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Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers (and sisters). Amen.
(Galatians 6:18)
 
Paul concludes Galatians with the most appropriate word:
grace.  This is the message of Galatians for guilty sinners, like me, and like you.  It’s also the message of Colossians.  Paul begins his letter to the believers at Colossae with the same word.  This Sunday I will be starting a new series, COLOSSIANS: Christ in You.
  I’m excited about this study!  I’d like to encourage you to take some time to read the whole letter (only 4 chapters) between now and Sunday.  I plan to read the whole letter in the worship service.  That is, after all, how the original hearers would have received it.  I’ll also do an introduction to the book, and we’ll take a look at the first two verses.  I hope you’ll plan to be with us as we start this series on this incredible, Christ-centered epistle!
 
Men, a reminder that tomorrow is again our monthly Men’s Breakfast at 7am!  Please join us for a time of spiritual and physical nourishment.  The Saturday morning men’s group will soon be starting a new study in the book of James.  Now would be a good time to decide to be a part of the group!
 
Husbands and Wives, is your marriage in need of a tune-up?  The Family Life Weekend to Remember is an excellent opportunity for you to get away with your spouse and work on this very important relationship.  It is coming to Portland November 18-20, and through this weekend they have a Buy One, Get One free offer!  So if you register one of you, your spouse is registered free.  For more info and to register, click here: 
 
Looking forward to a great weekend with you!
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers & sisters. Amen!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
(1 Samuel 18:1)
 
Do you have a friend like that?  Do you have a prayer partner whom you can share anything with?  I love this description of the loving friendship experienced by Jonathan and David.  There was genuine selflessness and caring between them.  If you don’t have someone like that in your life, I pray you will soon!  In fact, I appreciate this verse so much it found it’s way into my sermon notes for this week!  You’ll have to come Sunday to find out how!
 
Before I begin a new in-depth study of the book of Colossians (starting Sept. 18), I will be speaking this Sunday on “Pray for Me”, the campaign we’ve been promoting to get adults in our church to pray for the youth, children, and families of the church.  I want to urge you strongly to join in as a Prayer Champion, and if you have youth and/or children, to have them be a part of it.  You can see more info at
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Please spend some time meditating on Luke 2:52 and 1 Timothy 4:12 as these two passages will form the backdrop for the message.
 
After the service, there will be a light lunch and opportunity to match up adults (pray-ers) with youth and children (pray-ees).  Please stick around and join us!
 
Tonight (6-7:30pm) is registration for AWANA!  Hot Dogs provided as well!
  Make sure you get your kiddos signed up for this outstanding ministry.  Please pray for the Awana ministry and for the children and leaders for this upcoming year.
 
I want to thank the church for the blessing of allowing me time away with family.  We had some refreshing and enjoyable times together.  I’m so thankful for Pastor Justin filling the pulpit so admirably.  What a blessing he has already been to FBC!
 
May the Lord bless you with His love and peace today and always!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Other Pastor

Dear family,
 
I was reminded this morning that I’ve been asking you all you memorize Joshua 22:5.  I was
reminded,
because I haven’t been doing a very good job myself.  I must ask forgiveness, I fell short on what I asked you to do. So for those of us who haven’t yet memorized it, let’s rise to the challenge today.  That meant for me, this afternoon I wanted to be intentional to make sure I had it memorized. I also wanted to share with you the context this verse comes from.
 
Joshua was thanking the Reubenites, Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh who came from the east side of the Jordan river and helped their brothers conquer the west side of the Jordan river.  In verse 2 Joshua commends them for keeping all the Lord’s commands.  In verse 3 he tells them they have been careful to “keep the charge of the Lord your God.”  So then in verse 4 he releases them to return home to their families.  And this is where we find ourselves
with
verse 5.  I found it very challenging that Joshua doesn’t let them off the hook.  These people have followed God, obeyed his commands, helped their brethren; but we don’t see Joshua say, good job, go home, relax, and take it easy.  No, instead he starts verse 5 with “Only be very careful to observe the commandment…”  He reminds them that they have been faithful, but now that the tough stuff is over, to still be careful to remain faithful.  It’s easy for us to lose focus on the Lord’s commands when we have everything we need and we’re settled in peace.  It’s in those moments we need to be very careful to continue to observe all that God has commanded us.

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Love From Your Other Pastor

Dear Friends,
 
Remember to keep praying for the Beaches and a time of refreshment for them and quality family time. 
 
In 2 Kings we see a remarkable story.  In chapter 22 Josiah comes into power and reigns in Jerusalem for 31 years.  “And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father.” (vs. 2)  This is especially unique
because
his father, Amon, did evil for the two years he reigned, and his grandfather, Manasseh, who reigned for 55 years was worse.  Not much of a legacy.  I wonder what caused Josiah to be a man that did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.  If you continue to read chapter 22 you’ll read about the discovery of the Book of the Law (the Torah, Genesis-Deuteronomy) in the house of the Lord.   Any copies that weren’t hidden had been destroyed by the previous kings. So not only did Josiah follow the Lord, but he did it before he had the little bit of God’s Word that had been written. 2 Chronicles 34:3 gives us a bit of insight, “For in the eighth year of his reign (16 years old), while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father…”
 
But I wanted to focus on verse 7 back in 2 Kings 22.  This verse comes about when Josiah decides to repair the temple.  His father and grandfather had destroyed it as they chased after false gods.  He gathers money and sends it to the “workmen who have oversight of the house of the Lord (vs. 5).”  Then verse 7 says “But no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.”  Same story in 2 Chronicles 34:12a “And the men did the work faithfully.” 
 
