Introducing John Rice

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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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Fasting – part 2

Fasting – part 2

By now, hopefully you’ve skipped at least one meal—or tried to do so. It’s ok if you sneaked a cracker. The point is that you tried, and you’ve learned that you can live off 2 meals in one day. What do you do during the time you’d normally eat? In Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster […]

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Fasting – part 1

Fasting – part 1

Jesus fasted for 40 days after baptism. In the Sermon on the Mount, he instructed his disciples how to fast. During Lent, most Christians abstain from something (like chocolate) as part of the season of preparation for Easter. Fasting is a part of the Christian life. In prison, Paul knew how to be content when […]

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Versing

“Dad, who’s Florida State versing today?” “Versing?” I asked. “Is that what you said?” “Yes, versing,” Drake replied. Drake heard the word “versus,” normally used for “Florida vs. Florida State.” By the sound, he turned the word into “verse.” When he heard the sports commentators describing two teams competing against each other, he heard, “Florida […]

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EQUIP

When churches want to multiply their impact in a community, they start small. Just ask our friends who go across the world as missionaries. After moving to a new place, they meet neighbors, attend schools, and eat meals. As they go, they share faith and life together with others. Now, we’re on mission here in […]

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Above the Routine

There’s nothing like the start of a school and college semester. Life seems to get back into a routine and overwhelm simultaneously. Grades, reports, schedules, conflicts, viruses– you name it. And that’s just for second graders. Before we get back to the grind, we need to think very practically about our relationship with Christ. If […]

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