PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE #13

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PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE #13

Greetings church family, It is our desire to continue to update you on where we are as we seek God’s guidance and direction as we discern who He has prepared to be our next Senior Pastor. During our update at the end of January, we shared that we had begun to focus on two candidates […]

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WORK IN PROGRESS

It’s hard not to notice the “work in progress” on Adams Street. Last week, a crane the length of a full city block was brought in and assembled piece by piece. Apparently, this monstrous and amazing piece of equipment will be our neighbor for quite some time as the Doubletree Hotel reaches higher into the […]

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THE GRIEF LETTER

Twenty-five years ago, while serving First Baptist Church as our Associate Pastor (and leading us through a pastoral interim), Fran Buhler began a simple practice that he would repeat hundreds of times throughout the decades that followed. He wrote a letter to those who had lost someone in their immediate family during the previous year. […]

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READY FOR COMPANY?

Growing up as a child, and even more so now as an adult, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of preparing your home for guests. Whenever we’re expecting company, there’s a list of tasks to be completed before they arrive, and there’s a standard of behavior to demonstrate while they’re with our family. And for […]

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BEHOLD HIS LOVE — DEITY ON A CROSS

First Baptist has a long tradition of Good Friday services. Setting aside this day on the calendar to remember and meditate through scripture and music has become a sacred tradition for us. For many years, First Baptist has observed Tenebrae (A Service of Shadows) which features the extinguishing of candles as we move through Christ’s […]

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PATRICK OF IRELAND

PATRICK OF IRELAND

This Saturday, March 17, we’ll join with countries across the globe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Beyond the requirement to wear green and kiss certain people based on their heritage, I’m surprised by how little folks know about St. Patrick’s Day, or more importantly, about Patrick himself. Sometime toward the end of the fourth century, […]

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SEEKING THE LOST

Last Sunday, we saw how seeking the lost is essential to following Jesus. I hope that you’ve been challenged and encouraged to take seriously your ongoing responsibility to tell others about Jesus. To help you apply this to your life, I’d like to offer some practical steps you can take. The first thing you should […]

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THE POWER OF PRESENCE

We are made to know God and to be with Him. Throughout Scripture — from Genesis to Revelation — God’s favor and blessing are made evident through His presence. God is with His creation in the garden and then with His chosen people in the tabernacle and later the temple. After removing His glory and […]

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NOT WASTED ON THE YOUNG

This is always such an exciting time of year for our youth. They’ve just completed an amazing weekend of Disciple Now and are now making final preparations for Dessert Theatre. Seasons like this remind me of what a tremendous impact a youth ministry can make in the life of a young person (I know it […]

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WELCOME TO GIDEON’S ARMY

Judges chapters 6 through 8 records the story of Gideon and how the Lord called and used him to accomplish His will. I’m always drawn to this familiar story when faced with long odds and dwindling numbers because it reminds me how God often works in such circumstances. When the Lord called Gideon, He said […]

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