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ARBCA Missionary Prayer Focus…Week of March 1st…

Please be in special prayer this week…

From the ARBCA MPF March 2015

Sunday, March 1st:

Please pray for Allen & Katie Beardmore as they prepare to leave for Australia as ARBCA’s newest missionary. They will be traveling to various churches and finishing up the visa application process.

Monday, March 2nd:

Under the blessing of God upon 10 years of labor, Oliviér Favré has seen the churches in Payerne and Neuchatel, Switzerland established with pastors and saints in each place ready to carry the works forward. Olivier is now looking to the Lord to leave and move to Mulhouse, France to help another church. Please pray for these two churches in Switzerland as they move forward without Oliviér Favré.

Tuesday, March 3rd:

From February to April David Vaughn is teaching on the Spiritual Disciplines at the John Calvin Seminary in Aix-en-Provence. Pray for the Lord’s blessing on his teaching and interaction with the students. This month David will be teaching on March 4 and 18.

Chaplain Josh Stoley has seen a sharp climb in those coming to him for counseling, 39 in the first 13 days of February. He praises the Lord for this as counseling is a perfect opportunity to open the Word and share the gospel with folks.

Wednesday, March 4th:

Two families from Montreal have come to embrace the Reformed Baptist faith and in February they started attending Église réformée baptiste de Montréal pastored by Daniel Durand.

Thursday, March 5th:

The church plant in Aix-en-Provence, France will be having a special evangelistic meeting. Church members will be giving invitations to unbelieving friends, acquaintances and people living in the neighborhood around the church. Please pray that many would come to the meeting and that the gospel would come with power to their hearts.

Friday, March 6th:

Prof. Jim Renihan requests prayer for men who have expressed a call to the ministry and expressed interest in becoming future students at IRBS. Ask the Lord to give them clear direction for their future service.

Saturday, March 7th:

During March an invitation is being sent to the pastors of the city of Zipaquirá, Colombia to attend a presentation of Reformed truth. Perhaps 15 will attend and they will receive a gift of Jerry Bridges book, Trusting God Even When Life Hurts. .

What’s Happening…Weekend of February 28th, 2015…

* 9:10 a.m. PRAYER IN THE PASTOR’S STUDY

* 9:30 a.m. Sunday School * 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

with Communion & Benevolence…collection of Non-food Items for Food Pantry

* 12:15 p.m. – Pizza (just to hold you until dinner…) downstairs

* 12:25 p.m. – Special Membership Meeting

To Vote on accepting Hilltop Building & Land on behalf of OVCS

…after a Question & Answer time of information from OVCS Board

* 4:30 p.m. (?) Choir Rehearsal

6:00 p.m. Night of Music at Calvary Bible Church in Hiram…Bring desserts…

Please pray for our MUSIC COMMITTEE:

Don Kent, Julie Masse, Joanne Meserve, Ida Morrison & Ryan Nichols

& for all our MISSIONARIES

Roger & Linda Bailey, Gary & Sue Dean, Caleb & Melissa and Ray & Cheryl Gibello,

Melanie & Vernelle, OVCS, Raymond & Dianne Perron, Christine Sears

LFBC Info and Reminders for the week of February 1st

TODAY 9:00 a.m. PRAYER in Pastor’s Study

9:45 a.m. Sunday School

10:40 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICE

6:00 p.m. Night of Music at Hilltop Baptist Church – vegetables

WEDNESDAY 5:15 p.m. Dare-to-Care

5:50 p.m. PIZZA provided for All!

6:30 p.m. Game Night

THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study continues…Chapter 10

FRIDAY 3:00 p.m. OVCS Board Meeting at OVCS

SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study

9:00 a.m. Elder’s Meeting

* NEXT SUNDAY *

* 9:10 a.m. PRAYER IN THE PASTOR’S STUDY

* 9:30 a.m. Sunday School * 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Lunch downstairs (bring your own!)

* 1:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting downstairs; Youth Group upstairs!

