Neighborhood Catalysts

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Neighborhood Catalysts

This past September, the deacons and pastoral staff retreated to Dowling Park for a powerful time of inspiration and dedication to deacon ministry. We prayed for our city, read Eric Swanson’s book The Externally Focused Quest, and discussed the role that deacons have as servants in the city of Tallahassee. Our key verse came from […]

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Take the Leap

Take the Leap

Faith is an adventure of relationships, and sometimes the first step in a relationship is the hardest one to take. This past year, we’ve embarked on a wonderful journey together. Where will the people take us in 2014? If the Holy Spirit’s work is any indicator, no one ever really knows. God opens doors, and […]

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Live Sent

At some point in the New Testament, without much warning, the first followers are no longer considered to be disciples, or “learners.” They are called “apostles,” the ones who are sent out to live on mission for Jesus. In Matthew, the change happens in chapter 10, when they are sent out first to lost sheep […]

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Fun and Games

Fun and Games

On Tuesday, I wanted to have a little fun with our orange and blue neighbors to the North. Recognizing that we have a few Auburn faithful at First Baptist, I thought it might be interesting to see how FBC Auburn was preparing for Monday night. Little did I know that a few other people might […]

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Resolutions

Resolutions

Resolutions are so much fun this time of year. We know we’re not going to complete them, but it sure is fun talking about them. Why do we break them? Dan and Chip Heath’s studies have shown that resolutions are made for defeat. They’re designed to make us feel good about setting them but do […]

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Still, Still, Still

How do you retell the story of Christmas? You can reenact the parts or update the story for a new generation. This past weekend, we’ve done both. Rhonda Smith and our children’s ministry created “Breakfast in Bethlehem,” an annual tradition for families to eat, play, and dress up as the characters in Matthew and Luke. […]

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Living Nativity

One of our family traditions each Christmas has been to see a living nativity pageant, a dramatic reenactment in biblical costume of Christ’s birth. For Drake’s first Christmas, Parker and I went to see the pageant; Drake and Kelly stayed home. Parker’s buddy Zeb, who is four years older than Parker, played the significant role […]

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God is With Us

We’re making a list and checking it twice at First Baptist. We have so many ways to celebrate that “God is with us” through our giving, sharing, and going. I hope you’re finding ways to get involved. Pray for International Missions. We are in the week of prayer for international missions. This summer we heard […]

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Repentance and Fallen Trees

Repentance and Fallen Trees

Hurricane Ivan struck Pensacola with a vengeance in 2004. While I was moving to a new house, my mother and extended family in Florida were riding out the storm in her house. They discovered quickly they were right in the middle of the storm’s path. My heart wanted to be with them through the storm, […]

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God is With Us

Advent collides with our Hallmark sense of timing. Just when we’ve finished the Thanksgiving turkey, headed out the door for the Black Friday sales, or checked another score from the never-ending series of games, suddenly the church starts talking about Jesus’ return. We sing, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” while everyone else sings, “Deck the […]

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