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With his hands tied behind his back, missionary J. W. Tucker was beaten and then with sixty of his Christian compatriots he was thrown into the crocodile-infested Bomokande River. It wasn’t ISIS or Al-Qaeda who claimed responsibility. The attack took place on November 24, 1964, at the hands of Congolese rebels.

Our natural instinct is to feel sorry for Tucker, whose earthly life was seemingly cut short. But life can’t be cut short when it lasts for all eternity. A holy empathy for his wife and children, who survived the terrorist attack, is biblically mandated. But heaven gained a hero, a hero in a long line of heroes who trace their genealogy back to the first Christian martyr, Stephen.

In the grand scheme of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will, eternal gain infinitely offsets earthly pain. God doesn’t promise us happily ever after. He promises so much more than that—happily forever after.

It was that eternal perspective that inspired J. W. Tucker to risk his earthly life for the gospel. Tucker didn’t fear death because he had already died to self. It wasn’t an uncalculated risk that led J. W. Tucker into the Congo during a civil war. He counted the cost with his missionary friend Morris Plotts. Plotts tried to convince his friend not to go. “If you go in,” he prophetically pleaded, “you won’t come out.” To which Tucker responded, “God didn’t tell me I had to come out. He only told me I had to go in.”

In the Old Testament and in the Gospels, we see an Israel that lost focus of its God given mission (Psalm 96) and focused on their own comfort, happiness and pleasure.  What mission is your life declaring?   Learn more at about the fear of the Lord and living on mission from Puerto Rican Pastor Jose Correa at: http://collincreekfwbc.podbean.com/.  Join us next Sunday for: “Prayer – Listening to the Voice of the Lord!”

Your Servant,

Robert Posner

Glorifying Christ through lives of Credibility and love for the Community.

Spend time with the Lord: at least 20 minutes a day praying for 18 individuals.

To see more of this week’s events at COLLIN CREEK CHURCH: http://www.collincreekchurch.org/calendar/

Monday, February 19: Today’s reading: Psalm 8

Tuesday, February 20: Today’s reading: Luke 8

Wednesday, February 21: Today’s Reading: Romans 8

Patch Club (Ages 3—4th graders) @ 6:45 pm

Challenger’s Class (5th—6th) @ 6:45 pm

Crossdirection (7th-12th) Dealing with False Teachers @ 6:45 pm

Men’s Prayer & Study Group: Discovering Messiah: The Gospel of Matthew @ 6:45 pm

Women’s Prayer & Study Group: Praying with Power @ 6:45 pm

ESL Class @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 22: Today’s reading: Proverbs 8

Friday, February 23: Today’s reading: Titus 2:1-8; 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Acts 15:36-39 & Acts 18:24-28

Pray for the Teen and their time at the Planet Wisdom Conference

Saturday, February 24: Today’s reading: Exodus 8

Pray for the Teen and their time at the Planet Wisdom Conference

Sunday, February 25: Today’s reading: Jude

Sunday School @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Nursery Caregivers:

@ 9:15 am – Melissa Rivers & Bethany Lopez

@ 10:30 am – Julie Hunter, Beverly Easterling & Anna Keller

Community Worship @ 10:45 am – Prayer: Listening to God

Community Groups gathering at various days, times and places. (see http://www.collincreekchurch.org/community-groups/)

Events are subject to change.  See the church’s website for details:

collincreekchurch.org  1905 East Parker Road  Plano TX 75074

Glorifying Christ through lives of Credibility and love for the Community.


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