A good article to encourage you to (prayer) action during this time.
"Jesus is our refuge and protector. He is our help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
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• We pray that the Lord of Peace would use HIs people during the Olympics to proclaim the truth of Christ as the one and only permanent peace. We pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in South Korea who have the opportunity to share the gospel and love of Christ to people from across the world.
• We pray for the Justice Team, and that God would help all of us to make good decisions that uphold a Biblical worldview and not just a societal posi...tion. May He give us strength as we work to counter the cultural input with His godly standard.
• We pray for Jim and Elaine Schmidtke (AIA). The MLS pre-season has begun and AIA is trying to help get a new ministry started up with the Minnesota pro team. We ask God to find favor for Jim's mission team with players, coaches, and staff.
Thursday, Feb. 15 @ 1:30 p.m. - English Conversation Group
Friday, Feb. 16 @ 9:15 a.m. - Women's Precept Bible Study
Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 7 p.m. - Justice Ministry Meeting at church
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• We pray for those that are unchurched around us. We pray that the Holy Spirit creates in us a greater sensitivity to the needs in their lives and their openness to an invitation to worship.
.• We pray for the few Christians in North Korea, that parents have opportunities to live out the gospel, even when they can’t speak of their faith with their children. We pray that God would protect these families throughout the generations....
• We pray for the Dugal family in the passing of Wayne’s mother. We ask that the Holy Spirit comfort them with a peace that surpasses all understanding to guard their hearts and minds.
February 5 – Owen Tyndall
February 10 – Roy Larson
February 10 – Andrea Ticknor...
February 15 – Matt Beier
February 23 – Katheryn Ramirez
February 27 – Steven Brendemuehl
February 28 – Pastor Nick Cannell
February 1 – Roy & Robyn Larson
February 3 – Tim & Julie Holt
February 27 – Patrick & Wendy Bauder
If you have a special occasion that we have missed, please let us know! Contact Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org
We wanted to let you know of the passing of Wayne Dugal's mother this past Sunday. Please hold this dear family up in prayer over the coming days. Our deepest sympathies to Wayne, Kelly, Philip (Katie), Lauren, and Andrew.
Service details below.
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The book of Proverbs is divided into two parts.
Chapters 1-9 are essays or poems in praise of wisdom.
Chapters 10-31 are brief snapshots of life.
"THE POWER OF THE TONGUE" Proverbs 18:21
I) DEATH WORDS:
a) RASH (Proverbs 12:18)
It's all in your delivery. The words you choose make a difference.
b) DECEPTIVE (Proverbs 12:19-22)
You can pull off a "dog & pony show" or deceive others for a while, but it will catch up to you, AND, whether it catches up to you or not, are you honorable to God? Are you prone to embellishment? Do you make excuses? Do you tell 'white lies'? They are all abominations to the Lord.
c) DELICIOUS (Proverbs 18:8)
Gossiping words penetrate to the innermost parts - it sticks with us. They are sweet to our ears, but are harmful to our soul.
II. LIFE WORDS:
a) TIMELY (Proverbs 15:23)
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, seize the opportunities in front of you.
b) PROTECTIVE (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Speak up for those who can't defend themselves - the voiceless, the unborn, the trafficked, etc. Am I cultivating an awareness of the marginalized? Am I willing to speak out?
c) PREACHY (Romans 10: 14-15)
Be preachy in a good way. Share God's word with those who have not heard. Be one with beautiful feet and a beautiful voice.
May the Lord use our words (that reveal our heart's condition) to align with Scripture. May our words be controlled, powerful, and engender life for those we encounter.
The choice is yours. Will you choose words to bring death or words that give life?
To listen to Pastor Nick's sermon in its entirety, go to http://fccdublin.com/sermons/listen
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• We pray for Gregg and Gail Peters (VALOR), that Gail would have wisdom in knowing where to invest her time and for her meetings with some international women on campus. We pray that Gregg will make the most of every opportunity God gives him while he is with the Marines for the next two months.
• We pray for our annual congregational meeting. We thanks God for the privilege of worshiping in His church and the continued care of His people. We ask fo...r guidance, unity, and wisdom, as we look to all that He has for us in the coming year.
• We pray for our nation on this Sanctity of Life Sunday. We pray for mothers in crisis pregnancy situations, that they would find help and choose loving options such as life through adoption. We ask that God grant to the people of this nation the will to do good, to flee from evil, and to practice all righteousness. Make us respectful of life and caring for one another in mercy and truth.
We will hold our winter congregational meeting on Sunday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. We will receive a financial report from our treasurer, vote on the 2018 budget, as well as vote on the pastoral search proposal. There will also be brief staff reports.
As in the past, we will have a pizza dinner preceding the meeting at 5:30. Please contact Pastor Doug, Pastor Nick, or Hope Boothe if you are coming for the dinner and how many in your family will be joining us. Thank you!
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"Questions of the Heart" Proverbs 3:1-12
The Lord is not so interested in our appearance but it's our heart. As David said in Psalm 51, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." This passage gets to the heart of the matter - our core, our heart before God....
• Am I cultivating a Teachable Heart? (vs. 1-2, 11-12)
The sense that you are in harmony with your Father in Heaven. That peace that surpasses all understanding in your heart because you are abiding in God's teaching. You experience shalom. We are open to teaching and also to discipline through a fellow believer, a sermon, a circumstance. Don't just "manage" life, be open to be a teachable disciple of Jesus.
• Am I cultivating a Gracious Heart? (vs. 3-4)
Be known for grace. Be a loyal, faithful person and your steadfast love for the Lord and others will build a good reputation in the sight of God and man.
An illustration by Kay Warren - https://goo.gl/Se96mh
• Am I cultivating a Humble Heart? (vs. 5-8)
Don't try to figure out everything on your own. Let the Lord lead you. Let Him be in control. Walk humbly. Trust! He will lead us into green pastures (Psalm 23).
John Ortberg shares a story by Dallas Willard in "God Is Closer Than You Think" - Dallas Willard (who lost his mom as a young child) writes of a little boy whose mom had died. He was especially sad and lonely at night. He would come into his father's room and ask if he could sleep with him. Even then, he could not rest until he knew not only that he was with his father, but that his father's face was turned toward him. "Father, is your face turned toward me now?" "Yes," his father would say. "You are not alone. I'm with you. My face is turned toward you." When at last the boy was assured of this, he could rest.
Dallas Willard concludes, "How lonely life is! Oh, we can get by in life with a God who does not speak. Many at least think they do so. But it is not much of a life, and it is certainly not the life God intends for us or the abundance of life Jesus came to make available."
• Am I cultivating a Generous Heart? (vs. 9-10)
The First Fruits were required in Jewish tradition - not the leftovers. This was stewardship. The Lord will provide for us. Your barns will be filled. There will be plenty in your life. We are called to the kind of faith that it takes to be a First Fruits giver. This honors our Lord.
Luke 6:38 "give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
No matter how much you have, what kind of heart do you have?
These are the conditions of a person who is aligned with God.
Do you need to make an adjustment? To repent? Lord, please help us to cultivate a heart that honors you.
To hear Pastor Nick's sermon in its entirety, go to http://fccdublin.com/sermons/listen
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If you have missed church, you might have noticed on the fccdublin.org website, that a new year has brought a new sermon series. The Book of Proverbs is teeming with wisdom and insight for the successful navigation of life. It truly is a gift from God. Please join us for this life-changing series of sermons from a remarkable portion of God's Word. ** Sunday mornings at 10
Note: you can catch up by listening to the archived sermons under the "sermons" tab on our site, as well as companion questions to help you apply God's Word to your life.