Archive for November, 2015

Preparing for Worship – November 29, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

We Lift You Up
Blessed Assurance
All Creatures of Our God and King
Show Us Christ
Jesus, Thank You

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “The Infinite Dimensions of Christ’s Love for Us” based on Ephesians 3:17-19. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Andy Winn and Ross Smith
Leading in Praise: Ross Smith and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Jason Burgin

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Deacon Nominee Testimony

Josh Snyder

I was raised in a culturally Christian home. We prayed before dinner, went to Church intermittently, and always celebrated major Christian Holidays. I went to a Christian College that had mandatory chapel attendance and Christian worldview and theology classes. Throughout all of this time, I considered myself a Christian. I knew the right answers in Bible studies, I could describe a Christian worldview, and could even fit in with some of outward appearances of being a Christian. During these years I was blessed with many academic and athletic gifts. I had become the quintessential fulfillment of the American dream. If only I were to work harder and study harder than everyone else, I would be successful. I flourished under the pressure and the enjoyment of competing against my peers and classmates intellectually and physically. In short, I had built a foundation of self-reliance and pride, and had no need for God in my life. I was after all physically and mentally strong. At least so I thought.

It was after graduating from college, entering graduate school, and marrying my high-school sweetheart Kristen, that my man made foundation began to crumble. I was newly married and under pressure to lead and provide for my new bride. Suddenly, I was in a situation where my intelligence wasn’t enough anymore. I couldn’t simply work harder. The pressures of outsmarting those around me were starting to chip away at my pride, arrogance, and self-reliance. Worry, dread, and fear started to build in my everyday life. It was July 9, 2006, at a dinner for my one year wedding anniversary when I thought I was having a heart attack. My wife rushed me to the hospital. We spent our first anniversary in an emergency room and I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. From there the battle waged and became scarier with each passing day. Countless dinner parties and nights out were abandoned because of panic attacks or the threat of having one. Then my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and we were moved almost 600 miles from home. My anxiety was worsening by the day. The almost daily panic attacks and the exhausting worry had been taking a toll on me and my wife. My Godly wife stood by me throughout the entire process and cared for me in an incredible and sacrificial way. However, I could tell she was just as exhausted as I and that something had to change.

Looking back it was clear that God was leading me to Him, in every panic attack He was slowly, painfully, and systematically crumbling the foundation of my old self. Like a master architect and carpenter He was preparing to rebuild me through a new solid and unshakeable foundation in Christ. It was at this time that my Dad gave me a Daily Bible. I began reading it daily and I took it with me everywhere. Suddenly scripture for the first time seemed to come alive. I remember reading one night 2 Corinthians 12:10 “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I struggled and prayed through this verse for over a year. What did it mean to be weak? Why would Paul be content in these weaknesses? Finally, one night as I lay in bed, I realized my intellectual and cultural Christianity had to die. I repented of my pride, my arrogance, and my self-saving worldview. I asked God for forgiveness and for His salvation. I became weak so that the power of Christ and His resurrection would save me. It was here, that true healing began.

Incredibly, my anxiety resided (not immediately) but a few short months thereafter. It was clear to me that God had used this struggle to bring me back to Him. I am now healed of the constant worry and overwhelming anxiety that I was once enslaved to. Thanks be to God that I am now a bondservant of Christ. My wife and two daughters have been through a lot together the past few years, and have seen God’s grace and remarkable power work in unimaginable ways. I am truly humbled and blessed to serve FBC and will pray for the strength of the Saints at FBC to know the Love of Christ.

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Preparing for Worship – November 22, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

Come, Thou Fount
Hallelujah for the Cross
He Is Jesus
Blessed Assurance
Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Christ Spreads a Feast in Your Heart” based on Ephesians 3:16-17. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Andy Winn and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Zachary McKeel
Baptism: Andy Winn

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Preparing for Worship – November 15, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

You Alone Can Rescue
Here Is Love
Behold Our God
I Will Glory in My Redeemer

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Prayer for Christ to Dwell in Us” based on Ephesians 3:14-17. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis and Jared Snead
Leading in Praise: Jared Snead and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Chris McKeel
New Member Sunday: Andy Davis

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Preparing for Worship – November 8, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

Oh, Praise the Only One
Across the Lands
Come, Ye Sinners
Psalm 62
Beautiful, Scandalous Night
The Solid Rock

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “The Eternal Mystery Revealed and Proclaimed” based on Ephesians 3:1-13. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Wes McKay and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Andy Barringer
Testimony: Kyle Mercer with Andy Davis

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