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In Matthew 16, Jesus uses a well-known metaphor to help his disciples understand the power of sin, even though it may not be as familiar to us today.  The metaphor is leaven.  In this sermon, Pastor Whaley examines how leaven works to understand its usage as a metaphor for the spiritual life.  Leaven can corrupt the good, or it can infiltrate the evil, but either way, it's potency is thorough.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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There are many differing understandings of the unpardonable sin which Jesus warns about in Matthew 12.  In this sermon from the Every Day with Matthew series, Pastor Whaley examines Jesus' words in light of what we know about the nature of God through His word and as revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ.  What we find is that our understanding of the unpardonable sin reveals more about what we think about the nature of God than it does about the sin itself.  This message was preached on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening.

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In this second sermon from the Every Day with Matthew series, Pastor Whaley examines the faith of the centurion who trusts in Jesus' authority alone to heal his servant.  Using Matthew 8:5-13 as a focus text, we learn the kingdom authority of Jesus is different from the authority of the religious leaders, it is recognizable to those with eyes to see and it is powerful for the those who believe.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening.

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A new year brings a new sermon series.  In this podcast, Pastor Whaley begins a sermon series meant to go along with the church's New Testament Reading Plan for 2015 entitled Every Day with Matthew.  As we begin a new year, there is a lot of talk about "the good life," but in Matthew 5, Jesus speaks of something much greater - the blessed life.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, LA.  Thank you for listening!

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The Christmas story is full of those who were not afraid to come near to Christmas.  In this sermon from the Christmas is Five Words series, Pastor Whaley looks at three people in the Christmas story to whom Christmas came near.  Through Joseph's nearness to Christmas, we learn that grace is always the law.  From Elizabeth's nearness to Christmas, we learn the Christian life is marked by joy almost as much as it is marked by grace.  From Mary's nearness to Christmas, we learn all things are possible in Christ.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, December 14, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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Christmas is full of singing.  In this sermon from the Christmas in Five Words series, Pastor Greg examines the angelic annunciation to the shepherds in Luke 2 in order to discover a template for true worship, not only at Christmas but all throughout the year.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

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Christmas is full of comings.  Mary and Joseph come to Bethlehem.  The Sheperds come to the manger.  The wise men come bidden by a star.  But, the greatest coming is the advent of the Son of God into our world.  In this Christmas series entitled Christmas in Five Words, Pastor Greg uses these examples from scripture to encourage us to truly come to Jesus at Christmastime.  This sermon was preached on Sunday, November 30, 2014.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

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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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