March 14, 2016
by John Pleasnick
FYI- Desiring God ministries has released a new book, full of readings to prepare your heart for Good Friday and Easter. The book is called Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy and is available digitally for free. Get it now, so you can start reading on Palm Sunday (March 20) and continue through Easter.
Download ‘Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy’
December 29, 2015
by Peter Spiers
We humans have a thirst for knowledge. We have a passion to expand our understanding of the nature of things. For example, we have developed numerous satellites that probe the mysteries of the physical universe. We’ve walked on the moon and placed robotic data gathering “dune buggies” on Mars. We now have imaging machines that can examine the previously unseen world of molecules—the smallest building blocks of the material universe. We have developed a super computer that can process quadrillions (e.g. 1,000 trillion!) of data per second. Wow, if we keep going we will figure out everything, right?
While we humans have come to understand much that is true about life, and science and technology have developed things that bring tremendous value and help millions of people, there is one thing we humans will never truly figure out on our own—what life is ultimately all about. What is its true origin? Where is it going? What does it mean? Why is the world like it is? What is our purpose? Why am I the way I am? Continue Reading →
December 22, 2015
by Francisco Martinez
What if on December 25th you woke up to no Christmas tree, no gifts, no tamales nor menudo? What if you woke up to no Christmas? What would life be like without Christmas?
Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we often forget the true meaning of Christmas and embody the opposite of what Christmas means. And like Scrooge, we often need visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come to remind us what Christmas means. For the Christian, however, it is not ghosts of Christmas but the Holy Ghost of God that reminds us what Christmas is all about. For the Christian, December 25th is not about celebrating a holiday, but celebrating the birth of a person—the King.
While many are demanding we go from a merry Christmas to a happy holiday, even Christians often do not embody the true meaning of why we come together and celebrate because we get caught up with the giving, gifting, and eating. Unlike A Christmas Carol, Christmas is more than just kindness, generosity, and compassion. It is about celebrating the miraculous birth of the coming King. A life without Christmas is a life with neither the truth of a virgin birth nor the blood of a belittled King to wash away our sins. A life without Christmas is a life without hope, peace, joy, or good news. Continue Reading →
December 17, 2015
by John Pleasnick
If you are a man actively participating in Faith Bible Church, we would like to invite you to consider joining the Training Center this fall.
The Training Center is a 3-year course of study designed to create mature men of God who will lead in the local church. It focuses on creating a solid foundation in the Bible and theology, teaching men to shepherd the local church and teaching men to lead in the local church.
Applications will be available at church in January.
If you want to get a head start, here’s some books that will help get you ready in different ways:
- Talk Thru the Bible, Wilkinson & Boa — bible survey
- How to Read the Bible for All its Worth, Fee & Stuart — bible survey
- How to Interpret the Bible for Yourself, Mayhue — bible interpretation
- Spiritual Disciplines of Christian Life, Whitney — spiritual walk
- Every Thought Captive, Pratt — apologetics
- New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, Bruce — bible history
- Taking God at His Word, DeYoung — bible inerrancy
- Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer — character of God
- Disciplines of a Godly Man, Hughes — personal holiness
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Tripp — caring for others
- The Earthly Career of Jesus, the Christ, Culver — in-depth look at life & ministry of Jesus
NONE of these are required reading, but each of them works through a topic which we spend significant time on in TC.
We are also format-agnostic, so you can read print (new/used/borrowed), digital or listen to audio — just make sure you internalize and think through whatever it is you are studying!
December 8, 2015
by Francisco Martinez
“Do they know what they sing?” exclaims my wife every time we witness an unbelieving musician singing a gospel-rich Christmas carol. How can there be no response to people singing such powerful words? Do they not know what they sing? Christmas carols are theologically rich and preach Christ. Yet, those who sing them on stage remain unsubmissive. Do they not know what they sing?
Every Starbucks we walk into and every church in the country will be playing gospel-rich carols. But, do we actually know what they say? When we sing and hum along, do we know what we sing?
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