FBC E-Blast - November 20, 2017
FBC E-Blast

November 20, 2017

When God Looks on Us with Favor - Isaiah 66

Believers are always under the canopy of God’s grace and love. Nothing we do can change that. At the same time, our behavior and heart condition do determine whether we receive the fullness of His blessings. Today’s passage teaches us how to experience the Father’s favor.

First, He desires that we have a contrite heart and a humble spirit (Psalm 51:17). For that to be the case, all aspects of our lives must be surrendered to Jesus. Yet some dreams, desires, and people are difficult to release into His hands.

Anything we do not give over to His authority is evidence of pride, the exact opposite of what our Father wants in His children. Remember that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Lack of submission proves that we think our way is better than His plan. Second, God tells us to tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:2). Scripture - the unfolding revelation of Jesus Himself - is living and powerful to teach and transform us. Consider how we treat this treasure. Do we devote time each day to know what the Bible says and how to apply its principles? Do we hunger for more of the Word in our lives so we can know its Author better? One measure of our reverence is obedience: to honor the Lord, we must obey Him.

We all desire God’s favor. Are you living in a manner that positions you to receive His full blessings? Prayerfully consider whether you have submitted all areas of your life - from finances and health to relationships and work habits - to Jesus Christ. Recognize His authority in all things, and revere His Word.

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:
      In this message we learned that salvation is all of God. With Thanksgiving come we learned of the things that God did for our salvation for which He should be praised and thanked.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will have special guest speaker Dale Bish, Jr.

Upcoming Events

November 21 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

November 22 - No Prayer Meeting & Bible Study

November 26 - Special Guest Speaker Dale Bish Jr. will be with us

November 28 - Dartball Game at Hickory 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
    (724) 796-3381

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