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August 31, 2017 By: Paul Carter

I am a convictional Protestant. I affirm all 5 of the Reformation Solas. If it wouldn’t offend my mother, I would have the face of Charles Spurgeon tattooed on my chest. I’m in. All in.  But that isn’t to say I’m on board with everything I see in contemporary evangelicalism. Things are getting squirrely out there and the neighbours are starting to notice. Thankfully, the leaders within evangelicalism are starting to notice as well. John MacArthur went on the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 2 Ezekiel is yet another prophet sent to speak on behalf of God to Israel in their rebellion. There are some universal principles within these ten verses that we must see before moving on. The first is this: God’s holiness must humble us.  The first chapter describes the strange and wonderful images that Ezekiel witnessed. He saw winged beasts, strange, spirit-filled wheels and a man who had the appearance of flames sitting on a throne. He saw a glimpse of the mystery, the glory...Continue Reading

In the concluding chapter of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul commends a Christian woman named Phoebe: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well (Romans 16:1–2 ESV). Church historians have long believed that Phoebe was the person who delivered Paul’s letter to the Romans; she is...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Lamentations 2 Jeremiah, author of Lamentations, weeps over the siege of Jerusalem. The book of Lamentations communicates his heartfelt sorrow and profound understanding of suffering. While the book of Job deals primarily with personal suffering, the book of Lamentations deals primarily with corporate suffering. In the past, this has brought believers comfort and continues to do so today.  Poetically, the second chapter of Lamentations shares with us some helpful reminders about...Continue Reading

Why I Read the Old Testament

August 25, 2017 By: Paul Carter

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament every year since 2012. That was the year our church began using the RMM Bible Reading Plan. The plan takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in every calendar year; I had read the Old Testament before, but my reading was selective and sporadic to say the least. I had read the Psalms and Genesis and Exodus and parts of Isaiah multiple times, but truth be told, I may have only read The Book of Obadiah once –...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 52 The writings of the Prophets are so incredibly helpful. They teach us about what happened historically, but they also provide the backdrop that explains why history unfolded as it did.  This text in Jeremiah 52 recounts a historical narrative of what took place when Babylon overthrew Jerusalem. This story is one of the darkest moments in Israel’s history; their city is surrounded by the Babylonian army. In siege warfare, the opposing army would encamp around the city’s walls...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 47 Jeremiah 47 continues the oracles against the nations. The purpose of these oracles is to establish God as the Lord over all nations of the world. He is the God of Israel but all kingdoms rise and fall by the hand of God. Here, the Philistines are in view. Although they are mentioned in a few stories in the Old Testament, many remembering them from the popular story of David and Goliath, and giving us the current name Palestine, the Philistines eventually disappeared from biblical...Continue Reading

Is It Bad to Be Beautiful? (Asking For a Friend)

August 17, 2017 By: Paul Carter

This morning in my Bible readings, I read a passage that reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to chase down. The passage was 1 Samuel 9:2:  “And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people” (1 Samuel 9:2 ESV). Why does the Bible make such a big deal about the physical beauty of Saul? It isn’t something you’d expect the Holy Spirit to...Continue Reading

What Is (Saving) Faith?

August 16, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A person is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone. Every word of that sentence is important, but one of those words is rather hard to define. What do Christians mean when they talk about being saved by “faith”? Most of us assume that the word ‘faith’ is more or less synonymous with the word “believe,” but the Bible is careful to communicate that it is not. The Apostle James says: “Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV). Keep reading...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 20-21 In popular music there are love songs, anthems, and ballads. The ancient Hebrew people used different types of psalms in their worship including royal psalms, laments, and thanksgiving psalms.  Today we are looking at two Royal Psalms; a Royal Psalm is about the Davidic monarchy. Beyond the rule of the earthly king, these also have messianic overtones; that is to say they speak of the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. These two Psalms form a pair - they reflect two sides of a...Continue Reading