Don’t forget to nominate your choice for deacon. You can vote in 2 ways. Call Nikki, and you can vote with her over the phone, or contact Jonathan to receive a link to vote online through text or email.
The deacon election is open to all church members.
Thank you FBC church family for you many expressions of love, including the cards, phone calls, memorial gifts, and most of all for your prayers through the years for Jimmy and most especially these last couple of months for our family. We are so blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring fellowship. We love you.
Brenda Lee, Vicky Vincent and family and Michelle Taylor and family
Giving As of August 12
Budget for 2020 . . . . . . . . $326,787.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . $188,531.10
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $162,950.49
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,284.37
Tithes Received this week . . . . $4,931.64
Sunday School Books
Next Quarters Sunday School books are now available outside of Nikki’s office. Please stop by and pick one up. If you know of someone who might need one delivered, please let us know.
From our Pastor
One of the worst mistakes we can make as believers is to become comfortable or complacent about our spiritual condition. We can become casual about sinful patterns or habits by rationalizing “after all, I’m not perfect.” It is easy not to pursue spiritual growth and maturity aggressively by thinking “I’ll never be some ‘spiritual great.’” Such thinking makes us comfortable at our current spiritual level.
While such thinking is easy, it is also dangerous. It not only leaves us at a lower level than God intends for us, but it actually creates adversity and brings us to a lower level.
This is illustrated by Israel in the Old Testament. In Numbers 33:50-56, God warned Israel of complacency. He reminded them that He had promised the land of Canaan to Israel and that He would fulfill that promise. They simply needed to trust Him enough to drive out the inhabitants by faith. God made it clear that He would give the victory.
What would happen if Israel became complacent and did not completely drive out the inhabitants of the land? In verses 55-56 God said, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live. As I plan to do them, so I will do to you.”
Did you see God’s warning? By not driving out the inhabitants Israel would suffer more than the loss of opportunity. Those nations would be a source of trouble. In fact, God would give those nations victory over them! Israel would lose territory that they had already won! Israel would literally lose ground!
Believer, that warning screams at us. If we fail to make progress in the Christian life and by faith purge sinfulness out of our lives, we do not remain static. Those sinful traits will grow and cause us increasing trouble. We will actually lose ground. Instead of God’s guidance, strength and blessing, we will increasingly experience His discipline. We must actively seek to grow in our Christian life.
Believer, take an inventory of your spiritual life. Identify those areas that need to be defeated and possessed. Trust God’s strength and power through His Holy Spirit to make it happen.
SUNDAY SCHOOL LIVE STREAM
Carl Hobbs, the teacher for Christians Under Construction, is teaching live on Facebook each Sunday at 9:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to join.
To Join: Search for Carl Hobbs on Facebook. You will then see a link to join on his page.
Call Jonathan if you have any issues.