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Daily Reflections September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 73 Throughout my years at Bible College I had a verse printed above my desk that was a constant source of encouragement to me. That verse was Psalm 73:26. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” This verse beautifully captures the whole message of Psalm 73. As a fallen people we are prone to failure. As one famous hymn puts it, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” These well-known words capture not only...Continue Reading

If I Were Planting a Church from Scratch

September 21, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nobody plants a church from scratch. We planted a church out of our main campus 5 years ago, but it was not from scratch; not by a long shot. The 40 people who went out, went out from us. They went out with values, beliefs, traditions and expectations that came from their time inside our mission and fellowship. There is nothing wrong with that. It saved them time, it helped them avoid mistakes and it gave them a common language and the foundation for an effective culture. But. What if...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Ezekiel 23 This chapter reminds why in Jewish tradition the book of Ezekiel was not to be read by men under the age of 30. In addition to containing a fair bit of complicated imagery - too often the playground of fools - the book also contains an abundance of sexual metaphor. In several chapters idolatry is spoken of under the image of adultery. The relationship is fairly obvious. Unfaithfulness to God (our covenant partner) is akin to unfaithfulness to our spouse (our covenant partner). When...Continue Reading

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs

September 18, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Parenting is sacred, smelly, exciting, crushing, frustrating and expensive. It’s the most important thing that people ever do and to be completely honest with you, it scares the life out of me. Who is sufficient for these things? What should I be teaching my kids? What guidance should I be giving? Where do I go to learn how to raise and disciple sons and daughters of the King? There is really only one place I can think of. The Book of Proverbs is presented as the counsel and wisdom of a...Continue Reading

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

Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11. It was also the day after one of the largest storms in the history of the Atlantic Ocean, which means that today will be a day when people are going to be thinking about suffering, Sovereignty and the strange workings of Divine Providence. Today will be a day for God’s people to weep with those who are weeping and to help those who are hurting. It will also be a day to speak. The Scriptures tell us to be ready to preach the Word in season and...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

Many Canadian pastors are guilty of sneezing every time our American cousins catch a cold. As Pierre Elliot Trudeau once said, living next to Americans “is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”1 That we are “affected” by every twitch and grunt cannot be denied; whether we should comment on every twitch and grunt, however, is subject to debate and discernment. In...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

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