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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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A Tallahassee Beacon

The Nehemiah memoir is a fascinating case study of what happens when an average person working in public life catches a vision for the kind of community his homeland can be. What Jeremiah does as a prophet, and Ezekiel sees as a former priest, Nehemiah does for people who go to work every day. He […]

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A New Day

In worship Sunday, Sabal Palm Elementary Principal Ray King challenged us with words from Acts 20:35: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Ray captured […]

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Nehemiah

In the fifth century B.C., a bureaucrat from Susa located in modern-day Iran received a message from his family. His religious homeland was in shambles. He convinced the Persian king and queen to finance a scouting expedition to check on the place. Although he had never visited before, he was touched by what he saw […]

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Listen to the Missing

This fall, I’m inviting you to be a part of Love Tallahassee (#LoveTLH), a six-week emphasis to neighbor our community for Christ. Last week, I shared just one launching pad of our work: the Sabal Palm Elementary School community. Another focus of our efforts throughout #LoveTLH will be servant evangelism, learning to tell the good […]

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Statistics to Solutions

Every 33 seconds, a child is born into poverty. In Florida, a child is abused or neglected every 11 minutes. 21% of children are poor. 42% of children are enrolled in a school lunch program. 64% of fourth graders read below grade level. 62% are below grade level in math. Only 70% of high school […]

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