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FBC E-Blast - July 24, 2017
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July 24, 2017

The Trap of Discouragement - Habakkuk 1

Do you feel stuck in discouragement? If so, you are not alone. At some point everyone experiences dashed hopes. Disappointment — an emotional response to a failed expectation — is the normal initial reaction. But allowed to linger, it can turn into discouragement, which hovers like a dense cloud. When that’s the case, there is no sense of joy or contentment, no matter what you do.


The circumstances that trigger these emotions may be unavoidable, but the way we respond is a choice. We can either let sadness overwhelm our souls or face the situation with courage and bring it before the One who can help us.


Living in discouragement will divide the mind, making it hard to focus on anything besides our pain. Then as anger becomes habitual, we’ll look for someone to blame — whether God, people around us, or ourself.


Frustration that isn’t handled well may develop into depression, which in turn can estrange us from others — people do not enjoy the company of someone who’s bitter and defeated. This isolation leads to a low self-esteem. Finally, in a fog of discouragement, we can make poor decisions based on crushed emotions instead of truth. Obviously, choosing this self-destructive path is not God’s best for our lives.


Though we’ll all face disappointment from time to time, believers are not to wallow in it. Instead, God wants us to trust Him with everything—even our unmet expectations and deepest sadnesses. Remember, there is divine purpose for everything He allows to touch His children’s lives (Romans 8:28).



Current Sermon Series
      This series will study the duty the Christian has to walk worthy of the great blessings they have been given. The characteristics of the worthy walk: humility, meekness, patience, love, and unity are presented to encourage you in your walk for Christ.


Last Week:
      Meekness is not weakness, it is power under control. It means mild, gentle, gentle hearted. Jesus was the ultimate model of meekness. He had a righteous anger when His Father was dishonored, but He never retaliated when personally attacked.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will be worshipping God outside at the Caldwell's. Please join us at 11 AM.




Upcoming Events


July 26, 2017 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM


July 30, 2017 - Church Outside at the Caldwell's at 11 AM. No Sunday School or any services at the church.


August 6 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner


August 6-9, 2017 - Vacation Bible School with Cool Kids Ministries from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. On Sunday, we will have a fair with the slip n' slide starting at 5 PM. Hope to see you there!


August 12, 2017 - Trustee's Meeting at 8 AM


August 13, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM




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