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May 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 31, 2015


Good Morning Family,

          I must say it is quite nice to have my wonderful wife back home from her northward trip for nieces’ and nephews’ graduation celebrations!  Welcome Home!

          I also wanted to take a moment to thank her for her wonderful work on the new church signs on the north and east sides of town.  There is one up by Dyna-Prop on Wanda Carr’s land and one by the old Cardinal Hill Bait and Tackle store where Dorothy Kniffer lives.  Thanks to Brent Sturgeon, Gordon Sturgeon, and Richard Cain for being such great workers to help me get those up.  I am going to have Robin produce a couple more signs over the next month or so and we’ll get them out in a few more places, namely that we need one out on Highway 76 for those coming into town from the west.  That way we have at least one within a few mile radius from all directions.  And just so you know, the new signage is being done outside of the church budget.

          Today’s column from me is kind of a “mash-up” in that I want to mention just a few things... At the top of this letter you notice it says, “another bit of history” today.  Today is Classic Sermon Sunday where I bring to you, four times a year on the fifth Sunday, a sermon from a great man of God from the past.  Today is no different.  As of the writing of my article, I have not settled on which one of several that I want to bring to you, so I cannot write any background information about it to you this morning as I usually do.  We’ll just have to find out all together this morning which I end up selecting!

          One more thing about which I want to encourage you, if you are not a regular attendee of our Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study, you are missing out on a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing.   It’s not that what I have to say is so incredible, but that the give and take in our prayer and study time is very encouraging.  And remember, if you need a ride please let me know and I will do my best to get you hooked up to see that you get here.  Never let transportation be the cause for you missing out on gathering with the family of 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

 

                                                         




May 23, 2015, 10:31 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - May 24, 2015


Enjoy a bit of history this morning...  

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the bodies of our war dead lie buried in hallowed plots throughout the land, and it has long been our custom to decorate their graves on Memorial Day in token of our respect for them as beloved friends and kinsmen and of our aspiration that war may be removed from the earth forever; and

Whereas it is fitting that while remembering the sacrifices of our countrymen, we join in united prayers to Almighty God for peace on earth; and

Whereas the Congress, in a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, provided that Memorial Day should thenceforth be set aside nationally as a day of prayer for permanent peace and requested that the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day in that manner:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, Saturday, May 30, 1953, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning at eleven o’clock in the morning of that day, Eastern Daylight Saving Time, as a period in which all the people of the Nation, each according to his religious faith, may unite in solemn prayer.

Let us make that day one of twofold dedication.  Let us reverently honor those who have fallen in war, and rededicate ourselves through prayer to the cause of peace, to the end that the day may come when we shall never have another war—never another Unknown Soldier.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

            DONE at the City of Washington this twenty-first day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-seventh.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower-President of the United States




May 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 17, 2015


Good Morning Family,  

          This past week, I have been impressed with the power of prayer.  All of you should know how much your deacons care about you.  They are caretakers for the flock and they are a great benefit to your pastor.

          This past Tuesday, as they gathered to meet, I was stirred to see them take their lists of families and individuals over which they have been given responsibility and pray for each of you by name.  Each of you who are in the deacon family ministry were lifted before the throne of God by name and were prayed for according to our knowledge of your particular needs.

          As we prayed together, the Lord reminded us of the great responsibility that we have been given to care for your souls.  It also reminded me of the great responsibility with which we all have been entrusted as His church to care for each other and to take care for our ministry in this community. 

          The Lord brought more than several conversations into my path this week with different church members of specific needs in their lives, their concern for the body, and their concern for this community.  In the coming weeks, I see the Lord steering us away for at least a Sunday to have a family time together as a church to reaffirm the Father’s priorities, purpose, and pattern for the local church and how this applies to our body here in Cape Fair.  If the Lord leads, I anticipate taking time for this in the next week or so. 

          Questions a church must continually ask itself are:

  • If the Lord Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it, what will be our response?  
  • Is our compassion for the lost where it should be?
  • Are we doing our very best in sacrificially giving of ourselves for the work of the Kingdom?      
  • Is there anything in our way, as individuals, that is keeping us from fulfilling our part in this mission to which He has called us here in Cape Fair? 
  • What part does prayer play in all of this? 

          Just some questions for all of us to ponder in the meantime.          

          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




May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 3, 2015


Good Morning Family,  

          What a wonderful day in the life of a church!  Fifty years of the faithfulness of Christ in the lives of the believers at First Baptist Church in Cape Fair is to be greatly celebrated.  Our Lord has been and continues to be most gracious to this flock.

          When you think about it, this is a day to remember the saints who have paved the way here in this mission.  But, as we think of them and reflect on their hard work, we recognize that anything that has been done for the Lord here has been done through His power and for His glory.  He is most worthy to be praised.

          Today, as we reflect, let us be certain to send every bit of honor and glory to the Lord as we delight in His goodness to us in seeing it proper to continue to have His hand resting upon us.   We remain useful as a mission here in that we remain faithful to His Word as our inerrant, infallible, perfectly inspired, and all-sufficient guide for ministry and for life as citizens of His kingdom living in this world.

          Christ loves His church and He gave Himself up for her, Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:25.  Let us invest our lives anew into His church and use today as a day of recommitment to the mission; renewing our consecration to His Lordship and His Kingdom.

          To those of you who may be visiting with us today, we say thank you for coming to take part in this very special day in the life of FBCCF.  We pray you are blessed by the Lord as you see His hand in the past, present, and future here in 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




May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart May 10, 2015


Good Morning Family,  

          Last week was simply awesome!  There is no way I can begin to name all the names calling out all who helped and coordinated.  The service was well attended.  The meal was well stocked.  And the Spirit was very welcome among us.

          I was so excited to see Wilma Easley with her son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Phyllis at our service and stay for the luncheon.  As we celebrated the Lord’s Supper, she remarked that it had been so long since she has been able to do that as she lives in a nursing home.  She also told me how much it meant to her that the church was placing a picture of her husband Loren out in the foyer to remember his years of very important ministry here from 1966 – 1980.

          Thank you to all who shared their hearts in the service and helped to make it a meaningful time for all in attendance.  And to all who shared from their culinary skills in the meal, we say a hearty, “Wow!”  What a spread of delicious food!  I will mention Sandy Stover as she did bake the cake for the celebration.  It was simply beautiful and had a taste to match!  Thanks, Sandy!  And Mary Ann Curry did a wonderful job of making the Fellowship hall look so festive!  Thanks, Mary Ann!  Beautiful work as usual!

          Today, we celebrate Mothers Day in our service.  I am glad we have a day set aside to thank the Lord for our mothers.  I realize this can be a hard day for some for an assortment of reasons.  But, let’s focus on the goodness of God in his design of the family and commit ourselves to doing our part in fulfilling our roles He has given to each of us as husbands, wives, and children; no matter what age we may be as many of us serve in several roles.

          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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