FSM / FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

21-28 April 2013

PRAISE

We set and concreted in the final wood piling last Thursday on the new church.

For the new couple who joined our church today.

PRAYER

Dr. Russ Moore upon his appointment to head the SBC Ethics and Liberty Commission

Ken Jordon’s family upon his passing

John’s son Jeremiah who is back serving in the Middle East

Ms. Doris in ICU

Pastor Stan at Grace Temple on his new community outreach work

The mission to Cuba and the visiting Pastor's from there.

The Gulf Coast Baptist Association’s Church Growth and Revitalization program

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church foundation; specifically for more volunteers to continue the work.

JoEll our church secretary who injured her back

Continued healing prayers for:
Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to battle breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Violet P. who was diagnosed with cancer and is not doing well
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer
Fred M. who has rickets
Nola a little girl with pneumonia
Pastor Don’s mother in law
Ms. Helen’s sister in law
Jimmy P. heart surgery
Miss Vivian recovering in the hospital

Employment for;

Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

Wells of Hope would like to thank God for;

1.      Gilbert  one of our children who had been admitted in intensive care about two weeks ago, he is now healed and he is fine.

2.      We thank God for providing funds for Electricity supply and connections at Wells of Hope School for children of prisoner’s .We expect that the supply company will connect the power in two weeks’ time.

3.      With God’s help and your support on 4th April 2013, children of prisoners here at Wells of Hope, visited their parents in prison, 12 children were meeting their parents for the first time.

4.      On 6th April 2013, we were able to make full/final payment for the 10 acres on which we have the Wells of Hope Academy, the only school for children of prisoners in the whole world.

5.      The gardening of sweet potatoes at the school and vegetable farming at the academy.

6.      God has managed to sustain the ministry work up to this date and time and His glory is being portrayed every day, changing lives, many soul being reached out.

7.      The children are in good health and also the continued availability of food at the school.

8.      Continued counseling support, the Scripture Union visits as they help the children grow spiritually and also build on their self-esteem.

9.      Continued Prison ministry, our volunteers have been able to go preach and conduct bible studies.

10.  The Staff who are dedicated at helping and also expanding the ministry of God.

11.  for the partners who continue to support wells of hope through thick and thin.

At Wells of Hope we would like you to pray for the following;

 1.      For the prisoners in Uganda especially those who are sick in prison for the Lord to heal them.

2.      Pray that the Lord provides us items for the Garage sale this June, 2013

3.      The Rapid assessment of children of prisoners in Uganda research project and the role of grandmothers in the lives of children of prisoner.

4.      Increment of the staff salaries (school and office)

5.      We need items to sell for the Garage sale this June, 2013.

6.      Pray for Our Executive Director to get travel funds to attend the World Congress against the Death Penalty, taking place in Madrid on 12 June, we want to raise our concerns in regard to the effect of Death penalty on Children.

7.      From Madrid, Francis will go to United Kingdom Between 16th June 2013 and 26th June 2013, pray for God to provide travel funds and also pray that God opens doors for him to share about Wells of Hope.

8.      Pray for Wells of Hope to buy a car because hiring one is costly and inconvenient. Same amount used to hire a car in a year car buy a new one.

9.       Most of the children lack warm clothing, they need school sweaters and jackets, May God release USD 1420 to get sweaters and jackets shoes for all the children! 

10.  Most of the children lack school shoes and sandals to use after the classes which make them to look shabby and they can easily hurt their feet, we need $ 1400

11.  The beds are not enough are most of them and broken, some children sleep on the floor. We need USD 7200 urgently to get 60 metallic double beds!

12.  Pray for more children to be sponsored, our target is 80!

13.  Pray for Wells of Hope Children’s Choir to make a tour of the US next year!

14.  Pray that we can put verandah and aprons on the buildings or else the foundation of the buildings is under great threat, may God provide $ 5370.

15.  Pray that God provides money for the play field and games equipment for the children to play at Wells of Hope.

16.  Pray for the Wells of Hope volunteers who go to preach and conduct bible studies in prison, pray that the Lord provides them means of transport to go there.

