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Daily Reflections March 8, 2017

March 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 37 Elihu’s argument in chapter 37 bears some strong similarities to God’s response in chapter 38. Elihu comes closer to rightly assessing Job’s circumstances than any of Job’s other friends and in today’s chapter he puts forward a strong argument. The vivid imagery that is used in these verses leads me to wonder if there was not a thunderstorm raging in the midst of Elihu’s speech. He describes the crashing of the thunder and the irreproachable power of the storm. He goes on to describe...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 3, 2017

March 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 32 The arguments between Job and his friends have reached a point where there does not seem to be any movement. Job contends that he is innocent and his friends insist that he is guilty, neither party budging from their position. So Elihu enters the scene and angrily confronts both Job as well as his friends. He is angry because he perceives that Job is “justifying himself” and by implication, indicting God with wrong. He is also angry because the friends have been inadequate in convincing...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 1, 2017

March 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 30  Job’s extended lament continues and it provides us with an uncomfortably honest look into the heart of a grieving man. In the previous chapter Job answered the accusations of his friends. They had assumed some hidden wickedness in Job but, on the contrary, he informed them:  “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;my justice was like a robe and a turban.”(Job 29:14 ESV) Job was not suffering because of his sin. He was an exceedingly righteous man. This underscores the...Continue Reading

FAQ From 1 Corinthians 14

February 27, 2017 By: Paul Carter

We’ve been using the RMM Scripture Reading Plan at our church since 2012 and over that time I think I have received more questions on 1 Corinthians 14 than on any other single chapter of the Bible. Here are a few of those questions and the answers I tried to give. I have edited questions and answers for brevity and anonymity and arranged them according to their logical order in the text.  Question 1: Hey Pastor Paul! In one of your teachings on 1 Corinthians 14 you said something like:...Continue Reading

This morning in our RMM reading plan we read a passage that is confusing, potentially offensive and very difficult to apply.  1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a passage many preachers simply decide to skip but it is a text that regular Christian folks are required to deal with if they claim to hold a traditional understanding of male and female gender.  In street level apologetics this text is used to bludgeon faithful saints into admitting that their viewpoints are illogical and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 22 As the book of Job progresses, the “counsel” of Job’s friends becomes increasingly firm – and increasingly hurtful. In today’s text, Eliphaz informs Job that there must be sin on his part. Surely Job neglected the poor. The suffering that he is experiencing clearly proves that Job turned away the thirsty, refused to clothe the naked and neglected the widow. This “counsel” takes an especially wicked turn when Eliphaz declares: “The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 20 Zophar has a slightly more nuanced form of proverbial wisdom than his friend Bildad.  Bildad is a very blunt, very black and white character: “Bad things happen to bad people.  Bad things happened to you.  Therefore you are bad people.”  Zophar takes a slightly longer term view.  Zophar’s argument is that over the course of a human life things will generally settle out as they should.  A person may start off experiencing blessings and health and prosperity,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 16/17 Job’s friends have been less than helpful. Actually, they have made the situation worse and Job tells them that they are “miserable comforters”. The friends were said in 2:11 to come in order to bring sympathy and comfort but their long arguments have violated those very intentions. Job seems to think that they have not adequately empathized with him and his condition. He says, “I also could speak as you do, if you were in my place” (Job 16:4). It is easy to make a fine speech...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 14 Job continues his lament, but there is a glimmer of gospel hope to be found in today’s text. A helpful analogy was once shared with me that helped me to understand the unfolding revelation in Scripture. This analogy compared the Bible to the test that is performed at the optometrist’s office. There is a common examination wherein the optometrist uses a machine to put a variety of lenses before your field of view. The first lens leaves the letters on the wall blurry and illegible, but as...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 12 It is hard to hold on to your theology when your world is falling apart. Crisis puts our orthodoxy to the test. It is a fine thing to believe in the Sovereignty and goodness of God on a bright and sunny day, but what about on the day after your 10 children die in a natural disaster? What do you believe on that day?  When Job heard the news that his children had all been killed in a great windstorm, the Bible says: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on...Continue Reading