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FBC E-Blast - May 19, 2014
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May 19, 2014


The Power of Love

I Corinthians 13


Today's verses teach that love does not "rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth." This means believers aren't to dwell on another man's wrongs and give up on him as a hopeless, despicable criminal. Love enables us to hate the evil unjustly visited upon the innocent while valuing the one who committed the act. More simply, we hate the sin but love the sinner.

In spite of everything that seems apparent about someone who's been driven to sinful actions, God has created him or her with the potential to be made into something good. Outwardly, it may seem as if substandard upbringing, poor treatment, or negative influences have corrupted a person's morality and worldview beyond repair. For such individuals, the capacity to love and rise above circumstances can get buried so deep that it may seem nonexistent.

God still considers the most evil and corrupt person worth saving. How do I know this is true? Because in the first verse we teach our school children, He said that whoever believes in God's Son will have eternal life (John 3:16). Many of us are guilty of thinking we deserve His love because we look so good compared to unlovable kinds of people. God doesn't work that way. He loves every single person, no matter how awful his or her sin may be.

God doesn't want anyone to mistreat others; such sinful action will bring repercussions or divine discipline. But the Lord does extend His care, His mercy, and His salvation to anybody who wants it. He keeps no record of wrongs. He loves without conditions. And He wants us to love in the same way.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


Upcoming Sermon Series:

      You see it every day. Bad people taking advantage of the weak. Good people down on their luck. Innocent people suffering. War. Injustice. Ever get the feeling God isn't fair? Discover how an Old Testament prophet can inspire a modern day faith in God's Promises.
      The titles of the messages are: Where Are You God?, In The Dip, and Climbing Out Of The Dip.

Last Week: It's too far to go back, the side roads are dangerous, we can't stop here, so there is nothing left to do but go on. This is what every Christian and Church needs to understand, going on for the cause of Christ.
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Next Week: We will be starting our series on Habakkuk, When God Seems Unfair by looking into Where Are You God?




May 21 - Trustee's Meeting at 7 PM

May 25 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering

May 31 - Dinner & Pampering for all ladies and girls. It will be starting at the church at 4:30 PM. It is free. We hope to see you there.

June 1 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

June 25-29 - Vacation Bible School for children in Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. More details to come.

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