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July 24, 2017, 6:08 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 9, 2017


Good Morning Family,

          I hope everyone was able to pull away at least a little break to spend some happy moments and safe times with family and friends this past week as we celebrated America’s 241st birthday.  Don’t you just love the smell of black powder!

          I am writing this week as we are in the middle of our Chest of Joash Offering emphasis.  A few weeks ago, we decided as a church body to fund the replacement of our two air conditioning and furnace units in the two story section of the Education Building with monies we already had and then to ask the Lord to help us with putting together the rest of the around $4000 needed to complete the job.

          “Chest of Joash” Offering envelopes were passed out after our Special Called Business Meeting.  By the way if you did not get one, they are kept in a box on the front pew on Sunday mornings for you.  We are each asking the Lord to help us to determine what our gift should be as we work together as a church family and friends to be obedient to the Lord in this endeavor.  I am excited to see what the Lord does through our faithfulness to give over and above our normal giving to the church budget to meet this great need.  The offering emphasis culminates on July 16.

          By way of announcement, we have moved our regularly scheduled quarterly July Business Meeting to July 16.  It was supposed to be this Sunday, but we wanted to give enough time to complete the “Chest of Joash Offering” and have a good report on proceeding with the AC/Furnace Project and we will have completed the VBS: EXODUS 2017: The Big Exit event by then as well.  Looking forward to a great celebration of God’s hand moving among us on Sunday July 16th!

            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

 

                                   

        

Humbly Yours,

Bro. Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 

                                                           




July 24, 2017, 5:57 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 2, 2017


Good Morning Family,

            Two years ago, in my letter of the weekend of the Fourth of July, I wrote down this quote:  

                       Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  Two years later, I stand with Lincoln on this one.  I am more convinced of its truth now that then.  A lot of dirty water has passed under the bridge since then.

            I usually write this letter on Thursdays or Fridays.  I must tell you that I am not sure what you are going to get for a sermon this morning.  I have written and rewritten many things so far this week and I am still having trouble knowing how to approach this years’ Independence Day sermon.

            I want to bring a message of hope for America, but I am like a lot of you.  I am praying God has not given up on us yet.  I want us to realize there is no such thing as “national salvation”.  What I mean is that we can do what we can do to try to turn our nation back to God, but that only happens on an individual level.  A society or culture is still only won to Christ one person at a time.

            And we are seeing in dramatic fashion all around us, the result of a nation of individuals who are consistently turning their back on God and the Gospel of Christ.  We see it in some of our family members, we see it in some of our friends, we see it in some of our churches, and we see it all over in our communities.  Even as we watch the bizarre antics of those in our government played out in the media and on the internet; here is the sad truth.  Their “misbehavior” is merely a reflection of the culture at large.

            We ask where has civility gone in our government.  It is gone in our government, because it first disappeared in our society.  It disappeared in our society in direct correlation to our nation’s disregard for the Word of God.  The church is the only thing left to stand in the gap, not only during these times, but all throughout history.  Until Christ calls us home through death or departure, we must not relent or let our guard down for a moment.

            We must fill out altars at church with prayerful people of God, going to God in prayer for the souls of those around us who are depending on us to bring them the Gospel and demonstrate Christ’s love to them.  Sometimes it feels like we are not making a difference.  But, we do not always see the spiritual realm.  God does not let our efforts go to waste.  He wants to use this church in a mighty way to shepherd and guide those He calls to Himself in this area.  It is our job to simply be faithful stewards.

            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, 5:50 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 25, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          We are almost through with June!  Can you believe it?  Our worship services are having a great spirit as we allow the Lord to move in our hearts in response to His precious Word.  I always look so forward to our time in the Scriptures where we ponder what He wants of us as individuals and as a church body.

            Today, I am excited for several things.  First, we are going to share together in Communion around the Table of the Lord.  This wonderful picture of His sacrifice for us is always awe-inspiring as we think of the grace of Jesus and the great love of the Father as well as the fellowship of the Holy Spirit among us as we partake of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

            Also today, we are going to meet to look at moving ahead on a great ministry need in the form of a special called business meeting.  We are going to discuss our funding for the new air conditioning units for the Education/Fellowship Hall Building.  The Lord has already provided much of the dollars needed for this endeavor through a special gift this past Christmas and there are other funds that have been built into our assets from where we can draw.  The other part involves allowing the Lord to show His power and strength through our faith in His leading in this project.  We will discuss more about this exciting step of faith later this morning.

            At around 12:30 today, we will be hosting a high school graduation ceremony for one of Linda Wilks’ students, our friend Samantha Orme.  Recently Samantha has completed the requirements necessary for achieving her diploma.  So, we will host a service for her today after our church time of meeting has concluded.  Following the brief time of music, scripture and a challenge from the Word, those attending are invited to the Fellowship Hall for a  reception put together by the ladies of the Women’s Bible Study Group here at FBCCF; of which Sam has been a part.

            All in all, looking forward to a wonderful day here at FBCCF!

          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, 5:46 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 18, 2017



 

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, 5:37 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 11, 2017


D-Day Remembrance

                This past week, we remembered the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.  Regardless of your political persuasions, Roosevelt’s actions in calling for a massive invasion force to turn back the tide and recapture Europe from Hitler was audacious and courageous.  Had the United States and her Allies not taken action at that point, the world would be a very different place.  On June 6, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt offered a prayer that was broadcast on radio nationwide into every home in America.  That prayer is reprinted below...

“Almighty God, Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.  Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.  They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.  And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.  And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.  Amen.”


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