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October 22, 2017, 10:05 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 22, 2017


Good Morning Family,

            If you presently do not have anything that helps you focus on the Word in the morning or at night before bed, might I suggest, Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening.  They are quick reads that get you to thinking deeper into the Word and will spur you to further study.

            I woke up the other morning with a million thoughts swimming in my head.  You know how you can just open your eyes and you are in a funk sometimes?  This was the reading from October 17, that very morning.  These were the first words into my heavy heart…

"And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul." — 1 Samuel 27:1       The thought of David's heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God's anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted His servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him.

David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, "Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me," for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still.

But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God's help? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father's goodness? Has He once failed to justify our trust?

Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; we have been in stern conflicts, but over our head He has held aloft the shield of our defense. We have gone through many trials, but never to our detriment, always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is, that He who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh.

What we have known of our faithful God, proves that He will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous as to doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.

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 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 15, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          What a wonderful Sunday we had last week!  A big THANK YOU goes out to our deacons who provided a hearty breakfast for all in attendance.  If you have not said thank you to your deacon, please make it a point to do so.  They did this to demonstrate their love and commitment to the Body of Christ overall and their devotion to the individuals and families in their particular care.

          They arrived very early and donned aprons and “commenced to cookin’”.  I am also very thankful for Dennis Curry bringing the Word to us as only he can.  Thank you Dennis for clearly letting us see the power of the Holy Spirit active in your life as you push through physical limitations and demonstrate to us His power in you.

          This morning, after the morning service, we will share together in a church-wide potluck and then have our quarterly Business Meeting to get updates on events and ministries at FBCCF.  Please make plans to join us even if you are not currently a member or are a guest today.  Consider yourselves family and our special guest for lunch.

          Remember, because of our Potluck/Business Meeting, there will be no service tonight.   This morning’s sermon will focus on the visit of the wise men to Jesus and His family in Bethlehem.  I am so enjoying walking through the Life of Christ with you and pray for His continued guidance in the application of His precious Word to our lives on our journey.

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 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 8, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          This past Wednesday, I spent some time with the kids and we talked about some of their fears that they have living in this world.  No doubt, on the surface, the world can be a scary place at times; especially as we were witnesses to this past week.  One thing that the world definitely does not do, is bring us comfort and peace.

            To be certain, there are times when we feel a peace in this world.  Those times are when we are in a God ordained place or situation.  I told the kids about going to visits my grandparents’ house as a young boy.  Those are some good times when I felt safe and secure.  I also felt very safe in my own home with my parents.

            I can still look back on those times of walking into Grandma’s house that smelled of green beans and chicken.  In fact, whenever I smell green beans with bacon cooking, I am taken back to my Grandma’s kitchen every time.  And the aroma of bacon and eggs takes me to my Granny’s house.  I shared with them the reason that those times and places are special is that Jesus was in the lives of those precious people and His presence also dwelt in their homes. 

          My heart is broken in that, in many ways, those kinds of safe places for kids these days are either nonexistent or the simplicity of the homeplace is gone by the wayside.  It seems that the more the world “progresses”, the more cold and cruel it gets.  I want this church to be one of those places for the children and families to which we minister, and for all of us as well, to be literally the old homeplace.

          And here is also our aim:  I want this place to be a family to each one of you as we stand side by side and seek to strengthen, encourage, pray for, and support one another as we walk down the road together.  I think we have gone a long way together in making this place a safe and peaceful place to gather to worship and learn about our Great God and His love for us.  I want our church to remain a simple, safe, and serene place.  That may seem an “old fashioned” idea of church, but church is family and that’s the way it used to be… and the way it should be… and the way it is here.

          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 1, 2017, 7:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 1, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          I realized that many times I start off my letter to you with a weather report for some reason.  I am not sure why I do that.  So, here goes:  The cooler weather was a welcome change this past week.  The cooler temps at night are a very welcome sign that fall is surely on the way!

          With fall, comes some busy times as kids are fully engaged back in school and the church is entering a time of increased outreach and ministry.  Please read your bulletins for all the upcoming activities that are on our calendar.  Next Sunday will especially be a great day as we are having the Deacon Sponsored Breakfast at 9 o’clock.  Make an extra effort to get up and come at 9 o’clock as the men will be arriving even sooner than that in order to prepare a hearty meal for you.  Dennis Curry will be sharing a short devotional during that time for us as we gather around the tables.  I am looking forward to a great morning!

          A big thank you goes out to Jette Wolfe our new Sunday School Director for her hard work in setting up a new Resource Room for our Sunday School Ministry.  And I also want to thank Janet Gehant for her assistance in getting Jette all the information she requires to get going in the position that Janet previously held for us.

          I also want to ask all our Table for Six groups to hold one more get-together in October.  We will take November and December off before we shuffle the groups and include any new folks that want to be a part of this fun ministry.  We will then restart the new groups in January.

          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

 




September 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 24, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          Fall is officially here and I am so ready!  I am eager for the cooler weather and the many things that are going on around here at FBCCF.  The Deacon Sponsored Breakfast on the 8th, the Outdoor Movie night on the 13th, and many other things to follow.

          I was especially encouraged this past Sunday night as we had a great turnout for the fellowship at the church parsonage.  There were 20 folks that showed up and we had some great food, fellowship, and a wonderful time singing and praising the Lord with music.  Clarence brought his guitar and once again showed that he is a “human hymnal”.  I really think he knows every song ever written.  We were singing some real oldies on Sunday night and it was such a special time.

          A gigantic “THANKS” is in order for John Dudek for bringing his amazing honey to church last Sunday!  What a wonderful expression of love and care for the family of God that was.  I also want to thank him for coming up to church this past Thursday and providing a piece of power equipment to strip the remaining linoleum off the floor at the bottom of the stairs in the Fellowship Hall.  Gordon Sturgeon has been focused on trying to get that area back into shape and we took a good step the other day.  Thanks to Gordon for being there for some very tedious work at getting that stuff off the floor.  We are still trying to decide the most efficient way of covering the floor and are going to be asking a few folks with expertise to give opinions.

                   Looking forward to a great morning today as we worship, pray, and study 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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