Faith in 15 provides a convenient way to hear a message that applies the Bible to real-world issues we all face - in about fifteen minutes each week. It presents sermons preached at First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Georgia that are equally applicable if you have never attended our church, missed worship and want to catch up, or just want to listen again. Currently, the majority of our messages are provided by Dr. Joel Snider, Interim Pastor. If you hear something that challenges or inspires you, be sure to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends on social media.
Raising Kids in Canaan
This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Joshua 24:16-28.
I suggest you do your own internet search with the words "teenage depression Instagram.” Consider how helpful Instagram is to your child’s mental health. You could probably substitute TikTok for similar results.
For Facebook’s plans to target pre-teens, see: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/facebook-planning-to-create-version-of-instagram-for-children-under-13-report/ar-BB1eJHPV
One article on the affects of screen time: https://www.rallyhealth.com/health/screen-time-affects-health
To check your child’s religious literacy, see: https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/160623_206_prothero_quiz.pdfTake it yourself, if you dare. What does it say about your child’s understanding of their own faith and their resulting susceptibility to the message of fringe faith groups and cults?
For a usable handbook to begin preaching your child on your own, see: https://fbcrome.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/The-Blueprint-Single.pdf
What’s in your locker?
Mason Tribble brings you the second of two episodes this week as part of our Graduate Recognition Sunday. His sermon focuses on Matthew 6:19-24. The reality TV show, Storage Wars, paints a bleak picture of what happens when we store our treasures on earth, but Jesus promises that something greater awaits us in Heaven!
Words of Joy
Natalie Davis brings you the first of two episodes this week as part of our Graduate Recognition Sunday. Her sermon focuses on 1 Timothy 4:12: "Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
The Desires of Your Heart
This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Psalm 37:1-6.
I wish could link the referenced video. I failed to bookmark it after viewing one time and could never locate it again. It was a powerful testimony.
Here is the reading referenced near the end. Although described as a prayer, it has always struck that it does not actually speak to God; rather, it describes what the writer has prayed for in the past and the answers received.
A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER'S PRAYER
(Attributed to a battle weary C.S.A soldier near the end of the war)
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
The Uncatchable Fish
This week's episode feature Rev. Christopher Simonton and focuses on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.
Because of the resurrection Paul is able to say:
One died for all; we are invited to live better. We see everyone in Christ; new creations. God is bringing the world back to himself. We are the ambassadors of God’s message. One died for all; we become truly alive in God.
The YES of God in Jesus Christ makes all of these verses true and powerful and alive.
We as the church have a purpose and a place in this world. We are God's messengers of hope in a dying world. We must hold on to that. All of our work and life as a church points to that. To be the church is to say “yes, Lord Jesus” to his work in the world. We say “yes Lord” to not just being a Christian in name but being the righteousness of God out in the world. We are not here to hide but to glorify.
What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
This week's episode features Rev. Julie Long and focuses on John 20:19-31:
Here is the good news of Easter: when we find ourselves afraid, we don’t have to stay stuck there. The disciples found out that no matter how many locks they fastened on their door, Jesus showed up anyway. He came to free them. A garden tomb could not hold him, and locked doors cannot keep him away. Jesus penetrated their walls and showed up in the midst of their fear. And when he did, the words that he spoke to them were, “Peace be with you.”