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Why are we here?  It is an age old question, but one that takes even more urgency in the post-modern melee of meaninglessness.  In this sermon from the Questions for Kingdom Living series, Pastor Whaley takes a basic outline from a book entitled "The Purpose Driven Life" and explores it as framework for finding our purpose in today's world.  When we understand we are planned for God's pleasure, formed for God's family, created for Christlikeness, shaped for God's service, and made for a mission, God's unique purpose for our lives will be made clear.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, October 25, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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We all know the biblical imagery in Revelation 21 used to describe heaven such as streets of gold and pearly gates.  Yet, immediately after those words, John give us a clearer picture of heaven that moves beyond mere physical description into the forever, kingdom life of the believer.  If we believe Jesus' prayer for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, then we can know what heaven is really like by seeing and living the kingdom life of Christ here and now.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, October 18, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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The world's idea of hurt is to just deal with it, to endure it purposelessly.  The world says, "Pain we can help, but for hurt, there's nothing we can do." In this teaching from the Questions for Kingdom Living sermon series, Pastor Whaley reminds us from the book Job that God is always with us in our hurt, He is always working in us through our hurt, and He is always winning through us over our hurt.  True healing begins when we give our hurt over to the only One who can safely take it and transform it into something holy and something sacred.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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There is no action without the accompanying volition to do something.  Student Minister, Rev. Micah Collins, teaches from the book of Philippians about the commitment of the disciple's life in this podcast.  In it, Rev. Collins leads us to consider our commitment to God, our commitment to church, and our commitment to kingdom service.  Following through on the mission God has for us is every believer's responsibility.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, October 4, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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True forgiveness is an elusive concept in the world of equations and experiments in which we are currently living.  In this sermon from the Questions for Kingdom Living sermon series, Pastor Whaley examines what true forgiveness looks like in the person of Jesus Christ.  In the doing we come to understand that one of the reasons our world is bereft of a true understanding of forgiveness is that Christians are not displaying this type of forgiveness in their own lives for all the world to see.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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What does prayer do?  Believers and seekers alike struggle with true understanding.  Yet, Jesus gives a model prayer which not only provides a template for conversing with the Father, but it also gives a picture of the things that mark the kind of prayer God desires.  In this teaching from the Questions for Kingdom Living sermon series, Pastor Whaley examines the Lord's Prayer in order to empower our conversations with God to more fullness.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, September 20, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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As we continue our Questions for Kingdom Living sermon series, we examine one of the most important questions of our age, or any other.  Who is Jesus?  Philosophers seek to answer this question with ideas.  Scientists seek to answer this question with equations and experiments.  Many of us seek to answer the question from the mixed-up quagmire that is our emotional self.  But, Jesus answers this question for us in His word - repeatedly.  If we are truly seeking an unfiltered answer to this most important question, we must deal with with what He says first and foremost.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, September 6, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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Pastor Whaley returns to his Questions for Kingdom Living series with this look at the very opening words of scripture in Genesis to ask, "Where do we come from?"  While a secular world focuses on determining the indeterminable 'how' of our origins, God's word firstly reminds us of the 'why' we are here. And that is what we are really asking when we ask, "Where do we come from?"  If we believe ourselves to be a cosmic accident, then nothing matters.  But if we are a here for a purpose, then everything matters.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, August 30, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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While Pastor Whaley is away leading the church's annual Alaska Mission Trip, our Student Minister, Rev. Micah Collins, takes an in-depth look at Romans 9:33 to examine Paul's description of Jesus as a "stumbling stone of offense."  We find throughout scripture that God is always offending our sensibilities with the immensity of His love toward us.  No where is this truth more evident than in the incarnation of Christ both in our world and in our lives through his Spirit.  This teaching was presented on August 16, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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In our increasingly secular world, faith is often cast against reason as if the two were separate and completely distinct from one another.  This fall, Pastor Whaley will explore some of the questions our culture raises regarding the reasonableness of our faith.  In this teaching, Pastor Whaley continues to examine the reliability of our scriptures by dealing with the question, "Can we trust the Bible? (Part 2)"  This teaching was presented on Sunday, August 23, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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