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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Parents sometimes use their kids as an excuse to avoid prayer meeting, but then that's the hiss of the snake talking. Why not ignore him and bring the kids? Don't they need to learn to pray? And we need to hear them pray - nobody prays with more sweet faith than a child.
The snake tells us we're too tired... tasks around the house need done... our favorite entertainment beckons... etc. But it's all just so much evil snake hissing. Let's tell him to take a flying leap this evening and go to prayer meeting.
Prayer meetings at FBC run from 6:30-7:30 (at the latest) every Wednesday evening. You won't be pressured in any way to pray or speak out loud unless you want to. Silent prayers and vocal prayers mix and accomplish great things for God.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- (Ephesians 6:11-18 NKJV)
Friday, October 13, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
- Join us as we soak in the word, soak in prayer.
- Join us as we pray for all that’s going on around us, and for all that’s taking place within our own walls.
- Join us as we pray for those whose hearts are empty and needing Christ, and for those whose hearts are full of Christ yet suffering trials for His sake.
- Join us as we pray in small groups, as we pray all together, as we pray aloud and as we pray silently.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Saturday at 8:00 AM - Men’s Prayer Breakfast! Come and join us as we hear from the word, pray to our Lord, and enjoy fellowship with our brothers in Christ. “Iron sharpens iron,” said Solomon. Come sharpen and be sharpened. And this month, especially, come and show your love for our sisters who work so hard on this event every month... especially our dear sister Trudy who just received news of cancer.
Sunday at 9:30 AM - Sunday School hour is up and running. Don’t rob yourself of the opportunities to learn more about the Bible. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” said Paul. How is your faith? Is it perfect yet? No? Then come hear some more of the word of God.
Sunday at 10:30 AM - It’s the last Sunday of the month, and that means NOISY OFFERING time. Bring your bags of coins and help support the Operation Christmas Child outreach!
Sunday at 11:30 AM - We are baptizing. Pray for those being obedient to the Lord in baptism on this day. And if you have not yet taken that step and need to, come on in... the water’s fine! “Then they that gladly received his Word WERE BAPTIZED!”
Sunday at 11:30 AM - The first Christmas Cantata practice of the year will take place immediately following baptismal service.
Sunday at 2:00 PM - The final Paster’s Masters golf outing of the year. We will meet at Sable Creek in time to tee off at 2:00. The course is located at 5942 Edison Street NE in Hartville. The cost is $21 for 9 and we are playing the maroon course. As usual, we will play a scramble, so come join us regardless of ability, and you’ll have fun. Food and fellowship will follow afterwards at the Richard’s Ranch. If you’d like to contribute a meal to pass, please feel free.
Sunday at 5:00 PM - The youth will gather for a party. See Beth or Josh for details.
Whew! God’s church is marching on... not standing still... busy for the Savior. See you Sunday!
Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Details to follow!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
That's right, this evening immediately following the regular midweek prayer meeting, we will be stamping and labeling postcards to send into our community for Old Fashioned Sunday. Having done this several times down through the years, I can honestly say that I don't remember a time when we sent these invitations out into Randolph and Atwater and Rootstown and Mogadore and beyond, without seeing some results from the effort. I can't wait to reach that heavenly shore, and see who is there because they received a postcard from Friendship Bible Church.
Where - FBC Fellowship Hall
When - 7:30 - immediately following prayer meeting (Which starts at 6:30 if you'd REALLY like to accomplish something big tonight - come to prayer meeting and THEN the stamping party!)
Will you join us and help? Usually, we are finished in 30 minutes. We will have some light refreshments and beverages on hand to keep your strength up during the sustained effort of stamping and labeling. And that 30 minutes you devote to trying to win souls in our community will reap eternal rewards.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
All that's left is for YOU to mark your calendar and make sure you don't miss this most enjoyable and blessed of days. September 10th at 10:30 AM.
BTW - If you would like to help us with the planning and preparation, there will be another meeting just after the worship service this Lord's Day in Fellowship Hall. Join us and help us reach our community for Christ on Old Fashioned Sunday!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
We met Andrew Kohler through that program. Andrew is a church planting missionary in Castlebar, Ireland, and we exchanged some communications during that time, and even Skyped him into our missions conference that year.
But Andrew has never met FBC face to face, and we have never met him face to face… until this coming Lord's Day. Andrew, his wife Genesis, and his son Quinn, will join us for worship this coming Lord's Day at 9:30 AM. They will present their work in Ireland, as well as share from the Lord's Word. And there will be a "meet the missionary" lunch immediately following the worship service. We are in our summer schedule, meaning we get out a little earlier than usual, so it will be an early lunch. Bring a dish to pass if you can, and if you can't, just come anyway and meet Andrew and his family.
