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Daily Reflections January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Nehemiah 10 The reading of the law has convicted the people of Israel of their sin. The second part of their repentance is refocusing their eyes upon the Lord so they cut a covenant with God. Covenants are one of the main themes of Scripture and it is worth a comprehensive study for every Bible reader. However, there are a few things in this specific covenant worth noting that we as believers need to hear. 1.  The covenant was made by those who were set apart and aware. Verse 28 gives...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 18,2017

January 18, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Nehemiah 8 Nehemiah 8 provides us with some helpful principles to inform our corporate worship. First of all, we see that there is something powerful about God’s people sitting under the reading of the Word of God together. “And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel.” (Nehemiah 8:1 ESV) Our culture, with all of its independent and anti-social tendencies,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nehemiah 6 Nehemiah 6 is a wonderful reminder that the devil tends to deal in rumour and exaggeration.  He is rather like a noisy dog on a chain.  He tries to make us afraid and he encourages us to abandon our post but he is not to be listened to.  Keep calm and carry on.  Perseverance and courage is a form of witness in an uncertain and hostile world.   The growth of the church against all odds and all prediction has a humbling effect on overconfident and godless...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Nehemiah 3 For being a cupbearer, it becomes evident that God has gifted Nehemiah with the ability to be a great organizer. The number of the sections that were built and repaired are overwhelming and this is obviously not intended to be a comprehensive list. The task before Nehemiah was massive but God equipped him both with the competence and community to carry it out. The people were clearly devoted to working hard to see the work accomplished. The workers were not limited to contractors...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah held the honored position of cupbearer for the king of Persia. He was a Jewish man but he most likely had no experience with life outside of the Persian Empire. In today’s chapter, Nehemiah’s brother Hanani has just returned from Judah and he reports that the situation back home is dire. The Jewish remnant in the land is facing fierce opposition and the walls of Jerusalem are lying in a heap of rubble. Nehemiah’s response to this news is fascinating. I am a third...Continue Reading

From time to time I will attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions from Into The Word readers and listeners. If they are short I will post the responses on the Facebook page. If they are longer, as here, I will address them via a special post.  Question: Hi Pastor Paul! I was reading Acts 8 for RMM, and I'm a little confused about how the Samaritans had been baptized and "received the word of God", but hadn't received the Holy Spirit....Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 9, 2017

January 09, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Acts 9 The story of Saul’s conversion is told three times in The Acts of the Apostles.  It is told here in chapter 9, again in chapter 22 and a third time in chapter 26.  Obviously Luke thought the story was important for us to consider.  It is probably intended as a pattern of conversion.  Saul was a man of violence and hatred, he was stubborn and proud, he was not seeking Christ, rather he was bent on persecuting the church when all of the sudden - BAM! - God...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 8, 2017

January 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezra 8 Chapter 8 provides an account of Ezra’s return to Jerusalem, along with a company of several others.  We are given a list of families that are to embark on this trip.  A lifetime ago these folks had been told:  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7) These folks have lived in Babylon for a very long time and, they have prospered and have larger...Continue Reading

What If I’ve Already Fallen Behind On My Readings?

January 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

About 47% people who start a Bible reading plan on January 1st have already fallen behind by January 7th. I didn’t make that number up, that number comes from our own tracking information courtesy of Google Analytics. It also comes from talking to busy people and guilty congregants year after year after year.  If you’ve been struggling to stay on top of your Bible readings this year the good news is, you are not alone! You are not deficient or unusually depraved - you are a human being...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 7, 2017

January 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Ezra 7 In chapter 7 we finally meet Ezra the character.  Up until this point in the narrative Ezra has not yet appeared in his story.  There were multiple waves of immigrants coming out from Babylon/Persia and resettling in the land of Israel and Ezra was not part of the first wave, though he obviously interviewed people who were.  I’ve always loved how Ezra is introduced: He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the LORD, the God of Israel, had given, and the king...Continue Reading