The Eclipse, God’s Glory, and the Gospel

As much of the world paused this week to witness the celestial spectacle of a solar eclipse, I was reminded of what the psalmist said in Psalm 19:1—the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.

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Hope: Beyond Wishful Thinking

Mar 28, 2024, Christian Living

Hope thou in God.

What does that phrase really mean? How can I make sure my hope is in IN GOD: not me, or another person, or my circumstances?

Thus began my study of Biblical hope, and it took me much deeper than I ever would have imagined…

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Lessons from My Garden: The Power of Pruning

Mar 06, 2024, Christian Living

Spring has sprung!

Well, almost. Technically, it’s still winter.

But, in my yard, the daffodils are nodding their cheerful heads, and the peach tree is about to burst into a glorious froth of pink blossom. So, like any good gardener, I grab my clippers and head out to prune…and weed and fertilize and transplant…

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The Meaning of Home

Home is a powerful word. Over 1,000 movie titles have the word “home” in them, and home is a central, emotional motif of much literature and art in general.

Whether you’ve gone away to war, college, or vacation, coming home just feels special.

Scripture gives us a few examples of homecomings…

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Tracing the Threads of “The Love of God”

The well-known, well-loved gospel song, “The Love of God,” at first reading might seem to be filled with hyperbole. Descriptions of God’s love as reaching beyond the highest star or the lowest hell, outlasting earth, stretching to eternity, and requiring oceans of ink, worlds of pens and scribes, and skies of paper to begin its telling strain our rational minds.

Yet, these comparisons are not hyperbole because they are literally true…

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Our Good Good Shepherd

Feb 07, 2024, Christian Living

When I was twelve years old, I attended the funeral for my 5-year-old cousin, Ronda, who had died of cancer. As difficult as that time was, it did not compare with the loss of both parents just three weeks apart last spring. I had a living hope that this separation was only temporary, and I would see them again. I claimed many promises from Scripture to sustain me, but I still sorrowed because my heart was broken.

And I let the sorrow overtake me…

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Help of the Helpless: O Abide with Me

In moments of profound loss and grief, we often find ourselves searching for an anchor—something to hold onto when the waves of sorrow threaten to overwhelm us. As I sat quietly in the van on the way home from a memorial service this past weekend in Atlanta, I was reminded of the timeless hymn, “Abide with Me.”

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Boldness: From Pilgrim’s Progress, to Paul, to the Practical

When you think of boldness, especially in the context of faith and sharing the gospel, what images spring to mind? Do you picture yourself as a bold person? Imagine if your life were infused with spirit-filled boldness. What exactly does that look like?

Let’s look together at some historical and biblical examples of boldness as well as some practical steps to bold witnessing.

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Snowflakes and Life’s Lessons: Embracing God’s Plans

Jan 18, 2024, Christian Living

I like snow when I like it, where I like it, and how I like it.

Otherwise, obviously, not so much! 

As I contemplated this reality, I recognized that this is often the same attitude that I have when approach what God sends me in my life.

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New Year: Old Resolutions

Jan 01, 2024, Christian Living

The ball (or in our case here in Raleigh—an acorn) has dropped. 

Confetti litters the ground. Kisses have been exchanged. The kids are finally in bed.  

Now what?

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About Friendship Baptist Church

Our purpose is to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel through the preaching of His Word and the making of disciples. At Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) we teach the Bible in order to facilitate spiritual growth in all of God’s people and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. God has graciously used Friendship to further His work both locally and across the globe since 1965.