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Daily Reflections November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Amos 6 In the sixth chapter of Amos the prophet continues his warning of judgment on Israel but focuses on the notable, wealthy leaders of the nation. Because of their status, these men have not felt the wrath of God in his judgments as harshly as the common person. And because of this, they feel secure and complacent against anything truly coming against them. They are deceived as they use their resources to make their situation seem like it is less than damning. They eat, drink, and merrily...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Amos 4 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31 ESV) What can possibly be said after the reading of Amos 4? The scene that is depicted causes my heart to skip a beat and my palms to sweat.  Here we have a people that have completely rejected God. The Northern Tribe of Israel has devolved into an idol-worshiping, pleasure-seeking abomination that still considers herself to be God’s chosen nation. God scoffs at their religious pageantry! ““Come to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017 By: FBC Staff

 Joel 2 The minor prophets are no less blunt than the major prophets. They deliver some of the most pointed rebukes and warnings for the nation of Israel. But there is also some very encouraging words of hope that come to us through these messengers of God. In Joel 2, the prophet continues his word of judgement on the people. He has already told them that the locusts would swallow everything in the land. But the people are obstinate and hard-hearted. So he tells them here in the first...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 8, 2017

November 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 14 As we conclude the book of Hosea, the general message is clear: Israel has forgotten her God.  The book began with God’s instructions to Hosea to marry an unfaithful wife. This would serve as a visible illustration of the unfaithfulness of Israel. Like a promiscuous wife, God’s people had turned from their first love and had given themselves to idols and foreign nations. Chapter 13 explains in haunting detail the judgement that Israel will receive for her rebellion, but as we so...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 9 Many times the prophetic books tend to sound repetitive. How many different ways can you proclaim that judgment is coming because of syncretism and idolatry unless there is a return to the Lord? The fact that it is declared ad nauseum only shows the sinful stubbornness of Israel who failed to listen. So, we should be wary when we get that feeling that we’re bored with the continual theme as we read these pages. That could be an indication of our own stubbornness to really listen. In...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 1, 2017

November 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 7 Hosea prophesied in and around the year 800 BC. To provide something of a historical backdrop, the Northern kingdom of Israel had not yet been destroyed by the Assyrian army under Tiglath-pileser III. At the time of Hosea’s prophecy, both the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel were enjoying a great deal of peace and prosperity. I see three clear lessons that derive from this text: 1.  Peace and prosperity in this life are not our ultimate goal. In fact, they can often prove...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Daniel 12 Daniel 11 ends with the coming of an oppressive king called the Antichrist and his rule during the Great Tribulation. He will deceptively exalt himself above all gods, invade many countries, and attack the Holy Land. He will make war with God’s people, causing great distress and death. But Daniel 12 begins by telling us that the reign of the Antichrist will end with the resurrection of believers. Christ will come wherein both believers and unbelievers will rise from the dead. The...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalms 119:1-24 The longest chapter in the Bible is all about the Word of God. Like Psalm 1, this psalm is about the blessing that comes from living in conformity to God’s Word. Like Psalm 19, it extols the beauty and benefits of God’s Word.  Here are 8 brief observations from this text:  1.  God’s Word is for all of life. This Psalm is an acrostic with 22 sections; each of the sections contains 8 lines. This describes the comprehensive nature of the Word of God as it...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 20

October 20, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Daniel 5 Belshazzar has done more than host a party that got out of hand. This passage is more than just a story of a drunken hallucination. Daniel shares with us great insights into the interaction of God with sinful man. Much can be said about this passage because it is one of most pivotal points in the history of the nations. However, it may be helpful to focus on the way in which this story shows a pattern of God’s saving work.  1. God reveals truth.He shows himself as the one to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Daniel 3 Compare today’s text to Daniel 1. There we find Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, transported to a new land, subjected to a new culture and even given new names. Daniel became Belteshazzar, Hananiah became Shadrach, Mishael became Meshach and Azariah became Abednego. As their former identity and culture was forcibly being removed they bravely decided not to accept the Kings rations. They instead adopted a diet of vegetables and water. They took this stand before...Continue Reading