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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

He Knows

Life is not always clear... or easy... or even fun. Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through things that are just plain hard... or messy... or unpleasant. Sometimes life just seems to stink!

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America, a time of year when many find themselves feeling like there's nothing to be thankful for... their problems and trials make them wonder if God even cares.

But this morning I read a passage which spoke to me in a new way. Nobody had more troubles than poor old Job. Once in the midst of his trials he let loose with this glorious hymn of praise:

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)

Wonderful words indeed. But this morning I noticed, seemingly for the first time, the words that proceed it. Find your Bible and read Job 23:8-9, for therein Job mentions that he can't find God. He looks left and right and before and behind and up and down, but he can't find God. THEN, he says, "Regardless of whether I know where He is, or what He's doing, He knows where I am and what I'm doing, and everything will be ok."

If you're going through a trial, and don't know what God's doing, take comfort in Job's words of wisdom - God knows.


The Lord gave us a wonderful day of celebration this past Lord's Day, and a big thank you goes out to all who worked hard to make it a success. There are probably a few who went home on Sunday afternoon after laboring incessantly over food, setup, and cleanup, and collapsed in near exhaustion. I know I did! But I'm always reminded of one of the Lord's promises - "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9) If you're one who left the church too tired to feel like celebrating, take comfort in that verse. God rewards His workers!

On another note - there are some important announcements for this week:

Wednesday - Prayer Meeting is cancelled this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Spend time with family and friends!

Thursday - Happiest of thanksgivings!

Friday - Roping of the Greens. Those who signed up for this should be receiving phone calls to schedule your time slot.

Saturday - 4:00 PM - Hanging of the Greens. Help us decorate the building for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happenings - Week of 11/16/2008

Lots of stuff happening this week. Will you be a part?

On Wednesday, you can join us for Prayer Meeting - 6:30 PM at the church.

On Thursday, we will be touring the Haven of Rest rescue mission in Akron. If you would like to travel with a group, we'll meet at the church, leaving for Akron at 5:15 PM. If it is more convenient, just meet us at the Haven of Rest Missions Building (175 E. Market Street) at 6:00 PM. If you have not yet seen this ministry, it is well worth your time to do so.

Sunday, November 23rd, is Celebration Sunday! Special music will be provided by the Howes Family, and a celebration dinner will be enjoyed by all immediately following the service. YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOU CELEBRATE! Let's celebrate all God is doing in our lives at FBC!