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December 22, 2015, 2:19 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 27, 2015


Good Morning Family!

            Last week, our theme was JOY.  Today’s theme for the Advent lighting, reading, and sermon is PEACE.  If there is anything we need in this world, it is PEACE.

            However, PEACE will never come until Christ returns in His glory to establish His kingdom upon the Earth.  “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” is speaking of His peace and His goodwill; not peace between individuals and people having goodwill toward one another.  Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and it is through His goodwill that He offers to us peace with God through His sacrifice on the cross as He bore our sin to Calvary.

            He gives a peace to believers that is as sure as His Hope, Love, and Joy.  It is a “peace that passes understanding”.  One of my very best friends in the world is resting in the Lord’s peace at this moment.  At the time I am writing this, I just found out that after getting the “all clear” on a PET scan at Thanksgiving, he was told today (Monday) that he now has seven tumors in his brain that have metastasized.  The doctors have given him two months to live. 

            He has learned to rely on the Lord’s peace for his life many times over and now, unless the Lord intervenes, he will soon enter into His peace.  I know Dave’s family is strong and he is a tremendous witness for Christ.  I cannot imagine Dave not being around, but I must rest in the Lord’s peace as well.

            Jesus tells us in John 14:27,Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  I choose to rest in Christ!

            Again, I remind you that all through December, we will be collecting for the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Offering”.  Funds collected will go toward getting copies of God’s Word for some of the children from the community to which we minister on a regular basis as well as a copy of the Bible for their parents.  Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

            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

 




December 20, 2015, 9:41 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 20, 2015


Good Morning Family!

          Last week, our theme was LOVE.  Today’s theme for the Advent lighting, reading, and sermon is Joy.  I am looking so forward to sharing from the scriptures with you this morning on the joy of the Lord!

          A few things this morning: remember that this Wednesday we will not be having activities at the church.  However, Steve and Elaine Llewellyn have opened their home to the church family as they are having a Christmas Open House for all of us from 2-7PM Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Come by and share in great fellowship and Christmas goodies as we take an opportunity to informally join together at Christmas as His body.  Bring a snack if you would like or just bring yourself!  It will be great fun with great people!        

          “The Nativity Story” will be showing tonight at FBCCF.  With all of the fuss this weekend about Star Wars and Luke Skywalker, we will be showing a film about the “Skymaker” and the “Star-breather”.  This is much more exciting!  Please make it a point to bring the family and join together as we watch a visual presentation of the Scriptures of the events surrounding the birth of our Savior!  Everyone should see this movie.  If you need a ride, call me, we will arrange one.

          Remember too, that all through December we will be collecting for the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Offering”.  Funds collected will go toward getting copies of God’s Word for some of the children from the community to which we minister on a regular basis as well as a copy of the Bible for their parents.  Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

          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




December 17, 2015, 3:35 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - December 13, 2015


Good Morning Family!

          We have not had our Adult Wednesday Night Prayer and Study time in lieu of choir rehearsal the past two Wednesdays.  I have missed that time, but on the other hand, I have greatly enjoyed watching our church family dive in to work on presentations of music for our Christmas services in December.

          Seeing you all work together to prepare for our celebration of the coming King is really what a church family is all about.  Having our kids involved again this year is a treat.  And seeing a full choir is awesome!

          I pray that we keep the “busyness” of Christmas at bay and can find time in our individual families to make memories and enjoy traditions.  That is my prayer for you all this year and that we would each renew our hearts before the Lord and stand together in His service in the coming year.

          Last week, our theme was HOPE.  Today’s theme for the Advent lighting, reading, and sermon is LOVE.  It was love that motivated the Father to send the Son on our behalf.  It was love that drove Christ to the cross.  We truly love Him, because He first loved us!

          Also, I will remind us weekly, that all through December, we will be collecting for the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Offering”.  Funds collected will go toward getting copies of God’s Word for some of the children from the community to which we minister on a regular basis as well as a copy of the Bible for their parents.  Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

          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

 




December 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 6, 2015


Good Morning Family!

Today is the first Sunday in December and I am so looking forward to our Christmas services this year.  We will be celebrating each weekend as we approach December 27th, designated as our Christmas Sunday this year as it falls close to the 25th

            Today, we will begin collecting for the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Offering.”  Funds collected all through December will go toward getting copies of God’s Word for some of the children from the community that we minister to on a regular basis as well as a copy of the Bible for their parents as well.  Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

            Today, also we will be having a church family outing to go see the Adoration parade and Nativity lighting over in Branson.  We will take the church van for those who will need a ride and I imagine a few of us will drive vehicles as well as we “car pool” over.  This is a new thing for us to do as a church and a new thing for me to do.  I do not know what to expect, so we will just go and have an adventure.  We will leave the church parking lot at 3:30pm and head over all together.  The lighting of the Nativity occurs at 5:00pm and the parade starts right after that.  Seeing as how we will be over in Branson, there will be no choir practice or service tonight at church.

            Our prayers go out today to Marilyn Fortner’s family on the loss of her sister, Pamela to cancer this past week; as well as the Dingman family on the passing of John’s mother, Martha this last Friday.  Both women knew and loved the Lord Jesus, so the family can take comfort in that assurance.  In reality, Pamela and Martha will have the greatest Christmas they have ever had, as they meet the Savior face to face and fall at His feet in worship as never before!

            We also pray for our nation as we have experienced this past week the most tragic terrorist event on our soil since 9-11.  Pray for the families in their loss and the injured in their recovery.  I pray America and her leaders are driven to their knees.  We know the root of the enemy which we face as a nation is satanic at its core and violently at war against our God and His people.  Be prayerful and vigilant!

            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

 

 

           




November 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 29, 2015


Good Morning Family!

            I trust everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  It seems like a long week in between when we do not have Wednesday activities due to the holidays.  We are looking forward to coming together as the church family again this morning.

            The Sunday between Thanksgiving and the beginning of December is going to be a great time for getting ready for the Christmas season here at FBCCF.  Tonight, we will be gathering together in the sanctuary to decorate for Christmas.  Bring a few Christmas goodies, if you are able, and come share in the fun.  If you cannot bring anything snacky, don’t worry about it, we will have enough.

            So, tonight, CHOIR REHEARSAL will be at 5:30 and then at 6:30, we will begin “trimming the tree”.

            This year, for the four Sundays of December, we will be having a special theme each week having to do with the birth of Christ.  This has been commonly called the Advent season by western churches for centuries.  The origins of Advent are unclear, but the message is very clear.  We are living in anticipation of celebrating the advent of the Lord Jesus, the birth of the King.

            The Advent season begins with the “Hanging of the Greens” which will occur tonight.  Evergreen trees and wreaths have always been associated with the eternal life that is found in Jesus.   Then, each Sunday from the 6th of December to December 27th, which we have designated as Christmas Sunday, we will have a special focus for each service with readings and lots of great Christmas music pointing toward each message focused on the coming of Christ into the world.

            This is my favorite time of year as we celebrate the first coming of Jesus and know that He will be coming again soon as He said!

            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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