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October 21, 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:

  What is the addiction that is holding you hostage? God has told us how to take care of these addictions. 1) Turn to God, 2) Share it All, and 3) Fight For Freedom.
  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

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How To Avoid Divine Discipline

II Timothy 3


At the cross, the penalty for transgression was paid in full, and sin's power over us was broken. Nevertheless, we still struggle with ungodliness in our lives. So how can we avoid behaviors that lead to divine discipline?


First, we can pursue God wholeheartedly. As we diligently study the Scriptures and apply them to our lives, we will learn what pleases and displeases Him. Second, we can join an evangelical church and find godly people who will hold us accountable for our actions. Sometimes the right advice is all that is needed to prevent a misstep.


To avoid the necessity of the Lord's discipline, we can also practice spiritual self-examination. This can be done individually (I Cor. 11:28) and corporately. Examining our thought life, speech, and actions in light of Scripture uncovers areas of ungodliness. I John 1:9 instructs us to confess our iniquities to the Lord. Genuine confession means to agree with God that His way is right and what we are doing is wrong. Repentance is to follow confession-this involves changing our actions and attitude so they line up with God's Word.


Because we aren't perfect, not all discipline can be avoided. When we sin, we need to humble ourselves quickly, admit our wrong behavior, and adjust our ways.


Believers needn't fear God's discipline. Our Father never responds to us with wrath or condemnation. His correction may hurt, but it brings great spiritual benefit. We'll find it easier to avoid pitfalls that lead to divine discipline if we pursue a lifestyle of righteousness and godliness (I Timothy 6:11).

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

Upcoming Events:

November 3 - No Carry-in Dinner. Also, don't forget to set your clocks back!


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.