The FBW teaches the cessation of the sign gifts (miracles, healings, tongues, and prophecy). Recently, I’ve given some deeper thought to this matter. After searching the Scriptures, I’ve elaborated on why we teach what we teach. An in-depth study of the topic can be found here: “What We Believe: Cessationism.”

Spiritual Sign Gifts


I live in a town of 2,700 people. There are 13 churches in the area. There are 13 churches because there are 13 different belief systems, style preferences, or historic roots among them. They are not all created equal. Which one would the Lord will you to join? What to […]

What to Look for In a Church




One weekend, while at the Brooke Hills park with the kids, Michael nearly stepped on a toad. We all squatted down and marveled at his design and how still he could stay even with us all examining him. Finally, eager to see him in action we prodded him with a […]

Scale and Proportions


What is heaven like? The question is one many people ask. To find the answer, one can search the Scriptures and read what God has revealed. Or, one could buy a NY Times best-seller … or read the experience of a young boy … or go to the movies. Sadly, […]

A trip to Heaven, A return to earth?


Churches spend millions of dollars on renovations. They market-test people, carefully select colors and lighting, and drop some hefty gees on reconstruction. It is done in the name of “reaching people,” “missions,” or “ministry.” In light of eternity, many of these bombshells fail. Why do they fail? The church physically […]

Renovating the Heart



Yesterday’s sermon took us to Gentile territory. Jesus and the disciples were in foreigner country. Christ’s ever-increasing focus was on developing disciples for their mission following His departure. We also saw a fitting preview of the gospel message that would be for all peoples—not only the Jews. Appearing among these […]

Sermon in Review: The Syrophoenician Woman


The Martin family is grateful for the Christian love of FBW. The gifts presented to us on Sunday are a tangible evidence of a love we’ve experienced at this church. We are thankful for each and every person of our church family. Thank you for making our ministry here so […]

“Thank you” to the People of FBW


In yesterday’s sermon, we saw that the consequences of unbelief are severe. In court-like fashion, Paul makes six indictments against the human race (Rom 1:20-32). Our message was on sexual immorality (vv.24-25) and homosexuality (vv.26-27). When human beings persist in sin, God gives them over to their sin. Yet, we […]

One Story of Salvation for a Homosexual



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In science, the second law of thermodynamics explains why things deteriorate over time. We see this in nature and everyday life. We now see this in the redefinition of a millennia-old institution: marriage. The Supreme Court narrowly passed a law that disallows states to keep marriage between a man and […]

Gay “Marriage” and Devotion to Christ