Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
“Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — He said to the paralytic — “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
 (Mark 2:8-11)
 
“As disciples, we learn that Jesus’ authority to forgive sins is unique, since only God has such authority.  And this gospel of forgiveness, which Jesus ultimately accomplishes through being punished as our substitute on the cross, is of greater value to human existence than anything else.  The gospel serves as the basis for personal healing, with the call to live in reconciled relationships in all areas of personal and corporate life.” (Gospel Transformation Bible)
 
Please pray for our Haiti Mission Team – There are prayer letters available in the foyer for the current team, which includes Susan Ruckert, Rosemary Whitmore, and Ron & Ethan Whitted from FBC.  They will be leaving tonight and traveling tomorrow.
  Pray for effective ministry and life-changing experience for them.
 
Colossians 4:5-6
 – This Sunday we will dive into these 2 great verses in Colossians.  They are pretty straightforward, but as we dig deep there is plenty of great food for thought here.  We will examine how God wants us to walk and how He wants us to talk, especially as it concerns those currently outside the faith.
 
Spaghetti lunch and auction – the fundraiser for the youth Mexico mission trip is this Sunday right after the worship service.
  If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, they will be available at the door.  There will be items available for a silent auction as well.  Thank you for supporting the students heading to Mexico to serve!
 
Meet & greet at the Droback home – Nick & Erika are hosting this get-together Sunday at 6pm, in preparation for the parenting Bible study that will be beginning in at their home in March.  We will be studying Hopeful Parenting by David Jeremiah together.  Come check it out, and get your study guide.  Please bring a snack.  Call Nick for more info.  I’ve been listening to these messages on CD, and they are phenomenal!  Look here for info about the series: http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/monthly/1216_PEKBK_PEKCDPKG.aspx?premium=pekcdpkg&request=true
 
So looking forward to seeing you this weekend!  God’s grace, peace, and joy be yours!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
 (Matthew 26:41)
 
Last Sunday I challenged all of us to become faithful in prayer, according to Paul’s direction in Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”  In our New Testament reading today in the One Year Bible, we see a similar charge: watch and pray.  Unfortunately, as we read the account
by
Matthew we see that the disciples failed.  They not only failed to pray, they even failed to stay awake!  “They did not have enough compassion toward Jesus even to stay awake with Him during the stressful night of His arrest, and when the crowd arrived to arrest Him, Matthew tells us that all Jesus’ disciples ‘left Him and fled.'” (The Gospel Transformation Bible)  Sadly, that often describes us, doesn’t it?  Jesus (obviously) knew what He was talking about when He said, “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  But I find encouragement in this account as we consider “the rest of the story.”
 
“Jesus knew that His disciples would be faithless, but He offered them the hope of forgiveness and restoration in His comment that, after His resurrection, He would go before them to Galilee (26:32).  The death to which their unfaithfulness had consigned Him was a death for the forgiveness of this sin also (26:28).” (GTB)  Jesus knows our weakness!  But He offers not only
forgiveness,
but also restoration to usefulness in His kingdom.  Think of how each of the disciples (except Judas of course) went on to be used in such amazing ways by the Lord!  So when you get frustrated with yourself about your prayer life, or you fall asleep
yet again
 when trying to read your Bible, don’t despair.  When you fall down, don’t stay down.  Get back up, dust yourself off, and try again.  And ask Him to help you.  Ask Him not only to teach you how to pray, but also to help you practice it more faithfully, steadfastly, watchfully, and thankfully.  Seems to me that that is a prayer that is in accordance with His will – I trust He will answer!
 
This Sunday the men from Adult & Teen Challenge in Shedd will be our special guests.  They have amazing testimonies to share
of
God’s powerful grace in their lives.  You’ll be encouraged by their stories.  Remember that there is a time of sharing finger foods, so bring something if you can!  We will be receiving a love offering for the ministry of Teen Challenge at the end of the service.  Please come with a generous gift to help support the great work being done.

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Hello FBC Family!

 
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
 (Matthew 21:22)
 
I believe in the power of prayer!  What an amazing gift of grace God has given us.  We can talk to the Creator of all.  We can boldly approach the throne of grace.  I also believe that we need to pray in accordance with God’s will.  As we walk closer with Him, it will be His will, not our own, that will become more important to us.  One of the best ways to grow in our prayer lives is to study prayers found in the Bible, as well as passages in the Bible that specifically teach about prayer.  A few great examples from Paul the apostle are: Philippians 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:15-23 & 3:14-21; and Colossians 1:9-12.
 
This Sunday we will be looking at a short passage that is filled with insight into prayer.  Please read Colossians 4:2-4 (prayerfully of course!) before Sunday.  I will be speaking on the “Persistent Prayer” that Paul is referring to.  I will be encouraging you to pray for me as I prepare and deliver messages from God’s Word.  We will also hopefully be spending some time together praying for various people on a list I will have available Sunday.  So please come prepared to learn about how we are to pray and some specific things to pray for regarding the declaration of the message of Christ, and come prepared to put it into practice!
 
