July 2017

“The Ten Commandments” – Part Six

Did you hear the number of murders in Chicago just this last weekend and over the course of this last year? Multiply these senseless deaths with thousands more across our nation. Jesus said that if we thought murderous thoughts in our hearts we already committed the act of murder in God’s sight. All of us are guilty of breaking the law of God, not once or twice but literally thousands of times. What’s the difference between some translations that say, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and ‘Thou shalt not murder’? Is there a difference and is there ever an excuse for killing? What about the Old Testament and the countless lives taken with the blessing and sanction of God Himself? These are the things we will consider as we bring this sixth commandment home and as we Listen for LIFE!

June 2017

The Ten Commandments – Five Part B

What is the Biblical Blueprint for the sanctity of the human family? In our Ten Commandment study the fifth commandment of giving honor to fathers and mothers implies an acoustical relationship between parents and their children. Parents are to speak for God and children are to listen. The family is under attack today by the world, the flesh and the devil. It is time for the serious believer to stand up and step in to the mantle God has placed on the shoulders of Fathers and Mothers in a team partnership to raise up the next godly generation. Parents are tasked with the evangelism and discipleship of their children for the betterment and health of society. Who we raise will one day either raise the standard of Christ or seek to tear it down. Bring it HOME as you listen for Life!

The Ten Commandments – Five

Marriage and the Family is under attack today. Does anybody question that? Why, some might ask? The answer is very simple, whatever God esteems and values rebellious man does his utmost to undermine and destroy. To understand where God stands on any issue all one need do is find out where fallen and depraved mankind stands and take the opposite view. The first institutions created by God for mankind were marriage and the family unit. This message speaks of what and who we need to give honor too. Respect for parental authority is the very basis and foundation for human civilization and survival. Pastor Pete unwraps the fifth commandment on the protection of the family as God designed it. This Father’s Day message is of the utmost importance for us and for our children for generations to come. Bring it HOME as you listen for LIFE!

The Ten Commandments – Four

In our fourth installment in the Ten Commandment Series, we discover the meaning behind God's instruction for the Sabbath. This commandment is surrounded with controversy and confusion. We know God is not the author of confusion, Satan is. Entire denominations have this commandment as the ultimate acid test for committed Christianity. Is it? What is the Sabbath principle and are we as believers responsible to worship on Saturdays? Bring it home as you listen for LIFE!

The Ten Commandments – Three

In this third part of the Ten Commandments series Pastor Pete unwraps the meaning and warning of the third commandment: (Exodus 20:7) taking the name of the Lord in vain. Scholars have debated for millennia on the meaning of this commandment. The practical ramifications of following and breaking this law of God are astounding. This commandment doesn't just limit itself to swear words where God's name is used as an oath of derision. An Old Testament example is given of two priests: Nadab and Abihu and the strange fire they offered to the Lord in Leviticus 9:22-10:11. Bring it home as you listen for LIFE!

May 2017

“The Ten Commandments – Two

What does God want with me? What does God want from me? These are questions we rarely ask but should, for in these two questions reside the entire reason and purpose for our eternal existence. If we miss this we could potentially miss it all. The Ten Commandments reveal the heart of God. Last time we looked at the first commandment and how it was God's heart protecting the truth of Who and What He is. We must protect what we believe about God for in theology we find out who we are and what God expects and will ultimately inspect / judge. The second commandment is God's protection of true worship. God is looking for true worshipers. This detour from the study of the book of Romans is a necessary tour into the very heart and throne room of God Himself. Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!

Whatever Happened to Sin? Part Two

Last week Pastor Pete introduced the giving of the law from Exodus Chapter 19:1-20:2. The way the law of God was given is just as important as the law itself. We need a proper fear of God again within our churches and within our own personal lives. In this week's message we will hear the moral law itself and answer three relevant questions for each of the ten commandments: 1.) What is the meaning of this law? 2.) What happens if we break this law? 3.) What are the blessings if we walk in the Spirit seeking to keep this law? Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE! This service is dedicated to the memory of Josh Seibert, fine Christian man, fearless preacher of the gospel and defender of the faith.

April 2017

“Whatever Happened to Sin?”

The Moral Law of God (The Ten Commandments) was never intended to be ten suggestions. God is holy, just and good just as His Word and just as His law is holy, just and good. The laws of God illustrate the character and holiness of God. To break the law is to offend the very Person of God Himself. So then, how do we approach a holy, perfect and Sovereign God? This message, from Pastor Pete is taken primarily from Romans 7:13 and Exodus 19: Within these two chapters we gain insight into the giving and receiving of the law to Moses and to the children of Israel. Their initial response and attitude in receiving the law of God should be a great example to us of what God expects of us and from us today. "Whatever Happened to Sin?" Part One. Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!

“What Shall We Say Then”

Unfortunately, much confusion exists inside and outside of the church today on the subject of the Law of God and its purpose to reveal, provoke, lead and settle its holy, righteous and perfect purpose. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 7:7-12, leads his readers to a thoughtful conclusion as to the Law of God and its purpose in our lives. "What Shall We Say Then?" - (Is the Law, SIN?) Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!

Living the Resurrected Christian Life

This year FBC celebrated Easter with a theme and exhortation to live the resurrected Christian life. The program was divided into four parts with each part giving a Scripture reading, music and a short exhortation. The Seven words of encouragement in the challenge to live the resurrected Christian life came with an exhortation: for Goodness Sake, for Christ's Sake, for God's Sake, for Pete's Sake, for Mercy's Sake, for Pity's Sake and lastly, for Heaven's Sake. Let's Bring it Home as we Listen for LIFE!