Hi, Faith Community! We have a LOT going on throughout the month of August. Thank you for reading today’s newsletter!
by Pastor Tim Prince
As a follow-up to Sunday’s sermon, I thought I would share an excerpt from a letter that John Piper wrote to a friend who was asking, “What do I do when I don’t desire God?” Here is a part of that letter:
“God’s word speaks often about ‘waiting’ for the Lord, as in Psalm 40:
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:1–2)
“How long was David in the miry bog? It doesn’t say. But what is clear from all the psalms is that the psalmists never forsake God when they feel like he has forsaken them. Something holds them.
“Not only does the Bible speak of waiting for God in the miry bog, but it also speaks of true believers walking in a kind of darkness. Perhaps you have considered this word from Isaiah:
“Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
who equip yourselves with burning torches!
Walk by the light of your fire,
and by the torches that you have kindled!
This you have from my hand:
you shall lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50:10–11)
“We may not be able to describe adequately what it means both to walk in darkness and to trust the Lord. They seem contradictory. And yet there it is. I’m suggesting that it would mean this: When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, inasmuch as by grace it remains in you, don’t let go of the One you knew in the light. Keep holding on, if only, it may seem, by your fingernails. Know this: his hands are on his children’s fingernails — day and night. Pray for dawn and deliverance. From where I stand at age 72, I believe I can encourage you that it will come.
“I’m not going to give you a list of ways to fight for your joy… What I am doing in this letter is simply reminding you (1) that God is present in the darkness, (2) that he is holding on to his people when they feel barely able to hold on to him, and (3) that though you may feel unsure of your salvation in this struggle, you may be totally sure you will not have salvation if you give up the struggle and walk away.
“May I recommend a song about God’s precious keeping power? In the last several years, the song 'He Will Hold Me Fast' has gone deep with me and become very sweet. I love the robust congregational affirmation of this recording of Capitol Hill Baptist Church singing it.
“I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path.
For my love is often cold,
He must hold me fast.”
To read the entire article, “When I Still Don’t Desire God,” visit: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-i-still-dont-desire-god
This week, we will be giving our hearts attention to Psalm 139 and the amazing prospect, that a God whose attributes we can only catch a glimpse of, makes himself known to us through language. In mercy, we will see how huge God is and how in humility he enters our world. He enters our world to let us know the good news, not only that we are deeply known, but that God is deeply present for and around us. When seen rightly from the heart, such knowledge of God leads to a response of inviting him, to search us, try us and lead us.
Invite a friend! See you on Sunday!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Real You. Real God.” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
This Sunday, online registration opens at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app for FaithKids LifeShaping (Kindergarten through 5th grade), Awana Clubs (age 3-years to 6th grade) and the Refuge (6th-12th grade).
More than 130 volunteers are needed on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Awana Clubs (for ages 3-years to 6th grade). It involves a couple of hours on Wednesdays, and all materials are prepared for you (no preparation outside of Wednesday nights!). Just come share God's love with children and help them learn about the Word, the Bible. Opportunities include: group leaders, co-leaders and listeners. Stop by the Awana Clubs table in the lobby this Sunday, Aug. 11, to learn more. For more information, contact Awana Commanders: Kim Grosz, 715-386-1447 or Lisa Burton, 715-222-5657.
You’re invited to experience the miracle of life by observing a live ultrasound taking place this Sunday, Aug. 11, after both the 9 and 11am services in Rooms 1 and 2 (enter just off the Refuge Lounge). Representatives from one of FCC’s partners, New Life Family Services, will perform the ultrasound. Everyone is welcome! The mother will be behind a partition, and the ultrasound will be projected onto a screen.
Another one of FCC’s partners, Options for Women of River Falls, will also have representatives at FCC this Sunday, Aug. 11, as we start our annual baby bottle fundraiser in support of Options for Women. If you’d like to help support Options for Women through this fundraiser, please pick up a baby bottle, fill it with your pocket change (or other donations in support of Options for Women—Please make checks payable to Options for Women. Any check made out to FCC cannot be forwarded/cashed on behalf of Options for Women.), then return the bottle to FCC in the next few weeks. Thank you!
The company that hosts FCC’s FaithBase app and online giving will be performing some maintenance, beginning on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 11:00pm Central and ending by Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 5:00am Central. During this time, online giving, online registrations and the FaithBase app will be unavailable.
Romans 8:38-39 (Trials)
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and have committed to following Him, but have not been baptized as a believer, we would love to celebrate this step in your faith journey with you! Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more information. Please contact Becki at email@example.com or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, August 12, if you are interested in being baptized.
Pastor Tim Porter returns on Aug. 25 from his sabbatical to conclude the “Real You. Real God.” sermon series. We’ll be celebrating FCC’s 35th anniversary and also looking forward to what’s next at FCC. And, we will be commissioning our newest pastor, Pat Stream, Pastor for Biblical Counseling.
We have several ways to serve our middle school and high school students. Take a look through the listings under SERVE at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app, prayerfully consider serving in one of these areas, and then contact Ben McMullen, Director of High School Discipleship, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jake Pierson, Director of Middle School Discipleship, at email@example.com. Thank you!
Pastor Tim Porter is now on sabbatical until August 25 to rest, refresh, recharge and learn. Please pray for him and his family. Thank you!
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.