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Mimi Blais Concert
God at Work!
As I look at the Church (the "body of Christ" around
the globe) and the world, I see more and more evidence of biblical prophecy
coming true. It is easy to see how the world is becoming more antagonistic toward
Christians who believe in the One True God of the Holy Bible. Most news sources
fail to report the persecution and even mass killings of those who follow Jesus
in predominantly Islamic lands. Even here in the U.S. we see increased persecution
and the pressures of "political correctness" to silence Christians
from the public witness of their beliefs. Our own military is a place where
"biblical beliefs expressed" are sometimes viewed as "hate speech"
against laws and regulations. Pressure is used to silence our Christian troops
who are charged with protecting our freedoms, including our freedom of speech.
Where is their freedom? Seeing all this (and much, much more) I have to ask:
"where is God at work?"
Throughout scripture and history we see evidence of the "people of God" becoming lax in living out their faith over periods of time. God always sent His messengers (prophets, priests, pastors, evangelists) to call people back to their faith or "first love" relationship with Him. God is at work! He is still doing that today. But, as then, not everyone will listen. Those who do listen and respond will be strengthened in their relationship with God. Others will go their own way, or the way of the world. They are not willing to "live out" their faith. It is not real to them. It is talk, but not walk. Jesus spoke of them in scripture and said they use His name, but He does not know them. (Matthew 27:21-23)
God is at work! He is growing His Church in faith and strength. More believers are growing in their walk with Christ, even when it is not easy. In lands where persecution is strong, many Christians are standing firm and being a witness for Christ Jesus, at times even to their earthy death. The strength of Christian witness is growing stronger in our nation as well. Many have started to speak out and petition our government over our loss of religious freedoms. Several large Christian owned companies are standing firm against government mandates to provide so called "health care" benefits of abortion through abortion causing drugs, to their employees. Because of their Christian faith and the biblical principles upon which they founded and continue to run their businesses they cannot in "good faith" be a party to the taking of a baby's life. Praise God and pray for them as they take their stand. Hopefully, all God's people will support them, especially in prayer!
Although many Christian students, teachers, parents, community leaders and even pastors and priests have conformed to the pressures of "political correctness" over the past three decades, that seems to be changing a bit. We see more folks standing up and speaking out about their religious rights in this free nation. We are only free if we continue to act on our freedoms. We must remember what America's founders made clear in the second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights "
Our Rights come from God, not from government. God is at work through those who will still spread the "good news of Jesus Christ" to friends, family, neighbors and even strangers. Live out your biblical principles as you walk with Jesus and be ready with an answer to explain about the hope within you. (1 Peter 3:15)
God is working through our current situations to bring His people closer to Him. He is giving His strength to those willing to trust in Him. Are you allowing Him to work in your life? Are you drawing closer to God as the world becomes more hostile to believers? Are you living your life to please God or to please people? You will find strength for today and hope for tomorrow in Christ alone!
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:7-8 NIV)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
1 Leviticus 13
Good News at FBC
Super "Souper Bowl" Luncheon
¨New Bible study beginning March 4 led by Sherry Grunhaus
¨Prayer Circles Bible Study was great and inspiring
¨Congratulations to Nancy Ayers on her retirement
¨Wonderful Sermon series through the book of Ephesians continues this month.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Begins Tuesday March 4 6:30pm
Come take a look at the first chapters of Exodus and see how God builds a nation; from the birth of Moses, childhood in a palace, the burning bush, to the final departure from Egypt. See what lessons can be learned from all this for us today. We'll also see how Jesus' death is foreshadowed in the last plague and other places and ways that he shows up. We can learn what God deems important then and now.
Sermon Schedule for March
March 2, Ephesians 5:1-14 Walk in Love and Light
March 9, Ephesians 5:15-21 Live Wisely
March 16, Ephesians 5:21-6:9, Godly Relationships 101
March 23, Ephesians 6:10-17, Spiritual Warfare
March 30, Ephesians 6:18-24, Prayer as a Weapon?
Mimi Blais in Concert
''Happy Birthday Nan!''
Pianist Mimi Blais, from Montreal, the Queen of Ragtime,
will present a concert in memory of her dear friend and colleague,
our beloved Nan Bostick at First Baptist Church. Menlo Park
Saturday, March 1st at 2PM.
Witty, colorful, poetic, energetic, romantic extraordinary, unbelievable..." words Mimi's fans around the world use to describe the unique performances of Montreal's undisputed "New Queen of Ragtime." A highly trained, gifted and internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Mimi also holds a degree in Performing Arts and can she ever perform, adding humor, history and no telling what persona to her highly entertaining presentation.
Saint Patrick, A Blessing
By Connie Line
In the year three hundred and eighty-five
A wee boy named Patrick became alive.
He was born in a family of aristocracy, not poor
And they were all Christian which meant even more.
In the country of Roman Britain he was born,
But Irish kidnappers came upon him and from his home was torn.
He lived as a slave shepherd for about ten years
But God had not forsaken him or ignored his tears.
God sent this lad of sixteen, a clear message to runaway
And that is what he did, on a ship one fine day.
Off to Britain he returned, hungry for God's biblical feast
And first became a missionary and then an ordained Priest.
Again He received God's message to return to the Emerald Isle
and teach them about Jesus and convert them from their pagan style.
He used the three leaf shamrock to teach the Holy Triune,
And converted many souls to God in hopes of Christ's return soon.