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April 18th, 2018

(Happy Birthday, Pastor Michael Pait!)

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed Week 12 of the 2018 Spring League this past Monday evening. Old Married men continue their hold on first-place, followed by Hakuna Matata, The Four Queens, Team #6, Phantom Strikers, Five Pins, and One Pin Standing.

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a 200, followed by April Walls' 191 and Cindy Batchelor's 170.

For the guys, Terry Albury bowled a 221, followed by Shane Cioffi's 214, Dave Jarrett's 212, and Chuck Lumio's 208.

This week's (April 23) matchups are: Hakuna Matata vs. Old Married Men; Team #6 vs. Phantom Strikers; BLIND vs. One Pin Standing; and The Four Queens vs. Five Pins.

Quarterly Business Meeting, Wednesday, April 25

The next Quarterly Business Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 25, during the Wednesday evening service. For organizational and ministry team leaders, your reports will reflect the first quarter of this year.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Planning Meeting

Our next VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Organizational Meeting will be on Thursday, April 26, in the Sanctuary, starting at 7:00 p.m. This year's theme is “GAME ON! Gearing Up for Life's Big Game.”

“GAME ON” invites our kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum line, our players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On VBS. We will have Athletic Directors, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Athletes.

The theme verse is 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Let's start warming up for a great season!

ATTENTION COOKS, BAKERS, and EATERS!!

The Women's Ministry is asking for your favorite recipes.

We are putting together a church cookbook and would like to fill it with a variety of dishes that will make your stomach jump for gastronomic joy!

Along with the recipe, please include your name, category of the dish (appetizer, dessert, etc), and any interesting comments you have about the dish.

Recipe cards and a collection box will be on the table in the vestibule.

You have until this Sunday, April 22, to submit your recipes for the cookbook.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a new feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week's missionaries are Jason and Paige Dees. They are church planters in Atlanta, Georgia. You may contact them at Christ Covenant, 415 Golfview Road NW. Atlanta, GA 30309. Their email address is jason@ccbuckhead.org

They are asking that we pray for them to be a gospel-fluent people seeking to be faithful kingdom ambassadors making Jesus known, and making his disciples in Atlanta and, through Atlanta, to the world.

There are 5,444,738 people that live in Atlanta, Georgia. 49% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. 26.2% are affiliated with an evangelical church. There is 1 Southern Baptist Church for every 5, 296 Atlanta residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Annual Church Picnic

The annual Church Picnic will be on Sunday, April 22. We will eat at 5:30 p.m. The picnic will be held here on the church property in the grass area just south of the grass parking. The church will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. You are being asked to provide all of the rest. Assignments are as follows: 20-39 years of age are being asked to bring drinks and chips; 40-64 years of age are being asked to bring baked beans, or potato salad, or cole slaw, or macaroni salad, etc …, and 65 and up are being asked to provide desserts.

Parents, we will have a water slide for the kids, so bring swimming attire for them.

As of Wednesday morning, April 18, the weather forecast for Sunday's picnic calls for an 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms. The final decision regarding the postponement of the picnic will be made by noon this Friday, April 20.

Are You REALLY Praying In Jesus' Name?

By Daniel Henderson

April 17, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

One of our staff members always begins his prayers, “Father God, in Jesus’ name…” Three words that people traditionally use to conclude their prayers are embedded on the front end by this brother. Wisely so. “In Jesus’ name” was never designed to be a tack-on at the end of our superficial requests. Rather, “in Jesus’ name” is a reality that changes why, how and what we pray, from the very opening moment of our communion with God.

Truth or Tradition?

Over the years, I have prayed for a lot of pretty crazy things “in Jesus’ name.” In college, I asked for a date with a particular girl, an improved grade on a final exam, and to win the election for Student Body President. Many believers invoke “Jesus’ name” in order to get a prime parking place at the mall, a pay raise at work, or even the winning lottery ticket. Like me, maybe you have used the “in Jesus’ name” mantra like some kind of magical charm to coerce God into giving you something you really wanted—or thought you needed.

Most of us know that the idea of praying “in Jesus’ name” is far beyond the routine of adding these three words on the end of a prayer. Yet, it is the traditional thing to do. In group orpublic prayers, it is a given that whoever prays better wrap it up “in Jesus’ name.” When they fail to do so, they may get a few raised eyebrows and expressions of doubt about the spiritual legitimacy of their prayers. After all, will God really hear their prayers if they fail to include this three-word add-on?

Jesus’ Name in Worship-Based Prayer

One of the amazing benefits of a worship-based approach to prayer is the fact that it fundamentally takes our eyes off ourselves and fixes them on Christ. We establish our prayer experience on Him, not ourselves. We seek to pray His thoughts, not our own. As the Spirit takes the conductor’s wand of the Scriptures and orchestrates our praying, we cannot help but turn our eyes upon Jesus and “look full in His wonderful face.” Then, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”[i]At thatmoment of wonderand intimacy we are really in the place to truly pray in Jesus’ name, regardless of the final three words of the prayer.

An older worship song says, “It’s all about You, Jesus,” and leads us to acknowledge that our lives are really not about our own agendas. We recognize that He is God and our response is to surrender to His ways. In my years of learning and leading others in worship-based prayer, I have found this is the reality of what the Lord accomplishes as we pray. This is the path to praying in Jesus’ name.

Asking in Jesus’ Name

Jesus makes an authoritative guarantee. We all like guarantees. Advertisers tout “satisfaction guaranteed” and money-back guarantees on the products they want us to buy. Jesus, in the authority that only the Son of God can offer, makes a bold guarantee about prayer in this day and age. In John 14:13 Jesus said, “And whatever you ask inMy name,that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” He keeps speaking of the power of His name in prayer in this upper room interaction.

In John 15:16-17, Christ expands our understanding of the necessity and proper use of His name: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Fatherin My nameHe may give you.”

In John 16:23-24 He states, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Fatherin My nameHe will give you. Until now, you have asked nothing inMy name.Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Again, we are confronted with a condition and result for all of our requests. The condition is that we ask in Jesus’ name. Samuel Chadwick explained, “To pray in the Name of Christ is to pray as one who is at one with Christ, whose mind is themind of Christ, whose desires are the desires of Christ and whose purpose is one with that of Christ.” He further clarified, “Prayers offered in the Name of Christ are scrutinized and sanctified by His nature, His purpose, and His will. Prayer is endorsed by the Name when it is in harmony with the character, mind, desire, and purpose of the Name.”[ii]

In his excellent book,The God Who Hears, W. Bingham Hunter summarizes the New Testament teaching about praying “in Jesus’ name” with these four truths:

It seeks theGlory of God.

Its foundation is the death, resurrection and intercession of Jesus.

It is offered by Jesus’ obedient disciples (Hunter points out that praying in Jesus’ name is virtually synonymous with obedience to Jesus).

It asks what Jesus Himself would pray for.

Hunter goes on to summarize, “the shortest and perhaps the best answer is simply:Jesus prayed according to the will of God.And that, ultimately, is what it means for you and me to pray in Jesus’ name—to pray according to the will of God.” This explains why Jesus was so emphatic thatwhateverwe ask inHis name, we will receive.

Dr. Randal Roberts, of Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, says, “It is to pray in a manner consistent with His values and purposes… It is to pray with the glorification of God as the supreme motive. It is to pray as Jesus would pray were He in our circumstances. It is to pray as His followers who have been appointed as instruments of fruit-bearing in the outworking of His mission… It is learning to ask for the good things that He delights to give from the devoted heart that He delights to bless.”[v]

Expect Results!

What happens when we pray in Jesus’ name? What is the ultimate purpose and result? According to Jesus’ multiple commands in this Upper Room Discourse, the outcomes of praying in His name are:

The Father will be glorified in the Son.

We bear fruit that remains.

Our joy is full.

How many times has prayer frustrated us rather than fulfilled us? Frustration comes from bombarding heaven with our self-styled ideas of what God should do to accomplish our will in heaven. Fulfillment comes from knowing thatHis willis being implemented on earth. Deep reward is found in knowing that the Father is glorified by our prayers, and that our relationship with Him is producing the lasting fruit of deep character and spiritual impact. Joy comes from this deep fulfillment.

