The FBEer


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Dec 2015

Hey FBE-ers! There are some difficult things about being a pastor. For instance: sometimes it is difficult to measure success.  I could count filled seats… but a big crowd might just mean we have entertaining music and a really handsome pastor… and not necessarily that lives are turning toward Christ. But there is one thing that helped me here at FBE.  Since we record our sermons, I can always return to a sermon that I knew God spoke through.  Sometimes I need to do this.  I don’t have an ego trip that......

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Dec 2015

It is amazing… the things we take for granted as biblical truths… that aren’t actually in the Bible. “God won’t give me any more than I can handle!”   The Bible doesn’t say this.   For example… David couldn’t handle Goliath without God.   So the victory – AND THE “PRESSURE” – was God’s.   And David learned to LEAN NOT ON HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING (or strength) but on God.  Being anxious about nothing.  Be free to say, “I can’t handle this.”   Then lean on God in trusting faith, and see......

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Dec 2015

Interpretation of these beatitudes largely reflect the work of Mark D. Rotramel in his doctoral work, “Enhancing Transformational Leadership of Deacons Through A Spiritual Formation Model Using the Beatitudes in a Series of Lectio Divina Prayer Experiences.”  Please see the previous posts on Matthew 5:3-7. Matthew 5:9Blessed are those who draw others into God’s peace, for they shall be identified as God’s very offspring. “Those who draw others into God’s peace…”  The term is “peacemakers.” What is peace?How would one “make” it? The Hebrew context that Jesus speaks from uses the term, “Shalom.” Shalom......

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10
Dec 2015

Hey FBE-ers! Sorry for the late issue!  I had originally wanted to put out the FBE-er more frequently during this focus on the family…  We’ll see how it goes from here! I’ve been humbled over and over by Beka.  One of the difficult things about being a pastor is that people often expect you to have all the answers, and, if you’re not careful, you begin to agree with them!!! I give premarital counseling, and I help married couples look to scripture to find God’s standards for their marriage.  I preach on......

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10
Dec 2015

Hey FBE-ers, The Palm Leaf represented triumph and victory, and often the peace that was wrought through that victory. When Jesus entered Jerusalem He did not enter as a conquering king.  As Garland puts it, “There are no military trappings, no trophies of war, no captives, and no white horse – none of the things associated with triumphal processions.   is to be compared to the celebratory welcomes of a royal or other dignitary.  Jesus comes as a king, not a king of war, but a king of peace”  (Exegetical Commentary......

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10
Dec 2015

Hey FBE-ers! Well… I got on one of my soapboxes yesterday during the sermon.  And I’m glad I did.  And I’m ’bout to hop up on it again and attack a bit of “pop-theology.” Pop theology – popular theology that pops up all over the place and may be biblically unfounded and ultimately destructive. Here is the destructive and totally biblically unfounded piece of theology that I harped on yesterday:“God will never give you anything that you can’t handle.” This sounds so good… and is so close to the truth.  But it......

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Dec 2015

Interpretation of these beatitudes reflect the work of Mark D. Rotramel in his doctoral work, “Enhancing Transformational Leadership of Deacons Through A Spiritual Formation Model Using the Beatitudes in a Series of Lectio Divina Prayer Experiences.” Blessed are those who are brokenhearted over this broken world,  for they will be comforted.   “Broken hearted over this broken world” – “Those who mourn“   Those who were “poor” in Isaiah 61, were also mourners in need of comfort – Isa 61:2-3. They mourned because they suffered. They mourned because the world was broken......

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Dec 2015

Duh.If you believe in God at all you are most likely to believe that there is only one of ’em.  Even those old toga touting guys like Plato and Aristotle figured the multitude of gods who acted like immature humans were probably just myth.  There could only be one “unmoved mover.”  Everything is created except for the One who made it all… and what do you call that volitional essence that exists on his own authority… what kind of perfect power is that!?        We call Him God. It is old......

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10
Dec 2015

They are not outdated.  They are not opposed to grace.  Jesus did not divide his original teachings in Torah from his teachings while he walked the earth.  In Matthew chapter 5 he distinguishes between what his teachings in Torah really meant as opposed to the popular interpretations of his day… So how do we look at these rules and regulations? Like Joy Davidman in her book, Smoke on the Mountain, I’m afraid we look at these rules like a certain old African cannibal reportedly did. “You mean I should not take my......

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