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  1. FBC E-Blast - January 30, 2023

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    January 30, 2023

    Developing Convictions - Jeremiah 17

    An acorn needs nutrients and time to grow into a tall, sturdy oak tree. Likewise, men and women of conviction develop gradually through committed Bible study and prayer. Ready to get planted firmly in biblical truth? Here’s how:


    Make a list of issues for which you need to form a conviction. Here are questions to help you get started: Do you consider the Bible true and trustworthy? Do you think that believing in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in the lives of believers and unbelievers? Are we to forgive others in every situation? How should Christians approach finances? What’s your purpose in life? What is your role in the church and at work? How should you think and act regarding social issues like capital punishment, abortion, and racism?


    It is my hope that these questions will open the eyes of those who haven’t contemplated how their personal philosophies have developed. It’s time to change that. Study the Bible and make God’s Word the cornerstone of your thinking. A concordance will point you to scriptures that relate to the above topics. Evaluate what the Bible says rather than looking at an issue through the lens of personal preference. Ask, What does God say? rather than What does this mean to me?


    Once you know what God says, you have a choice to make: Believe Him and commit to living according to your conviction, or continue being tossed by waves of doubt and indecision (James 1:6). Root yourself in God’s Word and be called one of His oaks of righteousness (Isaiah 61:3).


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


    Current Sermon Series
          In Jesus' time on Earth, He wasn't interested in token gestures. He didn't care about outward behavior. He shook up anyone whose faith was lukewarm, and He brought hope to the broken, the lost, and those tangled in sin by showing them what true worship could be.
          In this series, we'll go beyond the simple slogans of what it means to follow Christ, and open ourselves up to discover the knots in our lives that Jesus wants to undo, so that we can live an authentic faith. Your attenders will leave with an understanding of the roadblocks Jesus wants to remove from our spiritual walks as well as a renewed passion for a legitimate relationship with him.


    Last Week:
          Over 100 years ago a novel was written by Charles Sheldon called "In His Steps." In it the popular question was coined, "What would Jesus do?" In this series, we are going to ask a different question, "What would Jesus undo?" There are things that are going on the lives of many Christians that would be considered them spiritually indifferent. We will talk about what causes it, what are some indicators of it, as well as one thing that will help us get out of Spiritual Indifference.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Week:
          We continue our series What Would Jesus Undo? by looking at why He would undo Hallow Indifference.


    Upcoming Events

    February 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship service


    February 11 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-off at 6:00 PM


    February 26 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering after AM Worship Service


    March 10 - Church-Wide Bowling at 6:30 PM at West Pike Bowl. $5 per person includes 2 hours of bowling, pizza and pop. There is a sign up sheet in the church foyer. Invite your friends and neighbors!


    April 8 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at Midway Community Park at 12 PM


    April 9 - Easter Services
          Early Service at 8 AM
          Carry-in Breakfast at 9 AM
          Easter Worship Service at 10 AM.
          NO Service at 11 AM


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  2. FBC E-Blast - January 23, 2023

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    January 23, 2023

    Developing a Vibrant Faith - Acts 9

    The apostle Paul had a strong commitment to know and serve Jesus Christ. His passion and love for the Lord was obvious—Jesus was always central in his thinking, whether he was working as a tent maker, preaching to the crowd, or even sitting in chains at prison. What fueled his love for the Lord?


    Paul's conversion experience on the Damascus Road was a motivating force in his life. Grateful for the gift of grace he had received at salvation, the apostle told many people about his encounter with the resurrected Christ and its impact on him. We, too, have a story to tell of God's mercy in saving us and of the new life we have in Him.


    Paul's zeal also came from his firm conviction that the gospel message was true and available to everyone (John 3:16). On the cross, Jesus took all our sins - past, present, and future - upon Himself (I Peter 2:24). He suffered our punishment so that we might receive forgiveness and be brought into a right relationship with God. Through faith in Christ, we've been born again, and the indwelling Holy Spirit helps us every day (John 14:26). The more we understand what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, the greater will be our passion to share the gospel.


    Developing a vibrant faith requires time and energy plus a commitment to obey God. Regularly studying the Bible will strengthen your beliefs and give you courage to speak. Caring about the spiritual welfare of others will move you into action. Do you have a passion to serve Jesus wherever He leads?


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


    Upcoming Sermon Series
          In Jesus' time on Earth, He wasn't interested in token gestures. He didn't care about outward behavior. He shook up anyone whose faith was lukewarm, and He brought hope to the broken, the lost, and those tangled in sin by showing them what true worship could be.
          In this series, we'll go beyond the simple slogans of what it means to follow Christ, and open ourselves up to discover the knots in our lives that Jesus wants to undo, so that we can live an authentic faith. Your attenders will leave with an understanding of the roadblocks Jesus wants to remove from our spiritual walks as well as a renewed passion for a legitimate relationship with him.


    Last Week:
          As we close our series on how to "Take Back Your Life," we will look at how we can do "The Right Thing, The Wrong Way." David wanted to worship God by bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, but he went about it the wrong way and someone died. It was the right thing done the wrong way. What are we doing today that is the right thing to do, but we are going about it the wrong way? David goes back later and does it right. We need to stick with it and keep working.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Week:
          We will begin a new series, What Would Jesus Undo by looking at how He would undo Indifference.



    Upcoming Events

    February 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship service


    February 11 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-off at 6:00 PM


    February 26 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering after AM Worship Service


    March 10 - Church-Wide Bowling at 6:30 PM. More details to come.


    April 8 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at Midway Community Park at 12 PM


    April 9 - Easter Services
          Early Service at 8 AM
          Carry-in Breakfast at 9 AM
          Easter Worship Service at 10 AM.
          NO Service at 11 AM


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  3. FBC E-Blast - January 16, 2023

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    January 16, 2023

    Godliness - Matthew 9

    There is a common misconception that believers should be perfect. Pretending to have our lives in order, many of us wear happy faces and speak words that sound acceptable. At times we’re ashamed to admit our shortcomings, as if they should not exist. Salvation through Jesus, however, doesn’t change the fact that sin is present in our life. When we’re born again, God forgives us and sees us as righteous. Yet our battle with sin continues till we arrive in heaven.


    In fact, striving for perfection actually can be a trap that pulls us away from living a godly life. Functioning in this way is a form of relying on our own capability. Jesus said that He came to heal the spiritually sick because they recognized their weakness. With an awareness of our inadequacy comes the realization of our need for Him.


    The world sees successful individuals as powerful and self-sufficient, but Jesus didn’t care about these qualities. Instead, He wants people to be aware of their own brokenness. This is the foundation for godliness.


    We should accept our neediness and seek God passionately. Doing so allows the following attributes to develop: a hunger for God’s Word, faithful service, deepening trust, and decision-making based upon principle rather than preference. Patiently and mercifully, God matures us.


    Be careful not to cover up your sins in order to look like a “good Christian.” Without recognition and confession of our sinfulness, we are unable to rely fully on God. It is only with this awareness that we can passionately seek Him, obey in His strength, and confess with repentance when we miss the mark.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


    Current Sermon Series
          As we begin this new year, it is important that we become who God has called us to be. Sometimes it means that we need to get back control of our lives from what we have given it to. In this series, you will learn to recognize what’s holding you back and equip you to embrace it head-on as you become the best version of yourself. It's time to Take Back Your Life.


    Last Week:
          As we continue our series on "Take Back Your Life," probably the most dire need for us to take our life back is to take our thoughts captive. If we fail in taking control of our thoughts, it can ruin our lives, our relationships, and pretty much everything. If we don't take them captive, it will alter the direction of our lives. Today we learn what happens when we get control over our thoughts.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Week:
          We will finish our series on Take Back Your Life by looking at The King Passing By.



    Upcoming Events

    January 18 - Annual Business Meeting at 7:00 PM


    February 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship service


    February 11 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-off at 6:00 PM


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  4. FBC E-Blast - January 11, 2023

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    January 9, 2023

    Godly Living in an Ungodly Age - Titus 1

    Our Founding Fathers created a governing framework based upon biblical principles. Slowly, we have changed from "one nation under God" to a group of people who no longer want Him to be involved.


    Tragically, we’ve become, in numerous ways, an ungodly nation: many are driven by materialism and power; immorality and rebellion are prevalent; empty philosophy and false doctrine are widely acceptable. Underlying it all is a vocal decision to take God out of the nation’s "official business."


    Yet even in an unbelieving society, people can, as individuals, follow Jesus. But the world will continually disseminate faulty teachings, so believers must be discerning. Otherwise, erroneous messages can lead Christians to compromise their convictions. Then affections and priorities may change. Don’t let the world’s clamor make the Spirit’s voice less audible. Without His guidance, our minds become vulnerable to lies.


    The Word of God is a compass that keeps us headed in the right direction—even in the midst of confusing messages all around. We need to be consistently filled with truth by reading, believing, meditating upon, and applying Scripture. God also tells us to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17). If our minds are focused upon Him, unholy beliefs will not be able to take root.


    The Word is our guidebook. We will still face difficulty as we live in this imperfect world - it is a confusing, dark place that entices us but never fulfills our true longings. Yet God’s truth will bring confidence and boldness, and His Spirit will direct and strengthen, enabling us to live victoriously.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


    Current Sermon Series
          As we begin this new year, it is important that we become who God has called us to be. Sometimes it means that we need to get back control of our lives from what we have given it to. In this series, you will learn to recognize what’s holding you back and equip you to embrace it head-on as you become the best version of yourself. It's time to Take Back Your Life.


    Last Week:
          The Bible tells us that the eyes are the lamps to our bodies. Some have coined the phrase that the eyes are a window to our souls. But what happens if our eyes have an injury? What happens then? Today's message will talk about that.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Week:
          We will continue our series on Take Back Your Life by looking at Hold That Thought.



    Upcoming Events

    January 15 - Rev. Tom Belhy will be presenting his ministry at 5 PM


    January 18 - Annual Business Meeting at 7:00 PM


    February 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship service


    February 11 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-off at 6:00 PM


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  5. FBC E-Blast - December 12, 2022

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    December 12, 2022

    The Uniqueness of Christ - Matthew 16


    When Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" they replied, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." But Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:13-16).

    What set Jesus apart as the Messiah?

    • His birth: He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born, as prophesied, in Bethlehem to a virgin. Though angels announced His arrival and He reigns over all creation, Jesus entered our world in a lowly manner so He could be identified with the meek and the poor.


    • His wisdom: At age 12, He spent three days with rabbis, asking questions that showed his uncommon understanding.


    • His baptism: Though He didn’t need cleansing, Jesus asked John to baptize Him so He could identify with sinners and demonstrate His love to them.


    • His temptation: Satan tempted Him relentlessly for 40 days, yet He did not sin.


    • His ministry: He challenged man-made religious traditions. And by healing people - regardless of nationality - raising the dead, and forgiving sins, He revealed that God wants to be involved personally in our lives. Leading Pharisees wanted Him dead, but the Father protected His life until the crucifixion.


    Many people deny Christ's deity, calling Him simply a "prophet" or "good teacher." But Jesus was never merely human. As complex as it is for us to comprehend, He was fully God and fully man. This is the unique way in which our heavenly Father chose to demonstrate His eternal love for us.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago.

    This Past Sunday:
          This is our third message in our series "He Will Be Called." We cover why Jesus is called the Everlasting Father. Too many times, we project our relationship with our earthly father on our Everlasting Father, and we short change ourselves when we do this. Our Everlasting Father is so much greater than our earthly father in so many ways.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will conclude our Christmas sermon series by looking why Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.

    January 1 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
    Carry-In Fellowship Dinner following the Lord's Supper




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  6. FBC E-Blast - December 5, 2022

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    December 5, 2022

    Victory Over Guilt - John 3


    At times, people are bound by guilt long after the feeling should have been resolved. Some rightly live with it because they refuse to give up the sin that brought it on. Meanwhile, others suffer the weight of false guilt because they harbor shame that doesn't belong to them. Whatever the root cause of your condemnation, the battle plan remains the same.

    Victory over guilt begins with understanding that Jesus took our shame to the cross and paid our penalty. There is no way that we can pay for our own sin. But we do need to honestly identify the source of our guilt and confess before God. That means we agree with His perspective on what we've done. In other words, we admit when we're wrong. Repentance goes a step further: we turn away from the wrong and choose to do right.

    Confronting guilt in this way replaces the weight of shame in our heart with peace and joy, which are far lighter and more freeing. And an amazing side effect is that we have wisdom to share. Openness about our past mistakes, resulting consequences, guilt burdens, and forgiveness can reveal the Lord to those in our sphere of influence. Through our witness, God may reach others who need their guilt chains broken.

    The battle to overcome guilt is one that should not be delayed. The feeling won't just go away. Whether your condemnation is true or false, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Stop running, and face the source of your guilt. It's time to end your captivity and start walking in the joy of God's blessing.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago.

    This Past Sunday:
          We are in our second week of our Christmas Series, "He Will Be Called," based on Isaiah 9:6. This week, we will look at why Jesus is called "Mighty God." Jesus is powerful, all-powerful.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Next week we continue our series by looking at the Everlasting Father.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.

    January 1 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
    Carry-In Fellowship Dinner following the Lord's Supper




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  7. FBC E-Blast - November 28, 2022

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    November 28, 2022

    Understanding Guilt - John 8


    Guilt over doing something that violates the conscience is a normal emotion. However, living under a cloud of remorse for no discernible reason is not. The Lord designed feelings of culpability and regret to serve as a reminder that a person has done wrong and needs to repent. But Satan twists those emotions to imprison men and women: those living in shame are uncertain of God's love and often lack self-confidence.

    Good guilt - the Lord's effective tool for prompting repentance - is a gift that helps us find the right path. However, the Devil encourages false guilt, which involves taking responsibility for things outside our control and then suffering self-condemnation for not changing the outcome. This unhealthy type of guilt is also a widespread problem for those in legalistic churches or lifestyles - certain behaviors or thoughts are labeled as wrong, and then people feel ashamed for doing or thinking those things.