17.  Pray that we can help prisoners with supplies like soap, food for the sick prisoners and sugar.

18. God to provide a salary or a wage for the Executive Director, given our new budget, we have no source of funds for him.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

•that more prisoners would seize the opportunity to show love to their children through Angel Tree in 2013.

•for Patty Colson and the Colson family. April 21 will be the first anniversary of Chuck’s going home to be with the Lord.

•for Justice Fellowship’s "Overcriminalization 101" education event on Capitol Hill on April 19.

•for worship teams serving at Stateville Minimum Security Unit in Illinois who will share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the inmates in the work camp on Saturday, April 20.

•for excitement and encouragement to go the extra mile for those attending the upcoming Angel Tree celebration in East St. Louis area. Pray for Curt Swisher, the new area coordinator.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

Congrats to Dan and Amy Tabb, missionaries to Ireland upon the birth of their second child. Senan Christopher Tabb, all 10lbs of him was born on April 10th.

It is with regret that we must announce that the Messer’s long time missionaries to Cote de Ivory (Ivory Coast) have left the mission field for personal reasons. Please keep the family in prayer.Senan Christopher TabbSenan Christopher Tabb

REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

From our Coordinator

The ARBCA General Assembly convenes on April 23, 2013 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Bremen, IN where Pastor Jon Hueni services.  Gordon and Rayna Taylor will be attending.  Gordon will also be involved in many committee meetings during the week as well as the all-day Administrative Council meeting on Monday April 22.  Please pray for the blessing of the Lord to rest upon the General Assembly and that the Lord will give safety to all who travel.

From Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona

Please pray for Pastor John Forbes from Cornerstone Church in Mesa, AZ as he was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He has started chemo treatments.

From Berean Baptist Church Ceres, CA

Dear Brethren,

Greetings too all of you in the name of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is with great joy I write to you and anticipate seeing you soon in Indiana.

It was with great regret that I was not able to be with you last year but God's wisdom is perfect and good.

We have experienced God’s grace abundantly at Berean Baptist. The last time I was with you I was considering the possibility that God could be ending our church plant effort. Immediately upon leaving the GA, I was contacted by our brother Bob Curly who informed me of a building opportunity near us.

We have been meeting in that place for almost a year and a half now. When we moved there, we could barely support a small supplemental salary for me. The cost of the building, while it is a great deal, was more than we could afford. Through the gracious support of a few churches and individuals, we were able to secure the building for a year. After a year, through the addition of several families, we are now able to independently cover the expenses of the building and the supplemental salary. Our budget is down to the penny for those things but the Lord is providing.

Our church body has grown together through a few trials. We have seen God's hand as the church body has served as His hands and feet in serving one another. 

Most recently we have started three home fellowship groups. This developed as an application from preaching through Ephesians and seeing the role of the body of Christ and the importance of Christian Community.

In June we will ordain two men to the office of deacon. This is a huge blessing for us as the one deacon we had moved down to Escondido to attend seminary.

The two men are Jim Holland and his son, Sean Holland. Both men have demonstrated the role of deacon without the official title which will make for a very smooth transition. They both have a sincere love for the Lord, His Word and His Church. They have been a huge blessing to me as they have stepped up and taken away from me many of the weekly responsibilities I have held for our first 6 years. Words cannot express the blessing this has been.

Sean Holland has been teaching our adults in Sunday school with a curriculum he has written on the life of Christ and the birth of the New Testament Church.

This weekend (April 19) our ladies will have their first ladies retreat at a cabin belonging to some friends of ours. Our men have also been meeting twice monthly and going through Jonathan Edwards Advice to Young Converts. This has been an exceptional time of growth as we see our need for growth in some very good basic Christian religion regardless of how long we have been saved. It has proved very fruitful.

Please continue to pray the Lord bless our church to be a light in our community. We are also still praying for the ability to support a pastor full time. We also would like to see the Lord raise up or send us another elder so we can have a plurality.

These things we ask of the Lord with great thankfulness for His faithfulness to us. He is good

We continue to pray regularly for our churches in ARBCA as well as the Missionary Updates we receive.

Thank you, brethren for your participation in the gospel ministry. It is my pleasure to serve alongside you in the kingdom of our risen Lord and Savior.

