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Around the Table

Now that we’ve had a church family conversation around the communion table, let’s go back to the kitchen table. Jesus talks about the issues of marriage, divorce, sexuality, and singleness pretty rarely—about as often as we do at First Baptist. We covered a lot of material Sunday, and I encourage you to watch the sermon […]

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The Bride of Christ

This Sunday, we’re having a family conversation about sexual intimacy. It’s part of a brief series I’m doing entitled “Christ’s Bride Comes Home.” I wrote about this in a recent column which you can find here. When I started reading through Matthew 19-23, I was reminded that I’ve never preached a series of messages on […]

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Faith in Public

Last Friday, we kicked off the 4th season of Faith, Food, Friday. This is an interfaith luncheon (not an ecumenical one), hosted by the Village Square. What’s the difference? Interfaith gatherings usually give the public a chance to peer into a world not their own—a world where religious people serve and share the common good. […]

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Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

For 13 years, we have taken one day to show Matthew 22:39 to Tallahassee. It’s the second greatest commandment—to love your neighbor as yourself. This year, we have 20 more requests for projects than last year. Just over 100 people have already registered. Now we need you and about 400 of your friends, co-workers, and […]

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Forgiveness

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a weekend with Single Adults age 40+ and our Senior Adults. Luke Hinson and I led a retreat on God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. Living with unforgiveness is like living behind a prison wall that you have built. While there, you become a prisoner trapped […]

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Saturday Report

Saturday Report

Saturday’s EQUIP training featured a talk from Rick Howerton and two breakout sessions customized around the stage and type of Life Groups at FBCTLH. Howerton addressed leadership of Life Groups. He challenged us to “lead wisely not demandingly.” When facilitating Life Groups, we need to demonstrate our integrity as good people rather than forcing our […]

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Training Weekend Report

Training Weekend Report

Last night, 80 leaders gathered in the Quad for Life Groups:EQUIP training weekend. Rick Howerton, a small groups consultant, led a workshop on “Life Groups that Transform a City.” He challenged us to form groups with people who are uninvolved in anyone’s church. He said that we’ll find them in the various places, phases, and pursuits […]

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Fasting – part 4

Fasting – part 4

I’ve always thought of fasting as sort of the discipline of last resort. If I can’t figure out what to do, or if I’m going through a difficult time, fasting is the last ditch effort on the part of the Christian. I’ve learned differently. As Scot McKnight suggests in an article on fasting, we don’t […]

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Fasting – part 3

Fasting – part 3

This month, I’m encouraging our church to skip one meal each week. Hopefully by now, you’ve tried it. If not, find a “fasting buddy” who can hold you accountable. Schedule a time to fast at the same time. Text each other as encouragement. As you do, Richard Foster suggests the following scriptures that encourage us […]

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Fasting – part 2

Fasting – part 2

By now, hopefully you’ve skipped at least one meal—or tried to do so. It’s ok if you sneaked a cracker. The point is that you tried, and you’ve learned that you can live off 2 meals in one day. What do you do during the time you’d normally eat? In Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster […]

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