Posts by Valerie Austin

Posts by Valerie Austin

Midweek Update: April 17

Dear Faith Community Family, When I was in elementary school I always looked forward to the day when I got to do “real” science experiments in class. Finally in high school we had the opportunity to use a Bunsen burner and “high school level appropriate” chemicals to carry out experiments. Of course, the aim of most senior high experiments is to observe and record how…

Midweek Update: April 10, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When you hear the word “Sabbath,” what comes to mind? Does it evoke a sense of joy and thankfulness in your heart? Or does it–as it does for many Christians–conjure up ideas of rules, regulations, and restrictions (“I can do _____ on the Sabbath, but not _____.”)? In our passage for Sunday, Mark 2:23-3:6, Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for…

Midweek Update: April 3

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In Christ, we are a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have died with Christ and have been raised to new life to serve him as our Savior and King. Praise God that all our sins have been nailed to the cross! It was a joy to worship with you at our Holy Week services. As disciples of the risen Lord, we are called to bring the good news of…

Midweek Update: March 20, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. When we refer to our Lord Jesus Christ we are saying Jesus is the Anointed One, God’s Messiah. In the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7), the Messiah is God’s promised coming king–a descendant of King David, who will reign as king over Israel forever. Scripture shows us that Jesus Christ is…

Midweek Update March 6, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Sunday evening I had a wonderful time joining you for pizza and prayer at our Kingdom Prayer Gathering. It was such an encouragement to pray with you as brothers and sisters in Christ that the Lord would transform our community by the power of the gospel and would use our church to reach our neighbors for Christ. Our sermon passage for this…

Midweek Update February 21

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Has there been a time in your life when you were struggling, and you knew Jesus was able to help you, but you wondered “Is he willing to help me? Does he want to help me?” This is an important question, and the Gospel of Mark shows us how Jesus responds to those who come to him with their needs. In our sermon text for this Sunday, Jesus heals a…

Midweek Update February 7, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  “A prayerful Church is a powerful Church.” Charles Spurgeon once spoke these words to his congregation at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. And the London pastor was absolutely right. The flipside to Spurgeon’s statement is also true: a prayerless Church is a powerless Church. Why is this the case? Because prayer is the God-ordained means to bring…

Midweek Update January 31, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, In Mark 1:17, Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). We saw on Sunday that the word “become” entails a deep change or transformation, not wrought by our own strength but given to us as a part of our identity. This is why Jesus says, “I will make you become fishers of men.” As…

Midweek Update January 24, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Sunday’s passage, Mark shares with us the message that Jesus was preaching as he began his public ministry: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14-15). Following the…

Midweek Update: January 17, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, The word gospel means “good news.” We saw on Sunday how the arrival of this good news was prophesied all the way back in the time of Isaiah: Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”…

Midweek Update: January 10, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The new year has arrived and with it we begin a new sermon series for Sunday morning worship: Follow Me: The Gospel According to Mark. I’m excited to embark on this new journey in Mark’s Gospel with you, and to spend an extended time as a congregation beholding Jesus, our living King. The sermon text for this Sunday will be Mark 1:1-13.…

Midweek Update: January 3, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It is officially the fiftieth anniversary year of Faith Community Church! Praise God for his faithfulness to our congregation. He has proved himself over and over to our church and he continues to work in and through our congregation! I am excited, as I know you are, to celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness in 2024. The celebration…

Midweek Update: December 20, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christmas is upon us! This coming Sunday is both the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. On Sunday morning, we’ll light the fourth candle in our Advent wreath, remembering the love that motivated God the Father to send his Son into our world as a human to be our Savior and King. Our text for Sunday morning’s worship is Haggai…

Midweek Update: December 13, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The theme for the third Sunday of advent is joy. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 the Apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Advent offers us the opportunity to exercise the disciplines of joy, giving thanks, and prayer. You might be…

Midweek Update December 6, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent, sometimes called “Peace Sunday.” You may find it hard at times to trust that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. We can be cynical about that reality when we turn on the news or navigate family tension. In the midst of chaos, our hearts long for order. In the midst of conflict, we ache for…

Midweek Update: November 29, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Advent is upon us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems that no matter how much our family tries to prepare for Christmas, it always catches us a little by surprise. As you probably know, the word “advent” means “coming;” it is the season in the church calendar when we prepare to celebrate the first coming of…

November 15 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When we are secure in God’s eternal covenant (as every Christian is), God himself equips and enables us to follow his will in pleasing him. This Sunday we conclude our sermon series The Glory of Christ with Hebrews 13:20-25, a passage that—fittingly—closes with ascribing glory to Jesus. Click here for the livestream to Sunday’s worship service…

Midweek Update: November 9

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It’s so exciting to see our Called to Flourish Vision Campaign starting to bear fruit! At this point, we have raised $188,632 in pledges, allowing us to move forward with significant building renovations and improvements. You have probably noticed the new flooring in several of our classrooms. Additionally, work has begun to…

Midweek Update: November 1

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Every nation and every kingdom will one day come to an end, but the kingdom of God is everlasting. “Therefore,” says the author of Hebrews, “let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). The kingdom of Jesus will not falter or fail, and the King of this kingdom reigns forever and ever. As believers in Jesus,…

Midweek Update: October 4, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, One of the clearest and theologically rich passages on generosity in the Scripture is found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Paul writes 2 Corinthians for two main reasons: First, to respond to people who were saying Paul had suffered too much in his ministry to be a true Apostle (Paul responds by saying that suffering is the means by which God…
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