God Bless His church,
Robert Cole, Pastor

From Covenant Baptist Church, the Church Plant in Clarksville, TN

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are always thankful to the Lord for your partnership with us in the work of the gospel here in Clarksville, and for your prayers in our behalf before the throne of grace. 

For those of you who will be at the General Assembly next week, there is a fuller report of what the Lord has been doing here in Clarksville over the past year in the GA notebook.  But here are several matters for thanksgiving and prayer.

Join with us in thanking the Lord for His great mercy and blessings towards us here in Clarksville.  One recent blessing to our growing body has been the presence of Mark and Cheryl Hatfield.  Mark is an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors, SC.  They have come to Clarksville for the months of March and April to assist in the work here.  As a church family we have been blessed by their warm hospitality.  We also have been blessed as Mark has preached to us from Colossians in our evening service.  We are also thankful to the Lord for bringing to us three families who are in the process of formally joining with us.  It is a great joy to see the Lord adding to our number those who are committed to Christ and His Church.  We also thank the Lord for the increased attendance at our weekly prayer meeting.  The times of prayer and fellowship have been a rich blessing. 

Please continue to pray for the Lord to grow our forming church body in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Pray for the Lord to raise up elders and deacons in our midst as He sees fit.  Pray for us to be faithful witnesses of the Lord here in Clarksville.  Thank you again, brethren, for your prayers.

In Christ,
John Miller
Church Planter in Clarksville, TN

 

On the heals of our last post "The Chalice of Knowledge" this peaked my interest.

Reprinted from http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/the-tragedy-of-the-dumb-church-10567/

The Tragedy of the Dumb Church

by Robin Schumacher

I have a friend who’s an experienced pastor, teacher, and Christian apologist. He’s very well educated, articulate, teaches in a way that hits the mark, and has a passion particularly for grounding young people in the faith during their high school and early college years.

Currently, he’s employed with Youth for Christ and a while back he felt a burden to try and help churches in our area do what he does best, which is equip youth to defend the Christian faith in the world and know what/why they believe. Because he’s developed a number of curriculums to use for such situations, he sent a letter to all the churches in our metropolitan area (which is quite a lot) explaining what he does, and offered to come to their church free of charge and conduct Christian apologetic training for their youth.

How many churches took him up on his offer?

Zero. None. Zilch.

Now, any Christian leader who doesn’t have their head in the sand knows how depressing the statistics are for young people who walk away from the faith in the late high school/early college years.[1] At times, I’ve had atheists toss such data in my face in an attempt to argue that people ‘smarten up’ when they get older, but that isn’t it at all.

The fact is some in this particular demographic leave the Church because they get talked out of a faith that they were never sure of in the first place. The storyline is sadly familiar.

Maybe a young person was brought up in a church. Or, maybe they weren’t and began to investigate Christianity on their own. Either way, sooner or later they begin to ask hard questions, good questions, questions that deserve solid answers. But they don’t get them. So, because they rightly need what they believe in their heart to connect with their mind, they disconnect from Christianity.

Why does this keep happening?

In short, it happens because much of the Church today is dumb. Don’t misunderstand me, I mean no disrespect when I use the term ‘dumb’. What I mean is that the Church is dumb in that they aren’t well educated in what they believe, fail miserably in fulfilling 1 Peter 3:15 that says all Christians should be prepared to give a reason for why they believe, and are woefully unable to handle any challenge to Christianity that comes from unbelievers or the cults.

The Age of the Dumb Church

Dr. R. C. Sproul has said many times that he believes we are living in the most un-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization. Over 30 years ago, former Lebanese ambassador to the United States, Charles Malik, said the following in his speech at the dedication of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois: “I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind in its greatest and deepest reaches is not cared for enough.”[2] 

Such statements made by Sproul, Malik, and others were not always heard in the Church. The fact is, the Church dominated intellectual thought and discourse for hundreds of years, producing such thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Edwards, and others. Such men had their opponents (the Church always will), but their detractors never ridiculed their brainpower because the Churchman’s intellectual prowess left no room for it.

