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May 19, 2016, 3:19 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 15, 2016


Good Morning!

            So, last week was Mother Day.  We had a great time together celebrating moms and women in our lives.  Since I spent my time with you last week, sharing insight with you through a letter to my own mother, I want to be certain I demonstrated to proper honoring of another mother in my life.

            She is not my mother, but she is the best mom that I have ever known.  This woman has never been through the act of physically giving birth.  This woman has never known what it is to have the doctor place her newborn son or daughter in her arms.  She has never experienced the “go to the hospital in the middle of the night” scenario with false labor only to be sent home for another day.              She did not experience people coming to see her in the hospital after the birth of her child.

            She did however, experience having her foster child being literally peeled from her arms by Family Services in a courthouse parking lot after raising him from 15 months to three years old after the state deemed it improper to have white parents adopt and raise a black child.  This mother watched her son, be driven away in a car screaming for her. 

            Then just weeks later, she met a six month old little girl who was white and willingly exposed her still devastated heart to this little bundle from God, not knowing if this adoption would be approved by the same people who had taken her son.  Yet, she knew it was God’s plan for her to remain available.

            The pain in this mother’s life in the beginnings of her days as a mother was confusing, devastating, and then joyous all at the same time.  God eventually answered the prayers of this mother for both of these children and so He left the little girl in her care and then brought the other one back to her “In His Time” just after he had turned six.  God vindicates the righteous- Psalm 37:6.

            This mom has been the complete and model wife to her husband and as strong as a mother “grizzly” for her children (and for her husband at times as well).  This mom is Robin.

             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 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 8, 2016






April 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 1, 2016


Good Morning!

            Tomorrow is First Baptist Church Founders’ Day!   Last year on the first Sunday in May, we celebrated our 50th anniversary of our founding as a mission church here in Cape Fair.  On May 2, 1965, the first service was held in the little storefront “giraffe rock” building that still stands next to Miss Belinda’s Salon.  Eleven people were there that morning and so began our story up till today.

            Last year we asked ourselves:  What have we done with the legacy left behind of Perry and Imogene Keithley to whom the Lord gave the vision of this work here in this community so many years ago on December 6, 1964.  From vision to first service was a short five months and what was known as Cape Fair Baptist Mission has been meeting weekly ever since.

            Even though our name was changed to First Baptist Church, I believe Cape Fair Baptist Mission is still very appropriate for what we are called to do.  Is not every church to be “on mission” for Christ.  The Gospel is our mission and the field of souls around this community in these mountains is our “Jerusalem”. 

            Today in our message, we are going to see how we, as the church, are the ones to whom God has entrusted the Glorious Gospel.  In connection with our Sunday night study in Revelation; we are seeing also in the passage this morning from Romans chapter 10, the rejection of the Gospel by Israel as a nation.  In turn, the Lord gave the mission of spreading the “promised seed of Abraham” to the church. 

            The Church does not replace Israel.  The Church is the messenger during this time in history from Christ until the Rapture. But, in Revelation, we observe God move again in the life of Israel as a nation in the last days in preparation for the coming of Antichrist.  At that time, there will be a major move of God in calling 144,000 from the Jewish people to be the bearers of the Gospel to a world in complete turmoil during the Great Tribulation.   Make it a point to join us in this adventure of studying the Book of Revelation on Sundays at 6:30pm

             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




April 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 24, 2016


Good Morning!

            Family.  It is the bedrock of civilization.  It is the institution that God established in the Garden of Eden.  It is also a term used in Scriptures for the church.  Ephesians chapter 3 says...

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

            I included the whole context to show that saying we are truly family here at FBCCF is not just a slogan.  There is so much here in this passage, but I wanted to address this subject quickly this morning, as I read an article this week by a “pastor/blogger” (I use the term loosely) that claimed we should avoid the use of the word family when referring to church.  The internet is loaded with “experts” you know.

            I saw the title “Quit Thinking of the Church as Family” and had to read it; as ridiculous as it was.  I don’t have time to go into his thought process, nor do I understand it; other than he may just spend a little too much time pouring over politically correct semantics than actually reading the Bible.  All I know is that if we begin to chip away at clearly taught doctrine by refraining from using and teaching foundational Biblical concepts, then we no longer are a local church, but a club or social group.  But, that’s what the world does though, isn’t it?  Chip away at what constitutes gender, what constitutes family, what constitutes the church...it goes on and on.

            There is not a week that goes by where we are not thankful for the FAMILY of God here.  We have been tested and continue to walk by faith day by day as we see God continue to unfold His plans for His ministry here.  We see this as we stand by each other and walk with each other through our individual challenges and as we pray for one another and support one another in word and deed.  Let no one tell you any different; even an “expert” on the internet.

            If there ever was an example of a local church embodying the concept and truth of being family, it is FBCCF.  We are the children of God.  He is our Father.  We are adopted into His family.  We are joint heirs with Christ.  Even the angels are called our fellow servants in Revelation 19:10.

             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




April 17, 2016, 10:31 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 17, 2016


Good Morning!

            What a busy we week have had!  Several of those in the church body have been sick and are still out this morning.  The bug sure has been going around.

          I want to share with you again what we mentioned last Sunday in our morning church service.  Leroy Ayers went home to be with the Lord a week ago this past Friday.  He went peacefully at his home and we have since met with and spoken with his daughter Lynda and her husband Kerry to plan the memorial service.  They are doing well, but are missing Leroy, yet they also know he is with his dear wife who had gone to be with Jesus a few years earlier.

          Leroy’s memorial service will be Saturday April 30th with the family and friends visitation time at 10:00am and the service to follow at 11:00.  We will all miss Leroy’s wit and encouraging attitude.  I know I will certainly miss seeing him there in the third pew to my left.  I will also miss discussing the Word with him one on one and in our Men’s Bible Study Group.  But, I know we shall see him again when we are all with the Lord; whether through death or departure.

          This morning, we are so glad to have our son Raphael with us in our service.  I have asked him to share from his heart with you this morning and have left the topic to him as the Lord would lead.  I am so thankful for the work of the Lord in his life and how Jesus is teaching him and walking with him daily.

          I am praying for a more healthful week for those in our church family who are ill as many are recovering from an assortment of ailments.  When you are on your back the only way to look is up, isn’t that right?

           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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