November 22, 2017


 “Where Are The Nine?”

Scripture is replete with passages that speak to “giving thanks.”  Appropriately, it’s one of the dominant themes throughout the Bible that turns our attention to the work of God in our lives.   Like a watchman on the wall, the call to thankfulness warns us against the danger of ingratitude and selfishness.  The physician, turned gospel writer, Luke, recorded for us an event that illustrated this truth from the very life of Him who “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)  I’m sure you’ll remember this story.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,  praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way;  your faith has made you well.”

Ten men living with a death sentence on their lives cry out for mercy to the only one who could help them – Jesus, the Master!  And just as Luke summarized the earthly ministry of Christ his sequel, Jesus heals the terminal ten – new life out of death.  But then the twist.  Only one returns to thank Heaven’s Healer; and he’s a Samaritan – a foreigner!

Then we hear the response of Christ to this humble display of thanks -

“Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

This is a very busy weekend for most of us.  We’ll “feast” on Thanksgiving meals, football, Black Friday, and maybe even some Christmas decorating – not too mention Hallmark movies!!!  In the midst of joy and celebration I would like to encourage all of to follow the example of the ONE, not the NINE.  Let’s not allow the busyness of this weekend to crowd out the thankfulness of this occasion. 

The list of things for which we can be thankful is long – and rightly so.  But as we enjoy our Thanksgiving Meal let’s not forget our Thanksgiving Mercy.  That the same Master who was passing along Samaria and Galilee also passed by our lives, heard our cry, and brought life out of death.  May it not be said of us “Where are the nine?”  Instead, let us take time to “return” and be the one who gave thanks to Him who heals!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!






Title:  “Kingdom, Power, Glory, Amen! – More Than a Footnote to a Prayer”

Text:   Matthew 6:?? (page – 811)

Pastor Bob Clark


HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – The CPC Office will be closed on Thursday & Friday this week in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen the following Monday

CONGRATULATIONS! To Mark & Kari Harrington on the birth of their new grandson, Blair Matthew Harrington, born Monday, November 20th weighing 6 lbs.14 oz. and 19 ¾ inches long to Matt, Marissa and Sydney Harrington

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): Following Morning Worship.

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRYmeets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:15pm at Rock Solid. This month, we meet on November 28th. Please see Aaron and Emily Fredrick if you would like to help with this ministry

CHOIR REHEARSAL ­– The Choir will rehearse on Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm at the church

SINGING TELEGRAMS – The Youth Group will deliver a few songs of Christmas joy and cheer, as well as a little Christmas surprise, to a business associate, relative, shut-in, nursing home resident, or your favorite person/persons. To order your Singing Telegram, fill out the form below and return to the Welcome Center by Sun., Dec. 3rd.  You may call the church office until Thurs., Dec. 7th Suggested donation:  $10 per telegram. (Make checks payable to Christ Presbyterian Church & note “Singing Telegrams” on the memo line)

YOUTH SERVICE REQUEST FORM – If you would like to have a member of the Youth Group help with a project (raking leaves, shoveling snow, or something else) please fill out a form provided at the Welcome Center. Donations are appreciated and will go toward the cost of Summer Conference. Please turn any donation in to Pastor Jeff, for record keeping purposes

HOPE HOUSE FUNDRAISER – “The Real Meaning of Christmas” Friday, December 8th at 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Hosted by CPC. Tickets are available now by calling or stopping by the church office and are $10 each

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – This year’s Ladies’ Advent Tea, “Unwrapping The Wonder” will be held on Wednesday evening December 6th. Purchase your tickets for $7.00 each See Jodi McKinney for more information.

CPC FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Join us for the CPC Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday Evening, December 17th at 6pm.   Please place RSVP in the basket provided in the Welcome area (See bulletin insert.) or RSVP by calling the church office 765.966.4017.



The new song we will be singing in worship at CPC this month is called "O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer".  This is a song on a new album to be released on November 17th by Sovereign Grace Music. If you go to Sovereign Grace Music online you will see this album featured. 


If you want to listen to the song...well, right now it's so new that the only recording on YouTube is the one made at the Sing! Worship Conference held in Nashville TN in September - a live congregation learning it!  Below is the link and the lyrics!