But shortly after the era of Edwards, something changed. Gospel preachers like Charles Finney arose and replaced the intelligent presentation of the Gospel, which was backed by meaty Biblical exposition and solid philosophical rationale, with emotional appeals, questionable theology, personal anecdotes with humor, a celebrity-style leader, and engineered publicity.

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, in many seeker friendly or liberal churches today, the characteristics of Finney and his followers are played out each Lord’s Day with the end result being a church body unable to intellectually defend the faith they espouse.

Characteristics of the Dumb Church

How can you tell if your church exhibits traits that characterize a dumb church? Although not exhaustive, I offer these criteria that I believe help contribute to a church becoming ‘dumb’:

Where the church leadership is concerned:

  • Preaching is always topical and never expository. Selective topical series allow tough and deep theological subjects, as well as ‘controversial’ passages of Scripture, to be avoided with ease.
  • Although the church leaders offer strong external facing statements as to how they are a “Bible believing church”, the Bible is actually used and referenced very little in the sermons. Few quotations from Scripture are heard in a message, with the vast majority of all sermons consisting of personal rhetoric, humor, videos, and personal stories.
  • When the Bible is quoted, most often paraphrase versions are used, or at best a dynamic equivalence is utilized vs. a literal-formal translation such as the ESV or NASB.
  • Biblical terms such as justification, reconciliation, sanctification, propitiation, etc., are avoided like the plague.
  • There is little to no instruction for new (or existing) believers on the core doctrines of the Christian faith, and no requirement for new believers to attend such instruction.
  • There is no continuous offering of apologetic training classes that are designed to train Christians in the evidences and defense of the faith, and little to no interest of the pastors in the subject area.
  • There is no easy way for the congregation to have tough questions answered by the lead pastors; such a thing is quietly ignored, discouraged or not practiced regularly.
  • Deep Bible study programs are either absent or deliberately pushed out in favor of more ‘relevant’ classes that deal with softer subject matters (e.g. money management).
  • Adult and children’s Bible studies before/after the main church service are either omitted or are second class citizens to “Community Groups” that seek to have members meet in each other’s homes during the week, where no oversight is given as to what is done or taught. These groups, where teaching is concerned, are run “hands off” by the church leadership.
  • There is a huge emphasis on relationship building and serving in areas of the church, but no similar importance placed on growing more Biblically and theologically literate.
  • The youth department has an unmistakable concentration on entertainment, games, social interaction, etc., vs. actual teaching of Christian doctrines.
  • The church either has no library or one that is not kept up to date.
  • There is either no staff member assigned specifically to church education, or it is assigned to an already overburdened associate pastor.
  • Doctrinal statements of the church are missing or are not prominently made available. If they exist, they do not address any controversial theological topics or make very vague statements concerning them.

Where the congregation is concerned:

  • The term “Christian apologetics” is completely unfamiliar to the vast majority of the members.
  • Most of the congregation has no knowledge of church history with the names of Polycarp, Martyr, Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Wesley, Whitefield, Tyndale, and others being completely foreign to them.
  • Attendance of offered classes are very low compared to overall church attendance.

A Warning to the Dumb Church

God warns us in His Word about cultivating a dumb church. For example, chastising his readers, the writer of Hebrews offers this admonition against fostering a dumb church environment: "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

When you have a dumb church, the writer of Hebrews says the outcome is a body of believers that is incapable of properly discerning good and evil. Slowly but surely, error and heresy creep in with no one being the wiser. The end result are churches championing teachings such as universalism, applauding homosexual marriage, and calling evil good and good evil.

My friend Greg continues to train young believers in apologetics, but he does so at the co-op school used by Christian homeschool families and at his home. To date, no church has yet taken him up on his generous offer to ground their youth in the Christian faith, which is very sad.

My hope and prayer is that such situations stop happening, that dumb churches become the exception rather than the rule, and that smart people who are asking good questions about the Christian faith get the answers they’re looking for from learned believers and pastors like the ones Jeremiah describes: “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jer. 3:15).

