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Aug
24
2015

I haven't been keeping up with my RMM reflections very well over the summer due to a variety of other projects, but on Friday afternoon a couple from our church offered me the use of their water side porch to do a little reading and writing. Thanks very much!  This little oasis offered me the opportunity to reflect upon the difficult teaching of Romans 11 - one of our recent readings. In this chapter the Apostle wrestles with the unexpected fact that so many Jews - the people best...keep reading»»


Mar
12
2015

A Final Word On Suffering

Category: WTTB FAQ

Hi friends, Pastor Paul here.  For the last month or so we have been reading and thinking about suffering as we’ve read through the Book of Job.  As we near the end of Job’s story it seems appropriate to add a final thought. So many of our folks seem to be undergoing special seasons of intense suffering and so I wanted to bring the wisdom and counsel of Job on this issue together in a final post that might equip our people to minister to those in need.  You can find it here....keep reading»»


Feb
01
2015

Weekly FAQs

Category: WTTB FAQ

Pastor Paul here.  Andrew and I are just about to head out to church at Bethlehem Baptist Church here in Minneapolis but I wanted to let you know that I've been posting short answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) over on the First Baptist Church, Orillia Facebook page and my intention is to gather them up and post them every Saturday night on the discussion site for some extra Lord's Day reading.  The Lord's Day is a great day to catch up on your RMM Bible reading and so if you...keep reading»»


Nov
14
2013

Earlier this week I was asked a question that I have fielded numerous times in the past.  The question came from the difficult passage in Hebrews 6.  Question: Pastor Paul, what does it mean in Hebrews 6 when it says that it is impossible for those who have been enlightened to be restored if they fall away?  Is this about losing your salvation or about people who were never truly saved in the first place?  Answer:  Hebrews 6 is one of the most complicated texts...keep reading»»


Jul
30
2013

A little while ago one of our members asked the following question: In Joshua 2 we see the story of Rahab, a Gentile living in Jericho.  In the New Testament we are told that she was saved through faith.  I thought that in the Old Testament only Jews were saved and that this state of affairs continued on until New Testament times.  Are there other examples of this exception or is this the only one?  I answered as follows: Actually there are several people in the Old...keep reading»»


Jun
17
2013

In Deuteronomy 26 we find a variety of instructions for the people of Israel for when they finally occupy the Promised Land.  In particular I’d like to offer a few reflections upon the teaching on tithing in order to draw out a few enduring principles.  Verses 1-11: First fruits (“tithes”) were to be offered to support Priests, Levites and temple worship.  This was to be done as an expression of faith and gratitude. Verses 12-15:  Every third year an additional tithe was...keep reading»»


Jun
06
2013

Earlier this week I received a question from one of our members about the value of prophetic books like Isaiah. His question was as follows: Hey Paul, This may sound like a silly question but as I’m reading through the book of Isaiah, I fail to see the point of it. Isaiah is going on and on about the destruction of Israel’s foes and such and I’m finding it really hard to see any current day life application to the book. I responded as follows: Hi ********, Isaiah is actually one of my...keep reading»»


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