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Archive for the month “March, 2016”

Orphans Served in a God-Size Way

Everyone loves a great story! When the story involves God doing something BIG for orphans, the story becomes inspiring! So here is the story… In the beginning of January, the Psalm 82:3 Mission team, a team that serves orphans in Liberia and is led by several TCCC members, began a faith journey to bring reliable solar energy to the 18 children and staff while on their trip in June 2016. The total cost for this project, after shipping, would be nearly $21,000.
The first stop for our mission team was to connect with the Tates Creek Mission Ministry team. After sharing the story, a gift of $10,000 was pledged from TCCC in hopes that the team could raise the rest of the $11,000 needed by the end of January (an early deadline was set to give time for the items to be shipped to Liberia). The Psalm 82:3 team put together a video for Facebook and shared it as often as possible. At the end of two weeks, the Facebook page and several visits to churches had resulted in around $1,100 given. With three days left before our end of January deadline, we were about $10,000 short of the goal. Consideration was given to postpone the project, but the decision was made to see what happened in the next three days. Then, it happened! God moved and goals were met. Several gifts of $500 were given, two churches from Indiana gave nearly $4,000, and a foundation in Lexington gave $5,000! The goal was met, but that’s not the end of the story! Over the next two days, a trucking company, with whom we have an indirect contact, gave $2,500, and another church in Lexington gave $500. In the end, the total amount raised was 114% of the goal.
This brings the question from many, what do you do when God provides more than you think you need? In the mission world, this means you better hang on for the ride because God has something planned in a big, big way for the extra money! Stay tuned… this journey is just beginning for the mission team going to Liberia June 6th!

Psalm 82:3 Mission Team

Answered Prayer

Every one of us, at one time or another, has earnestly prayed for or about something and we thought that God would never answer — but He did.
In the New Testament we find the importance of prayer, with the greatest example being the model prayer Jesus gave us as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. And when Jesus, in the form of man, was facing His crucifixion, He went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray to His heavenly Father in His time of anguish. Matthew Henry writes, “In answer to His prayer, God provided that He should not fail or be discouraged.”
God does answer prayer. Sometimes He says yes and gives us what we ask for, even more and better than expected. But, sometimes the answer is no, for He knows that what we ask for isn’t good for us. Sometimes God’s answer is wait. He wants to teach us patience and trust. Whatever He does, it is for our benefit and blesssing. Pray, God is listening! He answers prayer.

Carole Smith

Update from the Weeks in Ethiopia

Hello Tates Creek Family,
we have exciting news to report in several areas!

The church planting work is going very well! Last year we saw twelve brand new churches planted including this one in the village of Satano Deema. Over 300 people made decisions to give their lives to Jesus and were baptized. This is by far the news I am the happiest to report. Our team is involved in a lot of good work in Ethiopia. We operate clinics in remote areas, dig wells in rural villages, and help churches start small businesses; but we do all of this so that people can see and hear the Good News of Jesus. And it is working!

Work with Income Generating Activities is going well! We are also seeing success with our goal of helping the Ethiopian churches we work with become more self-sustaining. A major project has been working to generate income by operating solar-powered cell-phone charging stations. In one of the three regions we have these systems, the loans have been completely repaid! This means the churches in that area now receive all of the income from these systems. This income is used to help pay the salaries of the pastors planting new churches in that area.

Our family is growing! Emily and I welcomed our second daughter, Charlotte Mae Weeks, on December 30, 2015. She and Emily are doing very well and Clare (our first daughter) loves having a little sister she can give kisses to. We returned to the US to have Charlotte and were happy to have a wonderful reunion with Tates Creek just a short time ago. We will be returning to Ethiopia on March 9.

Please know that your church plays a huge role in so much of the ministry happening in Ethiopia. Some (of the many) examples: Several of the families on our team are here serving because Tates Creek supports them, our car (one of our most important ministry tools) runs because Tates Creek has paid for major repairs, and we had a large, beautiful worship space to host all of our pastors and many of our elders for our annual conference last year because Tates Creek played a major supporting role to construct the church in Nekempte. Thank You!

Travis, Emily, Clare, and Charlotte Weeks

Sermon Outline, March 27, 2016, “The Last Word”

The Last Word

Romans 8:31-39

The Proof of God’s Love reveals His Son.

God’s Attitude of Love serves as Proof.

~ Psalm 23:4

God’s Action of Love serves as Proof.

~ I John 4:10; Romans 5:8; John 3:16

The Purpose of God’s Love reveals His Forgiveness.

God provides our Defense.

~ Romans 8:2

God announces our Verdict.

~ Romans 8:1

The Power of God’s Love reveals Eternal Life.

His Love Empowers us.

~ James 1:12; Revelation 2:10

His Love Welcomes us.

~ Psalm 23:5-6

Middle School and High School Update

With the new worship schedule at the first of the year, we are now offering Sunday school for High school and Middle school during both the 9:30 and 11 am worship hours. This is a great time to have your student dive into scripture for themselves. Both groups are working through the book of Acts, and by the end of the school year we will have studied through the entire book. It is always inspiring to see how the Holy Spirit worked with the early Church to spread the message of Jesus.
Our High school group meets every Sunday night from 6-8 pm in the high school room. We have food, games, worship, and high school specific teaching. Our Middle school group meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm. We also have food, games, and teaching directed at middle school students. These are times for your student to make friends with other peers in church, which is the most important factor in keeping students involved as they grow up.
Don’t miss the camp weeks this summer! Middle school will go to C.I.Y. MIX June 20-24 at Johnson University. The High school will go to Panama City for C.I.Y. MOVE June 26-July 1. These are very important weeks for your student’s spiritual growth, so keep them set aside!

Brad Haggard

He is Risen!

