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The Integrated Life

At some point along the Way, we recognize that our calendars and occupations try to compartmentalize our lives. Sunday and Wednesday – church Monday–Friday – work Saturday – family We’re taught to set strong boundaries, keep family away from work, and give ourselves time to relax. At times, there are good reasons for this rationale. […]

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Notes for The Sermon

Notes for The Sermon

On Sunday, I’ll be reciting the Sermon on the Mount by heart with the help of a few friends at FBC. To help you prepare to hear the Sermon, here are five things to know. The Sermon isn’t everything Jesus taught, but these are the main things. The Gospel of Matthew is structured around five […]

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Life on Mission Together

Life on Mission Together

In staff meeting this week, Josh Hall reflected on 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Connections Weekend gave us a chance to come together and do what this verse says. “To encourage” literally means to put courage inside someone else. “To build […]

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Family On Mission

Family On Mission

This weekend at First Baptist, Matt and Margaret Reynolds challenged us to “Live Sent.” Our lives become integrated into God’s mission in Tallahassee with others who care deeply about our city. The apostles discovered in Acts 2 and in Acts 5, they could gather in two places. They met together in the temple and broke […]

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Inside Out

Words matter. For every generation, there is a speech that stands the test of time. For some Americans, it might be “The Gettysburg Address” or “I Have a Dream.” They become imbedded inside our minds and hearts, opening our eyes to a new way of living and stirring our lives to greater commitment. For Christians, […]

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Retreat

Retreat

Before the first chapter of Mark is finished, Jesus takes a retreat to pray. Occasionally, we just need to get away as a church and reconnect to the Lord and each other. This weekend is our chance. Whenever I have a retreat, I’m usually just grateful to get there. By the time I arrive, I’m […]

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Update from Israel and Jordan

Thank you for praying for us and our families while we’ve been in Israel and Jordan. I am grateful to our staff for covering bases for Rhonda and me. We’ve had a great trip, and we are looking forward to seeing you next Sunday. Based on the weather reports, we’ve stayed much warmer over here […]

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Israel Trip – 10

Israel Trip – 10

We have boarded the bus and are on our way to the airport. We’ve had a fantastic day full of surprises. We began at the City of David, the archeological site on the Ophel below the Temple Mount. This place is the original site that David conquered from the Jebusites.   We descended into a […]

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Israel Trip – 9

Israel Trip – 9

For most pilgrims, walking the old city of Jerusalem is the highlight of the trip. Everything leads to Jerusalem. Normally, groups break up the journey in the city into two parts. You descend from the Mount of Olives and down to Gethsemane for half a day. On another day, you walk from Lions’ gate to […]

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Israel Trip – 8

Israel Trip – 8

Today we descended to the depths of humanity and divinity, the place where God reached down to man, where the word of God was born in Jesus of Nazareth. To get there, we had to travel through some of the worst pain that humanity as ever inflicted on each other—the Holocaust. We awoke to a […]

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