FBC E-Blast - November 19, 2012
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November 19, 2012
It's Who You Know, Not What You Know
II Timothy 1-2


If someone asked you, "What's the most important thing you want to do before you die?" how would you answer? Spend more time with my children? Get my debts paid off? Get my drinking under control? Make peace with my family? All good goals. Or maybe you'd say... be the best at work? Run a marathon? Do everything on my bucket list? Nice goals, too.

When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he was at the end of his life. To some folks, he looked like a failure. He was in prison. Alone, broke, literally chained in a dungeon without even a warm coat to wear.

But Paul had accomplished his greatest goal (II Timothy 1:12). In fact, he'd done the most important thing any of us can do; he'd come to know Jesus. He didn't have a Sunday morning faith or a foxhole religion. He knew Jesus and was convinced that Jesus could guard what he'd entrusted to Him until the day of judgment - his life, his soul, his eternity. Five years earlier, Paul had told the Philippians that he'd give up everything - toss it out like trash - just to know Jesus, His power, and His fellowship. Now, he declares he's accomplished that goal.

If Paul came to know Jesus, we can, too. By reading His Word, asking Him for understanding, making our relationship with Him priority, being willing to be inconvenienced for our faith, and by letting the Holy Spirit change and make us like Him.

Paul had one thing on his bucket list, and he checked it off with joy: I have fought the good fight, finished the course, kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will award to me?

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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Upcoming Events:

November - The anonymous donor, who is matching donations towards the new parsonage through December,
      will double match all donations to the new parsonage in the month of November. Praise the Lord for this
      person's generosity!

November 20 - Thanksgiving Service at 6:30 PM

November 21 - No Kid's Night or Wednesday Night Service

November 25 - Lord's Supper

December 2 - No Carry-in Dinner

December 8 - Ladies Ornament Exchange at 1 PM at Gloria Kelly's home. Bring an ornament for the exchange.
      For more details contact Gloria at (412) 478-6119.

December 24 - Christmas Eve Service

Special Opportunity

We have been approached by an individual who wants to help our church to be proactive in being prepared for the future. Recently there was a chance to purchase the house behind the church, but we were not in any position to purchase it. They have since taken it off the market, but will most likely be putting it back on the market in a year or so. This anonymous person has offered to match up to $5000 each month (from May through December) that would be given to the parsonage fund over and above your regular offerings. This is a great opportunity to get prepared to purchase some needed property for parking since our church is landlocked. Please consider donating some money towards this fund so we can be better prepared for this possible opportunity. We have raised $9,760! Praise the Lord!!
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