And always remember - You have FRIENDS at Friendship Bible Church!
Friday, July 7, 2017
And by the way, the main dish (chicken and jojos) is already provided, so side dishes / desserts are all that's needed.
Here are the details for Bob Egli's calling hours and funeral:
Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home 547 Canton Rd Akron, OH 44312
Sunday, July 9th calling hours from 2–5pm
Monday, July 10th services at the funeral home from noon–1pm with interment at Hillside Memorial Park immediately following.
The church will be providing a meal and time of fellowship for the family at 2:00. Please let our sister Trudy know if you are able to help with that effort.
Friday, June 16, 2017
It all starts Friday evening as the setup for VBS 2017: Fire Fighters, takes place. Be at the church at 5:00 if you wanna eat first, and at 6:00 if you just wanna help setup. More details are on Susan's Facebook posts.
Saturday the fun continues as the Johnson family hosts the first of our summer campfire fellowships. Bring a lawn chair and a dish to pass. The grills will be hot with the main course and the drinks will be provided, so think "side dish" or salad or dessert. If you like to fish bring your tackle and land a bass or bluegill (or maybe, like last year, an angry snapper). Cornhole, horseshoes, fun, fellowship, and food with your brothers and sisters in Christ. It all takes place at Johnson Acres starting at 5:00 PM. Oh, and don't worry about that "campfire" part. It's supposed to be 90 degrees, so we will no doubt forgo the fire thing.
Of course Sunday is the Lord's Day, the best day of the week and the highlight of the weekend for believers. Remember our summer schedule continues, with one service taking place at 9:30 AM. And it's Father's Day, so invite dads. Invite everybody you can! There will be a small gift for all the men and boys in attendance.
Join us for a great weekend in God's service and with God's people! Remember: You have FRIENDS at Friendship Bible Church!
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
From the introduction - "Romans is the mountain peak of Paul's writings. It has been said that of the two testaments that make up our Bible, the New Testament reigns supreme, and of the 27 books that make up that New Testament, Romans stands highest. Romans is Paul's magnum opus, containing his clearest, most eloquent and brilliant presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
The two free copies have already been claimed, but if you would like one at the lowest possible price of $7.50, please contact the church office at 330–325–7836. This price is not available anywhere but through the church office.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Saturday at 10:00 AM a few of the faithful will gather at FBC to spread some more mulch around the landscaping. We could use some help. Bring rakes and shovels if you've got them and join your brothers and sisters as they beautify the grounds.
Now David said, "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it." So David made abundant preparations before his death. (1 Chronicles 22:5 NKJV)
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
But this week our SCHEDULE is a bit abnormal, as we will NOT have a midweek prayer meeting tonight (Wednesday). That will resume next week, but this week, it is superceded by the National Day of Prayer observance taking place tomorrow (THURSDAY) from 5-9PM.
Whether you signed up for a time slot or not, the church will be open starting at 5:00 PM for you to come and pray for as little or long a time as you wish. There is no program, just a quiet time to come and pray. Pray for our nation... our community... our neighbors... our friends and family... our church... our world. Come and pray.
I've published this same blog posting for the last few years. Each year it gets more precious. Praise the Lord.
It was May 3, 1970. In just 24 hours one of this area's most well-known historical events would occur - the shootings at Kent State University. But on May 3, something happened that didn't make the news, and is unknown to all but a select few now. On that day, a twelve year old boy experienced the most important event in his personal history. That boy was me, and on May 3, 1970, I trusted Christ as my Savior. I am, spiritually, 47 years old today. And so it is a special day as I look back over the journey Christ has led me on so far - a journey that has included both ups and downs, successes and failures, victories and defeats. But one thing is certain. I am more sure today of His love for me than I have ever been. He promised, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) I can testify after 47 years of walking with Him, that He never has, and He never will.
“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” (John Newton)
Friday, April 28, 2017
So John wrote, "My chief desire for her is that the Lord may speak to her heart, draw her to himself, and seal her for his own. And then whether she goes to heaven at the age of twelve or a hundred and twenty is no great matter." (From "John Newton: From Disgrace to Grace", by Jonathan Aitken)
Such ought to be the chief desire and abiding perspective of every parent for their every child.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Empty - The cross at the end of Good Friday. Join us as we remember that empty cross on Friday from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
Empty - The grave on resurrection morn! Join us at 8:30 or 10:30 Easter Sunday as we twice celebrate the empty tomb and the risen Savior.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
In addition to cleaning, we'll need a few to help with the Easter decorations, as well.
