Today’s guest speaker for August 30, 2015 was LuAnne Baker.
LuAnne performed a dramatization of the Book of Esther as told by one of her maidservants.
LuAnne is the Western Pennsylvania District Director for the Alliance Women Ministries of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.
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Join us beginning this Saturday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 16 for our Tent Meeting events in West Akron at 1360 East Avenue, just north of I-76/77. On Saturday, bring the kids as we will have a kids’ carnival with games, food and music! On Sunday, we will have Sunday school and a worship service beginning at 10 AM. It’s a dress-down day, so come as you are! Finally, we will have one-hour worship services on Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th beginning at 7:00 PM.
Everyone is welcome! We also covet your prayers for the entire event, as well. Please invite your friends and loved ones to come and join us for fellowship and to see the love of Jesus Christ! Be a part of the revival of West Akron!
Volunteers are also welcome. If you need more information, please call 330.376.4654.
Our guest speaker today is Helen White, who is a missionary serving in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she and her husband, Doug, have been there for the last 22 years, with their two children. She and her husband have served at the Brazilian Alliance Church group where services are primarily held in the evening. In addition to Brazilians, there is a significant Japanese population in Brazil that is being ministered to. In many ways, like here in the United States, there is a huge international impact with our worldwide ministries, especially in the mission field. The Whites specialize in couples’ ministries and have been involved with marriage counseling and sharing the gospel to lead the people of Brazil to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the midst of their ministry, the Whites have encountered a nation with people who readily believe in reincarnation based upon good works and Spiritism (due to a blending of African and South American cultures with Catholicism).
In service as missionaries, Doug and Helen shared that often they were faced with circumstances that appeared to be greater than their own abilities. Their reliance on Jesus Christ has helped them to overcome obstacles and grow their ministry where lives have been truly changed to and for the glory of God. Their ministry specializes in witnessing to married couples about the saving knowledge and healing power of Jesus Christ, especially in matters of conflict such as unfaithfulness and other marital difficulties. They have dealt with couples on matters of the heart and have provided the testimony that it is Jesus Christ that matters above everything else. In John 4:1-30, 39-42, the Samaritan woman knew of Christ and knew that He was the coming Messiah, but it was not until she realized that He was present and revealed to her about her lifestyle that she began to address the issues, and the sin, that needed to be corrected. In marriage encounters, it takes several meetings with those who attend the counseling to also recognize that Christ allows the freedom to break the bondage of undeclared sin and the ability to forgive one’s offenses. When God is present, there is progress that is made in the efforts to help a couple reconcile their differences. It is the power of Christ, that touches and heals us, which allows us to overcome the conflicts of marriage that seem virtually impossible to resolve. With Christ, all of our problems become virtually nothing when we see His mercy, His glory, His power and His grace (Isaiah 6:3-7). Helen has asked for all of us to become more involved with all of our missionaries through continued prayer and how the Lord would lead in our participation, including our prayers for someone in our midst to get involved in missions. It starts with our obedience to His Word. God can use us for a wonderful and dramatic impact throughout the world in reaching others through His power and glory!
Today at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church’s Rainbow Tea 2009 celebration, the church was awash with the bright colors of a rainbow. Shades of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Colors that are rich and vivid and yet symbolic of God’s covenant with His people. The first rainbow was created by God as a sign to Noah and his family and to all of mankind. “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth (Genesis 9:13, 16).” All of the descendants of Noah, including the people that live around the world today, are part of that covenant. In spite of the unrealiability of man and how we fall short, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23),” God does not fail to keep His promises (Joshua 23:14). The rainbow was a symbol of His promise to mankind, and not that God needed the reminder, but rather for us to see and remember how God has been and continues to be truly good to us. He had already seen and declared that man was wicked and that the earth was corrupt (Genesis 6:11-12). With that in mind, it is only God who determines our righteousness before Him. We cannot control or determine our own righteousness. Thanks be to God for the beauty of the rainbow and the richness of its color, a living symbol of the richness and beauty of His covenant that He keeps with us through His Son Jesus Christ. Noah was righteous in God’s eyes and was a testimony of Him before others, even in the midst of scorn and ridicule. Our righteousness comes from our obedience to God and His Word, no matter what others may say about us and without concern for the world’s troubles. We are to “be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6a).” God is still in control and His covenant is still in place. He is deliberate in His actions and is not slow in keeping His promise. He is very patient and has been very patient with each of us (2 Peter 3:9). The challenge to each of us is making the commitment to follow God. It starts with repentance, salvation through trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it continues with your own testimony of God with worship, praise and obedience.
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend this year’s joint Good Friday service at CrossPoint Alliance Church in Fairlawn, Ohio. It was a beautiful service filled with uplifting music with a foundation of God’s Word on faith and the resurrection from Pastor Gus Brown of Akron Alliance Fellowship Church and Pastor Tim Feather of CrossPoint Alliance Church.