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June 26, 2019

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June 26, 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 Nolan and Chelsea Frederick. They are church planters in Artesia, New Mexico. You can reach them at Catalyst Church, 1107 S. Watson Boulevard, Artesia, NM 88210. You can also reach them at nolan@catalystartesia.com.

They are asking us to pray with them that Catalyst Church will change its community by sharing the gospel and loving others the way Christ loves us!

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.

LORD'S SUPPER Tonight, Wednesday, June 26

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER for our regular evening service tonight, Wednesday, June 26. The service is at 6:30 p.m. The LORD'S SUPPER service is a great time of reflection for believers regarding Jesus' redeeming activity on the cross.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Takes Summer Break

The Thursday Morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson has begun their summer break. They will resume in September.

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!

LOVE OFFERING for Church Member

The Pastor and Deacons shared with the congregation this past Sunday (June 23) information regarding a LOVE OFFERING for one of our church members. The offering is being collected to assist Iva Locklair. This special offering will be collected through July.

You can make checks payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. MAKE SURE that you DESIGNATE it is for the Love Offering for Iva Locklair.

What You Need To Know About Suffering

By Dr. Paul Tripp

June 24, 2019

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

You never just suffer the thing that you’re suffering, but you always also suffer the way that you’re suffering that thing.

Let me explain what I mean by that phrase, through the experience of my sickness.

In 2014, I went to see a doctor with what felt like minor symptoms. Before I knew what was happening, they admitted me to the hospital for what became an excruciatingly painful ten-day stay.

The abbreviated story is that I was in acute kidney failure, and had I waited another seven to ten days to go to the hospital, you probably wouldn’t be receiving my weekly email devotional.

Four years and six surgeries later, my symptoms are as manageable as possible, but I have been left a physically damaged man.

I learned and was reminded of many things through my suffering. Perhaps one of the most significant principles is this: Our suffering is more powerfully shaped by what’s in our heart than by what’s in our body or the world around us.

Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. My suffering was real, the dysfunction in my body was real, the pain I went through was horribly real, the damage to my kidneys is real, and the weakness that is now my normal life will continue to be real.

But the way that I experienced all those harsh realities was shaped by the thoughts, desires, dreams, expectations, cravings, fears, and assumptions of my heart.

Yes, I went into my sickness with my theology in the right place, and I did believe that I lived in a groaning world crying out for redemption, but it was battling with something else inside me.

There was this expectation that I would always be as I had been; that is, that I would always be strong and healthy. There was little room in my life, family, and ministry plans for weakness within or trouble without.

So when I realized I was very ill and that weakness and fatigue would be with me for the rest of my life, the blow was not just physical, but emotional and spiritual as well. Honestly, I didn’t suffer just physical pain, but also the even more profound pain of the death of my delusion of invincibility and the pride of productivity.

The same is true for you. Your responses to the situations in your life, whether physical, relational, or circumstantial, are always more determined by what is inside your heart than by the things you are facing.

You never come to your suffering empty-handed. You always drag a bag full of experiences, expectations, assumptions, perspectives, desires, intentions, and decisions into your suffering. What you think about yourself, life, God, and others will profoundly affect the way you interact with and respond to the difficulty that comes your way.

This is why the writer of Proverbs says: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

What are you carrying around in your soul that has the potential to complicate your suffering? What are you preaching to yourself that could allow you to forget the truths of the gospel?

Never forget: No matter what painful thing you’re enduring, as God’s child, it’s impossible for you to endure it all by yourself.

The One who created this world and rules it with wisdom, righteousness, and love is in you, with you, and for you, and nothing has the power to separate you from his love.

God bless.

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, event speaker, and a best-selling and award-winning author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.

Paul attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and majored in Bible and Christian Education. He went on to receive his M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Have a Gospel Conversation with someone today!

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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