April 27th -- 70 x 7

Bear with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. Col 3:13 NIRV

Hello Friends!

This Friday, FNF will be led by Ephesus SDA's awesome leader, Pastor Horton!
Since he'll have to wake up early to prepare to preach the next morning, we are going to commit to starting the study promptly at 7:30pm! 

Our hosts for the evening are Ryan & Leah.
They will provide a delicious meal and ask that we please carpool because parking is scarce.

The fortune cookie image is there because God has been beating me across the head for over a week now regarding forgiveness-- forgiving others and forgiving myself and moving on.  Here's a link to one of the better articles I read on the subject.

Although it is cliched, the quote "To err is human; to forgive, divine" by Alexander Pope is so true.  It is so hard and counter-intuitive but we have the greatest of examples in our Lord Jesus Christ and every day presents an opportunity to do something divine.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week & see you at 6:30pm on Friday!


For those interested, Dr. Ben Carson will be speaking tomorrow, 4/26 at 6pm in the Bruno Great Hall, Norton Campus Center at Birmingham Southern College. Admission is free & the doors open at 5pm. 

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April 20th -- The Story of Esther (remix)

People who live on milk are like babies who don’t really know what is right.  
Solid food is for mature people who have been trained to know right from wrong. Hebrews 5:13-14


Good evening!

So, this Friday night's study is partially inspired by good old "Uncle Arthur!"
The bright blue "Bible Story" set is easily recognizable to Christians and non Christians alike and the stories contained helped pique an interest in the heroes and heroines in the bible and laid a strong foundation of values and faith in thousands of young readers.

That being said, we're going to take a deeper look at one of the most familiar and beloved stories and see what lessons we can glean from it as adults.

Please join us at Eliel, Victor and Zeke's place at 6:30pm.  

They will provide a yummy feast but ask that we please contribute drinks and dessert.

God Bless and see you on Friday!


This is totally unrelated to the above but it's a cool bit from a devotional:
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing" (Isa 43:18-19). Satan discusses our yesterdays; apparently that's the only information he has about us. Jesus discusses our tomorrows. So if you want to follow in His footsteps, focus on what's ahead.

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April 13th -- Joyful Noise!

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16

Hello Friends!
Hands up if you enjoyed last week's joint bible study with our new BISDA friends!

To keep the fun and fellowship going, please join us at the Lau residence this Friday night for ...
Praise Night!

Bring your trumpets, harps and psalteries!
Bring your hymnals, cymbals and saxophones!
Bring your harmonicas, stringed instruments and bongos!
Bring yourself, your friends and bibles!
Bring the sacrifice of praise and testimony into the house of the Laus!

See you at 6:30pm!

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April 6th -- Standing on the Promises

46/366 Broken Promises by Kris Oneal Photography

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.  Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10 is a wonderful chapter to quote this week and with Easter, the SonRise pageant, OU's alumni weekend and our own extra-special FNF planned (yay!), it seems fitting to include the next two verses too...

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

If everyone else (and everything else) should fail us, we have this hope in Jesus Christ-- and in our  Father-- that He is faithful and He will keep His promises to us and has set us up so that we cannot fail-- as long as we trust in Him (Hebrews 10:15-25).

Ok, not sure why but, I felt impressed to share that chapter in case anyone is struggling with disappointment, disillusion(ment?) or dreams deferred. 

Alrighty then... now to the main event! 
For all of those considering skipping FNF due to one of the above events, please re-read verse 25, because...
FNF will host our BISDA brothers and sisters this Friday night at Birmingham 1st SDA Church!
Please bring a bible and a friend!
The address is 3520 Lorna Road Hoover, AL  35216.

We will have a fellowship dinner at 6:30pm and a bible study prepared by Symon at 7:30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday!

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