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The deeper we go into the beatitudes, the deeper the devotion of the disciple.  In our age, moral purity seems to be an anachronistic and naive virtue, if it be a virtue at all.  Jesus words slam hard against this cultural convention.  It is the pure in heart who shall see God.  And so, the call upon the disciple is to follow Christ with a singular focus and purpose.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Lousiana.  Thank you for listening!

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Perhaps nowhere do we imitate God more or as well as we do when we are showing mercy.  Jesus tells us the merciful will recieve mercy.  So, the call on the life of a believer is to walk in Christ mercy with others.  It is this, Christ mercy through His Spirit, that allows us to give and receive mercy because it is the perfect mercy of God, not the false mercy of the prideful soul.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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We all have a great need.  Much of our lives is spent trying to fulfill that need in us.  Whether we truly know it or not, this great need is of a savior, and only Jesus satisfies it.  We are hungering and thirsting for Him, but we often try to satisfy ourselves with other, lesser things and this leads to unfulfillment.  Only Jesus meets our need.  Only He can truly satisfy.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Lousiana.  Thank you for listening!

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Meekness is yet another beatitude which is likely thought to be antithetical to the cultural way of success.  Yet, Jesus upholds this strength-under-restraint as a virtue worthy of the earth and land in which we dwell.  In this teaching, Pastor Greg examines Jesus' words to help us understand what meekness really is and to understand the parallel of this beatitude, inheriting the earth.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  This podacst is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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We often console ourselves with lesser and insignificant things.  We eat "comfort" food when we are stressed.  We disengage by binge-watching t.v.  In this teaching from the beatitudes, Pastor Greg explores the deep sorrow of death, the world, and our sin nature.  The consolation of all these sorrows is salvation, hope, and living presence of Jesus Christ, Himself.  We can find true consolation not in the things of this broken world, but only in the kingdom of God at hand in Jesus.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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Pastor Greg moves us to what is perhaps the seminal teaching moment of Jesus' earthly ministry, the Sermon on the Mount.  In the next few weeks, we will anchor ourselves in the beatitudes which begin this teaching by Jesus.  In this sermon, Blessed Disciple 1, Pastor Greg explains the deeper meaning of the word blessed, and looks at the first beatitude - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening.

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Pastor Greg is out this Sunday to be with his family.  Dr. Mark Hollingsworth graciously teaches in our pastor's absence on this Sunday.  The focus for Dr. Hollingsworth teaching is Revelation 2 and his teaching is entitled Desensitized Saints.  In this teaching, Dr. Hollingsworth shows us that many of us can fall into the sin of "getting used to it."  We need a growing love of Jesus in our hearts and in our church in our to combat our desensitization.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  This podcast is a minsitry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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We have no better model for being a disciple than Jesus Himself!  In this sermon, Lifestyle of Joyful Discipleship, Pastor Greg focuses on the narrative of Jesus' ministry to find Him merely going about the work God has called Him to do.  By looking at Jesus' action, we find a perfect model for us in our own discipleship. Jesus was a disciple everywhere He went, not eshcewing the brokenness of others, but counting it all joy to follow God.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, He called them to a reckless abandon of discipleship.  In this sermon entitled, For the Sake of the Call, Pastor Greg examines the scene in Matthew 4 by asking four questions of the situation.  These are four questions that can come to our mind when we are considering our own call to follow Jesus.  Why doesn't Jesus do everything Himself?  What does Jesus see in us?  Why should we follow the call?  What is the responsibility of the called disciple?  This teaching was presented on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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Continuing through the book of Matthew, Pastor Greg comes to the first moments of Jesus' adult ministry.  After His baptism, Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted in Matthew 4.  In this sermon entitled Temptations to Failure, Pastor Greg examines the temptations of Christ and shows us how these temptations exist for all of those who would follow Jesus.  By understanding Jesus' response to temptation, we can learn to resist the devil and live victoriously in the kingdom of God.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Thank you for listening!

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