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October 7, 2018, 1:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 7, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Usually, I use this space to talk about church happenings, but I wanted to share a praise this morning in how God has worked in Holly’s life. Many have asked about the way forward for her chronic facial and head pain. After an initial MRI the week before last, the neurosurgeon’s office called to say that they did not see evidence of Trigeminal Neuralgia (awesome!), but that they wanted to schedule additional MRI pictures of something else that was spotted “accidentally”. Normally, the neck is not shown, but in one image, her very first vertebrae was just barely in the image. New MRI was done.

 

     What is seen in these new images, is a severely compressed spinal cord by a congenitally underdeveloped space in that vertebrae that connects to the skull. Why this has just now given her problems is not known. However, what is known is that the symptoms she has been having for many months led to the discovery of this condition before it came to a point of causing severe life altering problems. Many people do not have symptom from this until one day they have lost feeling or use of extremities.

 

     The prayer and prognosis are that the surgery that is now scheduled for October 23rd on her cervical spine that will relieve pressure and make adequate space for her spinal cord, will also relieve her chronic head and facial pain. The doctor said there is a very high probablitity that this is her pain source. He also stated that if she were to have nothing done, this condition would have 100% eventually led to her losing feeling in her extremities and much worse, since her spinal cord is being severely flattened in this crucial area.

 

     To have found this condition in the way it happened was purely a miracle. The doctor and the nurses at the neurosurgeon’s office told us they had been talking a lot about how unbelievably unusual it was how they saw this image in the first MRI that is normally not in a picture of the head. Had the first vertebrae not slipped into the very edge of the picture, they would not have known she had this condition and at some point down the line she would have, for certain, lost feeling and even use of arms and legs. We were sure to tell them we knew that God had led them to discover this and that many people had been praying for Holly and also for them there in the office.

     Holly will have a recovery time of 6-8 weeks and will be off work for that time. She has much to do between now and her surgery in lining up employee schedules and laying in plans for the Christmas season for the shops that she manages at Silver Dollar City. They will place an interim lead in her place and she will resume her position upon being released to go back to work. Our God is an Awesome God!

Thank you everyone for your prayers for Holly,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




September 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 30, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Tonight is our final installment of “For Me To Live Is Christ”. We will meet at 5:30pm for Session 7 for those who may have missed it last week. And then, we will meet at 6:30pm for the eighth and final session.

 

     I wanted to mention this right at the top of my letter this week as it has been a very helpful and encouraging study for all involved. We have had very good attendance at the session as well as many good times of discussion. If you miss Session 8, I will be glad to get the materials to you as well as a copy of the DVD lesson for you to finish on your own. We will not be meeting at 5:30pm on October 7 to have a make up time for Session 8.

 

     Instead, Sunday, October 7th at 5:30pm begins our rehearsals for the Christmas musical, “A Night To Remember”. We are looking forward to having a great time working on this music for a December 16th Sunday Morning Service presentation. John is counting on a good turnout for a choir this Christmas season.

 

     I want to encourage as many of you as are able to come and join in the fun of singing in the choir during the holidays this year. In the Sundays leading up to Christmas, I’ll be asking the choir to share a piece or two from the musical along the way as we lead up to the day of the presentation in its entirety on December 16th.

 

     Today, we ask those in our Sunday School Ministry to stay after for a quick meeting following the morning service in Bro. Dale’s classroom. Jette has some important information and updates for our faculty.

 

     FBCCF is also gearing up for a totally new event for Thanksgiving this year. Your Special Events Committee has scheduled a planning meeting on Sunday October 7th immediately following the morning service. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall and having a bite of lunch together as well. If you are on that committee, please plan on attending.

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




September 21, 2018, 9:44 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 23, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     In nearly every church, there are a few people upon which you can always count. And the reality is that every once in a while, the Lord sees fit to move those folks around to share their commitment to ministry with sister churches in a different mission field. Today is one of those days as First Baptist Church sends our dear friends and co-laborers in the Lord, Richard and Lucky Cain, off to their new assignment.