Describing today’s current climate and the type of Christianity that’s needed to meet the challenge, apologist and author Ravi Zacharias said: “World leaders don’t have answers anymore. And I think America’s youth will rise up to the occasion . . . but it will have to be a passionate and thoughtful Christianity and not a mindless, emotive one that has no staying power.”[3] 

Some say such a thing is not need, but I disagree. One of the most haunting questions I’ve ever seen was on the back of my first church history textbook I got in seminary, which asked: “How can you live out your faith if you don’t understand it?” Anyone have a good answer?


[1] http://www.google.com.mx/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CFgQFjAB&url=http://www.amazon.com/Already-Gone-your-kids-church/dp/0890515298&ei=rqPiT-39DMfi2gWzy_DDCw&usg=AFQjCNEvoASiwktBJUzfmMd7r9Ifb7m2uQ

[2] Charles Malik, “The Other Side of Evangelism,” Christianity Today, November 7, 1980, 40.

[3] Ravi Zacharias. Just Thinking podcast. Columbia University Q&A Part 3.

 

Excellent read. I love the part "We also need to realize the role that faith plays in our attaining real knowledge. People have incorrectly believed that faith is for superstitious people, and not for the person who seeks intelligence."

  As you may know this ministry attempts to avoid "political" overtones and focus on biblical truths. Sometimes however those two collide and it is our duty to speak out.

The comments said recently by Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, on national TV are such a case. She stated  “We haven’t had a very collective notion of, these are our children. We have to break through our private idea that children belong to their parents, or children belong to their families, and recognize that children belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, we start making better investments.”

This statement, the very notion that the family is not responsible for their own children should have the "danger Will Robinson" alarms ringing in every "Christian" home. It clearly says that the biblical model for a family has no place in our society. That the family, the duties of parents and role of children God so clearly lays out is nonsense, really?

The bible from the beginning is clear on the importance of the family. God create man and then wife and gave them children (the only biblical family unit) Genesis 2:18-24; 4:1-2. God then saved not a bunch of men but a Noah and his family Gen 6:17-19. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 we clearly see God setting for the command for parents not the state to teach their children. Proverbs 22:6 echo's this saying we (Husband and wife) are to train up our children. It does not mention the nation of Israel having any responsibility here. In fact the bible is clear on the importance of the family as a whole and each persons role. The husband is the head and it is his responsibility for all that happens in the family. [Oh that we could find men of that stature today] Wives are to love and support their husbands, both parents are responsible for raising their children and seeing to their well being. Children are to love and obey their parents. God places so much importance on family interaction, family instruction and caring for each other that 1 Timothy 5:8 says (Amplified Bible) If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters].

You who know me know I could go on for some time, do not worry  I won't. Instead I will close and leave you with Rick Santorum's response to Melissa Harris-Perry's comments.

PATRIOT VOICES Monday, April 15, 2013

Children belong to parents, not government

Exclusive: Rick Santorum sets left straight on who can best raise kids

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Rick Santorum, a Republican, is a former congressman and senator from Pennsylvania. In 2012 he ran as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. He is co-founder of Patriot Voices and author of "American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom."

Karen and I are blessed with seven children, including one very special needs little girl, Bella. There are many days when we are overwhelmed or dead tired or frustrated or all of the above. I’m sure all parents can relate. It’s just part of being a parent. But like millions of Americans, we also know it’s the most important job we’ll ever have.

In 2005, I wrote a book called “It Takes a Family” about the importance of a strong family in raising children and imparting virtue. The title was in contrast to a well-known book Hillary Clinton wrote, “It Takes a Village,” which offered a very different approach to raising children. She believes, as many on the left do, that the family is secondary to institutions and governments when it comes to looking after the interests of children. Karen and I disagree. We believe in the primacy of families and have worked throughout our careers on creating and promoting policies and ideas that make stronger families. The fact is, without stable families as the bedrock; our country will fracture and collapse.

Since those books were published, we have seen an expansion of at times well-meaning, government early childhood programs and laws that subtly replace parental responsibility and discretion for government indoctrination and edict. Well, if MSNBC’s latest offering is any indication; it appears that the left feels the need for subtlety has passed. Last week, Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, said in an MSNBC network promotion spot that, “We haven’t had a very collective notion of, these are our children. We have to break through our private idea that children belong to their parents, or children belong to their families, and recognize that children belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, we start making better investments.”

