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Why I Give

By Claire Aguda I first came to First Baptist in September 2008 as a very timid freshman attending a Progressive Dinner with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and this event allows new students to eat a course of meal at different churches in the area. However, I only made it the appetizer course at First Baptist […]

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Unleashed

What would it look like for the gospel to be unleashed in your life? Over Disciple Now Weekend, our students learned how to let God’s word change their lives. By following Paul’s example in 2 Timothy 4, they have given their lives to Jesus and recommitted to “fighting the good fight, finishing the course, and […]

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Lenten Challenges

This Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a period of examination and preparation for believers around the world. Forty days prior to Easter, the church pauses to reflect, repent, and remember Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. I want to challenge you to do a couple of things this season as I will be […]

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Comfort in Crisis

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded in Libya. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and churches. The word martyr is a Greek word that means “witness.” Some witness in life, others in their death. Christians are not alone, of course. Depending on what part of the world you […]

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Love Tallahassee: Give Generously

When was the last time you had a picnic with 900 of your closest friends? In Mark 6, Jesus and his disciples gathered with over 5,000 people and fed a multitude with just a few loaves of bread. This Sunday, we’re having an indoor picnic to see and experience all the ways that God is […]

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Generosity

I’ve been blessed to be a tither for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, I’m weird compared to most people. I was taught by parents, church, and school to give 10% of everything to the church because that’s what they said to do. When Kelly and I married, we just built tithing into our […]

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A Gospel Culture from Connections Weekend

This weekend, over 200 people gathered for our fourth annual Connections Weekend. Dr. Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, taught the gospel from the scriptures. Although most of us grew up thinking this good news was a plan, the gospel is simply telling people about Jesus. When we share His story, Jesus […]

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Updates on the Young Family

Last Thursday, Jenna Young shared with me that she is planning to retire from ministry so that she can better care for her husband Ray and his needs. As many of you know, Ray’s health has been declining over the last few weeks. Despite several trips to the doctor, his condition is still a mystery—a […]

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The Gospel is More

Most of us started following Christ, and sharing our faith, using the “plan of salvation.” We responded and repeated a variation of the A-B-C’s. Admit you’re a sinner. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Confess your faith publicly through baptism. Most evangelism training manuals today are an expansion on this theme. As we go through […]

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Life or Death?

When we were in Israel last year, our guide told us that the Israelites were given two choices before entering the promised land: life or death. He told us that the choice for life was much more complicated than choosing to deal with death. It’s easier to prevent the end than it is to try […]

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