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In Word and Deed

Thank you for a wonderful Vacation Bible School and Upward Sports Camp week. God poured out his blessings on us, and we have several people to thank personally for their great work. Children’s Minister Rhonda Smith and Co-Directors Allison Bubriski, Amy Rigsby, and Caroline Weiss orchestrated a seamless operation. Truly, this was the best one […]

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Minister of Pastoral Community

At the business meeting June 24, our Personnel Committee will be recommending Rhonda Smith to be our new Minister of Pastoral Community. Rhonda has served faithfully for 18 years as our Minister of Children. Although she did not seek this new position, she was open to the Spirit’s leadership when the search committee approached her […]

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Trusting God Through Crisis

Where do you turn for wisdom during times of change and tension? The Bible offers several examples, but one of the best books to read is 1 Samuel. This book records the Israelite transition politically, relationally, and spiritually. God’s people moved from a tribal system to a monarchy and encountered tremendous difficulties along the way. […]

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Choir Tour

I’m not sure what I loved about choir tour more—rehearsals, tours, Bible studies, host homes, leadership, friendship, food, or home concerts. I’ve visited more natural bridges, eaten more church spaghetti meals, and had more prayer partners than the disciples in Acts. But one thing I know for sure. The experiences of choir tour have had […]

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Weekday Week

Thank you for making the Week of Awareness possible. Media competitors WCTV and the Tallahassee Democrat partnered to shine a bright light into the darkness of underage substance abuse and drinking. Conversations publicly and privately are happening across our community to connect parents better to each other, change the behavior of adults and teenagers, and […]

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The Importance of Pentecost

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers. For Jews in the first century, the holiday occurred during the Feast of Sukkot or booths, when God gave the law in the wilderness and lit their path through a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. […]

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Where We’re Going

On Wednesday, April 29, I shared the first report of the church Strategic Planning Committee (SPC). Since November, we have been engaged in a process of discerning God’s vision for our church for the next 3-5 years. We are a vibrant, active downtown church with well over 200 ministries, groups, programs, and committees. We certainly […]

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Week of Awareness

Resurrection love compels us to move out into the darkness, renew the bonds of friendship, and examine our shadow side. We don’t have to look very far to find examples of strife. Since Cain and Abel, we’ve torn apart families and friendships with our sin. Some issues, however, seem to be so preventable with just […]

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Loving Jesus In Real Life

Each week during the “Love Jesus” series, we’re featuring examples of people in our church showing us the kind of love that 1 John describes and giving you an opportunity to respond. This kind of love moves with others into the dark places of our world. So often this love is not a warm and […]

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Investing

Thank you for investing in First Baptist during the first quarter of 2015. We’ve had a tremendous response to the generosity emphasis in February. Because you have given so faithfully, and folks have begun to give regularly, we can praise the Lord this quarter for his abundant blessings. Our giving to the budget rose over […]

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