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Posted May 9, 2013 by fbccambriaworship in Uncategorized

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus   1 comment

Jesus, Jesus, How I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!


Please take a moment to share with us: how have you proved His faithfulness over and over?


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Marcus

Posted April 24, 2013 by fbccambriaworship in 'Tis So Sweet

Abide in Christ!   1 comment

“Turn my strivings into works of grace!”

When the children of Israel covenanted with God at Sinai, they promised God, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do!” (Ex. 19:8) … It did not take Israel too long to prove that they would fall short of that promise, as they participated together in bizarre, immoral idolatry before God (Ex. 32).

We could never, as fallen man, obey God in perfect obedience (as Israel learned quickly). This truth is in fact the heaviest of burdens when we see that God demands total loyalty (“Therefore you shall be perfect…” Mt. 5:48) but our greatest of efforts falls short because of our sin. No matter how hard we strive for our own righteousness, we will find ourselves weary and heavy-laden (Mt. 11:28) and failing. It is not until we let go of the notion that we can have our own righteousness and accept by faith the righteousness of God available through faith in Jesus Christ that we are free of this burden. For someone who has experienced this amazing grace, they can truly be “happy all the day” as the old gospel hymn proclaims.

Yet how often we forget that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor. The Good News tells us that “by grace we have been saved through faith… not as a result of works” and that  we were “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand…” However, we can wake up in the morning, think nothing of the fact that we have been given a righteousness not our own, and live out our day trying to earn God’s favor (or even the favor of people around us). At this point we once again feel weary and heavy-laden until we return back to the cross, see our sins washed away, and we live our lives “as living sacrifices” to our Savior.

This Sunday we will be praying: “Turn our strivings into works of grace” as we sing the song Holy Spirit. May we realize together that we do not need to be weary and heavy-laden, that Jesus Christ gives us rest from our strivings in the gospel, and that we can, with hearts of gratitude, give ourselves to our Lord as we abide in the truth of Christ!


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Marcus

Posted April 17, 2013 by fbccambriaworship in Holy Spirit

Your Great Name We Praise!   2 comments

Last night at music rehearsal, I put the worship team on the spot and asked them each to share one truth about God as seen in the song “Your Great Name we Praise”. I appreciated each of their answers: Curt discussed the angels veiling their sight, and how we will do that someday; Janice spoke about the perfect wisdom of the only wise God, especially seen in creation; Catherine pointed out how all life truly comes from God and how that reminded her of John 1, that in Jesus is life; Savanah highlighted that God is the Ancient of Days, and how He has gloriously planned everything from time past; and Madison shared that His Name is truly worthy to be praised and that we are to fall down at Who God is!

What sticks out to you as you read through these rich, 19th-century lyrics?


Verse 1

Immortal invisible God only wise
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most holy most glorious the Ancient of Days
Almighty victorious Your great Name we praise

Verse 2

Unresting unhasting and silent as light
Not wanting or wasting You rule us in might
Your Justice like mountains high soaring above
Your Clouds which are fountains of goodness and love

Verse 3

All life comes from You Lord to both great and small
In all life You live Lord the true Life of all
We blossom and flourish but quickly grow frail
We wither and perish but You never fail

Verse 4

Great Father of Glory pure Father of Light
Your angels adore You all veiling their sight
All praise we will render oh Father of Grace
Till one day in splendor we see face to face

Here is a link to this week’s set list. Listen and enjoy!

Praying for us,

Pastor Marcus

Posted April 12, 2013 by fbccambriaworship in Your Great Name We Praise

Deeper into the glories of calvary   2 comments

Here are a few meditations for you to consider on the glories of calvary:

– Jesus experienced the wrath of man (26:67f), the wrath of Satan (Lk. 22:53), and ultimately, the wrath of God (Is 53:10), in order to reconcile us to Him (Rom. 5:10).

– In just three hours (Matt. 27:45), Jesus suffered more than anyone else ever will, since He was not receiving the punishment for one man’s sins, but received the wrath of God for all men who would believe (Rom. 3:24, 25).

– In glorious submission to the Father, in love, in humility… Jesus allowed for man to mock Him with “Hail, King of the Jews!” as they spat upon and beat Him (Mt. 27:29), even though He truly was King of all. Ironically, those same men will one day bow their knees before Christ and confess truly with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:9-11).

– In eternity past, God the Father planned to send His Son for the very purpose of Golgotha (Ac. 2:23). In perfect submission, Christ fulfilled the will of His Father. We called to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” (Mt. 27:40), yet Jesus remaining on the cross is what proved that Jesus was God’s Son, slain from before the foundation of the world.

As we ponder the cross, we become more and more filled, as if with a thousand songs, about what Christ did for us.


Praying for us this Sunday,

Pastor Marcus


Posted September 21, 2012 by fbccambriaworship in Uncategorized

A Call to be Steadfast   Leave a comment

Samuel John Stone wrote several hymns, and all of them have been described as “strongly outspoken utterances of a firm faith, where dogma, prayer, and praise are interwoven with much skill.” We certainly see this skillful interweaving in “The Church’s One Foundation”. I am praying that this song will get stuck in your mind, as it speaks of the “one hope” (Eph. 4:4) we have as His church, and this hope of future grace is most blessed (Titus 2:13), purifying (I John 3:3), delightful (I Pet. 1:6)  our soul.

Oh church, we are

‘Mid toil and tribulation

And tumult of her war

Paul gives us a list in Romans 8, though not exhaustive, of potential difficulties for believers: tribulation (general pressures of life), distress (times of desperation), persecution, famine, peril (dangers), and the sword (martyrdom). In another stanza of “The Church’s One Foundation”, Stone writes that men see us “sore oppressed”, “rent asunder” by schisms, and “distressed” by heresies.

Yet the bride of Christ is not without victory. No, ultimately, it is without defeat!! “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37) Through our Bridegroom, Christ, the One who bought us with His own blood, we know that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God in Christ. God will never lose even one of His “elect from every nation”.

Therefore, oh church, because “we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (II Pet. 3:13), “be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” (v. 14). Because the great church victorious will one day be the church at rest, receiving the consummation of peace forevermore, may we be like the precious Thessalonian church, steadfast in hope (I Thess. 1:3).

Songs for this Sunday:

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Lord Most High

The Church’s One Foundation

You Are My King (Amazing Love)

Jesus, Thank You

Soon and very soon, we are gonna see the King,

Pastor Marcus


Posted September 13, 2012 by fbccambriaworship in The Church's One Foundation

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A Lamb could Rescue the Souls of Men?   Leave a comment

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Precious Redeemer and Friend –

Who would have thought that a lamb could

Rescue the souls of men?

Isaiah 53 really could not be more clear. The coming Messiah would have no stately form or majesty that would catch our eye (v. 2), He would be despised, forsaken, heavily grieved… You could say that the Savior, the “sight for sore eyes”, would be sore to the eyes. In fact, He would eventually become a “like a lamb” (v. 7). It sounds pathetic, right?

On the first Palm Sunday, it surely would have sounded pathetic to those welcoming the arrival of Jesus. “Hoshana! Hoshana!” They cried. “Save now! Save now!” They were ready for their Coming King to save them – from the ever-oppressive hand of the Romans.

By the end of that week, Jesus did fulfill His mission to save. “Tetalistai!” Jesus shouted from the cross – “It is finished!” Yet the salvation the Messiah brought was not immediately from political oppressors (though that is eventually one benefit of salvation)… Instead the Lamb was “led to the slaughter” in order to be “crushed for our iniquities” and to be “pierced through for our transgressions”.

The people cried “Hoshana!” and Jesus in fact did save. Yet He did it in the way least unexpected by those along the roadside that day: He rescued the souls of men as the sacrificial Lamb of God. May we sing loudly this Sunday in light of that.

Praying for us,

Pastor Marcus





Posted August 31, 2012 by fbccambriaworship in Uncategorized