So we go from telling the small businessman that “you didn’t build that” to telling parents that “they don’t belong to you!” It harkens back to Marxism’s trumping of the family in favor of the state. It’s only a matter of time before we hear another MSNBC promotion message advocating for constructing collectives for the children to be properly indoctrinated.

And while Ms. Harris-Perry’s comments made some news and upset many, another case has not gotten the attention it deserves and is equally as troubling. The Romeike family from Germany came to the United States a few years ago seeking political asylum. You see, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children are Christians, and they believe strongly that the textbooks used in German public schools teach against their values. However, in Germany, families must send their children to government schools. They refused and taught them at home instead. After suffering fines, threats of prison and police coming and forcibly taking their kids to school, the Romeikes left everything behind and came the U.S., where they were granted asylum.

Subsequently, the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned the asylum and ordered them to be deported back to Germany. Later this month, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case. You may be surprised to learn that the Obama administration decided to weigh in on this case by filing a brief in the case advocating the Romeikes’ deportation. The president argued that there is no fundamental human right to educate your own children.

So it’s not just MSNBC that thinks that your child’s rearing belongs to the state. The president, like so many on the left, believes that the state should form the hearts and minds of our youth so they think the way the government wants them to think.

More than 100,000 signatures have been collected on a petition on the White House website from citizens who support the Romeikes’ case. I have no illusions that Attorney General Holder will alter his brief or President Obama will change his mind on who can best raise children. However, I ask you to sign this petition to at least let the Romeikes, and millions of others who look to America as the one place where dictators and bureaucrats don’t control everything, know that our president does not speak for you or America.

Rick Santorum

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

07 - 20 April 2013

PRAISE

It looks like I am going to be very busy this summer (especially June) as the number of volunteers calling to help build the new church in increasing daily.

 PRAYER

The family of Professor Rick B., who died last week from cancer.

Mr. James recovery from surgery last Friday

Miss Redford’s sister who will have surgery this week

Miss Moran who has cancer

Tito who has pneumonia

Ester S. asks: please say a prayer for me... I need a breakthrough asap

URGENT PRAYER One of our church (Chattisgadh - India) around 400 members seating capacity building, the bejarang dal people destroyed. Please pray for this matter and we need a new church building

From The Cowboy Church Network

 Hey ya'll,

I attend Western Star Cowboy Church in Paradise, Texas, and our Preacher is Bobby Bowden. He is a wonderful preacher, and he loves the Lord and he shows that love through his ministry.

I'm requestin' prayer for him because many years ago he was diagnosed with cancer in his kidney. He had the kidney removed, and he was cancer free until recently, when they found a tumor on his remaining kidney, one on his liver and two on his lung.

I just ask that ya'll pray for him, his wife, and our church as we show our support for our brother in Christ.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for us as we continue to work towards completion of our new building.

Continued healing prayers for:
Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to battle breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Violet P. who was diagnosed with cancer and is not doing well
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer
Fred M. who has rickets
Nola a little girl with pneumonia
Pastor Don’s mother in law
Ms. Helen’s sister in law
Jimmy P. heart surgery
Miss Vivian recovering in the hospital

Employment for;

Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 We have a deadline of 8th April 2013 to benefit from the Electricity supply waiver ,pray that they can give us more grace as we look for the money.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

•for inmates and the in-prison team at Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois finishing up the 10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity study on Saturday, April 6.

•for the women’s Bible study at the McHenry Correctional Facility. Pray for transformation, and that the women participating will be washed in the blood of Christ, made clean and whole.

•for the Operation Starting Line collaborators meeting in Lansdowne, Virginia, on April 8 for their spring meeting.

•for prisoners in facilities across the country, that they might know salvation, safety, and improved relationships with their children and families. May God provide more open doors to share the Gospel and more laborers to spread the Good News.

•for more churches to hear the Spirit's call to serve as Angel Tree churches.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

BLUE GRASS SING AND JAM

For prayer needs this week, please be in prayer for Harold who volunteers parking campers at many of the Florida festivals we do. He is having cataract surgery next week. Also, Jim is scheduled for total knee replacement on May 7th. We are praising the Lord that Annie’s cancer numbers are down and we ask that you continue to pray for this young mother. We are believing the Lord will bring her to complete and total healing.

