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Daily Reflections May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 10:5-34 Isaiah has spoken about the Assyrian invasions event in chapter 7-8, and now he poetically reveals the deeper reality of the occasion. The commentator Alec Motyer gives a very helpful summary: “…this passage asserts a philosophy of history, how the historical facts arise from hidden supernatural causes, and how the human actors who are the hinges on which history outwardly turns are themselves personal and responsible agents within a sovereignly ordered and exactly tuned moral...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 8:1-9:7 There is a wonderful contrast between the two chapters of Isaiah that are before us. Chapter 8 is characterized by darkness. In verse 22 we read, “And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.” (Isaiah 8:22 ESV) The Israelites were facing the threat of a powerful Egyptian army. In their distress, they sought a treaty with the wicked Assyrians. In a time when the Israelites should have...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 5, 2017

May 05, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 2 In the second chapter of the preface in Isaiah, the author gives us a beautiful picture of the future and a dismal picture of the present.  He exclaims that God would make his house established on the mountain and that all nations would come to it to be taught, instructed, and ruled. In God’s reign, he would judge rightly and make peace. He would be gloriously over all people and would triumph over all false gods. This is the way things were supposed to be and God will bring it...Continue Reading

Into The Word 2.0 – Changes, Upgrades And Adaptations

May 04, 2017 By: Paul Carter And The Into The Word Team

Many of you will know that our intention here at the Into The Word was to use 2017 as something of a “soft launch” for the podcast. We are not experts and this is all new to us so we wanted to be good listeners and to receive feedback in order to make changes as necessary. Our first production cycle ran from January 1st – May 4th and in that cycle we saw just under 10,000 listens and downloads – thanks be God! We received a ton of feedback – almost all of it positive, but a few of you made...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 3, 2017

May 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Song of Solomon 8 As we reflect on the final chapter in this unique book, let’s consider it according to two categories: What does this chapter teach us about marital love? And what does it teach us about Christ’s love? First, and most obviously, this chapter addresses marital love. These lessons are concealed to a degree in cultural norms that don’t carry over into our day. Consider for instance verse 1: “Oh that you were like a brother to me     who nursed at my...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Song of Solomon 3 Chapter 3 continues the song about human love written to give us wisdom. At the close of the previous chapter we see that the beloved and lover are mutually adoring one another. The bride now has a dream where she longs for and ends up scouring the streets for her lover. Her desires burned within her and she pursued them. It was not wise nor typical for a woman to be roaming the streets of ancient Israel at night. She would be inviting danger to herself and may well be taken...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Song of Solomon 1 There has been a great deal of discussion within the Christian world about the Divine intention behind the book of the Bible known as “The Song Of Solomon”.  Is it an extended and occasional erotic love poem? Is it an allegory describing the love of Christ for the church?  Is it both? Because I believe in a big God I tend to believe that he is more than capable of doing two things at once.  I think it entirely possible that we are supposed to be thinking about...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 By: FBC Staff

2 Timothy 4 In chapter three of 2 Timothy, we heard how the world would become increasingly hostile towards that gospel and the followers of Jesus Christ, and then how Timothy should stand firm in his faith in spite of those persecutions.  Chapter four opens with those words firmly planted in the front of the reader's minds.  We are living in the same time that Paul said Timothy lived, and as such, we are subject to the same animosity that the world has towards the gospel.  Yet,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ecclesiastes 6  As we reflect on the sixth chapter of Ecclesiastes, it is helpful to consider the closing thought of chapter 5. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV)  It is good to enjoy the things that God has entrusted to us. The wealthy Christian should, of course, be careful not to make an idol of his riches, and the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ecclesiastes 1 You will likely not find many inspirational or prosperity gospel books based in Ecclesiastes. It seems very pessimistic and depressing, especially on the first couple of readings. But even though we may be tempted to skim over it, that would not be good for us. In our world of immediate gratification, it is beneficial for us to sometimes sit in anticipation. As we read Ecclesiastes, let the longing for hope, meaning, and freedom swell until your heart is thoroughly about to...Continue Reading