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Daily Reflections September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 18 The reaction of mankind to sin has not changed since the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. When confronted by God, Adam exclaimed, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12). Adam was clearly guilty of disobedience yet he blamed his wife and indirectly blamed God. One only needs to have children to see that shifting blame is natural to the human condition – the sibling provoked, the parents are “party poopers”, or the cat...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 16 In the entirety of Scripture, it is hard to find an image that is more beautiful or more tragic than that in Ezekiel 16. God speaks to us in ways that we can understand. He provides pictures and illustrations to help us wrap our small, human minds around his enormous, holy love. Consider the image that Ezekiel is given in this prophecy: a child is discarded into the street. Still soaked in blood and afterbirth, this unwanted girl is picked up by a stranger. He washes the filth off...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 8, 2017

September 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 11 God reveals that the judgment of Jerusalem would be the cause of perverse leaders. He knew both what the leaders were saying and what they were thinking. Although they thought the city’s fortification and army would be able to save them from the wrath of God, the city would actually be their place of execution. These leaders would see that when they try and rule like other nations, outside of the blessing of God, they lead people into destruction. They would reap the consequence of...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 6, 2017

September 06, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 9 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31 ESV) Today’s text in Ezekiel sheds light on the weightiness of Hebrews 10:31. Have we lost sight of the awful holiness of God? There are popular Christian scholars writing books about the “death of the warrior God” with much fanfare and acclaim. Our generation desperately wants to believe that God is somehow misrepresented in texts like Ezekiel 9. We fear a God who would punish the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 4  The fourth chapter of Ezekiel is an awkward read. In the first section, it is hard not to visualize something like a child playing with Legos. Ezekiel takes a block, paints on it, sets up rams, and acts like he is besieging it. Although it seems silly, it is a command from God which gives it significance. God is giving a visible symbol to illustrate what he has said concerning Jerusalem. God provides a sign that looks foolish but holds...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