Thank You, Steve Wofford

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Thank You, Steve Wofford

Fourteen years ago, the Lord smiled on First Baptist when Steve Wofford became our Church Administrator. He has guided us through the Great Recession of 2008, taken on the CLC and other projects, and guided homeless people personally through times of great crisis. Jane and he have been instrumental in establishing a Christian sorority and […]

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Forgiveness

This weekend, Luke Hinson and I will be leading a retreat for our Senior Adult and SingleFocus groups on the topic of God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. When Jesus threw Peter (and the church) the keys to the kingdom of heaven, one of the keys on the ring was forgiveness. Forgiveness is a key […]

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Friends With Jesus

At our Life Groups:EQUIP training weekend September 12-13, Rick Howerton challenged us to look away from the church and see the future church. Around us in offices, homes, neighborhoods, and mission projects, we’ll see the people that will one day be a part of the church. There’s only one caveat. We need to show them […]

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Saturday Report

Saturday Report

Saturday’s EQUIP training featured a talk from Rick Howerton and two breakout sessions customized around the stage and type of Life Groups at FBCTLH. Howerton addressed leadership of Life Groups. He challenged us to “lead wisely not demandingly.” When facilitating Life Groups, we need to demonstrate our integrity as good people rather than forcing our […]

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Training Weekend Report

Training Weekend Report

Last night, 80 leaders gathered in the Quad for Life Groups:EQUIP training weekend. Rick Howerton, a small groups consultant, led a workshop on “Life Groups that Transform a City.” He challenged us to form groups with people who are uninvolved in anyone’s church. He said that we’ll find them in the various places, phases, and pursuits […]

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Introducing John Rice

This Sunday, we’ll have the privilege of meeting Rev. John Rice who comes in view of a call to be our Executive Pastor. John grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Fletcher High School then Palm Beach Atlantic College. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his […]

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Fasting – part 4

Fasting – part 4

I’ve always thought of fasting as sort of the discipline of last resort. If I can’t figure out what to do, or if I’m going through a difficult time, fasting is the last ditch effort on the part of the Christian. I’ve learned differently. As Scot McKnight suggests in an article on fasting, we don’t […]

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Daryle Gray

Daryle Gray recently led a men’s Bible study group on fasting. This a summary of his thoughts on the subject. In the Christian life model Jesus laid out for us, the children of God, in Matthew 6, there are three duties; giving, praying, and fasting. He said when you give, give like this…, when you […]

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Fasting – part 3

Fasting – part 3

This month, I’m encouraging our church to skip one meal each week. Hopefully by now, you’ve tried it. If not, find a “fasting buddy” who can hold you accountable. Schedule a time to fast at the same time. Text each other as encouragement. As you do, Richard Foster suggests the following scriptures that encourage us […]

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Fasting Discipline

Fasting has never been high on the list of Baptist disciplines. Feasting, yes. Fasting… maybe if we’re in a real bind. Jesus certainly warns us about fasting for attention (Matthew 6). That doesn’t get us out of the practice; I have just ignored the discipline. Prior to Easter, most Christians forego something like chocolate. Other […]

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