I love Easter! Why do I love Easter? I love it because our family always gets together at Easter, but that is not the main reason. We usually have a really good crowd at church, but that is not the main reason either. Why do I love Easter? I love Easter because on that Sunday we highlight and celebrate the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! Actually, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead EVERY SUNDAY! That is right! EVERY SUNDAY we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!
On Easter Sunday this year, our Scripture is Romans 8:31-39. Wow! What a text! Romans 8:1 starts out very strong with the proclamation, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Then, the chapter just keeps building and building until it peaks with a powerful statement about the love of God! Verses 38-39 provide a list of things that shall not separate us from the love of God. The very first thing mentioned in verse 38 is that death shall not separate us from the love of God.
Certainly, death does not separate us from God. To the contrary, death brings us right into the presence of our Lord. What is the truth that II Corinthians 5:6 & 8 declares? To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! So, death really becomes a blessing for the Christian!
How is it that death becomes such a blessing for the Christian? Because of Jesus Christ! I Corinthians 15:55 asks, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” I Corinthians 15:56-57 answer, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The very first holiday to come following my Dad’s passing was Easter! The first holidays following a loved one’s death are the most difficult. That Easter was difficult, but the truth of Easter assures me that my Dad is with the Lord because of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday, when we are singing, I always think of my Dad because he loved to sing hymns and spiritual songs. I am comforted and strengthened to know that he is singing in the presence of our Lord! And one day, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our family will see Dad again and join him in praising our Lord!

Tommy Simpson

The Last Word – Romans 8:31-39

In the late 1980’s, songwriter Aaron Baker wrote “A Love Without End, Amen.” The song became a number one hit for George Strait. The inspiration for the song came when Aaron’s son got his first car at the age of 16. Eventually, Aaron’s son broke his father’s rules and wrecked the car. Aaron Baker decided it was time to have a heart to heart with his son. He wrestled with how to discipline his son yet let him know he loved him. Aaron Baker said it then occurred to him that is how God loves us! And the chorus of the song was born:
“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love,
a secret that my daddy said was just between us.”
He said, “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then.
It’s a love without end, amen; it’s a love without end, amen.”

God does not love us every now and then! God loves us now and forever! The measure of his love is undeniable. Jesus made sure of that. The most well known verse in the Bible states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God was willing to give his Son to the world because he loves us. There is nothing that can separate us from his love. The apostle Paul makes this clear in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
In Romans 8:31, Paul asks a question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer is simple…No one because as Aaron Baker wrote, it’s a love without end…amen!

David Martin

Sermon Outline, March 20, 2016, “Life with the Spirit”

Life with the Spirit

Romans 8:14-30

The Holy Spirit identifies God’s Children.

The Holy Spirit marks God’s Children through Adoption.

~ Acts 2:38

The Holy Spirit marks God’s Children as Heirs.

~ I Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit strengthens God’s Children.

The Holy Spirit strengthens with Truth.

~ Revelation 2:10

The Holy Spirit strengthens with Hope.

~ Hebrews 6:19

The Holy Spirit intercedes for God’s Children.

The Holy Spirit intercedes with Knowledge.

~ I John 5:14-15

The Holy Spirit intercedes with God, the Father.

~ Mark 11:24

The Holy Spirit works out the Details for God’s Children.

The Holy Spirit works out the details for the Good.

~ Ephesians 2:10

The Holy Spirit works out the details for those who love God.

~ John 14:21

God’s Blessings

Prayer, for me, is a priority in my life because it gives me, and actually all of us, an opportunity to have a relationship with our Lord. He is always there waiting for us to call upon Him. All we need to do is first talk to Him. He desires and wants that fellowship with each of us.
As believers, who have been touched by God’s grace, we are blessed beyond measure. He sent His Son to die for our sins. God has given us the priceless gifts of eternal love and eternal life.
We, in turn, are instructed to approach our Heavenly Father with reverence and thanksgiving. But, as people, we are busy and get caught up in the inevitable demands of every day life. We sometimes fail to pause and thank our Creator for those countless blessings that He has bestowed upon us.
The words of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us to give thanks in every circumstance of life.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Garnett Langley

What is Your Greatest Hope?

We all go through our lives hoping for something. When you were a child, you had hopes that one day you would go to school. In the middle of the school year you hoped that summer was coming soon. When you moved into middle school you hoped that no one would notice the giant pimple on your face or that your hair didn’t match your outfit. In High School you hoped that you would make the sports team, join the choir, be invited out with friends, and even get your driver’s license. Toward the end of high school your hope was focused on things like college, career choices, or maybe a special someone. The next phase of life was being a young adult and hoping that your career would provide financial stability. You hoped when you took a risk that it might even pay off. You hoped that your spouse would love you for you and the way that God loves you. You hoped that your children would grow up to make good choices and to fall deeper in love with Jesus. During your career you began to put your hope in the stock market or 401 K, so that one day you could retire. Maybe during retirement you hoped you wouldn’t run out of money, and could soak up every last morsel and live your life to the fullest. We have all lived our lives hoping for something. Hope isn’t limited by your goals and dreams. Hope is limitless.
Nearly 7 years ago, Terah and I were standing for worship at a conference when the emcee of the night introduced the Daraja Children’s Choir. This choir was a group of orphan children from Kenya that traveled the globe sharing joy and Jesus with all they could meet! After the children had sung a song the crowd was instructed to sit down. Then, one child at a time, they came to the front of the stage with 11,000 church leader’s eyes fixed on them. With boldness and deep conviction the children stated these words and their message from God’s Word rocked my heart strings… Read these words slowly…
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

Maybe the question to ask isn’t what you are hoping for, but instead, into what are you putting your hope?

Matt Lee

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