James 12: Submit Your Suffering to God

September 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series-The Book of James: Faith + Action

Message: Submit Your Suffering to God

In James 5:7-20, we learn that we must give or submit our suffering to God.

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September 6th News: James 5:7-20

September 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series-The Book of James: Faith + Action

This Sunday we will conclude our study of the Book of James by seeing another area of life that we are called to submit to God. Last week we talked about submitting our treasure– money and possessions– to God. This is no easy task. And this week, we address, perhaps, an even more difficult area of life that we need to submit to God: suffering.

James ends his book where he started by talking about trials and testing. He was writing to Christians who were undergoing great persecution and suffering, and James wanted to focus their attention on God.

He is writing to us as well. We all experience suffering in life. In fact, many of us are in the midst of very difficult and trying situations right now. What does James say to us?

To prepare for this Sunday, read James 5:7-20 and James 1:2-4 (you will see how he begins and ends on the same topic). And come Sunday ready to lay whatever you are dealing with at the foot of the cross. My prayer is that you will find encouragement and hope in the words James shares– the words God wants you to hear this Sunday.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Each Wednesday we meet in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:30pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Sunday, September 20th at 2:00pm

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March 15th News- Blessed are the Persecuted Part 2

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Series:BE-Atitudes

This week we will continue our series on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

As we listen to Jesus’ words here, we discover that he is describing a new way for us to live right-side-up in an up-side-down world.

The eighth Beatitude is found Matthew 5:10-12

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Last week in part 1 of “Blessed are the Persecuted”, we talked about how God works in powerful ways as his followers experience persecution. We also saw that a key to enduring persecution is by keeping our minds and hearts focused on heaven.

This week, in part 2, we will look at a Biblical character as he endures persecution– and honestly struggles with it. Yet, in his story, I believe that God provides some principles that can help us all as we face persecution of various kinds.

To prepare read the story of John the Baptist (Luke 1; John 1:19-34; John 3:22-36; Matthew 11:1-11; Matthew 14:3-12).

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Bible Study

Our Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, January14th in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:15pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm

Join us at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

 

March 8th News- Blessed are the Persecuted Part 1

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Series:BE-Atitudes

This week we will continue our series on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

As we listen to Jesus’ words here, we discover that he is describing a new way for us to live right-side-up in an up-side-down world.

The eighth Beatitude is found Matthew 5:10-12

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In this last Beatitude, Jesus presents a challenging reality for all of those who follow him. He tells us that persecution will come– and that we are to rejoice in the midst of this persecution. These are incredible words. How is this possible? Why does it happen? How are we to live in this reality?

We will spend the next two weeks pondering those questions. I believe this Beatitude is especially relevant for two reasons:

1) Events taking place in the world right now

2) The approach of Easter

To prepare, read Matthew 5:10-12, John 15:18-20, John 3:16-21, and Hebrews 12:1-3.

 

Also…REMEMBER TO MOVE YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Bible Study

Our Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, January14th in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:15pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm

Join us at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

 

Philippians 5-JOY in Jesus

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Series: Philippians

In this  message we see that Paul has a view of life and death that can sustain him through any circumstances.

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Philippians 4-JOY in Suffering

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Series: Philippians

Paul write the letter to the Philippians while he is in prison- probably chained to a guard at all times. He says this is a good thing. How does he have such a perspective? And, more importantly, how can we have that perspective when we face trials in our lives?

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Philippians 1_Paul and the Church in Philippi

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Series: Philippians

This is the first message in a study of the Book of Philippians. To understand this incredible book, we need to understand the author and the theme. As we see in the Book of Acts, Paul had an experience with God that set a foundation to carry him throughout his ministry.

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The Lord of the Story– Jonah and the Storm

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Series: The Lord of the Story
In this message, we look at the story of Jonah and see that it is very much like our story– but it is also part of a bigger story that God is still telling.

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January 19th News

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Last week, we began a new series at Grace Family Fellowship called The Lord of the Story.

I had planned on starting the series with the story of Noah and the Flood. But as I was thinking about it, I decided that we needed a bit more of an introduction into our look at God in the Old Testament. The reason? Well, sometimes look at the God of the Old Testament with fear and trepedation. He can appear unfair, angry, and, well, kinda mean. But when we see Jesus, we have a different picture. Kind, gentle, merciful…

As we look at stories form the Old Testament, we must keep in mind that the God of the Old Testament and God of the New Testament are the same. And over the next several weeks we are going to see that.

In addition to Sunday mornings, we will use our Wednesday night Bible studies to look more deeply into each story and see how they can apply to various areas in our lives.

This week we will look at the story of Noah and the Flood. Although most of us know the basics of this story, we will learn that is a valuable and encouraging message for today. To prepare, read Genesis chapters 6-9.

This will be a great series for those of us who are familiar with many of the sotries of the Bible, but never have actually read or studied them. One goal for 2014 for our church is to become more “biblically literate”- personally growing in our knowledge of Scripture.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on last week’s topic– The Lord of the Story

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Russell House Ministry

January 19th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

May 18th, August 17th, November 16th
 

 

January 12th News- New Series!

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This week we will begin a new series at Grace Family Fellowship called The Lord of the Story.

In his Word- the Bible- God gives us stories about people just like us facing the kinds of issues that we face. We see how God intervenes and interacts within the story and how those within the story respond. As we study these stories we discover that they are our story as well.

For several weeks we will look at stories from the Old Testament and see, not only how they relate to us today, but how they relate to the bigger story of God’s redemption of a fallen world.

In addition to Sunday mornings, we will use our Wednesday night Bible studies to look more deeply into each story and see how they can apply to various areas in our lives.

This week we will look at the story of Noah and the Flood. Although most of us know the basics of this story, we will learn that is a valuable and encouraging message for today. To prepare, read Genesis chapters 6-9.

This will be a great series for those of us who are familiar with many of the sotries of the Bible, but never have actually read or studied them. One goal for 2014 for our church is to become more “biblically literate”- personally growing in our knowledge of Scripture.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

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Russell House Ministry

January 19th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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