GREETINGS, FBC FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
Today we will lay to rest Dixie Thornton who passed away last Friday evening. Services are this morning at Turner Funeral Home with visitation at 10 am and funeral service at 11 am and burial to follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery. We remember Dixie as a faithful servant of Christ, committed to missions and missions education in our church and around the world. We extend Christian sympathy to Tommy and his family as they grieve her passing.
MACH 4 Men's Ministry: This evening, MACH 4 will meet at Oak Christian Church at 6 pm for a meal and fellowship. Since it is close to Valentine's Day, men are encouraged to bring their wives for the meal. Please let Barry Kagay know ASAP if you plan to attend at email@example.com so that they can have adequate food prepared.
THE LORD'S DAY (2/12):
Super Bowl Sunday. We will have our annual chili cook-off and watch party that evening, Lord willing. Specific times are pending, but those bringing chili for the competition usually need to have them there around 4:00 to allow plenty of time for judging. Soups are also welcome and appreciated, but will not be part of the chili contest. I would also encourage you to bring items for the Living Hope Food Pantry. During the month of February, they would appreciate:
ICYMI: Last Sunday's sermon audio on "The Seeing Are Blind, and the Blind See" Luke 18:31-43
Other previous messages are archived here. Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the edited service video.
FIGHTER VERSE: Our Fighter Verse this week is Psalm 37:[1-2], 3-4
[Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.]
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE The Five-Day Bible Reading Plan is attached to this e-mail for your convenience. You may want to access additional resources to support your reading available at this website. Daily Bible reading is one of the leading indicators of spiritual growth and vitality in the Christian's life. I want to encourage you to read through the Bible, or ...
...LISTEN THROUGH THE BIBLE As I shared last week, we now have access to multiple ways where you can listen to someone read the Bible to you. If you would like to hear the King James Bible dramatized, you can. If you would like to hear Max McLean read the ESV, you can. If you would like to hear David Suchet read the NIV in Oxford accent, you can. The apostle Peter describes the power of God's word this way in 1 Peter 1:22-25 (quoting from Isaiah 40):
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
BONUS: By now, most of you have heard about what happened at the Grammy Awards last Sunday night. For those who haven't heard, it was basically a musical tribute to Satan. If you want to hear (or read) more about it, I suggest the insightful episode of The Briefing with Al Mohler from last Tuesday. His analysis is spot on as usual.
BONUS BONUS: Keith and Kristyn Getty are coming to Midwestern Seminary on Sunday evening, March 26. You likely associate them with songs such as "In Christ Alone" and "The Power of the Cross." They have been a blessing to the church at large, and they are well worth seeing in concert. Tickets are $25 for general admission. For more information, visit this website.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon