Helping Children Through Violent Crime

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Helping Children Through Violent Crime

Even though the crisis at FSU did not involve children, they often pick up things from the news or hear things from others. One of my sons was scheduled for a field trip at FSU Thursday and could not go because of the incident. Here are a few suggestions that I have drawn from various […]

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Reasons to be Grateful

As a child, Thanksgiving was a holiday to gather aunts, uncles, and cousins. We assembled around Turkey, Television Screens, and Turnip Greens (Bleh!) to be family. Each person played a different part in our family. Some were father and mother figures. Others were friends, still others were just folks who came for the Mississippi Mud […]

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Plumbing Lessons

In Texas, we lived in a house that had a plumbing problem. No matter what, when we put down the drain, it always came back through the bathtub. We had our usual share of plunger issues and clogged sinks. This problem was much different. When the hard rains came, the city storm system was so […]

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Between Two Walls

Our generation lives between two walls: the construction of the Berlin Wall and the West Bank Wall in Israel. One fell 25 years ago this Sunday. Families and friends reunited after years of separation, war, and communism. Another was built over eight years ago and still divides families and friends because of terrorism, war, and […]

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Work and Faith Testimony

by Cecil Davis All of us know that work at times can be challenging and difficult. In the workplace, there are time demands, stress, difficult assignments, difficult people, mistakes, set-backs, and disappointments. If that is the case, how can work be a platform for ministry? I don’t know all the answers to that question, but […]

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Budget Business

On Sunday evening at 6:00PM, our Finance Committee will recommend our 2015 Budget to you to be adopted on November 9. Our deacons have already heard this budget presentation, and our staff are eager for you to hear this report. Our vision for 2015 is to use our resources so that people will Come to […]

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

How do over 400 volunteers make a difference in one day in Tallahassee? Just ask one of the recipients from Saturday’s annual First Love event. I had the privilege of working with a wheelchair ramp team on Laura Street. We served Michael Scott, a disabled man originally from Massachusetts. With no family in Tallahassee, Mike […]

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Love Our Neighbors

Love Our Neighbors

This Saturday is the 13th annual First Love service day at First Baptist. I am so grateful to Tom Perrin, Jr., for his leadership of this project. He and his team have put in tireless hours checking on projects, arranging volunteers, and placing people in the right slots. This year is also Hannah Singletary’s first […]

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Around the Table

Now that we’ve had a church family conversation around the communion table, let’s go back to the kitchen table. Jesus talks about the issues of marriage, divorce, sexuality, and singleness pretty rarely—about as often as we do at First Baptist. We covered a lot of material Sunday, and I encourage you to watch the sermon […]

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Wedding Rehearsal

Preparing for a wedding today is a bit like a small conference. Invitations, dinners, engagement ceremonies, save the date cards, counseling, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, reception. It’s almost enough to make you forget that everything that happens before and after the wedding really count. Practice does not make for perfect marriages. Belief in Christ gives us […]

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