Posts by Valerie Austin

Posts by Valerie Austin

Midweek Update: July 8

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When you hear the word “Sabbath,” what comes to mind? Do you think of keeping the Sabbath as a duty, a day when you must rest simply because God has required it in the Ten Commandments? Or maybe the word makes you feel anxious because it’s a day when you want to rest, but you also feel the weight of all those things you have to do in the week…

Midweek Update: July 1

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We live in a culture of constant consumerism. When we are flooded with social media and advertising, we can easily begin to see ourselves and others as commodities instead of precious images of God. But this is not the way of Christ. We are told by the Apostle John, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the…

June 24 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Last week several of us witnessed a beautiful example of God’s unifying grace at work when over 70 people from multiple churches in West Chicago came together for a bilingual prayer walk for our city. As we walked the city, we prayed for local business owners who have been affected by the coronavirus quarantines, we prayed for our mayor…

Midweek Update: June 18

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It was wonderful to be able to join together for worship this past Sunday after so many weeks apart. I was greatly encouraged by our time together and was reminded once more of just how important it is to come together on a weekly basis to worship our God and to fellowship with one another as his redeemed people. This week, we will be…

Midweek Update: June 10, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, God has created us as people who yearn to be in fellowship with others. We have all experienced this deep desire for fellowship especially during these last several months. In fact, we long for fellowship because we reflect our God who has always, from all eternity, been in fellowship and relationship with himself: The Father, the Son, and the…

Midweek Update: June 3, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This week has been an extraordinarily difficult moment for our country in what has already been a challenging season. The recent unjust deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd demonstrate the continual issue of racism in our nation. As believers in Jesus, who is the Creator of all people, we mourn over the existence of…

Midweek Update: May 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Faith Community Church, Listen to these words of Jesus from the Gospel of John: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This statement is both bold and beautiful. First, Jesus is claiming that he alone is the source of life. If we want life, we must go to him for it. Second, the life that he offers is not a bare,…

Midweek Update: May 13, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Does this Proverb teach that if we simply hand over our plans to God we can be sure that he will put his stamp on them? What if we find our plans changing unexpectedly, whether they be financial plans, marriage plans, or college plans? What…

Midweek Update: May 6, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Not many emotions get their own color, but envy is one of them. When a person passionately desires something someone else has, we say they are green with envy. We might envy another person’s job, health, significant other, place on the basketball team, “perfect family,” or fancy house. Envy’s motto is, “I want that!” It is looking at…

Midweek Update: April 29, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Over the last couple of months, one thing that we’ve experienced is that a coronavirus pandemic provokes a wide variety of responses from people: fear, anxiety, anger, grief, but also love, mercy, and service. Times of crisis reveal our hearts. They reveal our strengths, but also our ways of thinking and acting that need to be changed…

Midweek Update: April 22, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, The shortest verse in the English Bible, John 11:35, contains two words: “Jesus wept.” This sentence, as Ted Powers shared in Sunday’s sermon, answers very simply, yet directly, some of our deepest questions. Questions such as these: Does Jesus care about my life? Does he know the level of anxiety and fear I struggle with on a daily…

Midweek Update: April 15, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This week I was reminded of a powerful quote by the Dutch Christian, Abraham Kuyper: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry ‘Mine!’” This past Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. His resurrection is proof that indeed Jesus reigns over…

Midweek Update: April 8, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The story of Holy Week is nothing less than the climax of the Gospel story itself. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has taken upon himself the sins of the world and has overcome the sting of death. We can rest assured that if he is Lord over sin and death, then he is certainly Lord over the Coronavirus. The death and resurrection of…

Midweek Update: April 1, 2020

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Holy week begins this Sunday, April 5. It is during this special week that we focus our attention upon the final days of Jesus’ life: his entrance into Jerusalem as the world’s only true King (Palm Sunday), his crucifixion outside of Jerusalem for the sins of the world (Good Friday), and his resurrection from the dead to reign as Savior…
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Worship: July 5, 2020 The Ways of the World and the Will of God