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A Shelter in the Storm

Summer is a great time for me to catch up on history. I’m intrigued by the era when our nation was founded: 1630-1800. These years are also the formative ones for Baptists in America. In my last post, I refreshed your memory about some of the persecution that Baptists endured because of our views about […]

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Baptists in America

In 1771, “America” was a much different place spiritually. Most of the first colonies subsidized their “chosen” ministers’ salaries with tax revenue. Separate Baptists like Isaac Backus in Massachusetts were arrested and John Leland, John Weatherford, and David Barrow were assaulted by mobs and beaten with whips. In Caroline County, Virginia, 6 Baptists were arrested […]

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In Word and Deed

Thank you for a wonderful Vacation Bible School and Upward Sports Camp week. God poured out his blessings on us, and we have several people to thank personally for their great work. Children’s Minister Rhonda Smith and Co-Directors Allison Bubriski, Amy Rigsby, and Caroline Weiss orchestrated a seamless operation. Truly, this was the best one […]

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VBS Reflections

VBS Reflections

Today, I’m spending a lot of time reflecting on this week’s events and preparing for worship with you tomorrow. It’s been an incredible week. We’ve had the spiritual high of Mount Everest Vacation Bible School, and the anger, grief, and despair of the Charleston massacre. It’s hard to put into words the range of emotions […]

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Frances Henry

Life Stories of FBCTLH Members © Carol Ann and Bill Boydston Frances Eleanor Clark Henry “Miss Clark and Mister Henry, Sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!” Can’t you just hear the teenage girls, gathered under the classroom window chanting this little ditty? And why not?? A Home Ec teacher and a Social Studies teacher who LIKE […]

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Minister of Pastoral Community

At the business meeting June 24, our Personnel Committee will be recommending Rhonda Smith to be our new Minister of Pastoral Community. Rhonda has served faithfully for 18 years as our Minister of Children. Although she did not seek this new position, she was open to the Spirit’s leadership when the search committee approached her […]

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Holding Onto Charleston

The latest victims of the sins of racial hatred and murder are the brothers and sisters of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This kind of action has happened before in other churches and schools. The forces of evil pick the good people and congregations who care about Christ, salvation, the gospel, peace, justice, […]

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Climbing Everest

Climbing Everest

We climbed Mount Everest today at First Baptist Church. Vacation Bible School is off to a great start. With the assistance of 200 adult and youth volunteers, 266 children learned how to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power. Today we learned Elijah’s story from 1 Kings 17 and memorized 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God will […]

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Trusting God Through Crisis

Where do you turn for wisdom during times of change and tension? The Bible offers several examples, but one of the best books to read is 1 Samuel. This book records the Israelite transition politically, relationally, and spiritually. God’s people moved from a tribal system to a monarchy and encountered tremendous difficulties along the way. […]

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Operation Safe Neighborhood

Last Tuesday, I attended a meeting in Mayor Andrew Gillum’s office regarding “Operation Safe Neighborhood.” As you know, Leon County has the highest crime rate in our state. A recent shooting in Frenchtown the last weekend of May served as another example of the problem. Not all of these incidents result in death, but most […]

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