    Self-condemnation stunts a relationship with Jesus. Instead of enjoying the peace of God, people who are trapped by shame fear His rejection and feel driven to prove their worth. Trust is nearly impossible because they are waiting for God's judgment to rain down. Their guilt even colors how they see themselves: rather than saying, "My action is wrong," they say, "I am bad."

    Jesus did not come to accuse or condemn us. Christ restored our souls and made us righteous before God so that our guilt is removed. If our Savior forgave the woman caught in an adulterous relationship, just imagine how ready He is to take your shame away too (John 8:11).

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago.

    This Past Sunday:
          It is officially Christmas season!! So we are starting our Christmas sermon series this week. We will be going through four names that the prophet Isaiah called Christ before He was born. Today we will look at how Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series He Will Be Called by looking at the name Mighty God.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    December 3 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the Paterni's

    December 4 - NO Carry-In Fellowship Dinner

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.

    January 1 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
    Carry-In Fellowship Dinner following the Lord's Supper




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  8. FBC E-Blast - November 21, 2022

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    November 21, 2022

    Victory Over Unforgiveness - Daniel 6


    Immediately after teaching His followers to pray, Jesus gave a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in the heart. He said that those who refuse to forgive others won't be forgiven by the Father.

    Do not misunderstand Jesus' meaning here. Believers don't lose their salvation when they refuse to forgive. Rather, they break fellowship with God because their unrepentant attitude gets in the way of regular confession and repentance. The Lord cannot ignore sin, and His Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer's attention until he or she deals with it.

    Forgiveness is an act of the will more than an act of the heart. Often people don't feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them. But a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows that forgiveness is best, even when it is difficult.

    You won't deal with a sin until you see it as God does. So assume full responsibility for your unforgiving attitude, and acknowledge that it is a violation of His Word. Claim the divine mercy He offers, and ask Him to enable you to lay aside anger and resentment against the other person(s). As part of the decision to move forward in grace, make a habit of praying for those who hurt you. And if God so leads, seek their forgiveness for your wrong attitude.

    A bitter and resentful spirit doesn't fit who we are in Christ. Nor is it healthy to carry an angry attitude through life. That's why Scripture emphasizes the need to forgive. Choose to be liberated from your burden - Jesus promised to make us free when we release our sins to Him (John 8:36).

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago. We will be starting this series on November 27th.

    This Past Sunday:
          Today we pick up where we left off last week with 3 more portraits of what it looks like when the redeemed of the Lord thank Him from where we were saved from. Last week, we covered the introduction to the phrase as well as covered the first one, "Lost In A Wilderness." Today, we finish up this message.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We begin our series He Will Be Called by looking at the different names Jesus was given before He was born in Isaiah 9. We will look at the first one, Wonderful Counselor, this Sunday.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 5 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the Paterni's

    December 6 - NO Carry-In Fellowship Dinner

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  9. FBC E-Blast - November 14, 2022

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    November 14, 2022

    Avoiding Compromise - Proverbs 2


    Although the temptation to compromise threatens every believer, we don't have to give in. If we're aware of the danger and understand the downward progression and ultimate consequences, we can determine to be vigilant in obedience to the Lord.

    The first step in learning how to avoid compromise is understanding why it is so tempting. When others pressure us to take part in in what we know God has forbidden, it's easy to give in because we don't want to feel rejected. But anyone who's committed to living a godly life must be willing to stand alone and face ridicule or even persecution (II Timothy 3:12). At other times, we consent to activities that violate our conscience just to avoid conflict, but peace at any price means we have to sacrifice obedience to God.

    However, the temptation to compromise doesn't always originate with others. In fact, James 1:14 says we are tempted when we're carried away by our own lusts. How many Christians have fallen into sexual immorality or pornography by desiring a second look? Greed is another motivation that drives us to compromise. If you fudge on your income tax or take a few things home from the office, you've stepped over the line of obedience to God. Our choices should be based on scriptural truth, not on our feelings and desires.

    In order to stand firm against compromise, we must make God's Word the standard for our conduct. If you begin each day with the Lord in His Word, He will guide your way. Then when the Spirit gives a warning, obey immediately, because giving consideration to the temptation opens a door for Satan.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago. We will be starting this series on November 27th.

    This Past Sunday:
          As Thanksgiving is coming up in just under 2 weeks, we will look at four different portraits of the thankful redeemed from Psalm 107 over the next 2 weeks. Today we will be laying the ground work as well as looking at one of the portraits. Next week, we will finish them up.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Next week, Lord willing, we will have part 2 of the sermon, Four Portraits of the Thankful Redeemed from Psalm 107. We will complete the last three portraits by looking at Locked in Prison, Languishing in Sickness, and Life Threatened in a Storm.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    November 17 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    November 20 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you are interested in this and have some questions, see Lori Weber.

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 5 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the Paterni's

    December 6 - NO Carry-In Fellowship Dinner

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  10. FBC E-Blast - November 7, 2022

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    November 7, 2022

    A Godly Heart - Psalm 37


    The Lord promises to give us the desires of our hearts. But many people take this passage out of context, forgetting that their own mindset plays a vital part in bringing it to fruition. As my mother once said, "Where your mind goes, your feet go, so be careful what you think about."

    What is your responsibility when it comes to claiming promises from God?

    Delight yourselves in the Lord (v. 4). Christians should rejoice in God and desire to walk in obedience. The Lord must have first place in your life before you can claim the promise in this verse.

    Commit your way to the Lord (v. 5). Allow God to change any aspect of your ambition that is not His will.

    Remember that when He doesn't answer a prayer as you wished, it is for a reason.

    Trust in Him (v. 5). God is merciful, all-knowing, kind, and generous. You can trust Him with your hopes and dreams.

    Rest in Him (v. 7). Resting in the Lord means trusting Him to answer prayers in His timing or transform your aspirations so they conform to His will.

    Wait upon the Lord patiently (v. 7). Jesus waited three decades before beginning His three-year ministry on earth. According to His example, waiting is one of the key principles of Christian living.

    Do your desires align with God's purpose and plan for your life? He longs to give His followers abundant blessings and fullness of joy. So allow your dreams to be conformed to the Lord's will, and follow His guidance faithfully. Only when you surrender to Him will you experience God's best for your life.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago. We will be starting this series on November 27th.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we close our series from the book of Daniel called "Stand," we will look at a very popular account from scripture: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego going into the fiery furnace. We will learn from this account how we should "Stand Firm In The Fire."
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Over the next two weeks, we will be covering Four Portraits of the Thankful Redeemed. We will look at the first one this upcoming Sunday, Lost In A Wilderness.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    November 11 - Midway Veterans Day Service at Midway Honor Roll at 6 PM

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    November 17 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    November 20 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you are interested in this and have some questions, see Lori Weber.

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 5 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the Paterni's

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.




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  11. FBC E-Blast - October 31, 2022

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    October 31, 2022

    A Worldly Heart - Psalm 145


    God warns us against misguided desires, because sinful passions can lead to emptiness, suffering, disappointment, pain, and even death. Wise believers let the Father direct their yearnings - and then make changes if necessary.

    Impure desires have been part of the "flesh" nature since the fall of man, and they can be hard to see in ourselves. Instead of obvious things like theft, drugs, or immorality, they often involve more subtle attitudes and behaviors, like hoping for a rival's downfall, despising authority (II Peter 2:10), obsessing about wealth (I Timothy 6:9), or even speaking arrogant and vain words. Since worldly passions can cause great damage (II Peter 2:18), believers are to deny them (Titus 2:11-12). But we can't overcome these desires on our own. Submitting to God's Spirit is the only way to live righteously.

    The Lord knows what we really desire - and more importantly, what we need - even when cloudy judgment leads us astray. And He understands honest mistakes. When a believer misinterprets the Spirit's guidance or receives bad advice from a friend, God looks at the heart. He may allow the consequences of a poor choice to play out, but He won't shame His children for an honest mistake. He can turn a bad situation into something good (Romans 8:28).

    God can save us from worldly desires, but we must be willing to commit ourselves to Him and trust that His response is the best thing for us. When we put our lives entirely in the Father's hands, we can claim the wonderful promises He has for us and then rest in His grace.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand.

    This Past Sunday:
          We continue our series and we learn how Daniel was able to (and we should) Stand In Faith. We need to learn that no matter what happens, God is in control, we have to have faith in God. God cares about you more than you do. God is doing more than you understand. As well, God's strength is made perfect in your weakness.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will concludce our series on Daniel by looking what we need to do in order to be able to be Standing Firm In The Fire.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    November 3 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    November 11 - Midway Veterans Day Service at Midway Honor Roll at 6 PM

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    November 20 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you are interested in this and have some questions, see Lori Weber.

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 5 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the Paterni's

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.




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  12. FBC E-Blast - October 24, 2022

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    October 24, 2022

    Our Heart's Desires - Psalm 145


    If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? Your answer reveals a lot about who you are. The psalmist writes, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalms 37:4). There is nothing wrong with desires - they motivate us to achieve great things. But not all of our yearnings come from God.

    Consider your aspirations and what they say about who you are:

    • Do you hope for a position of authority in order to be in control? Longing for personal advancement in order to manipulate others reveals a lack of integrity, whereas a godly person craves righteousness.


    • Do you dream about wealth and fame? Perhaps there's a void in your spirit that you're trying to fill. But only God can meet the insatiable needs of the human heart.


    • Are you afraid to ask the Lord for what you want? Maybe you think He won't listen, but God tells us to approach His throne with boldness and confidence (Hebrews 4:16).


    If the Lord doesn't respond affirmatively to your prayers, ask Him to make your desires conform to His will. Whatever you do, don't take matters into your own hands and go after what you want. There is always a high price to pay for rebelling against God.

    God cares for us bountifully, but that doesn't mean we can expect Him to deliver whatever we want, whenever we want it. Only when our dreams align with His plan for our lives does He fulfill them. The thoughts that preoccupy us are an accurate barometer of the state of our relationship with Christ.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we are learning (and relearning) about Daniel and his friends in this series called, "Stand," we come to a very popular "Bible Story:" Daniel and the lion's den. It's so easy to think of this as a fairy tale, but this is truth, it really happened. Why did it happen? It happened because he took a stand for the Lord. He had to stand strong.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          As we continue our series, next week we will learn how Daniel was able to (and we should) Stand In Faith. We need to learn that no matter what happens, God is in control, we have to have faith in God. God cares about you more than you do. God is doing more than you understand. As well, God's strength is made perfect in your weakness.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
          Offering for City Mission

    November 3 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    November 11 - Midway Veterans Day Service at Midway Honor Roll at 6 PM

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    November 20 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you are interested in this and have some questions, see Lori Weber.

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM

    December 25 - NO Sunday School. The worship service will be at our normal 11 AM.




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  13. FBC E-Blast - October 17, 2022

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    October 17, 2022

    Praying with Impact - I John 5


    Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it's easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life. Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God's response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we're doing.

    Begin by asking yourself these questions:

    • How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?


    • Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?


    • What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?


    • When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?


    If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you're not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God's presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we'll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.

    Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you'll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Psalms 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24). Then you'll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand.

    This Past Sunday:
          Every so often, we are going to have to stand up for the right thing at the right time, and hopefully we will do it in the right way. In this message we will learn (or be reminded of) Daniel standing up in honor and respect to King Nebuchadnezzar when the king was full of himself. We can learn how to stand up properly from this account.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Next week, we will continue our series Stand by looking at how we need to Stand Strong. We will see this played out in Daniel's life as he is told not to pray to God, yet he continues to and get's thrown into a den of lions.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    October 20 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    October 22 - Fall Festival at the Church at 5 PM

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
          Offering for City Mission

    November 11 - Midway Veterans Day Service at Midway Honor Roll at 6 PM

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    November 22 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

    November 23 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM




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  14. FBC E-Blast - October 10, 2022

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    October 10, 2022

    God Works Within Us - Ephesians 3


    Let these words slowly sink into your understanding: "able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think" (v. 20). What an amazing description of God’s ability to work within us.

    Yet so often our focus is mainly on what we want Him to do around us: If He would change this situation or fix that problem, then my life would be better. But He invites us to think and ask bigger - He wants to change us!

    The Holy Spirit has more than enough power to transform lives from the inside out, but working change within is usually a slow process. Spiritual fruit takes time to grow and mature. That's why we need patience and faith to believe He is working even when we don't see the results right away. God is never in a hurry and will never give up on us.

    The Lord has a purpose for your life, and He is constantly working to achieve it. Although He has an individualized plan for each one of His children, He also has an overarching goal - to conform every believer to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish this, He may have to bring us through some struggles and heartaches. It might make no sense to us, but God knows exactly what He's doing.

    What would you like to see the Lord do within you? As you read the Scriptures, look for qualities that God considers precious, and ask Him to work them out in your life. Then rely on His wonderful promise to do even more than you have asked or imagined.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand.

    This Past Sunday:
          We begin our series in the book of Daniel called "Stand" today. We will look at what Daniel and his friends stood up for, and how we, as believers of Christ, should be standing up for as well.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our study of Stand by looking at how Daniel stood up to the king. So, when we need to confront someone, we need to do it right. Daniel did it right, and we will learn how to do the same.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    October 15 - Trustees Meeting at 9 AM

    October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    October 20 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    October 22 - Fall Festival at the Church at 5 PM

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

          Offering for City Mission November 11 - Midway Veterans Day Service at Midway Honor Roll at 6 PM

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service




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    October 3, 2022

    How to End Well - II Timothy 4


    Many people think about the last years of life as an opportunity to just relax. But this does not align with God's purpose for us; He wants us to serve Him all the days of our lives.

    Let's look at the apostle Paul's journey and explore what it means to finish well. He spent time pouring into others until the very end of his life. Consider the letters he wrote to Timothy from a prison cell prior to being executed. In every season of life, God calls us to serve others.

    And notice how, when writing about his life, the apostle chose words descriptive of a battle. He understood the human struggle against sin as well as the challenges of pain and persecution in the trials we all face - even in doing kingdom work like preaching Christ to a fiercely resistant society.

