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Thursday, November 26, 2015

As I sit here on this Thanksgiving Day, 2015...

... waiting on family and friends to arrive and for the festivities to begin...

I ponder some things for which I am so thankful.

I'm thankful that there is a God. In the beginning God... (Genesis 1:1) He exists. I'm so thankful that the evil and chaos I see in the world around me in increasing measure is not the ultimate reality. God is. I'm thankful.

I'm thankful that God loves me. I have loved you with an everlasting love... (Jeremiah 31:3) Why He would love me, I cannot imagine. But for the unbelievable fact that He does love me, I am so thankful.

I'm thankful that God has only good planned for me. I, like many I know, have been through a few things, and there are times when the world crowds in. There are times when pain is more prevalent than peace. There are times when hurt feels stronger than hope. There are times when tears outweigh smiles. But at those times, I have the promise... the reality, of God's Word. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I'm thankful that the hope and joy and peace and wonder that I experience everytime I ponder these truths, can be yours, and anybody's who will simply ask for it. Whoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

There are just so many things for which I'm thankful on this Thanksgiving Day, 2015. The list could go on and on and on. But let me close with a Scripture I just read a few moments ago, and which the Lord really blessed my heart with. Let me set the stage first. You see, last evening I watched the beautiful full moon rise in the east. As I watched it, my mind went to Genesis 1:16 where God tells us that He created it to rule over the night. I went to bed last evening thinking about that. Then this morning, I arose and did a little searching of my Bible, looking for what it has to say about the moon. I found this wonderful passage:

Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, Throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth. In His days the righteous shall flourish, And abundance of peace, Until the moon is no more. (Psalms 72:1-7)

I'm so tired of bad news. I'm so tired of the hopelessness that seems to pervade our world. I'm so tired of the increase of evil and the desperation that it breeds in our world.

But I'M SO THANKFUL THAT MY KING REIGNS... THAT HE CAME ONCE AND WILL COME AGAIN... AND THAT in His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, UNTIL THE MOON IS NO MORE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What do you have to be thankful for?

Prayer and THANKSGIVING meeting tonight,
Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 PM.

Join us...
Pray with us...
Praise with us...
Give thanks with us.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Baskets

Don't forget - our deacons and deaconesses will be assembling and distributing baskets to those in need.  Your helping hands will make the task easier!  

Will you join them Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall?

Dear God of all feasts,
Bless our food, and those who have provided it. 
May the gifts and blessings we have received,
Be the same gifts and blessings we share
With those who go without this day.  Amen

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We Pray

We pray because the Bible teaches us to pray.
We pray because Jesus taught us to pray.
We pray because Jesus modeled prayer.
We pray because God hears us when we do.
We pray because God answers when we do.
We pray because we believe the Bible's promises about prayer.
We pray for ourselves.
We pray for one another.
We pray for our neighbors... our friends... our family... 
We pray for our nation... our world... our culture...
We pray for our president... our governor... our leaders...
We pray for God's will to be done...
We pray for our faithfulness to God's plan...
We pray silently.
We pray aloud.
We pray...

Will you come and pray with us?  
Tonight and every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM, until Jesus comes.

Pray without ceasing! (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Operation Christmas Child - The Clock is Ticking!!

A couple reminders about this year's Operation Christmas Child effort at Friendship Bible Church:

Our goal for this year is 350 shoeboxes!

Deadline to bring boxes in if you are packing your own box - THIS SUNDAY, November 15th!!

Date for the packing party this year is THIS SATURDAY, November 14th, 11:00 AM at the Randolph Town Hall.

Join us in reaching young lives, and the lives of their families and friends, for Jesus.  Make a child smile this Christmas, and give them something to smile about for eternity.  

A final note - this effort is open to any and all who wish to participate.  If you don't attend FBC but want to share in the outreach, bring your shoebox(es) to the church before this Sunday, or just drop in at the Town Hall and join the packing party fun!

Friday, November 6, 2015

It's Haven Time!

You can join us as we serve those less fortunate at the Haven of Rest in Akron. Meet at the Haven at 10 AM Saturday morning, and experience the joy of serving Christ by serving others. Oh... don't forget... WEAR A HAT.

FBC101 Is On

Don't forget. We will be starting another round of this class Sunday at 9:30 in the new conference room. We have plenty of books and plenty of room so join us if you would like to know more about FBC.

FBC101 is an introduction to what we believe and who we are at Friendship Bible Church. Want to know more? Join us Sunday at 9:30.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Church Gathers

We do it every Lords Day. We gather to worship our risen Savior on the Lord's Day - the first day of the week.

AND we do it every Wednesday. We gather to praise and pray.

Guess what? It's Wednesday! And this evening we will gather at 6:30 for prayer. Will you be a faithful part of that gathering this evening? We will be praying for you. Join us... Pray with us.

LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells. (Psalms 26:8)