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FBC E-Blat - March 19, 2018
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March 19, 2018

The God to Whom We Pray - Nehemiah 1

What’s your view of the Lord? Do you see Him as the One who can handle all the challenges you bring before Him? Nehemiah knew God in this way. Upon hearing about Jerusalem’s destruction, he mourned, fasted, and prayed for intervention. His supplication (Nehemiah 1:5-11) offers a glimpse of how he viewed the Almighty.


First, the Hebrew term Yahweh refers to One who is absolute in faithfulness. Next, the title Elohimindicates infinite power and sovereignty over the universe. Finally, Adonaimeans “ruler over all.” Nehemiah was bringing his request before the throne with full confidence in God.


And the Lord answered his prayer in a powerful, dramatic way. As cupbearer in the palace, Nehemiah tasted food and drink first to protect King Artaxerxes from possible poisoning. For a servant in this position, to look sad was very risky (2:1), yet the terrible news disheartened him.


So the Lord worked a miracle: when the king asked what was troubling his cupbearer, Nehemiah expressed concern for the Jewish people. Instead of punishing him, Artaxerxes let him go to rebuild whathad been destroyed, and even supplied the materials! God handled what seemed like an overwhelming, impossible burden for Nehemiah, and He can do the same for us.


Having the right view of the Lord will allow us to approach Him with absolute confidence. And we know that He will hear and answer our prayers (Ps. 86:7). Remember that He is absolute in faithfulness and infinite in power. Our heavenly Father is the ruler over all.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      Temptation is the seductive little voice that twists what you want into what you need. It distorts your thoughts until you're trapped - and when you're trapped by temptation, it's not the time to listen to yourself. Learn to put your trust in someone who knows A Way Out. God always gives us a way out. We won’t try to manage temptation, but eliminate it. We will attack temptation from a positive perspective by focusing on living by the Spirit. This series will start April 8, 2018.


Last Week:
      Today we finished the series by looking at the rest of what God wants the church to be. We saw that He wants it to be a soul-winning church, a second-coming church looking for His return), a steadfast church, and a submissive church. Great challenge!
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      Come listen to the Word of God being prached!




Upcoming Events


March 20 - Dartball Game at McDonald Presbyterian. Be there by 7:30 PM


March 25 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party after worship service


March 31 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at noon. More details to come.


April 1 - Easter Services:
              8:00 AM - Early Service & Lord's Supper
              9:00 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
              10:00 AM - Morning Worship


April 14 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.
                  Church Spring Cleaning at 9:30 AM


April 15 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM


May 6 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner after AM Worship Service




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