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February 8, 2015, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 8, 2015


Good Morning Family!        

As we start the new year, I want to commend you all on your generosity toward the work of the Lord through the family of God at First Baptist last year.   It is hard to believe it is already February.  January just whisked by us.  As we have embarked on 2015, I want us all to keep apprised of where we are all along the way as we look at giving compared to ministry needs.

As you are aware, I rarely speak of church finances.  The Lord has been good to FBCCF and we have always been blessed to be able to do what needs to be done.  In our bulletin each week, we record the previous week’s offering compared to the ministry weekly budget requirement.  The figure of $2,115.38 is what you get when you divide our $110,000 yearly budget down into 52 equal weekly amounts.  That figure tells us what we will need to average by year’s end each week in giving to meet budget.  Some weeks we will exceed it, some weeks we will not.  That is the nature of the variety of timeframes by which we have income as individuals.

Rest assured, those who are charged with expenditures in ministry here are working their hardest to keep expenditures below the budgeted amounts, if possible.  As we gathered in December and voted together to adopt this budget as a church family, there was no doubt it was a step of faith.  Although, we did a lot of work to trim the budget from 2014 to its present form by about 10%, we are also working at being very frugal with what the Lord entrusts to us through His people.

I said all of that to let you know that when I encourage all of us to be sensitive to what the Lord tells us to give, that Robin and I include ourselves.  We are in this endeavor with you.  We, as many of you, give systematically, and proportionately, and cheerfully to this wonderful work of the Lord here in Cape Fair.  We want you to know what a privilege it is to give to the ministry of the Kingdom.  It is all His anyway, all of us are merely channels of blessing.  I want all of us to keep this thought in mind this next year as we have prayed and laid out very frugal, but effective budgetary needs for ministry in 2015. 

With each of us doing what the Lord leads, we will concern ourselves with doing His work and cheerfully allow the Lord to show His hand more than able to supply through the family of God.  We will do our best to keep you apprised through the bulletin weekly and monthly of where we stand budget-wise.  This way, as we all keep an eye on things consistently, we will all be better informed and able to meet the needs as the Lord moves in our hearts.  Each of us together doing what we can and what He directs will make the whole picture come together.  Each giving “out of what they have, not out of what they do not have”. (2 Corinthians 8:12)

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




February 1, 2015, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart – February 1, 2015


Good Morning Family!

What a full day we have!  As we wrap up the sermon series:  “On These We Stand” this morning, we’ll be not only discussing Baptism, but we will also be experiencing it together as only the Lord could have brought it about in his timing.  Thanks to the men who came up and helped us get the baptistery set up in the sanctuary.

We are also going to share in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper together this morning.  It is a special time in the life of our church that we are going to emphasize even more this year.  We will be coming around the Lord’s Table every month this year as we make certain we keep the reason why we are a church front and center.  That reason is the Good News that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the central theme of all we are about and is the central theme of the Scriptures.  The Old Testament looked toward the Atonement and the New Testament saw its fulfillment.  Salvation is found in no other!  Praise His holy Name!

Today as well, we are going to have Janet Gehant walk us through the rollout of the new website for FBCCF.  This will be a great tool for us to not just have a presence on the web, but to connect with people who may be looking for a church home and then be able to find us here in Cape Fair.  The website will also help us better keep connected and informed of happenings and events as a church family.

We are just starting the new site from the ground up and we are so thankful for Janet and her very hard work in getting the new website online.  As time goes, we will continue to build more information into it.  It is definitely a work in progress, and what she has done so far is incredible work!  Thanks, Janet!

The internet is one way for us to reach out, but we all know the most effective way of reaching people with the Gospel comes as we live our lives in the community and people see the Lord in us as we live pleasing to Him. 

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




January 25, 2015, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 25, 2015


Good Morning Family!

First thing today:

This afternoon, we will have the first Discovering the “First Family” Membership Class of 2015.  This class is for those who would like to know more about what membership at FBCCF means.  The class is about an hour in length and begins at 5:30pm.  It is held in the Education/Office Building in the large north room. 

