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C.A.R.S. or Christian Auto Repair Service is a ministry which aims to provide various minor vehicle repairs and maintenance such as oil change, brake work, diagnosis, etc. You will only be asked to pay for parts, not the labor. We provide services by appointment on the fourth Saturday of every month. Contact Jennifer in the church office for more information or to schedule an appointment.
A new year and a new Bible reading plan! Start the new year off with a daily habit of getting into the Word of God. With our reading plan, you'll read just two chapters a day, taking you through the New Testament in one year and the entire Old Testament in three years.
Following along with us via our mobile app or download this printable copy and keep it in your Bible to track your progress. If you're looking for an easier first step into this new habit, we also have a New Testament plan available here.
A list of resources mentioned in Pastor Matt Vorhees' September 11, 2022 message.
Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6). InterVarsity Press.
Kruse, C. G. (2012). Paul’s Letter to the Romans (D. A. Carson, Ed.). William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Apollos.
MacArthur, John F. (1991). Romans. The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
Moo, Douglas (1996). The Epistle to the Romans. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Morris, L. (1988). The Epistle to the Romans. W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press.
Mounce, R. H. (1995). Romans (Vol. 27). Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Nigeria is located in West Africa. It is only 40% larger than Texas, but has a population of over 218 million compared to the 25 million people in Texas. It is the most populous country in Africa, and the world's sixth-most populous country. Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups speaking 500 distinct languages. English is the official language. The three largest tribes are the Hausa in the north, Yoruba in the west, and Igbo in the east, together comprising over 60% of the total population. Nigeria's constitution ensures freedom of religion, and the country is divided roughly in half between Muslims, who live mostly in the north, and Christians, who live mostly in the south.
Capital City: Abuja
Government: Federal presidential republic
Major People Groups: 25% Hausa, 21% Yoruba, 18% Igbo, 6% Fulani, 4% Ibibio, 2% Tiv, 2% Kanuri, 2% Ijaw, 20% other
Religion: 49% Christian, 49% Islam, 2% Other
Persecution of Christians in Nigeria is brutally violent. In much of northern Nigeria Christians are under the constant threat of attack from Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Fulani militants and criminals who kidnap and murder with few consequences. ISWAP and Boko Haram want to eliminate all Christians in Nigeria, and Muslim Fulani militants attack Christian villages specifically. Some of Nigeria’s northern states live under Shariah law where Christians face discrimination and are treated as second-class citizens. Christians who convert from Islam face rejection from their families, are often pressured to recant their faith in Jesus, and may be violently attacked.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom 8:35-37 ESV)