Think, Act, Be Day 48: Matthew 5:21-26

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Think, Act, Be Day 48: Matthew 5:21-26

First be reconciled to your brother or sister. People treat religion the way that most teenagers treat parental boundaries. They follow the rules while asking, “How much can I do without getting grounded for life?” Jesus saw our faith and the people in our world as an ongoing love relationship with him. Righteousness for believers […]

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Season of Thankfulness!

Thank you for a tremendous morning of service at Helping Hands last Saturday. I’m so grateful for our property and maintenance committee, our maintenance staff, as well as John Rice and Hannah Watt for putting together a great day to clean the buildings and grounds. November is a month to remember why we have so […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 47: Galatians 5:16-26

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit A child came into my office last week to talk about his decision to become a Christian. He asked me a great question, “How did sin start?” Paul tells us how. Sin is anything that causes my life to be focused […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 46: Romans 5:1-11

Suffering produces endurance. God doesn’t cause suffering; but some forms of suffering can train us, give us endurance, and produce character and hope in us. Consider the kind of suffering an athlete or a student has in a difficult sport or class. A person doesn’t learn because he wins every race or passes every course. […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 45: Psalm 16:1-11

I keep the Lord always before me. In Jewish literature, the ancient rabbis describe God’s presence as “The Place.” Echoing Psalm 16, God’s presence is a location where we find hope, strength, and protection. When we are in God’s presence, we are in his place. Christians believe that our bodies are God’s temple, and we […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 44: I Corinthians 13:1-13

Love endures all things. He was the unlikeliest of heroes. According to USA Today, he was just waiting at a subway station for a train. As he did, Wesley Autrey saw Cameron Hollopeter in a seizure; and Autrey stepped into action. He pulled Hollopeter away from the tracks to prevent him from falling into the […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 43: I John 4:10-11

This is Love. Love is the ongoing sacrifice of one person for another. God demonstrated how. He initiated love by sending his Son to sacrifice for our sins. By doing so, he showed us what true love is and revealed why it is impossible to love this way without Jesus. We are created by God […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 41 – John 4:3-42

“He told me everything I have ever done.” Ephrem the Syrian lived in the fourth century A.D. and was a deacon in his church. A prolific author, he wrote about Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well in John. He writes, “Jesus came to the fountain as a hunter…. He threw a grain […]

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Thanksgiving Offering, Sunday, November 15th

On Sunday, November 15th, our church will receive a Thanksgiving Offering for all the blessings that God has given us through First Baptist. It’s our way of saying, in a monetary way, “Thank you, Lord” for the good things that have happened this year. Life is filled with unexpected gifts and challenges. This year has […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 40 – II Peter 1:1-15

I intend to keep on reminding you of these things. A student spoke up in the second semester of my seminary training at Baylor. The professor had just assigned a book written by Martin Luther. Raising his hand, he announced to our theology professor, “I read this already in college.” Without batting an eye, our […]

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