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All Church 40-Day Devotional Prayer Challenge

The All Church 40-Day Prayer Challenge began on Monday, September 12th but it’s not too late for you to join in!
THE BOOKS ARE HERE! We were out of books but the order is here now and you can get your book before or after the 10:30am Worship service on Sundays in Fellowship Hall for a donation price of $5.00 or you can come into the church office Monday-Thursday 9;00am-4:00pm.


FPC Library–Drop by for Free Gifts and a Raffle for Amazon Gift Card

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During the Kick-Off Sunday ministry fair in Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, be sure to stop by the FPC library to find out all our new and improved resources. And just for filling out a card with a suggestion for the library, you can get a free gift (one per family, while they last) PLUS be put in a raffle for a $30 Amazon gift card. There will also be free coloring pages for kids.
 
 


Kick-Off Sunday–Raffle Tickets to Those Who Sign Up!

Remember to come to FPC at 9:15 am for the ministry fair in Fellowship Hall. There will be treats at the various tables, and in addition, there will be a special raffle for prizes for people who sign up for various things. There will be an additional raffle for those who visit the Library table and fill out a card with suggestions for the library.



40-Day Prayer Challenge Begins on September 12

The devotions for Week 1 and their associated topics and Bible passages are shown below:
 
Sept. 12: Friendship with God (Psalm 16:11)
Sept. 13: Prayer Starts with God (Romans 8:26-27)
Sept. 14: Celebrating God Through Prayer (Psalm 34:1-3)
Sept. 15: God Needs Our Prayers (Exodus 17:9-11)
Sept. 16: Your Welcome to the Throne (Hebrews 4:16)
 
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Differing Perspectives of This Week’s Verses

Each week during the 40-day prayer challenge we will be providing links to six translations/interpretations of the daily verses. We hope that reviewing these alternate versions will provide deeper insights for you. Use the links in the table below to explore one or more of the reference sources:
  
Date Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16
Passage Psalm 16:11 Romans 8:26-27 Psalm 34:1-3 Exodus 17:9-11 Hebrews 4:16
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link


Digging into Context and Cross-References

Many times when we are considering verses from the Bible, we wonder how they might be influenced by the context that existed when they were written. Additionally, we know that there are many connections among the verses, and we may be curious to learn how they fit together. Bible commentaries can help us address these areas.
 
“A Bible commentary is a written, systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. Commentaries often analyze or expound on individual books of the Bible, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Some commentary works provide analysis of the whole of Scripture.” Source:
 
Beginning on September 19, we will provide a few brief notes based on the Zondervan Bible Commentary (One Volume). That will give you an opportunity to read and digest the five devotions and their associated Bible verses. This commentary is available on the Bible Gateway website (https://www.biblegateway.com/) for subscribing members ($3.99 per month), and it has eight additional commentaries also available for your research. This is only one web-based source of commentary information, so we encourage you to find an approach that works best for your needs.
 
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Share Your Prayer Stories

As we participate in the 40-day prayer challenge by reading the book and investigating other resources, our understanding also can be enhanced by learning about the experiences of other FPC members and regular attenders. Each week we will be featuring short stories from one or two bloggers. Everyone is invited to sign up to provide a posting by contacting Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org. Volunteers will be contacted so that they can be scheduled for their comments to be posted during a specific week.
 
Bloggers are encouraged to consider the following questions when deciding what story to share:
  • Tell us a bit about your regular practice of prayer. Do you have a special place you use? Do you keep a list, pray spontaneously, or use some combination of both? What role does scripture or devotional literature provide in your prayer life?
  • Tell us about a season or an experience that has had a lasting influence on your understanding of prayer or prayer practice.
  • What is your favorite thing about prayer? What is the hardest thing about prayer for you?
  • Have you experienced an answer to prayer that really stands out for you?
  • If you were to give a new Christian some advice on prayer, what would you say?


New in the FPC Library: The True Story of Todd Beamer

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. In the midst of the terrible events of that day, a group of heroic airline passengers on United Flight 93 intervened to stop their flight from being used as a terrorist weapon. The passengers included devout evangelical Christian Todd Beamer. Learn about the true story of Todd Beamer and his widow Lisa by checking out the book Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage in FPC’s Library. It is an inspiring story of how God is faithful even in life’s most difficult times.


Marriage Resources

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This past Sunday, FPC’s Russ Guppy gave a great sermon on Christian marriage. If you need resources to strengthen your marriage, learn what the Bible says about marriage, or heal from the impact of divorce, check out our online marriage resources. And stop by FPC’s library on Sunday where you will find a number of these resources, including the two books highlighted in Russ’s sermon.


Invite to Relaunch of FPC’s Library on Sept. 11

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Did you know that FPC has a library in Fellowship Hall filled with books and DVDs and audio resources just waiting to be used? If you are looking for high quality resources for your children or yourself to help you grow in your Christian faith, stop by and visit! We have a large collection of children’s books, adult Christian fiction, Bible commentaries and helps, and DVDs. If you haven’t stopped by recently, come and check us out! We have been pruning, cleaning, and adding books and resources during the summer. In addition to books and other resources, our plan over the next year is to make the Library “Information Central,” so that it will be a one-stop place for information about church programs and events.
 

We also have a new website for the Library, and even a growing online catalog! Checking out library materials is quick and simple... just take the library card attached to the book or DVD and fill out the date, your name, your phone or email, and then drop the card in the basket on the desk in the middle of the library. The library is open before the worship service and after the worship service on Sunday mornings. Checking out materials is self-service and can be done whether or not someone is staffing the library.




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