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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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Ephesians 3:14-19 contains the prayer of Paul for every family.  In this Letter to the Family, Pastor Greg shares how important family is to the Father and how close the family is to the heart of Paul.  The prayer for every family is for each person to be strengthened in their inner man, for Christ to dwell in each heart, that each person may comprehend the greatness of God's love and know the surpassing love of Christ, and finally, for family members to be filled up to all the fullness of God.  It may be the most important prayer we can pray for our families.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, May 22, 2016.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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This installment of the Letters to the Family comes from the book of Titus and is specifically for Senior Adults.  Pastor Greg reminds us that seniors of all people are to be sober, serious, sensible, and sound in faith, love and perseverance.  As the spiritually mature, senior adults are examples to both the young women and the young men in the faith.  In a world that is afraid to grow older, believing senior adults serve as bulwark for the Christian community.  For all of those who think they are too old to have a part in the kingdom, or that they have done their service and are no longer needed, the scripture gently reminds - you are not done, yet!  This teaching was presented on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!

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As confusing as it is to be a student in today's world, it is perhaps just as confusing to know what being a mom is like.  Continuing in our sermon series, Letters to the Family, Pastor Greg pens a letter to moms about what it means to be a kingdom mom.  The scriptures teach us that motherhood is a calling, not a culture; sacrifice, not selfishness; and persistence, not perfection.  Mothers are one of the most important anchors of any family and one of the best physical pictures we have of God's love in our lives.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, May 8, 2016.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalsua, La.  Thank you for listening!

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Students of our post-modern age face more confusion about who they are and what is important than ever before.  With this in mind, Pastor Greg shares a pastor's heart through the beginning of this sermon series entitled Letters to the Family.  The message is presented as a letter to the students and is based on four important questions for every student: Who defines you? When are you a success?  What is love?  What is truth?  The answers to these questions will mold and shape a young person for their entire life, so it is imperative that we consider God's answer to these questions.  This teaching was presented on Sunday, May 1, 2016.  This podcast is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.  Thank you for listening!   

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The people of God demanded a king in order to be like the other nations.  God gave them what they wanted in spite of their rejection of Him.  God gave them Saul, a man whose heart was not after God, but was after the flesh.  And when the time came for Saul to rise to the kingdom, the people found him hiding in the luggage.  In this new sermon series for 2016, we learn three important truths.  If you are intent on having your own way, God will allow you to have it.  True love woos the heart, rather than forcing it.  Second, we see from Saul that with God, it is always about the heart.  Saul chose to follow his flesh rather than the new heart God had given him.  Finally, we learn that we have a choice to rise to the kingdom of God, or we can hide from it like Saul did.  This teaching was given on Sunday, January 10, 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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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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