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August 13, 2017, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 13, 2017


Good Morning Family,

 

Ephesians 4:29-32           

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

            This week I read something that reminded me how easy it is to be negative.  This is true of me at times.  My negativity comes in the form of feeling defeated.  Yet, at other times I can let feelings of defeat lead me to be rather harsh and negative.  I can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory sometimes.  I have to really work hard at not seeing the downside.  I’ll be very transparent with you this morning.  I try to hide that behind a veneer of humor.  For those who are not woodworkers, “veneer” is a thin piece or sheet of wood that is utilized to make the outside of a wooden project look way better than it would look without it.  Most doors are a wooden frame that would not be much of a door except for the nice veneer finish on each side.

            For others of you that may struggle with seeing “the glass half empty” along with myself; I need to understand that constantly speaking out on behalf of the half empty glass neither builds up others nor does it impart grace.  I also fully understand that neither does simply “being positive” alter realities that may not be all that positive.  But, neither does being negative nor “brutally honest” about them make a situation better either.  I cannot fall into the trap of “Well, I’m just being honest...” and couching my negativity or desire to downgrade in the cloak of “honesty”.  There are times for honest assessment, but I know the difference in my heart between that and when I am overly focusing on half empty.

            The passage above gives us the example of Jesus’ honesty in dealing with us.  He corrects and reproves, yet He offers us His grace and is kind and tenderhearted.  If I am anything but firmly that, in any situation, I am simply wrong and I grieve His Holy Spirit by which I am “sealed for the day of redemption”.

            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

 

           




August 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 6, 2017


Good Morning Family,

 

            I want remind you to take a look in your bulletin today for all that is going on and coming up.  I also want to have you try to put to memory the new motto we have on our publications.  It is short sweet and to the point...Our Message-JESUS!  Our Motive-THE CROSS!

            I think that can keep us dead center and focused on the main thing as we do ministry together.  Jesus is our Lord and Savior and His salvation through the cross is what is needed by a dying world. 

            August is here and summer is slipping away.  School is starting very soon and fall will be just around the corner.  We have just begun a new sermon series in our morning services and we are going to be having a short special called Business Meeting on August 13th right before we start the morning service.  We announced it last week from the pulpit, but it was set for August 6th.  I want us to put it off until the 13th to make sure we get the word out adequately.  The question we will be looking at is “Shall we move the start time of the Sunday Morning service from 10:30am to 10:45am?”  We have talked about it from time to time and I believe it is time to settle the issue as the church body together.  So, we will decide one way or the other next week.

            Make sure you make plans to join us tonight as we will be “digging deeper” into the text for this morning’s sermon.  I have decided that we will do this periodically as the Lord leads; helping us glean even more from the selected scripture passages used in our Sunday morning messages.  Tonight, we will look a little deeper into the genealogies of Jesus and see the grace of God at every turn!  Bring your Bible and a shovel.

            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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




July 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 30, 2017


Good Morning Family,

     Today, we begin.  This morning we will crack open the beginning texts of the Gospels in our sermon series “The Greatest Story Ever Told” where we will walk through all four Gospels in as much of a chronological order as possible over the coming months.  Jesus is going to take front and center as He rightfully should in our Sunday Morning preaching time.  He is always our focus, but now as never before since beginning our ministry together, we will journey deep into His life and times.

     We will be there as He teaches the multitudes and heals those in need of His touch.  We will gather around His manger and celebrate His birth.  We will journey alongside Him as He walks from town to town and preaches the Good News of the Kingdom of God.  As we go from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; we will get a full accounting of the events that shaped Jesus ministry and destiny as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.

     This morning, we begin in John and Luke as we read their “prologues” before they actually begin telling the story.  We begin at the very beginning; in fact John reveals to us the Word that was with God and was God before time even began.  I am so looking forward to journeying with you as we walk with the Master!

     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

 




July 24, 2017, 6:16 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 23, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          God is simply amazing!  I never know how He is going to pull things together and He always does.  This time He did it in an amazing way!

            The payments we needed to make on the new AC-furnace units were $6,175 to start the project and then at the completion of the job, we are to pay $6,175.  So, our goal for the Chest of Joash offering was $4000.  Last Sunday, I had given you a final offering total of the amount the Lord provided, but a few more dollars came in later.  Lo and behold, the final amount the Lord provided through the Body is $6,184!  That is $9 more than we needed for our final payment.  Now, we will not need to even temporarily borrow any funds from ourselves from our designated Scholarship fund!

            How incredible is this that we each listened to the Lord in regard to our specific gift and then He worked it out to within $9 of the need!  His ways are always beyond me, that is what makes Him so wonderful.  As a church body, we express our gratitude to Him for letting us get in on what He is doing in our midst.  Even in something that can be as mundane as AC repairs, He can make it something wonderful!  The long needed renovation project begins this Wednesday and so as a result there will be no activities Wednesday night this week.  The project will be completed by next Sunday; and this being the hottest week of the year so far!  Praise Him!

            Tonight, I want to expose you to the life of one of the great preachers of the past whose legacy lives on today in his writings and at the historic Metropolitan Church in London, England.  I mention and quote him often in sermons and it occurred to me that you might be unfamiliar with his life and legacy.  So, tonight, we will share together in a docu-drama on the life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  I believe every Christian should be aware of the ministry of this Baptist man of God from 19th century England.  And so, I hope you will attend tonight.  The film’s run time is right at an hour and so it will take our entire time this evening.  I am excited to share it with you so that, if you don’t know of him, you can know who I am talking about the next time I quote Spurgeon in a sermon.

            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

 

                                               




July 24, 2017, 6:11 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 16, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          VBS: EXODUS 2017: The Big Exit is in the rearview mirror and what a great time it was!  This past Wednesday night, we saw a group of 34 students go to see the Sight and Sound production of Moses along with 15 adults.  The kids behaved extraordinarily well at the theatre and a great time was had.  What a wonderful musical rendition of God’s deliverance and provision for His people!

          During the day on Thursday, we took the students to the Creation Museum of the Ozarks north of Branson.  They divided us up into three groups and spent some good time with our kids explaining the sovereignty of God in creation.  It was a great event.  We did recreate for a bit with the kids as well as we took them mini-golfing at Wildwood Indoor Mini-golf.  They were very generous in giving our students a free round of golf!

          Thursday, we also had a very full day with several sessions of teaching led by my nephew Joel Carpenter who serves in Student Ministries at First Baptist Church of Oak Grove, Missouri.  God has gifted him with an ability to relate to kids and share the truth of God’s Word in an effective fashion.  During our sessions, several students came to our leaders asking for prayer for some very stiff issues they are facing at home and at school and one young man, without a doubt, surrendered his life to Christ in brokenness.

          I want to thank our Children’s Ministries Director Tracy Hudson for all of her caring and hard work with our kids.  If you have not thanked her recently, please see to it.  Our leaders in the kitchen and our drivers that transported the kids around are so appreciated.  I heard good things from all of those volunteers involved.  I also want to thank those of you who provided food and prayers for the event.  This could not have happened without us all pulling together to make it happen with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit working through us and also in the lives of young people.   

          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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