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FBC E-Blast - September 23, 2013
FBC E-Blast

September 23, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Current Sermon Series

  There's the side of you everyone else sees, and then there's the real you. Tired of keeping up the facade? Join us for Masquerade.

Last Sunday:

    When we sin, we have a choice. Either conceal our sin or confess it. God's Word tells us that we need to confess it to God for forgiveness as well as confess it to others for healing.
  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 continue our series Masquerade by looking into Financial Fakers.

Contact Us:

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

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Is God in Everything?

Romans 8

 

Is God involved in everything that happens throughout the world? How you answer that question is important. What people believe about the Lord's sovereignty affects both their trust in Him and their reactions to struggles. Moreover, believers' thoughts on God's dominion influences their compliance with His requirements. For instance, "in everything give thanks" (I Thessalonians 5:18) would be an impossible standard if God were only partially in control of what's going on.

 

Believing God is present in the positive aspects of our lives is easy. Reconciling hardship to His promises of provision and love is tougher. But think about this: If the Lord has reason to provide a job promotion, might He not also have reason to orchestrate a job loss? If He gives good health, might He not also allow sickness, as He permitted in Job's life (Job 2:6-7)?

 

The Bible says that the Lord's ways are not like our ways (Isaiah 55:8). He has a master purpose for involving Himself in every aspect of believers' lives-namely, conforming them to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Jesus' life was not easy or sweet. He suffered shame, abuse, ill will, and persecution even before He faced the cross. If we are to be like Him, then we must expect that God's loving hand will sometimes hold a tool for reshaping us.

 

Every believer is encircled by God's protection (Psalm 34:7), so nothing touches our lives unless He permits or directs it. Bitterness and blame cannot take root if we accept that every good and bad thing comes with God's knowledge and permission. We can trust Him to do right by us (Romans 8:28).

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

September 28 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM.

 

September 29 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Service.

 

October 6 - Carry-in Dinner following the AM Service.

 

October 16 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM.