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Upcoming Events
JAN

18

THU
Trustee's Mtg
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FBC Ewing
Exec. Board Mtg
7:00 PM
FBC Ewing
JAN

22

MON
Pastor's Prayer Meeting
9:00 AM
Pastors invited to meet for prayer weekly on Mondays at FBC Ewing. Contact Russell Brownell at 573-248-7328 for more information.
Sewing Session
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sewing at Ewing for teddy bears and Project Dignity pads. Come and go as you are able from 2 pm to 8 pm. Contact Violet Brownell at 573-248-8870 for further information.
JAN

25

THU
WMU Quarterly Mtg
9:30 AM
Meeting at LaBelle. Meeting ends with carry-in lunch.
JAN

29

MON
Pastor's Prayer Meeting
9:00 AM
Pastors invited to meet for prayer weekly on Mondays at FBC Ewing. Contact Russell Brownell at 573-248-7328 for more information.
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MSWSBA MESSENGER

Moving Into 2018

 

King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), despite a life full of many sins.

 

One of those sins was of unnecessarily counting the troops in Israel and Judah, instead of trusting God there was sufficient military strength for the tasks at hand. (2 Samuel 24).

 

God allowed repentant David to pick the punishment of three options, but David deferred to the mercy of God. The Lord set the punishment as a three-day plague. After the plague had stopped, David sought to buy land to build an altar.

 

The property owner said he would give it to David, plus the wood and oxen for the altar. David insisted on paying for it, saying “… ‘No, I will surely buy it from you for a price, nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which cost me nothing’…” (2 Sam 24:24, NKJV)

 

As the year 2017 is gone, having been replaced with 2018, perhaps we remember past sins, but want to offer ourselves as forgiven saints in renewed service to the Lord. But as God extended mercy to David, so he will to us as well. In our quest to serve God better, let us consider the sacrifices we make to be the people God wants us to be. Our sacrifices should cost us something – time, power, clout, money, or something that is important and/or of value to us.

 

Salvation is not works-based, because who could ever do enough. But out of gratitude for the grace we’ve received through Jesus, we should be willing to extend something of ourselves so the Lord may be worshipped and honored and served.

 

Happy New Year!

Dan Steinbeck, Moderator

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Lewistown, Missouri 63452
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