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Daily Reflections February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 49 The story of Joseph and Jacob are coming to an end as they approach death. In this chapter, Jacob calls his sons together and blesses them. Interestingly, we notice that a few of them receive curses rather than blessing. In both cases, this sets the stage for the rest of the Old Testament and gives a hint to what the nation of Israel would look like. Some of the phrases and blessings are hard to interpret because of the imagery that is used and lack of knowledge about some of...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 47 Moses is meticulous in describing the expansive wealth that Joseph has earned for Pharaoh. Through his prudence, Joseph took possession of every piece of land in all of Egypt, with the exception of the land of the priests. It is no wonder why Pharaoh treated Joseph and his family with such generosity. While it is certainly not the main point, this text is a reminder that we can cooperate with God’s plans and purposes simply by working hard at the job placed before us. Without...Continue Reading

In Romans 16, the Apostle Paul mentions three women who have been recently become the subject of a great deal of conversation and controversy in the evangelical church. Who are these women? What does Paul say about them? What impact should these statements have on our understanding of gender and ministry? Keep reading... Continue Reading

What Else Did Jesus Believe About the Bible?

February 12, 2018 By: Paul Carter

In an earlier article, I wrote about what Jesus believed about the Bible. How you approach the Bible determines in large part how you understand and live out the Christian faith. Even more basic, how you read the Bible determines what you think about God, about yourself and about the redemption that is ours through Jesus Christ. It is therefore hard to think of a more important conversation than this one. How are we to read the Bible? How are we to interpret it? Is the Old Testament...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 9, 2018

February 09, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 42 A long time has passed since Joseph’s father and brothers have been in the picture. He has been in Egypt for twenty years, moving all the way from the position of an imprisoned slave to the second in command of the entire nation. He even has his own family now. We’re told that he has even began putting his sordid past out of his mind: ““For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.” (Genesis 41:51b). But in this chapter, the brothers come back...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 7, 2018

February 07, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 40 Our text today is not particularly difficult to understand. Joseph finds himself in prison following the deceitful accusation that was levied against him by Potiphar’s wife. There, he meets two fellow prisoners he discovers to be the king’s cup-bearer and the king’s baker. Both of these men have dreams, and Joseph rightly interprets that these dreams indicate their fate. The cup-bearer will be restored to his position in three days and the baker will be executed. Joseph then asks...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 2, 2018

February 02, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 34 There is very little, if anything, to commend in this chapter. Lust, deception, cowardice, and foolish revenge make the perfect storm here. So why is this narrative here? How can it help us besides instructing us not to follow these examples? This narrative shows and encourages us that God’s grace conquers in spite of human sin. This is not an isolated passage, it fits within the storyline of Jacob. In chapter 28, God tells Jacob, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 32 Today’s text is both mysterious and wonderful. The thoughtful reader can’t help but walk away from Genesis 32 with a laundry list of questions. Why did God wrestle with Jacob? Was the man in this account an early revelation of Jesus Christ? Why did God allow Jacob to have some semblance of success? Surely God could have easily won that match had He so desired. And why did He leave Jacob with a limp? As I ponder these questions myself, Romans 15:4 springs to my...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 27 The narratives in Genesis are more than just interesting stories told to give us material for bed-time. These are stories that highlight the nature of God and man. If we neglect to see ourselves and God within them, then we have missed their purpose. This chapter shows us the sovereignty of God to accomplish his divine will. Jacob’s deception in this chapter should not be commended. But it is noteworthy that his sinful act only served to accomplish the will of God. This may not be...Continue Reading

Threading The #MeToo Needle

January 26, 2018 By: Paul Carter

Should the church get on board with the #MeToo movement? Beyond a shadow of a doubt the movement has done an awful lot of good in a very short amount of time. Women have felt emboldened to come forward and lay charges against serial offenders such as Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nasser and Kevin Spacey. Rachael Denhollander represents the best expression of the #MeToo movement.  Keep reading...Continue Reading

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