Posts by Valerie Austin

Posts by Valerie Austin

Midweek Update: February 24

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Consider this quote from A.W. Tozer, a writer and pastor: The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. The first obligation of the church is to be spiritually worthy to spread it.  (From A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men). Now Tozer is not saying, “Get your spiritual…

Midweek Update: February 17

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This evening we will hold our Lenten Prayer Service (6:30pm; no livestream, see below). Whereas during the season of Advent we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Jesus Christ, it is during the season of Lent that we prepare our hearts for the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our time together will in large part…

February 10 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, The book of Acts tells the exciting story of the early days of the church after Jesus’ ascension. It details everything from the conversion of the masses on the day of Pentecost to the martyrdom of Jesus’ disciples, such as Stephen and James. It follows the early Christian community as they bear witness to the truth of the Gospel. In…

Midweek Update: February 3

Dear Faith Community Church Family, On Sunday we concluded our series Called to Community: Five Features of Christian Fellowship, where we have been focusing on key passages of Scripture that help us understand what Christian community is from a biblical perspective. God himself has called us into community with one another and with his Son: “God is faithful, by whom you…

Midweek Update: January 27

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Our final sermon in our “Called to Community” series is this Sunday, when we will explore our call to a common mission (Matt 28:16-20). Christians are not just saved from sin, we are also saved to a life of purpose in joining with God in his intentions to bring all things under the lordship of Christ. As a church, we are…

Midweek Update: January 20

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christians need fellowship. The theme verse for our Called to Community sermon series says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:9). In a sense, fellowship with Jesus and with his people is something we already have as believers. However, fellowship is also something we…

Midweek Update: January 13

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In 1 Corinthians 3:16, the Apostle Paul says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” The word “you” here is plural. In the South (being from Alabama), we would probably translate it “Do y’all not know that the Holy Spirit dwells in y’all?” Paul is emphasizing the one Spirit that…

Midweek Update: January 6

Dear Faith Community Church Family, I was greatly encouraged by both our time of worship Sunday morning and our congregational meeting Sunday afternoon. It was exciting to come together in-person and online to share with you more about our church’s priorities following Refocus 2020. In particular, I shared “Our Community Core,” a summary of our purpose (Why are we here?),…

December 30 Midweek Update

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 Dear Faith Community Church Family, A year’s end is an appropriate time to reflect on God’s faithfulness, especially at a moment when many people are revisiting the difficult things about 2020. I hope you join me in thankfulness for God’s…

December 23 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, We have traveled the Advent journey together through Isaiah’s prophecies of hope and healing and now have come to the week when we celebrate the birth of the promised Savior, Jesus Christ. He has come as our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). At tomorrow’s Christmas Eve services,…

December 16 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church, In the Old Testament, when God’s people were exiled from the Promised Land, the reason was clear: God’s covenant people had refused to listen to his messengers, the prophets, who were urging the nation to repent of their waywardness and return in obedience to their covenant God. The captivity in Babylon that Isaiah predicts in Isaiah…

Midweek Update: December 9

Dear Faith Community Church Family, As the prophet Isaiah looks forward to the day of restoration and redemption that will come through the Messiah, he says, “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5) In the coming of Christ and through the proclamation of his Gospel, the glory of…

December 2 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Perhaps my favorite Advent quote (which I have undoubtedly shared with you before), comes from the pen of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A German Christian and martyr, Bonhoeffer was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. Writing from his prison cell on November 21, 1943, he said, “[A] prison cell like this is a good analogy for Advent; one waits,…

Midweek Update: November 25

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This past week, Amy-Jo Wierenga presented us with an album and a financial gift from the church on the occasion of our daughter Vivian’s birth. We can hardly express how surprised and moved we were by both the financial gift and the thoughts, prayers, blessings, advice, and Scripture collated in the album. We have put the album in…

Midweek Update: October 28

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday, we end our series in the letters of John with 3 John. Appropriate to this time of year, 3 John’s emphasis is hospitality. Biblical hospitality is ultimately a matter of putting others first (unlike Diotrephes, mentioned in the letter as “lik[ing] to put himself first.”) As we head to the polls this week and next,…

Midweek Update: October 7

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we have the opportunity to come together for an outdoor worship service and lunch. The worship service will begin at 11:00am with the outdoor boxed lunch beginning at noon. We also rejoice that this Sunday we will receive a new member, Jenny Johnson, during the service. Our text for Sunday is 1 John 5:6-12, where the Apostle John…

Midweek Update: September 30, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During times of struggle and difficulty, it can be more tempting to feel overwhelmed by the world than it is to believe that because of Jesus we have actually overcome the world.  “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world,” John tells us in 1 John 5:4.  When I read or watch news stories of turmoil, hypocrisy, and/or evil…

September 23 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Some of the Davidic psalms express wonder at God’s power and strength while others exude thankfulness for God’s goodness toward King David and toward his people Israel. However, there are other psalms of David, sometimes called “psalms of lament,” where he lays bare his anguished soul before God. Psalm 13 is one of these psalms. It begins, “How…
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