May/June 2021
Featured Articles
A Fervent Prayer
Vacation Bible School
Men's Emphasis Month
Missions By the Book 6
Champion Missionary
A Missionary's Testimony
Daughter of Royalty
Parents' Corner
Prayer Word Search
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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...because I know this will lead to my salvation through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don't know which one I should choose. I am torn between the two. I long to depart and be with Christ-which is far better-but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
 Philippians 1:19-24

I'm amazed at the number of songs that I remember from childhood. Songs of faith and fortitude. Songs that were more overheard than taught. Songs which continue to increase in personal value as I grow older. One such song says, "We are soldiers in the army. We've got to fight although we have to cry. We've got to hold up the blood-stained banner. We've got to hold it up until we die."

Using the first person plural, "we," the song reminds the singer and listener that the disciple's life is not intended to be lived in isolation, but in community. We're in this movement together. Neither is it a life of leisure or ease. To the contrary, disciples are soldiers - Kingdom soldiers - fighting, crying, and pressing to uphold a banner which is stained with their Commander's blood. The Book of Acts and the Epistles bear out this reality for Jesus' early followers. Beloved, it's still true for us today. We must Keep At It!

In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he urges fortitude among the disciples by way of his own determination to keep at it. Early in the letter, he acknowledges their Partnership in the Gospel (v.3). He cites their shared commitment to the Gospel (v.7) and confirmation of the Gospel (v.7). Later he observed that they were experiencing the same conflict because of the Gospel (vv.29-30). Paul also communicates the Priority of the Gospel through his passion, prayer and prospects for the believers (vv.8-11). Knowing that we are not alone in our work, witness and warfare for Christ should help inspire us to Keep At It!! Read more >>

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. (Psalm 5:3a)

Brothers and sisters in Christ, as we focus our hearts and minds on God, the Father, God the Son Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit, let us pray for our individual needs as well as corporately for the many troubles of the world today.

Let us pray, grateful that we have been granted, each of us, the grace and mercy to be able to lift up our Lord and Savior -- as we lift up those, like ourselves, in need of prayer.

Dear Lord, we come to You reflecting both humility and strength, humble in acknowledging Your awesome capacity to love us, guide us, and protect us despite our human frailties in the areas of thought, words and deeds.

Today, when we are constantly confronted with the news of the trials and tribulations of our nation, such as the devastating flooding in Texas and the surrounding areas, the troubles with ruthless dictators and heartless assassins and those would-be rulers who are so self-centered that they do harm every day in one manner or another, we pray for Your mercy, guidance and protection. Guide us, Heavenly Father, and help us to understand and take individual action, acceptable in Your sight, regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, as You guided and protected us through the precursor of this movement, the Civil Rights Movement. Read more >>

By Louise (Penny) Lewis

When To Just Stand
Before, after, and during the battle.
There is never a time God tells us to stop standing.
Did you catch that? He does not give us an out. He does not say there is a time to run and hide. He does not mean that after we have given it our best, we can quit and sit down.

How To Just Stand
Our struggles in this life are real, powerful, and inevitable. God knows this and wants to prepare us for the onslaught of schemes and devices the enemy will throw at us to knock us off our feet.
Whether your battle is internal or external, temporary or permanent, life-altering or mildly annoying, God's command does not change.

God's Word tells us we are not to be passive participants but to proactively prepare for battle by arming ourselves.

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." (Ephesians 6:13) 

"...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Vacation Bible School (VBS) begins on Monday, June 21. This year's theme is "Champions in Life: Ready, Set, GO with GOD!" Adults and children alike will find joy in knowing that Jesus makes each of us a winner and that we are competing in life to reach the goal of the high calling of Jesus Christ. Get ready to activate and exercise faith and fun! You will be encouraged to set godly goals and inspired to reach for the prize! You will come to know for certain that Jesus makes you a champion!

VBS will be accessed online via Zoom beginning at 6:00 pm each night.

Then, on Friday night, June 26, join us on the church campus for Olympic Games and the VBS Closing Ceremony! You don't want to miss the fun; it starts at 6:00 pm!

Materials for all classes will be available for pickup at the church on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Look for the table outside of the main entrance.

To register for Vacation Bible School, please click here.

Vacation Bible School 2021 is hosted by the Reuben Family.

