5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”Mark 10:5-9
This Week at FCCBC
What is Lent? Part 3: Mark 10:1-16
“The God’s Heart Podcast”
Starting in January the Disciples Download will be rebranded as “The God’s Heart Weekly Podcast.” There you will find discussions about ministry in our times, practical wisdom and Biblecal Exegesis to help you live day to day in our changing World. The God’s Heart Podcast will return next week with a Pastors Roundtable discussing Pastoral Ministry during the last year.
Communion Sunday, March 7th: Pre-filed Communion Cups can be picked up for those attending remotely on Friday Sunday February 29th and Friday March 5th.
New Daily Breads: The Daily Breads for March, April and May have arrived and can be picked up at the Church during Friday Prayer or on Sunday Morning. Some should receive them with the newsletter this week or next.
Repentance as a Virtue
Have you ever wondered why we as a Church practice corporate confession each week? Why this is, and should be a part of our weekly routine? It has a lot to do what we value and what we consider a virtue. In our culture, humility and confession of wrong doing are often viewed as vices. The attitude tends to be: “I may be guilty, but might makes right and I cannot show any contrition.” But this is the exact attitude that Jesus condemns the Pharisees for, that their lack of contrition showed the lack of a life transformed by Jesus Christ.
Humaility was a virtue to Christ and so it should be a virtue to us and part of humility is showing contrition when we confess our sins. We even model this in the Lord’s Prayer when we pray: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Confession of sins, both personally and corporately are virtues that stem from a transformed and humble heart. They are also a way of serving our nieghbors. It may not feel good at first, it may hurt to have to admit our wrongdoings, even to God. But that is what the assurance of Parden is for, to remind you from the pulpit that you are forgiven if you have truly and completely repented and conscioulsy decided to go in the opposite direction. This is a virtue, one we need to ask God to create and form in us by His grace. He will do it, because He is good and faithful and keep his promises.
Thank you from the Faulkner Family: Erin would like to thank everyone for the birthday gifts and all the cards she received this week for her Birthday. Your gifts are a blessing and will be well loved for years to come.
Friday Prayer: Friday Prayer Friday from 8AM-5PM Rev. Jonathan will also be on Facebook Live at 9:30AM.
March Food Pantry Needs:
Cereal, Juice, Pancake mix, Syrup, Jam, Cookie mix