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The first question of the Westminster Larger Catechism and its answer are, “What is the chief and highest end of man?  Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy him forever.”

God chose his people for his glory: “he chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace …” .  Ephesians 1:4-6.  God desires for his people to glorify him.

We glorify God by worshipping him and telling of his glorious grace, but there are the people of many nations that have not heard of God’s glorious grace that Jesus secured for those who respond to his gospel in faith.  To prepare for that “great multitude, that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10) the Church must pray for the nations and send workers to tell them the good news.

We glorify God also by being obedient to him and serving him.  Jesus commanded his disciples, who were the Church, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).  That commission is not yet completed.  Pray for unreached nations and the workers who must go to them with the gospel.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!  (Psalm 67:1-3)

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Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalm 96:3)

Auburn University is home to more than 1600 international students and the number is growing. This is a special group of people, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s world leaders. It has been estimated that in the next 25 years, one-third to one-half of the world’s top leaders in government, business, education and military will be educated in the United States.

The goal of the Auburn Friends of Internationals program is to reach out to these students and welcome them with kindness and friendship as they spend their time in Auburn.

Please pray and consider taking part in this outreach opportunity.  The application to become a host of one or more of these international students can be accessed by the following link: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73W71qYLXqeojKB

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Blossoming:  An Outreach Opportunity

Auburn Friends of Internationals (FOI) is a network of ordinary Americans who welcome and befriend international students visiting Auburn University to pursue their education.

The FOI Sponsor Program was founded to provide a caring “home away from home” experience for students from other countries who would like to build a friendship with a local family. American families befriend international students to learn from them and to help them as sojourners in our land (These students have their own housing and have passed an English proficiency exam).

Working with local organizations, such as Covenant, FOI recruits American host families and individuals who are interested in sharing life-on-life with an International student or scholar.  Auburn University’s “Auburn Family Friend Program” then signs up the interested International students and scholars and pairs them up with a FOI host family.

Auburn University is home to more than 1600 international students and the number is growing.  This is a special group of people, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s world leaders. It has been estimated that in the next 25 years, one-third to one-half of the world’s top leaders in government, business, education and military will be educated in the United States.

The goal of the Auburn FOI program is to reach out to these students and welcome them with kindness and friendship as they spend their time in Auburn.

In addition to recruiting FOI hosts, FOI has practical needs they are hoping to meet in the form of Welcome Basket items for newly arriving international students. Their goal is 80 baskets. Items they still need are lightweight blankets (20 total) and healthy snack items (any quantity). For the blankets, a throw blanket or twin-size blanket is what they have in mind. Something they could cover up with when they sleep or nap, but it doesn’t have to be designed to go on a bed.  Walmart.com has a few options, all under $10 price point.

If you would like to provide blankets or snack items, please contact John Parr, email: johnmparr@gmail.com or telephone: 334 750 0340.

 

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Short-Term Missions Trip

You can still join the Short Term Missions Team to Camp Good Neighbor in Clarkston, GA. Contact Heike Williams or Marcus Kreitzer for more information.

A Task to be Completed

For many years much of the church in America has taught that Christianity is a personal relationship. That teaching is biblical, God does deal with his people personally, but it also can lead to each of us developing an “I’m the center of the universe” perspective as we seek to follow Christ in our lives.  When Jesus’ disciples were concerned with their next meal (John 4:31-38), he told them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.… Look I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe white for harvest.”   In Matthew 28:18-19, in some of his last words before ascending to take his place alongside the Father, Jesus commissioned his disciples, (and we are his disciples aren’t we?), “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Christ told us to go to every people group on earth and plant his church among them.  Jesus is building his Church, workers continue to go forth to tell his gospel, and disciple new believers, but the mission is not yet complete.  There remain hundreds of people groups on earth with no known access to the gospel.   There is much more work to be done.  Where do we fit in?

We can serve by going to an unreached people group.  We can serve by befriending and sharing the gospel with international students and workers among us. We can serve by reaching out to refugees from unreached people groups in places like Clarkston, Georgia. We can serve by helping to mobilize his people to become involved in working to complete the mission.  We can serve by supporting those who go materially and spiritually through giving and praying.

We don’t know when this mission will be completed, but we know that it will be.  God’s word tells us, “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  Christ is working now to build his kingdom.  Let’s join him.

 

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David’s Song of Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:8-34

Make known his deeds among the peoples! Tell of all his wondrous works! Remember the wondrous works that he has done. Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations. Let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

 

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13 O offspring of Israel his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

14 He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
17 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
    as your portion for an inheritance.”

19 When you were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
20 wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[b]
30     tremble before him, all the earth;
    yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
    and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
    before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

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