FBC E-Blast - December 2, 2019
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December 2, 2019

Victory Over Guilt - John 8

At times, people are bound by guilt long after the feeling should have been resolved. Some rightly live with it because they refuse to give up the sin that brought it on. Meanwhile, others suffer the weight of false guilt because they harbor shame that doesn't belong to them. Whatever the root cause of your condemnation, the battle plan remains the same.

Victory over guilt begins with understanding that Jesus took our shame to the cross and paid our penalty. There is no way that we can pay for our own sin. But we do need to honestly identify the source of our guilt and confess before God. That means we agree with His perspective on what we've done. In other words, we admit when we're wrong. Repentance goes a step further: we turn away from the wrong and choose to do right.

Confronting guilt in this way replaces the weight of shame in our heart with peace and joy, which are far lighter and more freeing. And an amazing side effect is that we have wisdom to share. Openness about our past mistakes, resulting consequences, guilt burdens, and forgiveness can reveal the Lord to those in our sphere of influence. Through our witness, God may reach others who need their guilt chains broken.

The battle to overcome guilt is one that should not be delayed. The feeling won't just go away. Whether your condemnation is true or false, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Stop running, and face the source of your guilt. It's time to end your captivity and start walking in the joy of God's blessing.

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      This season is about the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent begins with a time of waiting and longing and ends with celebrating the birth of our Savior, the Messiah, on Christmas.

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      As we begin the Christmas season, I think that it is important to focus on the second coming of Christ as well. The prophecies of the Messiah are not totally fulfilled during the life of Christ on the earth. That's why we have an already, but not yet life.
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      In this season of longing for Christ's return, we look to Mary's song and her example of faithfulness in the waiting - living as God's servant, acknowledging God as her Savior and telling the story of the great reversal that has come in Christ.

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December 7 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at the church at 11 AM.

December 8 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

December 22 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship service

December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM

December 25 - NO Wednesday Night Services

January 1 - NO Wednesday Night Services

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