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November 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 22, 2015


President Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 Final Presidential Proclamation

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 20th day of October, A.D. 1864, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

      

 

   




November 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 15, 2015


Greetings Family!

            What a historic day in the life of our church last Sunday was!  I have no adjectives left in my vocabulary to express my heart in what we accomplished as the Lord lead us by His Spirit.  In one accord, what we did was to affirm our Baptist roots and heritage and proclaim our reliance upon the Word of God alone as our source for doctrine and practice.

            First Baptist Church of Cape Fair is a local body of Christ that claims the name of “Christians” first, for we follow Christ and His Word alone through the power of the Holy Spirit.  And we also identify as “Baptist” in doctrine, for we believe that throughout the centuries, Christians who have identified as Baptist have been staunch believers in the complete inerrant, infallible and all-sufficient biblical record, doctrine, and church practices formulated by the Lord Jesus through His written Word revealed to the early church.

            Last week, we affirmed that we will adhere to the biblical admonition to protect this local body by guarding against anything that would undermine the clear teachings of Scripture.  In accomplishing this goal, we followed the Lord’s unmistakable leading and declared this particular local Body of Christ to be non-affiliated with any groups, conventions, or organizations that promote teachings that are not clearly taught in the Scriptures.

            We will, however, at times participate in missions endeavors, and joint projects with other churches or groups that hold the Scriptures in the highest of esteem, promote evangelism, emphasize prayer, and hold to a standard of godly living.  The bottom line is that we are FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Cape Fair and shall faithfully remain so as we continue the work of the Lord until He comes again.

            I believe the Lord has, is, and will continue to greatly bless your faithfulness to His Word, His people, and His mission of teaching the Gospel to the lost around us, here and abroad as we move on into the years together, Lord willing.

            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 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 8, 2015


Greetings Family!

      Today is a very important day in the life our church family.  We have invested two Sunday mornings and one Sunday evening recently in looking at the dangerous movement of the Southern Baptist Convention leadership over the past 15 years or so.  It has been a painful task for me to share these things with you.  I know you have also shared in my disappointment with the direction of the convention and its leadership, missions, and publishing arms.

      As I have told you, although coming to Christ at 20 years old, I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church and what we have been seeing and are witnessing taking place in the convention is not Biblically based.  Those who call themselves Baptist can trace their origins back to the time of the early church as we hold to the “common faith once delivered” as spoken of by Jude.  It is clearly evident that the Southern Baptist Convention has left commonly held and Biblically based doctrine behind and in essence has theologically stepped out of bounds and continues to push hard in that direction.

      Now, in this letter I cannot reiterate all the ground we have covered in these past weeks, but this move into mysticism, the hyper-charismatic, and the new apostolic movement has troubled us all, as well it should.  I have presented the evidence and those you have elected as leaders among you have confirmed the veracity of the truth of this slide into this dangerous blend of new teaching from the convention.

      As your shepherd, I am called to love, protect, guard, and lead you.  So, today I boldly stand on God’s Word and lovingly ask you to come alongside and stand on God’s Word as a church family today as the Church Council brings a very important motion for the future of FBC today at the end of our service in a special called Business Meeting.  You know my heart and I pray you know how hard this has been for me.   I also know how painfully difficult this is for those of you who have also been affiliated with the SBC for, perhaps, your whole life.  But, God’s Word is the only thing on which we must stand.  In this present situation, we must cling to the Bible.

      This vote is not like voting on the color of carpet.  This vote today is one that I must share my heart with you and boldly ask for you to support.  I have heard your hearts as well in this matter and am truly blessed by a people that hold the Scriptures in the highest esteem and I am confident we will do the right thing together and continue on in our mission as we are...First BAPTIST Church of Cape Fair.

      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




October 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 1, 2015


Greetings Family!

            November!  One of my favorite months.  November 1st is actually the day that we officially begin Christmas music around our house.  Also, I greatly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to give praise to God for all He has done and continues to do in our lives, families, and in our church. 

             As a church body, we are still in process of laying groundwork for present and future ministry together.  I feel as though we have been here for a longer period of time, but we have not even served together for two years yet.  You all welcomed us and have made us truly members of your family.  We look so forward to serving the rest of our lives here with you, Lord willing.

          As of this new writing (Friday), the Fall Festival at FBCCF had not occurred, but much work has gone into its planning and set up.  There was a good group of our wonderful ladies there on Thursday night along with some of our youth setting up and decorating for this outreach event.  We are praying for the Lord to bring many families from our community to this event.  This is another opportunity to show them how much we care about their spiritual well being and to let them see the love of Jesus through us!  Thanks to all of you who donated the candy, food, and treats for this outreach!

          I want to emphasize again to you that I am asking for your prayers for our church as we step through some important decisions in the coming months regarding following the Lord in obedience to the Scriptures and devotion to His Word. He is our Lord and His Word is our standard for all that we believe and all that we do.  I thank Him everyday that our church is a church that puts His Word first and is committed to walk in it eagerly and fervently.

         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




October 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 25, 2015


Greetings Family!

            What a promise we have of security in Christ!  That is the subject of today’s passage and of the message that will expound the passage.  The security that we have as believers in Christ is founded upon Christ Himself and His ability to “save to the uttermost”.  He also has the power to keep that which is His, us His children.

            The foundation of our security, or rather the beginning point of having security in Christ, is found in our initial response to His grace shown to us from the cross.  Have we ever truly come to Him in repentance and faith?  Repentance, being truly sorry for our sin, is always preceded by godly sorrow.  I want to quote for you part of a sermon by Charles Spurgeon the great Baptist pastor of England in the 1800’s who said this about true repentance…

The Savior is the Holy One of God, who saves His people from their sins (Matt.1:2 1) and not in their sins: who saves them from the love and dominion of their sins.  Go not to God and ask for mercy with sin in thy hand.  What would you think of the rebel who appeared before the face of his sovereign and asked for pardon with the dagger sticking in his belt and with the declaration of his rebellion on his breast?  Surely he would deserve double doom for thus mocking his monarch while he pretended to be seeking mercy.  If a wife has forsaken her husband do you think she would have the impudence, with brazen forehead, to come back and ask his pardon leaning on the arm of her paramour?  Yet so it is with you-—perhaps asking for mercy and going on in sin—praying to be reconciled to God and yet harboring and indulging your lusts…cast away your sin or He cannot hear you.  If you lift up unholy hands with a lie in your right hand, prayer is worthless on your lips.

            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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