What’s Happening This Week at FBC?

Summers at First Baptist Lafayette always mean at least three things: Vacation Bible School, Mission trips, and Camps. We had VBS last week. We are enjoying great results from VBS.

Today, our first summer missions team departs. John Frank Reeve is leading his fifteenth trip to Romania this week. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on their travel and their work.

Next Monday, Brad Gill, our Student Pastor, leaves with our Jr. High and Sr. High students for a week at camp. They will be at Mississippi College near Jackson, Mississippi.

I am so thankful that both of these groups will have significant opportunity to “know Him and make Him known.” Be praying with me for a life-changing experience for everyone involved.

Sunday morning we are continuing a series called, “Ascend.” This series is an expositional study of Psalms 120-134. Each of these Psalms has the heading “Song of Ascents.” We will consider one each Sunday for the weeks of this summer. Sunday, we are studying Psalm 124. Read that Psalm several times before you come Sunday.

I appreciate your faithfulness this summer.

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What Are We to Do When We Have Had Enough?

You have heard it. You probably have said it. “I have had enough!” I think I heard a Bible School teacher say that last week. (I’m just kidding.) As Chuck Swindoll sub-titled his 2004 book Getting through the Rough Stuff, “It’s always something!” It really is always something, isn’t it?

Elijah said it. Go read his story again in I Kings. He sat down underneath a tree and said, “I have had enough.”

What do we do when we have had enough?

In Psalm 123, one of the so-called “Songs of Ascents,” we see what the Psalmist did when he had had enough.

First of all, he gave it to God. He gave it to God in light of God’s position—He is the One enthroned in Heaven. He gave it to God in light of his own place. The Psalmist recognized himself to be the servant of God. He fixed his eyes on God the way a servant would fix his eyes on the master. Third, he gave it to God in light of his own predicament. The truth about our problems is most of the time we cannot change our problems. All the energy, work, and worry do not change our greatest problems. We must give those things to God.

Along with giving our problem to God, we must trust God. We waste our time in giving things to God if we are unwilling to trust God. We are to trust God for His favor, and we are to trust God forever.

One commentator called this Psalm, “A Psalm of the Eyes.” He explained, “Our eyes are inclined to go downward, and inward, anywhere but to the Lord.” And so, we must continue to look upward.

There is nothing better to do than go to God humbly. There is nothing better to ask than for His favor.

(This post is based on the message “What Are We to Do When We Have Had Enough?” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)

God Knows, Sees, and Saves

Our children learned last week in VBS that Jesus knows, Jesus sees, and Jesus saves.

I find comfort and confidence in knowing that He knows. In the Old Testament, the people of God were crying and groaning about their treatment in Egypt. The Bible says, “God saw the Israelites, and He took notice.” (Exodus 2:25) When God met Moses at the burning bush, He said, “I have observed the misery of My people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I know about their suffering.” (Exodus 3:7) If God knew then don’t you think that He knows today?

Jesus told us that we would have trouble in this world. “You will have suffering in this world!” (John 16:33 HCSB) Not maybe, but you will. Why?

In part, we have trouble in this world because of the presence of evil. Again, Jesus said, “I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling. They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they haven’t known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes you may remember I told them to you. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. (John 16:1-4)

He knows about all the things that plague our world. He knows about ISIS. He knows about Orlando. He knows about the economy. He knows about the Presidential election. And He knows your bank account, and your family, and your chart at your Doctor’s office. He knows. And, He is not in a panic. There is no panic button in Heaven. He is on His throne.

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