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August 7, 2015, 9:33 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - August 9, 2015


Good Morning Family,

          Today, we are beginning a new section of the book of Romans.  We have completed one fourth of the book and now begin chapter 5 today.

          I am pleased that you, as a church family are actively involved in the many opportunities for studying the scriptures here at FBCCF.  Discipleship is an integral part of our overall ministry and I am so encouraged by your involvement.  The scriptures tell us in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” 

         This is true of all of us, men and women.  We all need each other.  The support and camaraderie in the family of God is indispensible in our lives.  As we study the scriptures together, we grow closer together and sharpen one another.  This blesses God’s heart as He sees His children focused on Him and His Word, together “in one accord” (Acts 1:14 2:1).

          The prayer support given to each other as the family of God is indispensible as well.  Doesn’t it encourage your heart when you know God’s people are praying for you and your Christian brothers and sisters really care?  In many ways, our Christian family can at times be closer than blood relatives.  The bond we share in Christ is an evidence of our common salvation. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.

          We have many, many serious concerns and needs for prayer in our body right now.  Time in prayer is well spent as we, through prayer, engage our spirits with the Heavenly Father and demonstrate our reliance upon Him alone and our concern for others.

          I suppose what I am trying to say I that we need to constantly remind ourselves that we need the Scriptures and each other to navigate this world and all that it is throwing at 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

 

 




August 7, 2015, 9:16 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart – August 2, 2015


 

Good Morning Family,

          Today we are celebrating with baptism once again!  We will meet outside at the beginning of the service at 10:30am with the congregation under the awning area and the baptismal in the courtyard.  No need to cut the Sunday School teaching time short this week.  Just conclude in enough time to have everyone in the courtyard to praise the Lord together as we watch the testimony of one who has recently surrendered to the Lord Jesus.

          As soon as baptism is completed, we will forward ourselves on into the sanctuary to continue our worship time.  Today, we are moving ahead with our study in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome.  He is expounding further on the theme of justification by faith.

          You may think Paul is beating a drum here… and he is!  If anything has been twisted and turned to confuse people all through time, it is the fact that we are saved by faith alone.  In our study this morning, we are going to cover all of chapter four in that Paul gives us a wonderful teaching example from the life and faith of our patriarch, Abraham.

          You may not be a Jew by birth, but you are a son or daughter of Abraham, if you have faith in the Lord.  He was foretold to be the father of many nations.  He is biologically and spiritually as well; seeing as how millions from every tribe and tongue have come to faith because of the gracious demonstration of the righteousness of God toward mankind found in the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus.

          The Lord is so good to provide all we need in “the Word made flesh” for our salvation and all we need in “the Written Word” for our life in Christ.  I am so honored to be called to study along with you this written Word, so we can grow closer together and walk deeper in the Word daily!

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

 

 




July 26, 2015, 9:37 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 26, 2015


Good Morning Family,

          What a good summer we have had!  It has been hot and wet, but good nonetheless.  It is so exciting to live in this time that we do.  I am so thankful that we serve a God who is always active in the lives of His people and His church, locally and around the world.

          It is a good thing to see God leading in our lives and ministering to us as we carry out His mission here in our families, in our church, and in our community.  I see the concern for the work of the Gospel in your faces and hear it in your voices as we gather for worship and teaching and also as we gather to do ministry together.

          If you do not know of the heart for the Lord and for others in this church, it could be that you need to take a deeper step into ministry here at FBCCF.  I am so thankful the Lord has planted us here to grow with you.  As we grow, letting the seed of the Gospel sink deep into the soil of our hearts, we will see the Lord continue to supply our need, bless His ministry, and grow our hearts together.  There is truly nothing like being a part of a local church that is focused on the Lord and His all-sufficient Word.

          I truly believe that we need each other as we navigate this world.  The darkness can be overwhelming at times with so many forces for evil and so many fronts on which we seem to be battling.  The evil from the worldwide stage and the devastating effects of evil in the homes of those in our community are many and varied.  But, the power of our God is from everlasting to everlasting and no evil will stand before it.  He alone has dominion over all and is ruler over all at all times.

          We discussed this on Wednesday night and even though at any point in history when the darkness seems to be winning, it never really is.  As Rich Mullins taught in his song, “Our God is an awesome God!”  He reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power, and love!  Our God is an awesome God!”

