Nehemiah

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Nehemiah

In the fifth century B.C., a bureaucrat from Susa located in modern-day Iran received a message from his family. His religious homeland was in shambles. He convinced the Persian king and queen to finance a scouting expedition to check on the place. Although he had never visited before, he was touched by what he saw […]

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Listen to the Missing

This fall, I’m inviting you to be a part of Love Tallahassee (#LoveTLH), a six-week emphasis to neighbor our community for Christ. Last week, I shared just one launching pad of our work: the Sabal Palm Elementary School community. Another focus of our efforts throughout #LoveTLH will be servant evangelism, learning to tell the good […]

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Statistics to Solutions

Every 33 seconds, a child is born into poverty. In Florida, a child is abused or neglected every 11 minutes. 21% of children are poor. 42% of children are enrolled in a school lunch program. 64% of fourth graders read below grade level. 62% are below grade level in math. Only 70% of high school […]

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Fall Preview

Centuries ago, under the faithful leadership of a priest named Ezra, a religious community restored their temple. Under the leadership of the king’s chief of staff named Nehemiah, they rebuilt the infrastructure of their city. People rolled up their sleeves, worked together, and formed a new kind of community. It was a hands-on approach to […]

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Second Quarter Report

Thanks for your faithfulness and generosity in the second quarter of 2013. In May, I asked you to help us catch up the budget. As of June 30, we have increased our giving over last year by 7.9%. Our budget receipts are $1,207,143. Budget requirements year-to-date are $1,219,150. Our expenses have been running ahead of […]

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Secrets

The kingdom of God grows secretively. It’s not that people are afraid to go public with their faith. Most of the activity just escapes notice. Think of it like the breath you take. If you tried to count every breath, you would be distracted from everything else. But breathing is just as important to the […]

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God Sightings

On the second floor of the Chason building, one sign remains from “Kingdom Rock” VBS. It’s the “God Sightings” wall: the places, people, and events where children spotted God at work during Bible school. We could probably use a room full of walls to share all the stories of God’s work through First Baptist in […]

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