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December 3, 2017, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 3, 2017


Good Morning Family!

            It’s the most wonderful time of the year!   And what an exciting time as we celebrate the First Advent of Jesus to earth.

            Today, we will begin collecting for the “2017 FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Missions Offering”.  Funds will be collected all through December. This year, the proceeds will go toward the ministry of Pregnancy Lifeline in Reeds Spring.  We wanted to select a local mission this year.    Pregnancy Lifeline is a wonderful local ministry that we already support monthly as a church family.  Our goal this year is $500.  Every dollar given will be forwarded to PLL and their work of encouraging responsible parenting and the pro-life cause.  Please mark Christmas Offering on your envelope as we give to this special cause above our normal giving.

            Each Sunday in December, we will light candles on our Advent Wreath and celebrate a different aspect the grace of the Father shown to us through Christ!  Today, we will look at the topic of “HOPE”.  Then, each of the other Sundays, we will look at “PEACE’, “JOY”, and culminate with “LOVE” on Christmas Eve morning.  Please, remember that Christmas Eve happens to fall on Sunday this year.   

            On Christmas Eve morning, we will not have Sunday School.  We will only gather for worship at our normal time of 10:30am.  Then at 6:30pm, we will gather for our annual Christmas Eve Communion service.  That time together is very special and usually runs about 30-45 minutes.  Bring the family and share together in a quiet reflective time of celebration. So, mark your calendars!  Please refer to the bulletin for the other dates and things to remember for the month of December.

            Jesus left the splendor of Heaven and came to earth to live among us and die for us, and rise again!  Jesus surely demonstrated the word humility for all of us even in His incarnation.  In His HUMILITY, we find our HOPE!

            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

          




November 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 19. 2017


Good Morning Family,

          I have, in the past on the Thanksgiving Sunday before the holiday printed for you historic Thanksgiving Day proclamations from Presidents and last year we took the opportunity to make my letter a vintage card to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I won’t do either this year.

          Now, if I were to begin listing everything I am thankful for, the list would be pages and pages until my brain would fry from trying to think of everything.  Just know, how thankful we are to God for each and every one of you.  And we do mean each of you.  Yes, the church family as a group is awesome, but each of you individually is very special to us.  You each have brought your own gifting and blessing and God-given personality to the family here at First Baptist Church; and for that we are truly grateful to the one to Whom Thanks is Due for His wisdom in putting all of us together as we are in this season of ministry.

          We look forward to a wonderful time around the Thanksgiving table with you today after the morning worship service.  In fact, it will be merely a continuation of worship through the giving of thanks to God and our fellowship with one another.  We’ll conclude our day together as we look to next year’s ministry and new directions for the church.  It promises to be as awesome day in the Lord!

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

 

                        




November 12, 2017, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 12, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          Let’s just get the obvious out there this morning.  How simply horrifying it was to learn of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday as we walked out of our own service and turned on the radio in the car.

          This world has always been a dangerous place, and nothing should surprise us anymore.  But, yet it becomes more shocking with each passing year.  We must continue to pray for this sister church and grieve with them as well.  It is nearly unimaginable what they are going though as a church family, let alone as a community where, in a few minutes, they lost nearly ten percent of the town population and half of the church congregation.

          We, here, must concern ourselves with safety and yet remain a place of refuge for the seeker and believer alike; and that we will do.  I want to reassure all of you that we continue to be mindful of the safety and security of our facilities and our people.  In these days in which we live, we must remain vigilant and clear headed, yet open and accepting of anyone who comes through the church doors.

          Events like the one last Sunday are devastating reminders of the violence of our Adversary, the Devil.  Today, we will be looking at our Lord’s direct, personal interaction with the schemes of Satan himself in the wilderness immediately after the high point of Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan River.  Today, we see Jesus as not only our conquering Savior, but our Master and Example in living in the Father’s will and the Spirit’s power.

         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

 

                                   




November 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 5, 2017


Good Morning Family,

            This past Thursday, I took the day off to work on my 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 that has been faithfully waiting out in the shop here at the parsonage getting a little TLC once in a while.  This car was a Christmas gift to us last year from my niece and nephew, Lori and Richie and their three children.  They knew that we had sold our Mayberry Squad Car in early 2015 to pay for doctor bills after the rough Christmas that Robin had physically that first year we were here.

            The Lord had blessed them, and they knew a gentleman in Springfield that had an old Galaxie that had been parked for a few years after being a daily driver for a while.  They graciously showed up last December 23rd with this “diamond in the rough” Ford on a trailer in our front yard.  We were floored by such a thoughtful gift from these very special kids in our life.  Needless to say, it won’t be long before there will be a new version of the Mayberry Squad Car on patrol in Cape Fair once again!  Look out bad guys!  Barney and Andy will be back soon!

            Lots of elbow grease, wiring, painting, drilling, and hanging upside down under the dash later, as of Thursday I have pretty much finished the interior for now and am going to the outside.  But, first I had to start the car and turn it around in the garage to work on the outside and tune up the motor.  Well, she has been sitting with the battery unhooked for a good six months over the summer and Thursday night was the first time it had been fired up in as long.  It took a few turns, but the old Ford 352 turned over and sounded a smooth as ever in park, but in gear, it kept wanting to die.  This can be cured with a few tweaks here and there, new fluids, and she’ll be out on the road once again.  I may have to take it over to Wally’s and have Goober take a look at it.

            You can see where this is going.  It is a pretty transparent analogy today.  We can be like this old Ford.  We need to tend to our souls in order to keep them used to serving the Lord.  It is easy, so easy to get used to sitting in park with our motor off.  We might look good, but unless we put our lives in drive, it will be difficult at best to be able to be on the road spiritually to get where we need to be.  Like anything in life, the more active it is, the stronger it becomes.  So, we also need to keep ourselves tuned up and moving. 

            This analogy goes both ways, for the inactive and the overly active.  Don’t be sit in “park” too long in the work of the Lord that you lose your edge; and don’t keep it in “drive” so long and not never tune the things that need attention.  Pretty simple today.  Maybe someone here needed to hear this in one way or the other.

           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

 

            




October 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 29, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          November in 3 days!  Unbelievable!  We’ve already begun listening to Christmas music at our house and in the car.  No, we have not put out tree up yet.  That is later this week.  I mean let’s not get crazy…

          Why should we not just burst at the seams this time of year?  This is the season that celebrates the coming to earth of Christ, Our Savior!  Have I used too many exclamation points?  Is this all a little too early for you?

          I know with the world in the mess that it is in, there can seem to be little to be joyous about.  But, you recall, there was little about which to be joyous when Jesus was born in Bethlehem so many years ago.  The scene was corrupt politicians and chaotic government, a culture in which pleasure ruled the day, and as the scripture states, people were walking in darkness.

          Sounds much like today, doesn’t it?  I know, you might be thinking, “Why is he talking about Christmas on October 29th?”  Well, every day we should celebrate the fact that God condescended to us in human form and came to live among us, love us, eat with us, laugh with us, wear our clothes, and breathe our air.  If it weren’t for the miraculous birth of Christ, we would never know the Light of the World or the Bread of Life; nor would we know of our desperate condition apart from Him.

        I am so excited today as we look at the only recorded event in the life of Jesus as He grew to manhood.  As we walk through the text, I hope it not only tells us much of Him, but also much about ourselves.

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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