    This godly servant's life was also marked by surrender. His mindset is obvious in these words: "present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Romans 12:1). He was not afraid of Nero, nor was he struggling to stay alive. Paul trusted God to determine everything about his life, including where he would go, what he would do, and when he would die. Death did not scare him, because he knew he would dwell with Jesus forever.

    God doesn't require our lives to be perfect in order to finish strong. We can live life fully and be ready to meet our Maker by surrendering, walking victoriously with Christ, and serving others. If Jesus called you home today, would you--like Paul--be confident that you lived well until the end?

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand. This series starts October 9, 2022.

    This Past Sunday:
          Mark Salomon brought us a message from the book of Habakkuk.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will begin our new series Stand by looking at how we are to Stand Out.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    October 6 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    November 6 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    November 13 - Thanksgiving & Veterans Day Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service




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  16. FBC E-Blast - September 26, 2022

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    September 26, 2022

    God Honors Our Commitment to Him - Daniel 1


    Daniel and his friends faced the same dilemma we do - how to live a holy life in a godless culture. At one time, our society readily accepted Christian values and standards, but that era is quickly passing. Our challenge today is to live under God's authority while remaining in submission to the law of the land. At times we are forced to choose between the two, but if we'll seek the Lord's guidance before marching defiantly forward, He may open an alternative approach for us.

    Had Daniel bluntly declared, "I won't eat this food!" he wouldn't have lasted long, and we wouldn't have the book of Daniel in the Bible. But the Lord gave him the wisdom to humbly seek permission from the person who was in a position of authority over him. God honored his commitment and provided a way for him to live righteously in a pagan world.

    We tend to hold up Daniel and his three friends as extraordinary people who lived amazing lives. But have you ever wondered what the Lord could do in the life of an ordinary person like you? The determining factor is not the greatness of the individual but, rather, his commitment to a God who can do remarkable things in a life fully devoted to Him. That's the kind of people our Lord is looking for.

    Although we don't know all that God could do in our lives if we'd radically commit ourselves to Him, the thought of missing out on His plans should be enough to motivate us to obey. You don't want to arrive in heaven and discover you forfeited blessings because you weren't fully devoted to Him.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          When we’re pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand?
          In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends take a stand. This series starts October 9, 2022.

    This Past Sunday:
          Depression is not an issue that Christians are exempt from. You can find many people within God's Word, men of God, who experienced depression in their lives. Today we are going to look at some of those individuals, as well as how we can begin the process of letting it go.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes. Since we were at Church Outside yesterday we did not record the service.

    Next Sunday:
          Mark Salomon will be bringing the word.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    October 2 - Special Speaker - Mark Salomon will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.
    NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    October 6 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service




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  17. FBC E-Blast - September 12, 2022

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    September 12, 2022

    Parents Responsibility - Luke 3


    Words are but a small part of parental communication. Now let's look at two types of messages we should purposefully model for our kids.

    First, boys and girls need affirmation that they are loved, accepted, and competent. In today's passage, God the Father spoke those very things to His Son. It is essential that our children gain a sense of security and belonging at home so they won't seek acceptance elsewhere. And the way we care and provide for them will help them grasp the heavenly Father's love.

    Second, parents are responsible for presenting the principles needed for living a godly life. One way to do so is by reading Scripture aloud and sharing stories of the Lord's involvement in our lives. But actions must match what we say. For example, we cannot expect children to truly understand the golden rule if we act with selfishness, arrogance, or insensitivity.

    Modeling a godly life is oftentimes an intentional pursuit, like reading Scripture or serving as a family on a mission trip. It can also be as simple and unplanned as picking up a piece of trash on a neighbor's lawn. But keep in mind that actions and words aren't always perceived correctly. Check that your children's understanding matches the message you hope to communicate.

    Your words and actions are teaching lessons. Do your children know, beyond any doubt, that they're treasured and capable? Are you giving them the tools they need to follow Christ? Remember, God doesn't expect perfection. He will guide the willing heart - and cover missteps with His grace.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          Do you have baggage? Would you like to check it for good? God is ready and willing to claim it, we just have to be willing to let it go, and not on a round-trip flight, but a one-way destination. Learn how you can pack up the pain and hurt, find release from addiction and torment, and break free from the battles that keep you and your baggage grounded.

    This Past Sunday:
          In our series of Baggage, today we are going to look at how as disciples of Christ, He can give us release from our addictions. Whether that be emotional addictions, substance addictions or whatever kind of addictions, God can help us to release them and with the help of other believers, we can stay away from them.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes. Since we were at Church Outside yesterday we did not record the service.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series Baggage by looking into how we can check our Emotional Baggage.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    September 22 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    October 2 - Special Speaker - Mark Salomon will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.
    Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service



    October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    October 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service




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  18. FBC E-Blast - September 7, 2022

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    September 7, 2022

    The Messages Parents Send - I Samuel 20


    When someone asks, "What do you do?" the reply frequently includes a job title. But anyone who is raising or interacting with children has a role far more important than ordinary career duties.

    Parents are communicators. Yet unlike conference speakers, moms and dads don't get to preplan their entire message. Everything we do and say—especially that which happens "off the cuff"—teaches our kids. Think about your childhood days. What did your parents do that illustrated their priorities, beliefs, and passions?

    Even without speaking, we send messages by our body language, interests, kindnesses, absence or presence, silence . . . Add words to the mix, and we have a recipe for remarkable impact, whether positive or negative.

    Inevitably, our children will be greatly affected by what we communicate and how they interpret it. Be conscious of the way each young one processes information - sometimes our intended message becomes skewed by their understanding. What an incredible responsibility we've been given. No wonder wise parents rely on God's help.

    Only troubled parents - like the angry, jealous King Saul in today's passage - would ever set out to hurt their children. But in our busyness, or from past woundedness, we might just be sending damaging messages.

    What are you communicating to your kids? Ask yourself: What do my actions point to as priorities in my life? Do my children sense a hunger in my heart for God's direction, counsel, and sustenance? Above all, would they know how to have a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ by watching my life?

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          Do you have baggage? Would you like to check it for good? God is ready and willing to claim it, we just have to be willing to let it go, and not on a round-trip flight, but a one-way destination. Learn how you can pack up the pain and hurt, find release from addiction and torment, and break free from the battles that keep you and your baggage grounded. We will begin this series on September 4th.

    This Past Sunday:
          We begin a new series about Baggage. Whether it be spiritual baggage, emotional baggage, or other baggage, we all have it and we have to deal with it. We will learn three prayers that should help us let go of our baggage. It won't magically happen, we must put in the work to rid ourselves of the baggage that we carry.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes. Since we were at Church Outside yesterday we did not record the service.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series Baggage by looking into how we can get Release From Addiction. Addiction doesn't include only substances, there are all kinds of addictions. We will learn how we can gain victory of them.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    September 8 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    September 11 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service October 2 - Special Speaker - Mark Salomon will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.
    Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service






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  19. FBC E-Blast - August 22, 2022

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    August 22, 2022

    Handling Difficult Circumstances - Philippians 3


    The apostle Paul understood how to handle tough circumstances. Even while he was confined in a prison cell, he kept his eyes on Christ and trusted firmly in the Savior. Therefore, despite being in chains, he was able to celebrate the Lord's work in his life. In fact, the epistle he wrote from jail to the Philippians was filled with rejoicing (1:18; 2:18; 3:1).

    Focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one. Our instinct is to dwell on the situation at hand, searching for solutions or stewing over the pain and difficulty. As a result, troubles look scary and overwhelm us with a sense of defeat.

    However, fear and defeat cannot live long in a heart that trusts the Lord. I'm not saying you’ll forget what you're going through, but you can choose to dwell on His provision and care instead. He is the Deliverer (II Corinthians 1:10). He is the Healer (Deuteronomy 32:39). He is the Guide (Proverbs 3:6). The believer who lays claim to divine promises discovers that God pushes back negative emotions. In their place, hope, confidence, and contentment take up residence (Philippians 4:11). You aren't going to be happy about a difficult situation, but you can be satisfied that God is in control and up to something good in the midst of trouble.

    The Lord's principles and promises don't change, no matter how severe or painful the situation is. Focus on Christ instead of the circumstances—God will comfort your heart and bring you safely through the trial. Then you can answer Paul’s call to "rejoice in the Lord always" (Philippians 4:4).

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          Do you have baggage? Would you like to check it for good? God is ready and willing to claim it, we just have to be willing to let it go, and not on a round-trip flight, but a one-way destination. Learn how you can pack up the pain and hurt, find release from addiction and torment, and break free from the battles that keep you and your baggage grounded. We will begin this series on September 4th.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we close our series on what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ, we see that we are sent out. We are to be bringing the message of God's love and salvation to those around us as we go out. This is not just the job of the pastor or missionaries, it is every believer's responsibility to share the Gospel.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes. Since we were at Church Outside yesterday we did not record the service.

    Next Sunday:
          We will have special guest speaker with us, Harold Rinehart.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    August 25 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    August 28 - Special Speaker - Harold Rinehart will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.

    September 4 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    September 11 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


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  20. FBC E-Blast - August 15, 2022

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    August 15, 2022

    Overcoming Obstacles - Joshua 6


    The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer's life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.

    There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.

    Consider Joshua's army, which was no match for Jericho's military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelites the land, and Joshua believed. He wasn't fazed by what seemed unconquerable. Instead, he acknowledged the Lord’s power and sought His guidance.

    Before Joshua even realized that God was at work, the Lord was preparing the city for destruction by instilling fear into kings throughout the region. Heaven's directions included an unlikely battle plan, but because Joshua obeyed, God's people triumphed.

    Waiting can be difficult. And after a while, we might even begin to wonder if God will do anything at all - then it is easy to quit. But, as was true with Joshua, God has gone before us and is preparing the way. No matter how He chooses to handle the problem, His solution is always in our best interest.

    Whenever you face an obstacle, you may experience great heartache. But even in the midst of pain, you can have full confidence in God. The most important part of each day is the time you spend alone with the Lord. He will encourage you with His love and give direction.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

    This Past Sunday:
          We worshipped the Lord outside, yesterday.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes. Since we were at Church Outside yesterday we did not record the service.

    Next Sunday:
          We will finish our series Disciple by looking at how a Disciple Goes Out.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    August 21 - Special Business Meeting following the AM Worship Service

    August 25 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    August 28 - Special Speaker - Harold Rinehart will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.

    September 4 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    September 11 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


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  21. FBC E-Blast - August 8, 2022

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    August 8, 2022

    The Consequences of Drifting - Hebrews 3


    Spiritual drifting - the gradual wandering away from God and His will - takes place when a believer ceases to steer toward the Lord. Like an empty boat set loose upon the waters, he or she makes a slow and lazy glide away from good practices like disciplined obedience, regular Bible study, prayer, and assembling with fellow Christians. And there are consequences for casting yourself on uncharted and dangerous waters.

    A life adrift is outside of God's will and therefore in sin. The Holy Spirit pricks a believer's conscience to send a message when he is off course, but the drifter is prone to ignore such warnings. If a Christian continually excuses his wandering ways and denies sin, then his conscience gradually numbs. A person who becomes desensitized to wrongdoing has paved the way for more sinful behavior with less guilt. Can you imagine a more dangerous situation?

    As the drifting believer's conscience becomes anesthetized, his spiritual ears are also deadened--truth cannot gain entrance because he has invited wrong attitudes and philosophies into his thinking process. What's more, his heart hardens to the things of God. Shrinking away from testimonies about divine power, grace, and mercy, he avoids situations that might reawaken the conscience and stir his spirit to repentance.

    People drift from God in search of more--more freedom, choices, and pleasure. But since the consequences are a hard heart, a numb conscience, and dead ears, what they end up with is less. The drifting believer sacrifices the victorious life in Christ for an existence devoid of permanent satisfaction.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

    This Past Sunday:
          As we continue our series on what a disciple of Christ should be, we find that we are to break bread. That means that we fellowship with other believers. We are not saved to an island all on our own. That is not what God intended. We need one another. There are many passages in scripture that talks about how we are in interact with one another.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will worship the Lord outside! Come join us at 11 AM at the Caldwell's.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    August 11 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    August 14 - Church Outside at 11 AM at the Caldwell's. There will be no Sunday School or any services at the church. Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the service.

    August 21 - Special Business Meeting following the AM Worship Service

    August 28 - Special Speaker Harold Rinehart will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.

    September 4 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    September 11 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


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  22. FBC E-Blast - August 1, 2022

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    August 1, 2022

    The Signs of Drifting - Hebrews 2


    Regularly gathering in the house of the Lord with brothers and sisters in Christ provides an "anchor" of support and accountability. But skipping church in order to pursue other interests is an obvious sign that a believer has begun to drift away from God. Less apparent are the men and women who mentally skip the worship service. The act of attending means nothing unless we make a deliberate decision to receive God's Word and apply it to our life. As the writer of Hebrews warned, if we do not pay attention to what we have heard, we will drift away from it (2:1).

    However, Sunday morning is not the only time for receiving a steady diet of nourishing principles and encouragement from the Bible. We should be in its pages every day, reading and meditating for ourselves. When our interest in what God has to say decreases, we're already slipping out into troublesome waters. The only way to keep our way pure is by following His Word (Psalms 119:9).

    If Bible reading is neglected, a prayer life has usually faded as well. Prayer is the way believers communicate with the Navigator. If we stop talking with Him, the God who once seemed so close soon feels far away. That chasm in our spirit is one more sign that we're far from shore and safety.

    I've watched many a captain guide his cruise ship through a narrow channel. The crew members are intensely focused on their tasks because drifting means disaster. Life is full of narrow channels to navigate. We cannot afford to drift away from God and His Word. Only He can bring us safely through.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

    This Past Sunday:
          Church Planter in Reno, NV, James Tilson challenged us what it means to live a life that is pleasing to God. We need to die to self and live for Him, so we can be pleasing to God.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series Disciple by looking at how a disciple of Jesus Breaks Bread.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    August 7 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    August 11 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    August 14 - Church Outside at 11 AM at the Caldwell's. There will be no Sunday School or any services at the church. Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the service.