 

     This Sunday, September 23rd is their final Sunday to be with us on a weekly basis, as they are going to be departing Cape Fair to go to their new home in Sullivan, Missouri this Wednesday. To say that they will be greatly missed is an understatement. The impact they have had on the lives of so many in this church family and in this community will be felt and remembered for years to come.

     The first time I met both of them was when the Pastor Search Team came to visit Robin and me for a sit-down conversation about ministry possibilities back in January 2014. Lucky was on the team and Richard, as usual, was behind the wheel of the church van carrying the group who had come to visit us in Blue Springs. From that day, it was evident that they were an integral part of what God was doing here at FBCCF and is still doing.

     They are the kind of folks who, when they become a part of your life, they are etched into your memory. Their commitment to help wherever and whenever needed is a lost attribute in today’s society, and sadly in many churches. Clearly, they serve the Lord from a sincere heart of wanting to see others touched by the Gospel. Whether it’s visiting someone in the hospital as their deacon, working in the church kitchen, serving on the Tally Committee, repairing nearly anything, or picking up kids in the church van; Richard and Lucky can do and have done it all with a servant’s heart of a faithful deacon and his devoted wife.

     To the church that the Lord will lead them to invest their lives will be given the greatest blessing of having two who love the Lord first and love people sincerely. Richard and Lucky, we love you dearly and will miss you more than you can know.

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




September 16, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 16, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Every morning during my time with the Lord I usually read an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. The passage on the morning of Monday September 10th was Mark 3:13-19 where Jesus chose and called His disciples to make up the group of the twelve. I want to take this morning’s letter to share with you what Spurgeon had to say about this passage that struck me deeply:

   

     Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry. But reader, be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom He wills. If He shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in His house, I will cheerfully bless Him for His grace in permitting me to do anything in His service.

 

     The call of Christ's servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, evermore above the world in holiness, earnestness, love and power. Those whom He calls must go up the mountain to Him, they must seek to rise to His level by living in constant communion with Him. They may not be able to mount to classic honors, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have familiar conversation with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to proclaim the gospel of peace.

 

     Jesus went apart to hold high fellowship with the Father, and we must enter into the same divine companionship if we would bless our fellowmen. No wonder that the apostles were clothed with power when they came down fresh from the mountain where Jesus was.

 

     This morning we must endeavor to ascend the mount of communion, that there we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart. Let us not see the face of man today till we have seen Jesus. Time spent with Him is laid out at blessed interest. We too shall cast out devils and work wonders if we go down into the world girded with that divine energy which Christ alone can give. It is of no use going to the Lord's battle till we are armed with heavenly weapons. We must see Jesus, this is essential. At the mercy-seat, we will linger till He shall manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world, and until we can truthfully say, "We were with Him in the Holy Mount."

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




September 9, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 9, 2018


Good Morning Family!

     We’ve been away from our “regularly scheduled programming” for the past two weeks. The detour into “A Reminder of Who We Are” parts 1 and 2 have taken our attention to a little bit of church housekeeping, so to speak. It is good to remind   ourselves every once in a while, of the basics of what we are to be about.

     I am excited about this fall as we push forward into autumn with our continuing series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. I am looking forward to many more adventures with the Master as we walk the dirt roads from town to town and watch Him as He changes lives and challenges individuals. That is, after all, the purpose for us in this lengthy series. I want Him to challenge me, change me, mold me, and make me into more of His image. That hurts badly sometimes having rough edges knocked off or grinded down, (I need a lot of  grinding!) but it is the purpose for each of our lives. We are His disciples after all. No matter what comes our way, He wants us to trust Him and walk with Him and not to lean on our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all our ways.

     Ask the Lord this morning, “What do You want of me? What do You want to be teaching me?” If we can get into a rhythm of that being our constant prayer, we will find ourselves being more keenly aware of Him everyday and all day. In asking this, we will find Him to be our constant companion and guide. If you find that you can go most of the day without thinking of your relationship with Christ… I have to be lovingly honest, you are not in a good place. Things may be going well for you outwardly, but to be spiritually out of tune is a dangerous place; you do not want to get used to being there.

     I hope you are encouraged this morning through worshipping with your church family and studying the Word together. Be a blessing to someone today.

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

Humbly Yours,

Bro. Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills


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