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FBC E-Blast - August 12, 2013
FBC E-Blast

August 12, 2013


FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Current Sermon Series

  What is missions? What does it have to do with our daily walk with God? What should I be doing with it? Find the answer to these questions as we explore On A Mission From God.

Last Sunday:

    Yesterday we began our series by looking into What is Biblical Missions? . We learned that Biblical Missions takes place when the Gospel is preached, those that are saved are baptized, and the the whole counsel of God is taught to the saved. We also looked at the indigenous model of missionary work.
  Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Sunday:

      Join us as we continue our series On A Mission From God as we look into Mission Support.

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    210 Front Street
    Midway, PA 15060

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External Causes of Discouragement

Colossians 3


Discouragement can hit us from many angles, depleting our energy and productivity. Wise believers will learn to detect its sources in order to avoid this paralyzing effect. Today, let's examine some external causes.


  • Unresolved disappointments. This applies to letdowns caused by our own failed expectations or someone else's.
  • Constant criticism. When we are criticized frequently, it is natural to think, What's wrong with me? Yet, unless God reveals a truth in the comments, we must learn to let them go.
  • The feeling that no one's listening. The natural response to this is rejection.
  • The sense that we aren't appreciated after doing our best. We can get so tied to our work that someone's failure to acknowledge our efforts feels like a personal rebuff.
  • Bad working conditions. Many believers enjoy what they do but pick up on coworkers' cruelty, bitterness, or refusal to recognize their efforts. This can make it extremely difficult to get motivated about going to work each day.
  • Lacking opportunities to shine. A job that doesn't make the best use of one's gifts and abilities can wear a person down. So can tight-fisted management that limits freedom to make innovations.


Oftentimes, it's the people we see every day who seem to have the most power for causing discouragement in our lives. Read through the list again. Do any of the above scenarios sound disturbingly familiar? If so, pray for the strength to face these external discouragers with renewed confidence.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

Upcoming Events:

August 13 - G.R.O.W. Meeting at 7 PM


August 16 - Wild Things Game @ 7:05 PM. Cost is $5 per person. Please sign up in the foyer. You can pay either Pastor or Greg. Also, there are fireworks that night!


August 24 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM at the church. The topic to be discussed will be determined soon.

      At 9:30 AM there will be a church-wide work day, as we will be repairing the soffit and fascia and possibly putting up new gutters.


September 15 - We will be having our annual Church Outside followed by a picnic. There will be no services at the church. Place is still to be determined.