The Importance of Pentecost

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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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Gatherings

Following the resurrection, Jesus gathered with his disciples. Whether behind locked doors in the Gospel of John, on the road to Emmaus to share a meal, or after a long day of work on the beach of the Sea of Galilee, the Easter season means fellowship. This past week, I’ve had a chance to meet […]

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Resurrection Season

Easter is more than a day; it’s a resurrection lifestyle that changes the direction of this life and eternal life forever. Just as we use Lent to prepare for Easter for 40 days, Easter is a season that lasts 50 days. Through the power of the resurrection, we learn how to love Jesus and each […]

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Love Jesus

Love Jesus

When the disciples see the resurrected Lord, they decide they cannot follow Jesus alone. As much as they need Jesus in their lives, they also decide to commit to each other in the way Jesus taught them to do. They love each other faithfully with grace and truth. Because Jesus rose again, they share the […]

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Waiting in Line

Standing in line in Animal Kingdom last week, one family behind us played with their small children to pass the time. This Brazilian father and mother came to Disney World when they were children and now they were bringing their own. After each round of fun, one child pleaded, “Again and again.” The fun they […]

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Difficult Conversations

First Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you and accounting for the hope that is in you.” But how do we prepare for those times? At some point or another, we engage in conversations—and even interrogation—about our faith in Christ and the beliefs that are distinctive […]

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