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FBC E-Blast - August 15, 2011

 

First Baptist Church of Midway

August 14, 2011

It's All About Him
I Timothy 6:18-19

 

I want us to look again at the last two verses from our last devotional, 1 Timothy 6:18-19, Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

I think it is beautiful the way verse 19 ends, ......that they may lay hold on eternal life. Paul is writing to believers here, and he is not saying they must do this so that they can get saved.

Rather, I think he is saying that when they are rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, then they will lay hold on what eternal life is all about. It is not about the things you possess; it is not about the blessings God gives you. It is about a relationship with Him. Jesus said in John 17:3, This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

If you are blessed, realize the main thing is not your riches and wealth. They can be very transitory.

I have a friend who, years ago, migrated from a country in Central America that had experienced a military coop. Her family was quite well off, having property and wealth that had been passed down through several generations. But after the coop, the new government seized all of the families properties and wealth. All was lost overnight.

This story could have turned out badly except that this woman is an exceptional Christian with a great attitude. She has built a successful life here in the U. S and has chosen not to be bitter or resentful over the past. She has kept her trust in God, realizing that no matter what happens if she still has Him she will be alright.

Friend, keep your eyes on God and keep your trust anchored in Him. He is what life-real life-eternal life is all about!

By Bayless Conley

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For Your Information

LAST SUNDAY
      Since it is nearing the beginning of school, and the beginning of homework, let's talk about some practical lessons on putting our faith to the test, our new series is called Faithwork. Over the next several weeks we are going to delve into Prayer 101, Scripture Memorization 101, Meditation 101, Fasting 101 and Service 101. We will learn the necessity of each, as well as the how-to of them. Yesterday we talked about Faith 101. What it is and why we need it. Unfortunately there was a technical difficulty and the service was not recorded. Next week, we will be getting into Prayer 101. Plan on attending to learn how to be better students of Jesus Christ. That message is on our (or soon will be) website just under the calendar as well as on iTunes.

UP COMING EVENTS

      August 20 - Church-wide Work Day beginning at 9 AM
      September 4 - Carry In Dinner following AM Service, No PM Service
      September 11 - Special Community 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Service at the Midway Fire Hall at 11 AM. No
            Sunday School or PM Service.

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.

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First Baptist Church
210 Front Street | PO Box 545 | Midway | Pennsylvania 15060

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