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WORD MADE FLESH | WEEK EIGHT
Category: Pastor's Blog|Pastor's Blog | 09/21/2017

Were Together That’s not a typo. Those two words captured my heart as I studied. Peter the denier decided to go fishing. Do his friends step away? Leave him alone? Nope. Their response? ‘We’ll go with you.’ Imagine the enormity | Read More

Were Together

That’s not a typo. Those two words captured my heart as I studied. Peter the denier decided to go fishing. Do his friends step away? Leave him alone? Nope. Their response? ‘We’ll go with you.’

Imagine the enormity of that. James and John could have easily said, ‘Go ahead. So what?’ Thomas could have just brushed it aside as ‘Peter being Peter.’ But they didn’t. And neither should we.

We’re in this together. Changing culture? Increasing hostility toward the things of God? Confusion regarding holiness and the gospel? Upheavals in relationships? Economic collapse? Mental breakdowns? Our response should be like theirs.

But is it? Each of us have stories were the church at large failed. Okay, so we see it. Now, let’s correct it. Turning the tide begins where it always begins with Jesus and his gospel.

This week I challenge — if we were on the playground, I’d say, ‘I dare you’ — say to someone this week. We’ll go with you. Then do just that. It’s so powerful knowing you’re not alone.

You can find the small group guide here (Word Made Flesh for 09/24/17). You can also download the Message 2017 Bible Reading Guide here (The Message).

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WORD MADE FLESH | WEEK SEVEN
Category: Pastor's Blog|Pastor's Blog | 09/12/2017

Four Words What if four words could change your destiny? Wouldn’t you want to know them? Wouldn’t you want your children to hear them? Do you remember those four words from Sunday? I hope some of you found yourself repeating | Read More

Four Words

What if four words could change your destiny? Wouldn’t you want to know them? Wouldn’t you want your children to hear them? Do you remember those four words from Sunday? I hope some of you found yourself repeating them. Reflecting. Considering. Applying. Maybe you missed them on Sunday or were not with us? What are those four words? Are you ready?

Jesus. In. My. Place.

What is the gospel? Where do we find hope when we fail? How can you address the painful accusations of the evil one? Jesus in my place. He stepped up and in to do what we could not do. No amount of good works will remove the pain of past sins. Attempts at self-salvation always end in futility. The blame for every wrong thing you’ve done he accepted. We can fall on Jesus in our pain and suffering because he suffered on our behalf.

He died the death that he did not deserve so that we could live a life we do not deserve. Pain? Torture? Humiliation? Pilate himself said, ‘I see no guilt in this man.’ Jesus did not deserve that. Joy? Peace? Fulfillment? Eternity in heaven? We do not deserve that.

So this week may we look and live. Look away from the worthless things of this world. Look unto the one worthy of worship and undying love. By faith see Jesus in your place.

You can find the small group guide here (Word Made Flesh for 09/17/17). You can also download the Message 2017 Bible Reading Guide here (The Message).

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WORD MADE FLESH | WEEK SIX
Category: Pastor's Blog|Pastor's Blog | 09/06/2017

Forgotten God Last week as I prepared for the message I read a shocking description of the Holy Spirit from two different authors. Both were seasoned pastors of different backgrounds and generations. How did they refer to the Spirit of | Read More

Forgotten God

Last week as I prepared for the message I read a shocking description of the Holy Spirit from two different authors. Both were seasoned pastors of different backgrounds and generations.

How did they refer to the Spirit of Truth? Each called the Paraclete the Forgotten God. The Holy Spirit is relegated to third place. People even believers call the Spirit ‘It.’ The Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is worthy of our time, attention, affection, and above all worship and glory.

Could it be that we’ve forgotten the One who distinguishes us from every religion and cult in the world? Let us repent and walk in obedience. I’m praying for a healthy dissatisfaction with status quo. Be being filled with the Spirit (Eph 5.18).

In order for people around us to see the difference Jesus makes within us we must yield to the Spirit’s work within us. Jesus put his Spirit within us so we could be known for power and love. But, what are we known for? Talent? Background? Wealth? Even churches are not known for the power and presence of the Spirit.

It’s time for the beloved church of Jesus to reverse the trend of neglect. Let’s pursue the Spirit-filled life of effectiveness God desires and we desire. The Spirit is ready and willing to come alongside us to help us live like Jesus.

You can find the small group guide here (Word Made Flesh for 09/10/17). You can also download the Message 2017 Bible Reading Guide here (The Message).

PS : If you read this message each week, your feedback would be appreciated.

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WORD MADE FLESH | WEEK FIVE
Category: Pastor's Blog|Pastor's Blog | 08/29/2017

Prodigal God No doubt many of us have read — even studied — the three stories in Luke 15. Artists have been inspired by the stories especially the last of them. We generally think of them this way — 1. | Read More

Prodigal God

No doubt many of us have read — even studied — the three stories in Luke 15. Artists have been inspired by the stories especially the last of them.

We generally think of them this way — 1. Lost Sheep; 2. Lost Coin; and 3. Prodigal Son. You might think being prodigal is the same as being lost. It isn’t. Prodigal means spendthrift or reckless living. The younger son spent his money on self-discovery and came up short. But is God prodigal?

Is God reckless or a spendthrift? Absolutely and unequivocally not! Is God lavish in his giving? Does he exuberantly and abundantly bless his people? Without a doubt. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.’ He lavishes grace on us in his Son.

The Son eats and sits at table with sinners because he incarnates the unconditional love of God. In Luke 15, you’ll see both the younger and older brother are alienated from their Father. Acceptance comes from the Father not what we do. This lavish love produces repentance in us.

Come home to the Father who loves you.

You can find the small group guide here (Word Made Flesh for 09/03/17). You can also download the Message 2017 Bible Reading Guide here (The Message).

PS : If you read this message each week, your feedback would be appreciated.

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WORD MADE FLESH | WEEK FOUR
Category: Pastor's Blog|Pastor's Blog | 08/22/2017

Costly Friendship This weekend we’re looking at Luke 9 in our Small Groups. Small group life moves us closer to Christ and fellow believers. His teaching is central to our identity and mission. Engaging with other disciples keeps us fresh | Read More

Costly Friendship

This weekend we’re looking at Luke 9 in our Small Groups. Small group life moves us closer to Christ and fellow believers. His teaching is central to our identity and mission. Engaging with other disciples keeps us fresh and develops intimacy. Intimacy found in the church is real opposed to what the world offers.

Jesus is on the move. Nothing will keep him from Jerusalem. It’s more than a place; it’s an event. Jerusalem represents his passion including his suffering, death, burial, and resurrection. Others don’t understand it and even reject him because of his focus (Luke 9.53). We find that true in the church. The more focused we become on his mission. Some will not understand and question us. They fall away.

He presses us. Remembering where Jesus is going reconsider verse 59. He invites us. The human response is, “Lord, let me first…” Jesus tells us that will not work. If we’re calling the shots, he isn’t Lord.

You’ll never go far with Jesus if you’re always saying, ‘me first.’

This Sunday is our Roots : New Member Class. I have an invitation for you. Maybe it’s been awhile? Or maybe you took the New Member Class before I came? If you are interested in attending as a refresher, contact Sheryl (office@fmfb.church). We need to make reservations for food.

You can find the small group guide here (Word Made Flesh for 08/27/17). You can also download the Message 2017 Bible Reading Guide here (The Message).

PS : If you read this message each week, your feedback would be appreciated.

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