Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends!

Hope you weren’t concerned that you didn’t get an e-mail from me yesterday like you normally do.  The family and I were having fun, getting fried (and eating fried stuff) at the Linn Country Fair.  In fact, we saw some of you there!
A great verse from today’s reading:  Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  (Matt. 24:35)  Of course, that’s Jesus speaking, but we can certainly apply what He said to all of God’s Word.  That is a fitting verse to think about if you’ve been a part of Sunday School this Summer.  This week our lesson is called, “Starting with Scripture.”  I hope you and the whole family will join us Sunday at 9:00am for another important lesson about the Bible.  Some passages we’ll be discussing include 1 Pet. 3:14-17; 2 Cor. 10:1-6; Acts 17; and Prov. 26:4-5.
During the worship service I will be speaking on the next to last message from our series on Galatians.  It is called “Fulfilling the Law of Christ” from Galatians 6:1-10.  Please be prepared by prayerfully reading the passage ahead of time.
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends,

For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face. (Psalm 11:7)
The righteousness of God would be a great thing for us to meditate on regularly!  There is no injustice with God.  Living in such an unjust world, it is wonderful to know there is a God who is just.  There will be a time when all that is wrong will be made right.  Imagine the time when the “upright”, which I believe are all those who are saved and transformed by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, will see His face!  One day we shall behold Him!  Face to face!
“KINGDOM ROCK” Vacation Bible School has been going great so far!  Thank you so much to Sonja Rogers for directing, and for all of you for helping, giving, and praying.  Our high attendance was yesterday with 62.  Tonight the children will be given a chance to respond to the gospel message.  Please be in prayer for all of the kids and their families.
It is exciting to see the framing of our classroom addition going up this week!  Please continue praying for this project, for those working on it, and for its timely completion.  Stop by and see the progress being made.
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC!

 
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)

 

This passage we read today really ties in well with our current Sunday School series, as well as what we’ve been discussing in Galatians.
I like the note in the ESV Study Bible concerning verse 18:  “until heaven and earth pass away.  Jesus confirms the full authority of the OT as Scripture for all time (2 Tim. 3:15-16), even down to the smallest components of the written text:  the iota is the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet (or the yod of the Hb. alphabet) and thedot likely refers to a tiny stroke or a part of a letter used to differentiate between Hebrew letters.  pass from the Law.  The OT remains an authoritative compendium of divine testimony and teaching, within which some elements (such as sacrifice and other ceremonial laws) predicted or foreshadowed events that would be accomplished in Jesus’ ministry (see Gal. 4:10; 5:1) and so are not now models for Christian behavior.  Until all is accomplished points to Jesus’ fulfillment of specific OT hopes, partly through His earthly life, death, and resurrection, and then more fully after His second coming.”  (ESV Study Bible, pg. 1828-1829)
 

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends!

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”  And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” — Revelation 19:9
It’s always nice to get invited for supper!  Especially a marriage supper.  They are often outstanding meals along with terrific joy and fellowship.  Imagine what the marriage supper of the Lamb will be like!!!  Believers in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God slain for us, will be invited.  Talk about “Blessed”!!!
Thank you to everyone who has taken tags for VBS supplies we need donated!  Don’t forget to bring the items back!  You can bring them this Sunday or next (July 7).  There are still more tags on the bulletin boards in the church foyer, so please take one (or 2 or 3) if you haven’t yet.  VBS is only 11 days away (but don’t panic).  Please be in prayer for it, that God would use it powerfully in the lives of children and their families.  Please be inviting friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. (your oikos).  There are some flyers on the VBS table for you to use to give to people you are inviting.
This Sunday I will be speaking on “Children of the Free” from Galatians 4:21-31.  Along with reading that, you may want to review Genesis 16-17 and 21, which is the background for Paul’s discussion of Ishmael & Isaac, Hagar & Sarah.
We’re looking forward to a hot weekend, so stay cool!  (The church has good A/C!)
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael

 



Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends,I have been enjoying our daily Bible reading calendar so much this year.  Many of you have expressed that you are following along as well.  If you’ve struggled a bit, don’t worry, don’t give up!  If you have not been using it yet, but would like to start, July 1 would be a perfect time to start!  We will be starting over with Psalm 1, Proverbs 1, and Matthew 1.  See me or let me know if you want one of the calendars we have left.

It’s always interesting when we are reading from 4 different places in the Bible, and we find verses corresponding with other verses on the same day.  For example, in today’s reading in 1 Kings, we read Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple.  Included in the prayer was this statement:  “If they sin against you– for there is no one who does not sin– and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near, (1 Kings 8:46)

A direct cross-reference to that verse is a verse we read in Proverbs today:  Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”? (Proverbs 20:9)

That is a critical point that is referred to throughout Scripture.  Notice a few similar passages:


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Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC Friends!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3 ESV)
Isn’t that amazing?!  How incredible to think that we can be called God’s children.  Wow.  The above verses from our daily Bible reading today sound wonderfully similar to what I was talking about from Galatians last Sunday.  By faith, we can be adopted into His family and we can call Him, “Abba, Father.”
Speaking of fathers, this Sunday is our Father’s Day Breakfast from 8:30 — 10am.  There will be no Sunday School this week.  Please join us in honoring our fathers and enjoy a wonderful breakfast!
The morning message will be from Job 1:1-5, called “A Man of Integrity”.  Come and learn of the great example Job sets for us by his character and his actions.

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Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC!

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” (Ps. 122:1)
I am looking forward to a good weekend here at FBC.  Saturday we have our Men’s Breakfast at 7am, including another portion of the “Stepping Up” video.  Sunday at 9am is lesson two of our summer Sunday School material (for all ages). If you were here last week, remember to work on our memory verses: Ps. 19:7-9 & Ps. 119:89-90. And of course we have the joy of joining for worship at 10:30 Sunday.
The sermon is entitled, “Heir-Born”, from Galatians 3:21 — 4:7.  Make sure to read ahead!  Think about the contrast between being a slave and being a son or daughter of the King!
Next Sunday (the 16th) is Father’s Day!  We’d love to have you join us for the Father’s Day Breakfast from 8:30 – 10:00am on that day.
Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you here at FBC!  Enjoy some sunshine, but most importantly, walk in the Son.
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC!

Our daily reading included a couple great verses about the Word of God:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps. 119:105)
Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. (Prov. 30:5)
Awesome truth!  Our goal is to equip God’s people to serve Him effectively.  The primary way we are equipped is through the Word of God.  This Sunday all ages will begin a new study in Sunday School, called “We Can Trust the Bible” by Answers in Genesis.  The adults will all meet together in the Worship Center for the beginning and Randy Waldie will be presenting the material.  Then we plan to break into smaller groups for some discussion questions.  You will be blessed to be a part of it!  The kids will be studying the same themes at age-appropriate levels.  This is a great oppotunity for the whole family to discuss together what is being learned in class!  I urge you to consider being here with your whole family at 9am on Sunday!
 

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Hi FBC!

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Ps. 118:24)
There is a beehive of activity around hear lately!  Thanks to all the hard workers who have been preparing for the demolition of the old nursery building!  As I write this a large crew is putting up a fence and taking things apart to prepare for the walls to come down.  This is sure to be an exciting few months.  Let’s all remember to be flexible and gracious.  You’ll have to “Pardon Our Dust”!
This Sunday I will be speaking on “Living by Faith”.  Please read Galatians 3:1-14 in preparation.  Notice how many questions Paul asks his readers.  How would you respond to those questions?
As we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, let us pause to reflect and give thanks for all the brave men and women who have been willing to lay down their lives for the sake of our freedom.  More importantly, remember to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for willingly laying down his life so we could experience true and everlasting freedom!
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael

 



Love From Your Pastor

Hi FBC!

I was listening to Dave Ramsey this week and he was talking about how we need to prepare for a rainy day because, “a rainy day is GOING TO HAPPEN!”  He must have been referring to Oregon!  After the amazingly dry weather we’ve been having for the last month and a half, it looks like the wet stuff is rolling in.  From what I hear, this will make our farmers happy!
But enough about the weather…
I love what I read this morning in Psalm 112, especially verses 1-2:  Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
We have a strong desire to develop men of God who fear the Lord and delight in His commandments (so men, join us on Saturday morning at 6:45!)  And we have a strong desire to equip parents and train boys and girls to know, love, and serve the Lord.  We are making efforts to that end on Sunday mornings and Thursday nights with our Sunday School classes, our Awana program, and our parenting class.  Tonight is the last night of Awana for this school year, and then Sunday at 5pm is the Barbeque and Awards night. Everyone is invited to celebrate what the kids have accomplished, thank the volunteers who serve in the program, and meet parents from the community who might not attend church (yet)!

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