Jesus Reaches Across the Congregation

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Jesus Reaches Across the Congregation

In my last post, we looked at how Jesus—and FBC—will reach out to impact our city. Today, we study how Jesus reaches across to the people inside a synagogue and touches one of their own. A Man Stretches His Hand Matthew 12:9-14 9He left that place and entered their synagogue; 10a man was there with […]

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Jesus Reaches Out

Our church has adopted a strategic plan to “reach people for Jesus” over the next five years. Jesus shows us how to reach people in the ways that he reached people during his ministry. Our word for “reaching others” actually comes from a Greek word that means to “stretch out your hand” or to “reach […]

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2015 FBCTLH Snapshot Survey Results

Throughout December, I’ll feature stories and information about First Baptist’s adopted Strategic Plan. Today, we take a look at the “Snapshot Survey.” Jenny Wilhelm, Gale Neal, and Josh Hall administered and interpreted the survey results. Their findings are reported below. In September, FBCTLH surveyed members, regular attendees, and occasional guests ages 12 and above. The […]

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You’re Invited!

You’re Invited!

Advent prepares us for Jesus’ return by inviting us to come to the manger. He reigns from a throne normally designed as a feeding trough for sheep. Our Good Shepherd comes as a humble servant delivered into this world by a poor family from Nazareth. They leave the security of their house to follow God’s […]

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Come Home for Christmas!

Come Home for Christmas!

“Come Home for Christmas.” What a great invitation. When offered at a manger in Bethlehem, our world suddenly changes. Our lives are disrupted. The routine stops. God has offered us salvation. We leave behind what we’re doing and join the shepherds kneeling in a cave. This year, I invite you to worship Christ the newborn […]

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‘Tis the Season!

Thank you for your generosity Sunday in giving to the Thanksgiving Offering. Because of your efforts, we received $191,152. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. This weekend, we collect shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Bring your shoeboxes to the Sanctuary, and place them on the platform as we dedicate these to the […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 61 – Daniel 4:1-37

“He is able to bring low those who walk in pride.” The mystic Catherine of Genoa once remarked that pride is like gazing at the sun too long. Just as staring at the sun’s rays can cause permanent blindness, so does someone who gazes at his own life too much. By looking to our own […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 62 – Philippians 2:1-13

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. We have come to the end of our “Think, Act, Be” devotions. Thank you for reading and reflecting with me throughout this series. I’ve […]

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First Love 2015

Carl and Brenda Forbes have had a rough year. These proud grandparents have been married for 21 years. Carl coaches rec football in Wakulla County and works at Wal-Mart. Brenda worked at Sam’s until March. A stroke changed her life and theirs. She’s been undergoing rehab from her home ever since. Now walking with a […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 60 – John 13:1-17

“You will never wash my feet.” Only slaves washed feet in the ancient world. So when Jesus started washing his disciples’ feet, Peter was embarrassed, ashamed, and worried about his reputation. The last person Peter ever imagined he would be following is a slave. Rarely do slaves ever become monarchs. But Jesus became a servant […]

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