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“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

This verse addresses something that everyone wants, especially in our day. How can I remove fear and replace fear with love? The teaching in this verse expresses confidence before and spiritual strength to press forward. The fear that John is referring to is not the fear of physical death but of spiritual death. This is what Jesus spoke about in Matthew 10:28. Jesus said, “But rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.” The only remedy to this fear is the Gospel. When you admit your sin before God, when you acknowledge that Jesus Christ died for sin, was buried, and rose again the third day, and then accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, God will save you. Fear is now dispelled and rendered powerless over the Christian. This truth is defined in this verse as, “perfect love.” Perfect love is God’s love. God is abiding in the Christian and the Christian is abiding in God’s love. God loves you and you love God. God’s love has reached you in the Gospel resulting in your forgiveness and salvation. And now, your love for God and for one another is reaching out (1 John 4:12,17).

BE CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER

We want to encourage you to remain connected to one another. We believe that it is vital that each person at Foothill Bible Church be intentional and deliberate in reaching out to each another during the Coronavirus crisis. Though we are not meeting together in a church service or ministry, it’s important that we serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). If you are in need of practical care, prayer, or spiritual encouragement, please reach out the church by email or phone.

FOLLOW COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Fellowship of Elders and Deacons met last night. All church services and ministries on-campus and off-campus are suspended until further notice. We encourage you to follow the national, state, county, and city guidelines concerning COVID-19.

We will Live Stream the service this Sunday (March 22) at 10am.

PARTICIPATE IN OUR 50-DAY SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY

Finally, in the light of not meeting together, it is critical that you spend time in God’s Word and prayer. As a help and to unify our church, I would like you to take a 50 Day Spiritual Journey together beginning this Sunday (March 22). You may download this free pdf. book entitled, “The Passion of Jesus Christ” at: https://cdn.desiringgod.org/pdf/books_pojc/bpojc_all.pdf

I will attach the pdf. on our Facebook page.

Every day, for 50 days, beginning March 22, please read one chapter a day. It would be beneficial to write down your thoughts in a journal about each reading. If you would like, you could post your comments on our Facebook page. You may also email them to me (pastorverne@foothillbiblelincoln.org) , and I will send out an email including your comments each week. As we approach Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, you will be uplifted by these readings. Before you begin chapter 1 on Sunday (March 22), read the introduction on pages 11 through 17 to get ready for our 50 Day Spiritual Adventure as a church.

In closing, Genesis 37-50 is the narrative about the patriarch Joseph. Joseph experienced the evil of betrayal, false accusation, and imprisonment. When he was reconciled with his brothers, Joseph said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Our circumstance is far different than Joseph’s, however, there is a truth for us as well. Though this virus seems to be evil, we know that God will use it for good.

1. IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING ONE ANOTHER - It remains important that we continue to love one another (1 John 4:7) and serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Love is expressed by praying for, caring for, being available for, and reaching out to one another. If you have needs, please reach out to me via email (pastorverne@foothillbiblelincoln.org) or telephone (916-645-1399). There are people who are here to help with food, shopping, or other needs. Also, if you are willing to serve in this way, please let me know. Remember, that though we are not gathering together in one place, you are not restrained from connecting with others in the church. Fellowship with God and one another is vital for the Christian. You can do this through a phone call, email, or through letters and cards.

2. IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING GIVING – You may continue your giving to the church online. Go to our web site (www.foothillbiblelincoln.org). At the top of the page, you will see “ONLINE GIVING/FBC BLOG.” Follow the instruction regarding making your donation. Secure payments can be made by debit card, credit card, or Paypal account. You may also mail your check to Foothill Bible Church, P.O. Box 236, Lincoln, CA., 95648. If you would rather drop off your check, please call the church to assure that someone is here or arrange a time when someone will be here.

The LORD is Great and Good!

 

 

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