As of 3:00 p.m. today, we are still on for Fall Festival tonight. We know we have inclement weather coming, but believe that we have a window of opportunity. So, come on out tonight. We have lots of fun games, activities, and lots of candy. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. We will ask you to register when you arrive, so please check-in at one of the registration stations.
Looking forward to Sunday! If Billy Graham would have lived, he would be 100 years old on November 7. In thanksgiving to God and tribute to Reverend Graham, we have a few special things planned for Sunday. Most importantly, I will share a simple Gospel sermon and appeal for people to decide to follow Jesus. Be praying!
As many of you know, I announced last Sunday night a change in our Sunday School and worship structure beginning on January 6, 2019. You can watch that presentation on our website at fbclaf.org. I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming positive response to this announced change. Now is a great time to be more involved in Bible Study and Worship.
See You Sunday!
We are returning to the Book of Isaiah Sunday morning. With the exception of a few Sundays here and there for special emphases, we have been in the book of Isaiah in this latter part of the year. We are considering this book from the general theme of “Crisis,” because it is a prophetic message from a time of crisis in Isaiah’s day, focused on the nation of Israel and more precisely, Judah. To this point, we have examined the Confrontation that Comes from Crisis. That’s the tough part. But, that is only part of the story. We have also begun to see the comfort from God in the midst of the crisis.
Isaiah was the messenger of God during a part of ancient Israel’s history that is filled with crisis. Isaiah would prophesy the coming judgment of God on Israel (really Judah). But, as is so common in God’s Word, this message of God’s judgment was always tempered with the message of God’s grace. And the message of God’s grace to Israel through Isaiah is that though judgment is coming in the form of invasion of a foreign army and subsequent exile, there will be a return to the land of promise.
In sum, we can summarize this message of comfort in these broad ideas. We find our comfort in who God is, what God is doing, and Sunday, we add to that, “What God will do.”
What is God going to do? I pray that you find comfort for your crisis in “What God Will Do.” Join us on Sunday.
I want to share an important message with you Sunday night during our 6 p.m. service. I will be sharing some changes that are coming to Sunday School and worship on Sunday mornings beginning January 2019. As we pray and prepare for these changes, I want to be able to share with you why I believe these are necessary changes.
Looking forward to a great day Sunday!
Horatio Lord Nelson lived from 1758-1805. The son of a clergyman, he joined the British Royal Navy when he was 12 years old. He became a Captain when he was 20. He was heralded as a daring leader who won many a victory for the British. One of his greatest victories was over the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon planned to invade Egypt so to restrict Britain’s trade routes. On August 1, 1798, Nelson came upon the French Navy in the waters near Alexandria, Egypt, in what would later be referred to as the Battle of the Nile. Upon spotting the French warships, one of Nelson’s men said, “If we succeed, what will the world say?” Nelson immediately responded, “There is no if in the case. That we shall succeed is certain!”
As believers in Jesus Christ—that we will succeed is certain! There is no “if.” But, we live like there is an “if.” We act like there is an “if.”
In Ephesians 6:10-18, we are reminded that we are in a battle. The battle is real. The battle is intense. The battle is with a powerful enemy, Satan, who is out to destroy us. But, I don’t see the “if.” I see the victory, and the source of our victory is our faith. According to verse 16, we are to “in every situation, take the shield of faith.” With this resource of faith, we get the promise, “And with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
When Admiral Horatio Nelson knew that the Battle of the Nile was won, and he saw what an overwhelming victory it was, he sent word to his superiors that “Victory is not strong enough a name to describe the scene.”
We are in a battle. Our battle is against Satan, called the evil one, in the text. But, thanks be to God, victory is not strong enough a word to describe Christ’s conquest over Satan. Let’s live like that is so.