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FBC E-Blast - April 3, 2017
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April 3, 2017

Enslaved by Debt - Proverbs 22

Personal debt has skyrocketed in our Western culture. Easy credit, a desire for material goods, and an unwillingness to save and wait have led many people down the path of financial bondage. The Bible doesn’t forbid borrowing, but it clearly warns us of its negative consequences. Our verse today describes the borrower as the lender’s slave.


Every dollar you borrow costs you a measure of freedom. Your paycheck is no longer entirely yours; a part of it must be set aside to repay your creditor. As the interest adds up, the financial burden may necessitate longer working hours. For Christians, the obligation to repay debt oftentimes hinders the ability to give to the Lord’s work or help people in need. Instead of getting the first part, God gets leftovers or nothing at all.


The consequences of accumulating debtreach beyond monetary issues. The burden of mounting bills creates emotional and relational stress. In fact, financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. Even our relationship with the Lord is affected when we let our appetite for the world’s goods override our obedience to biblical principles. Although God promises to supply our needs, how often do we jump ahead of Him and provide for ourselves with “easy payment plans.”


The next time you are tempted to charge a purchase that you really can’t afford, stop! Go home and ask the Lord if He wants you to have it. If He does, ask Him to provide it. Then wait. True freedom comes to those who rely on the Lord’s promises instead of their credit cards.



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      The Bible is full of wisdom. People love to quote their favorite verses to encourage and inspire each other - but sometimes, those verses get taken out of context. What happens when the most important message of all gets Twisted? This four-week message series covers four of the most misused verses in the Bible. Learn the context of the verses, what they really mean, and how to find the richness God actually meant to show us through them. Verses in this series include "for I know the plans I have for you..." in Jeremiah 29:11, "ask anything in my name" in John 14:14, and others.


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      We saw how this verse doesn't mean what we think it means. It was a specific promise for a specific people. It was not a general promise for all. But there are some great truths in the context of the verse.
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Upcoming Events


April 8, 2017 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM


April 9, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM
Easter Egg Stuffing Party following AM Worship Service. All candy needs to be in by today for the Easter Egg Hunt.


April 14, 2017 - Good Friday Communion Service at 7 PM


April 15, 2017 - Easter Egg Hunt at the Midway Community Center at Noon


April 16, 2017 - Easter Services
      8 AM - Early Service
      9 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
      10 AM - Easter Worship Service


May 7, 2017 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship Service




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