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Nov
20
2014

Faith And Works

Category: General

Pastor Paul here.  Have you ever been confused by James 2:24? You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  (James 2:24 ESV) At first glance that seems to run contrary to the Apostle Paul’s contention that we are saved by faith and not by works.  Over the years I've received quite a few questions about that and since we hit that verse in this morning's RMM readings I thought it might be useful to post a reflection on the discussion site. You can read it...keep reading»»


Nov
19
2014

Unless They Are Agreed

Category: General

Pastor Paul here.  There was a lot of really useful discussion around the issue of partnership and agreement posted on the adfontes site.  The adfontes site serves a number of groups - we post articles targeted primarily at the B2 group, we post articles directed at our wider clan of CBOQ churches and we post articles we hope will be of interest to our own church membership.  The article posted yesterday was intended for all three.  The leadership here at FBC is interested...keep reading»»


Nov
18
2014

Can Two Walk Together?

Category: General

Pastor Paul here. As many of you will know our church is in a process of evaluating some of our ministry partnerships.  Churches will often find it useful to partner with other churches whether in denominational or missional groupings.  But there are a lot of questions that have to be asked and answered in order for those partnerships to be a blessing rather than a curse upon the church. Questions like, "When should we partner and when should we not?"  "What...keep reading»»


Nov
17
2014

WTTB With Pastor Paul - At Ease In Zion

Category: WTTB Devotions

This morning in our RMM readings we ran across a heavy rebuke against the idle rich among the people of God in Amos 6.  I've written a reflection on that passage along with an FAQ addressing the issue of wealth in general.  You can read it here. Have a wonderful day! Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


Nov
13
2014

Why Membership Matters

Category: General

Pastor Paul here.  I've posted the last of the three promised follow up articles on the discussion site.  You can read it here. In it I deal with some common concerns and objections related to the topic of church membership as well as discussing some of the benefits and responsibilities associated with this ordinary means. Membership is a gift from God for his glory and our good.  I pray this article helps you receive it and enjoy it as such. Richest blessings, Pastor Paul keep reading»»


Nov
13
2014

This weekend, First Baptist Orillia celebrates its 141st Anniversary. As you think back to an earlier time, imagine a small group of people with a large vision. Imagine a tiny building not too far from our Coldwater location, with a worshiping congregation of 13 charter members. Imagine, the faces of many pastors who served faithfully. Imagine a sea of faces, young and old that were part of this church family, on West Street and now on Coldwater. Imagine all who came to faith in Jesus, all who...keep reading»»


Nov
12
2014

Why I Love Discipline

Category: General

Hey Friends, Pastor Paul here.  The second of the promised follow up articles, "Why I Love Discipline", has been posted on the discussion site.  You can read it here. Richest blessings, Pastor Paul keep reading»»


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