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New Ministry at Perry Correctional Institution

Here is an exciting new Ministry that is opening up at the Perry Correctional Institution.  It is a One-on-One Christian Mentoring program.  Each inmate is assigned one mentor who has some similar interests and hobbies.  The mentor will be able to meet with the inmate twice a month for about 60-90 minutes, as well as a possibility to participate in any significant life experiences the inmate experiences. Here are the most important things for you to know: WHEN:  Saturday, March 31,…

Pursuing Accountability

Scripture is clear that God will hold us accountable (Romans 14:12). If we are fearful of judgment from another sinful person, how much more should we fear accountability from a holy God?God graciously reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. And one great means of that reminder are the brothers and sisters he puts in our lives. God reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. One great means of that reminder are the brothers…

AAEO Prayer Focus #6

HOMETOWN HOPE KEMPTON & CARYN TURNER EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS “EAST ST. LOUIS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST MURDER RATES IN THE UNITED STATES.” KEMPTON AND CARYN TURNER City of Joy Fellowship 1205 N. 79th Street East St. Louis, IL 62203 kempton@cityofjoyfellowship.org  cityofjoyfellowship.org Missouri native Kempton Turner and his wife, Caryn, have dedicated their lives to helping restore hope in East St. Louis, an area known for gangs, drugs, and staggeringly high murder rates. Their church plant, City of Joy…

Bible Reading Plan For Week of March 25

This time between Palm Sunday and Easter is referred to as the Passion Week or Holy Week.  This name represents the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross. He did this to pay for your sins—the sins of all of His people.  As you read this week think about what Jesus suffered on your behalf.  Remember how, as the Lamb of God, he became the sufficient substitute for your sins.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the…

AAEO Prayer Focus #5

FREEDOM AND TRUTH KESAVAN & VIJI BALASINGHAM ONTARIO, CANADA “TORONTO IS ONE OF THE MOST ETHNICALLY DIVERSE CITIES.” KESAVAN AND VIJI BALASINGHAM Fellowship Church Rouge Park 1599 Amberlea Road Pickering, Ontario L1V 5N8 CANADA Kesavanb@gmail.com   FCRougePark.ca Immigration is an experience Kesavan and Viji Balasingham share with much of their church, Fellowship Church Rouge Park, in Toronto’s East End. “Roughly half were born in another country,” says Kesavan. “Clarity of the gospel is a major need.” Originally from Sri Lanka,…

AAEO Prayer Focus #4

LOST AND FOUND HEIDEN & NEENA RATNER HENDERSON, NEVADA “9 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE IN LAS VEGAS DON’T KNOW JESUS.” HEIDEN AND NEENA RATNER WALK Church 2654 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Ste. B5 188 Henderon, NV 89052 heiden@walkchurch.com   walkchurch.com Las Vegas native Heiden Ratner fulfilled a dream when he played Division 1 college basketball, but his time on the court wasn’t his most defining university experience. At a college Bible study, he says, “I realized I was missing something.…

SING:… with the local church

Sing with the local church 1 Peter 2:4–5 [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (ESV) We are are the church being built together by God to stand forever. Jonathan Edwards once said: The best most perfect…

AAEO Prayer Focus #3

SPEAKING OUT TRAVIS & JENNIFER WHITTAKER SOUTH LYON, MICHIGAN “10.4% OF DETROIT’S POPULATION IS EVANGELICAL.” TRAVIS AND JENNA WHITTAKER Mile City Church 54505 Villagewood South Lyon, MI 48178 info@milecity.com  MileCity.com Travis gave his life to Christ at an early age. After college, he struck out on his own as a Christian musician letting the lyrics testify to his faith—until God called him to do more. “I never wanted to plant churches,” he says. “Because of my stuttering problem, I wanted…

Upcoming Study – The Divine Mentor

Do you need a mentor to help you with marriage, ministry, parenting, school, or just life in general?  Ultimately, God is our “Divine Mentor”, but in His Word He has given us many other mentors who can help us throughout our lives, as well. During this 8 week study (Wednesdays April 11-May 30 from 6:30-7:30pm in room 342) we will read Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor, and we will put its truths into practice.  The goal is not for…

AAEO Prayer Focus #2

PRACTICAL APPROACH TAYLOR & SUSAN FIELD NEW YORK, NEW YORK “ONLY 4% OF NEW YORKERS IDENTIFY AS EVANGELICAL.” TAYLOR AND SUSAN FIELD Graffiti Church 205 E. 7th Street NY, NY 10009 info@graffitichurch.org GraffitiChurch.org At Graffiti Church in New York’s Lower East Side, the motto is: “From small things come great things.” “Jesus started by meeting needs first,” says Graffiti’s Taylor Field, a Send Relief® missionary. “His compassion grew people’s faith, and then He built the church on that faith.” Taylor calls it…

Overcoming Temptation

A critical element in discipleship is training someone how to overcome temptation.  While everyone is tempted, particular people are more prone to certain temptations than others. In order to overcome temptation, let’s identify Satan’s strategy, Jesus’ success, and our steps needed to succeed. Download Handout – PD 11 – Overcoming Temptation Satan’s Strategy Satan’s strategy is first seen in Genesis 3, and he doesn’t need to modify his steps since it continues to work. Initiation – Satan proactively approaches us to…

We’re Adding Another Service [En Español]

We are excited to announce that we need to add another service at Rocky Creek Church – [En Español]! While Rocky Creek opened up their doors in the past for other churches to use our facilities, we are now opening up the family.  We are now a church with 3 services – 2 in English and 1 in Spanish!  We will give you more details in the weeks to come, but we are excited to continue following Jesus to reach this…

AAEO Prayer Focus #1

“CROSSING CULTURES” TRENT & ELIZABETH DELOACH CLARKSTON, GEORGIA   “60 LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN IN THE 1.4 SQUARE MILES OF CLARKSTON.”  TRENT AND ELIZABETH DELOACH Clarkston International Bible Church 3895 Church St. Clarkston, GA 30021 trent@cibcfamily.com facebook.com/cibcsbc Trent and Elizabeth DeLoach share a passion to reach the nations. As Send Relief missionaries and leaders at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC), they invest their lives in people from around the world in Clarkston, Georgia, a city sometimes called the most diverse square…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of March 18

First Peter is written to Jewish believers struggling in the midst of persecution. Peter encourages them to pursue righteous living and holy conduct because of who Christ is and what He has done.  As you read this book this week think about who you are in Christ and how you should act.  Who we are should determine our behavior.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions…

SING: With Your Family

Sing With Your Family! [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7(ESV) Teach in…

Silence, Solitude, and Sabbath

In our fast-paced society and our continuously-loud distractions, our eyes, ears, bodies, minds, hearts, and souls need margin. The disciplines of silence, solitude, and Sabbath are meant to provide renewal for the disciple. Download Handout – PD 10 – Silence Solitude and Sabbath Silence The spiritual discipline of silence is pursued to experience separation from constant noise and distraction. It is difficult to study the Bible, pray the Bible, or memorize the Bible among noise and interruptions. Unlike any other time…