love the church

Do you love God’s church? Do you love the bride of Christ?

Our love and allegiance to our King Jesus is made evident in our love for His people!

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God and country article

This is very timely. Please, please, please read this article. Please do not allow yourself to be turned at all away from the cross of  a crucified Savior. Our faith and trust is in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and that alone!

2 Corinthians 4:5 “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”

“On Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

advice for young preachers

“#3 AVOID COMMENTARIES”

“Commentaries can be useful tools, but they can be deadening for preachers. Spend more time in the biblical text and thinking for yourself about it, and less time answering the problems of the commentators. Scholars who write commentaries are talking to each other, answering each others’ questions. They are not the questions that the person in the pew has, and they’re often not what the text is about either. Even the best, biblical commentators still have to answer many questions entirely irrelevant to the people you are serving on a Sunday morning. Knowing the answers to these questions is still important, but you can’t let it take up all your sermon preparation time.”

You can read Phillip Jensen’s whole article here. Very helpful.

God answers prayers

Over the last year, we have been very intentional at FBCF about praying more.  Here lately, I have been teaching through Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 6 about prayer. Jesus clearly teaches that His followers should spend time in private prayer. “go to your room, shut the door, pray to your Father.”

Well several months ago, I challenged the church to pick one thing to begin praying for.  Something BIG.  Something so big that you doubt it will happen. And then pray hard. Pray and pray and pray, believing that God answers prayers.

Well today I ran into a lady who reminded me that I challenged the church to do that, and she told me that she had been praying for months for this one person to get saved. The person was mean and dishonest and bad and often in trouble. The person also was nearly 40 years old.

Then just the other day she saw this person carrying a Bible and the person told them they had found Christ.

WOW! God had answered her prayers. With tears in her eyes, she said “He heard my prayers.”

Yes, He did. And now someone knows the all-satisfying King Jesus!

Lets keep praying for the salvation of the people around us. God will answer.

I cannot wait to tell the church this story on Wednesday night during Prayer Meeting!

dinosaur train

Each morning during breakfast, JJ, Eli and Daddy watch some cartoons. One of our favorites is Dinosaur Train. It comes on channel 13.

Some shows may be better, but the opening song (the theme song) to this one is so good. Eli never lets me miss it. We sing and dance loudly throughout the house.

give me Jesus

I love this song!
I do not have a lot of my funeral planned out (i don’t think about it often), but I do hope this song will be played at my funeral. It is so good. This song is so good, it surpasses any preference of style or form.

“You can have all this world…give me Jesus!”

homemade 3-seater

I made this 3-seater. JJ & Eli love it. We go for rides nearly every evening, and the boys think it is a blast.

Both of these are meant to go on the back, but I spent a few days working on it and made it happen.

new kitchen

As remodeling continues to happen around our church, we are also filling the church with more visible Scripture.

A few guys in our church have this new business where they are putting Scripture on walls. Everyone is enjoying it!

Here is a picture of our new and much improved kitchen. It has 1 Corinthians 10:31 above it. It has been completed just in time because tonight we begin back our Wednesday night dinners.

one of my newest favorite songs

–Here is the chorus
“Like a G5 yeah you rushed to rescue me Took a cross in exchange for a throne to save me You began the work and I know you’ll finish And make all things right when you come back Cause you’re my hero, you already saved the day Cause you’re my hero, and I know you’re coming back for me”

–Here are some lyrics from the last verse at the end of the song.
“New Heaven, new Earth that’s where all His sheep dwell
Cause Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed
Died the death we couldn’t die, paid our price with 3 nails
Began the work He promised, in the end we all will be well
Already beat our enemies and when His Kingdom’s realized
All those who oppose Him will see Jesus with some real eyes
Deliverance is offered us, the hero He is urging us
Salvation is exclusive to His people who have turned to trust”