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October 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 18, 2015


Greetings Family!

     Today’s text is one of great encouragement.  Do you need encouragement?  I know I do.  I need encouragement from time to time and more often than not.

     We live in a hopeless world.  If we, as Christians, did not have the Scriptures and were left to try and guess how things turn out, we would be hopeless as well.  But, we are not hopeless.

     We do not have to wonder whether The Father is in control.   We do not have to wonder if Jesus cares for us.  We do not have to wonder if the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We are assured these things all throughout Scripture.

     Today, I pray you leave here encouraged greatly from the message in Romans chapter 8.  I was greatly blessed in preparing the message, because in a pastor’s preparation, he digs deep into the text to attempt to prayerfully relay the meaning and intent of the passage to His people.  I was blessed with encouragement in doing so.

     I don’t know about you, but it is easy to feel hopeless in all of the craziness that can sometimes not only surround our world, but in the craziness that is sometimes called “our lives”.  Know that nothing that comes your way is not filtered through the hand of God first and does indeed work for your ultimate good and His Glory.   I am fully aware that saying those words are a lot easier than living them when you are the one in the dark time.

     But, still they must be said, because they are true

     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 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 11, 2015


Greetings Family!

          A few important things to remember today:

  1. We have our Quarterly Potluck and Business Meeting today following the morning service.  We would like everyone to stay for the lunch in the Fellowship Hall.  Then, we will hold our Business Meeting around the tables toward the end of our mealtime.
  2. Due to the luncheon and meeting, we will not have our regular service this evening.  This will also give you an opportunity to spend some family time at home tonight.

            If you are a guest with us this morning, we would certainly like to invite you to stay and enjoy lunch with us today.  It will be a time of great food and fellowship!  So, please consider yourselves family today and stick around for lunch.

            Everyone use your church bulletin each week so you can keep informed as to what is coming up here at FBCCF.  I am so thankful for the many volunteers we have here in our ministry that keep this train chugging on down the tracks.  The Lord knows and sees the many lives that you touch each week.  You are each such a blessing to the Father’s heart and to mine as well.

            This next Friday is our Outdoor Movie Night, where we will be showing the Christian film “God’s Not Dead”.  Please make it a point to invite someone with you.  We will be showing the movie out on the front lawn, so bring a lawn chair and blanket.  As of now, there is no rain the in the forecast and it is supposed to be a little cooler.

Keep Praying and keep looking 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




October 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 4, 2015


Greetings Family!

            What a week in the news it has been!  Although my letter to you is not, primarily, a news bulletin; we have seen heartbreak, violence, and international shifts in power just this past seven days alone.  Another campus shooting in a “gun-free zone” and now Russia and Iran literally and militarily moving the U.S. out of the way in the Middle East are among the concerns just last week.

            Closer to home last Sunday, I spoke about strange widespread doctrinal shifts within the Southern Baptist Convention, of which we presently and voluntarily support with our missions dollars from our budget.  I want to be sure that all of us understand the issues to which I spoke.  So, please be certain to personally ask me regarding anything that you heard last week on Sunday morning.  I want you to be informed as we move forward as a church body in prayer for direction from the Lord as to our Biblical response as the local Baptist expression of the Body of Christ in Cape Fair.

            What I do not want is for concerns about the SBC denomination’s direction to continually force FBC to shift our attention toward trying to address concerns about those in leadership and the denominational entities’ directions over which we have little real influence and detract from our work in the Gospel.  Here is our local church mission: to be continually focused on the mission the Lord has given to us here in our community and to fully support the Lord’s work in sound Biblical ways around the world.  Prayerfully, we want our missions budget to reflect that purpose.

            That is why I am asking you to focus in prayer about our response to the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention leadership and entities utilizing our dollars which we allocate to them out of our church budget at present.  I want to make certain our missions dollars that should not stay here in Cape Fair are being used Biblically and for the glory of God to spread the Gospel.

            In time, I believe the Lord will direct us as His Body as to His course of action.  I am truly not certain, exactly what that is as of yet.  Please covenant to pray with me.  We must work through these times together, every one of us; as we look for “the Blessed Hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”!

            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




September 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 27, 2015


Greetings Family!

I begin with two definitions from the original Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

SHEPHERD, noun

1. A man employed in tending, feeding and guarding sheep in the pasture.

PASTOR, noun [Latin from pasco, pastum, to feed.]

1. A shepherd; one that has the care of flocks and herds.

2. A minister of the gospel who has the charge of a church and congregation, whose duty is to watch over the people of his charge, and instruct them in the sacred doctrines of the Christian religion.

            As of the time of this writing of this letter to you (very early Friday morning), I plan on tackling a very difficult issue during our service this morning.  I would ask you to be very attentive, as you always are; as I feel the Scriptures are very clear regarding the subject matter. 

            It is my calling to feed and tend, but to also protect you and that is what I intend to do today.  I care deeply about you, my family, and so I will attempt as concisely and specifically as possible share with you my heart, based firmly upon only the Word of God about some dangerous doctrinal patterns converging in our day. 

Paul told Timothy in his first letter 3:13-15:

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

            Today, I believe will be a time of encouragement above all; encouragement that we stay true to the Bible as the all-sufficient, inspired, infallible, and only Word of God.  Hang with me closely today as we navigate some challenging rapids together.

           

            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




September 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 20, 2015


Greetings Family!

            Today’s message is about presenting ourselves to God.  In the body of the message is a quote.  I can think of no better use for my letter to you this morning than to reprint the quote here for you to take home with you.

            The German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer was imprisoned by the Nazis and executed just before the close of World War II.  He knew of the costliness of following Christ.  I fear the church in America has somewhat lost touch with how much it really costs to follow Jesus.  In his book, The Cost of Discipleship (which I highly recommend), he wrote against that he called the gospel of cheap grace…

“Cheap grace amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sin departs.  Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin… cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.

Costly grace, on the other hand is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows Him…  When Martin Luther spoke of grace, he always implied a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which was now subjected to the absolute obedience of Christ.

Happy are they, who knowing that grace, can live in the world without being of it; who by following Jesus Christ, are so assured of their heavenly citizenship that they are truly free to live their lives in the world.”

            This quote speaks directly to what Paul has been talking about with us for the last three weeks and especially today.  It may cost you dearly; it may cost me dearly to follow Him.  I must ask myself, am I ready to count the cost daily and from this day forward?

            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

Pastor


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