-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
“You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:28-30
Our times and purposes on this earth are temporary. Times change. God’s plans for each are different and we do not dictate the terms of our service.
John the Baptist understood the sovereignty of God, he knew who he was and what his place was, and he had a right view of his service. His response to this transition in his ministry is an example for us.
“Whatever it is that glorifies my Master, that’s what I want.”
-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
Sunday Evening | Pastor Anthony Vance | One Great & Faithful Witness | John 1:19-28
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” -John 1:23
We are not the answer to people’s problems. We’re pointers to a Man who is. We are breadmen pointing to the Bread of Life.
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Rejoicing in Trials of Ministry | Philippians 1:15-18
“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.” -Philippians 1:18
Paul had a lot of problems and his pastor’s heart sincerely felt the needs of his people, but he saw how all his problems led to the advance of the Gospel, so he rejoiced!
Live your life to share the Word of Christ with a lost and dying world. This will compound your problems, but you know what you’ll also find in the mess of ministry? Joy.
“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.” -Luke 8:1-3
Drawing close to Jesus brings a lot of opportunities to serve. There is no task too small to where you shouldn’t humble yourself to do it. Don’t put yourself on a pedestal.
THIS EVENT HAS SINCE BEEN CANCELLED due to weather.
Tonight is the first Isaiah 58 Cookout of the year. We will kick things off in front of the annex at 6:30 p.m. Please pray that the spiritual tummies as well as the physical tummies of our neighbors will be filled! Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of our guests to receive the Gospel and ask Him to give you strength and courage to share the Gospel with them. We can always use an extra hand to serve and an extra mouth that is willing to share the good news of the Gospel! See you tonight!
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” -Colossians 1:28-29
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” –Corrie ten Boom
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Please pray for Lynn Hatcher McGary, John & Alta Hatcher’s oldest daughter. She has been fighting cancer since 2001 and the battle is now very challenging. She is in Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, with renal cancer in her lungs. Time seems short. Friends are encouraged to send her a video clip or note to her husband at: rossmcgary [at] gmail.com. She founded a ministry called Stone Soup, a program that ministers to people of all ages with special needs. Check out her ministry web-site at www.stonesoupnews.com. The pictures from her latest project, “Holiday Camp,” will give you chills. It is very encouraging to see how the Lord has used Lynn to further the Gospel and spread His glory!
Dear praying friends, January 6, 2009
We hope this update finds you each doing well and busy in service for our Lord. It is hard to believe that 2008 has come and gone. May we truly make the best use of the time that God gives us, and be good stewards of the ministry opportunities that God provides. This update will share current ministry opportunities as well as prayer requests.
This past month, we did a lot of praying in regards to the ministries in Kenya. We truly believe that God will lead and guide His people when they seek His direction. Psalm 48:14 says “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.”
We thank the Lord that we now have another ministry opportunity in Kitale Main Prison. There is a section of the prison called Annex prison, which currently has around 90 prisoners, but has a capacity for 150. I have previously desired to have a ministry in this section of the prison, but have been waiting on the Lord to show me if this is an avenue to pursue. Psalm 62:5 states “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” There is currently an opportunity to extend the ministry to this area of the prison where I have previously had no ministry. Please pray for me this month, as this ministry begins. I will be sure to update you often on the progress and needs of this ministry. Also, I have recently opened an extension of the prison ministry to those prisoners who were in the
training but were released before finishing. Many of the prisoners have asked me to consider an outside prison ministry for those who have been released, and we have now been doing this ministry for a few weeks. Those who have been attending are faithful in the churches and have a real desire to continue to learn and serve the Lord. Also, the pastor of the church where this ministry is held is very supportive and feels that many of these men have potential for further ministry opportunities as the Lord leads them.
Attached is a photo of myself and a former prisoner whose name I cannot mention for confidentiality reasons. He assisted me in the ministry since 2002 and was recently released. Please pray for each of the prisoners, for the Annex prison opportunity, and the outside prison ministry. Please also pray for them to be encouraged and continue to grow in the Lord.
Finally, the Lord has opened more opportunities for me to be involved in the churches here in Kitale. I have been able to go on church visitation, attend pastoral leadership meetings, and also attend the Bible Institute within the church. I am very thankful for these opportunities within the churches and am asking the Lord for even further opportunities. In closing, please be in prayer for our family and our health. Malaria and other diseases are concerns, but we know the Lord will protect us and keep us safe. God bless you and thank you so much for your interest in the
ministries in Kitale, Kenya.
Nathan, Carrie, and McKenna Radford
P.O. Box 4150
East Africa 30200
email:naterad [at] yahoo.com
We were blessed Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at our Isaiah 58 Ministry. Although we had only about half the people we normally have (it’s getting a little chilly outside now!), there was more interaction between our members and neighbors than there has ever been before. We hope the Lord will grow the seeds that were planted and those that were watered. May he always be glorified through our lives.
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