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I invite you to visit me at my new blog. I have moved all of the previous articles from this blog over to the new blog, so they can still be accessed through the search feature.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Encouraging Story of Daniel

July 10, 2011 – Romans 15.4 (Encouraging Stories to Bring us Hope)

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Encouraging Story of Daniel

The following sermon was preached at the First Baptist Church of Benbrook on Sunday morning, July 10, 2011.

The Encouraging Story of Daniel

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

This Week’s Memory Verse: Ephesians 6.12-13

 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6.12-13 ESV)


 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Encouraging Story of Daniel

July 10, 2011 – Romans 15.4 (Encouraging Stories to Bring us Hope)

Sunday Morning Sermons are also podcast through iTunes under FBC Benbrook Sermons

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Posted by on July 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Yielding to and Resisting Authority

Romans 13.1-7 – June 26, 2011 AM
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Dignity or Recovery?

Things are getting bad in Greece. Their government is set to vote on “austerity measures” on Wednesday. “Austerity measures” is a fancy term for recognizing that they can no longer spend money they don’t have, so they have to spend less. Greece’s national debt is 150% of its annual economic output. That means that if a household’s income was $50,000 a year, their debt payments would be $150,000 a year. How long could you tread water? (Read the full story on Yahoo news)

A key member of parliament just announced that he would be supporting the measures, saying,

“I have made the decision to vote for the plan because national interests are more important than our own dignity.”

Translation: as embarrassing as this is to admit that our debt is 150% of our income, our only hope is to admit the mess and turn away from continuing the behavior that caused the mess.

In spiritual language, we call this confession and repentance. Confession is agreeing with God that our behavior or attitudes are sinful. Repentance is a change of mind that produces a change of direction. It is the decision to stop walking one way and to start walking another way.

Confession is humbling. Repentance is the path to healing.

Basic spiritual principles never change.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

This Week’s Memory Verse: Ephesians 6.10-11

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6.10-11 ESV)

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Our Prayers Help: A Meditation on Philippians 1.19

Our church is witnessing a miracle.

The dictionary defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” Divine intervention. God steps in. God changes the natural course. A miracle.

Our church is familiar with the story of Justin Weldon, but you can read about it on his blog. Justin is fighting Leukemia. First diagnosed in 2004, it almost killed him before he started chemotherapy. After three and a half years of treatment, the cancer went into remission in 2008. Justin moved forward with his life, finishing college, graduating from the fire academy, getting married. But just before his daughter was about to be born, the cancer returned. In 2010, he was told that the cancer was in 90% of his bone marrow. His only hope was to take chemotherapy again, ridding the bone marrow of cancer, and then get a bone marrow transplant. Round one of chemo brought the levels down to 5%, and word just came back that round two has brought the cancer level down to 0%. His bone marrow transplant is scheduled for July. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

God Can Make A Way: Understanding the Vision of Zechariah 5

The Scriptures make a very clear promise: all Scripture is profitable for teaching, correction, and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be equipped for every good work (see 2 Timothy 3.16-17). I wonder if the apostle Paul, who wrote those words, was reading the same Old Testament I am reading.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe the promise to be true, but there sure are some parts of the Bible where the profitability margins seem to be quite small. For the vast majority, the profitability of the Word of God is obvious, but there are those sections where I seem to leave doing more head scratching than soul feeding. As a general rule, the writings of the prophets seem to fall more into the confusion category than the enlightening category, but even among the prophets there are those parts that are just way beyond the pale. Zechariah 5 might be the poster child for the confused reader of Scripture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized