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April 1, 2013
Sitting Pretty?
Luke 13


Have you ever visited the home of someone who had a thing for decorative plants?

Walk in and it's hard not be impressed by their green thumb. At first glance, you'll be amazed at the number and variety of their plants. You'll marvel that each of them is at the peak of their glory, with leaves lush and flowers blooming. Until, of course, you realize the homeowner is no gardener at all. What you thought was a captivating botanical wonder suddenly becomes a plastic deception.

As Christians, we must always remember that God isn't into decorative plants; fake "Christians" that just sit there and look pretty.

In Luke 13, Jesus tells us plainly that only plants that produce fruit belong in the house of God. In Mark 11, Jesus curses a fig tree. The plant gives off the appearance of having fruit, but he is rightly disappointed when he finds it cannot feed his hunger.

So it is with everyone in our schools, our neighborhoods and our workplaces. If those in our lives who are spiritually hungry cannot find the fruit of eternal life on our branches who can blame them if they curse us?

Our infinitely good, infinitely loving God designed everything for his kingdom to have maximum glory. If we aren't fruitful "gracegivers," we should ask ourselves whether we're truly planted in God's garden, or whether we're only fake decoration.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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    Do you feel overwhelmed, dissatisfied, and stuck in a rut? Wishing your day-to-day life could improve? God's Word is your guide to brighter days. When life hands you choices, choose Better.
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  We started up our new series Better by looking at Better Is One Day. Happy Easter! Christ came to give us a better life. We talked about Better is One Day in His presence. We need to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God's presence. We can do so developing the habit of three things.
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Upcoming Events:

April 1 - Ladies' Small Group starts at 6:30 PM at the Bish home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Stephanie.

April 6 - Men's Small Group at 8 AM at the church. If you have any questions or are interested, please contact Pastor Ben.

April 6 - Work day at the church starting at 9 AM. Bring a shovel or two, a rake, gloves and your muscles as we will be speading gravel on our parking lot.

April 9 - G.R.O.W. at 7 PM

April 16 - Trustee Meeting at 7 PM

April 17 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM

April 19-20 - Marriage Retreat at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. Cost is $200 per couple. Please let Pastor know if you are interested, or sign up for it in the lobby of the church.

FBC Small Groups

The women will be going through Lisa Terkeurst's book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. They meet on Monday evenings. Please see Stephanie if you are interested in joining. They continue tonight, April 1st, at 6:30 PM.

The men are going through Hot Topics taken from current events and how the Bible relates to them. The next topic being discussed is "What the Bible says about Divorce." They will continue on Saturday April 6th at 8 AM.

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Midway, PA 15060
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