Please pray for our ELDERS: Pastor Jack, Ken Gardner, George Moskevitz, & Roy Woods

& for all our MISSIONARIES

Roger & Linda Bailey, Gary & Sue Dean, Caleb & Melissa and Ray & Cheryl Gibello,

Melanie & Vernelle, OVCS, Raymond & Dianne Perron, Christine Sears

From the Pastors Desk…

“New Calvinism” is not the true Reformed Church, and should be strictly avoided. And no, it’s not because we are “mean” Calvinists, but are those who stand for the historic truth of the Gospel, and do not want to bring the world into the Church of Jesus Christ.

Though the Church is flawed and certainly can be better in many areas of life (and I truly mean that), it does not need a complete redo – much the same as when America’s health care system needed tweaking which could have been done much more easily – the radicals of our culture threw out the baby with the bathwater and have made a complete mess.

It also bothers me that as I read books by those who promote such thinking, every few pages reference is made to “religion”, the “church on the corner”, the “church that meets in the BIG white building with the steeple”, and it is a put down. I read a book titled “The Barbarian Way” by McManus, and others as well, and he constantly put down the church that my dad and many faithful men of God gave heart and soul to, as well as myself.

Get back in the historic church, help where needed to make it better, and stop making money off unsuspecting people through the purchase of your books. God has not left the church of history in the dark and all of a sudden opened up truth to those guys. The model for the NT Church is the Epistles of the NT, not Dr. Luke’s Acts, as helpful and inspired a history as that is.

We must hold fast the concept that the world’s entertainment and ideology should stay far away from the church. The church should change culture, not the culture dictate their ways to the church.

I do not mean this to be an argument here…but simply put, my heart is broken over these things. Thanks for being patient with me…I write this with tears, not with anger or looking for a fight.  :)

“When the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.” ~Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Statistics From China

These statistics come from The Robert Morrison Project:

  • There are 167,000 bookstores in China of which 43,000 are state owned. The balance are private – about 120,000 bookstores.
  • There are 300 online bookstores.
  • In 2003 there were about 15 private Christian bookstores in China. Today there are approximately 150 with a new store opening every month.
  • Of the 577 publishing houses that have the authority to issue ISBN numbers (a licence given by the central govt):
    • 37 are alligned with various Beijing government administrations
    • 9 are publishing groups
    • 101 are university presses
    • 413 are provincial which are often not known or distributed outside of their province. They represent 60% of the market share of all book publishers in China.
  • There are 10,000+ private book companies that are “allowed” to edit, design, print, market, etc. They do not have the authority to issue ISBN numbers and so they must go through one of the publishing houses.
  • There are approximately 6 to 8 private Christian publishing companies. Many house church members (even in Beijing) are still unaware that it is possible to legally buy a Christian book.
  • In 2002, more than 60,000 titles were published in China, only 36 of them were Christian. In 2002, one Christian bookstore in Shanghai stocked more than 60 titles. Today, they sell about 600.
  • China’s literacy rate is 93%.
  • 50% to 60% of publishing revenues are text book related. Scale and profits are declining due to “free content” and “sharing.”
  • There are 50,000 libraries which are primarily located in colleges and schools. There are only 2,000 public libraries. Consequently, in many locations the private bookstores have become the local libraries with the aisles filled with people reading books.
  • The top publisher is Higher Education Press (or possibly China Machine Press) with 2.56% market share. Higher Education Press (HEP) releases 2,000+ new titles every year. They annually sell over 121 million units and have $343 million in annual revenues. A woman representing HEP said that book publishing in China is a “fast changing world” including “digital” and “customized” publishing. She added that to succeed HEP is pursuing “innovation, globalization, and partnerships.”
  • The top 10 publishers have 25% market share. Compare this to the top 10 trade book publishers in the USA which have 71% market share. It is clear that book publishing is still developing and not concentrated, representing great opportunities.
  • Currently, the total number of Christian books in legal circulation is about 1,400. Reformed books are a very small fraction of that amount.

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