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FBC E-Blast - December 2, 2013
FBC E-Blast

December 2, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

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  What are you hoping for this Christmas? A new TV? A no strings attached shopping spree? That the family gets along at dinner? That you don't lose your job? That your spouse doesn't leave you? We're all hoping for something. But what's going to come through for us this Christmas? We will start this series, Lord willing, December 1.

Last Sunday:

  People need a Savior. That savior that they need, is Christ. People cry out, "Hosanna!" They are crying out, "Save us, save now!" Jesus was sent to this world to save mankind.
  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 new series Hope, next Sunday. We will look into the message entitled Oportunities.

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

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An End to Habitual Sin

Ephesians 6

 

Satan looks for weak spots in a believer's life where he can set up a stronghold. Once his fortress is established, he knows that the person will justify it, defend it, and keep adding bricks to it, one sin at a time. The appeal can be so strong that we return to a habitual sin even after confessing before God. Satan whispers, "One more time won't hurt," and we fall to temptation again.

 

Just as in medieval times when armies warred over high rock fortresses, a sin stronghold is usually the ground for a skirmish. We might expect the fight to be primarily between God and Satan, but that's not the case - the Lord can knock down the Devil's walls instantly. Instead, the struggle goes on within our spirit: Do we want God to break our habit or not?

 

Giving up habitual sin is hard. The sinner finds comfort, pleasure, and/or satisfaction in the practice. Hot on the heels of those emotions, however, are guilt, shame, and despair, which drive a person to plead for help. But holy God cannot cleanse unrighteousness until people genuinely repent. True repentance means that a believer sees a sin for the wickedness that it is and turns his back on it. And we turn away as often as it takes - one time, a hundred times, or every single day for the rest of our lives.

 

Just thinking about giving up a sinful habit brings some people to the brink of despair. They want to be free of a stronghold, but the thought of resisting temptation makes them feel weak. Here is good news: the Holy Spirit's power is enough to enable any believer to walk away. That includes you.

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

December 3 - Trustee Meeting at 7 PM

 

December 7 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at 1 PM at Gloria Kelly's home at 070 Bowen Road, McDonald, PA. If you are planning to go, please contact, Gloria.

 

December 8 - This will be the last day for donations for some Christmas gift bags that will be handed out that upcoming week. We are trying to get enough goodies for 15 gift bags for individuals and families. We are looking for candies, baked goods, and the like. If you have a question, please contact one of the Deacons.

 

December 21 - Washington City Mission Outreach. We will be serving chicken on a biscuit, and corn. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Paterni.
    Christmas Caroling starting at 5:45 at the Washington City Mission

 

December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM.