Gospel Priorities

Posted by Jason Wolin on

Margin. Does anyone have any? Ask 20 Americans how they are doing and 19 will respond, busy! The industrialization of entertainment, the proliferation of electronic stimulant, the multiplication of opportunity has virtually pushed boredom to extinction. But there's another thing on the verge of...

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Why Read Books?

Posted by Jason Wolin on

In cooperation with some now very good friends, I started the FCBC book club four years ago and collectively we have read 44 books, 44 books that otherwise would have gone unread. In fact the single criteria that has been the dominating governing force in book selection is quite simply this: I...

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Psalm 37

Posted by Brian Baughman on

Psalm 37 deals with our response to evil and the evil doer. We are encouraged not to fret, be envious, or angry, and completely turn our trust over to God. Verse 4 of this Psalm tells us that when we delight in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart. But wait, is God going to give me...

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From Fear to Faith

Posted by Christy Hoeks on

When my kids were young, one of their favorite animated films was “The Seventh Brother”. This was the story of an orphaned puppy dog who found himself lost in the woods. As 'providence' would have it, a brotherhood of 6 bunnies found him and adopted him as their own, hence the name...

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This week we looked at Psalm 139. It's one of the most encouraging Psalms relating to God's omniscience and omnipresence. We read these words and immediately are reminded of how intimately God knows everything about us. We are reminded that He is always with us. Yes, our heart cries out, "God is...

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Some Trust In...

Posted by Nate Foreman on

This week we looked at Psalm 20. The central idea is this: The man or woman of God can arise and proceed with confidence, despite trials and an uncertain future. Notice that he begins by anticipating a coming day of difficulty. "May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!" Sometimes we pray...

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The Prayer of a Failure

Posted by Jason Wolin on

David was a failure, but the reason David's failures did not cripple him and maim him and render him useless is because he channeled the power of the gospel through repentance. Psalm 51 is the record of David's confession after his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah the Hittite. The...

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Meaningful Labor

Posted by Jason Wolin on

We all want our lives to mean something. We all want our toil and labor and sweat and effort to accomplish something, to count in some way. We all have this insatiable thirst for our lives to be about more than just survival or even pleasure or entertainment. But Solomon says your no matter how...

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Hearers and Doers

Posted by Nate Foreman on

As we finished our series on the Sermon on the Mount this past week, we started by highlighting how many times Jesus set himself up as the ultimate authority. He didn't quote from other teachers or prophets, but simply stated "I say to you!" He claimed authority on human happiness...

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Worry is Wasteful

Posted by Nate Foreman on

Worry has such a deadening effect on the Christian life. It chokes us and uses up our energy, so that we are left unfruitful in God's kingdom. Looking at this passage in Matthew 6:25-34, it struck me that worry is a serious weapon. Worry has hurt the lives of many people. Worry causes us to lose...

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