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

 

 




July 19, 2015, 10:08 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart – July 19, 2015


Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  What a great week of VBS!  So many of you put your all into this effort and made it a success.  Once again, huge thanks go to Tracy Hudson for heading up the Children’s Ministry here at FBCCF and to Amanda Barker for always going above and beyond as she works with Tracy.

          Thanks to Connie Sturgeon and all the women who were in our kitchen on a nightly basis.  As I said last week, I will miss a name if I list everyone who either worked with the kids in different areas or worked in the kitchen during this past week.  But, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all of your service to the King of kings.  The children know, in no uncertain terms, that you love them and that Jesus loves them through your service and ministry toward them.

          We had a good crown on Family Night with many from FBCCF coming out to attend and to connect with the families of the children from the community.  It was so good to see you all mingling with the families that normally do not come to church and demonstrating the concern of Christ toward them.

          Not all of our little ones have a Christian influence at home and that is a heartbreaking situation.  It can also lead to a sense of “What difference are we really making?” attitude in us if we are not careful.  I know this because I can slip into that mode of thinking, if I dwell on the darkness.  But, even the rich young ruler looked directly into the eyes if Jesus and walked away because he loved his money more than he wanted to follow Christ.  Whether it is money, drugs, alcohol, a lifestyle, or whatever has the person in bondage; all Jesus asks of us to faithfully proclaiming the Gospel to the community and world around us.

          Ministry is a mixed bag for certain, pain and heartbreak at times for those we seem to not be able to reach (speaking of many adults in the lives of these children); and joy unspeakable for those that respond.  We are following up on a few of our young people this week regarding commitments they have made and hope to be able to share those with you in the due course of time.

          Know this, our ongoing weekly ministry to these young people consistently proclaims the Gospel to them.  So, then, many times during an intensive time of ministry such as VBS, they will begin to move on the ongoing leading of the Lord in their lives.  Then, decisions and commitments will come to fruition during times like this past week.  The Lord’s blessing on you who lay the groundwork and invest in their live weekly.

          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

 




July 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart – July 12, 2015


Good Morning Family,

          Today is a huge day!  Vacation Bible School begins tonight!  As you can clearly see, much groundwork has already been laid in décor.  What you cannot see is the work being put in on the game plan for the week.  Kitchen prep work, lesson planning, and craft time, and large group time preparations are all integral to the success of VBS. 

          I know I will miss someone, but I must attempt to thank some individuals anyway.  A huge thank you goes out to Tracy Hudson for heading up this effort and coordinating the rest of us to help “the Bible come alive” for our children.  Also, thanks go out to Amanda Barker, David Hudson, Dale and Judy Keel, and Robin Gann.  These folks have put in much, much time this week converting our facilities and it looks great!  Also, gratitude goes to Connie Sturgeon for putting together a week full of wonderful food for our children to enjoy.  We want to thank those who are putting together their talks this week for the kids in large group time.  Some of our folks will be in character as people from the Bible to share the Word with the kids.  Last, but not least, I want to thank those of you who have committed to help in VBS in any fashion throughout the week.  We could not do this without you!

          Here is what I ask of the rest of you who may not be able to work in VBS each night.  First and foremost, I would ask you to pray.  Pray for the children that will come.  Pray that they would know that we love them and then that would translate into our being able to share the love of Christ with them.  Pray they would understand the Gospel and that some would be willing to give their lives to Christ in repentance and faith, and at the same time VBS would strengthen the faith of those who already know Him. 

          Pray for the homes from which they come.  There is a great darkness out there; a darkness that blinds and a darkness that hurts.  We are here to shine the light, the Light of Jesus.  Please pray that as we work toward “Family Night” on Thursday that parents would be at least willing to come see their children on the last night in VBS.

          Secondly, since there will be no adult meeting on this coming Wednesday due to VBS utilizing the entire facility, I would also ask the entire congregation to plan on coming on Thursday Family Night at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.  Since we care about our community, I would ask with you to set aside this next Thursday evening to come and be a part of this important night as we will have an audience with parents of some of the children to which we will be ministering.  Be there to pray.  Be there to connect with them.  Be there to be a friendly face.  The staff of VBS will be there every night; so please come and help us show how much Jesus cares for the families of our community.

Looking forward to a great week with the children 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

 

 


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