Of course I want all of us to grow in our personal prayer lives, and in times of prayer with our families in our homes.  But we also need to grow in our times of praying together corporately. 
We have a couple early morning opportunities right now – Wednesday mornings at 5am and 6pm, and some of the men come Saturdays at 6am.
  Maybe the Lord would inspire you to come join one of those prayer times.  But we also could use some other prayer times (maybe not early morning).  If you would like to start a group prayer time at the church, please talk to me.  I also may be looking for people who would be willing to pray specifically for the worship service and the preaching of the word during the worship service, in a separate room.  If the Lord puts it on your heart to do that, we can try to put together a rotation of prayer warriors.  Let me know if you’re interested by replying to this email, or talking to me at church, or give me a call.
 
This Sunday we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, together.
  Let’s examine ourselves, confess our sins, and come prepared for this important ordinance of the church.
 
May God strengthen you and fill you with hope as you grow as a person of prayer!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!

 
I love You, O LORD, my strength.
 (Psalm 18:1)
 
Do you love the Lord?  Is He your strength today?  He loves you, and if you are in Christ, you are chosen of Him, holy, and beloved (Col. 3:12)!
 
This Sunday I will be completing the discussion from Colossians 3 about what we are supposed to “take off” and “put on” in our lives.
  If you were there last Sunday, you know we looked at the things from our old nature that we are to “put away” from our lives.  This week we will look at the character traits of our new lives that we are to “put on”.  Please read Colossians 3:12-17 for Sunday and join us at 10:30!
 
Remember men, tomorrow morning at 7am we are having our monthly men’s breakfast.
 
Also, tomorrow night at 5:30pm, the men’s group is hosting an “Andrew Dinner” at Crowfoot Baptist Church, 699 Cascade Dr. in Lebanon (across from Seven Oak Middle School).
  We will be having lamb and potatoes, and hear from a few of our guys.  We are joining in with a couple other churches.  Men, invite another man, and come be fed and be encouraged in your walk with the Lord!
 
On another note, I will be helping again this year with Central Linn varsity baseball.  The players are currently trying to raise some much-needed funds.  They are selling 15 lb. boxes of oranges or grapefruits for $25.  Both Caleb and Yaoyi need to sell some.  So I told them I’d help them a little by including it in my email!  So if you need some vitamin C, and/or you just want to help the baseball team out, please let one of us know!  The deadline for the players turning in the money and orders is next Friday, Jan. 27.  Thank you!
 
Looking forward to our times together this weekend!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC friends!

 
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — He then said to the paralytic — “Rise, pick up you bed and go home.”
 (Matthew 9:6)
 
I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ has the authority and the willingness to forgive sins!  For all who cry out to Him in repentance and faith, there is the offer of forgiveness.  I’m especially grateful for that when I read the list of things that we are called to get rid of from our lives in Colossians 3:5-11.  We will try again to get to this passage (no ice storm this weekend we hope!).  Please read it before Sunday, but also know that the next section (3:12-17) ties in with it perfectly.  It is a picture of the old dirty clothes that we are to take off, and the new clean clothes that we are to put on in the power of God’s Spirit.
 
Another great passage from yesterday’s one year Bible reading:
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).  That’s one example of the great financial wisdom found in the Scriptures.  And there’s much more!  Dave Ramsey has put together an outstanding course which has helped many, many people get out of debt, learn to save, and develop generosity in their lives.  Brian Glaser will be facilitating this course on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm at the FBC, beginning next Wednesday, January 18th.  Make sure to get signed up for this life-changing class!  For more information you can check out Financial Peace University here: https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/
.  Or call Brian.
 
God bless you!  Hope to see you Sunday!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

 

Hello Frozen Baptist Church!

 
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
(Matthew 5:28-29 ESV)
 
Jesus expressed some pretty radical thoughts about getting rid of the sin in our lives!  How seriously are we taking the challenge to forsake sin and pursue holiness?  Of course, we are not able in our own strength to “clean up our act.”  But by God’s grace, with the power of Christ in us, and in the strength supplied by the Holy Spirit, we can and we must eliminate the garbage from our lives and allow ourselves to be renewed in the image of our Creator.  
 
Paul expresses very similar thoughts to Jesus in Colossians 3:5-11.  My message this Sunday is entitled, “Put Them Away!”  The next two Sundays messages will really tie together.  This week is mostly about what we need to eliminate from our lives (with God’s help), and next week about what to “put on”.  So I hope you’ll be here the next two Sundays at 10:30!
 
How are you doing with your goal to read the Bible daily?  It’s only day 6, but you can do this?  In case you still don’t have a daily plan to use, this is the one I’m using this year:
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Here is an important announcement that is in this week’s bulletin:  

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Love From Your Pastor

Happy (almost) New Year FBC!

 
They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.
 (Revelation 17:14)
 
Can you believe there are only 2 days left in 2016?  Another year has flown by hasn’t it?  I can tell we are close to the end of the year partly because of where we are at in our Bible reading – near the end of Revelation!  
 
