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Events and Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection

These are my own notes taken from Don N. Howell, Jr., The Passion of the Servant: A Journey to the Cross (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009), pp. 351–61. Howell gives a great chart and ten pages of explanation for what I have abbreviated below. Matthew 28:1–4; Mark 16:1–3; Luke [...]

Personal Shepherding Goals and Guidelines for Pastor Huffstutler

With my dissertation now out of the way, I can give myself to you all the more. In doing so, I thought it would be helpful to communicate my personal goals and guidelines for meeting with the folks of our church on a more regular and personal basis. In a [...]

Some Thoughts on From Embers to a Flame

Our church has been studying a number of topics in God’s Word through the help of From Embers to a Flame (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2008), a book by Harry Reeder, a pastor who is a gifted Christian leader. While most of what this book says is helpful, there are a [...]

What is prayer? Prayer is pleading.

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The fifth item of prayer in this poem by Watts is “plead.” Watts explains pleading as “arguing our case with Him in a [...]

An Earthly Investment with Eternal Dividends

A quick review of a parable in Luke 16:1–8 allows us to understand an important lesson that Jesus taught in Luke 16:9. A mediocre manager reported to his master and was consequently fired for squandering his master’s goods (16:1–2). As a part of being relieved from his position, he was [...]

Hymns and Sermon Texts for Sunday Services, March 9 through June 8, 2014

Below is a schedule for the hymns and sermon texts for Sundays of March 9 through June 8. Recordings for the hymns in our hymnbook can be found here, and our hymnal supplement (labeled “Booklet” below) can be found here.   March 9, 2014 Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14–30 (Page 830) [...]

Health Screenings at First Baptist Church

Our church has annually opened our building to Life Line Screening to provide health screenings for any who choose to take advantage of this opportunity. Here is a short blurb they have provided to give details to what they offer: – First Baptist Church is pleased to offer a preventive health [...]

What is prayer? Prayer is petition.

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The fourth item of prayer in this poem by Watts is “petition.” We often think of a petition as a something that someone [...]

What is prayer? Prayer is confession.

 Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The third item of prayer in this poem by Watts is “confess.” We typically think of the word confess as it is used [...]

The Conduct and Confession of the Church

One of the first sermons I preached here at FBC was entitled “The Conduct and Confession of the Church,” a sermon from 1 Timothy 3:14–16. Since we looked at this text in the recent past, I thought it be best to give a summary of it here and move ahead [...]