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FBC E-Blast - November 27, 2017
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November 27, 2017

Sufficient Grace - II Corinthians 12

I thought the Christian life was going to be easier than this. Have these words ever entered your mind? Sometimes we come into the family of God thinking that our heavenly Father will fix all our problems and devote Himself to our happiness and comfort. However, that is not the reality portrayed in Scripture. Paul was a man whom the Lord used greatly, and yet his life was anything but easy.


In fact, at one point, the apostle thought his pain was too much to bear, and he begged God to remove it. There’s nothing wrong with asking the Lord to relieve our suffering, but what should our response be if He doesn't? Paul probably had no idea that His experience would find its way into the Bible, to comfort and guide believers throughout the ages. The promise God gave him applies to us as well: "My grace is sufficient for you" (v. 9).


God's grace could be defined as His provision for us at the point of our need. The problem is that sometimes it doesn't seem as if the Lord truly is meeting our need. But He frequently sees deficiencies, outcomes, and complications that we don't. His goals for us involve spiritual growth, the development of Christlike character, and strong faith. And trials play a vital role in achieving these.


The important issue is how we respond. If all you want is relief, you could descend into anger and doubt. But if your desire is to become the person God wants you to be, you'll see each trial as an opportunity for Christ to display His character and strength in you.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      For many, the most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful. A painful past or our own insecurities can overshadow the joy we’re supposed to be feeling during Christmas. What if this year could look different? It’s time to let God heal the Ghosts of Christmas Past. This series deals with painful issues like labels, offenses, and low self-esteem. This series will begin on December 3rd.


Last Week:
      Dale Bish, Jr. spoke for us, and he spoke on The Perfect Gift of God. We have a position as adopted sons and daughters of God and are no longer bound by the law because of the perfect gift of God.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We start our series Ghosts of Christmas Past




Upcoming Events


November 28 - Dartball Game at Midway Presbyterian Church. Be there by 7:30 PM


December 2 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at the church at noon.


December 3 - NO Carry in Fellowship Dinner


December 17 - Christmas Caroling following the Worship Service


December 24 - Christmas Eve Services:
                  9:45 AM - Breakfast
                  11:00 AM - Worship Service followed by partaking of the Lord's Supper
                  5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Service with each Sunday School Class doing something special




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    Midway, PA   15060
   
www.fbcmidway.com
    (724) 796-3381


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