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Our Strategy: Take the Next Step (Hebrews 10:24-25)

What is keeping you from taking the next step of faith? Taking a step of faith is simple (God tells us what to do), peaceful (obedience brings peace), and necessary (we must step out in faith in order to mature). So why don't we do it? Maybe it is because we have listened to the… Continue reading Our Strategy: Take the Next Step (Hebrews 10:24-25)

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Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River

While a lake may be beautiful, a river is powerful. Jesus designed His church to be more like a powerful river rather than a leisurely lake. While many factors contribute to this power, consider that it is the banks of the river that channel energy and momentum. Last week we discussed what we are supposed… Continue reading Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River

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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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Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)

The subject matter of today’s sermon is difficult because most (if not all) of us have either experienced tragedy or know someone who has.  For those in the midst of tragedy, you know that there are no easy answers.  As a pastor, my prayer is that you will find comfort in the midst of life’s… Continue reading Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)

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Settle With Your Accuser (Luke 12:57-59)

What is the largest debt you have ever had?  It may be a debt you currently have and are seeking to pay off.  Most people would reply that it is their mortgage.  Others may say a student loan and still others may say it is a credit card (or two).  This morning we will consider… Continue reading Settle With Your Accuser (Luke 12:57-59)

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In Love Serve One Another (Galatians 5:13-15)

Of the many “one another” passages in the Bible, the one today is another one that is well-known but difficult to put into practice.  This morning we shall discuss the difference between having a man-centered and a Christ-centered view of salvation.  Our verses are found in Galatians 5:13-15: For you were called to freedom, brothers.… Continue reading In Love Serve One Another (Galatians 5:13-15)

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Able to Instruct One Another (Romans 15:14)

There are many “one another” passages in the Bible.  These passages are commands from God for how the members of the Church are to think, speak, and act towards one another.  This morning we shall discuss a very important, but often neglected “one another” passage.   It is from Romans 15:14: I myself am satisfied about… Continue reading Able to Instruct One Another (Romans 15:14)

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Count Others More Significant (Philippians 2:2-3)

God instructs us in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also the interests of others.” Sounds easy, doesn't it!  Actually, if we are honest, we realize that fulfilling these verses is… Continue reading Count Others More Significant (Philippians 2:2-3)