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FBC E-Blast - July 29, 2013
FBC E-Blast

July 29, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Current Sermon Series

  Everyone knows it's important but not everyone knows how to do it. Join us as we learn more about prayer.

Last Sunday:

    Yesterday we finished our series on Prayer by looking into Praying Like Jesus Taught. As we pray we are to seek God's presence, His priorities, His provision, His pardon, and His Power to overcome temptation. As we do these things, God will work in our lives to change us more into who He wants us to be.
  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:

      Join us next week as we have special guest speaker Dale Bish, Jr.

Contact Us:

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

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Discerning God's Goodness

Psalm 31

 

I've often heard folks proclaim, "God is good!" when all is going well, but then doubt His benevolence when the blessings they envisioned don't materialize. Because God alone is good, only He can accurately determine what is best for each person. His kindness is expressed in more ways than simply provision of wealth, health, and relationships. Some of His gifts are experiences we would never choose, but the Lord knows we need them in order to grow in faith, obedience, and perseverance. Consider the following expressions of God's goodness toward us:

 

  • Loving discipline. Since God's love is unfailing, He corrects us when we refuse to follow Him and instead go our own way. The process is painful, but the result is "the peaceful fruit of righteousness" (Heb. 12:11).
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  • Wise Limitations. Satan offers a world of opportunities and possessions that seem to promise happiness but ultimately draw us away from God. With great wisdom, the Lord lovingly withholds those things that prove detrimental to our spiritual life.
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  • Useful Suffering. God knows which refining experiences we need in order to become fruitful and useful in His Kingdom. What appears to us as a valley of weeping is God's valley of preparation for godliness and service.

 

It can be tempting to interpret God's character on the basis of our circumstances. If evidence compels us to doubt His goodness, we must remember that while His gifts come in a variety of wrappings, they are always beneficial. As Psalm 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the Lord is good."

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

PLEASE NOTE - There will be no E-Blast next week

 

August 4 - Guest Speaker Dale Bish, Jr. will be preaching. Carry-in Dinner Following AM Service

 

August 13 - G.R.O.W. Meeting at 7 PM

 

August 16 - Wild Things Game @ 7:05 PM. Cost is $5 per person. Please sign up in the foyer. You can pay either Pastor or Greg. Also, there are fireworks that night!

 

August 24 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM at the church. The topic to be discussed will be determined soon.

      At 9:30 AM there will be a church-wide work day, as we will be repairing the soffit and fascia and possibly putting up new gutters.

 

September 15 - We will be having our annual Church Outside followed by a picnic. There will be no services at the church. Place is still to be determined.