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September 18, 2019

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September 18, 2019

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a continuing 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 missionary couple is Brian and Jessica Hook. They are church planters in Tuscon, Arizona. You can reach them at Aspire Church, 5141 N. Apache Hills trail, Tuscon, AZ 85750. You can also reach them at brian@aspiretuscon.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for Aspire Church as they make disciples and multiply churches in the unchurched city of Tuscon. Pray for workers to come join what God is doing during this exciting season.

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.

EVANGELISM TRAINING CLASS

The Evangelism Training Class began on Sunday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. The class will last for three more weeks; on Sunday's at 6:00 p.m. The evangelism class meets in the Library Conference Room (where Pat Murray's Sunday School class meets).

This evangelism training will continue to be offered throughout the calendar year. If your schedule is more suited to a week-night time, please contact the Church Office regarding which evening would best serve your needs.

Susan Vogt is facilitating this training.

AWANA Begins Tonight, September 18

The new semester of AWANA begins tonight, September 18, at 6:00 p.m. For any questions, or to volunteer (need two volunteers), please contact Shannon Gardner or Jenn Chipley.

Have a GOSPEL CONVERSATION!

Pastor Terry has challenged our church members to have Gospel Conversations. The Great Commission tells believers to take the gospel message to the world. There is a three-fold application. Have these conversations with fellow church members; have them with a fellow believer at work, in the neighborhood, or at the ball field (etc …); and have them with someone around you who asks a lot of questions about your faith and church life.

In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the bible teaches that all followers of Christ are His ambassadors! Therefore, we should be having Gospel Conversations as His ambassadors! Here is a sample GOSPEL CONVERSATION:

Hi, My name is ____________________! I want to tell you that Jesus died for my sins and for your sins; that he was buried; and that on the third day he rose from the grave. He offers eternal life to anyone who confesses that he is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead! I am a believer! I hope you are too! Thank you for listening!

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Recite it over and over again! Pray for God's leading as you share it. Then get busy!

Prayer Walk and Door Hanger Distribution

UPDATE: We are moving the prayer walk and door-hanger distribution back one week due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian. We will now have the prayer walk and door hanger distribution this Saturday, September 21, 2019. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. for prayer and assignments.

Once again, this will be a weather permitting activity.

RELIEF for the BAHAMAS

This information is from the Florida Baptist Convention website:

“Responding to the Bahamas: Baptist Global Response (BGR) will be the lead Southern Baptist agency to assist the Bahamas with relief and recovery. Additionally, Florida Baptist, Randy Crowe, with Island Outreach will be providing immediate relief to the islands. Florida Baptists may contact either of these organizations to help.”

Our church will collect funds to be sent to Island Outreach Ministries. It is led by Pastor Randy Crowe and is based in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. You can make your checks payable to our church, and we will cut a check at the end of the month to send to Island Outreach Ministries.

YOU Are Encouraged to See the Movie, OVERCOMER!

From the producers (the Kendrick Brothers and Sherwood Productions) that brought you War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants have a new movie entitled, Overcomer.

This is a Christian-based movie for the whole family.

It is showing currently at the Regal Theaters in Royal Palm Beach; Cinemark Theaters in Boynton Beach, and Cobb Theaters in Palm Beach Gardens. Please check those theaters for the days and times of showings.

The PLOT: Life changes overnight for Coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who's pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.

WHO'S YOUR ONE?

Imagine if every believer could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom seeking to share the gospel. That’s the intention behind Who’s Your One. We believe God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism— what they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ.

Over the coming days (we started on Sunday, September 1), our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel. At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom.

Prayer Calendars for the WHO's YOUR ONE? campaign are available in the foyer of the church.

ROLLING THUNDER Bowling League

(formerly A WING & A PRAYER)

The ROLLING THUNDER Bowling League began action this past Monday evening at the Verdes Tropicana Bowl Lanes in West Palm Beach. This is the league formerly known as A WING & A PRAYER. Several people from our church still bowl in the league and anyone from the church is invited to join the league. Contact Iva Locklair for more information.

The league meets every Monday evening @ 6:15 p.m. for the next thirteen weeks.

How Supernatural Counsel Beats Human Counsel Every Time

by Gary Thomas

September 18, 2019

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

There are times that human counsel isn’t enough; instead we need supernatural counsel.

