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A Strong Foundation (Matthew 7:24-29)

While professional boxer “Iron” Mike Tyson was never considered a great philosopher, he did have some poignant insight when asked about his opponents plan to defend against his left hook. Tyson responded, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” In other words, if your plan does not help you navigate adversity,… Continue reading A Strong Foundation (Matthew 7:24-29)

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The Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus was once asked, “Lord…are only a few people going to be saved?” Jesus replied, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able” (Luke 13:22-24). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has spoken about the character of a disciple and… Continue reading The Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:13-14)

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Faith and Works (James 2:14-26)

Jesus called His followers “the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13) and “the light of the world“ (Matt 5:14). The effectiveness of salt is demonstrated in its ability to improve the taste of food and slow the decay of food. Bad salt is worthless. The effectiveness of light is demonstrated in its ability to give… Continue reading Faith and Works (James 2:14-26)

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A Godly Father’s Priorities

Today is Father’s Day. A day when our nation honors Fathers and thanks God for the vital role of Fatherhood. A young boy was once asked to give a definition of Father’s Day. He replied, “It’s just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.” This is true because all dad… Continue reading A Godly Father’s Priorities

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7 Reasons to Be Thankful (1 Thess 5:18)

Our circumstances do not dictate our thankfulness. This is why Christians are able to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18). We are to give thanks when our circumstances are good and when our circumstances are bad. We do not worship God because He gives us nice stuff. We do not worship God on… Continue reading 7 Reasons to Be Thankful (1 Thess 5:18)

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I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

(Note: This series is based on "I Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer). If your house was on fire and you were all alone and you only had time to grab one thing before leaving, what would it be? Now consider for a moment the reason you chose that item. Regardless of what it… Continue reading I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

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Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World

What happens when a church forgets her purpose? She becomes distracted and unconcerned as the devil steals, kills, and destroys. Do not be deceived, our enemy is on the prowl and ready to pounce; sowing seeds of discord in the world and leaving a trail of destruction. Jesus came to “destroy the works of the… Continue reading Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World

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An Effective Instrument in Christ’s Hands

With a new year upon us, this is an opportune time for First Baptist to reflect on the past year. The most common method of examination for churches is to count “nickels and noses”. How many nickels were collected and how many noses appeared this week? While we thank God for every “nickel and nose”,… Continue reading An Effective Instrument in Christ’s Hands

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The Ark of Salvation (Genesis 7)

In Genesis 6 we learned that humans had corrupted the earth so much that God determined to destroy everyone by a flood of waters. We also learned that God planned to graciously save one man named Noah because he was righteous and blameless. In Genesis 7, we find out more about Noah and the flood… Continue reading The Ark of Salvation (Genesis 7)