Jesus prayed, "Thy will be done Father." Tonight Christian Center gathers at 19h30 for a time of praise and prayer concerning the election of our new Senior Pastor. Everyone is welcome as we humble ourselves before the will of God. That we may hear HIS voice. (If you cannot be present, please join in prayer with the Christian Center Family).
New Young Adult Home Group "Mosaique" meeting in Etterbeek. All welcome 18-35 years old. Theme "the Gospel: and work, money, and sex"
Two "FIRSTS" tonight. Mosaique Young Adult Bible Study Group had their first meeting with 18 present in Etterbeek. The new Lillois-Braine L'Alleud Alpha Group with Pastor Daniel met for the first time in the community building. Two of the new visitors opened their hearts to Christ.
New young adult Bible study group met in Etterbeek with 18 present. Lillois-Braine L'Alleud Alpha course with Pastor Daniel had their first session. Two participants opened their hearts to Christ.
Bienvenue a Benjamin Chiesi. Nouvea-ne de Elise et Raphael. Felicitations!!!
Today at Christian Center, Pastor Joe and Noemi Szabo will be speaking in the morning and evening services. Time 10:45 A.M. and 5 P.M. Everyone welcome. Immediately following the A.M. service there will be a Question and Answer Session for all members of the church with the Szabos. Join us today.
Woluwe St. Lambert Home Group Fellowship. Study on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. Contact Joy Hemler for more information. Tel. 0496 27 21 85
LADIES! Beth Moore Bible Studies began last week. Still time to join every Wednesday from 9 till 11 A.M. In the youth chapel. The study is in the books of Thessalonians 1-2. Call Catrina for further info:0475 28 84 03. (A Sunday A.M. class is also beginning for those attending regular CC services).
We join with the Luc Baeck family in remembering his love for God and the church. Luc is with The Lord. Please remember his lovely wife, children and grandchildren.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Peta. Celebrating at the Overijse Homegroup
International Friendship Festival 2014 - Festival International de l'Amitié 2014
WELCOME EMMA! Pastor Seth and Tamar are the proud new parents of their daughter, Emma. Pastor Seth serves as Christian Center Youth Pastor. Congratulations.
STAFF MEETING and luncheon with Joe and Noemi Szabo. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a spiritual time of prayer and devotion followed by a question and answer session with the Szabos. Dr. Joseph is the proposed candidate for Senior pastor of Christian Center. Pastor Richard and Sherry Dunn are preparing for retirement in the U.S.A.
“The Tree of Death”
When we turn on the television and flip through the channels we see and hear the stories of terrible and evil things happening all over the world. It almost seems like a curse hangs over the world. Questions come like, “Why is there so much suffering?” or “Why is the world in such a mess?” And the list of questions goes on and on.
For most (even those who fail to believe in a “good” God or a “bad” devil) would agree that there is much evil in the world. The definition of “evil” can be described by a long list of words: “wrongful, immoral sinful, ungodly, unholy, foul, vile, base...degenerate, villainous, sinister, malicious, demonic and O yes, “devilish”.
To find the source of this “evil” let’s go back to the the beginning of human history: Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:16-17. Here God gave the first couple a law for life in Eden: “The Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’” Colin Smith says of this passage, “God’s first law was like all His commandments, a wonderful expression of His love. God had made everything good, and so “good” was the only thing Adam knew. But it was not the only thing in the universe. Evil was already at work. It had already found expression in Satan’s rebellion.” (p. 54, “Unlocking the Bible Story”). And he was recruiting man for his rebellion!
Today it seems like we are fascinated with evil, but it wasn’t always that way. God had given man the opportunity to just know and experience “good”. It included living in God’s presence, in a perfect place, with a great job and a pure and loving partner: no shame and no pain!
Man didn't just seek out this tree of the knowledge of evil, reading the story, we see that Satan “enticed” man and woman or was it woman and man!! He used three very power tools to draw them to this tree of death. They are still being used today!!!
1. Confusion: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ (Genesis 3:1). Satan will try and lower your defenses by suggesting to your mind that maybe what you want is not really forbidden by God or that the Bible is not clear about the matter. (ibid.)
2. Presumption. ‘You will not surely die’. Today we hear people say, O God loves us too much to punish us!” Sound familiar? “The consequences won’t be so bad. You can do this, and nothing bad will happen to you.” Genesis 3:4)
3. Ambition. “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) Man thinks he can become his own master and "god".
This “death” was not just physical. It was separation from God, being cast out of the garden, losing job security, a sense of guilt and shame, and martial tensions that have lasted up until this day: man failed to protect his wife and the wife no longer trusted her husband.
You and I carry the scars of Adam and Eve in our lives. The cycle repeats itself in every generation because of our bent to sin. This curse man cannot break. This death man cannot escape through his own power. We need someone to rescue us from our human condition. Paul addresses this as the “law of sin and death” in Romans 7 (read the whole chapter). He speaks of the power of evil at work in him in verse 19, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.” He goes on in utter frustration to ask the question, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (v. 24b).
The answer is found in verse 25, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus our Lord.” It is from Christ’s death on the cross that our salvation comes. At the cross Christ bears the curse of sin. Christ alone can break the curse, BUT only if we place our trust in HIS work. Then we can say with Paul in Romans 8:1, “Therefore there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Read chapter 8)
We cannot stop all the evil in the world, but we can see evil conquered in our soul. A new beginning of “good” waits for those who walk with Christ. He is the personification of “GOOD”. He is God’s answer to Satan’s lies.
Have a great week!
ANSWERED PRAYER! Many of the Christian Center Family remembers that Betty and Cisco were praying for a new residence visa in the US. For Betty. This week, by God's grace, Cisco reported that the U.S. Gov't has approved Betty's entrance into the U.S. The family is reunited again.
Congratulations to Jasmine and Maldo. Beautiful married couple and part of Christian Center. Currently Maldo serves as the Associate Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Center. He also served as youth leader at CC. Maldo and Jasmine work in Youth Explosion and outreach ministries such as Converge. Current plans are to plant a new church in Aalst, Belgium.
Dr. Joseph Szabo and his lovely wife, Noemi will be ministering this coming Sunday the 7th in the A.M. and P.M. service as well as in the 14th A.M. and P.M. Joe and Noemi Szabo are candidates for Senior Pastor of Christian Center. Pastor Richard and Sherry Dunn are retiring after 50 years of ministry. They have served Christian Center for the past 7 years. WELCOME Joe and Noemi!
Congratulations to Pastor Seth and Tamar on the birth of Emma Last evening at St. ELIZABETH'S.
Congratulations to Christian and Angèle on the birth of their daughter, Karen Gabrielle born: August 27th 2014.
Our pastor's new blog is online. Check it out!
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