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FBC E-Blast - October 22, 2018
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October 22, 2018

Praying with Impact - I John 5

Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it's easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life. Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God's response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we're doing.


Begin by asking yourself these questions:


How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?


Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?


What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?


When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?


If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you're not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God's presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we'll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.


Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you'll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Psalms 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24). Then you'll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.



Current Sermon Series
      The book of Titus is full of rules. But the motivation for these rules is not legalism. It is the incarnation of the Son of God for redemption. Christianity is not merely rules to be followed but, instead, joy to be found.


Last Week:
      Today we looked at those who were false teachers in the churches at Crete. They were trying to add man's works to Salvation in order to be holy before God. We need to watch out for that false teaching.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We continue our series on Titus by looking at Healthy Doctrine, Healthy Disciples.




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October 23 - Dartball at Langeloth at 7:30 PM


October 28 - Lord Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship service


November 4 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner


November 10 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.


November 11 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM


November 11 - Thanksgiving & Veteran's Day Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship service


November 18 - Special Guest Speaker Patrick McClure Missionary to Brazil will be with us


November 20 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM


November 21 - No Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study Service




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