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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For All Believers Everywhere

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)

We will try and live that verse for 1/2 hour this evening. Will you join us?

Prayer Meeting - 6:30

Monday, August 29, 2011

Podcast has been updated

For our shutins and all those with interest, the latest audio is now available on the FBC podcast.  You can get it through iTunes, the FBC iPhone / Android app, or just click the embedded player or the link below.

Audio File - "Bring the Book" - Nehemiah 8:1

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pastor's Masters

Round 2 - Sunday, 2:00, at Paradise Lakes in Randolph. The forecast is calling for perfect golf weather! Join us!

It has to get worse before it gets better

Summer Break Winding Down

Just a few days remain before the fall schedule kicks into high gear here at FBC. Our summer recess goes through Sunday.

So there will be no Prayer Breakfast, and no R.R.O.D.A.A.T. Saturday morning. There will also still be no Sunday School hour on Sunday.

All is back to normal after this Sunday, though.

You Haven't Forgotten...

... to pray, have you?

Construction Continues

Work on the steeple continues today, and hopefully tomorrow. If you are in and about the church, please be careful around the equipment and work site.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fling that seed! Keep flinging it!

A great reminder from the writings of Dwight L. Moody:

God must prepare the ground and He must give the increase. I have often said that if I had to convict men of sin I would have give up the work long ago. That is the work of the Holy Ghost. What we have to do is to scatter the good seed of the Word, and expect that God will bless it to the saving of men’s souls.

The sower soweth the word. (Mark 4:14 KJV)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Updated audio

For our shutins, or for any who have interest, we have posted the most recent audio files.  If you are a subscriber to the podcast on iTunes, you will automatically receive the latest, but if not, you can listen to it here.

It's Fair Week

All midweek activities are cancelled this week, including the Men's Bible Study, midweek prayer meeting, Saturday prayer breakfast, Saturday "Men Serving Together," and Saturday morning R.R.O.D.A.A.T.

Enjoy the fair!

Normal schedule will resume Sunday!

Construction Commences!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Do It!

“The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! Do it!”—John Laidlaw.

Join your brothers and sisters in praying... Praying together... Praying for one another...

Tonight - Midweek Prayer Meeting at 6:30.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Some weeks are better than others...

... And so far this one has been a blast.

Starting with a great first round of the Pastors Masters on Sunday

Followed by a wonderful men's Bible study this evening where we were joined by our brother Nick Billock live from Afghanistan

And looking forward to prayer meeting Wednesday evening when we will be joined by missionaries Jerry and Liz Harmon, serving in Puerto Rico.

I think there's even more coming later in the week, but that can wait for the next blog post.

Thanks, Lord, for making it a great week!

Men's Bible Study will be in Afghanistan this evening

Partially, at least.

We will be moving the location to Johnson Acres this evening (6:30) so we can include our Brother Nick, live from the other side of the world.

Join us, men!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Give thanks, even for trials?

Consider something I read this morning, if you are going through a rough patch:

But if things go hard with us, and trials darken all our sky, are we still to give thanks, and bless our God? Most surely.

“Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.”

Let us thank God for our trials. We dwell, perhaps, in a land of narrowness. But, like Immanuel Kant’s garden, it is “endlessly high.” The air is fresh, and the sun is clear. The winter is frosty, but kindly. With the springtime comes the singing of birds, and the bloom and fragrance of flowers. And if, even in the summer, there breathes “a nipping and an eager air,” there is always the health-giving smile of God.

On the other hand, how true is the sentence of Augustine, “Earthly riches are full of poverty.” Rich stores of corn and wine will never satisfy a hungry soul. Purple and fine linen may only mask a threadbare life. The shrill blare of fame’s trumpet cannot subdue the discords of the spirit. The best night that Jacob ever spent was that in which a stone was his pillow, and the skies the curtains of his tent. When Job was held in derision by youths whose fathers he would have disdained to set with the dogs of his flock, he was made a spectacle to angels, and became the theme of their wonder and joy. The defeat which Adam sustained in Paradise, the Redeemer retrieved in the desolation of the desert and the anguish of His passion.

The cross we are called to bear may be heavy, but we have not to carry it far. And when God bids us lay it down, heaven begins. (David MacIntyre, "The Hidden Life of Prayer")

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thy Will

“When ye pray, say, Our Father…Thy will be done” (Luke 11:2).

Lord, here I hold within my trembling hand,
This will of mine—a thing which seemeth small;
And only Thou, O Christ, canst understand How,
when I yield Thee this, I yield mine all.
It hath been wet with tears, and stained with sighs,
Clenched in my grasp till beauty hath it none;
Now, from Thy footstool where it prostrate lies
The prayer ascendeth, Let Thy will be done.

Just a thought as we pray today... and as we gather this evening for midweek prayer meeting.

Let Us Wait

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

“To wait is not merely to remain impassive. It is to expect—to look for with patience, and also with submission. It is to long for, but not impatiently; to look for, but not to fret at the delay; to watch for, but not restlessly; to feel that if He does not come we will acquiesce, and yet to refuse to let the mind acquiesce in the feeling that He will not come.” (Dr. A. B. Davidson, "Waiting Upon God")

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Men in the Word

A reminder that we will descend on the Ross Ranch, Bibles in hand, for Men's Bible Study tonight - 6:30. Join us!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Two more little ones will be in heaven!

Thank you Lord for VBS! And VBS workers!


Thursday, August 4, 2011


Or, in other words, remember Haven Of Rest This Saturday! Meet at the Haven at 10:00!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Special Note to our Tired and Hot VBS Workers

Your prayers...
Your preparation...
Your fatigue...
Your love...

Came together to bring two little souls to the Savior tonight.


Three New Audio Files For Shutins

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Come With Us To VBS!

Check out a few photos of the action!

Oh, and by the way...


Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)

We do not realize the importance of the unconscious part of our life ministry. It goes on continually. In every greeting we give to another on the street, in every moment’s conversation, in every letter we write, in every contact with other lives, there is a subtle influence that goes from us that often reaches further, and leaves a deeper impression than the things themselves that we are doing at the time. It is not so much what we do in this world as what we are, that tells in spiritual results and impressions. (J. R. Miller)

A good reminder that, that we witness, whether well or poorly, whether we intend to or not! May your light shine brightly for Jesus today!

BTW - VBS has been wonderful this week, and as we reach the halfway point, let us renew our prayers for the souls of the little ones God has sent us this week. And pray, too, for those laboring so selflessly... so selflessly... to see little children know the Savior.