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Finding Jesus in Leviticus

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Let’s be honest.  Most of us either dread reading Leviticus in our Bible reading plans or skip over it altogether.  The book comes across as legalistic or out of touch with our reality, given that we have never had to obey kosher or purification laws.  Many Christians...

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Finding Jesus in Exodus

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All of us have endured times of suffering.  We have experienced seasons of financial hardship, lack of acceptance from others, medical hardship, loss of loved ones, and worry over what additional stresses tomorrow will bring.  Moses found himself in season of suffering while pleading...

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Genesis

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Happy New Year, First Baptist!  Last year we read through the New Testament together, and this year we will be reading through the first half of the Old Testament: one chapter a day Monday-Friday and then two chapters each on Saturday and Sunday.  I understand this will be an added...

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Revelation

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

This month we are finishing up our journey through the New Testament. I pray it has been a year of incredible growth for you in the Lord as you have spent time in His Word, and I pray you will continue to read with us in 2018 as we work our way through the first half of the Old...

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The "milk" and "meat" in Hebrews 5 -- unlocking the rest of the book of Hebrews

Posted by Dave Hoffman on

I was reading ahead a bit in Hebrews, and came across the passage in 5:11-14 where the writer talks about those who need still need "milk" and not ready for "solid food", obviously a metaphor for those who are undeveloped in their faith vs those who have matured.  But what exactly is he...

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Jesus is Better

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

We will be reading through several books in the month of October, but one I want us to pay extra attention to is the book of Hebrews. There are some complicated passages in the book, which Christian scholars have wrestled with throughout the centuries. However, almost all agree as to the overall...

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Vision Statement

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We are going to be continuing to read through the New Testament this month, but I want to take this month’s article to re-emphasize our vision statement moving forward. We spent the month of August preaching through these four sermons on our vision and core values. But summers are crazy...

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Good Works and the Gospel

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

In the month of August, we will be reading through the entire books of 2 Corinthians and Galatians, as well as covering most of Ephesians. Given that we covered the background of the church in Corinth last month, we will turn our attention to Galatians this month. This book was written because...

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Messy Churches

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

A prominent theologian once said, "There is no such thing as a perfect church, and if there were, it would cease to be one the minute I joined it." Despite this truth, approach church with the expectation that it should be perfect.  We are often shocked when others sin against us or we see...

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The Biggest Problem in the World

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

If I were to ask you, “What is the biggest problem in our world today?”How would you respond?  You may answer with such things as poverty,hunger, cancer, violence, or divisive politics.  Similarly, if I were to ask you, “What is the biggest problem in your...

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