It’s amazing to me that the verse I highlighted in my reading today (see above) has an important correlation with one of the verses I will be preaching on Sunday:
 
“Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”
 (Matt. 2:2)
 
I will be preaching on “After the King’s Birth” from Matthew 2 this Sunday at 10:30.  I decided to continue with thoughts on Christmas instead of jumping right into a “New Year” message.  The visit from the magi (“wise men”) has some important lessons for us.  Hope to see you here on January 1!  Why not start of your new year right?!
 
Remember, there is no Sunday School this Sunday, but please join us at 10:30 for worship (there IS junior church and children’s church during the worship service this Sunday)!
 
Also remember to get one of the Bible reading calendars from the foyer if you haven’t already printed one up yourself.  This year I will be following the One Year Bible reading plan, and I invite you to join me.
 
Let’s pray for a mighty work of God in our midst in 2017!  May we thrive more than ever in EXALTING His Name, and EXTENDING His Invitation, and EQUIPPING His People!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Reading Through the Bible Together

Hi FBC!

 
I’m writing to encourage you to join me in reading through the Bible again (or for the first time) in 2017!  A number of us have been reading through the Bible book by book using a plan that Randy shared with me this year.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do for the coming year.  I actually was going to work on making up my own plan, but
frankly
it was taking me way too long, and it’s already Dec. 27.  
 
So I’ve decided to go back to a Bible reading plan that I have used many times ever since I first started reading through the Bible when I was 16.  It’s called the One Year Bible.  I love it because it is like a 4-course meal every day!  There are readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs for each day of the year.  It will take us through the OT, NT, and Proverbs once, and Psalms twice.  
 
I suggest that you prayerfully enter
in to
your reading each day, looking for key things that God is teaching you, maybe underlining verses that stand out to you, and studying the passages with a good study Bible if you have one.
 
I really enjoy having discussions with others in the church who are reading the same things!  It helps us to be “on the same page.”  I’ve heard some real encouraging things from a few of you who have read through the Bible in the last couple years.  If you have never read the whole Bible, perhaps 2017 is the year for you to do it!  If you’ve started a number of times, but fallen behind, gotten discouraged, and given up, I want to encourage you to try again!  I have some tips I can share with you if you want to talk to me personally.
 
At the end of this message are links for you to download the plan yourself; you can either print up a small print version or larger print.  You can also purchase a copy of the One Year Bible that contains the readings for each day in an easy to follow format.  We will also have paper copies on a table in the foyer at church for you to pick up at your convenience. Thank you for considering joining me on another journey through God’s incredible Word this year!

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Love From Your Pastor

Happy 3 days till Christmas FBC!!!

 
Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
 (Esther 4:13-14)
 
I like what the Gospel Transformation Bible says here, speaking about the ultimate King being “Jesus Himself, who, like Esther, was raised up at just the right moment in history (Rom. 5:6; Gal. 4:4), ‘for such a time as this’ – or as Paul elsewhere says, ‘when the fullness of time had come’ (Gal. 4:4).”  Let’s celebrate this Christmas season that Jesus came to earth as God’s greatest gift, at just the right time, ‘for such a time as this’!
 
We would love to have you join us as we celebrate His coming:
 
Saturday, Dec. 24, 6–7pm – Christmas by Candlelight
.  I always love the atmosphere of this service, it’s a special time for our families to reflect on the Light of the world who came to pierce through the darkness!
 
Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30–11:30am
 – Christmas morning worship service.  Singing Christmas carols, listening to Carolyn read “The Legend of the Candy Cane” to the children, and reflecting on Luke 2:1-20, “The Lord is Come!”  What a blessing to celebrate Christ’s birth together on Christmas Day!  Come casual, even in your jammies and slippers if you want!
 
Remember there is no Sunday School Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
 
By the way, THANK YOU so much for the extremely generous gift given to me and my family this past Sunday!  Words cannot express our gratitude for your love for us!
 
Love From Your Pastor,
Michael


Love From Your Pastor

Hello FBC!  I hope you’re enjoying the Winter Wonderland in our valley!

 
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate.  And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel.  So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month.  And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand.  And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
  (Nehemiah 8:1-3 ESV)
 
I read a great devotional on this today, and decided to share selections from it:
 
“…Children who are able to read will benefit from being with their parents in worship, and it is the duty of husbands and fathers to make sure that their families hear God’s Word both in private and in public…
 
This is the work that God has given to preachers today.  They are to read the Word of God and explain its
meaning,
so that God’s people can understand its application to their lives…
 
Men who seek God often find that the first effect of God’s Word is to show us our own hearts and to humble us on account of our many failures.  God will often bring us to such a place of conviction, but it is never His purpose to leave us there… It is God’s joy to forgive.  So let His grace and mercy soothe your repentant tears.
 
Hearing and understanding God’s Word led to
confession and then to rejoicing, but the chapter ends with the joy of obedience… The Word heard and understood produced confession
, rejoicing, and obedience.  That’s the power of the open Book!”  (Colin Smith,
ESV Men’s Devotional Bible
)
 
A few reminders:

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