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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

Daily Reflections April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 30 This Proverb comes to us from Agur, an otherwise unmentioned character in Biblical history. The name “Agur” means “collector.” This is an appropriate title for a man who brings forth the wisdom that he has amassed from godly teachers. He uses the opening verses of the proverb to defame himself, intentionally drawing attention to the fact that he is not the source of wisdom. He is merely a man. He has nothing of his own to offer, but he points the reader to the place where wisdom...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 7, 2017

April 07, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 25 Proverbs 25 begins a new section containing Solomon’s proverbs copied by Hezekiah’s scribes. Because Solomon and Hezekiah were both kings, it isn’t surprising that the first seven verses deal with royalty. Although we may not be planning to interact with monarchs anytime soon, this passage still provides some wise counsel to us.  In verses 6-7 we are told that one should not take a place of prominence before a king. It is better to be overly humble and be raised in status by...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 5, 2017

April 05, 2017 By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Proverbs 23 The sweep of counsel in Proverbs 23 covers matters of social conduct, domestic leadership and personal restraint.  A few highlights from each category: A: Social conduct It is hard to know whether these Proverbs originated with Solomon or were gathered by him for the benefit of his son.  Either way, the counsel assumes social contact with people of wealth and influence.  Verses 1-2 remind the young man to govern his appetites while in the company of other...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 18 We live in a digital age where opinions can be spread immediately and widely. And instead of being carefully thought-out, these opinions are often thrown out quickly without consideration.  In this chapter, there are three notes on hasty opinions. In verse 2, we read: “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” (Proverbs 18:2) To the fool, ensuring that truth is known and proclaimed is not important. He is content with his voice being...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 16 As we study this book, it is helpful to remind ourselves that proverbs are not promises. They are principles that generally prove to be true, but from time to time the general rule is broken.  For instance, I intend to teach my children that students who do their homework earn better marks on their tests. However, there is no doubt in my mind that my kids will encounter one or two students who are both lazy and remarkably gifted, and those students will frequently outperform...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 11 In this chapter we find that verses 1-20 is a unit. We can see that it is a unit because of the literary device call an inclusio. An inclusio is when an author puts similar material at the beginning and the end of a section to indicate that section’s theme. It is like bookends or a frame of a picture to give structure for the reader. For another clear example, look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10. In verse 1, we read that God abhors a false balance but delights in a just...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 9 This chapter begins and ends with two voices calling out. Lady Wisdom is presented in the opening verses as having prepared a feast for her guests. She has sent out her young women to invite the simple to join her and to learn how to walk in the way of insight. The woman Folly is pictured as sitting at the entrance of the house and calling loudly to those who pass by. She invites the simple to join her in enjoying stolen water and bread. The imagery is striking. Both Wisdom and...Continue Reading