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FRIDAY TOP FIVE
Category: Friday Top Five|FMFB.Church | 08/20/2018

COLE & KAITLEN RHOADES Cole Rhoades is the prospective Associate Pastor of Students and Worship. The Rhoades served as IMB Journeymen for two years in East Asia. Cole has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry (Minor in Music) from | Read More

  1. COLE & KAITLEN RHOADES
    Cole Rhoades is the prospective Associate Pastor of Students and Worship. The Rhoades served as IMB Journeymen for two years in East Asia. Cole has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry (Minor in Music) from Howard Payne University and a Masters in Worship Leadership from Dallas Baptist. Both are originally from Sweetwater, Texas.
  2. SUNDAY FUNDAY
    Sunday will be a fun day! It start with small groups at 9:15a. Cole & Kaitlen will walk around and visit each group. Then at 10a enjoy some coffee and donuts in the Worship Center for an informal meet-n-greet. Cole has planned some great songs for worship and we’re studying Acts 9. A brief member meeting will follow the worship gathering. There’s a  group headed to El Chico for lunch (see Linda Fenley for more info).
  3. BACK TO SCHOOL SPLASH
    Hope you all had a great summer! It’s time to kick-off the Awana year on Wed, September 5th. Join us for hamburgers and hot dogs around 6:00-6:30. Stick around to visit other Awana families as the kids play. We will have a water bounce house and some kiddie pools for the littles. Let your child wear a swimsuit or shorts and bring towels. You may want to bring lawn chairs for outside. They will have a blast playing in the water! You can register for Awana on this website.
  4. PRAYER CHAIN UPDATE
    We apologize for Friday’s snafu if you received ‘meaningless’ messages. If you’d like to join our prayer team all you have to do is text PRAY to 972.818.5672. As we receive urgent requests throughout the week, we’ll share them and you can pray for them. Save this number so you recognize it when we send you a message.
  5. BE A BRINGER
    Sunday will be a great day. You can help make it an even greater day by bringing someone with you. Invite them to join us for donuts and stay for worship. As we’ve been reading through Acts the church scatters and spreads the word. It may be a different day, but the goal is the same. Let’s go out and share who God is and what he has done.
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UNSTOPPABLE | WEEK ONE
Category: From The Pastor|FMFB.Church | 08/14/2018

NEW PURPOSE Acts 9 is a turning point for the book and a person. Paul had big plans; yet, he didn’t know God had bigger plans for Paul. Suddenly, Jesus appears and disrupts his plans. The vision of the Risen | Read More

NEW PURPOSE

Acts 9 is a turning point for the book and a person. Paul had big plans; yet, he didn’t know God had bigger plans for Paul. Suddenly, Jesus appears and disrupts his plans. The vision of the Risen Lord forever changed the trajectory of his life. The Lord powerfully placed other disciples along the path to prepare and teach Paul. There was Ananias who baptized him and helped in his first steps. Then Barnabas comes along and stands up for the former persecutor. Only God could orchestrate these intersections. Quickly, Paul moves from the persecutor to the persecuted. From this point forward, much of the action and advance centers on Jesus’ work in & through this man. Despite suffering and attacks, Luke writes, ‘the church had peace.’ The greatness of God was greater than machinations of man. The major figure and hero in Acts 9 is not Paul; it’s Jesus. The chapter closes with two special lives changed by God’s power. No one is beyond the reach of the Good Shepherd.

Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 09 this week:

Acts 9v1-3
Is the road you’re on leading you closer to Jesus?

Acts 9v4-9
How was Paul different after this encounter?

Acts 9v10-19
What helps overcome our reluctance to obey God’s voice?

Acts 9v20-31
What is Paul’s next step on this new journey?

Acts 9v26-43
How can FMFB bring joy to the city?

The Small Groups will study Acts 09 beginning Aug 26.

Sunday will be a fun day! The Lord works everything according to his purpose. As we’re looking at Acts 9 and Paul’s call, we’ll potentially be calling our next associate pastor. It is exciting. God has person for this place. There are greater days ahead if we follow in his steps.

He’ll be leading worship this Sunday at 10.30a. Prior to worship, enjoy some coffee and donuts together in Worship Center beginning at 10a. I’ll be looking for you, friends!

