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Daily Reflections February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 2 In the first chapter, Job’s faithfulness to God was tested by the removal of his possessions and children. Once again his authenticity is tried but this time by the stripping of his health. Satan’s hope was that this would cause him to curse God. And while many of us would like to proclaim that we would persist in not cursing God, it is hard for us to even imagine the reality of this situation happening in our lives. Our lives of luxury often make us quick to condemn those like Job’s...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 1, 2017

February 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 9 & 10 In the preceding chapter an edict had gone out that permitted the Jews to gather together and to take up arms against their enemies. Today, the story of Esther concludes and the victory is described in detail. In the city of Susa alone, God’s people destroyed 500 of their enemies. King Xerxes, apparently impressed by the success of the Jews, asks Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Esther 7 Chapter 7 brings the narrative in the Book of Esther to its dramatic climax. Esther reveals the genocidal plot of Haman to the King who is so enraged that he has to leave the room to compose himself. While he is out of the room Haman throws himself bodily upon the Queen to beg for mercy. Unfortunately for Haman, the King chooses that moment precisely to re-enter the room and he believes that Haman has assaulted the Queen. It is all downhill from there for the would be murderer of the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 4 Haman made his edict, sealing the fate of the Jews. Mordecai, feeling the weight of this injustice, wails with grief. Without a deliverer all of the Jews would face death. Although not explicitly mentioned, God was providentially working in the background.  Esther knew that submitting to the plea of Mordecai to speak to the King would likely result in death. But Mordecai reassured her by asking, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 2 Even experienced Bible readers sometimes confess that they have a hard time understanding Esther. This is not to suggest that the story itself is confusing – it is quite straightforward. The frustration is caused by the seeming absence of God in this book. In fact, in the book of Esther, God is not mentioned by name even once.  Today’s chapter narrates a scandalous story that sounds more like what we would expect from Hollywood than from the Bible. We’re introduced to Mordecai,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nehemiah 13 In many Bibles Nehemiah chapter 13 is given the title “Nehemiah’s Final Reforms”. It tells the story of Nehemiah’s second term as governor of Jerusalem and Judea. Look at verse 6: While this was taking place, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I went to the king. And after some time I asked leave of the king 7 and came to Jerusalem, and I then discovered… (Nehemiah 13:6–7 ESV) The chapter details all of the regression that occurred...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nehemiah 11 Nehemiah 11 relates how lots were taken to determine who would live in Jerusalem and who could remain in the towns.  Living in a mostly ruined city was certainly no easy prospect.  Food would be scarce, the water supply as yet unreliable, commerce only just recovering.  Country life would have been preferable at this stage of Israel’s recovery but Jerusalem had to exist and had to prosper for the nation to have an identity and a presence in the land.  It was the...Continue Reading

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