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"Do You Remember?"

Do you remember the January of 1978? Forty years ago Old Man Winter dumped snow on us that closed roads, and schools, and activities for weeks. The Great Blizzard of 1978, also known as the White Hurricane, was a historic winter storm that struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions from Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, January 27, 1978.
Perhaps you remember the hurricane season of 2017 better? Mary and Joseph (Maria & Jose) and Irma were brutal for many in the southern part of the US, and Caribbean.

So at the beginning of 2018, what is the forecast? What lies ahead for us? We have more questions than answers, but we can be sure of several things: there will be storms, and there will be sunny days! Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not exempt us from the storms of life. Being a Christian does not mean that the skies will always be blue, and that we will always enjoy happy and pleasant things!

But, being a disciple of Jesus does give us some assurances. Paul the Apostle, tells us of at least three things which are ahead in the future. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13.13) “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11.1) Faith lies ahead of us in 2018. Our faith is not in things, or in governments, or in what people may promise. Our faith is in Jesus Christ– who rose from the dead and became victorious. The Bible says, “Thanks be to God
who gives us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15.57)
There is hope for every person who knows Jesus! Our hope is not necessarily just for this life and for this world. It is hope far more glorious– and promising. Paul’s prayer for those who believe is this: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15.13)

Love also abides. The love which lies ahead is God’s love. The Bible speaks about God’s love in many ways. “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.” (Psalm 136). “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5.8)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3.1) What is the forecast for 2018? Three things for certain: Faith, Hope, and Love. Isn’t it great to know such a wonderful Saving God!





Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975