07/28/17

CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

July 28, 2017

  

President Trump Needs a New Advisor

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Whatever your particular political party affiliation may be I think we can all agree on this - after seven months into this new administration our President needs a new advisor.  And, I think we can also agree on this, the advisor that Donald Trump needs most “does not dwell in houses made by hands.”

Since his inauguration there has been little indication from his words, actions, and particularly his “tweets,” that our President regularly seeks and implements godly counsel in his decision-making.  The result, many evangelicals who had great hope for the potential change that might come out of Washington are left shaking their heads and wringing their hands.  The level of divisiveness and disappointment in our government is as great today as it was on January 19th, in my opinion.  So avoiding the tempting diatribe, may I simply ask you to join me anew in praying for our President and all those in his administration - perhaps especially for the man closest to the president; Vice President Mike Pence. 

As those committed to the Scripture, we believe without reservation that Donald J. Trump is President according to the sovereign will of the Almighty.  Further, we believe that the God who ordains the end also ordains the means to that end. This is why we pray – it plays a significant role in God’s purpose and plan.  Let’s look quickly at this principle from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.

 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.  

2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Paul was not only relying on the power of God but the prayers of His people - they work together!  So, instead of shaking heads and wringing hands, may we turn to the One true God with bowed heads and folded hands together in prayer for our President and all those who are sovereignly serving the purposes of Heaven – be it known or unknown to their hearts!  May the Spirit of God not only sweep through the White House, Congress, and our Supreme Court, may He also sweep through our homes through the unlimited power of prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ – King of King and Lord of Lords!

From Need to Knees,

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Yep! And Then We Fall”

Text:    Proverbs 16:17-18

Pastor Bob Clark

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we are taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

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

GIVING TO COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS – At the Welcome Center you will find a list of items being collected for Tools for Schools. Please pick up a list of needed items at the Welcome Center. There is a box in the foyer marked for these donations to be given to Charles Elementary School for students in need. Thank you for giving.

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE­ – For those with subscriptions, your August issue of Table Talk is available at the Welcome Counter. This is the final issue of last year’s paid subscription.

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL – If you would like to subscribe or continue your subscription to Table Talk Magazine, it is time for renewal.  The cost is $12.00 for one year of this monthly publication.  The magazines will be available monthly at the Welcome Counter for paid subscribers. If you are interested, make checks payable to Christ Presbyterian Church and write “Table Talk” in the memo For questions, please contact the church office by phone: 765.966.4017 or email: Office@knowingChrist.net

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Sunday, August 13th at 4:30 at CPC. The Missions Committee will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and ice cream. Please bring a side dish to share. All donations will support our sponsored orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.

  

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

Kazakhstan: The Power of Letters

 Following his release from a Kazakh prison on June 17, Yuri Pak’s family shared how letters sent to him and fellow prisoner of faith Yklas Kabduakasov changed their quality of life behind bars.

 VOM supporters sent 1,225 letters to Yuri and have so far sent 2,790 letters to Yklas who remains in prison through www.prisoneralert.com. Though government restrictions kept the letters from reaching the two men, they were aware of them. Thankfully, the prisoners’ wives received some of the letters.

 “Our family is extremely grateful to each one of you for your prayers and letters with words of encouragement and faith,” Yuri’s wife, Olga, wrote following his release. “Your prayers and letters helped us to go through this difficult trial without losing our faith and courage. We believe that ‘your labor is not in vain before the Lord.’”

 God used those letters to protect Yuri and Yklas from being mistreated in prison. As the letters came in, the two men started receiving the best possible care. Prison authorities grew fearful as they realized people from other parts of the world knew their story. As a result, Yuri and Yklas were offered better food and medical care.

 Although Kazakhstan’s government is deemed secular, many Kazakhs are still targeted for their conversion from Islam to Christianity. Yuri and Yklas were sentenced under numerous false allegations in 2015.

 Yuri, a high school teacher, had a positive influence on his community before his arrest. He also served in his church. Upon his arrest, he was falsely accused of making a bomb threat. Despite any solid evidence, he received a two-year prison sentence likely because of his involvement in his church. In Kazakhstan, issues arise when a Kazakh converts to Christianity. A Kazakh Christian is seen as having betrayed the values and culture of their country. The government saw Yuri’s church, which has its services in Kazakh and Russian, as a threat to local Muslims.

 In contrast, it was the secret police who led to Yklas’ imprisonment. After converting to Christianity 10 years ago, he carefully approached his fellow workers and family members about Christ. As the chief of security for a construction company, he talked to his employees about Christ in small groups.

The secret police eventually raided Yklas’ home, seized his Christian literature and arrested him, eventually charging him with spreading “religious discord.” Christians in Kazakhstan believe Yklas was targeted for his conversion from Islam and for sharing the gospel with Muslims. After time in prison and under house arrest, Yklas is now serving two years in a labor camp.

 Earlier this year, VOM learned that Yklas receives 150 letters a day from people around the world. He told believers who spoke with him to convey his greetings to everyone who is praying for him. Click here to send a letter of encouragement to Yklas.

 Posted: July 20, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

BIRTHDAYS!

 July

1                        Kathy Holm

2                        Judy Ford

3                        Haley Owens

7                        Jon Ford

12                        Hudson Todd

13                        Peter Allen

15                        Mark Harrington

16                        Roger Golden  

19                        Jill McKinney

24                        Molly Ansett

27                        Nedra Clark

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

 July

 9            Richard & Kathy Anderson 

 9            Brian & LaTonya Todd                

18            Christoph & Rachel Weber 

21            Keith & Kris Hubbell           

 

 

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