I know if I was King Josiah I would be keeping close tabs on that money.  Our culture has taught us to trust no one.  Yet, King Josiah says don’t worry about it, they are honest men.  I wonder if we have built that kind of reputation for ourselves.  Are we people who deal honestly, are we people who are trustworthy, are we people who reflect Jesus in a broken world?  Not only that, but they were faithful to the work they had been called to.  I bet they had hard days, things went wrong, but they were faithful.  Are you faithful in the job God has called you to; whether in a
workplace, or at home with your children.
  If your boss (like King Josiah) were to give a review of you would they say you are honest and work faithfully?  I pray that those we work with would recognize consistency in our lives because we work “for the Lord and not for man.” (Colossians 3:23)
 
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Love From Your Other Pastor

Dear friends!
 
I hope you are growing in the Lord this week.  I am filling in for Pastor Michael while he takes much-needed vacation time to spend with his family.  I am thankful to be a part of your church family and to be able to support him in this way.  As he is away please pray for refreshment for the family and quality time together.  Pray for continued unity among our church family as well.
 
I have recently been reading in James.  This morning James 4:5 really hit me.  “Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us?'”  First off, what a blessing!  God gave us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  We have much to be thankful for, knowing that we were given a helper as we navigate life. 
 
What struck me though, was that God yearns over our spirit.  If we look back at the context we recognize that “friendship with the world is enmity with God.” (vs. 4)  And as James mentions earlier in his book “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire,” (1:14) we give in to sin by our own desires.  Our passion for Him brings our focus to Him instead of things that could cause us to sin. It’s also easy to fill our days with what the world tells us is good (and are good); family, friends, technology, job, etc.  There is nothing wrong with those things, but if they are what drives us and consumes our spirit, we are driven by the wrong things.  God yearns for your spirit to be passionate for Him and out of that He will bring joy to those other areas of our lives. 
 
What, or better yet WHO, does your spirit yearn for?
 
A couple of prayer request reminders.  Please continue to pray for Don Marsh who is in the hospital again.  Also, pray for George Van Leeuwen who is in a nursing home.
 
This Sunday I will be starting a mini series on parenting.  I hope you will all plan to attend even if you don’t have children living in your home.  There is much that applies to all of us.  I have been reading many books and thinking about this for awhile and am excited to share with you what Scripture teaches.  Parenting isn’t easy, and we make mistakes and learn as we go, I hope you will find challenge and encouragement from the next few weeks.  Please read Deuteronomy 6 in preparation for Sunday.  We will jump around all three weeks, but Deuteronomy 6 is the basis for the whole series. 
 
A reminder the men’s breakfast is this Saturday at 7:00 am.  Please plan to join for good food, fellowship, and time together in God’s Word.
 
Men’s Roundup is almost upon us.  If you have yet to register please do so!  There is also a sign up in the foyer to let us know if you plan to attend so we can all camp together.  Hope you can join us.
 
Have a blessed rest of the week.  See you Sunday!  With Love, -Pastor Justin


Love From Your Pastor

Greetings FBC Friends!

 
Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you.”
 (Judges 8:23)
 
Gideon is an interesting character in Scripture.  In him, we see some great examples of faith, as well as some serious stumbles.  Hmmm, sounds a lot like us, doesn’t it?  But as I was reading Judges this morning this was the verse that stood out to me.  I love Gideon’s statement.  Israel constantly forgot that the LORD was to be their true King.  The same is often true of us today.  Let’s always remember who the true and rightful Ruler is.  He is Lord and Ruler and of our lives, and He is Lord and Ruler of our church.  Is Jesus Christ your Lord?  Is He ruling over your life?  I hope so!
 
This Sunday I will be speaking on Psalm 119:33-40.  This is just a small portion of what is the longest chapter in the Bible.  It’s a fascinating part of this wonderful psalm that gives praise to God for His awesome Word.  Please chew on these 8 verses in preparation for Sunday.  In fact, this stanza would be a great guide for our prayer lives in the days ahead.  Try it!
 
Remember that Jeff and Laura Stoneberg are starting a new Sunday School class this week, called Digging Deeper!  They will be facilitating a discussion based on the previous Sunday’s sermon.  I’m excited for this!  I hope it will help the truths from my messages to sink in deeper.  Sunday School begins at 9am.  I believe the Digging Deeper class is going to meet in the Fellowship Hall.
 
Men, please remember it’s time to get registered for Men’s Roundup at Camp Tadmor (Sept. 9-11).  I’d love to know if you are thinking of going so we can plan on camping together!
 
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!
 
