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FBC E-Blast - October 14, 2013
FBC E-Blast

October 14, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Upcoming Sermon Series

  We're all held hostage by something...what is your captor? Maybe it's fear, pride, lust, or even jealousy. The good news is that our ransom has been paid in full. Join us for Hostage and discover how to truly break free, once and for all, from the ties that bind.

Last Sunday:

  Most of us have a sin that is our 'pet sin' that is holding us hostage. The first sin that we looked at is bitterness. Bitterness is a dangerous root and a poisonous fruit in our lives. The only thing to battle it is forgiveness.
  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 series Hostage by looking into Worry.

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

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Overcoming Self-Sufficiency

II Corinthians 12

 

In many modern cultures, self-sufficiency is prized. People cheer over stories of the man who "pulled himself up by his boot straps." A lot of folks don't like to admit the need for help from other people or from the Lord, since a can-do attitude seems far more impressive. In a word, the problem is pride.

 

Adversity punches holes in pride. Paul reported that he had a lot of reasons to be arrogant - a good pedigree, education, religious fervor, etc. (Philippians 3:5-6). Even after his conversion, he had plenty of opportunity get a swelled head. God had specifically called him to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. But the Lord also gave him a "thorn in the flesh" - an obstacle so great that Paul required constant spiritual assistance to work through it. This was the pin that burst the apostle's pride balloon and then kept it so full of holes that it couldn't re-inflate.

 

God uses adversity in much the same way in our lives. We find ourselves in a situation that is beyond our capacity to handle. So we try to pull those bootstraps, but nothing happens. That is when God offers His sufficiency, His might, and His guidance. Those who submit to Him discover renewed strength, as His power dwells within them.

 

Self-sufficiency is no prize; it is a trap. That's why God's message is the opposite of the one that the world trumpets so loudly. Those who desire to conquer adversity must sacrifice self-reliance to depend upon Him. When we are weak, His Spirit makes us strong.

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

October 14 - Trustee Meeting at 7 PM

 

October 16 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM. No Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study

 

October 26 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM

 

October 27 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering

 

November 3 - No Carry-in Dinner

 

November 10 - Thanksgiving Carry-in Dinner

 

November 12 - G.R.O.W.

 

November 17 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM. Nominating Committee Meeting at 9:15 AM

 

November 26 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM