It’s Saturday… but Sunday is Coming!
I. What’s happening at HBC
Please pray for Gloria Book, Julia Johnson our missionaries in Uganda.
The Ocean of Commotion Vacation Bible School is now concluded, the closing program being held yesterday evening.
PRAISE GOD FOR:
–An amazing volunteer staff
–An outstanding program from Answers In Genesis
–An incredible decorating scheme to make the week unforgettable for the kids
–Committed teachers who are teaching God’s Word and presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ
–Remarkable attendance, nearly 60 children every day
–Continued open hearts among the children to respond to the Gospel
–Continued open hearts among all who attended the program respond to the Gospel
–Opportunities to vigorously follow-up with any who got saved
–Opportunity to connect with the families of the children, especially families where Christ is not known
The Vehicle Challenge continues through June
–Let’s help Brian and Tabita Drinkall get a car for their ministry in Malaysia!
– Any amount up to $6,000.00 received through June will be matched.
– Please make checks to Harvard Bible Church and designate “Vehicle” in the memo line
– The Vehicle Challenge is the missions project for VBS. The children are enthused about this!
– If we meet this challenge, we will significantly enhance the Drinkall’s ministry in Malaysia
Bridge Groups will meet after the Worship Service today
Missions Committee meeting
June 27-July 1
The annual IFCA International Convention will convene in Springfield, Illinois. Pastor will be carpooling with Rich Griffin III, who is coming from Connecticut this weekend.
They will be joined by another IFCA pastor, Mohan Paul of India. You may learn about his ministry at http://www.mohanpaul.co.in. He arrived in the USA yesterday, and he is staying with friends in Round Lake Beach. After ministering in Detroit on Sunday, he will be joining Pastor and Rich on Monday for our trip to Springfield. Brother Paul is planning to introduce us to his ministry in India on July 3rd.
Annual Pig Roast
Russ and Naomi Bennett will give a report on their recent ministry in Zimbabwe, Africa
July 14, 6:30 PM – Church Board Meeting
II. Prayer and Praying in the Old Testament
Prayer in Exodus
Ex. 2:23-25 – God heard the prayer of the Israelites who were in bondage in Egypt
Ex. 3-4 – Moses has an extended prayer/conversation with God. Notice especially Ex. 3:11-14 and Ex. 4:10-14
Ex. 5:22-23 – Moses complains that God has not yet delivered Israel from Egypt as promised
Ex. 10:16-19 – As requested by Pharaoh, Moses prays that God will remove the locusts from Egypt
Ex. 15:1-19 – A prayer/song of praise after the exodus from Egypt
Ex. 17:4 – Moses complains to God about the complaining of the Israelites
Ex. 22:26 – God promises to hear the prayer of the poor and oppressed
Ex. 32:11-14 – Moses intercedes for the Israelites when God declares judgment against them
Ex. 32:30-32 – Moses again intercedes for the Israelites when God declares judgment against them
Ex. 33:12-23 – Moses asks for God’s presence as he leads the people. Then, in the most daring prayer recorded in Scripture, Moses asks to see God’s glory
Ex. 34:29 – Moses talked with God on the mountain, resulting in his face radiating light
III. This Week’s Significant Events and Quotes in Church History
Source: Christian History Institute (www.christianhistoryinstitute.org)
Used with permission
64 Nero begins the first imperial persecution of Christians.
1865 English pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, unable to bear the thought of millions perishing in the east, prays for twenty-four willing and skillful workers, and founds the China Inland Mission (later known as OMF—the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International).
1886 Isaac Barton Kimbrough tells the Texas legislature how he was held up by highwaymen in Tennessee while raising funds for a Christian college and how he persuaded the young men to donate to the worthy cause.
1978 The “Moscow Seven,” Siberian believers, take refuge at the United States’ embassy in Moscow.
856 Argimirus, an old monk, is executed by Muslims in Cordova after someone betrays him to the authorities
1315 Death by stoning of mystic and missionary Raymond Lull in Bougie, North Africa (Tunisia). He had been persuaded by a vision to seek the conversion of Muslims, had founded a school to train men to the task, and had studied Islamic culture.
1860 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and biologist Thomas Huxley engage in a famous exchange regarding evolution. Before the debate, Wilberforce was coached by biologist Richard Owen.
1937 Martin Niemoller, a leading Lutheran who resists Nazi racism, is arrested by the Gestapo. Released once, he will be arrested again and will spend many years in prison.
1505 Terrified by a thunderstorm, Martin Luther vows to become a monk and soon afterward enters the order of Augustinian Hermits.
1880 Prussia declares that clergy are subordinate to the state.
VI. Interpreting the Bible
Continued in the next edition!