Grace and Peace to you from Jesus Christ…
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
 (Romans 8:10-11)
 
What an absolutely amazing truth!  Is Christ in you?  If so, this promise is true of
you
!  We have the incredible resurrection power of Almighty God available to us, to dwell in us by His Spirit.  Are you living the resurrection power kind of life today?  For more on walking in the Spirit, and on God’s unshakeable love for us, read Romans 8 today!
 
Ladies –
don’t forget that tonight at 7pm is the baby shower for Lynsey (and Lincoln!) Hostetter here at the church.  Thank you for being a blessing to their family so much already.
 
All-Church Picnic
 – everyone is invited to our annual picnic following this Sunday’s worship service!  This year it will be at Pioneer Park.  We have the Pavilion (covered area) reserved for our meal time.  Please bring potluck food to share – main dishes, sides, salads, desserts, etc.  We suggest you bring your own drinks and plates, forks, etc.  (We’ll hopefully have some extra there on hand for those who may need it.)  Also, please bring horseshoes, lawn games, frisbees, footballs, or whatever other games you might like to play.  There is a playground available for the little ones.  This will be a relaxing and fun time to just be together as a church family in the park – please join us!
 
Directory photos
 – This is the last Sunday scheduled for the directory photo updates – so if you haven’t had your picture taken yet, be ready this Sunday!
 
Sunday morning I will be preaching on
Psalm 116
, “Precious in His Sight”.  This is the second of three messages from me in the Psalms this summer (Pastor Justin may also be preaching on one of the Psalms in a few weeks.)  Please read over this incredible Psalm, maybe more than once, as part of your prepartion to worship our great Lord.  Notice especially the first 4 words!  (That’s ok, look at it now, since I know you’re curious…)
 
Thankful for Christ in me (and you), the hope of glory…
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

A very warm good afternoon to you, FBC Friends!

 
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
 (Joshua 24:15)
 
A tremendous reminder from Joshua today to make the conscious choice to serve the Lord!  And not only on an individual level, but to include the whole family.  I hope and pray this will be the heart of all of us – that no matter what others around us choose to do, we will choose to serve the Lord, the One who came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many!
 
This Sunday we will have an “installation service” for Pastor Justin Hostetter during our 10:30am time of worship!  Justin’s friend and mentor Joel Ruisch has come all the way from Iowa, and he will preach Sunday on Matthew 20:20-28.  Just as you would when I’m preaching, please read ahead and come prepared Sunday to hear an important message from the Lord.
 
Chris & Kai, will also be here Sunday!  They will speak during the adult Sunday School class at 9am, and share an update for us during the worship service as well.  You will definitely want to hear from this dynamic, faithful couple!
 
Ladies don’t forget the baby shower for Laura Stoneberg at 6:30pm tonight!  And then next Thursday at 7pm a shower for Lynsey Hostetter and baby!
 
Also remember there are 2 more Sundays of church directory photo updates, so please make sure your family photo is taken either this Sunday or next!
 
August 7 we will have anothe visiting missionary, Lindsey, with New Tribes Missions.  
Also Aug. 7 is our annual church family picnic, at a new location this year: Pioneer Park in Brownsville!  We will enjoy this time together at the park after the worship service that Sunday.  Bring a favorite food to share, and your drinks, utensils, chairs, games, etc.!
 
Stay cool!  Drink lots of water.  Especially drink of the Living Water!  Serve the Lord!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC Friends,

 
So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
 (Joshua 6:27)
 
I’m loving my ESV Men’s Devotional Bible this year!  Yesterday I read another great article regarding Joshua and the battle of Jericho in Joshua 6.  This was written by Sam Storms:
 
“We read in Hebrews 11:30 that,
by faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.  The walls of this formidable city fell because Joshua and the people of Israel honored God by trusting Him to act on their behalf.  Whenever God is honored, God acts… 1) The ark of the covenant was the place of God’s presence
, and it appears no fewer than 10x in Josh. 6… 
 
2) They trusted in God’s
power.  I grew up singing a silly little song that went something like this: ‘Joshua fit (fought) the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho; Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumblin’ down!’  Technically speaking, that’s not true.  Joshua never raised so much as a hand against Jericho.  He never launched an arrow or even threw a rock in the direction of the city.  God
‘fit’ the battle of Jericho!  It was His power and His alone that accounts for what we read in this chapter.
 
3) They had faith in God’s
promise
 
Whether it be a seemingly overwhelming obstacle, a relational struggle, or a circumstance that defies explanation, much of life comes down to a question of faith.  As with the people of Israel, so also with us today, the issue is whether or not we will invest our faith and hope in God’s
presence (that He will never leave us nor ever forsake us), in His power (that we serve a God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power at work in us), and in His promises to us in Christ (that our God cannot lie or fail to fulfill His Word).”  I say Amen to that!!!
 
This Sunday I will be speaking on “God’s Rescuing Love” from Psalm 107.  This will be the first of 3 messages in a short series I’ll call “Summer in the Psalms.”  Please prayerfully read through the Psalm in preparation for Sunday.  Are you thankful for all that the Lord has rescued you from?  Then you’ll love the message of this psalm!

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