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  1. FBC E-Blast - January 10, 2022

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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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  2. FBC E-Blast - December 27, 2021

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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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  3. 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.


    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 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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  4. 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."


    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:
          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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  5. 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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  6. 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."


    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:
          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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  7. 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.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    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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  8. 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.


    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.



    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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    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




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