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True Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Sunday, Pastor Whaley takes us to I Timothy 4 where Paul encourages believers to truly give thanks by recognizing three important truths:  everything made by God is good because God is always and only good, nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude, and God's word and prayer sanctify His blessings to us.  The teaching finishes with an exhortation to let our thanksgiving be an active verb rather than a passive one.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

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In the final installment of our Misremembering the Bible series, Pastor Whaley examines the axiom "to thine own self be true."  Far from actually being in the Bible, this expression is antithetical to the teaching of Christ found in Matthew 16:24-26.  There, Jesus reminds us that true life is not found in being true to ourselves, but in denying ourselves for His sake.  This message was preached on Sunday, November 9, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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We often bandy about the phrase "This, Too, Shall Pass," but is it really true?  In this sermon from the Misremembering the Bible series, Pastor Greg Whaley examines the phrase through the lens of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.  Beyond mere waiting for affliction to pass away, the believer can know that avoidance of suffering is impossible, but God uses affliction to produce in us an eternal weight of glory in the reality of that which does not pass away - the very word of very God.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, November 2, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church.  Thank you for listening. Listen Now:

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Every Christian wants to share God's love with those who are suffering.  Many times, the phrase "God will never put more on you than you can bear" is the means by which they comfort the hurting ones.  But, is that phrase true?  In this sermon from the Misremembering the Bible series, Pastor Whaley leads us to the Paul's thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 to answer that question.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church.  Thank you for listening.

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Have you ever felt like you were trapped in a maze?  In this sermon from the Misrembering the Bible series, Pastor Whaley looks at the axiom "When God shuts one door, He opens another" through the lens of Luke 5.  The sermon seeks to answer 3 questions.  Is God the author of all closed doors?  Does God mean for us to learn His will only by opened and closed doors in our lives?  Are open and closed doors the best way to understand His will for our lives?  This sermon was preached on Sunday, October 19, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church.  Thank you for listening.

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In the latest installment of the sermon series, Misremembering the Bible, Pastor Whaley takes on the oft-used expression, "God Moves in Mysterious Ways."  Using Colossians 1:24-27 as a focus text, Pastor Whaley shares the important truth that while God can be mysterious, His desire is to be understood by those whom He loves and the only true way of understanding God comes through Jesus Christ.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening.

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In the sermon series Misremembering the Bible, Pastor Greg Whaley calls us to move beyond the tired cliches to find out what the Bible really has to say.  This week, Pastor Greg examines the saying "To Err is Human, To Forgive, Divine" in the light of Colossians 3:12-17.  While the saying maybe true in a broad sense, it is incomplete according to the scriptures.  Forgiveness is a trait of all of those who have experienced the magnificence forgiveness of Christ in their life.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  This is podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Lousiana.  Thank you for listening.

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The Anchor of Life

On this special morning of celebration of the music ministry of church pianist Janice Adams, Pastor Emeritus Bob Adams teaches a message of hope and assurance from Hebrews 6:13-20.  Using the scripture metaphor of an anchor, Rev. Adams shows us the substance of the anchor which is God Himself, the certainty of the anchor which is God's unchanging character, and the effect of the anchor which is the hope of every believer.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening.

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Pastor Whaley continues his sermon series entitled Misremembering the Bible by taking a look at the familiar phrase "Cleanliness is Next to Godliness."  While the phrase has great usage in the vernacular of the church, it is not found in the Bible.  In Mark 7, Jesus shows us that we are defiled from within and are in need of cleansing from without through Him alone.  The idea that we can clean ourselves up in order to find more favor with God can lead to a wrong understanding of God and salvation. 

This sermon was preached on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening.

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Lament into Hope

Micah Collins fills in for Pastor Whaley this week. Micah takes a look at Lamentations 3 and speaks to us about the nature of lament and hope. Micah highlights that within the Christian life lament and hope should be so unalterably entwined that the former must inevitably turn into the latter. Further, Micah teaches that the hope we must garner and treasure can only be the eternal life bought for us by our Savior Jesus Christ. This sermon was preached on Sunday, September 7, 2014. This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa. Thank you for listening.

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