FBC E-Blast - July 12, 2010
FBC E-Blast

First Baptist Church - E-blast

July 12, 2010

So Great A Salvation

Hebrews 2:3-4

The Hope Diamond, described as the most perfect blue diamond in the world, is one of the most highly prized gems on the planet, with an estimated value of $250 million dollars. It has an amazing history, having been originally in the possession of King Louis XIV. Catherine the Great had it for a time, as well as King George IV. Despite the diamond's enormous value, one of its more eccentric owners often strapped it to her dog's collar. Eventually the jewel came into the possession of diamond merchant Harry Winston, who donated it to the Smithsonian Institution. Amazingly, Winston sent the diamond to the Smithsonian through the U.S. mail, wrapped in a brown paper bag. (Can you imagine being the person who opened the mail that day?) Today the Hope Diamond sits on display behind bullet-proof glass at the National Museum of Natural History.

Something more valuable than the Hope Diamond also goes unappreciated sometimes. I am speaking of our personal salvation, the incredible gift that God gives to every person who puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ. It is the greatest thing God has given to each of us, yet we often take it for granted.

When the disciples were empowered by God to do miracles and cast out demons, they were excited over the fact that demons came out at their command. But Jesus told them in Luke 10:20 - Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. In effect, Jesus was telling them to get the big picture, to realize there is nothing more important than salvation.

That is why the Bible describes it as "so great a great salvation". And it becomes ours when we believe in Christ.

Hebrews 2:3-4 - How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

If you have any questions about the Bible, this devotional, would like to talk about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or any other need, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Pastor Ben Robinson

Midway Community Day

July 24th will be the annual Midway Community Day. This year, FBC will have a table in this event. We plan on having a drawing for eight $25 gift cards to Giant Eagle, as well we would like to have face painting and some other things. We need volunteers to help out. The Community Day is from 11 AM to 5 PM. Volunteers do not need to be there the whole time, but if you are interested, please see Pastor or one of the deacons. We are also looking for donations of bottled water to hand out for the day. Thank you for your support as we reach out to our community.

Out of the Office

Pastor Ben will be out of the office July 14-17. He will be going to visit his parents in Bloomington, Indiana. He will also be gone July 19-23 for Teen Camp. As well as July 30-August 3, for he and his family will be going to visit Stephanie’s parents in Michigan. You can still contact him by email and cell phone, if necessary.

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