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February 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 11 & 18, 2018


Good Morning Family!

          I turned on the TV tonight for a minute and saw the news of another impending “government shutdown”.  With all of the shenanigans going on in our government, the thought of that sounds mighty appealing.  But, we know that many important jobs are accomplished by many of our public servants and our military.   They rely on us keeping our word to supply them with what they need.

          Now, when the government shuts down, it does so because of funding issues.  Someone either wants to spend too much or someone else wants to spend too little, or they argue over how funds are spent.  Any way you slice it, the government is spending money it doesn’t have in the first place.  All that aside…

          Commenting on the government is not my purpose today.   My real purpose is to remind you that we live as ambassadors in this republic.  But, our “citizenship is in heaven”.  Jesus is the “Author and Finisher of our faith”.  The Father “owns the cattle on a thousand hills”.   His Kingdom will never end.

          His kingdom will never be interrupted or shutdown either!  Not for even a millisecond.  We don’t vote on what He does or how He accomplishes His plans for us as individuals and for the world at large.  We cannot filibuster God.

          God’s funding never runs dry.  He is never short on resources.  He doesn’t need any of the goods of the world, they are all His already.  We are only stewards of that with which He entrusts us.  He gives us just what we need to accomplish that which He wants us to complete.  Let us be faithful managers of the King.      

          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,

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

          




February 2, 2018, 4:32 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 4, 2018


Good Morning Family!

          As you may have noticed, we have not returned to our “Greatest Story Ever Told” sermon series on Sunday mornings.  We took a break from our preaching through the Gospels in a chronological fashion at Thanksgiving.  At that time, we went into the holidays and focused on gratitude and the birth of Christ.

            I had planned on returning to the series by now, but the Lord has not brought me back there quite yet.  I believe He is taking us through a time of encouragement regarding our relationship with Him as a church and as individuals during our sermon times lately.

            Last week, we spoke about the Lord’s Supper and today we will flesh out this aspect of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is something most people desire to receive and give.  I say most because there are some who are so blinded by their bitterness or narcissism, that they are incapable of either giving or receiving this attribute.  Regardless, the greatest need of every human is to be forgiven by the Lord.

            That is after all the essence of our salvation.  Christ died on the cross, He shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin.  Today, we will look at the topic of forgiveness.

            This week I continue to press this in my letter one more time because it is so important and it is something that many of you as a church asked for us to do… don’t forget to sign up for the Church Family Fellowship Groups.  I had hoped this would be widely embraced by the adults in our fellowship.  These groups are open to everyone and we want to make certain that we all participate in getting to know one another better and better as the years go by.  The only way you will be left out of this effort is if you leave yourself out and don’t sign up.  I want to strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great time of fellowship once per month with a Fellowship Group.  Groups will be formed very soon.  You will not regret being a part of this ministry.

            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,

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

         




January 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 28, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          The disciples did not know when they sat down for Passover that night with Jesus for that last time, that this would indeed become known throughout all history as the Last Supper.  Of course, He shared with hem that night the import of the evening they were experiencing.  Some of them got it and others maybe did not at that moment.  But. they would all understand when the Temple guards came to arrest Jesus in the Garden later that night that this night was about to be like no other. 

Within the worship hour today, we will gather together as the family of God has for nearly two thousand years.  Some call it different things: Communion, The Lord’s Supper, The Eucharist, The Agape Feast, The Breaking of Bread, The Table of the Lord…

Whatever it may be called and while not going into all of the different interpretations and nuances of each, this morning we keep it very simple as Jesus did.  Christ’s purpose was for us to look back at the event of His sacrifice and remember, He asks us to look in at ourselves, and He plainly asks us to look forward to His return.  I am humbled to be able to share around His table with you today.

            Once again, I am going to leave this in my letter as well as the bulletin announcements because it is so important and it is something that many of you as a church asked for us to do… don’t forget to sign up for the Church Family Fellowship Groups.  These groups are open to everyone and we want to make certain that we all participate in getting to know one another better and better as the years go by.  The only way you will be left out of this effort is if you leave yourself out and don’t sign up.  I want to strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great time of fellowship once per month with a Fellowship Group.  We hope to begin these in February.  You will not regret being a part of this ministry.

            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,

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

         




January 21, 2018, 9:41 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 21, 2018


Good Morning Family!

          The writer of Ecclesiastes was definitely right.   There is a time for everything under the sun.  “There is a time to be born and a time to die…”  It’s the last part of that verse that can bring sorrow into our lives.  But, we know our Sovereign Lord has our very hairs numbered, He collects our tears in a bottle, and He knows our days.  This past week, First Baptist Church saw one its former members go to be with the Lord. 

Our brother, Joe Britton was called home unexpectedly on this past Wednesday.  Our hearts go out to Louise and the rest of the Britton family as well as to many of you who knew Joe, Louise and their family well.   Robin and I met them only one time on a visit they paid to Cape fair several years ago.  They were faithful members here at First Baptist Church before the Lord brought us and grafted us into the family of God here.  But, we have heard your stories of their contribution to the ministry here and their investments in your lives.  By the time you read this, the memorial was this weekend in Texas.

We also want to extend our prayers and comfort to Gordon and Connie Sturgeon on the loss of Gordon’s brother Greg.  They had recently gone to visit him in Indiana and upon returning home, got word on Wednesday night that he had passed away.  As of this writing, Gordon and Connie are awaiting word on memorial arrangements.

            Again, don’t forget to sign up for the Church Family Fellowship Groups.  These groups are open to everyone and we want to make certain that we all participate in getting to know one another better and better as the years go by.  The only way you will be left out of this effort is if you leave yourself out and don’t sign up.  I want to strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great time of fellowship once per month with a Fellowship Group.  We hope to begin these in February.  You will not regret being a part of this ministry.

            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 of the Hills




January 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 14, 2018


Good Morning Family!

          Wow!  January is half over and 2018 is underway.  Unbelievable.  I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store this year.  In spite of the desperate situation the world seems to be in, He is still on the throne and still has His hand on His people here at FBCCF.

          I am so incredibly thankful for Bro. Dale filling in for me in our absence last Sunday as we spent some Christmas celebration time with some family up north.  Thank you, Bro. Dale for sharing what the Lord is teaching you in His Word.  And I also want to thank John for leading you all in worship last Sunday.  I am sure you had a great time and the Lord was pleased with our expressions of praise and adoration.  Thanks to both of you men for a job well done!

          I also want to express our thanks as a family to you all our church family for your gifts to us over the Christmas holidays!  You are very thoughtful folks and we have been blessed by you over and over again through the years.

          Don’t forget to sign up for the Church Family Fellowship Groups.  These groups are open to everyone and we want to make certain that we all participate in getting to know one another better and better as the years go by.  The only way you will be left out of this effort is if you leave yourself out and don’t sign up.  I want to strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great time of fellowship once per month with a Fellowship Group.  We hope to begin these in February.  You will not regret being a part of this ministry.

          We cannot tell you how good it is to be back home this week and ready to begin another year of ministry 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 of the Hills

         


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