    August 21 - Special Business Meeting following the AM Worship Service

    August 28 - Special Speaker Harold Rinehart will be speaking as Pastor will be out of town.


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  23. FBC E-Blast - July 18, 2022

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    July 18, 2022

    Developing Faith through Adversity - II Corinthians 11


    It doesn't seem fair, does it? Paul spent his life serving Christ, and yet he experienced continual suffering. Why would God let one of His most faithful servants go through so much pain? This isn't just a question about Paul; it's an issue we face today. In our minds, the Lord should protect His loyal followers from hardships, but He doesn't necessarily do so.

    Maybe our reasoning is backwards. We think faithful Christians don't deserve to suffer, but from God's perspective, suffering is what produces faithful Christians. If we all had lives of ease without opposition, trials, or pain, we'd never really know God, because we'd never need Him. Like it or not, adversity teaches us more about the Lord than simply reading the Bible ever will.

    I'm not saying we don't need to know Scripture; that's our foundation for faith. But if what we believe is never tested by adversity, it remains head knowledge. How will we ever know the Lord can be trusted in the midst of trouble if we've never been challenged by hardship? God gives us opportunities to apply scriptural truths to the difficulties facing us, and in the process, we find Him faithful. For example, how would Paul ever have known the strength of Christ if he had never been weakened by pain, persecution, and adversity?

    Depending on your response, trials can be God's greatest means of building faith or an avenue to discouragement and self-pity. If you'll believe what Scripture says and apply its principles to your situation, your trust in God will grow, and your faith will be strengthened through adversity.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

    This Past Sunday:
          We are in our second week of our series "Disciple." Today we are going to look at what it means to be His disciples. If we are going to be His disciples, we must do what Jesus did and say what Jesus said. As followers of Christ, we are called to disciple those around us, so, who are you discipling? When we "go fishing," we are to do so with unquestioning obedience and absolute abandonment. We will unpack these thoughts in this message.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Next week we will be discovering that Disciples of Jesus Christ Wash Feet. That's nasty to think about, but it is a term that speaks to humble service.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    July 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM
    NO Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

    July 23 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's at 1 PM

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.

    August 7 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    August 14 - Church Outside at 11 AM at the Caldwell's. There will be no Sunday School or any services at the church.


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  24. FBC E-Blast - July 11, 2022

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    July 11, 2022

    The Source of Our Adversity - Isaiah 45


    When we experience hardships, we usually wonder why God allows these painful situations to come our way. It just doesn't seem to fit with His role as our loving heavenly Father. We struggle to reconcile our suffering with His love for us and His power to prevent or stop it. In order to understand what's going on, we need to consider the possible sources of adversity.

    A Fallen World: When sin entered the world, suffering came with it. God could have protected us from these harmful effects by making us like puppets who could not choose sin, but that would mean we'd also be unable to choose to love Him, because love must be voluntary.

    Our Own Doing: Sometimes we get ourselves into trouble with our foolish or sinful choices. If the Lord stepped in and rescued us from every negative consequence, we'd never grow into mature believers.

    Satanic Attack: The Devil is our enemy. To hinder anything the Lord wants to do in and through believers, Satan will never cease to harass us. His goal is to destroy our lives and our testimonies, thereby making us weak and useless for God's purposes.

    God's Sovereignty: Ultimately, the Lord is in charge of all adversity that comes our way. To deny His involvement contradicts His power and sovereignty over creation.

    For us to accept that God allows - or even sends - afflictions, we must see adversity from His perspective. Is your focus on the pain of your experience or on the Lord and His faithfulness? As believers, we're assured that no adversity comes our way unless He can use it to achieve His good purposes.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

    This Past Sunday:
          In this sermon, we are starting a new series on what it means to be a Disciple of God. We begin with the premise that "No Christians Allowed." What do we mean by that? In today's day and age, there are a lot of negativity surrounding that word, and people claim to be Christian that have no idea what it really means. Today, we are looking at what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series Disciple with how a disciple Goes Fishing.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    July 13 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    July 14 - Trustee's Meeting at 5 PM


    Church Work Night at 6 PM July 17 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

    July 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    July 23 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's at 1 PM

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.

    August 7 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    August 14 - Church Outside at 11 AM at theCaldwell's. There will be no Sunday School or any services at the church.


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  25. FBC E-Blast - June 27, 2022

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    June 27, 2022

    A Servant's Rewards - Hebrews 6


    In His grace, God freely gives salvation to those who believe in Jesus. We cannot earn this gift, nor do we deserve it. Our Father does notice our good works, though. And He promises to reward us according to what we have done for Him.

    True service occurs when we allow the Lord to work through us for His glory and honor. True ministry occurs when divine resources meet human need through loving channels.

    Revelation 22:12 encourages us, "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done." Whether large or small, all service done in Jesus' name will be blessed. We must be careful, though, that our actions are for Christ's glory. If motives are self-serving, the only benefit we receive is the praise (if any) that we hear from people in this life. And we know that men's approval is not satisfying or lasting.

    While some rewards will be given in heaven, other blessings can be experienced now. For example, we know great joy when we allow God to bless others through us. And there is deep satisfaction in realizing that we are pleasing Christ. In addition, there's a profound sense of fulfillment when we lead a person to Jesus and teach him how to walk by faith.

    Serving others is both a great benefit and a responsibility for Christians. We should prayerfully consider our motives to make sure that our goal is to glorify Christ. Only then will we receive God's full blessings - rewards given not only in eternity but on earth as well.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          What dominates the headlines doesn't have to dominate our hearts. There's only one name that can bring the world together, and you won't find it on a ballot. Are you ready to discover the hope and freedom we've been given Under God? Instead of focusing on politics, this series will ask what it really means for Christians around the world to be under God. This series will begin on July 10.

    This Past Sunday:
          Yesterday, we took Communion after our worship service. What better time to learn about what Communion is all about than on the day that we join together worshipping God with it. We are going to learn that there are 3 things that Communion teaches us to look at. So instead of just taking it because we have always done it, let's learn why we do it.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          Lord willing, we will have a baptism next week, and we will be learning from Scripture about what baptism is and why it is important.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    June 29 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    June 30 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    July 3 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

    July 16 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's at 1 PM

    July 17 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

    July 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.


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  26. FBC E-Blast - June 20, 2022

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    June 20, 2022

    God Is Always in Control - Isaish 45


    I admit that I often don't understand why bad things happen. Even so, I believe that God has a purpose for everything He does or permits. My faith is rooted in the biblical principle that says the Lord is sovereign (Psalms 22:28). He is in absolute control of this universe, the natural and political climate of this earth, and my life and yours.

    When we are in the midst of a trial, it is hard to resist crying out, "God, Why is this happening?" Sometimes we get the answer and sometimes we don't. What we can be sure of is that nothing happens by accident or coincidence. He has a purpose for even our most painful experiences. Moreover, we have His promise to "cause all things to work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28).

    Seeing in advance how the Lord will work evil or hurt for our benefit is very difficult, if not impossible. My limited human perspective doesn't allow me to grasp His greater plan. However, I can confirm the truth of this biblical promise because the Father's good handiwork appears all through my pain, hardship, and loss. I have experienced Him turn mourning into gladness and have seen Him reap bountiful blessings and benefits from my darkest hours.

    As believers, we must accept that God won't always make sense to us. Isaiah teaches that His ways and thoughts are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:9). He sees the beautifully completed big picture. We can rely on the fact that God is in control, no matter how wildly off-kilter our world seems to spin.

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    Upcoming Series
          What dominates the headlines doesn't have to dominate our hearts. There's only one name that can bring the world together, and you won't find it on a ballot. Are you ready to discover the hope and freedom we've been given Under God? Instead of focusing on politics, this series will ask what it really means for Christians around the world to be under God. This series will begin on July 3.

    This Past Sunday:
          Happy Father's Day!! Today we look into what it takes to be a strong man in the Lord. Believe it or not, God wants us weak, because that is when we will see our need for Him. If we truly want to be strong in the Lord, we must first realize that we are weak, then God can use us in mighty ways.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Join us as we worship God as we take the Lord's Supper!




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    June 22 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    June 26 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    June 30 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    July 3 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

    July 16 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's at 1 PM

    July 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.


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  27. FBC E-Blast - June 13, 2022

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    June 13, 2022

    Recognize Your Vulnerability - I Corinthians 10


    Some Christians see a fellow believer fall into sin but fail to acknowledge that they, too, could stumble. That's dangerous. Satan has them right where he wants them: deceived by a false sense of confidence. Three enemies are constantly at work trying to bring us down: the Devil, his world system, and our own treacherous flesh.

    Even though believers have a righteous standing before God, we must each, like Paul, acknowledge an internal problem: "sin which dwells in me" (Romans 7:20). Satan takes full advantage of this weakness, luring us with fleshly and worldly temptations. He stokes our pride so we'll be blinded to our own vulnerability to stumbling.

    Christians need to be continually on guard. Since ignorance - of the nature of sin, the strategies of the Enemy, and our own areas of weakness - sets us up for failure, we cannot afford to be careless in our thinking. Anytime you find yourself excusing, redefining, or rationalizing sin, you've lost your sensitivity to the Lord. God's Word must always fill our minds and direct our steps.

    If you've drifted from the Lord, turn back to Him by acknowledging your sin and accepting full responsibility for it. Repentance simply means changing your mind and going in a different direction - toward God instead of away from Him.

    The next step is harder. Respond with gratitude for the Lord's chastisement. Every time believers fall into sin, God lovingly works to bring them back into a fellowship with Him. His discipline may be painful, but it's always good because it brings us to our senses and reconnects us with our Father.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Series
          What dominates the headlines doesn't have to dominate our hearts. There's only one name that can bring the world together, and you won't find it on a ballot. Are you ready to discover the hope and freedom we've been given Under God? Instead of focusing on politics, this series will ask what it really means for Christians around the world to be under God. This series will begin on July 3.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we close our series on Pre-Decide, we will cover the need for our lives of being a finisher. If you are still here on this Earth, God still has a plan and purpose for your life. Starting is easy, its more about how you finish. Will you finish well?
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        We will celebrate Father's Day.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    June 15 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    June 16 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    June 26 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    July 16 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.


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  28. FBC E-Blast - June 6, 2022

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    June 6, 2022

    When a Fellow Christian Stumbles - Galatians 6


    The Lord doesn't want the members of His body to live in isolation; believers are intended to function as a loving family who actively care for each other. One of our responsibilities as part of God's household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled. Paul specifies that those "who are spiritual" are to restore the fallen ones to fellowship with the Father and the family. "Spiritual" doesn't mean some elite group of pious leaders; it refers to any Christians who are living under the Spirit's control. A key element in this process is the attitude of the one who seeks to restore a fellow Christian.

    A Spirit of Gentleness: This isn't a time for harshness, anger, judgment, or condemnation. Our goal is not to heap pain and guilt upon a hurting brother or sister but to show mercy and forgiveness (II Corinthians 2:5-8).

    A Spirit of Humility: Those who have a superior attitude look down on a fallen brother and think, I would never make those mistakes. But the humble know their own vulnerability. Instead of judging others, they examine their own lives in order to recognize and deal with areas of weakness.

    A Spirit of Love: When we love others, we'll willingly sharing their burden. This requires an unselfish investment of our time, energy, and prayer on their behalf.

    How do you react when a fellow Christian has stumbled? One of the ugliest human traits is our tendency to feel better about ourselves when another person misses the mark. Instead of sharing the latest gossip about a fallen brother or sister, let your heart break, and come alongside to love and help.

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    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          That one word that will change your life is faith. Faith is what we need more and more of. It is what God has called us to. We can be more faithful to Him when we make God priority in our lives.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        We finish up our Pre-Decide series, by looking into how we can finish well When You Want To Give Up.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    June 8 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    June 16 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    July 16 - Men's BBQ at the Staub's

    June 26 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.

    July 31 - Missionary to Reno, James Tilson will be with us.


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    May 30, 2022

    The Impact of Prayer - I Thessalonians 5


    Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to take your queries to the Lord, dig into Scripture for answers, and seek the counsel of a trusted spiritual mentor. Prayer is too important to neglect.

    Will God’s plans fail if I don’t pray? God is not subservient to believers or dependent upon their prayers. The time we invest in speaking with Him involves us in the work that He is doing in our lives and in the world, but He will carry on without us. Laboring alongside the Lord is our privilege.

    Does my prayer (or lack thereof) impact God’s work? I believe that Scripture indicates the answer to this question is both yes and no, depending upon the situation. There are times when God’s purpose is set. He is in control and has determined the best course. In the Old Testament, the Lord often prophesied what He would do and then brought those events to pass.

    In other cases, “you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). There are some good things that He holds back until we put out prayerful hands to receive them. But because God is a loving Father, He also pours our blessings that we wouldn’t even think to request.

    Believer’s prayers have tremendous impact, particularly on their own faith and life. Do you understand what an awesome privilege it is to kneel before the all-powerful Father and know that He listens and will respond? God loves to be good to His children and answer their prayers.

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    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          God has blessed us greatly. In return, we should desire to glorify God with everything we have, including our finances. God calls us and even challenges us to be generous with what He has blessed us with. It is truly amazing to see that when we are faithful to Him over what He has already given us, that He entrusts more to us. Some people believe that they have to wait until they are "rich" or "wealthy" to be generous, but that's just not true. Join us today as we find out what happens "When You Stop Holding Back."
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        We continue our Pre-Decide series, by digging into One Word That Will Change Your Life.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    June 1 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    June 2 - Church Work Night at 6 PM

    June 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    June 26 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.


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    May 23, 2022

    How to Serve the Church - I Corinthians 12


    When I talk about serving the church with God-given talents and gifts, people oftentimes think too small. They picture the choir singer or the Sunday school teacher. But if they don't happen to be naturallly adept at singing or teaching, they give up.

    It's time we stop thinking in terms of a "Sunday only" establishment. The church is not a place or a time; it is a body of believers, each one uniquely gifted by God to guide, help, challenge, and support the rest. In fact, most service to the Lord doesn't take place inside the church building. It happens out in the world, where we do all the things that Scripture commands.

