Comfort in the Midst of Despair

Yesterday was a hard day. On the day that we had expected to celebrate the birth of a child with his mom and dad we mourned with them in his death. A few days before the due date the mother went for a check up and they were not able to find a heartbeat…Kim and […]

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There is More Beyond!

In his commentary on 2 Corinthians, R Kent Hughes shares the following, “When Spain has extended her conquests to the ends of the then-known world and controlled both sides of the Mediterranean at the Straits of Gibraltar, her coins proudly pictured the Pillars framing a scroll inscribed with the Latin words Ne Plus Ultra—‘No More […]

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Your Redemption is Drawing Near!

On the first day of Advent, during his time in London, Dietrich Bonhoeffer chose as his text Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (ESV) In the sermon he said, “Can you hear it now, the knocking, the driving, the […]

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Longing for the Slime of the Serpent to be Washed Away!

Spurgeon once said, “The Earth in ruins reveals a magnificence which shows the signs of a royal founder and an extraordinary purpose.  Creation glows with a thousand beauties even in its present fallen condition, yet clearly enough it is not as when it came from the Maker’s hand—the slime of the serpent is on it […]

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Snatching a Kiss from the Hand that Smites!

“Put the beauty of ten thousand thousand worlds of paradises, like the Garden of Eden in one; put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colors, all tastes, all joys, all loveliness, all sweetness in one.  O what a fair and excellent thing would that be?  And yet it would be less to that fair […]

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The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

Our journey through John’s Gospel has brought FBC to the holy ground of Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17.  This Sunday I will conclude our study on that prayer, but I found a great summary of Jesus’ request(s) in a sermon by John MacArthur.  He said Jesus prayed for seven things: He prayed for […]

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Holy Shores of Uncreated Light!

Yesterday I wrote about Andrew Peterson’s song, “Lay Me Down.”  As I listened to that song I was reminded of the greatness and beauty of what lies ahead of us.  Peterson said, “You can lay me anywhere 
But just remember this 
When you lay me down to die 

I’ll open up my eyes on the […]

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When you lay me down to die…you lay me down to live!

In 1 Corinthians 15:50ff Paul said,  “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the […]

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Stop Loving the World!

Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful weather by sitting on the front porch reading the rest of Thomas Watson’s book, , and by reading William Greenhill’s book, Stop Loving the World .  It isn’t often that I get to read the Puritan’s all day, but I can tell you I was greatly blessed by the […]

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Taking Heaven by Storm!

I’ve been reading Thomas Watson’s book, Taking Heaven By Storm.  In the book Watson gives seven means to provoke ourselves toward heaven.  Let me give you the seven and then share a quote as you look toward Sunday. We must provoke ourselves by reading the Word. We must provoke ourselves by hearing the Word. We […]

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