Daylight Savings Time Begins Sun. March 9th
To avoid confusion regarding the time change, we as a church, will postpone the time change until
after Sunday School. Just come at the regular time then turn your clocks ahead after
Deacons' Meeting has been changed from
March 2nd to March 9th at 4:45 pm
in the Zaffke Bldg.
To view a beautiful new picture and Bible verse for each day,
follow the link below.
Life Style Worship
One of the distinct joys I have had through the years is either being mentored or mentoring another in the faith. I look back, a distinct group of men comes into view; men who spoke into my life at critical times. I did not realize the import and impact of what they were doing. In retrospect, they are now spiritual giants to me. They spent time with me, trained me in practical Christ-honoring living. I am so grateful to them and to the Lord. I also now realize how important it is that I assume a greater role of mentor as well as continuing to be a mentee. I just returned from a music conference where I reconnected with both mentors and former students. Wow! What a joy to see some of my “kids” now the major movers and shakers in their respective fields; and what a treasure to see my “profs” still moving, albeit, at a much slower pace. Many have gone home to be with the Lord. Such is life. I pray that you and I will continue speaking life to another pilgrim on the way. Only eternity will tell of the impact we will have on others. May the Lord find us faithful.
Thank you for the honor of serving the Lord with you here at FBC!
Soli Deo Gloria!
From the Heart of Pastor Keith
Did You Hear That?
It’s a fun story to tell children – you know about the little boy, Samuel growing up serving alongside Eli in the temple. Remember how one night the voice of God called his name? Samuel thought he was hearing Eli. He got up and went in to ask what he wanted. Eli sent him back to bed. Again God’s voice called Samuel and again he thought it was Eli. Again Eli sent the boy back to bed. Samuel had never heard the voice of God before. The Bible says, “In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” (Samuel 3:1) So Eli was not expecting to hear from God either. God had to call Samuel three times! Aren’t you glad He is persistent? Finally Eli realized what was happening and gave Samuel the proper instructions for when the Lord is speaking. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” (Samuel 3:9)
I’m glad we don’t live in those days when the word of the Lord was rare. I’m glad to know that God speaks regularly and clearly to His people today. The sad part about our time is how seldom His servants are listening.
It’s hard these days, isn’t it? We have a lot more background noise than little Samuel had to deal with. Lying in the temple where reminders of God’s presence were everywhere, the silence was easily broken with His still, small voice. But what must God do to break through all the noise and distraction surrounding us?
That’s why it’s not just good, it’s essential to find some quiet sanctuary on a regular basis and invite God to “speak, for your servant is listening.” If we can’t hear God, then what source of direction do we follow? Aren’t we left to our own ideas or the teaching of someone else? How do we know if they are listening to God?
The reason for so much of the corruption and self-destructive choices made by God’s people in the time of Eli was precisely because the word of the Lord was rare and there were not many visions. The people were not interested in hearing from God, and He, always the perfect Gentleman, would not intrude where He was not welcome.
The only condemnation that could be greater than not wanting a word from the Lord is having one and ignoring it. Is that the condemnation that will fall on our generation? We’ve heard God speak, somewhere mixed in with the din and confusion of our over-full lives, but are we really listening as eager servants, anxious to know and do God’s bidding?
Samuel’s response to God’s voice was more than a promise to hear Him out. By calling himself God’s servant, he was promising in advance to do whatever God asked of him. He listened for the sole purpose of obeying. It made all the difference in his life and in the transformation God was bringing to His people through Samuel. That is the way God still operates today. He speaks to listening servants. He changes the world through those servants. Did you hear that?