FINDING GOD’S WILL

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FINDING GOD’S WILL

One of the greatest struggles shared by Christians today is seeking to discern God’s will for their lives. Whether to go to college and, if so, where? What vocation to pursue or job to take? Where to live? Whether to remain single or get married and, if so, to whom? How many kids to have? […]

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THE FUTURE IS NOW

THE FUTURE IS NOW

When it comes to ministry at First Baptist Church, my two favorite weeks of the year aren’t found in December or spring but at the very beginning of the summer break when our Youth Choir takes its annual mission trip immediately followed by Vacation Bible School (VBS). After spending last week on the road with […]

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DON’T FORGET VBS!

These are exciting times for First Baptist Church. We’ve seen college students and high school seniors graduate in the past few weeks and enter a new chapter of life. We’re looking ahead to several great ministry opportunities at the very beginning of June, such as A Full Summer and the youth choir mission trip. And, […]

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SENDING OUR SENIORS

This Sunday, we’ll celebrate our high school seniors as they prepare for graduation and look ahead to the next chapter in their lives. This is a special time of transition that’s filled with plenty of anticipation and probably some anxiety for both the graduates and their families. As we approach milestones like this, I’m grateful […]

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STOP TALKING ABOUT EVANGELISM

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the North Florida Region Evangelism Conference put on by the Florida Baptist Convention. Those who spoke delivered powerful messages about the importance and urgency of evangelism. But in a room filled with pastors and church leaders, I didn’t get the sense that anyone needed to be […]

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FOLLOWING JESUS

In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says to His would-be disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” This call to follow Him was also repeated elsewhere throughout the Gospels (Matt. 9:9, Mark 1:17; 2:14; Luke 5:27) and even reiterated toward the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry (John 21:19). Modern readers are so familiar […]

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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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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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