“O Lord My Rock And My Redeemer”

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Greatest treasure of my longing soul
My God, like You there is no other
True delight is found in You alone
Your grace, a well too deep to fathom
Your love, exceeds the heavens' reach
Your truth, a fount of perfect wisdom
My highest good and my unending need

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Strong defender of my weary heart
My sword to fight the cruel deceiver
And my shield against his hateful darts
My song, when enemies surround me
My hope, when tides of sorrow rise
My joy, when trials are abounding
Your faithfulness, my refuge in the night

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Gracious Savior of my ruined life
My guilt and cross laid on Your shoulders
In my place, You suffered bled and died
You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame

You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
May all my days, bring glory to Your Name
May all my days, bring glory to Your Name











This is part one of a two-part series following MTW teams responding to God's call to plant churches in closed countries.

It’s a country with a long and bloody history of religious persecution stretching back centuries. As recently as 30 years ago, being a Christ-follower in this East Asian country meant accepting the risk of being killed for your faith, and Christians were routinely tortured, jailed, or “disappeared” in large numbers. Though rarely martyred anymore, some Christians are still imprisoned for their faith and all live under the constant, looming threat of a crackdown.

Despite the danger and the fear, the Church is growing and thriving more than ever.

“There’s an incredible, unprecedented opportunity in this country for church planting,” said MTW missionary Tom Middleton.* “It’s unlike any other country in the world, both in its challenges and its fruit.”

Tom and his team serve as facilitators, helping nationals plant churches and playing an instrumental role in developing a nationwide network of presbyteries and Reformed churches. This year, they’ll be examining more than 30 men for licensure or ordination as pastors throughout East Asia, and the list of qualified church leaders keeps growing. Yet security issues and persecution are still present.

“Most of these churches start with 20 or 30 people meeting in someone’s house for a Bible study,” said Tom. “But as a church gets larger they’ll have to move to some larger facility, and then they have to deal with the authorities trying to resist [their] meeting.”

And there’s the rub. The tremendous and exciting growth of churches also makes them more visible—and more imperiled.

“The government doesn’t like to see large, well-organized groups of people, especially when they’re nationwide, which is the case with both our church-planting network and our Presbyterian network,” said Tom. “Those are challenging things to maneuver.”

According to Tom, the Church has grown so large across the country that the government can’t control all that’s going on. Instead, they choose their targets strategically.

“They have a saying here: ‘You kill the chicken to scare the monkey,’” Tom said.

In other words, when the government decides to punish someone in a church, they make sure that everyone hears about it.

“Throughout the history of this country, missionaries have gone through an amazing amount of persecution, struggles, and difficulties, and have seen very little fruit,” Tom said. What they’re seeing now is the fulfillment of their work and the answer to years of prayer.

He adds, “This is an age where Christianity really is able to change [this country] and it’s because we’re coming alongside and helping the local Christians, not because we’re leading the charge.”

*Name has been changed. 

Next week we'll look at part two of our series, When Church Planting is Perilous: South Asia.





Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

Annual Ladies Advent Tea Join us on Wednesday evening December 6th for our Annual Ladies Advent Tea, “Unwrapping the Wonder”! Ladies, mark your calendars! Tickets are $7.00 and are now available . See Jodi McKinney for more information.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held on January 11th from 6:45pm -8:45pmin the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss, Pray.







1                        Daniel Golden

6                        Adam Deckard

11                        Ryan Davis

13                        Rebecca McClain

15                        Chris Moore

15                         Sarah Moore

16                        Sami Geiling

21                        Jane Hunt

24                        Michele Luker

26                        Rebecca Adcock

27                        Owen Todd



1                         Anna Golden

3                        Jean Azbell

6                        Opal Stackhouse

11                        Arden Davis

13                        Ben Anderson

13                        Quentin Williamson

19                        Aaron Cook

23                        Garrett Anderson

23                        Ian Staifer

24                        Sara Rhodes

25                        Bethany Anderson

29                        Roger Arnold









25            Les & Jane Hunt                           



11            Brian & Twana Cheek           

22            Lance & Lori Fowler         

22            Mark & Kari Harrington           

28            Bill & Opal Stackhouse           

 Christ Presbyterian Church  -  (765).966.4017  -  350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN 47374  -  Office@KnowingChrist.net