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April 25, 2015, 7:51 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - April 26, 2015


Good Morning Family,  

This morning’s letter has not much to do with the passage we are teaching on this morning.  It has much to do with what I am reflecting on personally.  In the last 15 years, the world we live in has drastically changed.  The question I have is to all of us is this: What will we do?  How will we be remembered? 

In this past year with the increasing persecution and killings of Christians worldwide, a wake up call has been issued to the body of Christ and to America as a whole.  I don’t know about you, but this has me greatly concerned and also has me hopeful that millions of Christians will wake from their slumber to see what is happening around them.  God is calling us to make a difference in our world individually and corporately as the Body of Christ, but we cannot do that if we live with our head in the sand.

Great sacrifice may be required of all of us as we step out into these uncertain days.    I remember the week right after September 11th.  In the church in which I was ministering at the time, we were running about 500 in worship.  Sunday the 16th of September, there were 718 in attendance in the morning worship service.  We all know what happened nationwide in the coming months.  Church attendance and concern for spiritual things waned and we were back to “business as usual”.

All through history we have seen the church flourish under persecution and it may take that again in these last days in which I believe we live.  I leave you with II Corinthians 4:7-10:

          But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

Focus on Christ and continually ask Him for direction in these days ahead.  He will never let you down.  He will never let his church down!  He is our Strong Tower!

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




April 25, 2015, 7:47 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 19, 2015


Good Morning Family,  

Today’s letter is not so much to inspire as it is to encourage.  I believe so incredibly much in the ministry that God has given to this church and we as your pastor and family have invested our lives and our resources into it cheerfully and sacrificially.  I know the same goes for individuals and family groups here in the Body of Christ, as we are thankful for your faithfulness and the investment of your lives and resources as well.

Today, we are going to call together the Church Council to meet to discuss short term and long term ideas and plans as we move forward in what the Lord has laid out for us to do.  Part of this means, prayerfully leaving the future in His hands, while at the same time moving forward in the light He has given us in which to walk.

FBCCF has a unique mission, I believe.  We are much more of a missionary endeavor here than a run of the mill “church organization”.  I am not quite sure how to explain this in the confines of a one page letter.  Perhaps the Lord will allow me to veer from Romans for a week coming up to venture into this topic for us.

For Church Council today, we are asking that everyone who is the chair or assistant chair of any ministry or committee do all in their power to be in attendance.  If you see you are the only one here this morning in your ministry, then especially please plan on attending the Council meeting.  We are meeting at 5:00pm here in our sanctuary and I expect to have a wonderful time as we prayerfully plan and discuss our ministries here.

I believe God has called this church to be a lighthouse for this area of Stone County and we are pursuing that.  There are so many challenges that face us, but “greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world”!  The countryside is stunningly beautiful, but there is a world of hurt in these hills.  Our calling is to be faithful in representing the Kingdom, preaching the gospel, and discipling believers.  This church and all in it are the light that these hills can see for Jesus.

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




April 11, 2015, 2:55 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - April 12, 2015


Good Morning Family, 

Today, I begin my letter with the ending:

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.          

This is not just a cute little tagline of a verse that I came up with to end my letter each week. This is truly my prayer for our body of believers here from the youngest to the oldest.  Each week as you are entering the building, there is a group praying for you in the little room across from the office.  Anyone is welcome to join this group.  I would like it to outgrow the room and have to move to the sanctuary.  Just a few more and we would have to move there.  It is usually full with no empty chairs.

As you are coming in the doors to attend Sunday School, teachers are being lifted up and students are being presented to the throne of God through prayer.  Sundays are not just an activity we do as Christians in order to “check off the box” that we have attended church.  It is the time when we gather for a concerted effort to study God’s Word in a way that brings about what the Bible calls “Sanctification”.

Sanctification is that process by which we become more and more separated from the world and committed to God through His Word and the active work of the Holy Spirit implanting the Word in our lives making us more like Christ from the inside out.  (James 1:21-22)

True sanctification is not about the appearance of integrity, faithful attendance, generous giving, having good feelings about God, or even being a very good person. It’s about growing in Christ-likeness in all aspects of our lives.  It is then that integrity, faithfulness, generosity, living above reproach, and a sense of walking closely with the Lord will be the natural outflow of sanctification.  By the way, this process is not optional; just like obedience to your parents as a child was not optional.

“For the Lord does not see as man sees;  for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”    1 Samuel 16:7

Humbly Yours

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd




April 3, 2015, 8:02 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart – April 5, 2015


Good Morning Family,

Resurrection Day!  Again, prophecies were unfolding before the world’s very eyes.  The Lord of Glory had risen in the early morning hours of that Sunday in Jerusalem.  It was the culmination of our Lord’s earthly ministry and the capstone that proved all he had claimed about himself was true. 

Salvation had been accomplished for those who would come to believe on His Name.  The Old Testament saints had looked forward to the day of the promise of God that He would send the Messiah.  And He had!  Jesus, the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world had risen from the dead.

He had taken upon Himself all the sin of the world; past, present, and future of every individual and made salvation possible for all.  He was the propitiation; He satisfied the wrath of God on our behalf in order to justify us before the Father and Judge of all creation.

Today, we are so encouraged to have our choir present to us the musical, “Worthy is the Lamb!”  Not only because of the message of the music, but because Jesus is indeed worthy of all praise.  I pray that as we gather to worship our Lord this morning that we leave with an increased awareness that we serve a Risen Savior.  He is a Lord and Master who desires to walk with us daily through His Word and His presence within us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

What a privilege to commune with the same Jesus we read about in the Bible and to know He desires fellowship with us, but also requires of us obedience to walk as He walked.  We know we are His as we seek to know Him more and more through His Word and through our eager surrender to His perfect will for our lives moment by moment.

That’s what I look forward to today in worship!

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




March 29, 2015, 10:06 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart – March 29, 2015


Good Morning Family!

Palm Sunday!  What a day it was nearly two thousand years ago!  The King of kings rode into the City of David as the Messiah and King He was.  Jerusalem had been waiting on the prophecies from the Old Testament prophets to come true.   Day after day in the life of Jesus, prophecy after prophecy was unfolding.

Now, Zechariah 9:9 was being fulfilled before the people’s very eyes…

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your King is coming to you;

He is just and having salvation,

Lowly and riding on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Jesus, the Just One was on His way to not a throne, but a cross; not a crown of gold, but a crown of thorns.

Today is a unique opportunity in that it is Palm Sunday and also a Fifth Sunday Classic Sermon Day.  Today, we will share together in a sermon originally preached on Palm Sunday 1891 by Dr. Charles Haddon Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the heart of London less than a year before he passed away at 57 years of age.  The title of the sermon is “Hosanna” and the text is Matthew 21:9.

I am looking forward to sharing this abridged version of his sermon with you this morning.  For this morning’s purposes, I have edited it down substantially from its original form, which would be well on to being an hour and a half.  The points that Spurgeon makes we would do well to consider today as we look at the worship of Christ in the church.

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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