This is the class that we ask individuals to attend if they are considering membership or maybe simply want to know more about FBCCF.  Our most important objective in Discovering the “First Family” Membership is to make certain that individuals understand the Gospel and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We also want them to get a good idea of the great family of folks and our mission here at FBCCF.  Immediately following the class, we will have the evening service at 6:30pm in the sanctuary as we continue in our journey through I John.

I see most of you carrying your Bibles to church.  So, I want to commend you for that.  I also want to challenge you.  As I preach, I would encourage you to jot notes or underline passages in your Bibles that are pertinent to the teaching that day.  Use your Bible; it is your manual for life.  I know we have pew Bibles, but those can never take the place of your own as you grow deeper and deeper into God’s Word.

As we study God’s Word together, it is good to have it in front of your eyes, as you hear the Word taught and preached, to see it for yourself.  Also, take note of some of the passages I may refer to that we don’t actually turn to and read in a sermon.  I give these to you for further study.  I have been through them in my preparation to preach and deem them as very important to the subject matter of the message and so I give them to you as supplemental reading should you choose to dig deeper.

God’s Word is His written revelation that is in black and white for all time.  It never changes, it is truth, its veracity cannot be challenged, it is without any error, and it is all-sufficient for all things to us as pertaining to growing in godliness and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.  It is God’s Word to YOU!

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




January 11, 2015, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 11, 2015


Good Morning Family!

Needless to tell you, we are out of town this Sunday.  I am so thankful for Dennis taking our Wednesday Night Adult Prayer/Study time.  And I am glad you all have the opportunity to hear Rev. Dale Keel in our worship services today.

It is good to know that you all are in such great hands while we are away.   Having such wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ is such a comfort.   God has gifted this local body with so many dedicated servant-leaders.  It is a pleasure and a blessing to be a part of this family. 

We will be departing tomorrow (Monday) morning to come back home.  As I write this on Thursday night, we have had a good time spending a little time with relatives up north.  But, it will be good to get back home and get back in the swing of things.

  • A few things coming up…

Next Sunday, January 18th, we will have our first Quarterly Church Family Luncheon/Business Meeting.  I am sure there will be information about this announced to you all this morning.  We will hold this luncheon immediately after the morning service and then follow that with a time of church business toward the end of the meal.

On Sunday, January 25th, we will have our first Discovering Membership Class of 2015.  This class is for those who would like to know more about what membership at FBCCF means.  The class is about an hour in length and begins at 5:30pm.  It is held in the Education/Office Building in the large north room.  This is the class that we ask individuals to attend if they are considering membership or maybe simply want to know more about FBCCF.  Our most important objective in Discovering Membership is to make certain individuals understand the Gospel and have a relationship with 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




January 4, 2015, 8:32 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 4, 2015


Good Morning Family!

You know that this morning’s letter has to be about new beginnings.  It is where every church bulletin in America will be focused.  It’s a new year.  I simply cannot believe we are saying the date: 2015.  It does not seem possible.

Whenever someone mentions dates like 1968 or 1970, I relate it in my brain to being only about 20 years ago, but 1970 was 45 years ago.  Time is fleeting.  We all know that.  James 4:14 tells us what our lives are like:

 

            “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

 

We all know better than most about the morning fog or mist down here in these mountains.  You can pretty much count on it.  But, after a while it lifts away and the sun comes out.  The Christian should find this to be a comfort.  In context, James was talking about trusting the Lord with every day of our lives and living in such a way as to remaining sensitive to His daily will for each one of us.  Yes, it is a new year, but none of us can count on being here  on this earth tomorrow.

This is not meant to be a downer or to live with a “death wish”.  This is living as one who is totally reliant on the Lord for every breath and being in a state of contentment to live our fleeting moments for Him.  It is true that only the things done for Christ will last.  So, that’s what I am asking of all of us this year, this new year.  I would ask all of us who dearly love the Lord, through the Holy Spirit that dwells within you, to seek His face more than ever before.

That, after all, is what we are to be about anyway everyday, no matter the year, no matter the holiday, no matter the season of life.  Let’s walk closely with our Lord in this Happy New Year. 

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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