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In the Music Ministry’s performance of “Time for Christmas,” we were drawn to the manger to look up and see the bright light from Jesus’ eyes staring back at us and to rise in the new life we receive from him. I’m so grateful—and overwhelmed—with everything we experienced together Sunday night. I could not have […]

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Experience Christmas

This weekend begins the last 12 days of Advent. They’re also the most significant of the season. As our hearts draw closer to Christmas, so do the eyes of those around us begin to pay closer attention to the season. As you plan for your friends, family, and loved ones, make room in your table […]

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Taking Note

When the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to test Jesus in Matthew 16, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He answered by critiquing them: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” The pious wanted predictability so they could control their lives. Jesus […]

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A Thankful Season

As we pause this weekend to thank God with friends and families, this past week is another reminder of how grateful I am to be your pastor. Thank you for loving Tallahassee last week. Zach Allen and our team of college workers, faculty, staff, and students have been on the scene since Thursday. We are […]

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The State of FBCTLH

This past year, God has blessed our church with 128 new members, 407 first time guests, and 33 baptized believers. As new people visit and join our church, we equip them to walk with Jesus Christ for life. As people come to Christ, we invite them to grow in their faith and share their faith […]

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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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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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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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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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