FBC E-Blast - April 25, 2016
FBC E-Blast

April 25, 2016

What Is Your True Purpose? - I Samuel 16

What do you live for each day? A pay raise? Retirement? Then perhaps you've discovered the reality that basing aspirations on getting ahead in this world typically ends in disappointment. People with a misguided sense of direction often wonder why they feel unfulfilled.

Maybe you've already realized a goal of saving for the future or moving up the corporate ladder. You give to charity and volunteer at church, but somehow still feel a sense of insignificance or aimlessness. If so, there is a truth you need to hear: God gives each of us life for a very specific reason: to serve Him. Nobody finds inner peace without reconciling this fact. Our society teaches us that pleasure, prosperity, position, and popularity will make us happy--but living in the service of self always leaves an emptiness no earthly reward can fill.

Besides, worldly philosophy won't stand the test of time. Few of us are going to live even 100 years. So whatever we'll become in this life, we're in the process of becoming that right now. Consider David: he was anointed king long before actually assuming the role (I Samuel 16:12). He spent many years serving the purpose of God in insignificant places while developing into a great man. As his story shows, discovering God's purpose for your life is the surest path to success.

Our heavenly Father's purpose for our lives comes from His heart of love--which is perfect. None of us can foretell the great things He has in store for us, but we can trust His plan completely. Surrender to Him today and say, "Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done."

Upcoming Sermon 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, we will 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 Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand In, and Stand Firm for God. This series will start on May 22.

Last Week:
      We will be criticized. We also need to not ignore the value of constructive criticism. We can deal with critical people by asking God for help in know when to respond to criticism, when to dismiss criticism, and to know our own critical nature. We will start this series on
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will dig into God's Word.

Upcoming Events

April 28, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church

April 29, 2016 - Teen Activity at Flight Trampoline Park. Cost is $5 per teen. Meet at the church at 6 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ben. church

May 1, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

May 2, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

May 7, 2016 - Women's Dinner at 4 PM at the church. Please sign up in the foyer.

May 15, 2016 - Special Guest Speaker George Dimakos, missionary to Greece, will be with us this day.
                            Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

May 29, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

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