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FBC E-Blast - November 4, 2013
FBC E-Blast

November 4, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Upcoming Sermon Series

  We're all held hostage by something...what is your captor? Maybe it's fear, pride, lust, or even jealousy. The good news is that our ransom has been paid in full. Join us for Hostage and discover how to truly break free, once and for all, from the ties that bind.

Last Sunday:

  Anger can destroy us and those that we love, if we allow ourselves to blow up. It eat us up if we just keep it in and stew over it. God wants us to put out the fires of sinful anger, also to fan the flames of righteous anger.
  Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Sunday:

      We will continue our series Hostage by looking into Anger.

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    210 Front Street
    Midway, PA 15060
    www.fbcmidway.com

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How to Develop Unwavering Faith

I Peter 1

 

On occasion, every one of us will go through troubling times, and when that happens, it's easy to get disheartened. But the Bible indicates that even during periods of challenge and adversity, God expects His children to respond correctly. And His word equips us to do so.

 

What does a right response look like? Today's passage teaches us to rejoice during difficulty. Of course, this does not mean that we must be glad about the hardship. But we can be joyful because we know that God is using the circumstances to prepare and grow us. Even though having a positive attitude during something so negative does not seem logical, it actually makes sense for several reasons.

 

First of all, through difficult experiences, the Lord teaches us endurance. Our natural reaction to pain is oftentimes to run in the opposite direction - and as fast as possible. However, God wants us to "hang in there" so that we can derive the full benefit of whatever lesson He has for us.

 

Second, the heavenly Father uses trials as a refining fire to purify His children and bring them to greater spiritual maturity. He has a plan for each believer, and hardship is one of the tools necessary to prepare us to do His will. In the process, we will find that our faith has been strengthened.

 

As we realize God brings benefit from our adversities, we'll begin to face challenging times with confidence that He always has our best interest in mind. This leads to joy, because we know He is building our endurance, purifying our hearts, and making us people with unshakeable trust in Him.

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

November 10 - Thanksgiving Carry-in Dinner

 

November 12 - G.R.O.W.

 

November 17 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM. Nominating Committee Meeting at 9:15 AM

 

November 26 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

 

December 21 - Washington City Mission Outreach. More details to come.