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Peace on Earth?
by Thomas Hamblen on December 1st, 2022
As we approach the Christmas season, we meditate on the birth of our Savior and the events surrounding His birth. We look back to the time of Christ’s first coming and we look forward to His second coming.
A Brief Theology of Tearing Down Idols
by Cory Messerschmidt on September 1st, 2022
Through our summer Lifelink study of the book of Judges, we saw the pervasiveness of idolatry in Israel. The lessons from Israel’s disobedience of the Lord’s commands are greatly instructive for us today. When we become comfortable with idols, something is remarkably wrong!
by Cory Messerschmidt on July 1st, 2022
It is clear from Scripture that we are to have a multigenerational mindset. As Asaph says in the instruction-oriented Psalm 78, “we will… tell to the generations to come the praises of Yahweh.” (v.4) As Proverbs 13:22 instructs us, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” And yet, as theologian Doug Wilson says, “Christians almost never think about their great-grandchildren.”
God's High Calling for Women
by Cory Messerschmidt on April 27th, 2022
The month of May is one that is full of new life. As we (try to!) shake off the last vestiges of the Western New York winter, plants are beginning to grow leaves and flowers are coming up. It is fitting, then, that this is also the month in which we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Power, Paradox, and Paradigm Shift
by Cory Messerschmidt on March 1st, 2022
For the Christian seeking to faithfully follow Christ, it is imperative, out of love for Christ and others, to proclaim the good news of the gospel. There necessarily is a follow up question: how should we go about evangelism and the defense of the faith? We are presented with a pleothora of answers to this question today. Many promise to provide a new and innovative way of winning converts.
King of the Jews
by Thomas Hamblen on February 1st, 2022
After which king are we modeling ourselves? Are we following the teachings and example of Herod’s greatness or Jesus’ true greatness? My prayer is that we define greatness in accordance with scripture. As a church, may we seek to serve in our homes, workplaces, and social gatherings rather than to be served. Which king are we following?
Pastor's Ponderings on Thankful Thinking
by Thomas Hamblen on November 1st, 2021
As the leaves are changing and the air starts to become rather crisp, we look forward to many celebrations and plans during the holiday season. Celebration is a Biblical concept. The scriptures are loaded with details on how God’s people are to celebrate and remember His goodness and faithfulness. For example, celebrations were utilized to remember His character that He is holy, that He is just, that He is the provider, that He is the One who satisfies us, etc.
Biblical Success in Outreach Opportunities
by Cory Messerschmidt on October 1st, 2021
We undoubtedly live in a world where our perception of success is driven by numbers. A business is only seen as successful if it generates value for its stakeholders. An event is seen as successful if it draws a large crowd. A social media page is successful if its number of followers grows.
From Our Pastor’s Desk
Welcome to Pastor Leary’s Blog! Here you will find encouraging articles to equip you with biblical principles for the practical issues of life. Read along, be encouraged, and stay updated with the ministries of FBC as we continue to be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!