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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December 1, 2015
by Francisco Martinez
“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.” – Charles Spurgeon
We have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Many Christians today want to make the Bible relevant when it is already relevant. The word of God has something to say about everything. Where the Bible doesn’t address things explicitly or directly, it addresses implicitly and in principle. Also, God has graciously given us the Holy Spirit, who opens up the eyes of our heart to illuminate the path that the word of God has provided to keep our feet from stumbling.
Most certainly then, the Bible speaks about productivity. As Mr. Spurgeon notes in the quote above, the Bible says much about how to be faithful with little so we can do a great deal of work in our life. The proverbs give us wisdom on how we should work. In the New Testament, Jesus calls us to faithful stewardship over what we have been given and Paul challenges us to be excellent in our work (Colossians 3:23-24).
God is the only being in the universe who has accomplished everything on his to-do list. Being made in the image of God, man is drawn to a productive life but struggles to be productive because of sin. It is because of this that productivity gurus such as Peter Drucker, David Allen, Stephen Covey, and Tim Ferriss have the massive audiences that they do – productivity is critical and we need help. Continue Reading →