Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrive safely
Because we sail to close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And our efforts to build a new earth.
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Disturb us, Lord, when
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
A horse can’t pull while kicking.
This fact we merely mention.
And he can’t kick while pulling,
Which is our chief contention.
Let’s imitate the good old horse
And lead a life that’s fitting;
Just pull an honest load, and then
There’ll be no time for kicking.
Monday, June 25, 2007
The group had surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the dog, he went over and asked "What are you doing with that dog?"
One of the boys replied, "This dog is just an old neighborhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we've decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the dog."
Of course, the pastor was taken back. "You boys shouldn't be having a contest telling lies!" he exclaimed. He then launched into a ten minute sermon against lying, beginning, "Don't you boys know it's a sin to lie," and ending with, "Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie."
There was dead silence for about a minute. Just as the pastor was beginning to think he'd gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, "All right, give him the dog."
This year's Vacation Bible School, "RESCUE ZONE", ranks near the top of the list of all the great VBS weeks in the last decade at FRMBC. It was a total success! We had a great week of Bible lessons and delicious refreshments, and the Lord blessed us with great weather for our outside activities.
On Tuesday night we had a special visit from one of the Flat Rock firefighters. He demonstrated some of the rescue equipment on the Fire-Rescue Truck. A few of the young people were allowed to take part in demonstrating how some of the equipment works. It was very educational and, at times, very amusing.
To close each night, Bro. Lentz and Bro. Rowland performed skits that related to the particular lessons. They were both instructive and very funny!
Our highest attendance was 72. Thanks to all our VBS staff for all their hard work.
Check out the pictures of this year's VBS at VBS 2007 Picture Album at the FRMBC web site. (Use the back arrow to come back to this page.)
Matthew 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." What is meekness? Well, let me tell you what it is not before I tell you what it is.
Meekness is not weakness. The word "meek" means "yielded." It literally has the idea of strength under control. When an animal, especially a horse, has been domesticated, it has been trained so a rider can sit upon its back or so it can pull a plow. The term "meeked" is used to describe what has happened to that horse. It had been broken. Now it yields to the rider or a yoke.
Meekness is strength under control. It’s what we exercise when a cruel, callous, cantankerous, old neighbor mistreats us, or when a short-tempered store clerk is rude toward us. We do this by submitting our circumstances to the Lord for Him to deal with. We do this because we can be confident that He will deal with those circumstances for our good and His glory (1Peter 5:7).
Here is the attitude of meekness in our Lord, as described in Philippians 2:5-8:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Do you know what gossips are? Gossips are people who rejoice in iniquity. They love to tell something. And yet when you love someone, as First Corinthians 13:6 says, you "rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth."
By the way, it is not an honor to you if somebody gossips to you. They want to use your ears for garbage cans. Like a lady said, “You know, my pastor said, ‘Don’t say anything unless it’s good’, and boy, is this good.” They rejoice to spread news that is not theirs to spread.
Gossips seem to be glad about injustice. They seem to delight in saying bad things about other people. You tell them something bad and they say “Aw, that’s too bad. That’s too bad. Is there anything else?”
A wise man has said, “Before you listen to anything about someone else, before you say anything, you make it pass through these three gates: 1) Is it true?, 2) Is it kind?, 3) Is it necessary?”
John 13:34-35 says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
Monday, June 18, 2007
(Pictures taken by Katie Hugan)
Friday, June 15, 2007
A big head and a big heart can never be in the same person. Pride and love are in opposition one to another.
Do you know why there are quarrels in churches and squabbles between husbands and wives? Proverbs says, "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom."
There has never been a squabble, fuss, or division that was not caused by pride. There are never problems too big to solve. There are just people too small to solve them. We could solve the problems if we’d attack the problems rather than people.
Jonathan Edwards, said, “Nothing that puts a man so much out of the devil’s reach as genuine humility.” And it is love that enables us to be humble.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Bro. Matt Rowland started them out with some instructions, then an opening prayer, and they were ready to play; and boy did they play! Both teams did a tremendous job on offense and defense. There were several times when both goalies made spectacular saves. At half-time the score was 3-0, the green team was in the lead.
During half-time, the kids were able to get refreshed with some Hi-C and water. The kids took a break on the front lawn and Bro. Rowland gave a brief Bible devotion. After prayer the second half began.
The red team shut down the green team in the second half and even scored a point. However, they came up short and the green team won 3-1. Everyone had a great time and they are all looking forward to the next game two weeks from tonight.
(Note: Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)
There are three reasons for obedience. A slave obeys because he has to. An employee obeys because he needs to. But a loving son obeys because he wants to. So many of us live like slaves, when Jesus has said, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:15). I don’t work for my salvation – that work has been done by my Lord. But, I will work like any slave for the love of God. What about you?
“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.” 1 Corinthians 9:19
Monday, June 11, 2007
This Tuesday Kids Soccer for grades 1-4 will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m.
The Youth Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball ministries are scheduled to start this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and run through 2:30 p.m. However, we're running into some scheduling problems so we may reschedule those ministries for Thursday nights at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
These events will include Bible devotions given by Bro. Matt Rowland and Bro. Tom Cavanaugh.
Pray that we'll have good turn outs at these ministries and that we'll reach young people with the gospel.
Last night's high school graduation fellowship for Tom Cavanaugh turned out great. We're excited for Tom as he begins a new chapter in his life. Tom plans to go to college at U of M in Dearborn. With Tom going to college nearby, it will enable him to continue to be active here at FRMBC. Tom will be working in our summer basketball ministry that we're starting.
Tom, we are thankful for the Lord's blessing upon you and we will be praying for you that the Lord will lead you in His will for your life.
May the Lord always be at the center of your life and know that you have a lot of people at FRMBC who are...
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
I hope it becomes a useful tool for the edification of the Body of Christ at FRMBC.
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