Genesis 50:20, ESV, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” When we say “meant for good,” we don’t mean it in a superficial way, as the world means it. We say it as God says it, with eternity in clear view. This life can be cold, intrusive…painful. Our instinctive reaction is to curl up in warmth and comfort, avoiding all the pain we can. But that’s not what God calls us to. Through a string of process, the apostle Paul tells us that suffering produces hope (see Romans 5:3-5). Reaching into the world, then, we are bound to encounter atrocities of and against the heart. Each of the women and men we see here at the clinic are leading lives in a fallen world, carrying sin-ridden souls. The hopelessness they carry can start to convince us to surrender our own hope, especially when it is not eternally based.
That’s why we must reground ourselves in the Truth, reaching others because of the hope we have, not in spite of it.
As we reflect on the sanctity of human life, we are reminded that all people, made in the image of God, should hear the message of hope. And we are confident that hope transforms, saves, and protects. With a message of hope in hand, please pray with us that hearts will be stirred, softened, and changed in this New Year. Pray that our God would use the Good News to save the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable among us. We hope because we have a God Who promises.
Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. The purpose is to help God's people meditate on what He says. Our goal is that, first and foremost, every person's heart would be stirred to prayer before our God about the sanctity of human life.
What does God say about the sanctity of human life?
How does the way we live our lives speak to the watching world about this subject?
We must be intentional about using our words and actions in a way that speaks truth in love to the watching world.
Lift Sam and Kim Mulkey in healing prayers as they have both tested positive for Covid-19.
Pray for Julie (Randy) Prater whose aunt Celeste "Honey" Jones passed away from Covid-19. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday next week.
Pray for Norman Jump who passed away January 10 after a short battle with Covid-19. Visitation at Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home on Friday January 15, 5:00pm-8:00pm with the service Saturday at the funeral home at 10:30am. Masks are required.
We are looking for the following items to be donated for the Homeless Project: toilet paper, wet wipes, and pocket sized hand sanitizer (no large bottles please).
Every year we support the Fuller Center who works to build, rehab, and preserve homes to help families in need. If you would like to pick up a bank (house) to fill they will be on a table outside the main entrance. You can drop them off at the church during business hours.
Continue to pray for those in our church, their families, and our community, who are struggling with long term illnesses or are recovering from injuries including Kim Mulkey, Jan Rodocker, and Chet & Sue Stratton, and Paul Hagelberg, .
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What Sundays are Like at Central
Central is vibrant nondenominational church focused on making our community more like heaven. We strive to keep Jesus at the center, looking to scripture for direction, and asking God's Spirit to lead and empower us. We care about justice, We love our neighbors, and we proclaim the gospel. Sundays are a little different with Covid-19, until we are able to gather inside the worship center our services will be online. Please visit Central Reopening for details.
1504 VIlla Rd, Springfield, Ohio 45503 Church - 937.390.2424 Pastor - 937.305.9068