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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

Daily Reflections November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Amos 4 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31 ESV) What can possibly be said after the reading of Amos 4? The scene that is depicted causes my heart to skip a beat and my palms to sweat.  Here we have a people that have completely rejected God. The Northern Tribe of Israel has devolved into an idol-worshiping, pleasure-seeking abomination that still considers herself to be God’s chosen nation. God scoffs at their religious pageantry! ““Come to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017 By: FBC Staff

 Joel 2 The minor prophets are no less blunt than the major prophets. They deliver some of the most pointed rebukes and warnings for the nation of Israel. But there is also some very encouraging words of hope that come to us through these messengers of God. In Joel 2, the prophet continues his word of judgement on the people. He has already told them that the locusts would swallow everything in the land. But the people are obstinate and hard-hearted. So he tells them here in the first...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 8, 2017

November 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 14 As we conclude the book of Hosea, the general message is clear: Israel has forgotten her God.  The book began with God’s instructions to Hosea to marry an unfaithful wife. This would serve as a visible illustration of the unfaithfulness of Israel. Like a promiscuous wife, God’s people had turned from their first love and had given themselves to idols and foreign nations. Chapter 13 explains in haunting detail the judgement that Israel will receive for her rebellion, but as we so...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 9 Many times the prophetic books tend to sound repetitive. How many different ways can you proclaim that judgment is coming because of syncretism and idolatry unless there is a return to the Lord? The fact that it is declared ad nauseum only shows the sinful stubbornness of Israel who failed to listen. So, we should be wary when we get that feeling that we’re bored with the continual theme as we read these pages. That could be an indication of our own stubbornness to really listen. In...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 1, 2017

November 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Hosea 7 Hosea prophesied in and around the year 800 BC. To provide something of a historical backdrop, the Northern kingdom of Israel had not yet been destroyed by the Assyrian army under Tiglath-pileser III. At the time of Hosea’s prophecy, both the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel were enjoying a great deal of peace and prosperity. I see three clear lessons that derive from this text: 1.  Peace and prosperity in this life are not our ultimate goal. In fact, they can often prove...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Daniel 12 Daniel 11 ends with the coming of an oppressive king called the Antichrist and his rule during the Great Tribulation. He will deceptively exalt himself above all gods, invade many countries, and attack the Holy Land. He will make war with God’s people, causing great distress and death. But Daniel 12 begins by telling us that the reign of the Antichrist will end with the resurrection of believers. Christ will come wherein both believers and unbelievers will rise from the dead. The...Continue Reading

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