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On the last Sunday of the year, Student Minister, Micah Collins takes us to Romans in his sermon A Contemplative New Year.  Micah gives us three ways to close out an old year and bring in a new year by contemplating our failures and victories, by seeking our reconciliation in Christ, and by hoping in Christ for the future of the new year.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, December 26, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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On this Christmas Eve, we cast our gaze to the mother of Christ to learn from her very own Christmas awakening by examining the Magnificat in Luke 1.  From her great song of faith, we learn of the three types of people to whom Christmas can truly come.  Though a worldly Christmas is often measured in dollars and sense, Mary's song teaches the true Christmas will always come to humble.  Though a worldly Christmas is often about being sated with food and things, Mary's words reminds us the true Christmas will always come to the hungry.  Those who are hungry for God will always find Him.  Though a worldly Christmas may celebrate getting what you want, Mary's Magnificat shows us the true Christmas always comes to helpless.  This teaching was given on Friday, December 24, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, but she, too, had a Christmas awakening when she encountered her cousin Mary and the yet-to-be-born Jesus.  Through Elizabeth's experience, we learn that when Jesus comes, we are awakened to wonder, to true joy, and to belief.  This teaching was given on Sunday, December 6, 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 individual awakenings.  Pastor Greg Whaley takes us to a Christmas awakening each Sunday of Advent through his sermon series "Christmas Awakenings."  In this teaching, we turn to Joseph, who initially, was not keen on the idea of raising the child of another.  But His heart was awakened to new possibilities of God's power by the Truth being born in him through the angel's visitation.  His Christmas was then true and real, not a pretend Christmas of his own making.  This teaching was given on Sunday, November 29, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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On Thanksgiving Sunday at First Baptist Church, Pastor Whaley speaks from Psalm 100 in a message entitled "Enter with the Password - Thank you!"  Using Eugene Peterson's The Message translation of this passage, Pastor Whaley shares how a heart of thanksgving can be the password for believers to experience kingdom life on a day-to-day basis.  A heart of thanksgiving is the password to true praise, true presence, and a true perception of God's nature and love.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, November 22, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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In this final podcast of the Questions for Kingdom Living sermon series, Pastor Greg explores the importance of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.  The Spirit of God is known since the beginning of time and moves in our lives today regarding sin, righteousness, and judgement.  His work in our lives guides us into all truth, speaks to us what He hears from God, and leads us into closer communion with Christ and the Kingdom.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, November 15, 2016.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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Our sermon series, Questions for Kingdom Living, continues with a question on the forefront of many minds and hearts in today's world - What is this world coming to?  The way of the world is doom and gloom, but the message of the gospel is hope from despair.  Using Hebrews 6:16-19 as a focus text, Pastor Whaley reminds us of our hope for the world in Christ.  God's unchangeable purpose of rescue and His immutable word in Christ are the basis for an unwavering hope.  That same hope is an anchor, steadfast and sure, for all those who seek it.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, November 8, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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In light of the many questions for kingdom living we have explored so far in this sermon series, we come to the pertinent and lasting question for believers in the 21st century - How, then, shall we live?  Peter was a disciple of Christ who wrote and lived in a time much like the one in which we now live, a time of cultural diversity and some hostility towards the believing and confessing church of Christ.  In I Peter 3, he gives us instruction on the disciple's life among a pluralistic world.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, November 1, 2015.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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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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