Gospel Priorities

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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?

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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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The Prayer of a Failure

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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

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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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To Serve is to Treasure

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The Sermon on the Mount is about the importance of making Christ our treasure - to treasure him by serving him and giving to him. Every person is tempted to treasure money. We might treasure the security, the comfort, the opportunity, the freedom, the social benefits or some other promise money...

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The Coming of God

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We finished our Morning Star series by looking at a passage from Isaiah chapter 9. Isaiah prophesied prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel and this particular text looks forward and envisions the nation conquered by the Assyrians. They are starving, they’re crushed under all sorts of...

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The Entrance of God

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Herod the Great was one of the greatest known builders of the Roman empire. His building achievements are still impressive by even modern standards. We remember this incredible architect as Herod the Great. But was he great? What is true greatness? Jesus answers that question for us. "You know...

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The Promise of God

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In our Morning Star Series, we remembered the political situation in which Daniel found himself. Daniel was experiencing prophetic darkness. There was nothing. There was no hope. It would have be easy to look around and conclude that God had abandoned his people and that all was lost. Daniel...

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The Golden Rule

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Anyone who says “I live by the Golden Rule” has never read it. The Golden Rule says you’re supposed to meet the needs of other people with all of the joy and creativity, with all of the power and intensity with which you meet your own needs. Nobody can do that - ever! It is...

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What to Ask For

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As we have listened to the words of Jesus thus far in the Sermon on the Mount we run headlong into our own inadequacy and inferiority. We cannot be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect. We are angry people and cannot change. We lust, avenge ourselves, put our light under a bushel, practice...

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