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We live in a world of competing priorities. All of them are good things. Do I want the Honda or the Ford? Minivan or Sedan? Florida or Florida State? Public, Private, or Home Schools? Swim or Dance? Assisted Living or Independent? Each one can seem both overwhelming and mundane at the same time. When you […]

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Back to School

Back to School

We send Parker and Drake back to school next week. The summer break is over, but we’ve learned even more about ourselves and our boys this summer than ever before. This is one of the growing years. If you’ve paid attention to our pictures, you know that Parker has grown about 6 inches in 6 […]

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Follow-ship

Follow-ship

When Jesus commissions his disciples in Matthew 28:16-20, he sends them out to demonstrate what the church looks like. They are a follow-ship: a fellowship of believers that experiences and follows the risen Christ. It begins with Jesus himself calling them to a mountain and ends with his promise of presence: “Lo, I am with […]

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God’s Love in Suffering

This week God’s children have groaned in the pain of violence, war, and immigration. The Bible speaks about two kinds of groaning: the “labor pains” of creation longing for freedom and the groaning of believers longing for the adoption to be completed (Romans 8:21-22). This past week, one echoes the other in the voices of […]

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The Three Hands of Ministry

The Three Hands of Ministry

Most ministry involves three kinds of hands. A hand out to those less fortunate. We give food, extend mercy, and love unconditionally. A hand up to those trying to be empowered to make it on their own. We teach someone how to fish, or plan, or work so that they can feed their families. A […]

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Life Groups

Over the past two weeks, I’ve preached about Life Groups. They’re outward-focused small groups in places, phases, and pursuits of life. They’re designed to reach the unreached, unchurched, and uninvolved in our community. In other words, they’re patterned after the groups that formed in Acts 2:41-46. FBC members will host and facilitate the groups, and […]

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Slow Miracles

Several years ago, a friend of mine went through a terrible car accident. His recovery was slow and difficult. He never regained his full abilities, but he and his wife survived to tell an incredible story. They called it a “slow miracle.” In their testimony, they shared that the process of recovery and partial healing […]

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Weird Animals

This year’s VBS has surpassed expectations in attendance and impact. Rhonda Smith and our volunteers dedicated a week of their lives helping kids know that Jesus loves them. Using the template of “Weird Animals,” each child has discovered that they are uniquely created by God. Jesus loves them even though they are alone, don’t understand, or do bad […]

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A Full Summer

When Leah Larsen volunteered for “A Full Summer,” she wanted to help people who might “starve to death” this summer without the food. On Saturday, she and 250 other volunteers sacked, rice, beans, and vitamins in just under 2 hours. Our combined efforts provided 50,000 meals for hungry children in Leon County. Leah is a […]

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Pentecost

Pentecost is this Sunday, June 8. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the birth of the church through the gift of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday in worship, we have a special treat. Marty Smith, Penny Folsom, and George Feijoo have arranged a special edition of “God is so Good,” to be sung in many […]

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