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FBC E-Blast - May 23, 2016
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May 23, 2016

Influences from Childhood - Isaiah 61

No one's childhood is perfect. What we experienced during those years has a profound impact, even into adulthood. Things we saw, heard, felt, and even things we did not feel can affect us later in life.


As one might expect, external influences do help to shape our personality. However, the result is not always predictable. For example, early years full of painful experiences leave deeps wounds in some, but in others, they contribute to the development of depth and perseverance.


Whether your younger years were joyful or painful, it can be valuable to consider what their impact was, back then as well as in the present. You might start by exploring your responses to key childhood events. Next, identify traits that you appreciated in your parents and others--qualities you'd like to nurture in your own life. Finally, think about people with characteristics that impacted you negatively. Ask God for healing and freedom from the patterns you may have developed in response. Then shift your focus to godly attributes you want to exhibit instead, such as peace, grace, and gentleness.


The heavenly Father wants to free you from any negative trends that took root early in life. He can break any unhealthy pattern and replace it with hope and deep satisfaction in Him.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand? In this five-week series, we will learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand In, and Stand Firm for God.


Last Week:
      We learned how Daniel had predetermined in his heart that he was not going to defile himself with things that were not pleasing to God. We need to predetermine to follow the Lord before the temptations arise.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will continue our series, Stand by looking at how we are to Stand Up.




Upcoming Events


May 26, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church


May 29, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


June 5, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


June 6, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house


June 12, 2016 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM




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