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Greetings from the Fehl Family

Dear Friends at Tates Creek,

Twenty years ago we began our journey in Ethiopia. In June 1996, we flew to Ethiopia on our one-year wedding anniversary to spend the summer on a CMF REACH internship. That summer changed our lives and set us on a course of mission work through today. Ethiopia has changed a lot in the last twenty years….and so have we.

For the past few years we have been sensing God telling us that our time in Ethiopia is coming to a close. In prayer, we have been hearing “move” and “trust” a lot! After many discussions and much prayer, we decided in February that the time for us to leave is soon—this summer.

On June 19th, we’ll leave Ethiopia and transition to life in America. We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we are trusting Him to show us when the time is right. Through the rest of this year, we’ll be on furlough in Indiana with CMF. Adrian will continue to be available to the Ethiopia team to help with leadership transition, questions, issues, etc. He’ll also be helping with some projects through the CMF home office.

During the fall of 2016, we hope to visit with you to express our appreciation for your partnership with us in ministry. By that time, we also hope to have some idea of what God has next for us (possibly a continuation of ministry with CMF in some capacity). You have been so faithful, and we could not have done our work in Ethiopia without you. We are confident that God will continue His work through the great team that we leave behind.

Thank you for your partnership, prayers, and encouragement. Many of you have come to be like family to us over the years. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Adrian & Jennifer Fehl

Jesus is Greater Than Sensuality – Genesis 39

Have you ever created trouble for yourself because you did the right thing? Have you been penalized because you stood on your Christian principles and refused to give in to sin and temptation? Such was the life of the patriarch Joseph. Born into wealth, one might think the 11th son of Jacob could have expected to live an easy life. Because he was his father’s favorite, his jealous brothers sold him into slavery and he eventually found himself in Egypt as the servant of Potiphar, one of the king’s important officers and captain of the palace guard. Potiphar was impressed with Joseph and saw potential in him making him manager of his household and of all his personal affairs. But then, more trouble struck. Potiphar’s wife, who was physically attracted to Joseph, tried to seduce him. Joseph refused her advances. He respected Potiphar and didn’t want to violate the confidence Potiphar had in him. More importantly, he didn’t want to sin against God. Joseph was in a bind and he didn’t know what to do. He panicked and ran away. That made Potiphar’s wife angry and she claimed he had raped her. He was arrested and thrown into prison. It was a ‘no win’ situation if there ever was one.
Because human nature hasn’t changed in the past six thousand years, this story speaks to us as we try to live as Christians. The fact is that we are not always rewarded for doing right. Joseph did right and was lied against and cast into prison. It takes courage to stand on principle when we know that it would be easier to take the path of least resistance. May God give us the strength to make decisions calculated not on the basis of how difficult or easy it is to do right, but on what He wants us to do.
As our country becomes less Christian and more secular, we may find that when we do our best to please God, we do not receive the applause or acceptance of the general public. We may know Christians who have lost their jobs simply because they did the right thing. As you and I face the challenges of life, let us remember Joseph who had the courage and commitment to make Godly decisions, no matter what consequences might follow.
Genesis 39 does not end with Joseph languishing in prison. God had big plans for him and He blessed him. Two chapters later he impressed the King and was released from prison. Sometimes life doesn’t turn out as well for us when we do the right thing – as we measure success in this life. But our goal is to serve God and we can take pleasure in doing that.

John Craycraft

Sermon Outline, May 29, 2016, “Jesus is Greater Than Fear”

Jesus is Greater than Fear

Esther 5

Confidence inspires Courage.

Confidence in God’s Promises inspires courage.

~ II Corinthians 1:20  “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”

Confidence in God’s Protection inspires courage.

~ II Timothy 4:18  “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

 

Compassion inspires Courage.

Compassion for people’s salvation inspires courage.

~ John 15:13  “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

Compassion for people’s salvation inspires courage to move out of the Comfort Zone.

~ Romans 1:16  “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

 

Conviction inspires Courage.

Conviction for the Truth inspires courage.

~ John 8:32  “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Conviction for Righteousness inspires courage.

~ James 4:17  “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 

Courage inspires Courage.

Courage inspires Others to be courageous.

~ Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Courage acts Now.

~ II Corinthians 6:2  For He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.”  Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—

The Buzzard, The Bat, and The Bumblebee

Like many of you, I receive emails from a retired friend who has a lot of time on his hands and sends me lots of emails that he thinks I would enjoy. I try to read them, if I can find the time. I recently received this one from him and I am so glad I read it. I hope you enjoy it too.
“‘If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail, with no top.’
‘The ordinary bat flies around at night, a remarkable, nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.’
‘A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.’
‘In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That’s the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem. Just look up!’
‘Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, but faith looks up! Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and trust in our Creator who loves us.’”
Responding to the disciples who could not drive the demon out of the boy, Jesus replied: “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move. Nothing is impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20

Don Seevers

Being a Prayer Partner

One of the benefits of Sunday school is getting to know other like-minded individuals. Through the Servants for Christ class, I met my prayer partner, Sarah Hines. Sarah and I have been praying with each other for about two years. We set aside Wednesday morning at 8 am to pray together. During this time we share prayer requests, read scripture, and pray. Recently, I asked Sarah to pray about something I was feeling led to do. I was uncertain about the situation and needed discernment on how to handle it. It was a very specific request that I needed to act on quickly. The next week I received a confirmation to this prayer but in a very different way than I had prayed! I knew right away this was the answer to my prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

Carol Ann Martin

Jesus is Greater Than Fear – Esther 5

At the beginning of Esther chapter five, we find Queen Esther standing in the inner court of the palace. She is fully aware that she is risking her life by being in view of the king on his throne, without an invitation. What was behind her decision to break the rules and take such a risk? Was it the faith and influence of her uncle, the intercession of the Jewish people that were fasting and praying for her, or her own obedience in fasting and prayer before God? It was God’s willingness to work through her and her willingness to be open to His call.
Recently, I mentioned to a friend how I really hate taking risks. Her response was to laugh and say, “No kidding?” Anyone that knows me, knows that fear is a major struggle for me. There have been times that I have been successful over fear and other times when I have hung my head in frustration, wishing I were stronger.
Many Bible passages can offer encouragement when we are faced with fear. Matthew 28:16-20 says, “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What I notice here is that even though some of the disciples were doubtful, Jesus gave them all the command to go and make disciples. He also said to all of them that He would be with them. That gives me hope knowing that He knows there are many times when I am fearful and doubting yet He still wants to use me and He will be with me. He is greater than our fear!

Phyllis Eversole

Sermon Outline, May 22, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Chance”

Jesus is Greater than Chance

Esther 4

Trust God’s Sovereignty.

Trust God’s Leadership.

~ Revelation 4:2-3.     “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.”

Trust God’s Permissive Will.

~ Romans 8:28.          “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

 

Trust God’s Presence.

Trust God’s Omnipresence.

~ Psalm 139:7-10.      Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”

~ Luke 12:24, 27.        “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”

Trust God’s Presence when He seems Absent.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6.        “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”

 

Trust God’s Plan.

Trust God’s Plan with Purpose.

~ Jeremiah 29:11.        “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

Trust God’s Plan with the Details.

~ Job 42:2.      “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

 

Busy Summer in Children’s Ministry

Each year we hope to engage, love, challenge, and draw in more kids than the year before. We hope to serve more people locally and globally through the kind and generous hearts of the children. This is what’s happening this summer in the Children’s Ministry!
Technically we will kick off the summer with our graduations from pre-K and 5th grade on May 22nd. Graduating from elementary will be 15 incredible kids, many of whom are ready to share Jesus with their neighbors. At the same time, Critterland will be celebrating their graduates as well. Uptown will welcome 15 new, soon to be, Kindergartners on May 29th. This will also be a FUN family Sunday! Then, later in June is our annual young elementary adventure at Power Kids Day Camp at BGCC.
Next will be VBS, “Deep Sea Discovery,” June 11-14, 9 am-Noon! Sign up now at tatescreek.org to register your child AND/OR to sign up as one of our elite team members!
Following VBS we will have a week off before heading to BGCC again for an awesome week of 7-11 camp. Then we will end with packing backpacks, and PARTY IN THE PARK!
For some people this might make you exhausted just reading, but for me I get excited to experience all the things God has in store for your TCCC kids this summer and beyond!
If you are reading this and wondering how you can serve, send me an email or text 859-537-2634 and I will be happy to get you plugged in to a special event OR into our Sunday morning Summer Team!

Matt Lee

Faith in God’s Plan

The second day that I was in the hospital with my son, Conner, the nurse came in and informed my husband and me that he had failed his hearing test. Shaken, a few days later we were with our pediatrician and were assured that 95% of children who fail their first test will pass their second. We tried to have faith that things would come back normal. Conner failed his second test, and we were given the diagnosis of almost profound hearing loss. I tried to stay positive, but on the way home I lost it in the car. My husband Lucas called and reiterated that even though we had been given this diagnosis, it would in no way slow us down. He told me to have faith in God and his plan for our son. There were so many options to make our son hear as normal as possible.
As the months went on, we became more at peace with the idea that he was essentially deaf, and began researching cochlear implants and hearing aids. For his next test, we were given the better news that he was moderately hard of hearing and that only hearing aids were needed to correct the problem. We had to find the $3,000 for the hearing aids, but we had faith that it would be provided. It was, and Conner began hearing sounds and responding more often. Unfortunately, he got a double ear infection and due to the hearing loss the ENT decided that tubes would be necessary to alleviate the risk for more loss.
In July of 2014 we went for Conner’s next hearing test. Lucas and I had prayed that his hearing loss would be made better by the surgery and we continued to have faith in God. The results were in, and our son was hearing at a completely normal level. To this day, we are unable to believe that he was ever in the profound loss range, as he is extremely verbal and communicative. The situation made our faith in God’s plan much stronger and throughout the process we knew, no matter what, our son’s path was going to be alright.

Lesley Tipton

Jesus is Greater Than Chance – Esther 4

I learned a new word the other day. Actually a preacher taught it to me as a part of his sermon and I want to share it with you today. The word is ‘peripety’. If you are an English or literature scholar you may know that peripety is defined as “a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances.”

While the sermon I heard did not use Esther as an example, I think it could have. Esther experienced a peripety when she was taken from her life in Mordecai’s house to the palace of the King. She also experienced a peripety when she was called from this seeming life of peace and luxury to put her life on the line by speaking up for her people, the Jews.

So, do you believe in ‘chance’? Was it a simple coincidence that Esther was in this position at this precise time so that she could participate in God’s salvation for the Jews? Mordecai didn’t think so. The latter half of verse 14 records him saying to Esther, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Clearly Mordecai believed that these events had been orchestrated and used by God.

What about you? When something happens that you don’t understand, do you tend to try to explain it as ‘chance’ or ‘coincidence’? Or, do you recognize God’s sovereignty and love for us by acknowledging that He can, and often does, make and set in motion plans for us. Sometimes He even uses our mistakes, failures, and weaknesses to accomplish wonderful things for His glory and His Kingdom. This causes us to agree with what God says as recorded by Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

 

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