 

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FRIDAY TOP FIVE
Category: Friday Top Five|FMFB.Church | 08/13/2018

BACKPACK BLESSINGS Students and teachers, start your year off right with our prayers and blessings. Bring your backpack, lunchbox, tote, whatever and we’ll pray for your year ahead. Kids will begin worship with us in the worship center. SUNDAY MISSION | Read More

  1. BACKPACK BLESSINGS
    Students and teachers, start your year off right with our prayers and blessings. Bring your backpack, lunchbox, tote, whatever and we’ll pray for your year ahead. Kids will begin worship with us in the worship center.
  2. SUNDAY MISSION SUPPER
    Willie is preaching from Acts 8 in the 10.30a worship gathering. That evening at 5p Willie & Emily will share about their work in South Asia. Dinner will be provided in Fellowship Hall. (If you could help serve, email Donald). Friends are welcome.
  3. MEET PROSPECTIVE STAFF
    The candidate for Associate Pastor of Students and Worship will lead worship next Sunday. There’ll be coffee and donuts prior to worship at 10a in the Worship Center. You’ll be able to visit with he and his wife. A brief member meeting will follow the worship gathering.
  4. UNSTOPPABLE SERIES
    Continuing in the book of Acts, this week we’re kicking off a new mini-series called Unstoppable. Acts 8-12 chronicles the spread and expansion of the church. The purpose of every disciple is the mission of God. With that as your life mission, nothing can stop you because nothing stops the advance of the gospel. We pray that we’ll find encouragement, empowerment, and hope in these chapters.
  5. JULY NUMBERS
    July numbers are now available
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RADIANT CHURCH | WEEK 8
Category: From The Pastor|FMFB.Church | 08/07/2018

SCATTERED Following the instructions of Jesus, the church was to spread the gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and beyond. In Acts 8, the Lord utilizes the persecution to spread the church. A new section begins that leads to the | Read More

SCATTERED

Following the instructions of Jesus, the church was to spread the gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and beyond. In Acts 8, the Lord utilizes the persecution to spread the church. A new section begins that leads to the mission appointment of Barnabas and Paul in Acts 13. Persecution and opposition could not stop the Lord and his people. Everywhere they went they took the Word and witness of the Spirit with them. People were hearing and families were being saved. Cities experienced real, lasting joy not because of government but the gospel. There was revival. Church leaders make disciples and raise up new leaders. In the midst of revival the Spirit moves a great Graham-like evangelist to the sticks. The Lord had an appointment with an influential African who could spread the gospel onto another continent. Left in the hands of the Lord, the impact of the church is beyond belief.

Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 08 this week:

Acts 8v1-8
How did the Lord bring abundant victories out of apparent defeat?

Acts 8v9-13
What is true greatness in the sight of God?

Acts 8v14-25
How do godly leaders equip and lead the church?

Acts 8v26-31
Will you go where the Lord sends?

Acts 8v32-35
Will you share what the Lord has done?

Acts 8v36-40
In what ways are you on mission with Christ?

The Small Groups will study Acts 07 beginning Aug 12.

I am happy to announce our search team invites you to hear and meet a prospective candidate for Associate Pastor of Students and Worship next weekend. He and his wife will spend the weekend meeting and connecting with different groups. On Saturday, August 18, at 5p, students and their parents can enjoy some food and games with the possible Student Ministry Leader. On Sunday, August 19, at 10a, there’ll be coffee and breakfast treats in the Worship Center for an informal reception with the prospective couple. He will then lead us in song and worship. A brief member meeting will follow the worship gathering. It’ll be great!

I’ll give you more details this Sunday. You’ll learn their names this Sunday. It is exciting. God has person for this place. There are greater days ahead if we follow in his steps.

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RADIANT CHURCH | WEEK 7
Category: From The Pastor|FMFB.Church | 07/31/2018

RESISTANCE & REJECTION Acts 7 contains the answer of Stephen to the question of his critics (cf Acts 6.13-14). He ignores the deceit and slander. He turns their attention to the story of scripture and responds to his opponents with | Read More

RESISTANCE & REJECTION

Acts 7 contains the answer of Stephen to the question of his critics (cf Acts 6.13-14). He ignores the deceit and slander. He turns their attention to the story of scripture and responds to his opponents with the Word of God. What they charge is new and blasphemy he counters. God’s rescue through the gospel began long ago with Abraham. The prophets are the key witness. Israel time and time again rejected by God’s servants and his word. Nothing changes with Jesus. Except Jesus is the true and greatest prophet. As he draws to a conclusion, he offers an invitation through rebuke. You can continue to reject Jesus and resist the Spirit. He implicitly invites them to receive Jesus as Savior and yield to the Spirit. Resistance leads to rejection. Stubbornness, pride, and rebellion has so hardened their hearts they once again kill one of God’s choice messengers. Stephen becomes the first martyr. Like Jesus, he dies outside of the city with grace on his tongue. He is a witness in his life by his words and in his death.

Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 07 this week:

Acts 7v1-8
How did God change Abraham’s life?

Acts 7v9-16
What happened to Joseph & how did God use it?

Acts 7v17-34
What did Moses’ learn about God and his plan?

Acts 7v35-43
How God’s people respond to God’s redemption?

Acts 7v44-50
What was God’s design for the tent and temple?

Acts 7v51-53
How are you resisting the Spirit?

Acts 7v54-60
How does Stephen make much of Jesus?

The Small Groups will study Acts 06 beginning Aug 05.

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