FBCP July 2016 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
“Who Fights Your Battles For You”?
It was a dark day for the people of Judah, a massive army from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir was coming against them. The odds were seemingly insurmountable. It says “Jehoshaphat feared” , he felt afraid. What do you and I do when we feel afraid. Do we hide, cower, give in to the fear, overreact, get angry, run away etc. It says Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord. The Hebrew word used here for “set” is “natan”, which is the same word used for “give”. He felt the fear but instead of allowing it to control him he gave his fear to the Lord. He then called for a sacred assembly of the people a fast and prayed (2 Chron 20:6-12). The Spirit of the Lord comes upon Jahaziel and he says the following:
17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you." 2 Chron 20:17 (NKJV)
In obedience they trust the Lord, in fact Jehoshaphat sends out singers and those who would praise the Lord ahead of the army and it says the Lord set up ambushes against them and completely and utterly destroyed them. When we are obedient to the Lord, trust Him and are doing His will we do not have to fight the battle unless He instructs us to and then we do it His way and with His power. We are free from fear because the battle and it’s outcome become His problem not ours.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
In this issue:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
1 Malachai Walker
5 Walda Stowe
5 Mike Robinson
20 Rick Carpio
22 Juanita Grevalsky
25 Al Covell
2 Ben Walker
6 Ruth VanEssen
22 Constance Robinson
25 Jean Covell
5 Jerry & Sally Bogner
12 Jim & Lena McMillem
17 Tom & Carolyn Umble
3 Todd & Susan Smith
8 Al & Jean Covell
16 C. J. & Georgene
Youth Group News
The youth group will be starting a Bible study series on July 27th called Winning Spiritual Battles, based on the high school study book by Jim Burns. This is a 12-session study that includes activities & worksheets for small groups. We're looking forward to this new structured study on Wednesday nights. Jim Burns is President of HomeWord Ministry and Executive Director of HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azuza Pacific University. For more information on the study go to:
Schedule for Sundays in July
Schedule for July
July 3 Potluck after morning service. We'll supply the hot dogs if you will bring the side dishes; salads, beans, chips, dessert, anything that goes with hot dogs!
July 10 Sunday evening concert with Rich and Judy Cottingham. Rich and Judy have been attending FBCP for several months now. They have a ministry in music which we are sure to enjoy!
July 17 Baby dedication for Ezekiel Glasenapp, mom and dad are Josh and Gabriella Glasenapp.
Tentative: Workday at church end of July. More later. There's lots to be done so
everyone is needed.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen recently took a weekend bicycle trip to participate in the burial of a village chief. He has been so busy with the new University that he has not made trips to the surrounding villages, as he has previously done. He found many signs of trouble - environmental degradation due to farming practices, a pastor suspended for sorcery, and a lack of educational opportunities. All of these will benefit from the new University in Kikongo, which will teach good agricultural practices, will produce trained teachers, and will give future pastors a firm theological grounding. The arrival of a new doctor for the Kikongo Hospital, after several months without a doctor, has resulted in saved lives (a woman was suffering from internal infection after a c-section, but now she is recovering and is able to nurse her two new babies!), and also led to a confrontation with sorcery when some of the University students attributed the woman's illness to sorcery and acted on that idea, but were rebuked for their actions by Glen.Rita writes about the celebration of Independence Day (June 30) in the Congo. Some of the students are putting on a "concert on the green" there. This is something well-known here, but very new there! Rita also writes of the impact of health-care, especially on children and babies who have health challenges. Rita is continuing with her task of organizing the UNIBAC library. She and a helpful volunteer are "reclassifying, labeling, repairing books, and entering all the books into a computer", which "requires lots of time". Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee will be at Deaf Nation World Expo in Las Vegas in early July. The Collins have settled in to their new location in New Mexico and are enjoying the ministry partnership with the Deaf Bible Society.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - The Noyes, stationed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continue to work in the areas of literacy, rural health care, and agricultural development.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - The Wiesners are currently gathered in California for daughter Rebekah's wedding on July 8th.
Plans are going forward for the new learning center, named "Cornerstone"!
Pray for a good group of students (they hope for 20) for the school's opening in August, 2016.
Jews for Jesus - A Jews for Jesus Passover celebration in Belarus drew a total of 122 people, of whom 47 were Jews who do not yet embrace Jesus as Messiah, 45 were recent Jewish converts, 10 were well-established Jewish believers, and the last 10 were non-Jewish believers. Pray for the 47 non-believers, and for improvements to religious freedom in Belarus, where those who are not Orthodox or Catholic are subject to discriminatory treatment.
Children's Ministry and VBS Report
We have been having a great year so far. We have lost one nursery teacher for the 3rd & 4th Sundays of the month as well as still needing someone on Wednesday nights. If you would like to volunteer please contact Pam Wrobel. We are so blessed to have our children learning the Word of the Lord. We look forward to seeing more spiritual growth in all of us as we serve our Lord. Thank you for these little opportunities. -
Children's Ministry Staff
VBS was super. We have the perfect staff for all the children. The Lord is good! His mercy endures forever. We were able to raise over $285 for 4 Corners Ministry as well as the children bringing in many supplies. We're already talking about next year. We would like to thank all the staff as well as the Lord Jesus for a successful VBS. Look forward to next year.