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GIVE THANKS

As we celebrate Thanksgiving as a nation, I hope that our focus on gratitude to God extends well beyond this special day. To help guide us in our expressions of thankfulness to the Lord this weekend, here are several passages from King David. Please use these to be reminded of all we have to be […]

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SHOEBOX SUNDAY!

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has distributed 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries around the world, and this Sunday, November 19, First Baptist Church hopes to collect another 500 shoeboxes to add to that number. If you’re unfamiliar with this program, I want to help encourage you to participate by […]

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RETURNING TO HAITI

Back in the summer of 2009, the Young Adults of First Baptist Church took a mission trip to rural Costa Rica and planned to return to the same community the next summer. However, following the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, we decided to join with the international disaster response and took our first mission […]

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THANKSGIVING OFFERING

With the end of October, the holidays are officially upon us…though some are admittedly holier than others. We’re surrounded by pumpkins for both Halloween and Thanksgiving and can expect to see Christmas decorations going up any day now. Before we get caught up in the whirlwind of activities and holiday travel, I hope we can […]

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WHO’S NEXT?

“Every pastor is an interim pastor.” I’ve heard it before, and I’ve been reminded of this truth several times over the past year, but somehow we seem to forget this simple truth. Unless Jesus returns or a church closes its doors, someone else will follow the current pastor. We assume permanence, but life — even […]

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FIFTEENTH FIRST LOVE

To say that we’re the First Baptist Church “of Tallahassee” means more than just our location. It’s who we are and why we’re here. We’re a part of Tallahassee, and God has placed us here to love Tallahassee and reach our community with the good news of Jesus Christ. And I’m convinced that First Love […]

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SEEKING REFORMATION

In a previous career, my old boss used to regularly say, “Success is never final, and reform is never finished.” It was a constant reminder that no matter how well things were going, and no matter what success you may have just achieved, there was always more work to be done. His words elicited both […]

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RESPONDING TO DISASTER

RESPONDING TO DISASTER

Rather than running away from disaster, Baptists have a tradition of running toward disaster. As 9/11 came this year, and we braced for Hurricane Irma, I was reminded of the Baptist response 16 years earlier in New York City, especially in light of our current efforts in Texas and now Florida. In case you’re not […]

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WEAR YOUR COLORS

This Sunday, we’ll continue one of the newer traditions at First Baptist Church with Wear Your Colors Sunday. Everyone is encouraged to wear your school colors — whatever combination that may be — and help create an energized environment for our college students. To add to the festivities, we’ll once again have several food trucks […]

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