our souls to expose and remove the deeds of the dandelions!

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“A Heart With New Soil” Text: Colossians 3:14
Pastor Bob Clark

WELCOME! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Wayne MacBeth to our worship this Sunday, April, 30th. Wayne is Director of Church Engagement for World Hope International.

ROCK SOLID QUARTERLY OFFERING – Sunday, we will be collecting the Rock Solid Quarterly Offering

VBS - If you would be interested in participating with VBS this summer please see Jeff Schrage Sunday immediately following Worship.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): immediately following Worship. Adult Sunday School: “Who’s Who in the Church” a class on different church denominations begins today. The class will be led by Pastor Bob and last through the end of May.

MAY CHOIR REHEARSALS – The Choir will rehearse Wednesday, May 3rd as well as the 17th at 7pm at the church

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursday, May 4th from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

OFFICER NOMINATIONS – Any additional nominations for church officer will be received through May 7th. Any male CPC member 18 years or older may be nominated for the offices of Elder or Deacon.

CENTRAL INDIANA PRESBYTERY – CPC will host the May Central Indiana Presbytery Meeting. on Friday, May 12th from 8:30am-4pm

BREIF CORPORATION MEETING – immediately following Sunday Worship on May 21st

VICTORY LANE CAMP We all want to experience the joy of serving others and to share that joy with the next generation. See how Victory Lane Camp can give you the opportunity to do that through a local summer camp. Read one family’s story here: http://victorylanecamp.org/brewster-blessings/ Learn how to sign up for camp by visiting www.VictoryLaneCamp.org/serve.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets Tuesday

mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the fireplace area at the church.

Inspire – May 11 at 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.

Two upcoming events for the women of the church as we celebrate God's faithfulness!

A Bridal Dessert has been planned for Emily Swartzwelder (Mindy Deckard's future daughter-in-law) on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm at the Harrington's Home (12 Parkway Lane). Please RSVP to Beth Allen at bethallen87@gmail.com or Beth (765-969-0656). Emily is registered at Kohls, Target and Zola.

A Bridal Brunch has been planned for Kayla Owens Saturday, May 27th at 10am at the church foyer. RSVP to Kariharr12@aol.com or to Kari (765-977-3660). Kayla is registered at Zola.

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

 Middle East: ISIS Fighter Converts

“Speak to him strongly and directly; don’t be afraid.” This is what Pastor “Abraham” heard from the Lord before he led an ISIS fighter to Christ.

The ISIS fighter, Fadi, had been in the area recruiting Muslims to come to Syria to fight for ISIS, when several people in the refugee camps where he was recruiting told him of a Christian trying to get them to convert. This news infuriated the ISIS man. He decided to kill Abraham.

Abraham had been threatened many times before as he shared boldly with Sunni Muslims crossing the border from Syria. But the threats towards his family were becoming more frequent and more serious. For several months, he had been dealing more and more with internal fear. He knew of no better way to combat that fear than to pray and ask the Lord for strength. But the fear persisted.

One day, he was working outside his house with an electrical saw. As he used it, the blade suddenly popped off and caught him in the mouth. Had the blade hit him a few inches lower, it could have hit an artery in his throat. It if had been a few inches higher, it could have blinded him. As he stood in shock for a moment bleeding, he heard the Lord speak to him internally, saying: “I am in control of when your life will end. Stop being scared.”

At that moment, Abraham’s fears were calmed.

So when Fadi the ISIS fighter appeared walking toward Abraham’s home to kill him, Abraham was ready. He heard the Lord say in his spirit: “Speak to him strongly and directly; don’t be afraid.”

Abraham said to him boldly, “The Qu’ran is from Satan, Mohammad is the prophet of Satan, and the God of Islam is Lucifer himself.”

At these words, Fadi began shaking uncontrollably. Abraham came beside him, and told him, “God is here beside you now, and He is putting his hand on your shoulder, asking you, ‘What do you want?’”

“I want salvation,” Fadi replied.

“Jesus will forgive you sins,” Abraham told him. Fadi began to weep, and Abraham prayed with him before he left.

A week later, Fadi came to Abraham’s home again. He wanted to tell Abraham about a dream he’d had. In the dream, Abraham gave Fadi an envelope, and the envelope had blood pouring out of it. Abraham told Fadi in the dream, “Don’t be afraid, this blood is good.” Fadi was afraid the dream meant either he or Abraham were going to die.

Instead, Abraham told Fadi about Jesus’s blood that paid for our salvation and forgave our sins.

Four months ago, Fadi was baptized in front of Abraham’s church. He continues to come to Abraham for discipleship. He also won his wife to the Lord, and he is boldly sharing his faith in the Syrian refugee camp he is now living in.

Posted: April 17, 2017 Updated: April 19, 2017

Source: VOM Sources Posted: April 4, 2017 ©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS!

April

2 Phil Bradley

5  Beth Allen

6  Gwinn Gibbs

7  Nicole Scheffler

10  Lori Staifer

11  Titus Moore

13 Brian Cheek

 13 Lance Fowler 

13 LaTonya Todd

15  Benjamin Harrington

16  Emily Fredrick

17  Lydia Golden

18  Tim Soots

19  Angie Bowen

19  Dave Hall

20  Caleb Cook

21  Jennifer Luker

24 Karin Price

28  Lori Fowler

29  Lia Steinfort

30  Tony Angilella

ANNIVERSARIES!

April

11 Kurt & Lia Steinfort
15 Robert & Sharon Foust 

21 Bradley & Laura Wood

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