Posts by Valerie Austin

Posts by Valerie Austin

Midweek Update: August 10, 2022

Dear Faith Community Church Family, On Sunday we began our new series The Acts of Creation. As I mentioned during our worship service, we spent 46 sermons on the Book of Acts drinking in the beautiful work of the Word and Spirit in the early church. We beheld the reign of Christ in action over his people in this follow-up to Luke’s Gospel. Now, in The Acts of Creation we…

Midweek Update: August 3, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we begin The Acts of History sermon series. In this series we follow the powerful working of God from the beginning of creation to the consummation of the New Heavens and the New Earth. If we want to live faithfully and wisely in our times, we must understand our place within the great story of God’s acts in history. We get to that…

Midweek Update: July 27, 2022

Dear Faith Family, What a wondrous God we serve! We witness his glories around us and His mighty deeds in our lives. We have wrapped up our study of Acts that was entitled “You will be my Witnesses”. On our very first week of journey through Acts over a year ago, Pastor Rhett encouraged us to see Jesus as our North Star. As we brought our study to a close,…

July 20, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Friday morning I’ll be departing for Les Cayes, Haiti. I am eager to see how the Lord will use our team to further the advancement of the Gospel through us during this next week. In James 1:5, we read “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Please pray that the…

July 13, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This Sunday we come to the conclusion of our long journey in the Book of Acts. In this week’s passage, Acts 29:11-31, you can almost hear a sigh of relief in Luke’s words when he says, “And so we came to Rome” (v. 14). Of course, much still lay ahead of them–Paul’s trial before Caesar, in particular. But they had finally arrived at…

Midweek Update: July 6, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Much has happened since we were last together! I am thankful for the PCA General Assembly and for the extended time with family over the past few weeks. I’m also very grateful for our elders, and for Ted and Doug’s faithful preaching of Scripture in my absence. I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July, celebrating the freedom we…

Midweek Update: June 15, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, One important truth we learn in Acts 27 is that God’s protection of us does not always mean “smooth sailing” for us. This chapter tells the story of Paul’s wild, months-long voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to be tried by Caesar in Rome. It is a voyage that includes hurricane force winds, which leads eventually to the crew being shipwrecked…

June 8, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, As Christians we believe that because the Bible is God’s Word, it is our ultimate standard of truth and completely trustworthy to guide us and to give us solutions to life’s problems. Christians, however, can easily go wrong when we go to the Bible for solutions to our problems without ever allowing the Bible to define what the problem…

June 1 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we have the opportunity to welcome Rev. Scott Polender to our pulpit. Scott is a friend and a faithful servant of Christ. For the last several years Scott has served as the Director of Communications and Outreach with Caring Network, a long-time ministry partner of our church. On Sunday, Scott will share the Word of God from Micah…

Midweek Update May 25, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It was a joy to welcome our guests to the community lunch this past Sunday. Thank you to everyone who participated in the logistics of hosting the event, from designing invitations to preparing the various components of our meal. This was the third Community Lunch we have hosted this ministry year and each time the number of guests has continued…

May 18, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This past year we’ve endeavored to host a quarterly Community Lunch, which provides us with the opportunity to show hospitality to our friends, co-workers, and neighbors. My prayer is that our Community Lunches will be high points of the year for your friends and family; that they would come to experience the Gospel not only through…

May 11, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, God’s timing is always perfect. The last verse of Sunday’s sermon described how the risen Lord appeared to Paul in order to encourage him after such a difficult struggle in Jerusalem: “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in…

May 4 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It was a rough day for the Apostle Paul. After a riot at the temple in Jerusalem, the Roman commander brings the Apostle before the Sanhedrin to “get the facts straight.” The Sanhedrin was the highest Jewish court in Israel. Paul can barely get one sentence out of his month before things once again get ugly. In fact, Luke says that the…

Midweek Update April 20, 2022

Dear Faith Community Church Family, He is risen! It was a joy to hear many of you speaking these words to one another in our church hallways on Sunday morning. What a privilege it was to gather for both our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services to worship our Lord together. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who served in various ways at our Good Friday…

Midweek Update: April 13

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The opening words of Psalm 22 are probably familiar: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Even if you didn’t know that they are the words of David from Psalm 22, you might recognize them as the words spoken by Jesus as he hung upon the cross. Jesus speaks these words in utter pain shortly before his last breath. In the opening verses of…

Midweek Update: April 6, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt the week of his arrest and crucifixion the crowds gathered to celebrate the entrance of the King. The religious leaders, however, urged Jesus to silence the people. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees is a clear message of his kingship over all creation: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones…

March 30, 2022 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Luke and Acts are two volumes of one book. The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection begins near the end of the book of Luke and continues into the book of Acts. In Acts, the Apostles frequently bear witness to their King by suffering. Through their suffering they were pointing to the Suffering Servant, who gave his life for the sins…

Midweek Update March 23, 2022

Dear Faith Family, This Sunday, Pastor Rhett will preach from Acts 21:1-16 on the topic of “Paul Goes to Jerusalem”. Paul faced many trials on his missionary journeys, and Paul finds out that he is certain to face more trials as he reaches Jerusalem on God’s errand. Are you facing trials or difficulties, even as you serve our Lord? Know that our Lord will guide you and…

Midweek Update: March 16

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday, Don Johnson will share from Psalms 42 and 43. Together, these two psalms express the psalmist’s longing to be in the presence of the Lord. “As a deer pants for flowing streams,” the psalmist prays in the opening verse of Psalm 42, “so pants my soul for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). I encourage you to read Psalms 42 and 43 prior to…
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