Lastly, please be in prayer for our kids who are in the process of selling their house. Pray that the Lord works out all the details in His perfect timing.

As always, if you wish to be removed from the list, just email us and we’ll take your name off.

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
REQUESTS  FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

Special Project for 2012 – 2013

Pray for The Cuba project. It is the only project not yet fully funded.  To complete the project $2,717 of the $10,000 pledged is still needed.  Funds for this year’s project will be collected only through the end of April. 

From Grace Baptist Church in Van, TX

Greetings in the name of our most high and holy God, Christ Jesus our Lord,

Our church family is excited to welcome two new couples  who have joined in the past two months, Brother Paul Takach, his wife Dana (two young children, Leah and John), and Brother Micheal and Jennifer Farrell, (three young children, Micheal, John and Elayna; and two foster  care young ladies, Jara and Kaitlyn).  These have been a great blessing to our body this past quarter.  Another family has been regularly visiting for a couple of months, with a view to joining in the near future.  We pray God may truly bring this forward also. 

We are also thankful that a man has been nominated for the office of elder.  We are awaiting the Lord's answer as he and his wife consider God's will in this area.   May God bring this along in His own timing and will.

We are actively looking for property of our own, but are very grateful for the Community Center which has been a wonderful blessing for the past 8 or so years.  This can be a prayer request for all, along with praying for a continued spirit of unity in the things of Christ.

In Christ Jesus our only mediator,
Pastor Cliff Cooper

This article about the Biblical view of marriage by our friend, Pastor David Campbell, recently appeared in The Sentinel Newspaper. May the Lord use it as a reminder of His intent for the institution of marriage.

What would we find if we could go back to the beginnings of marriage? It’s increasingly believed that marriage is nothing more than a human idea. We ourselves invented it. We are totally free, therefore, to make our own rules for it. Should a marriage be for life? That’s up to us. Should it be just between a man and a woman?  Our right to choose.

The very first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, has been called the book of origins. It does what no other book in the world does. It takes us back to earth’s earliest days and shows us the beginning of things – including the beginning of marriage. What do we find? Marriage is actually God’s idea, not ours. He was the one who established it and he has laid down certain rules for it.

We learn, for example, that it is intended to be between a man and a woman. Throughout the Bible, homosexual relations are forbidden and condemned. For that reason the question of same-sex marriage, so hotly debated today, ought not to be even raised. Nothing could be more contrary to the will of our Maker.

Marriage is also intended to be permanent. Christians do differ over the question of when a divorce is permissible (though there is substantial agreement that it is permissible in the case of marital unfaithfulness). But there is no disagreement as to what our Creator’s wish is. Marriage is to be “till death us do part”. And when instead a marriage fails, it is always through sin on the part of the husband, the wife, or both.

Marriage is the one setting in which there is to be sexual union. How out of date does that sound? Sex before marriage, sex with someone other than your spouse after marriage, sex with someone of the same gender – aren’t we free to decide for ourselves? Not according to our Creator. He is certainly no prude. Sex is for pleasure and by his design. But strictly within the context of a husband and wife relationship.

And of course, as an inevitable follow on from that, it is exclusively within the setting of a marriage that children are to be born. Our Maker has established an order: first the creation of a secure and loving environment through a man and a woman entering into a life-long commitment to each other. Then the parenting of children.

A great deal of today’s discussion about marriage focuses on human rights. If our thinking and practice are to be correct, however, we need to begin with God’s rights. After all marriage is his institution. He has a right, therefore, to set the rules. And he has done so. Our duty is accordingly straightforward: follow the Maker’s instructions.

That is also our wisdom. Violating the will of God for marriage always has negative consequences – for the individuals concerned, for children, for society as a whole. We cannot disregard the Maker’s instructions with impunity. But the reverse is also true. God gave us marriage for our good and for our happiness. When it is honored in society, protected by law, and our whole approach to it shaped by his will, we may confidently expect his blessing.

David Campbell, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church 777 W North Street Carlisle, PA