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. Matthew 16:25 (CSB)

Click here for the online conference schedule.
The purpose of The Missions by the Book Conference series is to consider how to do missions according to the Bible -- Jesus Style -- so that when we stand before God, He knows us (Matthew 7:21-23).

The Bible offers no special distinction between missionaries and other Christians. In fact, the words "missionary" and "missions" are not even used. Yet, the apostle Paul challenged the early Church to cultivate some of the very characteristics we associate today with successful missionaries.

The word "life" in the context of Matthew 16:25 comes from the Greek word psuchȇ meaning "the psyche" -- the psychological life of the human soul, that is, the mind, emotion, and will. Consider ways that Paul chose not to "save his life." By losing it, he found a transformed powerful life in Jesus.

In this year's Conference, we will look at some of these characteristics of missional life and explore how all of us as believers can apply them to our lives to strengthen our local church, our personal devotion to Christ, and our witness every place we go!

Register here for Missions By the Book 6. For additional information, visit the conference web site at  

Saul of Tarsus, a Jew and a Roman citizen, had been a well-known persecutor of Christians until an encounter with the resurrected Jesus Christ changed his heart. After his conversion to Christianity, Paul -- his new name -- was appointed as an Apostle and became a champion missionary. Paul was the only Apostle commissioned specifically to preach the Gospel message to the Gentiles, although he preached to others as well. Nothing kept him from obeying this call -- not imprisonment, beatings, shipwrecks, stonings, hunger, or countless dangers. And he took the message everywhere, from Jerusalem to Rome and countless places in between. Paul proclaimed Jesus Christ the risen Lord and Savior of the Gentiles and planted churches in their communities. He conveyed his instruction about the Church in thirteen letters (epistles), captured in the New Testament, to both individuals and budding congregations. Paul met only two of the other Apostles -- Peter and James. Possibly a widower and a martyr, Paul was most likely beheaded by the Romans after the city burned in AD 64. 

By Lily Field & Cynethea Cunningham

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43:2, Philippians 4:7, Mark 10:28-31

Missionary Cynethea Cunningham recalls:

"In 1984, the Lord called us to serve Him as missionaries in Liberia, a country in West Africa. In preparing our hearts for this journey of faith, one of the words the Lord gave us to stand on was Isaiah 43:2 (KJV), which says, 'When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.'

"On January 24, 1985 what we anticipated being another ordinary morning turned into something completely different for our family. We would encounter one of life's major storms that would shake us to the core and turn our world upside down. Our lives would be greatly impacted that Friday morning and the pain and heartache resulting from this life-altering event would be healed by the Lord and with the passing of time. Read more >>

I am no longer shackled like a slave to sin
Since I opened my heart and let Jesus come in
God's Son set me free, and I am free indeed
My way did not work, so I let Him take the lead
I am now a tree planted by the waters with fruit ever-flowing
And if I continue to live by the Spirit, my light will never stop glowing
It is no easy task to live life as a woman of God
Especially when the devil is trying to make my life so hard
But if I keep my mind on God and resist the devil - he will flee
And when I ask and stand still - God will fight all my battles for me
And when the storms of life come, and things are not quite right
I will trade it in for God's yoke that is easy and for His burden that is light
I thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Thank You, God, for knowing me before the foundations of this world were laid
Thank You, God, for paying extra special attention to me
Thank You for choosing me to be one of your Daughters of Royalty

©2010 by Monica Y. Brewer

Parents' Corner | God's Child
By Edwina Neely

The theme for this newsletter edition is "Keep Praying." Praying is talking to God, and that's what we need to do! Never, never stop praying! God's word reminds us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV).

That's easy to do when we remember to talk to God about everything: eating, driving, doing the dishes, taking a bath, walking, sitting, exercising, playing and the list goes on.

By praying without ceasing we establish a sense of God's presence by continually conversing with Him. As parents we model praying to God. Our children learn to be thankful by praying "thank you" prayers all the time. While you are walking, thank God for feet to walk; eyes to see the flowers, trees, grass; ears to hear the birds sing, etc. This draws the minds of the children to God, the Giver of all things!

Before we eat we pray for God to bless the food, but do we pray for the people who grew the apple trees, picked the apples, boxed them, put them on trucks to get to us? There is always so much to pray about.

When we don't know what to pray for, the Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26 CSV). Isn't that amazing! Read more >>

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