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Prayer and Hospitality

When I walked into the conference room to defend my dissertation at Baylor, one of my professors, Dr. Charles Talbert, was the first to arrive. He greeted me in his usual, professional manner. We engaged in the usual nervous smalltalk that most intimidated graduate students have with biblical scholars known worldwide. I asked him how […]

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From Acting to Authenticity

Our word for “actor” comes from the Greek word hypocrite. The ancient Greek theater often used a small ensemble of actors who played many parts. They changed characters by wearing different masks. Jesus described pious people like Greek actors. They wore the masks of piety outwardly but failed to meet the standard of Christ’s righteousness. […]

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Spiritual Gifts

In Ephesians 4:11-14 Paul says, He gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the […]

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Living In Between

Life happens in between things. Between engagement and the wedding. Between invitation and birthday party. Between kindergarten and graduation. We plot, we measure, we plan, we get ready, we live. There are some other moments that happen in between as well. They are the times you dread in between discovery and punishment. The time your […]

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It’s Time

A LETTER FROM ASSOCIATE PASTOR, REV. FRAN BUHLER: “Aging,” they say, “is the meringue on the pie of life,” so “it’s time” for me to enjoy it. After discussion with our Pastor, Deacons, and staff, I will retire the end of August, 2014. (For those of you already in the meringue, that’s this year!) Since […]

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Empowered

Empowered

“Middle School.” Just saying the name sounds like something you wouldn’t want to be a part of. Somewhere in between, not quite there, awkward, weird. Despite the bad rap that comes with the stage of life, the girls I met this weekend gave me a lot of hope. They were part of First Baptist’s annual […]

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Playing with Purpose

Each Saturday in January and February, the CLC is filled with players, coaches, parents, and officials playing with a purpose. They are a part of our Upward Basketball and Cheerleading ministry. Through a partnership with Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene, Upward provides 182 children an opportunity to play this season. Upward occupies a unique […]

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The Beatitudes for Today

The Beatitudes for Today

The Beatitudes are the characteristics of Jesus’ disciples. We can’t earn them; he gives them to us at creation. They are blessings. When they’re read aloud, it’s a bit like listening to Jesus introduce a speech with a prayer of blessing. But what we realize is that he’s blessing us for what he sees in […]

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Continuing the Journey

Continuing the Journey

Since Connections Weekend, what have you been up to? Three groups have already formed to continue the journey on mission. Kaitie Meyer has started a Bible study group at her scholarship house next to the FSU Campus. Joey Stein has formed a Bible study group at Veteran’s Village. Harlan Moret, George Latimer, Darrell Thompson, and […]

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Lessons from Dessert Theatre

After hours of rehearsals and four great performances, our youth choir and an exhausted director can relax. It was a great weekend for First Baptist on so many fronts, and our house is still humming “Taylor the Latte Boy.” I learned a few lessons from our students to share with you. Generations can learn from […]

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