    Most believers are not in a position to influence a lot of people. When we act or speak, only those closest to us notice, but a chain reaction ripples outward to affect an entire community. Paul's metaphor of body parts working together harmoniously is a helpful description of how one small action can have a widespread impact. Consider the way tensing your big toe keeps your foot stable and thereby steadies your whole body. In the same way, a gentle rebuke, a listening ear, or a loving deed benefits the church by strengthening one brother or sister, who then supports another...

    We are on this earth to serve the kingdom of God and His church. And we do that by ministering to each other in small ways that steady the whole body as we give extra support to one member. In talking about such service, I am challenging you to find a need that God can meet through you.

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    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          The next message in our series of "Pre-Decide" is about "Getting Closer To God." We are going to see that we cannot get closer to God by only spending 1 hour a week in church. God has given us 168 hours in a week, and you cannot really make great strides in your walk with God if you only spend 1 hour with Him.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        We will continue our series, Pre-Decide, next week by looking at our need to be generous with what God has blessed us with. We will do that by delving into When You Stop Holding Back.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    May 25 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    May 29 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 30 - Midway Memorial Day Service at the Midway Honor Roll at 9:45 AM and at the Center Cemetery at 10 AM

    June 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.


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    May 16, 2022

    A Caring Church - Luke 10


    Do you realize that believers should not have to look beyond the body of Christ to have their needs met? We are meant to be a self-sustaining body. After several decades in ministry, I have seen only one way for the church to function as it should: believers must commit to give of themselves on behalf of others.

    For example, a man determines to pray and struggle alongside a hurting brother until the burdensome situation is resolved or peace returns. Or a woman makes herself available to answer a new Christian's questions about the weekly sermon--the two ladies search the Bible and fill their minds with Scripture. And there are countless other ways to serve others, such as driving an elderly member to the service, teaching a Sunday school class, or visiting a weary single mom and listening to her concerns.

    Before you become overwhelmed by the variety of needs in your church, let me remind you that loving each other is meant to be a body-wide effort. One person cannot meet every need. But suppose you commit to serving a small group of folks whom God brings into your sphere of influence. If, in order to care for them, you surrender self-focused preferences about resources and time, the Lord will bless you with more joy and contentment than you've ever known.

    To serve others before serving yourself is to practice authentic Christianity. I'm certain that if believers commit to meeting as many needs as the Lord brings to their attention, then a lazy church can be transformed, becoming a true body of believers who function together for the glory of God.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we continue our series "Pre-Decide," we want to talk about what is going to make or break the child of God who desires to live for the Lord, consistency. Consistency is not the same as perfection. You will fail, because we are all sinners, the difference with consistency is that if you fail once, get back up and start to follow the Lord again.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next week, we continue our series on Pre-Decide by looking at what it means to be devoted to Jesus Christ, in a message titled Getting Closer To God.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    May 18 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    May 19 - Church Work Day at 6 PM

    May 29 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 30 - Midway Memorial Day Service at the Midway Honor Roll at 9:45 AM and at the Center Cemetery at 10 AM

    June 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    July 25-27 - Christmas in July With Jesus, is our Vacation Bible School. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for kids that are in preschool through those going into 6th grade. Please RSVP by going here.


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    May 2, 2022

    The Value of Seeking the Lord - Psalm 119


    We all have ambitions and desires. And while these are not necessarily wrong, we should analyze our priorities: Where do I invest my time and energy? What or who occupies my thoughts? As important as our earthly pursuits, responsibilities, and relationships may be, they cannot compare to the value of a life spent seeking the Lord.

    First of all, consider what it means to seek something. The word connotes a strong desire and an energetic quest to achieve it. Suppose you discovered a very productive vein of gold on your property. You wouldn’t just stroll out and look at it occasionally. No, you would gather some equipment and diligently go out each day to chip away at the rocks and collect the precious metal.

    In the same way, seeking the Lord is not a quick and occasional encounter, but a wholehearted effort to know Him more intimately and follow Him more closely. Those who unreservedly pursue this kind of fellowship with God are determined to spend time with Him; they also want to forsake anything that could hinder growth in their relationship with the Lord. God’s committed followers boldly claim His promises and trust Him to fulfill His Word. Their experiences with the Lord bring amazing satisfaction yet cause them to hunger for more of Him.

    The Christian life is meant to be a pursuit of God. To walk through the door of salvation and stand still, never drawing any closer to Him, is to miss the treasures that are available in Christ. Those who seek Him soon discover that knowing Him is the greatest reward of all.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          In our next message of our series "Pre-Decide," we are going to look at how we can make the decision ahead of time to help us overcome temptation. We are all tempted, and many people give in to that temptation, but God does not want us to do so. He wants us to withstand temptation. We are going to learn today, how we can overcome temptation.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next week, we will celebrate Mother's Day. The next week, May 15, we will continue our series Pre-Decide by looking into how we can pre-decide to live with The Power of Consistency.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    May 4 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    May 11 - Trustee Meeting following Prayer Meeting

    May 29 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 30 - Midway Memorial Day Service at the Midway Honor Roll at 9:45 AM and at the Center Cemetery at 10 AM

    June 5 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


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    A Heart for God A Vision for the World - Acts 13


    I sometimes like to walk through a cemetery and read the epitaphs on the tombstones. It's interesting to see what words are used to sum up a person's life. This may seem like a morbid pastime, but it's actually a great way to reassess our own lives. We're each going to leave a testimony of some kind when we die. Have you ever wondered what your loved ones will write on your gravestone? What words do you want inscribed there?

    In our passage today, the apostle Paul tells us God's evaluation of David: He described him as "a man after My heart, who will do all My will" (v. 22). What an awesome testimony of a life well lived! The Lord wasn't describing a perfect man, but one whose life was centered on God's interests and desires.

    David's many psalms attest to the fact that his relationship with the Lord was the most important aspect of his life. His passion was to obey God and carry out His will. However, that doesn't mean he was always obedient. Who can forget his failure with Bathsheba? But even when he sinned by committing adultery and murder, his heart was still bent toward God. The conviction he felt and his humble repentance afterward proved that his relationship with the Lord was still his top priority.

    If God was writing a summary of your life, how would He describe you? Does your heart align with His, or have you let it follow the pleasures and pursuits of this world? Unless we diligently pursue our relationship with the Lord, we will drift away from Him. Maybe it's time for a course correction.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          What if becoming the person you want to be starts long before the moment you make a decision? Before you click "buy," before you take one more bite, or before you lash out at the people you love. Can the decisions you make today help you live the life you really want tomorrow? Let's learn together in our message series: Pre-Decide.

    This Past Sunday:
          We are starting a new series today called "Pre-Decide." Before we get into a situation that may cause us to make some poor decisions, we are going to decide now, before we get into that situation, pre-decide to do certain things that would not lead us into more troubles and problems. This is the first of 7 messages on this topic, and we hope that you will commit to be with us for all the messages as they are important to all of us. Pre-decide today, so you can Take Back Your Life.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next week, we will continue our series Pre-Decide by looking into how we can pre-decide to begin Overcoming Temptation.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    April 27 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    May 1 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    May 29 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 30 - Midway Memorial Day Service at the Midway Honor Roll at 9:45 AM and at the Center Cemetery at 10 AM


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    April 11, 2022

    The Necessity of the Cross - Colossians 2


    What does the cross mean to you? Many people in the world today view it as a symbol of Christianity, but stop and think about what it represented in Christ's day. Nobody wore a miniature cross around the neck or displayed one in a place of worship. The cross was a torturous means of execution, and the mere thought of it was repulsive.

    Yet believers throughout the ages have chosen this as the sign of their faith. In fact, to remove the cross from our teaching and theology would leave nothing but an empty, powerless religion. The subjects of death, blood, and sacrifice have become unpopular in many churches because they're unpleasant and uncomfortable topics. We'd prefer to hear about the love of God, not the suffering of Jesus.

    But let me ask you this: How could anyone be saved if Christ had not been crucified? Some people think all you have to do to receive God's forgiveness is ask Him for it. But a sinner's request can never be the basis for His forgiveness. He would cease to be holy and just if no penalty was imposed for sin. According to Scripture, there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). Christ had to bear the punishment for our sin in order for God to grant us forgiveness.

    Every time you see a cross, remember what it really was - an instrument of execution. Then thank Jesus that He was willing to be crucified so the Father could forgive you of sin. Though the scene of your redemption was horrendous, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



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          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account.

    This Past Sunday:
          This Friday is referred to as Good Friday. Why is that? It is because Jesus Christ died on the cross. I know that doesn't sound good, but because Jesus died on the cross, that was when everything changed. Because Jesus died, we now have access to God through His perfect sacrifice for us. Jesus' crucifixion has changed our past, our future and our present.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next Sunday is Easter and we will be finishing up our series Easter People. We will be looking at the two travelers on the road to Emmaus, and how they were visited by Jesus in the message The Show On The Road. Hope to see you there. PLEASE NOTE: Our Easter Worship service is at 10 AM.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service

    April 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

    April 24 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 1 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


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    What Does It Mean to Be Saved - Psalms 25


    What makes a person acceptable to God? The path to redemption begins not with the decision to live a better life or to stop doing something wrong, but with the realization that we cannot correct our sinful nature. To find favor with the Lord, we must grasp that it's impossible to make ourselves righteous; instead, we need to depend on the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. When we trust in Christ as our Savior, God the Father applies the benefit of Jesus' atoning sacrifice to our sin debt, thereby making us "saved," or acceptable in His eyes.

    Your good works and righteous acts are of absolutely no value in the mind of God. Compared to others' actions, your generosity and good works might seem like enough to bring favor with the Lord, but Jesus said, "Not as a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 1:17). When you stand before God, the only way you can be forgiven of your sins is through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial, substitutionary atoning death at Calvary. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

    Jesus' public crucifixion was a demonstration of God's hatred for sin and immense love for mankind. He who was blameless bore the penalty for all in order that wicked, corrupt people could be made righteous.

    No matter what you've done, you can be cleansed of the stain left by sin. Confess any known transgressions and turn from them; then Jesus will forgive you and write your name in the Lamb's Book of Life (I John 1:9; Revelation 21:27). By trusting in Him, you are assured of eternity in His presence.

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    Current Series
          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account.

    This Past Sunday:
          We continue our series, "Easter People," by looking at Thomas. We know him as doubting Thomas. Isn't that a bit unkind? To remember him for a bad thing that he had done? He did other things very well, yet we only remember him for his one bad thing. We will look at Thomas and what else he could be named.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        As we continue our series, Easter People, we will look at our next person, Peter, with the message title of The Show Must Go On.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    April 6 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    April 10 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after the Morning Worship Service

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service

    April 24 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    May 1 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


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    March 28, 2022

    Recognizing God's Handiwork - Psalms 33


    The work God does is creative. He made heaven, earth, and all living creatures. He formed Adam and Eve in His image and knitted each of us in our mother's womb.

    His work is also powerful. Through His Son Jesus, He accomplished a great salvation for all who trust in the Savior. Our heavenly Father worked mightily to open a way for us to be reconciled to Him and adopted into His family. Not only that, but God's work is ongoing, and Jesus is the One who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).

    In order to recognize God's handiwork, we need to pray in an active, persistent manner. Christ-centered prayers narrow our focus to the Lord. Then we can more readily identify His actions and see how to join Him. Self-centered petitions serve to distract us from Him.

    The Father also wants our heart and mind yielded to His will. Pursuing our own agenda shifts the focus to ourselves and makes us lose sight of the Lord. But a submissive attitude prepares us to listen and obey. Regularly concentrating on God's Word will clear our minds and help us understand what the Lord is doing.

    When we combine these disciplines with discernment and patience, we will have positioned ourselves to discover how God is working in our lives and in our world.

    Our Lord is at work today - calling nonbelievers to saving faith and the redeemed to a closer walk with Him. His plans include individuals, families, and nations. Have you been too busy or distracted to notice what He's doing? Confess your inattention and refocus your heart and mind on Him.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account.

    This Past Sunday:
          As we continue our series on "Easter People," we look today at the disciples, but specifically when they were locked up in a room where Jesus appeared right in the middle of them. The middle is the hardest part of any task or journey. The beginning is fun and the end is fulfilling, but the middle is where drudgery can set in. When you are in the middle, we can get testy, frustrated, and doubt may set in. Jesus shows up in the middle, as He tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next week we will continue out series Easter People by looking at Thomas. This message is titled I've Seen Enough.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    March 30 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    April 2 - Men's Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. We will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    April 3 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    April 10 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after the Morning Worship Service

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service

    April 24 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


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    The Lure of Momentary Pleasure - Genesis 25


    You probably read the story of Jacob and Esau today and thought, I can't believe Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. How foolish! But let's think beyond birthrights and soup. Is there anything of true value that you are trading for something of lesser worth? In other words, what is your "bowl of soup"?

    Have you pursued wealth and a career at the expense of family? Maybe your busy schedule has kept you from spending time with God in His Word each day. Some people become involved in extramarital affairs, trading the well-being of their family for the satisfaction of lustful desires. Others sacrifice their health by consuming harmful or addictive substances, or even by overindulging in food. The list of ways we make foolish, shortsighted choices is endless.

    Some of the decisions we make today could rob us of the blessings God wants to give us. When you yield to temptation in a moment of weakness, you're actually sacrificing your future for momentary pleasure. We can't afford to live thoughtlessly, basing our decisions on immediate desires or feelings. Since the principle of sowing and reaping cannot be reversed, we need to carefully consider what we are planting. The harvest will come, and we'll reap what we have sown--and more than we've sown.

    Are you contemplating anything that could have serious long-term ramifications if you yield to the yearning? A wise person evaluates choices by looking ahead to see what negative consequences could follow a course of action. Don't let "a bowl of soup" hinder God's wonderful plans for you.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Series
          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account.

