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Understanding Leviticus

If you have been following the Robert Murray M’Cheyne reading plan with the church family, then you finished reading the book of Leviticus. Leviticus is not a book that we tend to spend a lot of time in.  It may have even been your first time reading the book.  As we read through the prescribe sacrifices, temple... Read More

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Are We Together? A Book Review

Reading good books can be very helpful in our Christian walk, and as many of you who attend Forest Baptist Church know, I just return from Together for the Gospel with a stack of 17 free books! It is my desire as I work through these new titles to include a short review of each book so you can know what your... Read More

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The Great Commission Comparison

Yesterday morning we considered the Great Commission from Matthew 28, and although we referenced both Luke’s and Mark’s presentation of the Great Commission, we did not compare all four versions of this command. Yet each version provides us with some unique content, both about the command and about the role God... Read More

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Saved by the Church?!

 Last week saw one of the leading voices in evangelicalism come under fire. On February 28th Pastor Andy Stanley said that if you attend a church of 200 people you are “so stinkin’ selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids,... Read More

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Following Christ

I was out for coffee this morning with a friend. As we talked, the conversation turned to our commitment to Christ and just how radical it should be.  The question wasn’t so much if we should be committed.  That was a given.  Instead, we talked more about what that commitment should look like in everyday life.  ... Read More

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What is up with Lent?

The season of Lent is upon us. Although I don’t do facebook, my wife keeps informing me of everyone’s posts about what they are giving up for Lent.  What used to be a practice reserved for the Catholic and Liturgical churches has, in recent days, found a commonplace in mainstream evangelicalism.  All of us know... Read More

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Humility

Genesis 41:15 Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “The answer is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”   Have you ever wondered what it was like to be one of Joseph’s brothers? When I think of Joseph, my mind goes to that verse that says you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in... Read More

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Sowing the Seed

Mark 4:26-29 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seeds upon the soil; and goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts up and grows− how he does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.  But when the... Read More

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Hell is for Real

Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.   One day in Bible College I was walking through the library when I saw one of my friends pouring over a stack of books. I stopped to say hi, and over the course of conversation I asked what he was working on. He... Read More

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Handling Accurately the Word of Truth

Nehemiah 8:8   Recently I read David Helm’s book Expository Preaching (I know, it sounds like a page burner). One of the chapters was dedicated to how some misuse the Bible. Helm gives a number of vivid illustrations, but my favorite was called inebriated preaching.  In this illustration the Bible is a lamp post. ... Read More