When a couple you love is going through a marital crisis, both spouses giving you two entirely different accounts of what is happening and begging you for your insight…

When a child has prayed and prayed and God hasn’t seemed to answer that prayer and they ask you what to do…

When your spouse needs a word of comfort and encouragement, but you don’t know what to say…

When fellow church members have gone through a heartbreaking ordeal and they want comfort and counsel, but you’re terrified you’ll inadvertently say the “wrong” thing or something insensitive…

If you’ve been in or fear getting into one of these situations, a friend of mine has some very helpful advice that will take all that pressure off your shoulders and put it right where it belongs.

Turn to Supernatural Counsel

In my pride, I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to be an endless source of wisdom for all those who are hurting or who wonder what they should do. In a way, I think probably most of us are like that. But what if there’s a part of being an “endless fount of wisdom” that is at root an evil desire instead of a holy one?

One of the men to whom I dedicate the upcoming book When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People is the kind of friend whose counsel often feels like a spiritual bath. It’s cleansing. I actually have a few friends like that, so it was a little surprising when this friend told me he’s trying to no longer be that kind of a guy.

Dr. Mike Dittman explained that after years of wanting to have the “right” answer to every counseling question he received, God led him to pursue an entirely different path of ministry:

“People have often asked me to help them figure something out or fix something in their lives. They want answers to their questions and affirmation in their struggles, but not to learn how to pray. My goal is no longer to solve their problems or soothe their pain. Rather than fixing their lives to make them feel happier, my aim is to help them find God in the midst of their challenges.”

What Supernatural Counsel Looks Like

What if, instead of having an “answer” for our spouse or kids or friends, we said, “Let’s figure out how you can hear God’s heart on this matter?” How would that change everything?

For starters, this takes the pressure off us in so many ways. We’re not the hero; at most, we’re the Uber driver taking them where they need to go.

Second, it honors the active work of God’s Holy Spirit. We freely admit (and perhaps remind them) that we’re not the “source,” but we’re the friend walking with them as they connect to the source. Our “job” isn’t to have all the answers. Our job is to point them to Jesus.

Imagine how this could impact our relationship with our kids: We’d focus on training them to turn to God as we turn to God with them. If a child heard their parent say, “I don’t know what the answer is, but let’s seek God together about it” and you go into the Scriptures and pray and talk until an answer emerges, don’t you think that would be even better for our children than a “Father Knows Best” (or “Mother Knows Best”) speech? It’s the spiritual application of that old cliché: teaching someone to fish instead of providing a fish.

Mike confesses that, early on in his ministry, in his desire to help people, he was getting in the way of what matters most: their prayer life. “After several years of using my counseling and teaching gifts as a pastor and a professor, I came to realize that I was educating their minds and encouraging their hearts,but not really leading them to Jesus. I pointed people to Jesus, I told them to spend time with Jesus, and I nudged them to make Jesus the center of their lives. All that was good, but they weren’t asking me to teach them to pray.”

Mike now “evaluates” his ministry on an entirely new basis. It’s not, “That was the most helpful session of counseling ever!” or “Fantastic sermon!” Instead, it’s “Do people see the spirit of Jesus so strongly in me that they ask me how to pray?”

How Do We Apply Supernatural Counsel?

The next time a spouse (particularly if you’re married to a new believer) or a child asks you about something and the answer seems easy and obvious, pause before you speak. Ask yourself first how you can address the question in a way that points them toJ esus instead of to you. The goal isn’t for them to leave having a higher opinion of you; the goal is to help them grow increasingly aware of and dependent on God. And never assume that they’re asking the right question to begin with. How many times have we gone to God with a concern, only to hear from Him that we’re actually concerned about the wrong thing?

What I like about this in regards to marriage is that advice from us may sound self-serving; helping them hear from God in a way that they believe they are hearing from God removes any self-interest on our part and makes their transformation about them and their God, not a disagreement between two spouses.

For those of you running organizations (churches or businesses), I read a very helpful, inspiring and practical book that seeks to apply this principle to leadership. It’s called Mastering the Art of Presence Based Leadership: Discerning the Wisdom of Christ as Real-Time Partners with Himby Keith Yoder.

The reality of Jesus and His continued presence through the ministry of the Holy Spirit means that ministry and counseling can be and should be supernatural counsel. It may not look miraculous, but this approach acknowledges the ongoing reality and presence of God, including his ability to make his will known in ways that may seem quiet and reasonable. In the end, anything that reminds us that God is the hero rather than us is surely a step in the right direction.

Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence (and serves on the teaching team) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and author of 18 books that have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into a dozen languages. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years.

Have a Gospel Conversation with someone today!

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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