    This Past Sunday:
          We are starting our Easter series by looking into some of the important people surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first one that we are going to be looking at is Mary Magdalene. Who is she? What did she do? Why did she do it? We will answer these questions in this message titled "The Show Must Go On."
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
        Next week, we contiune our series, Easter People by looking into Right in the Middle. What are we in the middle of? What should we be in the middle of?




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    March 23 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    March 26 - Men's Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. Saturdays in March, we will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    March 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    April 3 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    April 10 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after the Morning Worship Service

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service


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    March 14, 2022

    Sanctification Isn't Passive - I Thessalonians 4


    Did you know that God didn't save you just to keep you from hell and get you into heaven? His top priority while you are here on earth is to shape you into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). But at this stage of our sanctification, He doesn't do it all for us. We have a responsibility to cooperate with Him and actively participate in the process. Yet many Christians have a passive attitude about the life of faith. They tolerate sin and smooth it over with the age-old excuse, "Nobody's perfect!"

    When you received Christ as your Savior, you took the first step in your walk with Him - a walk that will last the rest of your life. However, you also stepped into spiritual warfare with Satan. The Enemy may have lost your soul, but he's going to do everything he can to hinder, sidetrack, and discourage you. The last thing he wants is a saint who's on fire for the Lord and useful in the kingdom.

    But many believers have abdicated their responsibility to live holy lives. In fact, some of them look and act just like the unbelieving world. Sexual immorality is one area of compromise that the apostle Paul addressed specifically, but in truth, we should abstain from anything that interferes with godliness.

    Have you allowed something in your life that shouldn’t be there? If so, you need to drop it now. You don't want a thread of sin to become a rope, then a chain, and finally a cable that traps you in a stronghold. Turn back to the Lord, and let your sanctification continue.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series
          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account. This series begins March 20th.

    This Past Sunday:
          We all have asked God to do something for us, that He didn't do. Does that make Him less than what God should be? No. Does that mean that He let me down? Maybe? No, He didn't let you down, because He's still in your corner cheering you on. He wants you to succeed in this life. Because He didn't do what you wanted Him to do when you wanted Him to do it, does not mean He let you down. He is with us and will never forsake us.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          We begin our seris Easter People, by looking at Mary Magdalene our first "Easter Person". The title of the message is The Show Must Go On.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    March 16 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    March 17 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.

    March 26 - Men's Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. Saturdays in March, we will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    March 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    April 3 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    April 10 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after the Morning Worship Service

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service


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    March 7, 2022

    God's Choice Shaping Tools - Romans 12


    God's kindness to us is demonstrated by the fact that He doesn't leave us in the condition we were in before coming to faith. How tragic it would be if we still thought, felt, and acted the same way we did before receiving Christ as our Savior. Throughout our lives, the Lord uses His choice tools to shape us into the image of His Son.

    Prayer. By talking to the Lord in open dialogue, we develop a relationship with Him. He becomes not just our Savior, but our friend, and as the intimacy grows, so will our passion to be with Him. Setting aside time for prayer each day will become a delight, not a duty.

    God's Word. You can't grow in your Christian life if you keep the Bible closed all week long. No one lives on one meal a week, yet many Christians try to get by with just a Sunday dinner of the Word served up by their pastor. How can we expect God's truth to do its transforming work if we never let it into our minds and hearts?

    The Church. Christ uses His body of believers as a place for transformation. That's where we rub against each other and have the rough edges of our character smoothed. It is a place of instruction, accountability, and encouragement.

    Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life? Our culture has no shortage of worldly voices and pressures that fill minds and influence behavior. Only when we intentionally schedule time for God, His Word, and His people can Christ do His transforming work in our lives.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series
          He is rewriting your story. He is carrying you through. He is fighting for your future. He is working for your good. He is making new beginnings. He is looking at you in love. The resurrection changes everything. We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song. This series leading into Easter examines the stories behind some of the key people involved in the Easter account. This series begins March 20th.

    This Past Sunday:
          God commands us to forgive one another. That includes that person who hurt you or your loved one. That includes the ex who emotionally abused you. That includes the parent who didn't show their love to you, and instead physically abused you. That includes everyone who has done anything against you or someone you love. To forgive them doesn't mean that you belittle the hurt. We are to forgive them as much as God has forgiven us, which, by the way, if you didn't know, is everything. This message could offend you, but I pray that it is a message that will, instead, set you free from unforgiveness.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          For those of you who read this every week, I just have to be honest with you. I'm not sure what I'm preaching this upcoming Sunday. Come and worship with us.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    March 9 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    March 10 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.

    March 12 - Men's Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. Every Saturday in March, we will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    March 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    April 3 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    April 10 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after the Morning Worship Service

    April 16 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 12 PM at the Midway Community Park at 304 Noblestown Rd, Midway, PA 15060.

    April 17 - Easter Services
                    8:00 AM - Early Service
                    9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
                    10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service


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    February 14, 2022

    The Fruitful Giver - II Corinthians 9

    If you've ever visited Israel, you have no doubt experienced the contrast between the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. The banks of the Jordan are surrounded by trees and greenery, but nothing lives around the Dead Sea. The reason is that there is no outlet. When the water flows into that sea, it stays there. Eventually the salts accumulate and poison the water.

    This is a vivid picture of two different financial plans. The Dead Sea compares to the world's system, which is based on accumulation and preservation of wealth. The goal is to get enough so you can have enough, but this approach results in self-centered stagnation. Christians who follow this plan mistakenly believe it's the path to security. But what they fail to understand is that hoarding makes their lives spiritually unfruitful and hinders the good works God wants them to do.

    The Lord's financial plan is like a river that moves continuously. As His provisions flow into our lives, we pass them on to others. This results in a fruitful life centered on building God's kingdom. Perhaps you've realized that He promises to supply "bread for food" to those who give, but did you know He'll also provide "seed for sowing" (v. 10)? He supplies enough to live and enough to give.

    Have you hindered your spiritual growth by sowing sparingly? If you become a generous giver, God promises to "increase the harvest of your righteousness" (v. 10). There are needs in the church and the world that He wants to meet through your generosity. Let His blessings flow through you.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series

          From the latest headline to social media comments, to the person who just cut you off in traffic - there are plenty of opportunities to be offended each day. But what if we decided to respond differently to those around us? Together, let's learn how to live with No Offense.

    This Past Sunday:
          You know who "Those People" are. They are the ones who annoy you like crazy. They get so easily offended or mad. They could be your co-workers, your boss, your in-laws, people from your church, or they could be you. How did Jesus deal with "Those People"? How are we to deal with "Those People"?
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

    Next Sunday:
          As we continue our series called No Offense, we will look at how we are Not As Right As We Think.




    Upcoming Events

    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    February 16 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    February 17 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.

    February 25 - Church-wide Bowling at West Pike Bowl in Canonsburg at 7 PM. Cost is $5 per person and will cover 2 hours of bowling, pizza and pop. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

    February 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    March - Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. Every Saturday in March, we will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    March 6 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


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    February 7, 2022

    God's Master Plan of Finance - Malachi 3

    Though the world is full of disorder, confusion, and uncertainty, believers in Christ have the wonderful assurance that God is in absolute control of every situation. When He created the heavens and the earth, He had a purpose and a plan, which He carried out with precision and order. Nothing was haphazard, late, or uncertain. The Lord also has a plan for each one of us, and every aspect of our lives is not only under His scrutiny, but also under His care.

    One of those areas is our finances. If we'll follow God's plan, He promises to manage our money. Now, that's quite a blessing. After all, who do you think would be better at knowing how to handle money - you or our omniscient, all-powerful God? He promises that if we will give Him the first part of all we receive, He'll provide for our needs. He has an amazing way of making the remainder stretch farther than the original amount.

    So, considering the blessings of this promise and the unfailing faithfulness of the Promise Giver, what is keeping you from obeying this command? The most likely reason is unbelief—fear to test Him on this even though He invites you to do so. But you may be asking yourself, What if He doesn't come through? What if I give it away and don't have enough?

    The Lord is after your trust, and what better area to test and build it than your finances? Believing Him for our salvation seems easy, yet we often doubt He'll keep His promise when it comes to money. Take a step of obedience today, and discover how faithful your God really is.

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          From the latest headline to social media comments, to the person who just cut you off in traffic - there are plenty of opportunities to be offended each day. But what if we decided to respond differently to those around us? Together, let's learn how to live with No Offense.


    This Past Sunday:
          In this message, we begin our next series called "No Offense." We are starting the series by looking at how we need to "Stop Being Offended." Our culture loves to be offended, unfortunately, some Christians do too. As with last series, we are looking at the way that Jesus lived, not just the truth that He preached, which is important, but to be more like Him we have to see how He was able to not be so easily offended.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          As we continue our series called No Offense, we will look at how we are are to be Dealing With "Those" People.




    Upcoming Events

    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    February 9 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    February 10 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.

    February 25 - Church-wide Bowling at West Pike Bowl in Canonsburg at 7 PM. Cost is $5 per person and will cover 2 hours of bowling, pizza and pop. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

    February 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

    March - Breakfast & Devotions at 9 AM. Every Saturday in March, we will be having breakfast and devotions at the church. We will be studying "How To Be A Better Husband."

    March 6 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


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  42. FBC E-Blast - January 31, 2022

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    January 31, 2022

    Developing a Vibrant Faith - Acts 9

    The apostle Paul had a strong commitment to know and serve Jesus Christ. His passion and love for the Lord was obvious - Jesus was always central in his thinking, whether he was working as a tent maker, preaching to the crowd, or even sitting in chains at prison. What fueled his love for the Lord?

    Paul's conversion experience on the Damascus Road was a motivating force in his life. Grateful for the gift of grace he had received at salvation, the apostle told many people about his encounter with the resurrected Christ and its impact on him. We, too, have a story to tell of God's mercy in saving us and of the new life we have in Him.

    Paul's zeal also came from his firm conviction that the gospel message was true and available to everyone (John 3:16). On the cross, Jesus took all our sins - past, present, and future - upon Himself (I Peter 2:24). He suffered our punishment so that we might receive forgiveness and be brought into a right relationship with God. Through faith in Christ, we've been born again, and the indwelling Holy Spirit helps us every day (John 14:26). The more we understand what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, the greater will be our passion to share the gospel.

    Developing a vibrant faith requires time and energy plus a commitment to obey God. Regularly studying the Bible will strengthen your beliefs and give you courage to speak. Caring about the spiritual welfare of others will move you into action. Do you have a passion to serve Jesus wherever He leads?

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series


          From the latest headline to social media comments, to the person who just cut you off in traffic — there are plenty of opportunities to be offended each day. But what if we decided to respond differently to those around us? Together, let's learn how to live with No Offense.


    This Past Sunday:
          You've been there. I've been there. We pray for something with all of our heart and God doesn't answer our prayer the way that we want Him to, so we give up on prayer. "God answers other's prayers, why doesn't he answer mine?" we ask ourselves. In this message, we will look at how Jesus prayed and the lessons that apply to us. Remember, God has a better way for us to live, and a better way of praying.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We are starting a new series called No Offense. We are beginning the series by looking into how we can Stop Being Offended.




    Upcoming Events

    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.

    February 2 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7 PM

    February 3 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.

    February 6 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

    February 25 - Church-wide Bowling at West Pike Bowl in Canonsburg at 7 PM. Cost is $5 per person and will cover 2 hours of bowling, pizza and pop. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

    February 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


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    January 24, 2022

    Godly Living in an Ungodly Age - Titus 1

    Our Founding Fathers created a governing framework based upon biblical principles. Slowly, we have changed from "one nation under God" to a group of people who no longer want Him to be involved.


    Tragically, we've become, in numerous ways, an ungodly nation: many are driven by materialism and power; immorality and rebellion are prevalent; empty philosophy and false doctrine are widely acceptable. Underlying it all is a vocal decision to take God out of the nation's "official business."


    Yet even in an unbelieving society, people can, as individuals, follow Jesus. But the world will continually disseminate faulty teachings, so believers must be discerning. Otherwise, erroneous messages can lead Christians to compromise their convictions. Then affections and priorities may change. Don't let the world's clamor make the Spirit's voice less audible. Without His guidance, our minds become vulnerable to lies.


    The Word of God is a compass that keeps us headed in the right direction - even in the midst of confusing messages all around. We need to be consistently filled with truth by reading, believing, meditating upon, and applying Scripture. God also tells us to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17). If our minds are focused upon Him, unholy beliefs will not be able to take root.


    The Word is our guidebook. We will still face difficulty as we live in this imperfect world - it is a confusing, dark place that entices us but never fulfills our true longings. Yet God's truth will bring confidence and boldness, and His Spirit will direct and strengthen, enabling us to live victoriously.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          Sometimes it feels like nothing is working. We can do all the right things and check all the boxes, but life seems to stay the same. How can we find the life we're longing for? Together, let's discover A Better Way.



    This Past Sunday:
          In a world that is full of entertainment and 'stuff', we are so easily distracted from the way that God would have us to live our lives. In this message we will look at 3 things from Hebrews 12 that, if we put them into practice, will help us to not live a distracted life.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We conclude our series on A Better Way by looking into When You've Given Up On Prayer.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    January 26 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study at 7 PM


    January 27 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    January 29 - Soup Cook Off & Bake Off at 6 PM at the church.


    February 6 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


    February 25 - Church-wide Bowling at West Pike Bowl in Canonsburg at 7 PM. Cost is $5 per person and will cover 2 hours of bowling, pizza and pop. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.


    February 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service




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    January 10, 2022

    Our True Identity - Ephesians 1

    When I hear a believer announce, "I'm just a sinner," I feel like saying, "That's what you used to be." A lot of folks cling to a view of themselves as a patched-up, slightly-better-than-before version of their old self. The Bible contradicts that opinion: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come" (II Corinthians 5:17). In fact, according to Scripture, we're dramatically different once we are complete in Christ.


    The question is whether people will trust in what they feel or believe what God says about them. His Word calls us saints (Romans 1:7 ), disciples (Matthew 28:19), and fellow heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). If your opinion is that you are "just a sinner," then you cannot fully experience and enjoy your identity in Christ.


