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OUR ULTIMATE HOPE

Unless you’ve managed to disconnect from all forms of media, you may have noticed that the election season is beginning to heat up. The Republican National Convention took place this past week, and the Democratic National Convention will take place this coming week. For some of you, the temptation will be to withdraw, avoid all […]

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Pastor Search Committee Update, July 2016

Dear Church Family, Please join me in saying thank you to the dynamic eight individuals of our Pastor Search Committee (PSC) who have never ceased to amaze me with their dedication and sacrifices each and every day. Just consider our fifteenth meeting this past Sunday. The meeting began at 6:00PM and ended after 10:00PM; in […]

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AMAZING FAITH

Whenever people encountered Jesus during His earthly ministry, they were often astonished by what He said and did. One particular Greek verb, thaumázō, was used repeatedly by the Gospel writers to express how His audience and onlookers reacted. This term meant to wonder or marvel at something or someone — to be amazed. Whether His […]

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SEEKING THE LOST

Imagine coming across someone who is clearly searching for something. You see a hint of panic in their eyes and naturally ask, “What are you looking for?” Their answer will determine whether you urgently join their quest or simply wish them well and continue on your way. Lost grocery store coupons? “Good luck.” Lost child? […]

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A FATHER’S FAITH

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) remains one of the most powerful examples of a life fully devoted to the spread of the gospel. When asked to provide advice to missionary candidates, Judson’s first words of guidance were to “let it be a missionary life,” rather than just a short-term endeavor. Across many seasons of suffering and success, […]

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AVAILABLE FOR VBS?

I cannot think of another event in the life of our church that draws more children and families to our campus than Vacation Bible School (VBS), and this year will be no exception. We currently have more than 350 children registered, and that number continues to grow. In just the past week, we’ve added 5 […]

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UPDATE ON THE PASTOR PROFILE SURVEY RESULTS

Dear Church Family, Let me begin by saying thank you for your daily prayers which continue to be felt within and among your Pastor Search Committee (PSC). If you are thinking, but how do we know this? You are asking a great question. So here is one answer: since we have been constituted and dedicated […]

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MACEDONIAN GENEROSITY

Some of the better known New Testament passages about giving were in reference to a collection that Paul was taking up for the poor in the Jerusalem church. In 2 Corinthians 8, we find an amazing account of how numerous churches in Macedonia gave to help their fellow believers during this time of desperate need. […]

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NOT AN INTERIM CHURCH

An interim is a period of time that takes place between two events. An interim is, by definition, temporary. In that sense, we are going through an interim as we await the calling of a new senior pastor. As essential as a pastor is to the proper biblical functioning of a New Testament church, we […]

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PENTECOST SUNDAY

This Sunday, we will celebrate the birthday of the church—not First Baptist Church (that’s in November), THE church. Pentecost, which is a transliteration of the Greek term for “fifty” (pentekostos), is observed 50 days after Passover. Acts 2 records that on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and enabled […]

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