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Friends With Jesus

At our Life Groups:EQUIP training weekend September 12-13, Rick Howerton challenged us to look away from the church and see the future church. Around us in offices, homes, neighborhoods, and mission projects, we’ll see the people that will one day be a part of the church. There’s only one caveat. We need to show them […]

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Introducing John Rice

This Sunday, we’ll have the privilege of meeting Rev. John Rice who comes in view of a call to be our Executive Pastor. John grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Fletcher High School then Palm Beach Atlantic College. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his […]

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Fasting Discipline

Fasting has never been high on the list of Baptist disciplines. Feasting, yes. Fasting… maybe if we’re in a real bind. Jesus certainly warns us about fasting for attention (Matthew 6). That doesn’t get us out of the practice; I have just ignored the discipline. Prior to Easter, most Christians forego something like chocolate. Other […]

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EQUIP

When churches want to multiply their impact in a community, they start small. Just ask our friends who go across the world as missionaries. After moving to a new place, they meet neighbors, attend schools, and eat meals. As they go, they share faith and life together with others. Now, we’re on mission here in […]

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Ministry With College Students

With 80,000 college students flooding Leon County in the Fall and Spring, we know the fields are white unto harvest. If we visit the FSU, FAMU, or TCC campuses, we’ll find a variety of spiritual perspectives. According to Stephen Lutz, students today express their faith in five different ways. I’ve adapted his categories below: Committed. […]

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Back to Missions

I love going back to school. I followed a school calendar for 25 years, and I think my body still recognizes when it’s time to purchase a backpack. Our church realizes how important this season is for us programmatically and missionally. This Sunday as we promote SMBS classes, we commission and bless educators and students. […]

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Sunday Morning Bible Study

On Sunday, we will commission the 2014-2015 year of Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS) leadership. On August 17, students promote in time for the new school year to start. Bible study on our campus is so integral to being Baptist that we almost take it for granted. Someone is there through staff and volunteers to take […]

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Guesterizing

Our largest number of first time guests checks out our church on August 17 and 24. On August 17, age graded classes promote in SMBS. We will be recognizing educators and our special partnership with Sabal Palm Elementary. On August 24, new college students beginning the fall semester arrive en masse. These are great Sundays […]

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Sending and Receiving

According to Acts 18 and 19, a group of people converged in Corinth for a unique season of ministry: Paul, Priscilla and Aquilla, Apollos, Silas, and Timothy. Each one has a special place in God’s plan in Acts. If we tracked their mission across the Mediterranean world, we would be following in the footsteps of […]

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Faithfulness and Generosity

Thank you for giving during the second quarter of 2014. Because of your generosity, God has multiplied your gifts in tangible ways, filling the lives of children physically and spiritually. When I wrote to you in April at the end of the first quarter, we were off to a slow start financially and slightly below […]

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