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April 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 10, 2016


Good Morning!

            Once again, I am amazed by the family of God here at FBCCF!  The outpouring of action when needs are presented among our church family here can be simply awesome.  I know it is the Spirit of God at work among us as we rise to different challenges the Lord places in our paths.  I know His hand is mightily at work here and He is our strength through everything.  God is so incredibly faithful!

          Today, we are going to be sharing in a time of Business Meeting at the close of our service this morning.  As you look at our financial report, you will notice we had several quarterly payments go out and a couple of yearly expenses occur the last two months in a row(insurance, propane and such as that), simply because that is when they were due.  As with any family budget, these expenses will cause us to necessarily watch our pennies the next few months in our ministry areas.  This is nothing new to us though, as we press on as good stewards of that which the Lord has entrusted to us as God’s people who are faithful to give to the Lord’s ministries.

          Robin and I stand alongside you in our commitment to the Lord to give proportionately and sacrificially toward the General Church Budget and for those of us who have taken on the responsibility of a rock in our Building Fund; we are excited to see what the Lord has done in that area as well.  It is through your faithfulness and the Lord’s blessing of what is given that we are able to continue the work of ministry together.  The Lord definitely supplies what we need as a church, but He is not obliged to give us what we think we need to feel comfortable or to have sense of security in funds.  Our security must remain only in Him.  I would rather live day to day trusting Him than to have more than I need without Him.  Kind of sounds like something Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34 in the Sermon on the Mount... (Now, you’ll want to look this up.)

           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 2, 2016, 9:09 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 3, 2016


Good Morning!

            Welcome to April!   To quote the famous Theologian Al Jolson: 

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers, Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers, Here is the point you should never miss.

Though April showers may come your way, They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it's raining, have no regrets, Because it isn't raining rain, you know,                                                                      
(It's raining violets,)
And where you see clouds upon the hills, You soon will see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list'ning for his song, Whenever April showers come along.

          This song is not about positive thinking.  There is truth here.  Every time April rolls around, I think of that song.  I think of it because my dad could do the meanest Al Jolson impersonation ever and this was one of his favorite songs to sing when I was upset about how something was going as a child.  Today, we are going to be looking at the rest of Romans chapter 9.  In it, we see God’s love and mercy, His justice and glory.  In connection with that, we will see our response to those things and what He requires of us.

          God does not call us to figure it all out all of the time.  However, He does require us to trust Him at all times.  I don’t know how He is able to weave everything together for our good and His glory, but He does without fail.  So, we can be confident, if we are his child, that He will take showers that may lead to floods in our lives and turn them into flowers for His glory eventually.  It may be on the other side, but we will bask in that glory because, as we will see at the end of our scripture passage today, He can never and will never disappoint 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




March 26, 2016, 8:45 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 27, 2016


Good Morning, He is Risen!

          Happy Resurrection Day to all!  As we gather this morning as the Family of God, I pray we worship our God and King for His wondrous gift of Jesus, His Son, who was given as the sacrifice for all our sin. 

          A morning like today can be very busy with all that we try to put into it such as the breakfast, Sunday School, all of the music preparations for the worship service, and then the Egg Hunt that will follow the service today.  All of that along with the Good Friday service can achieve the opposite effect, if we are not careful.

          Don’t misunderstand, we should do all we can for our King to celebrate His grace on this special day, but we have to be careful to not let the “busyness” take away from the worship and celebration; much like the preparations for Thanksgiving can overshadow the actual giving of thanks.  So, as we are together today, let’s remember what brings us together.  Jesus brings us together and our common love for and faith in Him and also our devotion to one another.

          I want to thank all those who have worked so hard for this weekend; those in the kitchen, the choir, our instrumentalists, our soloists, those that prepare the Lord’s Supper, those that set up the egg hunt, and all those who had any part in this week.

          So, to our church family; Robin, Holly, and I want to wish you all a very Happy Resurrection Sunday!  We pray you are able to spend the day in thanks and in celebration with your families and loved ones.  And remember, there will be no service tonight at church to enable family times on this weekend.

           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




March 19, 2016, 6:59 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 20, 2016


Good Morning!

          Palm Sunday is a day that is easily lost on the Christian calendar.  It can start to simply be the Sunday that reminds us that Easter is coming.  So much happened that day though.  It was not something that was put together on the spur of the moment to bring attention to Jesus coming into Jerusalem.

          This day figures heavy into the prophecies in the Old Testament of how and why the Messiah would come and that He would ultimately be rejected by the His own countrymen.  This was the day that Jesus declared his kingship to a nation that had waited for several thousand years for their Savior and then in a few short days...  totally missed it.

          As we are studying in Romans, it was all part of God’s plan.  It was all a part of the grand plan of salvation being offered to the entire world through His sacrifice on the cross.  Jesus is King and has always been King of all.  However, on this day, He was coming as the King “mighty to save”, which is what the term “Hosanna” means.

          On that day that we now celebrate as Palm Sunday, He was coming as the “suffering servant” in Isaiah 53. But, one day in the not so distant future from our time, He will come again as the Conquering King.  In Revelation, we see a much different picture of the coming King:

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.   Revelation 19:11-13

          There will be no doubt that day!  Are you eagerly awaiting His return?

           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




March 12, 2016, 10:11 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 13, 2016


Good Morning!

            This Tuesday is an election day for Missouri.  I must be totally honest with you, I am at a loss.  I am so troubled by the tone of this political season.  We have never seen this type of political rhetoric in my lifetime; and there has been some pretty nasty “politicking” in the past.

            But, this year on both sides we are seeing the worst in most of the remaining candidates.  I sat on Friday night watching the news seeing the anarchy in Chicago at a political rally where one side used their right of free speech to shout down the other side’s exercise of the same.  The anarchy caused by many on the left in our country is a political strategy used by communists and leftists for decades to create unrest to further their causes.  We saw an example of that on Friday night.

            But, what we are seeing on the right is also appalling.  As candidates talk about other candidates physical features or call them demeaning names, I fear this is a signpost that we are entering a new chapter in America where what little civility we had left is quickly slipping away.  I suppose that is what is bothering me the most.  We are on such a downgrade as a society, that watching the political events in this presidential race just breaks my heart.

            But, I fear that the lack of civility is just the tip of the iceberg in the coming months.  I am not a prophet, but I can say for certain that we are looking at a presidential election season like no other...ever!  I have studied our founders quite a bit and found that although they had spirited debate over substantive issues, there was a general sense of civility.  Even George Washington, by the age of sixteen had a list of Rules of Civility that he tried to incorporate into his life.  If you have internet access, look up the below address for further reading on Washington’s Rules:

http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html

            So, we go to the polls on Tuesday, recognizing that, most likely, one of the individuals running will be the next president, barring an indictment for the Democratic front runner or a brokered convention for the Republicans.  Both of those scenarios could bring presidential candidates that are not even presently running.  I am at a loss as I believe most of you might be.  I know I cannot support a candidate that will for certain appoint pro-choice judges, so that should narrow the field in half for followers of Jesus.  As for what is left for us to select from...well, we have to wade through whether we believe what they say, the content of their character, and what we believe the Lord would have us do.  I will pray for you on Tuesday and I pray you lift me up as well as we exercise our duty as citizens and Christians to vote.

             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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