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Does the Church Have an Identity Crisis?

Does the Church Have an Identity Crisis?

 

I would answer yes to that question.  Two weeks ago, we began a study of the book of 1 Corinthians on Sunday evening.  The church in Corinth was known for division. And yet Paul keeps reminding them of their unity in Christ.  I think that by not recognizing the unity we have in Christ is where we see an identity crisis in the church today. Continue reading “Does the Church Have an Identity Crisis?”

Unity in the Body of Christ

Unity in the Body of Christ

 

Isn’t it amazing that God takes those of various personalities and upbringings and ethnic backgrounds and puts them all together within the Church, the body of Christ?  It would be not only boring if everyone in the body of Christ were like me, or like you, but it also would not show forth the miracle of the Gospel and give God glory as it does when we see that God can take all sorts of people and unite them together. Continue reading “Unity in the Body of Christ”

A Scandal Closer to Home

A Scandal Closer to Home

 

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Continue reading “A Scandal Closer to Home”

Why Should I Fast?

Why Should I Fast?

 

A few weeks ago in our Sunday School class we looked at the following Scripture:

Matthew 6:14-18, “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Continue reading “Why Should I Fast?”

Of Politics and Morality

Of Politics and Morality

Everybody has an opinion when it comes to politics and religion.  In fact, it used to be said that one should never discuss those issues because of the division they tend to produce.  But the real division is not really between political parties or differences of opinion, no, the real dividing line is between those who believe that God’s Word is the ultimate authority for all things, and those who do not believe this fact. Continue reading “Of Politics and Morality”

The Blessing of New Horizons

The Blessing of New Horizons

New Horizons is the monthly magazine put out by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  A physical copy is sent to every member family at their homes. If you are a member of FBC and are not receiving it, let me know and I’ll get you on the mailing list.  However, you don’t have to have the physical copy to read New Horizons.  It is available online at www.opc.organd also in digital format.  At the first of the month I prefer to download it on my kindle and then read through it a few articles at a time throughout the month. Continue reading “The Blessing of New Horizons”

Cremation

Cremation

 

I always struggle in a weekly thought like this one where I want to introduce a topic that I will be preaching on, and yet not give all the information that will be in the sermon. How do I share some helpful thoughts and yet encourage you to come Sunday evening to hear God’s message to you on the topic of cremation?  I guess I simply try and do that. Continue reading “Cremation”

The Book of Hebrews

The Book of Hebrews

 

On Sunday we will begin a study of the book of Hebrews in the morning service.  Hebrews is a book that teaches us how Jesus fulfills the sanctuary, sacrifices, and priesthood established in the law of Moses.  You often hear me say that the more you understand the Old Testament, the easier it is to understand the New Testament.  This is certainly true with the book of Hebrews. The more you and I understand the sacrificial system and how Jesus came to fulfill it, the more we gain from our study of this book. Continue reading “The Book of Hebrews”

A Conversation Tool

A Conversation Tool

As we continue our discussion of the Joy of Church Membership during the morning service this week I wanted to give you a resource that you can use to share our congregation with others.  Providentially our church name can be used to share with people the type of church you attend and each individual word has a lot of meaning.  Our “official” name is: Faith Bible Church, Orthodox Presbyterian.   Continue reading “A Conversation Tool”

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