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FBC E-Blast - February 22, 2016
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February 22, 2016

Our Heavenly Father's Unconditional Love - Romans 5

Scripture tells us that love is the very essence of who God is (I John 4:7). So if you don't believe that He loves you unconditionally, you'll never really know Him or have genuine peace about your relationship with Him.

How do you define "love"? It is Jesus unselfishly reaching out to mankind, giving Himself to us and bringing good into our life regardless of whether or not we accept Him. Romans 5:8 tells us that His care and concern are so immeasurable that He laid down His life for us while we were still His enemies. In fact, the Bible says that He first began to express His love toward us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-5). That means your actions had absolutely nothing to do with His love for you!

God's commitment to us has absolutely no conditions or restrictions and isn't based on whether we love Him back. Nor does He have more love for "good" people who may strike us as more worthy. He loves us even in our sin, even when we don't repent. Does that give us license to disobey? No. It gives us power to live holy lives, walk obediently with Him, and learn to love Him the way He deserves. To follow Him is to receive the love He has been offering all along.

Every single moment, whether awake or asleep, we all live under the canopy of the Lord's wondrous, absolute love for us. But to fully experience that love, you must receive it. Say yes to this amazing gift that God wants to pour out on you. Bask in it, and let it overflow to those around you.

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      We love offering little nuggets of advice, support, or sympathy. They come in handy when we want people to feel better. But what if the guidance you're giving or receiving just isn't true? What if God Never Said That? This four-week series tackles common myths about God, like God wants you happy or God never gives you more than you can handle, and how those myths keep us from having a deeper relationship with Him.

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      People believe this because of a misquote or a misunderstanding of I Cor. 10:13. God promises never to tempt us beyond what we can say no to, not give us more than we can handle. God does give us more than we can handle for 2 reasons.
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Next Week:
      We will dig into another false claim that people make that God said. This next saying that God never said is It Doesn't Matter What You Do.

Upcoming Events

February 27 - Trustee Meeting at 9 AM at the church

February 28 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship Service

March 5 - Secret Sis Reveal - at noon at Pamela Bish's house. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer for food. If you are interested in participating next year, please see Judy.

March 6 - Carry-In Fellowship Dinner Following AM Worship Service

March 26 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at noon at the Midway Park. More details to come.

March 27 - Easter Services
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                  9:00 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
                  10:00 AM - Worship Service

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