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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Set those clocks back on Sunday!

"Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra hour of sleep." (By STEPHANIE NANO, Associated Press Writer)

Less heart attacks - there's a nice result of setting those clocks back! But what about being more rested and prepared for a morning worshipping our Lord on the Lord's Day? Who would have thought that the simple act of turning our clocks back in the fall could reap both physical and spiritual benefits?

Turn that clock back Saturday night. We'll see you in church Sunday morning, rested, refreshed, and heart attack free!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

He Seeks Fruit

He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. (Luke 13:6)

In the parable of the barren fig tree, found in Luke 13:1-9, Jesus compares you and I to a fig tree planted in God's vineyard. Think about that image for a minute, and you'll no doubt see some interesting truth:

  • It indicates He has made every preparation for our salvation. By planting the tree in His vineyard He gives it every chance of success - shelter, cultivation, irrigation, fertilization, etc. And He has done the same for you and I. We had nothing to offer that could earn our salvation, and so He took care of that for us. Jesus Christ is the ultimate provision - He paid for the sin we could not pay for - Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
  • It also indicates that He expects us to bear fruit! As you read the parable you see the fruit He wants is repentance - turning from sin and turning to Him.
Are you bearing the fruit of repentance that the Lord wants from you?

Happenings - Week of 10/27/2008

There are a couple of great opportunities this week here at FBC -

  1. Wednesday prayer meeting - tonight at 6:30.
  2. Haven of Rest service day - Saturday at 10:00. Meet at the Haven of Rest in Akron and join us as we set up tables and serve a meal to those in need.
  3. Judgment House - Saturday evening - we will meet at the church at 8:30 and travel together to Hope Community Church in Hudson.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

The news is filled with doomsday reports these days, whether real or drummed up for political advantage. Regardless of what you read, remember that the Lord is still in control. And because of that, we can lie down in peace, and sleep.

May God's people be reminded of that truth, today.