    Believing what God says about our new self is a choice. Satan certainly conspires to convince believers that God's Word doesn't apply to them. He knows that people held captive by spiritual poverty back away from opportunities to share the gospel and serve the Lord's kingdom. It's much easier to spiritually bankrupt someone who already thinks of him or herself as "just a sinner" than it is to conquer a disciple who knows God is his loving Father.


    Our true identity is defined not by our past actions but by the Savior's. Jesus purchased our lives with His blood and brought us into relationship with God the Father, who adopted us as beloved children. We have every reason to hold our heads high, stand firm, and courageously proclaim the gospel.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          Sometimes it feels like nothing is working. We can do all the right things and check all the boxes, but life seems to stay the same. How can we find the life we're longing for? Together, let's discover A Better Way.



    This Past Sunday:
          For some people, it is hard to have time to do the stuff that you want to do, at least you think so. You will always make time to do the things that you want to do. But sometimes, that leads us to a life of constant busyness, that's not what God wants from us either. He does call us to rest. We need it. If we do not slow down on our own, He may have to make us slow down.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series A Better Way. We will look at how Your Best Days Are Now.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    January 12 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study at 7 PM


    January 19 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM
                        NO Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    January 22 - Church Work Day at 9 AM


    February 6 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


    February 27 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service




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    December 27, 2021

    Finding Satisfaction - Philippians 4

    God has provided us with many things to enjoy. But too often our lives are filled with turmoil instead of contentment. Four practices that create dissatisfaction are . . .


    Busyness. We live in a hurry-up society, dashing from one activity to another. Jesus did not rush anywhere, yet He accomplished whatever God gave Him to do. Not once did He tell His followers to move faster. He even praised Mary for choosing to stop her work and spend time with Him (Luke 10:39, 42).


    Earthly perspective. Too often we live focused on our circumstances. Our minds think about what happened earlier in the week, what's on today's agenda, and the activities occurring next week, month, or year. No wonder enjoyment of life remains elusive. The solution is to have an eternal perspective, which acknowledges that God is in charge and our goal is to please Him.


    Self-imposed pressure. We have all experienced the unavoidable burdens of schoolwork, employment, and relationships. But we bring needless pressure on ourselves when we allow unnecessary "musts" and "shoulds" to rule us. The remedy is to turn to God, acknowledge His right to order our days, and ask for His plan.


    Unhealthy attitudes. Perfectionism, false guilt, and apathy all undermine our enjoyment of life.


    Satisfaction is found in a life that reflects God’s priorities - and time with Him comes first. Reading His Word, we become mindful of the Father's great love, learn what He views as important, and experience the joy of belonging to Him. When contentment is elusive, it’s time to examine our priorities.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series


          Sometimes it feels like nothing is working. We can do all the right things and check all the boxes, but life seems to stay the same. How can we find the life we're longing for? Together, let's discover A Better Way. This message series will begin on January 2.



    This Past Sunday:
          This message is the last message of the year. Next Sunday begins the New Year. So let's talk about some commitments that we can make to make this next year be one of the greatest years of our lives.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week we will begin our new series A Better Way. We will begin by looking at When You Don't Like Who You’re Becoming.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    December 29 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study at 7 PM


    January 2 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
                        Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the communion service


    January 19 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM
                        NO Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    January 22 - Church Work Day at 9 AM




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  46. FBC E-Blast - December 20, 2021

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    December 20, 2021

    Contagious Joy - I John 1

    Jesus calls us to be His "witnesses." When some Christians hear this word, they worry that they need exceptional skill or charisma in order to share the good news with others. Yet to witness is not to merely speak of the plan of salvation to someone. The word literally means to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception; to testify; bear witness to; give or afford evidence of. When John wrote that he was sharing what he had experienced first-hand, he was saying, I am full of joy because of the experience of knowing Jesus, and I want to invite you to share in that joy!


    When you're in love with someone, you are excited about the relationship and time spent together. Likewise, when you're in love with Jesus, you can't keep to yourself the joy that comes from knowing Him - it just spills over, bearing witness and strengthening other believers. In fact, as you give testimony of who God is and how He's working in your life, it makes no difference whether you speak quietly or with great exuberance: in their spirit, Christians will pick up on the deep, genuine gladness in your heart that goes beyond natural happiness. And people who don’t yet know the Lord will find themselves hungering for the relationship you have. In that way, they will be drawn to His Spirit in you.


    Witnessing is not a matter of eloquence or talent. It's an overflow of the personal relationship with Jesus Christ that is conforming you to His image. As you allow the Holy Spirit to increasingly express His life and power through you, contagious joy will be "fruit" of His indwelling presence.


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    Current Sermon Series


          Sometimes it feels like nothing is working. We can do all the right things and check all the boxes, but life seems to stay the same. How can we find the life we're longing for? Together, let's discover A Better Way. This message series will begin on January 2.



    This Past Sunday:
          The word worship is used a lot in the Bible, over 170 times. The word shechah in Hebrew means worship, but more than that, it means to kneel in worship. In this message, we will see three different ways that we can kneel in worship to God Almighty.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week is the last Sunday before the New Year. We are going to take a look at New Commitments for the New Year. We don't need resolutions, but commitments to live as God would have us live.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    December 22 - Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 PM


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM


    January 2 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
                        Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the communion service


    January 19 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM
                        NO Wednesday Night Pray & Bible Study




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  47. FBC E-Blast - December 13, 2021

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    December 13, 2021

    Our Best Friend Is Jesus - John 15

    Years ago the Sunday School teachers in my church would teach preschoolers a little chorus that included the line, "My best friend is Jesus." As those children grew into adulthood, they naturally put aside juvenile songs like this one. But sadly, they also frequently seemed to grow out of the idea of Jesus being a friend.


    As believers learn more about God, they rightly elevate Him to be the Lord of their lives and acknowledge Him as sovereign ruler over all the earth. It is easier to think of One so high and mighty as Creator, Savior, and Lord than to "lower" Him to the position of Friend. But Jesus makes a point of telling His disciples that He is both a transcendent deity - the Son of God - and their companion (John 15:15).


    The offer of friendship extends to modern disciples as well. Like the original twelve followers, we are privileged to say that Christ laid down His life for us in a supreme act of love and devotion (v. 13). What is more, His Spirit reveals the truth of Scripture to our hearts so that we can learn more about God and His ways. In other words, Jesus has made known to us the things He heard from His Father. A man doesn’t tell secrets to slaves; he tells them to his friends (v. 15).


    Teaching children to sing of their friendship with Jesus is a wise idea. But I wonder when some grown believers will learn to sing of that special relationship again? May we never become so religious, so pious, or so full of our own maturity that we will not say, "My best friend is Jesus Christ."


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    Current Sermon Series


          Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. In this four-week series, we are going to learn different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring our your heart, and bowing before Him.



    This Past Sunday:
          How are we supposed to pray when we are in the middle of a trial? How can we worship Him when things are good? God calls us to pour our hearts out to Him, even if it's in frustration. God can handle it. Hopefully as your worship Him through your pain, it will turn to praise.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We conclude our Christmas series, Come to Worship by learning how you should Bow Your Knees.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    December 15 - Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 PM


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM


    January 2 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
                        Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the communion service


    January 19 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM
                        NO Wednesday Night Pray & Bible Study




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  48. FBC E-Blast - December 6, 2021

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    December 6, 2021

    Justice and Mercy - Romans 3

    The sinful condition of mankind presents us with a dilemma: How can a holy, righteous God forgive our sins? If He deals with us only on the basis of His justice, every human being would suffer the eternal punishment of His wrath, which their sins deserve. But if He extends mercy instead of justice, no one would pay the penalty for sin, and God would then cease to be just.


    There was only one way the Lord could stay true to His nature and at the same time forgive our sins. The solution was to satisfy His justice by pouring out His wrath on a substitute. Then the penalty for sin would be paid, and He would be free to extend mercy to sinners. This is the only plan that accommodates both aspects of His divine nature. So Christ came as our substitute; He took the punishment for our sin, enabling us to experience the Father's mercy. Now, by placing faith in Jesus, anyone can be justified - that is, declared legally righteous.


    God's plan of salvation is simple enough for a child to understand. Yet at the same time, the complexities of the transaction that occurred at Calvary are far beyond human comprehension. Although we may not fully grasp what transpired there, we can know that the cross is the greatest possible display of the Lord’s love for us.


    Can you even imagine the cost of your salvation? The magnificent plan of the Father and the willing cooperation of the Son prove your tremendous value in God's eyes. From His perspective, you are worth all the pain and suffering that was necessary to secure your eternal presence with Him in heaven.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. In this four-week series, we are going to learn different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring our your heart, and bowing before Him.



    This Past Sunday:
          When the Wise Men came to see Jesus from afar, they came to worship Him. They worshipped Him by bringing gifts to Jesus, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When we come to worship God, we need to bring gifts to Him, too. We can bring our gifts of material possessions, but most importantly, we give Him the ultimate gift of our lives.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We continue our Christmas series, Come to Worship by trying to understand what it means to Pour Out Your Heart.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    December 8 - Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 PM


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM


    January 2 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
                        Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the communion service




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  49. FBC E-Blast - November 29, 2021

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    November 29, 2021

    Gratitude in Affliction - Psalm 119

    At Thanksgiving, we typically express gratitude for God's blessings. But did you ever consider thanking Him for something that doesn't seem like a blessing—such as a trying circumstance you want Him to remove or change? A grateful heart is most precious to God when, humanly speaking, our situations don't warrant giving thanks. By making four foundational decisions, we can begin to see the value of our adversities and respond with appreciation.


    Believe and trust the Lord. Only by viewing life from a scriptural perspective can we understand His purposes in our trials and trust His wisdom in allowing them.


    Accept the situation as coming from God either directly sent or permissively allowed. If we truly believe He's working for our good (Rom 8:28-29), we can choose to receive each difficulty as coming from His loving hand. Then we can say "Thank You."


    Submit to God in the circumstance. Although we may not like the situation, knowing that God "[is] good and does good" (v. 68) allows us to confidently place our lives under His authority.


    Draw from Him the strength to endure. No one has the ability within himself to endure hardships with gratefulness. Only by relying on the Lord can believers go through adversity with an appreciative heart.


    Now, think about that circumstance you would like changed, and with a new mindset, offer this prayer to God: "Lord, I accept this situation as coming from You. In faith and trust, I place myself under Your loving authority, and draw from You the strength I need to endure with gratitude."


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    Current Sermon Series


          Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. In this four-week series, we are going to learn different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring our your heart, and bowing before Him.



    This Past Sunday:
          Join us for our Christmas series, "Come to Worship," as we dig into how we should be "worship Christ, the newborn King," as the song says. In this message, we will look at the biblical reasons and encouragement to lift our hands in praise and worship to God.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We continue our Christmas series, Come to Worship by learning that we should Bring Your Gifts.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    December 1 - Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 PM


    December 4 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the church. If you have any questions, see Chanin


    December 5 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM


    January 2 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service
                        Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the communion service




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  50. FBC E-Blast - November 22, 2021

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    November 22, 2021

    How to Foster True Friendships - I Samuel 18

    All people long to be in genuine relationships. God created us with this need, as we were not meant to live in isolation.


    Our world is so driven by technology that many people today try to ease their loneliness through computer relationships. However, this can never satisfy or compare to the human fellowship that the Creator designed. But healthy friendships don't just happen. They require intentional effort.


    Yesterday, in looking to Jonathan and David for a biblical model of godly companions, we saw how mutual respect is vital in a healthy friendship. Now, let's look at two more aspects of their relationship. These two men had an emotional love for one another; their hearts were knit together (I Samuel 18:1). When one man experienced joy or sadness, the other man felt it too.


    They also had genuine devotion to each other, which is a type of commitment that involves giving: to show loyalty, Jonathan gave his friend material items - his robe and weapon. But these two men also selflessly offered more: Jonathan even risked his life and future kingship in order to save David from execution. Notice, too, that Jonathan was often the initiator, and the one who gave more. He was a prince, whereas David was a lowly shepherd. Social status shouldn't interfere with cultivating a true friendship.


    We were designed for true companionship based on mutual respect, genuine love, and commitment. This requires not only time and selfless devotion but also transparency - which means being real, even about our faults. Taking such a risk requires trust. Such relationships are well worth the effort.


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    Upcoming Sermon Series


          Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. In this four-week series, we are going to learn different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring our your heart, and bowing before Him.


    This message series will start on November 28.


    This Past Sunday:
          Christians need to stop going to church. I know that sounds totally wrong, but if you tune in to this message you will see what we mean by that. We are called to BE the church, not to simply GO to church, but BE the church.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week, we will begin our new series Come to Worship by learning about how and why you should Lift Your Hands.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    November 23 - Thanksgiving Service & Communion at 7 PM


    November 24 - NO Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study at 7 PM


    December 4 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the church. If you have any questions, see Chanin


    December 5 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM




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  51. FBC E-Blast - November 15, 2021

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    November 15, 2021

    Spiritually Shortsighted - Luke 16

    In Luke 16, Jesus told a story about a rich man who lived for himself and ignored God. After death, he experienced the consequences of his choices - eternal separation from the Lord.


    Jesus described him as one who lived in luxury every day (v. 19), providing for himself the best that money could buy but giving little to the poor at his gate. It is important to realize that this man wasn't judged harshly by God because of his wealth. The heavenly Father is not opposed to our success. Nor was the man separated from the Lord because of his lack of charity toward others. He did not deliberately harm others but, rather, overlooked those in need and focused on himself.


    The rich man's mistake was that he prepared everything for the body but nothing for the soul. Our culture practices a similar style of living. Acquiring material riches and satisfying self is the primary pursuit of many in our world. Having what one wants seems to be the goal whether it's a struggle to make ends meet or the bank account is overflowing.


    Scripture says we were created to be in a relationship with the Father through faith in His Son. The rich man ignored God and paid the ultimate price. Our eternal destiny depends on our decision about Christ.


    Despite what our culture thinks, life is not about us. It's about having a relationship with the Lord. Whoever accepts Christ's gift of salvation will live eternally with Him in heaven. Those who reject God will suffer. If you know any spiritually shortsighted people, pray that they will trust in Jesus.


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    Upcoming Sermon Series


          Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. In this four-week series, we are going to learn different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring our your heart, and bowing before Him.


    This message series will start on November 28.


    This Past Sunday:
          Once you realize that I'm Invited, and then that I'm Invaluable, and finally that I'm Influential, the natural response for the child of God is that I'm Invested. Yes, this is a message about giving, but for the child of God, this is just a part of what God desires from us. Does God need our money? No, but if we fail in this area, we are hurting ourselves and those to whom we could be a blessing. Don't rob God, nor yourself by not being generous with what God has given you.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week, we will be learning about why we need to Stop Going To Church. It's not what you think, so come or tune in next week to find out!




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    November 17 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study at 7 PM


    November 18 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori


    November 23 - Thanksgiving Service & Communion at 7 PM


    December 4 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at noon at the church. If you have any questions, see Chanin


    December 5 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM




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  52. FBC E-Blast - November 8, 2021

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    November 8, 2021

    Avoiding Compromise - Proverbs 2

    Although the temptation to compromise threatens every believer, we don't have to give in. If we're aware of the danger and understand the downward progression and ultimate consequences, we can determine to be vigilant in obedience to the Lord.


    The first step in learning how to avoid compromise is understanding why it is so tempting. When others pressure us to take part in in what we know God has forbidden, it's easy to give in because we don't want to feel rejected. But anyone who's committed to living a godly life must be willing to stand alone and face ridicule or even persecution (II Timothy 3:12). At other times, we consent to activities that violate our conscience just to avoid conflict, but peace at any price means we have to sacrifice obedience to God.


    However, the temptation to compromise doesn't always originate with others. In fact, James 1:14 says we are tempted when we're carried away by our own lusts. How many Christians have fallen into sexual immorality or pornography by desiring a second look? Greed is another motivation that drives us to compromise. If you fudge on your income tax or take a few things home from the office, you've stepped over the line of obedience to God. Our choices should be based on scriptural truth, not on our feelings and desires.


    In order to stand firm against compromise, we must make God's Word the standard for our conduct. If you begin each day with the Lord in His Word, He will guide your way. Then when the Spirit gives a warning, obey immediately, because giving consideration to the temptation opens a door for Satan.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          It's not enough to just show up at church. Our hearts long for more than that. We want to be needed. We want to be known. We want to have purpose and know that we make a difference. This series is an invitation for people to drive deep roots into our church, show them the difference they can make, and help them see the power they have inside them.


    This Past Sunday:
          So many times, we think we have to have a big following on social media in order to be an influencer, but according to God, we are called to be an influence in the lives of those around us, no matter our follower numbers. You never know how a simple act of kindness could effect someone else. You already have influence in other's lives, but what are you influencing them towards?
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We will conclude our series, I'm In, by looking at how we should be able to claim I'm Invested in the Kingdom of God.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    November 10 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    November 11 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori


    November 23 - Thanksgiving Service & Communion at 7 PM


    December 5 - NO Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM




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  53. FBC E-Blast - November 1, 2021

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    November 1, 2021

    Paying Attention to How We Live - Luke 12

    One day we'll give an account of ourselves to the Lord (Romans 14:12). We must, then, pay attention to how we live.


    The rich man in Luke 16:19-31 made the tragic choice of living for himself without regard for the Lord. He also made two other mistakes.


    First, he invested everything for himself and nothing for the life to come. When we are blinded by our own desires and personal satisfaction, it is easy to become lukewarm about spiritual matters. We forget that this life is not all there is. Scripture tells us to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth. Where our treasure is reflects where our heart is (Matthew 6:19-21).


    The rich man's other mistake was to prepare everything for himself and nothing for others. Crumbs falling from his table (v. 21) were the only form of assistance he gave a poor man named Lazarus. The one who had much wealth did not share it with the one who had little. Jesus explained what our priorities should be to love the Lord wholeheartedly and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27).


    We see the rich man's mistakes repeated in another parable. This time a wealthy man builds bigger barns to store crops so he will have plenty for the future. God calls him a fool for such shortsightedness (Luke 12:20).


    The Bible repeatedly warns us to pay attention to spiritual matters - the Lord is to have first place in our lives and be the center of our affections. He urges us to store up heavenly treasure by caring for the lost and hurting people around us. On whom is your attention focused?


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          It's not enough to just show up at church. Our hearts long for more than that. We want to be needed. We want to be known. We want to have purpose and know that we make a difference. This series is an invitation for people to drive deep roots into our church, show them the difference they can make, and help them see the power they have inside them.


    This Past Sunday:
          As we continue our series on "I'm In," we will dig into "I'm Invaluable." Invaluable does not mean 'not valuable,' but the opposite. We are immensely of worth to God and His plan for His Church. If you are not a part, a member of a church, I encourage you to find a church a become a part so you can use your talents and gifts in the body of Christ.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We continue our study into I'm In by looking at how we can make an impact in our world by understanding that I'm Influential.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    November 3 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    November 4 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    November 7 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner (Thanksgiving themed)


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori


    November 23 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM


    November 28 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service




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  54. FBC E-Blast - October 25, 2021

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    October 25, 2021

    Praying with Impact - I John 5

    Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it's easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life. Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God's response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we're doing.


    Begin by asking yourself these questions:


    How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?


    Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?


    What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?


    When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?


    If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you're not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God's presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we'll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.


    Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you'll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Psalms 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24). Then you'll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series


          It's not enough to just show up at church. Our hearts long for more than that. We want to be needed. We want to be known. We want to have purpose and know that we make a difference. This series is an invitation for people to drive deep roots into our church, show them the difference they can make, and help them see the power they have inside them. We will start this series, I'm In, October 24th.


    This Past Sunday:
          Today begins a new series and we're calling it, "I'm In". For the next few weeks, each message will start with "I'm In-". There is not much greater joy knowing that you have been invited, included. After Christ died for our sins on the cross, we have been invited to a relationship with Christ. What have you done with your invitation?
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week, we will continue our study into I'm In by digging into about how I'm Invaluable to the body of Christ.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    October 27 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    October 28 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    October 31 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


    November 7 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori Weber




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  55. FBC E-Blast - October 18, 2021

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    October 18, 2021

    Prayer: Our Time Saver - Psalm 143

    What do you think about when you wake up? Are your thoughts instantly focused on the day ahead, or are they centered on the Lord? Although most of us have busy lives that consume much of our time and attention, the most important and time-saving part of each day is that spent in quiet solitude with God.


    Yet many believers feel so rushed that they don't think there's time for the Lord. They immediately jump onto the treadmill of life and then wonder why they're so frustrated, confused, and dissatisfied. Even if their desire is to follow God, they don't know where He's going since they haven't stopped to get directions for the day. There's also a disconnect because they've ignored their relationship with Him. No one can have intimacy with Christ without daily communication.


    Perhaps the problem is our own human logic. We think spending time reading the Bible and praying each morning will result in having less time and lower productivity. However, when we seek Christ's direction and wisdom for the day and invite Him to control our lives, He'll accomplish more through us than we can do by ourselves. He'll give us wisdom for good decisions, increase our strength and energy, and free us from time-wasting anxiety.


    Are you too busy for the Lord? If so, you're denying yourself the blessing of an intimate relationship with Christ. When you make time for Him, He'll fill you with peace and joy, guide your decisions, grant you wisdom, empower you to obey, make you more productive, and comfort you with His love.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series


          It's not enough to just show up at church. Our hearts long for more than that. We want to be needed. We want to be known. We want to have purpose and know that we make a difference. This series is an invitation for people to drive deep roots into our church, show them the difference they can make, and help them see the power they have inside them. We will start this series, I'm In, October 24th.


    This Past Sunday:
          We had Betty Fey, missionary to NYC, with us. Also, we covered "Fishers of Men." God has a plan for reaching this world, and we need to follow it. Unfortunately, we don't usually follow it. We have been called, everyone who is a child of God, to reach out into this world with God's glorious Gospel.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          Next week, we will be starting our new series I'm In by looking at I'm Invited.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    October 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM
                          No Prayer & Bible Study Service


    October 23 - Fall Festival at the Hopper's home at 5 PM


    October 28 - Ladies' Bible Study begins at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    October 31 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


    November 7 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori Weber




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  56. FBC E-Blast - October 11, 2021

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    October 11, 2021

    Praying with Impact - I John 5

    Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it's easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life. Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God's response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we're doing.


    Begin by asking yourself these questions:


    • How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?

    • Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?

    • What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?

    • When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?

    If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you're not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God's presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we'll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.


    Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you'll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Psalms 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24). Then you'll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Upcoming Sermon Series


          It's not enough to just show up at church. Our hearts long for more than that. We want to be needed. We want to be known. We want to have purpose and know that we make a difference. This series is an invitation for people to drive deep roots into our church, show them the difference they can make, and help them see the power they have inside them. We will start this series, I'm In, October 24th.


    This Past Sunday:
          In this world, there isn't much thankfulness and gratitude. God has called us to be grateful in all seasons of life. When we are grateful, we choose to let go of grudges and hurts, which leads to happiness and true joy.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We will have missionary Betty Fey, to the city of New York with us next week.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    October - Ladies' Bible Study will begin soon. It will take place on Thursday Nights at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    October 13 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    October 17 - Missionary Betty Fey to New York City will be with us


    October 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM
                          No Prayer & Bible Study Service


    October 23 - Fall Festival at the Hopper's home at 5 PM


    November 7 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori Weber




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  57. FBC E-Blast - October 4, 2021

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    October 4, 2021

    The Value of Obedience - Proverbs 2

    Despite Peter's vast fishing experience, he returned from a night's work with nothing to show for his efforts. It's quite possible that the Lord's request to let the nets down one more time struck him as unreasonable—after all, Peter and his partners were the professionals. Nevertheless, the fisherman complied, and his obedience blessed many.


    Scripture demonstrates that divine plans often defy human logic. For instance, who would design a battle strategy that involved only marching and shouting? God told Joshua to conquer Jericho that way, and doing so proved successful (Joshua 6:1-5).


    Moses is another example. When he felt unsure about his leadership potential, the Lord gave reassurance in an unusual way—by telling him to throw down his walking stick. When Moses obeyed, God powerfully confirmed His choice of leader (Exodus 4:1-3).


    Our Father may ask us to do something that seems illogical - perhaps to accept more responsibility when we were hoping to reduce our workload, to leave a position that He provided just recently, or to take on an assignment for which we feel ill-equipped. His plan might feel unrealistic in view of our age, stage of life, or health concerns. We must press forward in obedience, regardless of how impractical the request may appear.


    To grasp the importance of obeying, think about children receiving instructions from parents or teachers. Careful listening is needed for the task to be done safely and properly. Some steps may seem pointless, but the rationale often becomes clear later. Always make obeying God your priority.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          In a cynical world, it's easy to give the impression of good character without actually living it out. But now more than ever, actions speak louder than words. Not just any action, but the kind centered on what matters most. Let's learn how we can bring True Virtue back into our everyday lives.


    This Past Sunday:
          At some point in our lives, we feel like giving up, especially in our spiritual life, our walk with God. It's hard, it's difficult, but God wants us to press on. In this message we will look at what it means to persevere.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We will conclude our series, True Virtue, by looking at how Gratitude Is The Key To Happiness.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    October - Ladies' Bible Study will begin soon. It will take place on Thursday Nights at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, please talk to Tara.


    October 6 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    October 9 - Trustee Meeting at 9 AM


    October 17 - Missionary Betty Fey to New York City will be with us


    October 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM
                          No Prayer & Bible Study Service


    October 23 - Fall Festival at the Hopper's home at 5 PM


    November 10 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori Weber




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        Midway, PA   15060
       
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  58. FBC E-Blast - September 27, 2021

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    September 27, 2021

    The Judge - Acts 10

    During our life on earth, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. However, as our days here draw to a close, and especially at the end of time, He takes His seat as Judge and prepares to reward believers for the good things they did in His name.


    I think there is a widespread misconception that God the Father will be our judge. But it is Christ who gave us, His followers, the charge to go into the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, He has been given the right to determine which of our actions and thoughts furthered His goal (John 5:22).


    Christ is an impartial judge. He is not influenced by what others think or say, but rather, He determines what is right and good based on His honorable, just standard. We'll be stripped of our worthless works - in other words, the actions and words we used for selfish ambition or vain conceit. All that will remain are the worthwhile things we thought, said, and did to honor God. These are the valuable parts of our lives for which we will be rewarded.


    Reward is the whole point of placing believers before the judgment seat of Christ. Shame and guilt over past sin and mistaken motivation have no place there (Romans 8:1). Our loving Savior is eager to show us our heavenly treasure.


    Christ will expose the real you at the judgment seat by casting away the worthless things you've done. What remains will be the man or woman who endeavored to please the Lord. Let us determine to be powerful reflections of our Savior, both on earth and in heaven.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    Current Sermon Series


          In a cynical world, it's easy to give the impression of good character without actually living it out. But now more than ever, actions speak louder than words. Not just any action, but the kind centered on what matters most. Let's learn how we can bring True Virtue back into our everyday lives.


    This Past Sunday:
          In our second message in our Ture Virtue series, we cover the topic of integrity. Integrity is who you are when no one is watching. We will learn how we are to maintain integrity in this crazy world.
          Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
    sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


    Next Sunday:
          We will continue our series True Virtue by looking at When You Feel like Giving Up.




    Upcoming Events


    Live-Streaming Service: We are meeting in person at the church, and we are streaming the service via Facebook live at 11 AM on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page and uploading our sermons on our website.


    September 29 - Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study


    October 3 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner


    October 9 - Trustee Meeting at 9 AM


    October 17 - Missionary Betty Fey to New York City will be with us


    October 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM
                          No Prayer & Bible Study Service


    October 23 - Fall Festival at the Hopper's home at 5 PM


    November 21 - Operation Christmas Child boxes are due. If you have any questions, contact Lori Weber




        210 Front Street
        Midway, PA   15060
       
    www.fbcmidway.com
        (724) 796-3381


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