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ARBCA Missionary Prayer Focus…week of April 12th

Please be in special prayer…

12. Oliviér Favré requests prayer for safe travel to the Banner of truth conference in Great Britain and for encouraging fellowship with other pastors (13th-16th).

13. Please pray for the IRBS Trustees as they hold their semi-annual meeting this week.

14. Daniel Durand requests prayer for several visitors to the church plant in Aylmer, QC. Most are from a Catholic background. Please pray that they would come to Jesus Christ for salvation.

15. Please pray for the recently inaugurated center for the William Carey Seminary in Santiago, Chile. May many pastors in Chile be blessed by the teaching they will receive.

16. Oliviér Favré requests prayer for the elders meeting in Morschwiller, France as they seek to make wise decisions.

17. Please continue to pray for Pastor Jorge Molina and the church in Carlos Paz, Argentina.

18. Please pray for Oscar Bloise in Kingston, Jamaica as he still serves the Lord in his advanced years.

 

ARBCA Missionary Prayer Focus…week of April 5th

Please be in special prayer this week:

From the: MPF April 2015

1. Please pray for Chaplain Joyner and his family as they have just arrived at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas. They are in temporary housing. Pray that they will begin well at their new home, church and work place.

Please pray for courses on the Spiritual Disciplines that David Vaughn will be giving at the John Calvin Seminary on April 1 and April 8. These two days will close up his teaching on this subject this semester. Pray that the Lord would use these last sessions in the lives of the students and that David could establish ongoing relationships with those going into pastoral ministry.

2. Pray for Denise Favré who is meeting with three other ladies of the Church to start a ladies Bible study.

3. Please pray for 2 days of Vacation Bible study being held by the church plant in Bouc Bel France (suburbs of Aix-en-Provence) in April. Pray that many children would come and that the Lord would make their hearts attentive to His word. Pray also that good contact can be established with the parents that will lead to their hearing the gospel too.

4. Dafydd Hughes requests prayer for the Easter outreach which involves delivering approx. 2000 gospel leaflets to homes in the immediate vicinity. These include an invitation to gospel focused services on Easter Sunday. Please pray that the Lord will use these for his glory through the salvation of sinners in New Zealand.

5. Please pray for lasting benefits from the three lectures Dr. Jim Adams gave at the William Carey Seminary in Argentina.

6. Dafydd Hughes requests prayer for the annual youth camp of the Fellowship of Reformed Baptist Churches in NZ (6th-10th) Please pray that it will be a safe, happy and spiritually profitable week.

7. Over the past month Chaplain Joshua Stoley has been working with several hurting marriages. Pray that the Lord would grant healing, repentance, and forgiveness among these couples. Please pray especially that the Lord would use these situations to bring these men and women to saving faith. One couple in particular is seeking out God in the midst of their struggles.

8. Several pastors from Grace Covenant Church, Gilbert, AZ will be visiting IRBS and leading a seminar on outreach. It will be very similar to what they did at last year’s General Assembly. At lunch time, we will invite all WSC students to hear them, and then they will spend the afternoon teaching our students. Please pray that the Lord will use this seminar for the spread of the Gospel.

9. The church plant in Bouc Bel France (suburb of Aix-en-Provence) is beginning a 6 session Discovery Christianity Bible Study for non-Christians in April. The first two sessions will be held April 10 and April 24. Please pray that several people who have been invited will come and that the Lord would use His word mightily in their hearts.

10. Thank the Lord for Allen Beardmore’s opportunities to travel to other churches and present his proposed work in Australia. Please pray that the Lord would be preparing the hearts of many in Perth to hear the gospel.

11. Raymond Perron requests prayer for continued unity in the Quebec Association of Churches.

 

 

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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