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Let Us Pray

I read about a family with young children traveling on vacation through Italy. When they entered a large cathedral, they noticed the church was in the middle of a service. The three year old was quite inquisitive and saw a woman at the front of the church kneeling in prayer. “What’s she doing?” the three […]

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Membership Culture

When I arrived in March, one of the first suggestions you offered was to develop a process for helping new members get involved in the life of First Baptist. As any new person will tell you, it’s hard to break into new groups—no matter what kind. It’s even more difficult to find where you fit […]

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Heritage Sunday

On November 10, 1849, nine people formed the Baptist Church of Tallahassee. For 164 years, God has blessed their efforts and bound us together across the years. This Sunday is Heritage Sunday. We will pause to give thanks for the generations who have become a part of the “great cloud of witnesses” that has gone […]

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Montgomery House Project

Montgomery House Project

During my first deacons meeting in March, I met a modern day Mr. and Mrs. Nehemiah. Gary and Josephine “J.C.” Montgomery are the directors of Living Stones International, a faith-based nonprofit that ministers to children of inmates at Wakulla Correctional Institution. They reach out to children of prisoners and reunite them with their fathers through […]

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Kingdom Assignments Begin

Kingdom Assignments Begin

In the 1980 hit movie The Blues Brothers, Dan Akroyd and the late John Belushi play the role of two brothers who reunite their band to save the orphanage they grew up in. As Jake and Elwood memorably share with anyone who will listen, “We’re on a mission from God.” On Sunday, October 13, nearly […]

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The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Fewer than four miles away from our church on Sunday, the kingdom of God sprouted and grew just a little bit more. It happened at the Hope Community, where a group of sorority sisters and FBC volunteers gathered to pressure wash a dorm for men. These clients are transitioning out of homelessness into sustainable living. […]

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First Love

Lord, prepare us to go into the city, Let us live through you. You are our Creator, sovereign God Show your love through us as we go afar. Lord, prepare us to go into the city Let us praise your name You are God! Let us live to show your name. You are God, Let […]

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Welcome to the new FBCTLH.org

Welcome to the new FBCTLH.org

If you’re new to Tallahassee, the first time you see First Baptist is not through worship or Bible Study. It’s through the website. Before anyone visits, the first stop on the journey takes place long before they set foot on College Avenue. They visit www.fbctlh.org. When we first met together in April to talk about […]

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A Year of Jubilee

As I shared Sunday, Love Tallahassee can be more than a moment. It can be a movement of God when we engage in sustainable Jubilee ministry across our community. Nehemiah was one of the first and possibly only examples we have in the Old Testament to implement a Jubilee year. Jesus embodied the message in […]

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Glocal Missions

Do you remember returning from vacation, dropping off our pictures, waiting for them to be developed, and picking them up at the store? In these days of instant everything, there was something about that season of anticipation. In the gap between return and development, we had a reason to get together, see the pictures, and […]

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