So next time you pray, follow the example of my friend. Begin all your praying with one primary passion—the person and purposes of Jesus. It will change the way you commune with God and willtransform your life.

Daniel Henderson is president and founder of Strategic Renewal which exists to ignite the heart of the church through personal renewal, congregational revival and leadership restoration for Christ’s glory. As a Senior Pastor for over two decades, Daniel Henderson brought prayer-based revitalization to several mega-churches.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


Logos

April 11th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed Week 11 of the 2018 Spring League this past Monday evening (April 9). Old Married Men continue their first-place standing, followed by Hakuna Matata, The Four Queens, Team #6, Phantom Strikers, Five Pins, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

The individual results have not been posted as of the writing of this article. Nancy Miller did have a 191 on the ladies side.

This week's (April 16) matchups are: Five Pins vs. BLIND; One Pin Standing vs. The Four Queens; Hakuna Matata vs. Team #6; and Phantom Strikers vs. Old Married Men.

Quarterly Business Meeting, Wednesday, April 25

The next Quarterly Business Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 25, during the Wednesday evening service. For organizational and ministry team leaders, your reports will reflect the first quarter of this year.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Planning Meeting

Our next VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 Organizational Meeting will be on Thursday, April 26, in the Sanctuary, starting at 7:00 p.m. This year's theme is “GAME ON! Gearing Up for Life's Big Game.”

“GAME ON” invites our kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum line, our players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On VBS. We will have Athletic Directors, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Athletes.

The theme verse is 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Let's start warming up for a great season!

ATTENTION COOKS, BAKERS, and EATERS!!

The Women's Ministry is asking for your favorite recipes.

We are putting together a church cookbook and would like to fill it with a variety of dishes that will make your stomach jump for gastronomic joy!

Along with the recipe, please include your name, category of the dish (appetizer, dessert, etc), and any interesting comments you have about the dish.

Recipe cards and a collection box will be on the table in the vestibule.

You have until this Sunday, April 15, to submit your recipes for the cookbook.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a new feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week's missionaries are Chaplain (Captain) Jose and Rachel E. Rondon. They serve in the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. You can email them at jose.m.rondon.mil@mail.mil.

They are asking that we pray that God may open a door for the Word to declare the mystery of Christ in his battalion. Additionally, they are asking that we pray for the chapel services in which they serve, “that he may speak it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” (Colossians 4:2-3, ESV)

There are more than 3000 Southern Baptist chaplains serving in the armed forces. They are appointed through the North American Mission Board. These chaplains are actual members of the armed forces.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Annual Church Picnic

The annual Church Picnic will be on Sunday, April 22. We will eat at 5:30 p.m. The picnic will be held here on the church property in the grass area just south of the grass parking. The church will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. You are being asked to provide all of the rest. Assignments are as follows: 20-39 years of age are being asked to bring drinks and chips; 40-64 years of age are being asked to bring baked beans, or potato salad, or cole slaw, or macaroni salad, etc …, and 65 and up are being asked to provide desserts.

Parents, we will have a water slide for the kids, so bring swimming attire for them.

Youth Family Bowling Night

Saturday, April 14th our middle and high school students along with their parents and siblings are invited to come out for family bowling! We will meet at Greenacres Bowl on Lakw Worth Rd. at 4 pm. Bring money for food and drinks, but bowling will be free! Contact Pastor Tyler if you have any questions.

Meet The Man Making Money off Christianity in Africa

by Bob Ditmer

April 6, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Over the past 20 years Christianity inAfricahas grown. But there are grave concerns over what is happening in the name of Christianity on the continent.

Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, and who has been called “the African Spurgeon,” said prosperity teaching is an unwelcome guest that has taken up permanent residence in Africa. A Reformed Baptist, he hopes to see a revival of the true gospel in Africa. In a 2015 article for the Gospel Coalition he wrote:

“We need to addressprosperity theologyhere in Africa because it has replaced the true gospel of salvation with a kind of “gospel” that is no gospel at all. This is happening in what once were mainstream evangelical circles. Everywhere, especially on radio and television, almost all you hear is this message about how God in Christ wants us to be physically healthy and materially prosperous. You hardly ever hear sermons about sin and repentance.”

A case in point is Bishop Daniel “Angel” Obinim, the founder of International Godsway church in Ghana.

Impeccably dressed while sitting on an oversized chair that resembles a throne, his followers approach him throwing banknotes at his feet. He claims that Jesus Christ has granted him the right to more than 20 houses, eight Range Rovers, five SUVs and three Chryslers.

News reports claim his churches are filled. “These churches are experiencing a boom because they answer the material desires of people,” explains Akosua Adomako Ampofo, a professor of the African Studies Institute of the University of Ghana, in Accra. “The people, especially from the poorer areas of the city, look for answers for daily needs, therefore the promise of wealth—along with the miraculous healing—attracts people.”

In addition to offerings from his filled churches, Obinim is also a master marketer. His latest scheme is the #ObinimStickerChallenge that is trending on social media. The hashtag sticker comes on the back of audios that were making rounds in the country where some members of his church were giving testimonies about how miraculously the sticker, which has the Obinim’s face on it, has helped them in some way.

The ‘Obinim challenge’ has also garnered its share of ridicule. UK ambassador to Ghana Jon Benjamin tweeted, “Yes, I stuck an #Obinim sticker on my head last night and when I woke up this morning I had two heads…but no brain”.

The rest of his “theology” is also suspect. Obinim claims he can turn into anything, including animals and trees. He says he can retrieve passports from the spiritual world. He claims that he can change body parts. Obinim’s members now refer to him as Angel Obinim. He told them he was made an angel by his father, Jesus. He insists he can enter people’s dreams. And he recently told his church members that he went toHeaven, had a conversation with God and drew the jealousy of Satan.

While the stories are amusing, the impact is not. Pastor Mbewe wrote:

“It’s like giving children sweets before a meal; you spoil their appetite for that which is truly nutritious. TheBibleis primarily about salvation from sin and being sanctified into the image of Christ. We ought to be admiring those among us whose godliness shines like the sun in its noonday strength, but we are fast losing that view. Christians are instead admiring the few individuals with big houses, and flashy cars and clothes, even when such individuals are living in sin. Invariably this emphasis is resulting in churches being rocked with scandals once rare in evangelical circles. Also, prosperity theology makes people think health and wealth are products of a man of God’s prayers (which he performs for you when you plant a financial “seed”), despite the fact that health and wealth are products of good hygiene, nutritious meals, regular exercise, medical treatment, integrity, innovativeness and hard work. This teaching has become a religious pyramid scam, with the so-called “men of God” reaping a fortune while their blind followers are getting poorer. Every day we have to deal with disillusioned individuals who have woken up when it’s too late. This teaching is wreaking havoc in the lives of many Christians.”

And not just in Ghana.

Beth Mooreargues something similar is happening in America but in subtler shades. This week, as part of a panel discussion on “Evangelicals and the Future of Racial Unity” at the MLK50 Conference, Moore said while many evangelicals in America are proud they don’t subscribe to a “prosperity gospel,” many are guilty of subscribing to a “pampered gospel.”

“What I think has happened here is that in our discipleship, we are not teaching what is normative in the believing life. When we carry our cross and we follow Jesus, we are walking into a storm… But what we have subscribed to is a pampered gospel where we are so afraid of suffering and we are so afraid someone is going to criticize us and hurt our feelings,” Moore asserted. “This is the Gospel work of Jesus Christ and we are going with Him. Whatever it takes, no matter how unpopular it is. He was hated. We have to have thicker skin than that.”

Whether the allure is a pampered gospel or prosperity theology, pastor Mbewe said those caught up have not rejected the true gospel but have no idea what it is. He prays that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to the lies they’ve accepted.

Bob Ditmer has worked in Christian media for more than 20 years including positions with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Focus on the Family.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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