There is no fear in love;
instead, perfect love drives out fear,
because fear involves punishment.
So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
We love because he first loved us.
~1 John 4:18-19 HCSB~
Kids on Mission Pray
“Let the little children come to me
and don’t stop them,
because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”
Friends of Jesus…
There is a special club in South Africa for children. It’s called Friends of Jesus. Please pray for the grown-up leaders—some of them are missionaries and some are South Africans. They are starting new groups so pray that children will be eager to come. They will learn about the best friend they can ever have: Jesus!
A Club at School…
Some children of missionaries attend a large, public high school in Cape Town, South Africa. Many of the children are not from Christian homes. You can guess—there are many problems like smoking and alcohol at the school. The school principal is not a Christian, but the government wants schools to let children meet in a Christian club if they want. There isn’t a club meeting right now. Please pray for a teacher to plan activities and meetings. Ask God to help missionary kids who will go to the club. They can invite their friends and tell them about Jesus. Pray for the principal to become a Christian too!
MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS
My prayer is that more people may love Jesus, my sister may get better, and my brother may grow big. JL, age 8 (East Asia)
Please pray that I would be kind to others when they are mean to me. PE, age 9 (East Asia)
Kenji is one of my best friends and he doesn’t know the Lord. We have been praying for him for a while and I wanted to ask you to pray for him too. Pray that he will come to know Christ and that he will be able to share Jesus with his family once he becomes a Christian. Please pray for me to have lots of chances to witness to him. ADAM, age 12 (Pacific Rim)
Please pray for the country of Venezuela. There are problems with a bordering country, Colombia; and it is getting worse every day. There are soldiers on the border and even trouble in Ecuador. Please pray that the leaders of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador will find a peaceful answer to their argument and that these countries will not go to war. Ask God to give peace of mind to the foreigners living in these countries. KIERA, age 17 (South America)
(Note: I was unable to complete posting this morning because of the satellite and the bad weather, but others have been praying. I just heard this problem has been resolved in the last hour. I think Kiera’s request and many people praying was part of the bring about a solution!)
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
As I listen to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, my emotions are greatly stirred. But since there are no words that accompany the work, I receive no understanding from it. Any ideas that come into my mind as I listen were there before hearing the music.
When I listen to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA,” my emotions are again stirred powerfully. This time words have communicated ideas that led to my emotions. If the listener has no loyalty to the USA, perhaps their emotions are aroused in a different direction, if at all.
All will agree that music has the power to stir emotions. But does it also communicate understanding? That depends on (a) whether there are words that accompany the tune, and (b) whether the singers focus on the words or on the melody.
God’s desire for those under the new covenant is understanding as the result of our worship. Paul made this clear in 1 Corinthians 14 as he dealt with abuses of miraculous gifts. Some were “showing off” their ability to speak in languages they had never studied. They experienced a rush of emotions as they delivered a message in another language. Even those who didn’t understand the language being spoken likely also felt that rush, if they knew a miracle was unfolding before them.
As Paul contemplated such a scene, his advice was simple: Don’t do it.
“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. … yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:15,19, NKJV). Verse 28 brings to a close Paul’s remarks on the subject: “But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”
God’s instructions on music for the assembled church of Christ is that praise be offered through singing. This is obvious from passages such as Colossians 3:16 where the emphasis is not on beautiful melodies but understanding: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Careful students will note that every mention of music in the Christian covenant specifies singing.
Worship in many churches has become emotion-driven. Some trust their feelings above what God has revealed. Granted, emotions are from God; they can be useful in many realms of life. But unless they come through the channel of understanding, emotions may not be appropriate. Our first priority is to understand God’s will, and then to obey (Matthew 7:21-23). Only then will the emotions of joy and gladness be valid. (Tim Hall)
KneEmail: “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
- Saturday, March 8 @ 10 A.M.
- Give away a New Testament, a FBC brochure, a list of local churches, and an invitation to the Easter musical presentation
Set your clock forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday, March 8th.
- “Foods across America”
- Sunday, March 9 after worship
- Kick-off for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Nursery Volunteers – March 9th
Ora Lee Wilson
Deacon Hospital Ministry – March 9-15
Tom Tolar and Raymond Cutrer
Monday, March 10 @ 6:30
Easter Worship Musical
“The Risen Christ”
Sunday, March 16 @ 6 P.M.
Monday, March 17 @ 7 P.M.
First Baptist Church of Arcola
“The Celebration of Easter”
- i-55 Frontage Road, Arcola
- No admission charge
- March 14-15, 2008
- 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
- Twelve live drive-through scenes of the life of Christ
(Note: I have been going since they began this ministry. You will be blessed if you take the time to go.)
8:15 – Worship
9:15 – Sunday School
10:30 – Worship
March 16 & March 23 – Will not meet
March 30 – Surprise Easter Egg Hunt
Check out the Baptist Press articles for today. I think you’ll find several that are worthy of your time and effort. You’ll find a link in the column to the right.