Happy Wednesday, FCC! I hope you are well and I also hope you are bringing gospel wisdom from the Letter of James into your life. Remember, no matter what the trial is, no matter the intensity, James helps us take full advantage of every difficulty in our lives, and it starts by how we interpret and think about our trials. James calls us to consider our trials all joy! They are all joy, not because we get pleasure from pain, but because in the difficulty God is at work. James tells us that God is creating steadfastness in us (James 1.3). And trials and steadfastness are the ways that God creates in us Jesus’ character of humility, love, patience, self-control and goodness.
We continue our series in the study of James, called The Way: 12 Rules to Live by for An Inspired Life. This week we will learn Rule #1 from James: Let Mercy Triumph over Judgment.
We will also be celebrating communion together on campus and online this Sunday. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus' death, resurrection, and return and also for our unity together as a church. If you will be watching online, please make plans to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family.
The Hudson Area Food Shelf serves our community with volunteer help from the Hudson churches. FCC provides volunteers during the month of February, and we need volunteers to serve! The volunteer hours needed are weekday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm (M-TH) and Tuesday afternoons (4:00-6:00pm). If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Shirley Root at 715-410-2976 or email@example.com. Thank you!
According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, about 2,000 languages still need a Bible translation started. Knowing the Greek language is foundational to Bible interpretation. Come join with others at FCC to learn this key language! Classes will use the learning resources with “Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar,” by William D. Mounce.
2 Tim. 3:16-17 (The Word)
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
On Sunday, I shared the following poem during the sermon and mentioned that I would also include it in today's newsletter.
"I Asked The Lord That I Might Grow"
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.
‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.
I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
“‘Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.