Will you give an hour this Saturday?
Friday, March 31, 2017
While it looks like it will be dry on Saturday, the forecast now says it will only be 44 degrees. So we are going to try for Sunday afternoon, when it's forecast to be 60 degrees.
The Saturday ride and blessing of the bikes is postponed until Sunday afternoon at 1:00.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
So far the weather forecast is favorable, but just in case, Sunday April 2 is the rain date.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
This evening we return to our regular schedule for midweek prayer meetings at 6:30 PM. Charles Spurgeon said, "No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me." True. And so we will gather and pray for one another as the Bible commands. Will you join us? We need you, and you need this too.
BUT THEN AFTER PRAYER MEETING, we will be stamping and labeling invitations for Easter. There will be pizza and pop so you can plan on munching while you mail. It's always an enjoyable time, and always made better when we have many hands. Will you join us? This is a great ministry to bring your older kids to, too. If you come for prayer meeting, be there at 6:30. If you want to just come for the food and fellowship after, be there at 7:15.
Stamping and labeling postcards might seem a little thing… might seem insignificant. You might think you have a better plan for the evening, but then remember that every little thing done here for the Lord will receive its reward one day!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Patrick was taken into slavery in Ireland as a youth:
"I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many nations, even to the ends of the earth, where I, in my smallness, am now to be found among foreigners."
Years later, having obtained freedom, Patrick went back to Ireland, this time as a missionary:
"... not by my own grace but by God who is victorious in me and withstands them all, so that I might come to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure insults from unbelievers; that I might hear scandal of my travels, and endure many persecutions to the extent of prison; and so that I might give up my free birthright for the advantage of others, and if I should be worthy, I am ready [to give] even my life without hesitation; and most willingly for His name. And I choose to devote it to him even unto death, if God grant it to me."
THAT is what we ought to celebrate on this day - the gospel of Jesus Christ that saved a young man from the midst of slavery, awakened within him a knowledge that apart from Christ all are lost slaves, and filled him with a desire to reach even his captors with that same gospel truth.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Now some might be tempted to use this as an excuse to not worship the Lord on His day. But I'm reminded of Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. When we're faithful to worship on the Lord's Day, we encourage one another, and we stir one another up to serve our Savior more and better.
So let us do as Paul told the Ephesians and redeem the time, for the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16).
Let's retire a bit early, so we get our rest, and then get up and worship our risen Savior and King.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Now I realize the book is a work of fiction. If a believer views it that way then it's no more harmful than any other work of fiction. But when any of the false teachings below are mistaken for true Biblical doctrine... when people are actually swayed by "The Shack" into believing in a false god such as Papa, who is so very dangerously different than the Jehovah God of the Bible, then there is a serious problem. The author's attempt to change what the Bible says about God is no different than Satan's very first and oldest attack in Eden. "Did God really say that?" We must accept the Bible as true, and reject anything that denies its validity.
So, Christians, look at Youssef's list of thirteen heresies and ask yourself one simple question - Do I have the Biblical knowledge and discernment to understand the errors here? If not, you ought to avoid "The Shack" until you know your Bible well enough to protect you from error. The only way to rightly read the book or view the movie, is to know it is a fictional work of false teaching. If you're confused about that, stay away.
Youssef's list of heresies, all of which are stated as true in "The Shack":
1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.
2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.
3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.
4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.
5. God will never judge people for their sins.
6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.
7. God submits to human wishes and choices.
8. Justice will never take place because of love.
9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.
10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.
11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.
12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.
13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.
This is not an endorsement of Michael Youssef, or his ministry in general, but specifically of these thirteen points. If you take the time to research the topic you'll find that many many respected pastors and theologians agree completely with his concerns.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Prayerlessness is the fundamental sin of the busy Christian. Because of it, much of today’s Christian work accomplishes little for the Kingdom. “If we would give sight to the blind, we must ourselves be gazing into heaven.”
Join us for prayer meeting this evening at 6:30? Too busy?
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Some quotes from Spurgeon to remind us why we do it:
Friday, February 17, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
"The Atheist Delusion" is good for Everyone from Christian to atheist and every shade in between; agnostic, catholic, Jehovah witnesses, unstable teenager, you name it! Unfortunately there are no food or beverages allowed in the sanctuary so please come with your bellies already full!
After the movie you can stay behind for a short devotion where you can ask any questions you have about the Bible's truth of how the universe came to be.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, January 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 AM we will be removing the greens from FBC. We could use trucks, tarps, ladders, and mostly strong arms and backs to help with the effort.
If you can help, please meet at the church at 10. We'll have the coffee on!