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Orphan Sponsorship: Starting this Sunday


Along with our new Cross Training series that’s beginning this Sunday morning, we’ve decided as a Sunday School class to sponsor an orphan through Compassion International‘s sponsorship program (we got the confirmation today!). Y’all know that it’s extremely easy to go through every day of our busy lives and forget that there is a huge world out there that Jesus loves just as much as he loves Fairdale, Ky. In 3 John 1:4, the apostle John says that he has “no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” John shows the rest of the church what God’s heart is for all people — to walk in the truth, by worshiping Jesus Christ as risen Savior and King. Children in particular have a special place in Jesus’ heart and so they should have a special place in our hearts as well. When the disciples tried to stop a group of little children from getting to Jesus one day, he rebuked them saying “”Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)  I hope and pray that as a class and as a Church this step in serving and loving “the least of these” will set fire to our hearts, and give an unrelenting passion to love well, love often, and love for the glory of Christ.

‘Hank

P.S. – Youth, don’t forget: bring 50¢ to Church on Sunday so we can start raising our money for this month!



Giving to People “Where they Stand”


If you’re ever looking for some good reading choices to strengthen your faith and encourage your Christian walk, picking up a good Christian biography is definitely a good bet. There are a host of good biographies out there on missionaries, preachers, Christian farmers – soldiers – and even Christian home-makers. John Piper even does a series of sermons that are Christian biographies that are absolutely amazing.

In a biography on the famous Christian writer and literary critic G.K. Chesterton, I found an awesome testimony on the kind of “givers” we should be for the Lord Jesus Christ. It ties in perfectly with the very thing our pastor is talking about this week on his blog. The author writes this about how Chesterton gives money to beggars:

“He seems so frivolous and so careless, but he gives money to beggars, not friviously or carelessly, but because he believes in giving money to beggars, and giving it to them “where they stand”. He says he knows perfectly well all the arguments against giving money to beggars. But he finds those to be precisely the arguments for giving money to them. If beggars are lazy or deceptive or wanting a drink, he knows only too well his own lack of motivation, his own dishonesty, his own thirst. He doesn’t believe in “scientific charity” because that is too easy, as easy as writing a check. He believes in “promiscuous charity” because that is really difficult. “It means the most dark and terrible of all human actions — talking to a man. In fact, I know of nothing more difficult than really talking to the poor men we meet.” He says that if we really believed in democracy, we would not be debating about what we should do with the poor; the poor would be debating about what to do with us.” – from Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, by Dale Ahlquist



Death – Sermon Jam by Paul Washer


This video is amazingly powerful. Jesus is such a mighty King, and such a great Savior!



Cross Training (Ct) Starts this Sunday @ 9:45am


Did Jesus really have to die on a Cross to pay for our sin? Was it really God’s plan from all along? What’s the big deal with sin, forgiveness, and stuff like that anyways? How come pastors are always saying “the Gospel” is so important and so powerful? Can what happened at the Cross really change MY life?

Starting this Sunday morning at 9:45am in the YouthRoom, we’re going to start answering questions just like that. We’re calling the series “Cross Training”, because it’s gonna be all about training our minds and hearts in the truth, power, and conviction that we find in the Cross of our Lord. The effects of what Jesus Christ accomplished at the Cross press into every single aspect of our entire life. The fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified on two wooden beams on a hill outside of Jerusalem has everything to do with the fact that you are sitting at a computer reading this post right now. No death was ever like His death. No life was ever like His life. No power was ever like His power. Just as the song says, He really does

[Break] the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me
.”

To keep up with the lessons and the study, you’ll be getting your own Cross Training binder that you can add to every week, and allow you to use for your own studies when we get finished this semester. Plan on coming Sunday, and let us look to the Cross together and see the power of the King who chose to die there for us.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” – (Col 2:13-14)
‘Hank


DNow “Resolved” Recap


This year’s Disciple Now officially came to an end yesterday morning. Not only did the 3 inches of snow not stop us, it was just another addition to an absolutely awesome weekend! Our Youth group turned out in force on Friday afternoon for a DNow weekend that showed us that God is resolved to save sinners by the person and work of Jesus Christ, and that because of the power of God’s spirit within us, Christians can and should be resolved to follow Him with all our hearts.

The Lord showed himself gracious yet again with providing amazing small group leaders to lead the small group Bible studies at our host homes, and powerful teaching and preaching by our weekend’s speakers. Our worship time with the band was convicting and humbling as we considered that “What we proclaim is not ourselves”, and our service opportunity at the homeless shelter was a great opportunity to put that to practice. Many youth shared their excitement over what God had begun to do in their hearts this weekend, and all of us were encouraged to see the power of God at work through the study of His Word.

The good news for us is that God not only works on DNow weekends (of course), but has been at work from eternity past, beginning, continuing, and eventually finishing the good work that he has purposed to do in us. There is nothing more awesome than a God like our God, and there is no hope like the hope that He has given us in Jesus Christ. “Thank you Lord, that you resolved to save sinners at your cross. Amen.”

(For more pictures click here and there are more coming soon!)

‘Hank



Disciple Now — “Resolved”: THIS WEEKEND! What you need to know…


That’s right — this year’s Disciple Now is this weekend (January 8-10th)! There is snow in the forecast and a million other awesome things planned to help us press in to know the Lord Jesus better this weekend. With school starting back and the rush of the holidays behind us, this is a perfect time to get our hearts and minds back on the  most important thing in the universe: knowing God! We’ve got some awesome teaching planned, solid time for hanging out and plenty of opportunity to make this a weekend that will change your life. You are not going to want to miss it!

Where to be and When: The DNow weekend kicks off this Friday (January 8th) at 5pm at New Heights Baptist Church. You can meet us there OR you can drop your stuff off at our church, FBC Fairdale, at 4.30pm and ride with us to New Heights.

What to bring: You MUST bring your signed medical release form (you can print one off under the “Forms” link at the top of this page or you can pick up a copy this Wednesday at church). Also you will need $30 to cover the weekend (food, tshirt, lodging, etc.) If money is an issue, come anyways and let one of our leaders know and we’ll get you covered. We never want any youth to miss any event because of money. Our Church is more than willing to help you out. We just need to know. And finally you need to bring: a Bible, pencil/pen, notebook, sleeping bag, pillow, personal products, towels, and a weekend’s worth of clothes.

If you have any questions, email me or come to the YouthRoom Wednesday night and ask Drew.

See y’all on Friday!!!!

‘Hank



Gearing Up for Disciple Now: January 8-10


It’s about that time folks! This year’s Disciple Now is coming up on January 8th-10th.

We’re gearing up for the best D-Now yet, and you’re definitely going to want to be a part of it. There’s only a few days left to make your plans, and invite your friends! Be sure and bring your t-shirt order form to the YouthRoom on Wednesday so we can be sure and order enough awesome shirts for everyone.

Know to Grow,

‘Hank



Knowing God was born like this…


From John Piper at Desiring God:

In this smelly place he lay,
Smelly like the swine,
Smelly like the rotting hay,
Like your sin, and mine.
Do you see how low he lay?
Do you see how low?
There is lower yet to go.
Lower yet to go.

He is lying where they eat,
Lying where the swine—
Lying like a piece of meat
Where the hungry dine.
Do you see the flow complete
Do you see the flow?
There is greater love to show
Greater love to show.

Such a happy toddler there,
Happy like the birds,
Happy like the morning air
Filled with happy words.
Does he see or know or care?
Does he see or know:
O, how deep will be his woe
Deep will be his woe?

Knowing God was born like this
Knowing this is he,
Knowing somehow this is bliss
For the swine and me,
Is this loves full glow and kiss?
Is this love’s full glow?
There are deeper things to know,
Deeper things to know.

Mary musing every year,
Musing on her son,
Musing with a rising fear
Who will be the one:
Who will strike the blow and spear?
Who will strike the blow?
Does she know that blood must flow?
Know that blood must flow?

Jesus hanging on the tree,
Hanging like the meat,
Hanging there for swine like me,
Gives his flesh to eat.
Here is Life brought low and free.
Here is Life brought low.
O, how vast the debt I owe
Vast the debt I owe.

I hope you feel the same undeserved debt to the grace of God this year because of Christ. What an amazing Savior we have!



Quote of the Day


“To be much for God, we must be much with God…” – Leonard Ravenhill, “Why Revival Tarries”



Born Again to a Living Hope


Tonight in the YouthRoom, Drew brought the Word to us out of 1 Peter 1:3-9.  The apostle Peter had a whole lot to say about the need that every person has for salvation in Jesus Christ, and how that salvation delivers us from the penalty of sin in the past, the power of sin in the present, and the presence of sin in the future. That kind of news changes lives and we got to hear and see that in the Bible tonight. Nobody can ignore the brokenness that comes with a life lived in bondage to sin. Our youth especially know the pain, guilt, and regret that comes with sinful hearts that refuse to honor God in their thoughts and actions. But, praise be to God, there is the good news that Jesus Christ came — on the very first Christmas about 2,000 years ago — to live a perfect life on our behalf, and then to die a death in which he took all our sins upon himself. He canceled all the debt that we owed to God because of our sin. He delivered us and set us free — causing us to “be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

That salvation is for everyone and anyone who is willing to humble themselves and call out to God for forgiveness in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) As a church and a youth group, we want every person to know that the greatest gift they could ever receive this Christmas would be to be born again to a living hope by faith in Jesus Christ. May this be the year that you find your hope in the Savior who was born, crucified, and risen for you!

‘Hank

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