Category: Bible Reading Challenge

How do we overcome the shame that gets in the way of sharing our need, of discovering community? I think first we need to learn to forgive ourselves.  We can accept God’s forgiveness, but then forgiving ourselves can be even harder. Second, as a church we need to be a people of grace allows people to come as they are and share their struggles.  Those two things together I believe help us overcome shame. What are we christians in this age of grace supposed to learn from todays scripture Acts…

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My sin tends to be socially acceptable.  How do I learn to recognize these sins that so easily entangle? What a great question.   I think we often see sin as just those things that are not socially ‘okay’.  yet our culture itself is sinful and we can easily get caught up in the sinful ways of the world.   So to answer your question of how do recognize these sins… root yourself in scripture – be familiar with God’s way of doing things. Be rooted in prayer – pray…

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We had just one question on Sunday…. so here it is: What do we do with doubt, how do we cope with it in our walk with God, in our worship? I think this is a great question and one very relevant to the church and to the world.   I think too often we see doubt as a failure of faith, rather than just a weakness of faith.    This question comes out of our text this morning – the great commission in Matthew 28.  There’s a little reflected…

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My three daughters and I watched this movie.  It was a great opportunity to talk about and “live” the story of Moses.   My 9 year old daughter commented, “The part where Moses drops the 10 Commandments isn’t true”… to which my 7 year old responded, “Yes it is!”  This movie opened up a great opportunity to discuss as we watched and after we watched. A few things that troubled me as I watched… I never envisioned Moses to be as angry as he was portrayed throughout the movie.  That…

Bible Reading Challenge Culture Faith Family

You mentioned in the Sunday service that separating the children from the service is a form of exile. Your comment seemed to be a bit of an exaggeration to me, not to mention a misuse of the meaning of an exile. Are the ministries at the church meant to help people relate to and learn about God at a level for them to understand? FBC has Sunday school for children, youth, and adults, small groups for adults, young adults, support groups for those who have experienced miscarriage and loss, get togethers…

Bible Reading Challenge Children Culture Faith Family Sermon

So we had a few questions from the sermon on Sunday and one that is a more general question…..  How do  we share that which we found life changing without elevating the messenger? I think the key is to give God the glory.  To give God the credit for those things that change our lives.  When we do that, our focus shifts from us to God and it acts as a witness pointing people to God and not to ourselves.  If you know your life has been going into a…

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How much does it cost to send a camper to camp? great question and I hope we’ll have this in the bulletin this week in preparation for our benevolent offering in June/July that goes towards camperships.   The rates for camp range between $175 for Juniors Camp and  $320 for the intermediates camp.   The rest of the camps fall somewhere in that range. How do you think Mosess felt with all the death of children?  Even though they were children of their oppressors, I can’t image he would have…

Bible Reading Challenge Faith Sermon

SO I wasn’t preaching this week – Albert Heal was.  He took some time and responded to the two text questions we had this week.  Hope his responses are helpful to you! The shame, the hidden things are told in the bible stories (I wouldn’t tell these stories if I wanted to convince people). How do we find the willingness to let God work thru our failings? I agree that none of us want our shameful things revealed, let alone in Scripture where everybody can read the accounts. However, the…

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Hi Everyone – a little delayed in posting my responses this week…. my apologies.  I’ve been in Vancouver for some meetings and have found little time to sit down and do this! SO here we go….. Sermon Questions: If God’s word says ‘how’ He created the world why would we question it?   If He says what He created each day why do we dispute it?   Either we believe him or we don’t. I think the reason we question is not to dispute God… but to understand God.  …

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What a great image – Jesus blood stains us in a way that does wash away. We are stained clean. to be clear the language is ‘washed clean’ and I adapted that in my sermon reflecting on how blood stains fabric… and here we have fabric washed in the blood of the lamb as Revelation says.   So I used the phrase ‘stained clean’.  I wanted to be clear what scripture said vs. what I said.   I used that image to indicate the permanence of  being washed white.  …

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