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WAS JUDAS A TRAITOR?
February 23rd, 2024
We all know Judas as a traitor because we all know how his story ends. But, what if you were in the middle of the story? What if you had just met Judas and were serving along side Judas while you followed Jesus? What would you think of him then?(Matthew 26:21-22 “And while they were eating, he (Jesus) said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me.’ They were very sad and began to say to Him o...
A MONUMENTAL CALLING
February 16th, 2024
"Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself the pillar that is in the King’s Valley, for he said, 'I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.' He called the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s monument to this day."  2 Samuel 18:18 (ESV)How would the end of your life be described and remembered?2 Samuel 18 describes the end of Absalom and his sinful rebellion...
"SAVED TO LIVE FOR CHRIST" & "SAVE THE DATE"
February 9th, 2024
First, I would like to echo Mike’s thoughts in the last blog in thanking you all for the warm welcome and overtures of friendship you have shown our family as we have begun this journey here at Faith Bible Church! From scholarly discussions over puzzles and dinner to wild games of “Tenzi” and “Apples to Apples” you have already extended such love toward us! It is hard to believe we have only been ...
CLEAR VISION
February 2nd, 2024
FBC Family!It’s a joy for me to be able to write the first blog of February. It’s been a great first month, and I’m grateful to you all for your hospitality and welcoming spirit to my family and me.  I’m also grateful for how gracious everyone has been when we struggle to remember your names and stories, and work to know you better.One of my early observations was that this blog was going out so o...
GOD'S CHOOSING
January 30th, 2024
The parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) shows that the landowner chose to reward those that started late in the day with the same wages as those who started at the beginning of the day. It was an act of mercy by the landowner and shows us that in the same way God sheds His grace and mercy on those of His choosing. It doesn’t depend on our desire or effort, but on God’s choosin...
WHAT IS YOUR IDOL?
January 29th, 2024
When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.Matthew 19:22 CSBJesus' conversation with the rich young ruler is recorded for us in Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, and Luke 18:18-23. We know he was wealthy from all three passages. Matthew tells us that he was young (v. 20, 22), and Luke tells us he was a ruler (v.18).This is a guy who people would think was ...
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD
January 26th, 2024
Our passage in Matthew 17 has an amazing and motivating quote from Jesus: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” I am encouraged by this because it reminds me that God has moved into every believer and is always ready to move mountains that we may face at times....
WHO DO PEOPLE SAY WE ARE?
January 25th, 2024
In Matt 16:13 Jesus asks His disciples about public opinion – “who do people say I am?”. They expressed the prevailing opinions of the day. “But what about you, who do you say I am?” Peter nails that answer, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The result of the conversation shapes the way the disciples see themselves, their relationship with Jesus, and their relationship with the pub...
OPEN MY EYES
January 24th, 2024
Red skies at morning, sailors take warning, red skies at night, sailors delight.As a lake-bound sailor in North Texas I’ve always imagined what it would be like to sail on open water. To have only the instruments to lead me or better yet to be skilled enough to navigate by the stars at night. I would love to know the competence to find a destination with a map and a compass. Truth be told, I get l...
HOLD IT CLOSE
January 22nd, 2024
Proverbs 4:11-14, "I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go: guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers." I was saved when I was 15 years old.  The Youth Director had me begin my...
LIVE OUT WELL THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS
January 19th, 2024
In my study of the parables, I have often had the impression that Jesus wants to be understood by some people, and so, He uses the parables as a way to illustrate His teachings, using down to earth stories about everyday life and situations that are easily grasped and easily remembered. However, I have also had the impression that Jesus wants to keep His teachings hidden from others, and so, He al...
JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH
January 17th, 2024
Matthew 12:1-13Jesus led His disciples through the grain fields on the Sabbath because they were hungry.  The Pharisees who were always looking to accuse Jesus and the disciples,  said to Jesus “Look! Your discipled are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?.” 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his comp...
GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY OVERRULES MAN'S DYSFUNCTION
January 12th, 2024
Today’s One Year Bible reading in Genesis 27 is the sad but familiar account of Jacob stealing his older brother Esau’s birthright under the direction of his mother Rebekah.But the story doesn’t start there. This family had been dealing with a certain level of dysfunction for many years. Demonstrating great faith, Isaac’s father, Abraham, had followed God’s call to leave his home and culture and g...
I AM WILLING
January 10th, 2024
Matthew 8:1-3: When He came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed Him.  A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, “Lord, if you’re willing, you can make me clean.”  Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!”Jesus had just finished preaching a long sermon to a huge crowd. I’m sure He was tired.  He had a human nature and human frai...
THE BLESSINGS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
January 5th, 2024
Psalms 5:11-12 "But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because You defend them. Let them also that love Your name be joyful in Thee. For You, Lord, will bless the righteous. With favor You will compass him as with a shield."The child of GOD has ever right to be joyful in the Lord. Why are we to be so happy and joyful in our GOD? We have been chosen by G...
HEAVENLY BODIES
January 4th, 2024
Genesis 5:24 "Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."In Noah's genealogy is Enoch, his great-grandfather. While most people were living into their 900's, Enoch was only 365 when God took him.Only two people in the Old Testament did not experience death; Enoch and Elijah. About Elijah we read, "Suddenly a Chariot of Fire and Horses of Fire appeared...and E...
POSTURE OF FAITH
January 3rd, 2024
Psalm 3“Lord, how many are my foes!How many rise up against me!Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”But you, Lord, are a shield around me,My glory, the One who lifts my head high.I call out to the Lord,And he answers me from his holy mountain.I lie down and sleep:I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.I will not fear though tens of thousandsAssail me on every side.Arise, LORD!Deli...
A FRESH START
January 2nd, 2024
Well, I did it. I made it through the one-year Bible reading for 2023… sort of… Ok, so maybe I didn’t start until Spring, and I might have missed a few days here and there, and perhaps I did not catch up by listening to a week’s-worth at a time. But I listened to most of it, and I made it to December 31, finishing out Zechariah, Revelation, Psalm150, and Proverbs 31… And now, we start again, this ...
1,000 YEARS
December 29th, 2023
1,000 years without Satan’s influence and sin still explodes on the scene!Revelation 20 describes 1,000 years that begins with an angel using a giant chain to seize the Dragon, bind him, and lock him in an abyss for 1,000 years (Rev. 20:1-3). Not only will Satan be removed from the earth but believers who were martyred over the previous few years will be raised to life (Rev. 20:4-6).What a celebra...
THE WONDER OF HIS LOVE
December 22nd, 2023
Proverbs 30:18-20  This passage grabbed me right out of the gate with “three things are beyond me; four I can’t understand.”  The word for “beyond” is one of my favorite Hebrew words.  It describes something that is beyond man’s capabilities or comprehension, something that can only be of God—His works and actions.  As a result, it is wonderful, extraordinary, and to us, miraculous.  It’s the word...