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Living Nativity

One of our family traditions each Christmas has been to see a living nativity pageant, a dramatic reenactment in biblical costume of Christ’s birth. For Drake’s first Christmas, Parker and I went to see the pageant; Drake and Kelly stayed home. Parker’s buddy Zeb, who is four years older than Parker, played the significant role […]

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God is With Us

We’re making a list and checking it twice at First Baptist. We have so many ways to celebrate that “God is with us” through our giving, sharing, and going. I hope you’re finding ways to get involved. Pray for International Missions. We are in the week of prayer for international missions. This summer we heard […]

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The Advent of Generation Next

The Advent of Generation Next

In a cabinet at home is an old box of Kodachrome 8 mm movies. I let them sit for a long time on my desk. They’re silent films of family from long before I was in the world. I had them converted to DVD last year as a Christmas present for some of my relatives. […]

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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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