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June 18, 2016, 10:55 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 19, 2016



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




June 11, 2016, 6:54 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 12, 2016


Good Morning!

Today, during our service I am going to ask each of you to take a rubber wristband as a prayer reminder this next week.

Prayer is so important in the life of our church and in our lives individually before Christ. But, this week I have a special request of you. I am asking you to remember our students as they go to camp. We are going to the Ark Christian Retreat Center in Eagle Rock, Missouri. It is a special place designed and built by the Loren Easley Foundation for churches and individuals to use for spiritual renewal. As you know, Loren Easley was the first permanent pastor our church ever had and he was here from 1966 to 1980. So, it is awesome for us to be able to take the kids somewhere that has a rich Christian heritage and also a link to the life of our own church.

This week, the 14th through the 16th, we will be away studying and worshipping and playing a little along the way as well. I ask you to pray for the leaders who are going and for the students as well, as we challenge them to live for Christ.

We will have intensive times of teaching with them as we will look at God’s Word and how to seek after God with their whole heart. It is a time to get away from distractions and focus on what God is speaking to their hearts through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. I am so excited to be able to go and teach for them this week. I am also very thankful for our adult leaders who are going to stay for the duration and lead the kids in teams and for those who will be traveling down at different times during the camp to cook or help lead in other areas.

I would also ask one more thing in addition to prayer. There are still a few funding needs for this camp. Not every child can pay and so I am asking for you to please consider what the Lord may lay on your heart to give toward that endeavor. The Lord can take any amount and make much of it. We rest in His hands for provision.

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




June 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 5, 2016


Good Morning!

Today, we emphasize servanthood. The funny thing is that we say we emphasize it today, but it should be a reality emphasized in our lives daily. I pray this morning; we will each examine our heart to see if it is a fully devoted servant’s heart.

So, let’s think about this in an elemental fashion. If you are a servant, then you are a servant to something or someone. That someone or something owns you. Of course, the Christian is a servant of our King, Christ Jesus. We serve at His discretion and at His will. He directs our paths and He directs our ministry. He can change where He desires for us to live, work, and serve at a moment’s notice. The servant owns nothing. The servant really decides nothing without his Master’s approval. You can try to make decisions, but for the follower of Jesus, He will direct your paths to His will in spite of you. It may take the hard road for you, but He will complete His will.

Think of this though: If you are not fully devoted as a servant to Jesus, you are still a servant to something. You may be a servant to your hobby, your work, a personality; you can even be a servant to a philosophy or a mindset. You can even be a servant of yourself, I suppose. But, here is the cold reality: Jesus said, "You cannot serve two masters." So, where does that leave the person who is considering themselves a servant of Christ, yet not taking up their cross and daily dying to self?

It leaves you in a place of choosing, a place of decision. Whom will I serve? If you are serving anything or anyone else other than Christ, you are ultimately in bondage and servitude to Satan himself. He is the one who is behind all other counterfeits of Christ. I choose to serve the one who gave Himself for me on the cross to purchase my pardon and make me a servant, a slave for the King! I fail Him many times, but He is always there to correct and lovingly instruct me in His ways, step by step.

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




May 26, 2016, 3:12 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 29, 2016


Good Morning!

          Tomorrow, we remember and celebrate on Memorial Day.  I say remember, because that is what the day is all about.  I say celebrate because it is a two-fold celebration.  We celebrate the lives of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

          I realize that Memorial Day has “evolved” over the years into more of a start of summer activities.  I was watching a video the other day where an interviewer was doing “man on the street” questions with people at a beach who were there “celebrating” Memorial Day.  I understand the video can be edited to show people in a better or worse light, but it was shocking to hear some of the answers from folks who sincerely had no idea what Memorial Day even was and a few of them didn’t really seem to care.  It was just a day off to party.  Surprisingly to me, there were plenty of people like that.  In the video, those ignorant of Memorial Day’s meaning were not just young people, but people over fifty-five and sixty.

          I suppose those folks were not raised with a healthy dose of patriotism or even reverence for family members that have preceded them in death.  I am so thankful that my family passed down a legacy of remembering.  I knew that Memorial Day was not “the beginning of summer”, but the day when we got in the car and did a little travelling to Sedalia, Missouri and a few points beyond.  My parents and grandparents even used to use the term “Decoration Day” when talking about the day to the children. 

          We will get into that a little bit in the sermon this morning, but that was the original term for the day.  Some of us here may well know that, and some of us may not.  But, I believe Decoration Day captures the spirit of the action that occurs on that day and we memorialize the lives of those gone before us.

           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




May 19, 2016, 3:20 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 22, 2016


Good Morning!

          I want to encourage you to keep your bulletin week to week as it has invaluable information in it to help keep you connected to what is going on at FBCCF.

          I want to draw your attention to something coming up on Sunday, June 5.  Our deacons met this past Wednesday and scheduled a Sunday to celebrate bringing Steve Llewellyn on as an active deacon.  Steve has served in a previous sister Baptist church as a deacon and so he comes on our team now ready to go.  We are so thankful for Steve and Elaine and their ministry to the body since they have become a part of this family of God.

          Their desire to see people grow in their relationship to Christ is very evident as they both are in our Bible teaching program as leaders.  Steve leads a Sunday School class and Elaine is the leader of the Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study here at the church at 10:00.  They have also taken on many more responsibilities in the Body and personally in their ministry to this church and community.

          On June 5th, we are going to emphasize the aspect of servanthood, not just for deacons, but for all of us as we celebrate the example Christ gave to us.  I would encourage you today, to take a look at the deacon page in your bulletin.  It is there every week for informational purposes, but after a time it can become invisible after seeing it week by week.  I would ask you to take a look at it and re-familiarize yourself with the deacons’ responsibilities and contact information.

          I recently sat down our deacons and we re worked the Family Ministry Plan and we will share more detail on that on June 5th.  Needless to say, we want to make sure everyone knows their deacon and is aware of how to contact them should the need arise.  They (and I) are here to care for you and we want to make sure we are doing that to the best of our ability.

           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


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