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Daily Reflections December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Haggai 2 The Israelites had returned to Jerusalem and had begun the reconstruction of the temple under the leadership of Ezra. However, after being threatened by the Samaritans their work halted. This pause in construction lasted for 16 years! For 16 years, God’s people found ways to busy themselves with worldly pursuits. Each turned his attention to his own home and his own savings. It was into this complacent climate that Haggai prophesied. He rebuked the people and called them to make the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 8, 2017

December 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Habakkuk 3 The prophet has been wrestling with questions about the justice and goodness of God in the first two chapters. Will God let the wickedness of the Israelites go unpunished? How is it just to use the Babylonian pagans to conquer them – will that not just cause more evil to abound? These are honest and bold questions that Habakkuk brings before God. And unlike the questioning of Job, God answers Habakkuk on both accounts. He proclaims that Israel’s covenant unfaithfulness will be...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 6, 2017

December 06, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Habakkuk 1 The book of Habakkuk voices questions that every honest Christian can confess to having wrestled with at one time or another. The prophet raises his first question in verses 2-4. Looking around at his fellow Israelites, he couldn't believe that God had allowed His people to fall so far into sin. After a nation-wide reform under the reign of King Josiah, the nation had reverted back to her rebellious ways under the leadership of Josiah’s son Jehoiakim. If I could rephrase his first...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 6, 2017

December 06, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Habakkuk 1 The book of Habakkuk voices questions that every honest Christian can confess to having wrestled with at one time or another. The prophet raises his first question in verses 2-4. Looking around at his fellow Israelites, he couldn't believe that God had allowed His people to fall so far into sin. After a nation-wide reform under the reign of King Josiah, the nation had reverted back to her rebellious ways under the leadership of Josiah’s son Jehoiakim. If I could rephrase his first...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 1

December 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Micah 6 The chapter reads as if it were set in a court room. The Lord tells Israel to arise and plead their case. The Lord proclaims that he has only been good and merciful to them. He redeemed them from Egypt, provided anointed leaders, turned curses against them into blessings, and led them miraculously into the promised land. But they not only forget about the righteousness of God but make him the enemy. They know that they are not safe in this guilty state as sensed in the previous...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 29, 2017

November 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Micah 4 Micah 4 contains an incredible prophecy that points to the coming reign of the Lord.  The context of this beautiful promise is striking. Chapter three is filled with God’s scathing rebuke for the political, economic and religious leaders of Israel They oppress the people and practice extortion, and as a result the poor and the needy live in utter hopelessness. But in today’s text Micah proclaims that the days of wicked rulers will soon come to an end. In fact, God will lift up...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 24, 2017

November 24, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jonah 3 Jonah has willingly rebelled against God along with his command to fulfill his office as prophet against the Ninevites. In response, God showed his power and sovereignty to use Jonah as he wills. Jonah shows contrition and God shows great mercy by sparing his life. Now, in chapter 4, God gives the prophet a second chance. But the main thrust of the chapter is on the Ninevites. The careful reader will sense the irony. The narrative shifts from the resistance of God’s anointed prophet to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Luke 6 Luke covers a variety of material in this chapter: the Sabbath “showdown” (verses 1-11), the calling of the disciples (verses 12-16), ministry to the masses (verses 17-19), kingdom ethics (20-42) and the evidence of true faith (verses 43-49).  The Sabbath “showdown” occurred when on two occasions, Jesus’ disciples and Jesus himself were accused of breaking God’s law. The disciples picked grain on one Sabbath, and Jesus deliberately healed a man on another. He is the Lord of the...Continue Reading

Why Is Obadiah in the Bible?

November 21, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There is not a lot of highlighting in the Obadiah section of most Bibles. It is rarely, if ever preached upon and it is remarkably difficult to find. So why is it there? The short answer is: because God doesn’t change. The Book of Obadiah has been preserved because it reminds all people everywhere that how they treat his covenant people will be taken as an indicator of faith. The covenant community has always functioned as something of a dividing rod among the nations. Keep reading...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Amos 6 In the sixth chapter of Amos the prophet continues his warning of judgment on Israel but focuses on the notable, wealthy leaders of the nation. Because of their status, these men have not felt the wrath of God in his judgments as harshly as the common person. And because of this, they feel secure and complacent against anything truly coming against them. They are deceived as they use their resources to make their situation seem like it is less than damning. They eat, drink, and merrily...Continue Reading

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